Who Are We?
Alex Johnson - Administrative Assistant
Alex is our receptionist here at Blossomtree. She organises appointments, takes care of payments and rebates and will do her best to answer any questions you have for her.
Alex tries her best to make the waiting room a fun place and encourages everyone to draw some pictures, read a book or even challenge kids to a game of UNO if she’s not too busy. When she isn’t at work, Alex loves to play in community bands.
Michelle Taylor - Clinical Psychologist
Michelle (Chelle) Taylor is a registered Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience working in government departments and community service organisations in remote rural and regional centres in Western Australia and Victoria. Chelle specialises in the provision of therapy to infants, children, adolescents and families who have experienced disruption in the development of attachment in primary care relationship and/or developmental trauma such as abuse and neglect.
Chelle is committed to providing family inclusive, client centred services to her clients. Working with the child in the context of their family or care relationships is an essential approach for Chelle in her work with children and adolescents. Years of working with involuntary clients has given Chelle a real skill in engaging children and young people reluctant to participate in “therapy”. Child clients and their families have often commended Chelle on her ability to put clients at ease, establish safe therapeutic space for children to address difficult issues and to support and manage these competently.
The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Chelle has completed Neurosequential Model of Therapeutic NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level. Chelle’s practice and interventions are informed by her expertise in neurodevelopment and children. During 2012 and 2013 Chelle, together with Dr Bruce Perry of the ChildTrauma Academy and Annette Jackson Take Two Directory at Berry Street, co facilitated the Australasian NMT Case Based Training Series an online training program in NMT. Between 2010 and 2014 Chelle led Berry Street’s Take Two program in its certification and implementation of NMT.
In 2013 Chelle was awarded a Creswick Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to the United States and Canada during 2014 and explore neurodevelopmentally informed interventions to treat trauma and attachment disruption in infants, children and adolescents. Chelle kept a blog during her time overseas and is yet to complete this so more blogs are to follow. Chelle’s blog can be found here https://mycreswickfellowshiptour.wordpress.com/ and the report Chelle tabled to the Creswick Foundation can be downloaded from https://www.childhoodinstitute.org.au/resources/not-isolation-importance-relationships-and-healing-childhood-trauma
If you have trouble downloading Chelle's paper and would like a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can email it to you.
Chelle is a trained Narrative Therapist and also uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Therapy, Mindfulness, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and Solution Focussed Therapy in her work.
Chelle is also an accredited facilitator of the Tuning into Kids Emotion Coaching group therapy based program and the Holyoake Drumbeat Program for social and emotional development in children.
Chelle is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a registered provider with Medicare.
Jess Sewell - Clinical Psychologist
Jess is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Jess has previously been working with infants, children, adolescents, and their families within the child protection system for over six years. Through her previous role as the Therapeutic Specialist within a community service organisation Jess has developed expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a large range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and a comprehensive understanding of complex trauma, attachment and behavioural problems for children of all ages.
Jess is passionate and committed to providing a space where children, parents and families can feel safe, listened to, and supported to work together towards mutually agreed goals. Working from a child-focussed and strengths based perspective with children and their families, Jess helps children to recognise their strengths and develop their skills, while supporting their family to understand their child’s needs and support them.
Jess has strong skills in engaging children and adolescents who may be hesitant to seek help or speak to a “therapist”. She strongly believes in the importance of providing a personally tailored approach and ensuring that a trusting, supportive and honest relationship is formed between herself and those she works with.
Jess draws on evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Family therapy in her work, and works from an attachment and trauma informed perspective.
Jess also has significant experience and expertise in training, educating and supporting parents and carers, as well as teachers and other staff who care for, and work with, children who have complex needs.
Jess is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a registered provider with Medicare.
Prue Allan - Psychologist
Prue is a registered Psychologist who has completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Prue has always had a keen interest in learning tools that improve people’s wellbeing and quality of life. Before becoming a psychologist, Prue taught mindfulness techniques, mediation, relaxation and yoga to children, adolescents and adults for over 16 years.
Over the last two and a half years, Prue has provided psychological treatment and conducted psychological, cognitive, academic and behavioural assessments for children and adolecents within school and community based settings. Prue values working collaboratively with children, adolescents and their families on a range of issues including depression and anxiety, parenting, trauma, attachment, emotional distress, behavioural regulation and coping and adjustment difficulties.
With a calm and practical approach, Prue strives to create a relaxed, supportive environment for children and their caregivers, enabling them to feel comfortable to explore thoughts and emotions in relation to challenges they may be facing. Prue’s authentic, down to earth and gentle nature enables her to connect and relate well to children, and helps her establish a good rapport with those she works with. Prue tunes in to the needs of the client and their families making them feel heard, respected and validated.
Prue understands the importance of working together with kids, their families (or care givers) in order to determine which therapeutic approaches may fit their personality, culture, values, goals and strengths. Her treatment approach encompasses creative and developmentally appropriate strategies to foster healthy brain development, emotional connection and self-worth. She aims to promote psychological and emotional understanding and provide tools for families and children to develop life skills, promote healthy and adaptive living behaviours and fulfil emotional and practical needs.
Prue draws on a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness and strength focused therapies.
Prue is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a registered provider with Medicare.
Denver & Charli - Therapy Dogs
Denver and Charli are Chelle and Jess' canine co-therapists and we at Blossomtree Psychology are excited to announce that in August 2016, Denver and Charli became certified Therapy Dogs after a long week of training and having to sit some practical exams.
Denver works with Chelle and he is a 16 month old chocolate labrador. Denver has been at the clinic since he was 8 weeks old, he's still learning all about what it means to be growing up as a dog, as well as a Therapy Dog. Denver loves people, children especially and can be very excitable and he can sometimes forget that he's at work, although he has got better as time has gone by. You can tell when Denver is excited because he wags his whole body!
Charli is a 3 year old curly retriever who works with Jess and she's also chocolate in colour. Charli is super loving, gentle and kind, but she loves to play as well. Charli loves children and especially loves it when she gets to go for walks with Jess and the kids. Charli can sometimes be a bit afraid of loud noises, but she's getting better at this with the help of some of the children she sees. Charli shows her kindness and love by snuggling her head up to you for a pat.
Denver and Charli come to work with Chelle and Jess most days and when they are at work, they are always in Chelle or Jess' offices. Sometimes they will come into reception to say hello on their way outside for a break or coming back inside from a break. Denver and Charli both have big crates in the offices so they have somewhere to go and have a rest but also somewhere safe to be if you don't want them to be part of your appointment or if you might be scared of them.
If you don't want Denver or Charli to be a part of your sessions with Chelle and Jess, be sure to let them know or get your Mum and Dad to tell them and they will make sure Denver or Charli are safely in their crate.