Alison is a registered psychologist with a clinical endorsement. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Australian National University.
Alison has a pragmatic, solution-based but flexible approach to therapy while remaining warm and compassionate and using humour in her sessions, when appropriate. While Alison favours Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Alison’s key areas of experience are in anxiety-based issues, depression, phobias, OCD, PTSD, perinatal depression and adjustment to parenthood, infertility and relationship issues, and issues related to personal meaning, faith and spiritual or religious experience.
She also works in organisational and educational settings designing and running workshops to enhance well-being, resilience and mindfulness in the workplace.
Alison also brings a wealth of life experience to her role as psychologist. Prior to retraining as a psychologist, she worked as a newspaper journalist, TV producer, media manager and e-learning instructional designer. She spent a year living in a Buddhist monastery and learning meditation, which led to her interest in psychology. She is also attempts to be a good (enough) mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She is a reader, bush walker and world traveller (when possible) and carer for her groodle, Huckleberry.
Alison has published a number of articles in academic journals on mindfulness, values and other processes of change in
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She also regularly provides comments and interviews for radio and magazines. Some examples
of these are listed below:
Living in the moment
Article on Alison's journey from TV producer to clinical psychologist and mindfulness advocate on the Australian National University website click here or download here.
Can Mindfulness Make You More Authentic?
According to a new study, mindful people might be happier because they act according to their values.
From article on mindfulness and authenticity in Greater Good Magazine Click here.
The Meaning and Doing of Mindfulness
The role of values-based action in facilitating change is central to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy but more peripheral in more traditional mindfulness-based interventions.
This paper examined the role of values-based action in the relationship between mindfulness and both eudemonic and hedonic well-being in two university samples.
Paper in the journal Mindfulness Click here.