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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 works with families with younger children (12 years and younger) alongside parents with a whole family focus. 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); attachment therapy for individuals, couples, and families; compassion-focused therapy; mindfulness based cognitive-behaviour therapy (MiCBT); cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT); schema therapy; and solution-focused (brief) 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

Gillian is a registered psychologist 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 Wednesdays, all day Friday and Saturday mornings. To book a face-to-face session with Gillian Day at Healing Connections Psychology click here (note: online bookings will be available in October 2019 – please phone 0415177822 for bookings or enquiries).

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