Shoalhaven Psychology About

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 – Psychologist

Jodie is a highly-trained psychologist with strong clinical abilities. She has extensive experience in both educational and private-practice settings. She has worked for more than seventeen years in schools with pupils from Kindergarten through to Year 12. Jodie has extensive experience in assessing students using a range of diagnostic tools. These include cognitive assessments (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, WIAT-III) for children from 4 – 17 years, which are used to help diagnose Learning Disorders and Giftedness. With her extensive in-school experience, Jodie is in a unique position to provide tailored learning plans that are easy for teachers to use.

Jodie is also able to conduct assessments and provide treatment plans and reports for ADD/ADHD, using the CONNORS-3 and other diagnostic tests, in combination with interviews and observation. She also helps assess, diagnose, and provide reports for Autism Spectrum Disorder under Medicare using a number of different screeners, observations and interviews with the student, the parents and their school.

As well as her work with children and adolescents, Jodie has comprehensive experience working with individuals across the life span. She helps clients deal with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, adjustment issues, and eating disorders. Jodie is also a highly trained and experienced group facilitator and presenter on a range of topics that include trauma-focused work in schools, Cool Kids Program (from Macquarie University for anxiety), mindfulness, Parenting Teen Girls, social and emotional regulation programmes, social skills groups, and mental health training for health professionals.

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Marnie Mearns – 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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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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