Kristy is a Clinical Psychologist who first started working at the READ Clinic in 2012.
Kristy is a registered Psychologist who completed both her undergraduate and Psychology Clinical Masters degree at the University of Newcastle, graduating in 2006. Whilst completing her fourth year honours, she was working for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for women and their children as a community outreach worker. She then moved into the health system, working as a Psychologist for the Alcohol and Other Drugs service. This involved the assessment and counselling treatment for individuals with alcohol and other drug issues and their families. She was also involved in setting up the Central Coast Cannabis Clinic.
Kristy completed her Masters thesis on “the retention of women in a long term drug and alcohol rehabilitation service” and received two publications from this research. She has also volunteered on the Board of Management for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. Kristy then moved into private practice where she was working with a broad range of issues across varying age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She joined the READ Clinic in 2012 after doing research work with the University of Newcastle on a number of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol projects for the previous 4 years. She has had experience in both developing and facilitating group therapy. Kristy is Medicare accredited and is an associated member of the Australian Psychological society. She is also registered with associated EAP and WorkCover.
Kristy currently works with adolescents and adults using an eclectic, client-centred and evidence-based approach, comprising of cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy and stress management techniques.
Kristy’s areas of interest are:
- Alcohol and Other Drug Use
- Co-morbid Conditions such as Substance Use and Anxiety
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Pain management
- Self Esteem
Kristy works: Tue 9:30am – 4:30pm, Thurs 9:30am – 1:30pm