“It is ok, to not feel ok. I hope that you find the courage to make a change and to reach out for support. I am passionate about helping people learn about their difficulties, to know they are not alone and empowering them to develop the skills to overcome these difficulties and move forward with their lives”.
– Michaela Rudder
Michaela is a friendly, supportive and passionate psychologist who has worked with people from a wide variety of age groups and with various presenting concerns. Her relaxed but focused approach to therapy enables her clients to feel genuinely supported as they develop a deeper understanding into their concerns and skills to achieve their goals.
Michaela has a particular interest in working with children, young people and families to grow, understand themselves better and develop resilience towards positive mental health. Michaela values the relationship she has with her clients and their families and enjoys creating a fun, creative and safe environment for children and their families to feel at ease.
Michaela has experience working in community settings, and working across the lifespan with children, adolescents, families and adults. In her previous role, Michaela worked as the site clinical lead in a multidisciplinary adult mental health service providing mentorship, clinical consultation, treatment and linkage to external services. Prior to this Michaela worked with children and families providing therapy, case management and advocacy and providing community outreach to schools and other services to promote mental health education.
Michaela has a particular interest in working with children and adults who are feeling disconnected, numb, guilty or shameful in the context of having experienced trauma. She assists people to process sad or painful memories in order to find ways to make positive change and achieve their goals, resulting in improved daily functioning, improved relationships and increased confidence. She also enjoys supporting individuals who find themselves feeling overwhelmed or worrying a lot to reduce worry and stress and enhance capacity to participate in daily activities such as school and work.
Bachelor of Psychology
Western Sydney University
Michaela has a special interest in the following areas:
- Anxiety Disorders including Selective Mutism
- Mood Disorders
- Developmental Concerns & ASD
- Emotion dysregulation & non-suicidal self-injury
- Relational Concerns & Interpersonal Difficulties
- Behavioural difficulties
- Tic Disorders
- Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns
- Child & Family presentations
Research & Publications
As a scientist-practitioner, Michaela is dedicated to ongoing research and professional development to ensure she is up-to-date with the latest clinical research. She is committed to only providing client services that have been shown to be effective.
Michaela has a strong interest in understanding the impact of childhood trauma on development. She also has an interest in understanding the impact of social media and other technology on development, relationships and wellbeing and the role of nutrition and exercise in facilitating positive mental health.
Michaela is trained and experienced in a range of treatment interventions, including:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
- Mindfulness Based Interventions
- Family Therapy
- Supportive Counselling
- Social Skills Interventions
REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0002051007)
- Australian Clinical Psychology Association