Mental Health

The Goal of Clinical Psychology in Croydon at Deco Place

Clinical Psychologist Croydon

Dr Rachel Cousins

Clinical Psychologist Croydon – Dr Rachel Cousins is a registered and experienced Clinical Psychologist practicing at Deco Place. She works with young adults and adults with a range of problems, including stress, anxiety and depression.  She has a particular interest and experience in working with new parents transitioning to parenthood, as well as parents of children and adolescents. She also has experience with those adjusting to chronic illness, such as gastro-intestinal disorders. 

To speak with Rachel please call 0414 415 758.

Dr Rachel Cousins APS details

Along with her private practice she also works at The Cairnmillar Institute (a not-for-profit education institution) lecturing in Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology courses, and supervising student research and placement.  Other work includes supervision, education and training upon request.

Rachel graduated from Deakin University with a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) in 2002 after completing a Bachelor or Behavioural Science with Honours from La Trobe University.  She worked at The Alfred for several years following graduation, initially on the Continuing Care Team then as a Senior Clinical Psychologist on the Primary Mental Health Team.  She has also worked for beyondblue providing workplace training on Depression and headspace-the national youth mental health initiative providing training to clinicians on a range of topics relevant to their work.  Some of the highlights of Rachel’s career have included:

  • Working alongside Maternal and Child Health Nurses to deliver education sessions on mental health to new parents and facilitating a 6-week therapy group for new mothers finding the transition to parenthood challenging then presenting this work at a conference on interprofessional learning.
  • Delivering the 6-week parenting course, Tuning in to Kids, to parents interested in building their children’s emotional intelligence.
  • Co-facilitating a group for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr Simon Knowles a senior lecturer at Swinburne University and specialist in the area of gastro-intestinal disorders.
  • Working on the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy program for people with severe Personality Disorders at The Alfred.
  • Developing and facilitating anxiety management groups for people with serious mental illness.
  • Facilitating monthly peer supervision groups for GP’s interested in mental health as a part of their CPD requirements.
  • Facilitating monthly peer supervision for counsellors at Inspiro community health services.
  • Providing clinical supervision to psychologists in the registrar program working towards clinical endorsement.
  • Assessing case studies for the Australian Psychological Society completed by psychologists undertaking individual bridging plans to gain clinical endorsement.
  • Travelling across Australia delivering headspace training on topics such as:
    • Working with families and significant others.
    • Managing challenging behaviours: reluctance, aggression, suicide and self-harm.
    • Motivational Interviewing.
    • Early identification of psychosis in young people

Bianca Comfort

Bianca is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). She is currently undertaking the Clinical Registrar Program and holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology).

Bianca has worked in private, public and community mental health settings, in Australia and Singapore, with clients from a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds. She has experience working with clients facing a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, family communication issues, chronic pain/health issues, workplace injury, adjustment to life after injury or illness, and alcohol and drug addiction.

Bianca has a particular interest in working with children, adolescents, families, and couples.

Bianca takes an integrative and client-centered approach in working with her clients, ensuring that therapy is tailored to meet each individual’s needs. She is trained in various evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Solution-Focused (Brief) Therapy (SFBT), and Motivational Interviewing.

Bianca is also able to deliver psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults, including intelligence, achievement, personality, and vocational assessments.

Joyce Pang

Joyce Pang is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She is also a registered Medicare Provider. Joyce is currently completing her Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology and has professional training and experience in conducting psychological assessments, diagnosis, as well as in providing evidence-based treatments.

Joyce has experience in working with a range of presentations including depression, generalised and social anxiety, stress, anger, relationship difficulties, sleeping difficulties, and has a special interest in working with eating disorders, body image concerns and trauma. Joyce has trained in both community mental health and hospital settings, and enjoys working with individuals of all ages including children, adolescents, as well as adults.

Joyce uses a person-centred approach in her work and aims to provide a supportive and non-judgemental therapeutic space for her clients. She is warm and empathic, and is passionate about working collaboratively with individuals to tailor therapy to meet their needs and assist them in overcoming their difficulties.

Joyce utilises a variety of therapeutic approaches in her work including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based interventions, and motivational interviewing. For younger clients, Joyce also incorporates Play Therapy in her work.