melissagilkes

“The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.” ― Samuel Beckett

Melissa is a registered psychologist, clinical psychology registrar, who is focussed on helping adults and young adults to improve their psychological distress and wellbeing and move towards a more fulfilling life. Her approach is collaborative, empathic, and compassionate. Melissa understands life can seem insurmountable at times and it is during these times that one can feel all alone with one’s struggles.

 

Melissa is passionate about providing a safe environment where clients can feel listened to, understood, respected, and supported to work collaboratively towards reconnecting with themselves and their lives, at a pace comfortable to the individual. She believes in times of hardship and distress, there is unique opportunity to reflect, learn and grow, leading to greater empowerment and purpose.

Melissa has experience working in government settings, private hospital settings and private practice, working across a variety of presentations including stress, complex trauma, depression and mood disorders, emotion dysregulation, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief and loss, body-image issues, self-harming behaviours, and suicidal thinking.  She completed her Masters research on predictors of self-stigma in bipolar disorder and is published in the American Psychological Association Journal Stigma and Health.

 

Melissa uses a range of therapeutic modalities including attachment theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness and motivational interviewing. 

Areas of Interest

  • Complex Trauma

  • Depression and Mood

  • Anxiety 

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Body Image 

  • Grief and Loss 

  • Self harm behaviours

  • Suicidal thinking

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) 

        University of Western Sydney​

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

        Second Class Division 1 

        Australian College of Applied Psychology​

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

        Australian College of Applied Psychology​

  • Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

        University of New South Wales 

Treatment Approaches

  • CBT

  • ACT

  • SFT (Solution Focussed Therapy)

  • Schema Therapy

  • EMDR

  • Mindfulness 

  • Motivational Interviewing

Professional Memberships

  • Australian College Psychology Association

  • Australian Psychological Society

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Treat Yourself Well Sydney

Psychology Practice

Treat Yourself Well Sydney is known for providing the community with high quality care in a beautiful setting. Since 2005 we have developed a niche reputation in non-diet approaches to eating disorders, body image, and weight concern as well as offering high quality psychological treatment for a wide range of general issues including depression, anxiety, stress and interpersonal issues.

Who We Help

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Children, Adolescents, Adults

Couples, Groups, Families, Individuals

Our Services

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Online RODBT classes

In-Person and Telehealth counselling

Cognitive and Educational assessments

Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga

Our Locations

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449 Darling Street

Balmain

44 Avenue Road

(Within Mosman Osteopathy)

Mosman