Marnie is a Clinical Child Psychologist with Masters training in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment and support of children and adolescents.
With a background in social welfare, working in education settings and disability organisations Marnie has experience working with people from diverse backgrounds with a range of complex presentations and needs. Marnie has a particular interest in working with neurodiversity such as autism, learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia as well as the impacts of anxiety, adjustment and mood, trauma, grief and loss, and health/rehabilitation impacts.
Marnie is passionate about working with children from a strengths based and neuroaffirmative framework and believes in providing therapy, support and assessments that are relevant to the specific needs, strengths and challenges of the child within their wider family and community setting. She collaboratively draws from evidence based treatment modalities such as;
• Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
• Mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy (MB-CBT)
• Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
• Child centered play therapy (CCPT)
• Positive behaviour supports
Marnie is able to provide assessments to help inform support plans for children through cognitive assessment (eg. WISCV, WPPSIIV), academic assessment to assess for specific differences in learning (such as Dyslexia), as well as specialised training in the assessment of autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ADHD.
Marnie is a current board member and clinical governance committee member for Wombats Wish, a unique Geelong based charity providing small group based support for children (and their families) grieving the loss of a parent. She also regularly contributes to the delivery of the program.