dr lisa gomes
Senior Clinical Psychologist
dr lisa gomes
Senior Clinical Psychologist
“It takes strength and courage to take the first step to recovery by meeting with a psychologist for the first time. It is my passion to walk with clients, as they share their stories, identify their goals, and empower them to develop skills and take steps towards living a full, meaningful life.” – Dr Lisa Gomes
Lisa is a warm and compassionate clinical psychologist who has worked across a range of settings including in hospitals, schools, not for profits, specialist adolescent services, and private practice settings. She has also worked with expats overseas.
Lisa enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families, as well as with adults. When working with adults, Lisa draws upon their life experience and wisdom to assist them to make meaningful changes in their life and to live consistently with their values.
Lisa is passionate about working with children who have difficulty managing their worries, mood and behaviour, and their families who often feel unsure about how best to manage and support their child. Lisa utilises art and play techniques to assist children to feel at ease and engage fully in therapy. She also works closely and collaboratively with families and schools to ensure children are well-supported to utilise skills learnt in therapy and to thrive in their everyday environments.
Lisa has a special interest in working with young people. She understands that for many young people, adolescence is period of increased vulnerability to anxiety and depression as their identity begins to develop and strengthen, and relationships change in nature. When working with young people, Lisa ensures they feel listened to and respected, their strengths and interests are enhanced, and steps taken towards recovery are in line with their goals and values.
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
University of Sydney
Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Australian National University
Lisa is a Christian and works with patients who wish to see a psychologist with a shared faith and world view.
Lisa has a special interest in the following areas:
- Youth mental health
- Child & family presentations
- Academic Stress
- Anxiety Disorders including selective mutism
- Mood Disorders (e.g., Depression, Bipolar)
- Behavioural difficulties
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Emotion dysregulation
- Grief and loss
- Health Psychology (including psycho-oncology)
- Mental health of expats
Research & Publications
Lisa was awarded an ANU scholarship to undertake her post-graduate clinical training and research investigating the differences in nature and presentation of different subtypes of ADHD at the Australian National University.
Her previous research has focused on the relationship between impulsivity and the quality of peer relationships in young children. This research has been published in the journal Child: Care, Health & Development.
Lisa is trained and experienced in a range of treatment interventions, including:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Mindfulness; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Therapy (a family behavioural intervention)
- Trauma Focussed CBT
Lisa is also an accredited facilitator of the following programs:
- Group Stepping Stones Triple P (for families of children with disabilities)
- Westmead Feelings Program
REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0000979260)
Teaching & Training
Lisa strongly believes in the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of mental health difficulties in the community. She has presented community health seminars on a range of topics related to child development and mental health, and works collaboratively with teachers and other professionals to increase understanding of how best to support children and young people with mental health issues in natural settings.
Whilst living in a developing country, Lisa presented a parenting course for parents of children with disabilities in a Multiple Disability and Visual Impairment (MDVI) school, and assisted in the development of an emotional literacy program in an NGO working with homeless youth.
In 2018, Lisa was an invited panel member for the Banksia Project’s forum about men’s mental health issues in rural communities which took place in Dubbo.
Lisa has provided training on Autism and Emotion-Based Social Skills Training to Diploma of Child Health students, and rural and remote clinicians through CAPTOS presentations. She has also been involved in training parents, teachers and community workers in the Westmead Feelings Program.
Lisa has also provided training in assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for Masters and Doctor of Clinical Psychology students at the Australian National University.
Lisa feels strongly about investing in the development of future psychologists so that all patients can access quality mental health care, and provides supervision for early career psychologists at The Talbot Centre.