Clinical Psychologists

TasOGS is privileged to have the on-site support and professional expertise of two psychologists with special interests in women’s, gynaecological, pregnancy and parental psychological needs.

Ms Dana Adaway, BA (Hons) MClinPsych MAPS
Clinical Psychologist

Dana is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent much of her professional career working with a varied range of clients in private practice. She has experience in assessing and treating trauma responses, with specialist training regarding working with survivors of sexual assault and family violence. Dana assists adults to overcome a range of mental health issues including anxiety and mood disorders, with her therapeutic approach incorporating a range of evidenced-based techniques such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dana has a particular interest in treating obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks, having previously conducted extensive research with regard to panic disorder.

Dana has a background as a School Psychologist, with her experience working within this capacity having fostered a keen interest in treating adolescent mental health issues. She also has a passion for conducting medico-legal and forensic assessments, including family assessments for Child Protection Services, the Family Law Court and Victims of Crime. She has previously been approached to provide expert opinion in this regard.

With a young family of her own, Dana has broadened her clinical focus to include assessing and treating perinatal mental health issues. She has undergone specific training with regard to perinatal anxiety and depression, along with infant and adult attachment. Dana has completed the necessary training in order to be able to offer psychological services under the Pregnancy Support Medicare items.

Dana is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the APS Clinical College. She is approved by the Psychology Board of Australia to supervise psychological registrars seeking generalist registration, as well as interns seeking specialist clinical endorsement.

Dr Leesa Van Niekerk, PhD ClinPsych MAPS CCP
Clinical Psychologist

Leesa completed her PHD (Clinical Psychology) at the University of Tasmania in 2003 and has worked in private, educational and government settings since obtaining registration in 2001. Leesa has extensive experience in assessing and treating a broad range of mental health presentations including mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction and gender dysphoria, perinatal mental health issues, complex PTSD, somatic symptom disorders (including illness behaviour and chronic pain).

Leesa has a special interest and extensive training in working with adult survivors of sexual, physical and emotional trauma, including complex trauma. Her other areas of interest and training include women’s health across the lifespan, sexual dysfunction, chronic pain, weight management, and parenting support. Leesa also has extensive experience working with clients involved in worker’s compensation, MAIB, Victims of Crime and other medico-legal contexts, complex trauma assault and family violence.

Leesa utilises a number of evidence-based treatment models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), clinical hypnosis and mindfulness. She also has a keen interest in the development of group-based psychological programs including mindfulness, women’s health, mood management and dietary issues (restricted eating, comfort eating).

Leesa is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the APS Clinical College. She is approved by the Psychology Board of Australia to supervise psychological registrars seeking generalist registration, as well as interns seeking specialist clinical endorsement. Leesa has also completed the necessary training in order to be able to offer psychological services under the Pregnancy Support Medicare items.

 

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