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


Dr Claire Joseph

Claire is a registered Clinical psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She graduated from Deakin University with a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), Honours in Applied Science (Psychology) and Bachelor in Applied Science (Psychology).

Claire has worked with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds and ages in not-for-profit organisations, community mental health settings as well within the private sector. She works across the lifespan, though has a particular interest in working with children, adolescents and parents.

Claire has experience working with a range of presentations including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, grief, loss and chronic pain. She is also able to assist with safety planning, social skill development, parent training, communication/assertiveness training.

Claire takes a collaborative, client-centred, relaxed though goal focused approach in working with her clients to assist them with addressing their areas of concern. She does this through a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.