Crystal Kennedy – Clinical Psychologist
Bachelor of Psychological Science – Griffith University 2012
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) – Australian Catholic University 2013
Master of Clinical Psychology – Australian Catholic University 2015
Registered Clinical Psychologist – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Throughout my training I have gained experience working with clients of various ages (children through to older adults) presenting with a range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, relational stressors, grief, loss, physical health problems, chronic pain, and adjustment difficulties, as well as clients requiring psychometric assessments to determine intellectual and academic functioning to assist with individualising treatment pathways and to strengthen support. This training also further extended to culturally and linguistically diverse children that recently migrated/sought asylum in Australia. This included providing assessment and contributing to their current and future learning plans in the school environment and identifying those that required psycho-social support. Throughout my training I also gained experience working alongside a dedicated Mental Health and Addictions team within Queensland Health to provide assistance to individuals living in the community who also experienced a range of psychotic symptoms. Through this work I assisted these individuals to further develop their insight, change unhelpful patterns of behaviour, enhance their ability to cope in an adaptive manner, and improve their quality of life.
I then went on to work with adults and older adults on a part time basis within a private mental health facility, providing group therapy to both inpatients and outpatients presenting with a range of mental health concerns. Through this work I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of group based day programs including an addictions focused group where I worked with individuals struggling with a range of addictive behaviours (e.g., substance abuse, gambling, shopping etc) to assist them to cease engaging in these maladaptive behaviours, improve their ability to cope with cravings/urges, and to teach, and increase engagement in, more adaptive strategies and behaviours to improve their quality of life. This work included an Acceptance and Commitment therapy based day program working with individuals presenting with a range of psychological difficulties to assist them to live a value led life, decrease suffering, and increase their ability to cope with distressing emotions and problems; and, most recently, a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy skills program for those with a diagnoses of, or traits of, Borderline Personality Disorder to assist them to decrease engagement in unhelpful patterns of behaviour (e.g., suicidal behaviours, deliberate self-harm, impulsive and risky behaviours, substance abuse etc) and learn strategies to increase their ability to regulate their emotions, increase their tolerance to distress, and improve their interpersonal skills. I also work with patients within the hospital ward to provide psychoeducation and treatment of a range of presenting concerns whilst patients are admitted to the hospital to assist them to reduce their distress, improve their current functioning, and strengthen their recovery. I also work alongside inpatients family members and support networks to strengthen their communication, decrease relational stress, and increase the quality of support that patients receive to enrich their recovery and improve their overall wellbeing.
As well as group therapy in the hospital environment, I also work part time conducting therapy on an individual basis to clients of various ages presenting with a broad range of presentations. My main interests include depression, anxiety, stress management, adjustment difficulties, substance abuse, and enhancing emotion regulation. I adopt a person-centred framework whilst utilising a range of evidence-based therapies (e.g., cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy) whilst tailoring treatment to suit each client’s individual needs, goals, and values in order to assist clients to meet their individual treatment goals and improve their quality of life. I adopt a warm, empathetic, and collaborative approach to therapy and communicate clearly and honestly with my clients about treatment aims and progress. I am committed to improving my knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development and I strive to enhance client outcomes by seeking feedback and monitoring clients progress and outcomes. I joined the team at OGI Potential in January, 2019 and am available to see clients on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
OGI Potential provides services to the Newport, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Margate, Kippa-Ring, Rothwell, North Lakes, Mango Hill, North Brisbane, Burpengary, Morayfield and Caboolture areas.