Shoalhaven Psychology Team

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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Alan Hudson – Psychologist and Executive Coach

Alan has thirty years’ experience as an organisational psychologist, management consultant, coach and counsellor. His style is pragmatic, science based and straightforward, and is underpinned with a belief in assisting individuals understand and tap into their core motivations beliefs and preferences, and highlighting effort on aligning their core strengths skills with a refreshed strategy, and hence successful personal and professional change.

His clients appreciate his straightforward and no nonsense style, his ability to relate and empathise with their perspectives, and his capacity to provoke and stimulate new thinking about new behaviours and fresh approaches.

Alan has coached and consulted across a rich and diverse client base. Including NSW Health, NSW Finance Innovation and Services, Commonwealth Dept. Defence, Murray Darling Basin Authority, University of Technology Sydney, La Trobe University, Fire and Rescue NSW, the ABC and KPMG.

Alan has been an Adjunct faculty member at UNSW’s School of Psychology since 2007 and was an accredited supervisor of Psychology Masters undertaking work experience at that university for a period of 15 years. Alan was appointed to the Board of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District in January of this year.

Alan is also a highly experienced workshop and team facilitator, designing and delivering these are a particular strength. A fully accredited Master Trainer in Deception Detection Skills, and Emotional Skills, Alan has delivered customized skills training courses in these topics to a broad range of personnel in both Government and private sector organisations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Coaching assisting individuals develop new and effective behavioural strategies
  • Career Management Coaching assisting individuals navigate new and reboot current careers
  • Emotional skills and Deception Detection skills training
  • Provision of psychological support in the following areas:
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Career / mid life crises
    • Relationships
    • Self confidence and self esteem
    • Mindfulness at work
    • Personal effectiveness and resilience at work and at home

Specific Development Offerings

  • Science based seminars and workshops in Emotional skills and Deception Detection skills training
  • “A New Lens” – customized professional and leader development workshops targeting middle level public servants assessing their Executive Level role potential
  • Internal Consultancy skills
  • Client service skills
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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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Meryl Knox – Provisional Psychologist

Meryl has recently joined our team as a provisional psychologist. She has a wealth of experience working in the business and corporate world and has held many management positions. After five years of studying psychology she is very excited to be able to combine the theory she has learned with her extensive life experience, to assist our clients in achieving
their goal of a better future.

Meryl is passionate in working with individuals across the life span and has a particular interest in conducting assessments and providing treatment plans. She has highly developed communication skills which allows her to build strong relationships and build trust. Being extremely organised, Meryl prides herself on her attention to detail and being able to think “outside the box”.

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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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