Diane has been a registered psychologist for twenty-eight years, working in a variety of organisations in Melbourne and central Victoria, and operating a private practice for the past eighteen years.
Diane’s first few years of psychology training were at the Bendigo College of Advanced Education (Bachelor of Arts in the social sciences); the University of Melbourne (an accredited major in psychology); and the Swinburne Institute of Technology (Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Psychology). Diane then studied developmental psychiatry through Post-Graduate Child Psychiatry Training Victoria.
She further consolidated her interest and knowledge in developmental and educational psychology through completion of a Master of Applied Science (Psychology) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Diane has been running her own private practice for the past fifteen years, initially on a part-time basis but now full-time; this has involved counselling children, adolescents and adults, undertaking psychological assessments, and providing professional supervision. In addition, her work experience includes:
- Undertaking assessments and providing interventions for clients of varying ages with an intellectual disability or developmental delay for the Department of Human Services, in their disability services or early intervention teams, and also providing staff training, coordinating support teams, and providing professional supervision. She also worked at Loddon Prison undertaking individual therapy with prisoners with an intellectual disability.
- Completing psychoeducational assessments with students with a variety of learning and behavioural issues, providing counselling to students, and consultation to teachers and parents during her work with the Department of Education and Catholic Education Office.
- Coordinating the Drought Social Recovery Program for CentaCare, and also providing individual counselling and group therapeutic programs for adult clients experiencing long-term unemployment and mental health issues.
- Providing counselling services around a range of issues to children, adolescents, adults and couples at Maryborough Community Health Services.
She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, including membership of the Child, Adolescent & Family Psychology and Trauma & Psychology Interest Groups; the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; and Crisis Intervention & Management Australasia.