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Michelle Player

Clinical Psychologist MA (Clin Psych), MAPS (Clinical College)

Michelle Player is a clinical psychologist with nearly 20 years of experience in working therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults.

I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to help others and share amazing strategies and skills that can be genuinely life changing.  I especially love those times when my clients experience a “light bulb” moment; I can see their face and posture change when issues they have been struggling with suddenly make more sense to them and they can see a way forward.  It’s incredible to be part of that!

Michelle’s approach is based on respect and positive regard for her clients. She believes that every person has strengths that can help them to overcome the things in life that are holding them back. She loves working with children to help them build resilience and self esteem. And she has particular expertise in working with clients who have been experiencing troublesome longstanding issues such as unresolved trauma or grief, emotion regulation issues, anger control problems, self harm, and addictive behaviours such as gambling or drug/alcohol abuse.

 I enjoy working with clients who have complex or long standing issues; the process may take a bit longer but it is really worth the time and effort that clients put in to therapy.

In addition to working at the Northwest Psychology Practice, Michelle has worked in a range of other contexts including clinical, community and forensic settings. She is currently also working part-time as a clinical supervisor at Macquarie University, overseeing psychometric assessments such as intelligence and academic testing for children.  She enjoys working with clients of all ages, with a variety of presenting problems, using practical tools and strategies.

One skill that I teach to most of my clients, especially teenagers and adults, is Mindfulness.  It’s deceptively simple but is incredibly powerful in helping people to stay present in the moment and not get ‘stuck’ by dwelling on past experiences that cannot be changed or anticipating that negative experiences will occur in the future.  I’m always receiving feedback from my clients about how helpful this skill is in their lives on a day to day basis.

As  person, Michelle is warm, approachable and professional. Her experience in children and family work comes, in part, from her own journey of raising two children, maintaining a stable relationship and juggling the endless demands of life and work.

Therapy gives people an opportunity to identify their values and start living their lives according to what gives them the greatest sense of purpose.  Therapy is not just about resolving problems, it’s also about identifying strengths.

Recent presentations

  • Michelle Player. ‘The Mental Health Professional in Court ‘. Pearson Academy (Brisbane), June 2014.

Recent continuing education

  • March 2015. ‘New Directions in Trauma Therapy’. Presented by Dr Bessel van der Kolk
  • September 2014. ‘The How and Why of Executive Functions: Impacts on Language and Learning
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Consultation hours

Michelle is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) – Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psych) (Hons) – Macquarie University

Professional memberships

  • Fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Registered Medicare Provider
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society
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Make an appointment to see Michelle.

Michelle is available for consultations on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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