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Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing - Adelaide Psychologist

Our Team

Rocco Luppino

Clinical Psychologist

Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Board approved supervisor for Provisional Psychologists and Registrars

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Client Group:

Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adults, Older Persons, Families

Welcome to Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing. My name is Rocco Luppino, and I am the director and principal clinical psychologist of Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing. I am local to Adelaide, and completed my studies at the University of South Australia. I choose to become a Clinical Psychology because I believe in the healing and recovery qualities that evidence-based clinical psychology evokes.  I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist, and I have built my career on partnering, coaching and supporting individuals and their families to manage adversity and develop strategies to improve wellbeing. I have worked with individuals across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults, older persons, families, and parents with infants. I have also worked extensively with LGBTI+ community, providing support and therapeutic interventions. I have worked across many settings throughout my career including government, non-government, schools, and private practice settings with individuals presenting with a range of difficulties and distress. 

I work from a gentle, client-centred approach, where I work collaboratively with each individual, and together develop a therapy plan in order to ensure the best outcomes are reached, and the sessions are used to meet your individual needs. I work from an evidence-based approach and utilise a range of therapeutic models including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I am passionate about working with and providing support to individuals and couples in the area of infertility, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), surrogacy, parenting, and adoption. Starting a family can be a difficult process, and can take its emotional toll. I am passionate about providing the necessary psychological support, guidance, and strategies to assist with this process. I am also passionate about working with parents with children from 0-4. Parenting can also take an emotional toll, I believe that providing support to parents, as well as incorporating strategies that parents can use with their children can be beneficial for psychological wellbeing.

Please click on a tab below to find out more on what Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing can assist in.

Supervision for Psychologists

I am also able to provide supervision for provisional psychologists, and clinical psychology registrars. Please contact us to discuss further.

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Candice Broadbent

Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Science (Psych Honours) 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Youth - 0-24

Interest areas

I have now worked in the area of child, adolescent, and youth psychology for over 10 years in both the public and private sector. My approach is collaborative, and utilises a systems-based and attachment based approach, involving family as much as possible where this is appropriate for clients. As a team, we can then work to build a toolbox of skills to deal with the challenges being faced.

I have particular interest in the following areas;

 - Selective Mutism                                                  - Parenting issues 

 - Anxiety, fears and phobias                                    - Behavioural concerns

 - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)                    - Stress management
 - Social and emotional difficulties                            - Bullying
 - Family relationship difficulties                               - Grief, loss and trauma
 - Building confidence and resilience

I work from an evidence-based approach and utilise primarily; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks. I have also been trained in a parenting program called Tuning Into Kids, which focusses on helping parents support children with their emotional regulation, and to build emotional resilience. 

Often the key to good therapy is a good relationship with your therapist. I like working with young people, and try to connect, make sessions interesting and fun, and will adapt concepts to match their understanding. In this way, we can help make sense of the issues they face in a developmentally appropriate way, and support appropriate coping strategies.

Dr Jessica Paterson

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications

PhD Psychology

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Member of the Australasian Sleep Association

Member of the Australasian Chronobiology Society

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Young Adults (16-25yrs), Adults

Interest areas

Jessica wants to help clients take control of their sleep and mental health, and build their self-worth. She believes in accepting and supporting her clients by showing them unconditional positive regard. She draws on multiple evidence-based psychological therapies including cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Jessica is interested in working with clients with a range of concerns, including: 

  • Mood disturbance
  • Anxiety 
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours

Jessica has 14 years of experience working as a sleep researcher at the:

  • Appleton Institute at CQUniversity
  • Centre for Sleep Research at UniSA
  • Laboratory of Human Chronobiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Jessica also has 8 years of experience as a lecturer in psychology and psychopathology at the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity. 

Zakiyyah Muhammad

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Qualifications

Masters of Social Work 
Social Work Field Educator
Circle of Security Facilitator
Non Directive Perinatal Counsellor
NCAST - Parent Child Interaction Program Accredition. 
Bringing Up Great Kids Group Facilitator
Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
Mediation and Conflict Resolution Accredited 
Doula 

Professional Memberships

Australian Association Social Workers (AASW)

Client Group

Women across the lifecourse 
Children
CALD and Aboriginal clients 

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Interest Areas
Zakiyyah has journeyed alongside some of the most vulnerable members of the global community over the last 20 years; women and their families who had been victims and survivors of domestic and family violence, prostitution, alcohol and drug related problems, rape, abuse, refugees and asylum seekers, those who had experienced FGM, those afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also those who had been pregnant, birthed and parented in some of the most difficult situations imaginable.

Zakiyyah's passions are studying and living within a social justice framework. This has led to her obtaining a wide range of experience and qualifications which enhance her holistic practice. 

Zakiyyah has spoken at many conferences including Helen Mayo House, CAPEA - Child and Parenting Educators of Australia and the Australian Breastfeeding Association. 

From a holistic foundation Zakiyyah utilises an eclectic mix of Focussed Practice Strategies to meet each clients individual needs. 
 

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Tara Ball

Admin Officer

Tara runs the day to day admin support for Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbieng. Tara is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or appointments. You can contact us via phone 82330828 or email info@willowtreepsychology.com.au

Our Admin hours are currently;

Monday - 11.30am - 2.30pm

Tuesday - 10.30am - 2.30pm

Wednesday - 10.30am - 2.30pm

Thursday - 10.30am - 3.00pm

Friday - 10.30am - 3.00pm

Any calls outside of admin hours may go to voicemail, if so the call will be returned as soon as possible.

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Ruth Jarman

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) (in progress)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Assoication (ACPA) 

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Young Adults (16-25yrs), Adults

I am interested in helping clients regain and maintain good mental health and wellbeing. Often mental health needs to be prioritised, whether due to experiencing a difficult or traumatic event, or living with short or long-term mental health issues. I  believe in working together with clients to utilise the most appropriate evidence-based treatments and strategies that suit a client’s individual needs. I believe an important component of psychology is a good therapeutic relationship, where a client is accepted as they are and supported as they move forward. I believe it is never too late to live your best life, and I am passionate about supporting people as they work toward their personal wellbeing goals.

I have worked alongside clients with depression, anxiety, trauma and adjustment difficulties using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles. I work with both men and women across the lifespan, and have a special interest in women’s issues including pregnancy and post-natal concerns, life-stage adjustment and identity issues. I am also interested in working with people who have adjustment difficulties after leaving high-demand religious groups. 

I am interested in working with clients experiencing a range of concerns including

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety, worry and phobias
  • Grief and loss

Dr Kristy Johnstone

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications

PhD in Clinical Psychology 

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Young Adults (16-25yrs), Adults

Interest areas

I work with clients of all ages to address a range of presenting concerns. I have an interest in child development and have experience in providing therapeutic intervention for children and families experiencing behavioural issues, emotional dysregulation, and childhood mental health disorders. 

 

I have a particular interest in working with the following presentations:

  • Anxiety and Worry
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Sleep Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviours
  • Panic Disorder

I am committed to using evidence-based therapies to support clients to make positive changes and improve quality of life. My therapeutic approach is primarily informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy. I understand that attending therapy can feel confronting, and so I approach my work with clients in a warm and empathetic manner to develop a positive and safe therapeutic relationship. I tailor my interventions to suit the specific presentations and needs of each client, and support my clients to develop the skills to reach their therapeutic goals. 

  • Stress
  • Coping difficulties 

  • Adjusting to cancer or other diagnoses

  • Gender concerns
  • Grief
  • Trauma

Kendall Bird

Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Client Group

Adult, Older Adolescents

Interest areas

I am an experienced clinical psychologist and have worked for over 15 years in the area of mental health in a variety of roles. I currently work predominately with adults and older adolescents. I use a gentle, compassionate yet proactive approach in working together in the journey to improving wellbeing and reduce distress for those I work with. My professional experience has enabled me to create a rich platform, philosophy and therapeutic evidence-base in my approach – that we all have unique worth and whilst working on individual therapy needs, we are existing within our own histories and families, and within a wider social and world context where connection and being genuinely understood are vital for thriving and for goal-directed personal change. 

 

Among the therapeutic models I use are: cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), interpersonal psychotherapy and schema therapy, as well as utilising body and brain-based stress reduction strategies, tailored to the individual. I have also provided collaborative and systemic therapy with families and young children drawing from attachment and relational neurodevelopment frameworks, including with people dealing with chronic and complex trauma, ASD and ADHD. I have presented and published in the area of adult trauma (veteran population). 

 

I welcome and can provide therapy for all major areas of need including general and severe anxiety and depression, panic, phobias, obsessive thoughts and worry, anger issues, adult ASD and ADHD, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment issues, social anxiety, low mood/motivation and relationship issues. I am particularly committed to providing an inclusive and safe therapeutic space in which to celebrate neurodiversity, for people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and to providing a service which is financially accessible. I respect that I provide therapy on Kaurna land.  

P: 08 8233 0828 / 0434 536 236 ~ F: 08 8180 1725 ~ E: info@willowtreepsychology.com.au

Location: 416 Magill Road, Kensington Gardens, Adelaide, SA, 5068

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