Who Are We?
Blossomtree Psychology is currently in the process of recruiting to our administrative assistant position. We appreciate your understanding during this time as our response times will be longer than usual.
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Michelle Taylor - Clinical Psychologist
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.
Sheree Cartledge - Clinical Psychologist
Sheree is a registered Clinical Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is qualified to facilitate Circle of Security, Tuning in to Kids and Cool At School Together programs. Sheree conducts comprehensive assessments and develops treatment plans to address issues relating to emotional difficulties, attachment, trauma, socialisation, learning and behavioural challenges. Sheree has extensive experience working with children, youth and caregivers across both public mental health and community care organisations.
Sheree provides a welcoming, safe and non-judgemental therapeutic space where children and caregivers can express their thoughts and feelings in their way, and at their own pace. She listens patiently and with an open mind, seeking to understand the experiences, needs and unique qualities of each family. Sheree cares about children and parents feeling seen, heard and understood, and that their therapy experience is both nurturing and empowering.
Sheree takes a holistic approach to understanding how biological, psychological and relational factors contribute to presenting difficulties. She uses evidence-based interventions informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, PACE, Polyvagal Theory, Play Therapy, Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy. Sheree is skilled at helping children and caregivers make sense of their experiences and feelings, and explaining complex psychological concepts in ways that are easy to understand. Sheree develops an understanding of each person’s strengths, abilities and learning style so she can develop resources and tailor her approach to best meet their needs.
Sheree works collaboratively with kindergartens, schools, medical professionals and community services regarding what supports and approaches will improve children’s learning, development and wellbeing. She also provides consultation to assist staff development in areas of trauma, attachment and childhood development. Sheree values the contribution of each adult to the child’s care system, and recognises the importance of providing them with knowledge and support so the child can benefit from informed, consistent and holistic care.
Sheree is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a registered provider with Medicare.
Elissa See - Mental Health Social Worker
Elissa See is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (BSW). Since 2001 Elissa has worked in support and clinical settings for Government and Non-Government organisations. Elissa has held senior clinician and leadership positions at the TheSmith Family, OzHelp Foundation, Child At Risk Health Unit (CARHU) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). In addition, the Child Trauma Academy acknowledges that Elissa See has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level.
Elissa aims to develop a therapeutic partnership with those who come to see her and will support them to identify their vision for the future and work towards achieving this.
How Elissa can help:
Elissa is experienced in providing child, adolescent, adult and family therapy and consultation. She has a special interest in the impact of attachment disruption and/or trauma on children and adults. Elissa is able to provide Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Intervention planning and implement this knowledge to create specialised interventions for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. In addition, Elissa works with people experiencing mild to moderate eating issues, depression and anxiety and has a strong focus on family and systems work.
Elissa recognises individual, family and system strengths and expertise in creating long term solutions. She has an understanding of neurodevelopment and the broader impacts of society on an individual and their family. All people can expect a respectful, caring and non-judgmental wrap around approach to therapy.
Elissa provides professional clinical supervision to those working in the field of child and adolescent mental health and child abuse and trauma.
Types of Therapy Used
Elissa’s work is informed by a variety of therapeutic modalities. These include:
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Trauma-Focused CBT
• Circle of Security Parenting Education
• Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
• Therapeutic Life Story Work
• Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
• Narrative Therapy
• Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
• CBT – Enhanced for Eating Disorders
• Adolescent-Parent Focused Therapy for Anorexia
Australian Association of Social Workers – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Australian Association of Infant Mental Health – Former President of the ACT Branch
Registered provider with Medicare