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Meet the Shoalhaven Psychology Team

Janine Lord – Principal Psychologist

With more than twenty years experience as a psychologist, Janine offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Her primary roles are therapy based, working with a diverse range of people in different settings, including children, young people, families, individuals and couples.

Janine has provided consultancy in policy development, training, and program implementation. Her work has been across a number of roles in various sectors, both Government and non-Government, in:

  • Mental health
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Homelessness
  • Foster care
  • Disabilities
  • Residential and group homes
  • Sexual assault
  • Australian Defence Force personnel
  • Vietnam veterans
  • Schools, day care centres and preschools

Workshops, seminars and information sessions are one of Janine’s fortes; a must have presenter with genuine passion for her work and a continually evolving understanding of her field’s relevant issues. Janine has presented in Australia and internationally, and has developed unique and original work based on her experience in:

  • Stress-management
  • Developing resilience in children
  • Mindful parenting
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual assault
  • Young women’s groups
  • Mindful teaching
  • Mindfulness in the workplace

Janine is also active in fostering links between the psychology community and the broader public. She has presented on issues around sexual assault for ABC Radio and worked with the Multicultural Centre in Wollongong to create radio scripts to encourage people to access counselling. Janine was also a board member for West Street Centre (sexual assault service), a committee member for the Adolescent and Family Counsellors’ Association, a member of steering committees focusing on young people, sexual assault, and youth conferences, and Australian Psychological Society Shoalhaven Branch Chair for three years.

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Jodie Humphreys – Senior Psychologist

Jodie is our Child/ Adolescent and Adult Psychologist who is located in both Berry and Kiama offices. 

Jodie is a highly-trained psychologist, registered with the Psychologist Board of Australia. She has over 20 years experience working in Educational settings, Out of Home Care settings and Private-Practice settings, both in Sydney and across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas. Jodie works across the Developmental lifespan with children as young as three to adults, individually as well as with the whole family system.

Special Areas of Interest:

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Adjustment Issues

  • Parenting

  • Behaviour Issues

  • Help with Autism related behaviours and emotional regulation

  • Couple and Family conflict

  • Presentations and workshops  to schools and companies on: Mindfulness in Education, Trauma and Parenting workshops


Assessments and Reports:

  • Autism Assessments and Reports- for NDIS and schools

  • ADOS Trained (Gold standard in assessing Autism)

  • Full Educational Assessments and Reports- for Schools/ Funding/ NDIS: Learning Issues and Giftedness 

  • Behavioural Assessments and Reports

  • Provide tailored reports to schools for adjustments in learning and behaviour


Expert Training:

  • Gottman Couples Therapy

  • Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy

  • ADOS Trained

  • Sandplay Therapist
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Marnie Mearns – Senior Psychologist

Marnie has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience working with behaviourally, mentally, and socially challenged adults, young people and children. Most recently, she has focused on working with children with autism and/or intellectual and developmental delays and their families. As well as the rewarding experience of volunteering at Lifeline as a counsellor, Marnie’s practice is further bolstered by 10 years experience in the child protection sector.

Marnie has experience as a psychologist working in trans-disciplinary teams to deliver high quality early childhood inclusion services to families. Her expertise includes identifying children’s needs with families and education/community staff, and ensuring these needs are met, through building a family’s capacity to advocate for themselves and access local children’s services and other community resources to meet their child’s health, safety and developmental needs. Part of this work involves providing support for early childhood education centres and schools to maximise the child’s inclusion and providing direct intervention as discussed and agreed.

Marnie works with individuals of all ages across a wide variety of areas. She is well-versed in a number of evidence-based therapy approaches to empower clients to live meaningful lives, in accordance with their values. Marnie has significant experience in working with clients who are suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, as well as those in crisis, and children, adults and families with special needs.

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Emma Lightfoot – Psychologist

With 18 years’ experience as a psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults and sixteen of those years working in public mental health services Emma has treated people with varying difficulties. These include anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol dependency, psychosis, bipolar disorder, trauma and personality disorders.

Emma uses an eclectic approach in working with people, utilising a number of modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based approaches. Emma recognises the importance of early intervention and family involvement and has worked in educational settings in
partnership with health to address challenging behaviours in children.

Emma worked in collaboration with schools and families to enhance their skills in managing behaviour, responding to children’s emotions and strengthening relationships. Emma has also worked in schools as a counsellor with Catholic Education. Her skills include both individual and group therapy and she is a trained facilitator in Triple P, Tuning Into Kids,
Dads Tuning Into Kids, Circle of Security Parenting, Exploring Together and Fun Friends. In conjunction to this Emma has worked in private outpatient settings for five years providing assessments and group Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to individuals who were seeking to build a life that they experienced as worth living.

Emma is also passionate about the role that exercise and nutrition play in our mental health.

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Kaelan Jones – Psychologist

Kaelan is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Kaelan has gained her expertise through training and working within both school and private practice settings.

Kaelan has experience conducting a range of cognitive and achievement assessments (WISC-V, WPPSI-IV, WAIS-IV, SB5, WIAT-III) with individuals aged 4 to 21 years, in addition to providing both individual and group therapy across the lifespan. Kaelan has worked with individuals presenting with anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disorders, adjustment disorder, and intellectual disability. Kaelan enjoys working from a diverse range of therapeutic approaches to meet client needs. Two approaches that Kaelan enjoys using most with her clients include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Kaelan enjoys working collaboratively with her clients, and likes to take a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to their treatment. Kaelan prides herself on being a considerate, passionate, and approachable Psychologist who is eager to not only support her clients, but to learn from them too.

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Claire Meikle – Provisional Psychologist

Claire is a registered Provisional Psychologist who has a varied range of experience working with many clients. Claire’s practice, expertise and training have included experiences in private practice and working with children and adults under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Claire has worked with individuals presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disability, learning disorders, self-esteem, occupational burnout and interpersonal issues. Claire engages in the use of a variety of treatment modalities (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT and Exposure Response Therapy) to create individualised treatment plans unique to each client. Claire has a deep passion engaging with children/ adolescents and utilises an interactive and collaborative care approach where she enjoys working with the child, parents, teachers and treating team to support lasting change.

Claire has a passion for positive psychology and empowering clients from all walks of life to be the best versions of themselves. Claire has a client focused approach to therapy and believes in empathy and compassion as values to approach psychological assessment and intervention.

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Joy Hofman – Practice Manager

Joy has many years across a number of service industries managing business operations on a day to day basis and overseeing the implementation and application of processes for viability and success. Joy has a passion for people and providing them with a service of care. Her previous roles include operation manager in tourism, hotel manager, and accommodation service manager. Joy has a passion for well being and helping people achieve success in their personal lives. Joy brings warmth and professionalism to our practice providing essential systems behind the scenes to make it all work smoothly. She is in our Kiama office ready to greet clients with a smile and help with any enquires Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Nicole Campbell

With 15 years of experience in her own business and countless industry recognition and awards Nicole Campbell understands the benefits of social media and design. She is bringing her knowledge, passion and skills of all things online to Shoalhaven Psychology.

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Join our team

Shoalhaven Psychology Services is currently seeking team members passionate about making a difference in our coastal communities. We have a vision to create mental health wellbeing by investing time and passion into all sectors and responding to community needs.

If you are driven to assist in educating people and supporting others to experience the life that they envision… read on.

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