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Penny Janis Clinical Psychologist – Qualifications and Experience

I am a highly experienced and skilled Clinical Psychologist with over two decades of clinical experience. As a Clinical Psychologist, I have completed an advanced level of post-graduate university training in the field of clinical psychology, followed by a substantial period of post-graduate supervised clinical practice.  Throughout my years of clinical practice, I have effectively treated a wide variety of psychological issues.

I am registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.  Registration is a legal requirement in Australia to be able to practice as a Psychologist.   (It is important to note that not all therapists are registered psychologists).  I am also a Medicare registered Clinical Psychology Provider.

Outlined below are my qualifications, employment history, areas of interest and experience, and therapeutic style.

Educational Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Psychology, Adelaide University, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts Honors (Psychology), Adelaide University, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Adelaide University, 1992

Professional Associations – Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society [MAPS]
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists.

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Employment Background

I have worked in a range of settings with adults throughout my years of practice, both in the public and private sectors, and as a private practitioner.

Special Interest Areas

I have extensive experience and a special interest in the provision of psychological therapy for the following issues:

  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • adult survivors of childhood abuse (emotional, psychological and physical)
  • adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • depression
  • domestic violence and abuse
  • grief and loss
  • relationship difficulties
  • self development and personal growth
  • stress management
  • trauma and post traumatic stress

Additional Areas of Practice

In addition to the above special interest areas, I have expertise in the following areas

  • bullying
  • gay and lesbian issues
  • fears and phobias
  • gender dysphoria and sexuality issues
  • health-related concerns
  • HIV & AIDS
  • self-esteem and confidence

Therapeutic Modalities/Approach

I use an integrative evidence-based approach to therapy which is tailored to the specific needs of each client.  Psychological therapeutic interventions utilised are drawn from therapy models/approaches including (but not limited to):

  • cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • emotion focussed
  • grief therapy
  • humanistic
  • interpersonal therapy (IPT)
  • mindfulness
  • narrative therapy
  • person-centered or client centred
  • psychodynamic therapy
  • trauma therapy

Quality Provision

My extensive training, registration as a Psychologist, membership of the Australian Psychological Society and its College of Clinical Psychologists, and registration as a Clinical Psychology Provider with Medicare, can provide you with a greater degree of assurance regarding the high quality of my services.  I adhere to the professional standards, code of conduct, ethics, and continuing professional development requirements of these professional bodies.

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