Stephanie McBeath

Stephanie McBeath

Stephanie McBeath completed a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology in 2011.  She has worked in a range of settings, including schools, GP and private clinics, and with early school leavers and adults interested in vocational planning. She has particularly enjoyed working with children and their families to help identify sources of conflict and behavioural difficulties. In addition, she enjoys delivering evidence based parenting support therapies, with a focus on building strong and secure attachment. When working with individuals, Stephanie has a knack for developing a strong rapport with a range of people. She will work to help you develop the skills you need to manage the issues you bring to therapy.

Stephanie has a warm and inclusive manner. She rapidly develops therapeutic bonds with children and adults alike, and finds this rewarding and very effective in working toward positive therapy outcomes. She will work with you to formulate goals that are meaningful to you. She is proud to provide a setting in which children are listened to and heard, and caregivers are given support to bring about positive change in family relationships, including working to improve communication with their children.

Stephanie has a background in paediatric nursing, and understands the stressors that face families managing acute and chronic illness. This includes parental demands, and the impact of illness on siblings. Stephanie has experience in reducing the impact of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with children and adults, helping to reduce the impacts of intrusive and debilitating symptoms.

Stephanie sees adults, children, and adolescents with a wide range of disorders and problems. These include attention deficit disorders, Anxiety disorders, self-harm behaviours, Depression, problems with behaviour at home and school, family dysfunction, trauma, learning difficulties, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She draws from a range of therapeutic skills such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), creative and expressive therapies, and practical modifications to improve school inclusion and achievement, and to enhance confidence. Stephanie has provided services through GP or self-directed referrals, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS).

 

Areas of Work

  • Educational and Developmental Psychology
  • Child, adolescent, and adult assessment and therapy
  • Anxiety disorders, including panic disorders, and separation anxiety
  • Social problems
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Depression
  • School-related stress and anxiety
  • Self-harm and suicidal thinking
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Acute stress and trauma
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Early attachment and bonding difficulties
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Foster care issues
  • Parenting strategies for behaviour problems
  • School refusal

Educational Psychology

  • IQ Assessment
  • Educational Assessments
  • Learning disorders

 

Treatment Approaches

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Attachment-based therapy
  • Schema-based therapy
  • Expressive and creative therapies

 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Honours)
  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
  • Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia
  • Endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Member of the College for Educational and Developmental Psychologists
  • Accredited Supervisor with APS