Change Rooms Practitioners

ALISON LENEHAN

ALISON LENEHAN

Alison has been practicing as a registered psychologist for over 14 years. While studying postgraduate studies at university, Alison worked as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist with children with autism. Following her full registration as a psychologist in 2006, Alison moved into a role supporting individuals exiting prison who were at the extreme end of emotion dysregulation. Her successes with this work helped formed her special interest areas of the interplay between complex trauma and emotion regulation difficulties.

For the next decade, Alison worked in various roles within the not-for-profit sector with at-risk youth. Her most senior role was head of Clinical Services with a small clinical team working under her direction (including intern psychologists and behaviour management staff). Her exposure to the corporate world throughout this time assists her to connect with clients in corporate/ leadership roles today.

A progression into consulting work further broadened Alison’s skills as a presenter. She was often brought into an agency to run clinics and training sessions on topics such as complex trauma, neurobiological impact of trauma, attachment, suicide, self injury etc. She became highly skilled in the area of writing court reports and/or behavioural management plans and had a notable strength helping others understand her clients needs.

Alison has extensive experience helping adolescents who are detached and abrasive. Her approach does not follow the traditional ‘CBT’ path that many psychologists use. While this approach is helpful for many, Alison is more likely to use strategies aimed at emotion coaching an adolescent through their life to enable them to ride the wave of emotion more successfully.

Alison has trained in the narrative approach, Maudsley Family based therapy, and more recently, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy where she completed intensive training with Behavioural Tech (Dr Marsha Linehan’s organisation). Alison helped to establish and run the DBT program at The Resilience Centre where she worked in private practice for 7 years. Alison holds current registration as a Board Approved Supervisor and is a member of the Australian BPD Foundation (a group of volunteers passionate in promoting services for everyone impacted by Borderline Personality Disorder). She is an approved Victims of Crime counsellor and sees clients under NDIS (when funded via self-managed or plan partner avenues).

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Contact Alison on [email protected] or call
Randwick reception on 02 9399 6399

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN WORKING WITH ALISON

Alison’s aim is to create a therapeutic safe place that promotes growth for her clients on their journey towards living a purposeful life. Warmth and unconditional positive regard underpins everything she does. Alison is an ‘open book’ in therapy and is known to value honesty in the therapy room. Alison strives for change (real, tangible change) as she genuinely believes in her client’s ability to live a life worth living and loving.

Areas of Expertise:

►Child trauma and related PTSD
►Adult trauma (Alison is registered with Victims of Crime counselling scheme)
►Personality Disorders
►Complex presentations
►Anxiety
►Depression
►IVF counselling
►Autism, high functioning Autism
►Perfectionism
►Self-harm
►Suicidality
►Difficulty connecting

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CONTACT US

Email

[email protected]
Or use the following enquiry form

Call us

Phone Randwick: 02 9399 6399
Phone Balmain: 02 9818 7334
Mobile: 0432 168 373

Online Booking

Book appointment with Hazel
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RANDWICK PRACTICE

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Suite 3
206T Alison Road (note the T)
Randwick NSW 2031

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Gladstone Practice
5 Darvell Street
Balmain NSW 2041