Eileen is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety, perfectionism, and related issues. While working as a private practice clinician and research psychologist at the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic from 2007 to 2012, she trained and practiced in the treatment of social anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic, performance anxiety, and specific phobias. She has considerable experience treating adults with social concerns, such as difficulties with one-on-one and group interactions, blushing, performance and public speaking fears; as well as, excessive worry which negatively impacts clients' lives on a daily basis, adding to their distress.
Adding to this, her work in private practice and at several tertiary counselling services has provided her with the expertise to work with clients (ranging from professionals to university students) who experience unrelenting standards and excessive perfectionism that result in occupational- or university-related difficulties. She is also skilled in the treatment of diverse emotional and life problems, such as stress, work pressures and burnout, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, and relationships concerns.
Eileen believes in offering a warm, confidential, and supportive environment for her clients to discover ways to live a more fulfilled and emotionally healthy life. She tailors therapy to suit you and your needs. She is also highly proficient at using varied therapeutic approaches in an integrated manner, having drawn from her years of experience working in diverse therapy settings; such as research clinics, private practice, universities, in-patient hospital units, and community mental health settings. She has lived and worked across cultural groups in Australia, Asia, and North America. She has experience working with professionals, tertiary students, LGBTQI individuals, people of varied cultural backgrounds, older adults, and people living with HIV. She also has experience as a clinical supervisor at several tertiary institutions, such as the University of New South Wales’ Psychology Clinic, and Macquarie University's Emotional Health Centre.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons) from the University at Buffalo in the United States, Eileen worked as a research associate for several years at the University of California, Berkeley. Eileen completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University, and conducted research under the supervision of prominent anxiety specialist, Ronald Rapee. Her master's thesis research examined how cultural differences and social norms can influence treatment of clients with social anxiety, which further informs her clinical work.
Eileen is currently a Ph.D. candidate, under the supervision of Maree Abbott at the University of Sydney, studying the self in adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism. She aspires for her Ph.D. research to provide herself and other clinicians with more insight into working with people whose lives are negatively impacted by excessive perfectionism.
Eileen has full registration as a clinical psychologist (PSY0001169478) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She holds memberships with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), the Anxiety Practitioners Network (APN), and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).
Eileen practises in a relaxed, non-clinical manner, which helps clients to feel comfortable and confident in sharing their personal experiences
Psychological treatments are provided to clients in a timely and focused manner, and are backed by scientific evidence
The therapy approaches are based on well-developed psychological theories with established treatment effectiveness for mental health issues
The choice between the approaches offered would depend on the nature of the issue and your own preference for one approach over another
The evidence-based therapeutic approaches that Eileen draws on in her clinical practice include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Please feel free to contact Eileen:
Location: 27 Portman Street, Zetland NSW 2017
Phone: 04 05 138 859 (Note: Eileen only responds to calls - not text messages)
Please note that if you are a new client and wish to make an appointment, please submit a contact form first.