Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology
Master of Clinical Psychology
Graduate Certificate of Educational Management
Avonia is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in government, non-government, tertiary education, employee assistance and private practice environments. She is passionate about helping people to improve their mental well-being and to thrive in their personal life and work or study.
She is compassionate, down-to-earth, non-judgmental, and skilled in engaging with people from a range of backgrounds. She has worked in metropolitan and rural settings with a focus on the mental health needs of adults, youth (16 to 24 years), Aboriginal people, and people with co-occurring chronic health conditions.
Clinically, Avonia has expertise in working with anxiety, depression, adjustment following significant life events and life changes (including bereavement, fertility issues, and life crises/traumatic experiences), work stress (including burn-out, adjustment to workplace change, and bullying), study anxiety, and eating disorders.
She uses a collaborative, sensitive, and recovery-oriented model in her work. Her approach to psychological treatment is informed by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), mindfulness, systems theory, and interpersonal neurobiology. Overall, Avonia is passionate about the art of change and works tirelessly to improve the well-being of all Australians.