Kathleen Edwards – Clinical Psychology Registrar/Psychologist (MAPS)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) – University of Sydney – 2007
Graduate Diploma of Psychology – Charles Sturt University – 2013
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) – Charles Sturt University – 2016
Master of Clinical Psychology – Queensland University of Technology – 2020
Registered Psychologist and Registered Occupational Therapist – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Clinical Psychology Registrar – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
I have come to psychology after a career in healthcare as an occupational therapist. I was originally drawn to occupational therapy after volunteering in a program which supported children with developmental disabilities. During my studies, I completed a range of placements in an inpatient mental health ward, a non-government community mental health program, and I also volunteered in India to provide therapy to people with developmental disabilities in rural villages in Karnataka.
After I graduated as an occupational therapist, I initially worked in a rehabilitation hospital for people who were experiencing medical illness or injury. I found myself drawn towards the mental health aspects of occupational therapy and went on to work in a community outreach role for people who were isolated or socially marginalised in Sydney. During this time, I also worked as an overnight volunteer at a homeless shelter in Redfern, Sydney. I went on to work in a Jewish aged care facility providing trauma-informed interventions in aged and dementia care.
For seven years I worked within the Department of Human Services completing assessments and referrals for people with barriers to employment. I worked with clients who were experiencing a variety of concerns including chronic health issues, mental illness, domestic violence, newly arrived refugees, and people recently released from prison.
As a result of these experiences, I wanted to develop a deeper understanding of the human condition and to improve my ability to truly help people navigate difficult circumstances. In 2009, I began further study in psychology and now hold a Master of Clinical Psychology from Queensland University of Technology.
As a psychologist, I have worked in a variety of settings, including experience with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provided therapy services under a supervised long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy program. I also have recent experience with a non-government organisation providing psychological intervention to people who have experienced childhood sexual assault.
As part of my training, I have experience in the public hospital system providing psychological treatment for people experiencing distress associated with chronic health conditions. In this setting, I also provided psychological interventions and workshops to staff including medical and healthcare providers to assist professionals to manage critical incidents and maintain composure amid competing demands.
Approach and Areas of Special Interest
I joined OGI Potential in 2020. I provide a variety of evidence-based treatments and enjoy working with a wide range of people, from adolescents to older adults. I am passionate about helping people resolve and recover from traumatic experiences and other forms of adversity. I employ a strengths-based perspective which means I respect the unique resilience operating within each person and focus on what is adaptive and courageous about each individual.
Because of my dual qualification, I also have an interest in working psychologically with people who experience chronic physical health conditions. I enjoy working with older adults facing life transitions or other concerns.
I have a particular interest in psychodynamic therapy, which is an approach that explores the unconscious patterns that underly a person’s distress. Treatment aims to increase self-awareness, decrease self-defeating behaviour, and help people to be open to the full range of human experience, both joyful and painful. I aim to work collaboratively with each client to tailor my treatment to their individual needs and preferences.
OGI Potential provides services to the Newport, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Margate, Kippa-Ring, Rothwell, North Lakes, Mango Hill, North Brisbane, Burpengary, Morayfield and Caboolture areas.