B.Psych (Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS, AMACPA
Jess completed her Masters’ in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and has since worked in various roles within public and private sectors, involving therapeutic intervention for children, families, and older adults, risk assessment and crisis management, developmental and cognitive assessment, and various research projects.
Areas of interest:
- Equine and Animal Assisted Therapies
- Psychological & Cognitive Assessment
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- Chronic mental health, neurodegenerative, and developmental conditions
(eg. FASD, ASD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Dementia related illnesses)
- Depressive Disorders
- Adjustment Intervention
- Functional Behaviour Analysis
- Children & Adolescents
- Older Adults
Jess has a warm and authentic therapeutic approach. She mostly works with children and early adolescents, and older adults. Her therapy toolkit often comprises of cognitive-behavioural, trauma-informed, somatic, and acceptance and mindfulness frameworks. Where appropriate, Jess incorporates the natural environment, arts and creative modes of building awareness, and Mackenzie the blue cattle dog, or horses Noddy and Snickers within therapy sessions; Taco the cat has even joined a session here and there.
- Australian Psychological Society (APS) full member
- Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) associate member
- Medicare service provider
- Trained in the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD):
- Certified PuP (Parents Under Pressure) therapist:
- Trained in Behavioural Analysis and Intervention (Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis):
- Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist with the EP Institute:
- Currently learning Auslan
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has encouraged allied health practitioners where possible to deliver services either online using video or by phone. Therefore, for the time being, I have decided to cease in-clinic therapy sessions (except for cognitive assessments or where absolutley necessary to be face-to-face) as a response to the virus threat in the hope we can together reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Be assured that I am doing everything possible to remain up to date regarding all aspects of telehealth knowledge, security, and building an ever expanding list of online tools and activities to support people during these uncertain times.
For some people, being on-screen for 50 minutes will be challenging for various reasons, so I have created different session lengths and fees to help accommodate the transition, and to allow most effective and economic use of everyone’s time. Each person's fee and appointment frequency will be assessed on a case-by case basis, to ensure that everyone can access mental health support in some capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you need assistance with your mental health or are struggle during this time, please reach out. Even if you don't have a referral to see me, there are plenty of free services out there such as Lifeline or Beyond Blue that can help those in need.
*face-to-face appointments are on hold for the time being, unless absolutely necessary.
Jess works across several locations, servicing Gympie to Caloundra, which includes:
- Location: Suite 305, Level 3, Bli Bli Village Town Centre, 310 David Low Way, Bli Bli, QLD, 4560
- Therapy sessions are available Friday afternoons
- Therapy sessions are generally 50 minutes in length
- Fees can vary depending on the service offered
- Medicare rebates may be available
- FASD, cognitive, and neurodevelopmental assessments and reports can be arranged
- More info:
HORSE & HUMANS EQUINE CENTRE
- Location: 92 Lockes Lane, Belli Park, Q, 4562
- Therapy sessions are available Friday mornings and other times upon request
- Medicare rebates may be available
- NDIS funding may be available for individuals with NDIS plans that incorporate therapy
- More info:
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY & CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICE
- Locations: CDS Caloundra Health Service & Griffith University Mt Gravatt
- Psychologist in the younger (ages 3-7) FASD assessment multidisciplinary team
- FASD and developmental assessments
- Public service only; private bookings are not offered at CDS or Griffith University
- Senior Research Assistant with Griffith University
UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST
- Consultant Researcher for the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute
- Sessional Psychology Tutor
- Peer reviewed publications include:
- Doak, J., & Katsikitis, M. (2018). Terrorism catastrophization: An investigation of predicting and moderating factors. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 2(1), 1-12.
- Doak, J., Katsikitis, M., Webster, H., & Wood, A. (2019). A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic service and beyond: Outcomes for families. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 93, 103428.
- Webster, H., Doak, J., & Katzikitis, M. (2020). Community-based Child Development Service Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Assessment: A Retrospective Clinic Audit. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. doi:10.1111/jpc.14744