PhD (Psychology), M Psych (professional), B Psych (Hons)
Nicole is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) and is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).
Over the past 12 years Nicole has worked for the University of New England in the areas of psychology, health, and exercise physiology as both researcher and lecturer. Prior to completing her psychological training Nicole worked within, and coordinated programs supporting individuals with dementia and individuals with intellectual disability. Consequently, Nicole’s PhD focused on investigating non-pharmacological protocols to support and improve physiological and cognitive outcomes in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and dementia.
Nicole continues to pursue research interests in a diverse range of psychological and neuro-science paradigms. Her professional practice is deeply rooted in evidence based protocols with an emphasis on cutting edge science and highly effective therapies. Nicole has experience dealing with a wide variety of psychological conditions with clients of all ages – including anxiety, depression, phobias, trauma, dissociative identity, and personality disorders.
Nicole has a special interest in working with children who experience neurodevelopment disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and information processing delays.
Specifically, Nicole seeks to provide education to both children, their families and their teachers regards the perceptual and reasoning differences that accompany a learning disability, and how these differences might affect the child’s experience of the world and thus their behaviours. Learning disabilities are neurodevelopmental issues that affect information processing. This is often one of the most ignored challenges associated with learning disabilities.
Nicole has experience in a range of cognitive and neurodevelopmental assessments such as the WISC, WAIS, WIAT, RBANS, and ADOS 2. Nicole is a firm believer in life-long learning and continues to expand her assessment repertoire through ongoing professional development.
In addition to working with younger children, Nicole also has experience working with teens and adolescents. Nicole is accredited to provide individual and group training in Dialectical Behavioural Skills for both individuals, and for adolescents and families.
Nicole is able to provide individual therapy to both adults and children using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Exposure, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).