Healing Connections Psychology

At Healing Connections Psychology, we have responded to the community need for an authentic, warm, supportive, non-judgemental and nurturing psychological service. We understand that it can be nerve-wracking to visit a health professional and reveal tightly held personal vulnerabilities, so we ensure an open, responsive, and wholehearted stance to help gently create a safe and secure place for you to work collaboratively with us towards your needs. We believe that it is possible for evidence-based psychological services to be provided in a highly professional and ethical setting, that also centres on compassion to foster awareness which empowers you to find the courage to be your unique self in this world. We believe that everything you need is already within you and through our expert guided support, we can unlock the skills and knowledge needed to help guide you through life’s challenges. Find out more about the types of therapy we offer at Healing Connections Psychology.

Dr Francene Hemingway, Clinic Director and Clinical Psychologist

Francene is a clinical psychologist and supervisor, experienced with over 12-years of working within several settings, including university psychology clinics, public and private hospitals, group private practices, solo private practice, and community organisations. Across these settings, Francene has worked with individual and group clients across the lifespan, mostly from young people (13+ years) to older adults (75+ years).  Francene has specialized expertise in working with people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, parenting, grief and loss, life transitions and adjustments, chronic pain, complex trauma, panic, obsessions and compulsions, anger, and more.

The clinical and supervisory expertise Francene has developed over many years has resulted in expertise in working within the following evidence-based therapeutic approaches: acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); emotion-focused therapy (EFT); eye-movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR); attachment-focused therapy; compassion-focused therapy; mindfulness based cognitive-behaviour therapy (MiCBT); cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT); and schema therapy.

With every unique person or group, there is a unique approach. Through nurturing a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, Francene works collaboratively with people to find the right approach for them. Francene most recently worked as the Clinic Director of the Australian Catholic University Psychology Clinic and in a group private practice. Francene now works and manages her own clinic and supervises for all pathways to registration as a psychologist. Francene has been a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and APS College of Clinical Psychologists for over 10-years. To learn more about services provided by Dr Francene Hemingway at Healing Connections Psychology click here.

Gillian Day, Psychologist, Clinical Registrar

Gillian is a registered psychologist (clinical registrar) who is passionate about helping her clients regain a sense of control and direction in their lives. Gillian recently graduated with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is formally trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has clinical experience using Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology techniques with her clients. Gillian has experience working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulty adjusting to change, stress, trauma, substance abuse, anger and grief. Gillian is a compassionate and approachable therapist who creates a safe and supportive space for her clients to explore their internal experiences.

Prior to becoming a psychologist Gillian worked as a social worker in the mental health sector, supporting people living complex mental health issues. Gillian is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.  Gillian is available for sessions after hours on Mondays, all day Friday and Saturday. To book a face-to-face session with Gillian Day at Healing Connections Psychology click here.

Lee Hughes, Psychologist, PhD Candidate (Clinical Psychology)

Lee is a Registered Psychologist and is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. Lee has experience in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Lee has experience working with people across the lifespan who experience anxiety and specific phobias, bipolar, depression, adjustment and life transitions, emotional struggles, parenting and relationship challenges, and substance abuse. He also has a professional interest in psychological assessment, helping people overcome chronic shame, men’s mental health, and substance use. Through establishing a compassionate and supportive environment, Lee endeavours to assist people in making meaningful improvements in their psychological wellbeing so they can live more fulfilled and enjoyable lives.

During his studies, Lee has completed research examining age-related cognitive decline and emotional awareness in adolescents to older adults. Currently, Lee and his colleagues conduct field-based research investigating the dangers associated with pre-loading (also commonly referred to as pre-gaming, pre-partying, or pre-drinking) and other event level substance use practices in night-time entertainment districts. Prior to becoming a psychologist Lee worked as a residential youth worker in out of home care. In this role he provided long-term support to children and adolescents with complex attachment and mental health issues. Lee is available for sessions on Tuesdays (including after hours) and in the near future Saturdays. To book an appointment with Lee, please click here.

Grace Hiltner, Administration Assistant

Grace has previous experience in administration in an allied health setting and values client experience, with a commitment to ensuring experiences with Healing Connections Psychology are warm and authentic. Grace is currently completing an Honours degree in psychology working towards completion of postgraduate study in clinical psychology to meet requirements for registration as a psychologist. Grace is currently researching communication and temporal linguistics (understanding of time) around COVID-19 in a paediatric palliative care setting.

Grace is compassionate and collaborative, both therapeutically and administratively, as she joins our team in helping to manage the day-to-day demands of our practice. Grace is available to help with your administrative needs including scheduling appointments, cancellations, referrals, or other enquires with Healing Connections Psychology.