Therapy with Bella
In my practice, I emphasise a warm, empathetic, and collaborative approach. Therapy will be tailored to you, as I strive to work with my clients to understand what they want out of the therapy process. We will work together to create a safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative space to reach your goals and foster resilience.
Building a connection and rapport is at the forefront. I will work to understand your life experiences, beliefs, preferences, strengths and challenges, so that we can work as a team to tackle the obstacles. I value your opinion in the process, and I am flexible to apply adaptations if needed. I utilise an evidence-based approach, centering on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to provide a space for clients to explore and understand their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. I also emphasise a holistic approach, in that we will consider other factors such as your sleep, diet, and exercise, to improve your overall well-being.
Therapy will be tailored to the developmental stage. When working with children, I will work with their parents and teachers to promote a comprehensive approach. I will integrate their interests and strengths into the therapeutic process to create excitement and fulfilment. When working with adolescents I strive to provide a sense of agency as their desire for independence grows, whilst still working with their parents to promote support and safety. With adults, we will collaboratively develop a space to navigate the presenting difficulties and challenges.
Bella’s Qualifications & Experience
Bella is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed her Masters in Professional Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2023. Prior to this, Bella completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University. Bella has experience in working with children with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, as well as common comorbidities to these disorders such as anxiety, depression, suicidality, obsessive-compulsive disorder, intellectual disabilities, and behavioural difficulties. Bella has also gained experience in working in the field of trauma. Working in the out-of-home care sector, she has developed knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based interventions for trauma-affected clients.
Bella is at the READ Clinic West Gosford only.