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BA (Psych), BPsych (Honours), currently completing MPsych (Clinical)
Ursula is a Mornington Provisional Psychologist who enjoys working with adolescents, adults and couples. She has supported clients across community and hospital settings. Ursula creates a warm, collaborative and empowering environment as she supports individuals and couples to achieve their goals.
She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual-based interventions to support them with a range of presentations and psychosocial difficulties. These include depression, anxiety and phobias, OCD, stress- and adjustment-related issues, social skills, self-esteem and self-development challenges, and relationship difficulties.
Prior to postgraduate studies Ursula worked in administration, customer service, and sales across a variety of industries including Health
Care, Human Resources, and Logistics. She has experience as a Practice Manager for a busy private psychological practice, so understands
how hard it can be to take that first step into our Mornington Peninsula psychology practice.
Ursula provides both online psychology and in person therapy for individuals and couples.
Ursula’s level of education and training has led her to receiving registration as a Provisional Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and being awarded membership to the Australian Psychological Society.
Ursula is currently completing her Master of Psychology (Clinical) at The Cairnmillar Institute. This is the final component of her training before fully qualifying as a Psychologist and is due to be completed at the end of 2022. Prior to this, Ursula completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Melbourne, and her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at The Cairnmillar Institute.
NOTE: Until she completes her Masters of Clinical Psychology (anticipated Nov 2022) & is awarded general registration her services are not eligible for Medicare or private health rebates. As such until she recieves general registration Ursula is offering discounted fees.
Ursula’s honours thesis focused on gaining an in-depth account of the types of social support responses that adults considered helpful after losing a sibling in childhood. Ursula’s master’s research is currently in progress and examines the differences in prevalence of sudden session to session symptom reductions between individuals who present only with an anxiety disorder diagnosis, compared to individuals experiencing anxiety as well as depression. These differences are an important consideration for treatment planning and part one of her thesis is currently under review for publication.
Ursula adopts a warm, collaborative, and person-centred approach to working with clients. Ursula places great importance on creating a safe, comfortable, and respectful environment for clients to feel supported to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Ursula draws on a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Attachment Theory, and Mindfulness-based strategies. Ursula is also a Level Two qualified Gottman Couples Therapist and works with couples of all ages, including gender diverse and same-sex couples. Ursula is committed to her ongoing professional development and staying up to date with the latest research and treatment approaches