Melanie Waugh, Psychologist

BA(Hons), BBehavSci(Hons)(Psych), GradDipMngt, MPsych(Ed&Dev)

Registered Psychologist

Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) specialist endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology

Member Australian Psychological Society

Registered Medicare Provider

Brisbane MIND Program Provider

My clinical experience is wide-ranging, and includes working with individuals of all ages with mental health difficulties (e.g., anxiety and depression), learning difficulties and disabilities, developmental delays (e.g., social skills, emotional self-regulation, cognitive functioning), and a range of social-emotional problems (e.g., anger and impulse-control, low confidence, poor self-esteem).  My therapeutic counselling services assist and support children, adolescents and adults and are based on each individual’s needs and goals for growth and change.

I work with people experiencing mental health difficulties and a range of social-emotional and interpersonal problems, including anxiety and depression, difficulties with confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, communication, and other social or personal difficulties. My expertise in educational and developmental psychology particularly informs my work with adult clients who have had a history of family-of-origin difficulties or who are struggling with issues from their childhood or early family life.

I have advanced clinical training in developmental psychology and this expertise is particularly helpful in my work with children and adolescents. I customise therapy sessions to ensure that they are both age-appropriate and evidence-based. I work closely with parents and carers, and if appropriate with schools, teachers and other health professionals, to develop goals and strategies that will best support the needs of each child and family. Applied developmental psychology is extremely important when working with adolescents and young adults, particularly those who are struggling with mental health difficulties, negative peer influence, low self-esteem, poor confidence, conflict with parents, or with life transitions such as leaving school, entering the workforce for the first time, or commencing tertiary education. I provide psychoeducational and diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents with academic and learning difficulties.

I support parents at all stages of development, including new parents, step-parents, and parents with children who have disabilities or special needs. The relationship-based approaches I use help parents build their self-reflective capacity, ability to manage their own emotions and develop skills to improve the quality of relationships with their children. I am a qualified provider of the Circle of Security, 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching, & Engaging Adolescents Parenting Programs. Registered for Medicare non-directive pregnancy counselling services, I also provide support to women concerned about a current pregnancy or a pregnancy that occurred in the preceding 12 months. I also work with mothers experiencing perinatal anxiety or depression, using both individual- and relationship-focused intervention approaches.

I have extensive training in many treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness techniques, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, & Relationship/Attachment-based parent education & intervention. I bring an integrative approach to therapy, using evidence-based approaches tailored individually to meet each person’s specific needs.

Melanie in Bangladesh 2011 – school readiness program for Bangladeshi mothers and children

I have delivered presentations, workshops, and group programs on a variety of topics.  I provide supervision to provisional psychologists and also to fully-registered psychologists undertaking an Educational and Developmental Psychology registrar program. I am currently participating in QUT’s Career Mentor Scheme and provide mentoring to final year students with a major in psychology. In 2011, I presented my Masters of Psychology research internationally and co-facilitated a professional development workshop on childhood anxiety at the 3rd International Conference on Educational and Counselling Psychology, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I was also involved in training Bangladeshi psychology students to set-up and run a parent education/school readiness program. In 2012, I co-authored ‘Supporting siblings of children with a rare chromosome disorder’ for UK charity and support group, Unique. Prior to working in private practice, I worked as a specialist psychological assessor for the Federal Government and spent several years working as a researcher with the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (Children’s Hospital Health Service District). In 2012 I worked on research projects at the Mater Children’s Hospital on Autism Spectrum Disorders (co-authored ‘Uptake and Diagnostic Yield of Chromosomal Microarray in an Australian Child Development Clinic‘, published in 2014) and the Australian Angelman Syndrome Research Register. My undergraduate and postgraduate psychology qualifications were attained at the Queensland University of Technology.