“Seeking support from a clinical psychologist or other mental health professional can be one of the most life-changing and empowering experiences an individual or family can embark on for themselves. I am passionate about supporting these journeys, providing evidence-based treatments and skills to ensure the best outcomes for clients in all areas of their lives.” – Shauna Byrne
Shauna has worked with adolescents, adults, children and families across diverse socio-cultural backgrounds with a wide range of presenting concerns. Throughout therapy she encourages authentic sharing and discussion of current challenges, taking a holistic approach to considering ways in which concerns may be best addressed for each individual client.
Shauna holds a concurrent position at Northside Private Hospital in the Inpatient Eating Disorders Unit. In this position, she runs groups focused on recovery from eating disorders including DBT skills, reducing food rules and rituals, urge surfing, body acceptance, challenging perfectionism, improving self esteem, coping, problem solving and setting goals.
Shauna is particularly interested in working with clients with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other difficulties with eating and feeding. She strives to create a non-judgemental space where individuals will feel comfortable to explore the issues that are most challenging for them and how their eating behaviours affect their every day lives. In this way, Shauna aims to work alongside clients to provide them with ways to address and better manage their eating and exercise habits or body image concerns to foster healthier mindsets and lifestyles in relation to eating.
Shauna has also worked with children and families experiencing child behavioural and emotional difficulties. She works with families to provide practical strategies and techniques to better manage challenges with everyday routines such as getting ready for school and understanding their child’s emotions, Shauna aims to provide parents with the skills and confidence to create calmer, happier and more positive family environments. Shauna is particularly interested in early intervention and collaboratively building support networks with individuals and families, to empower positive change in mood, behaviour and overall wellbeing beyond treatment.
Bachelor of Arts Psychology
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Masters of Clinical Psychology
PhD (Candidate) in clinical psychology
Shauna has a special interest in the following areas:
- Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns
- Feeding Disorders (e.g., ARFID)
- Personality Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders e.g. Depression
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Body Dysmorphia
- Assertiveness and Social Skills Training
- Child Behavioural Issues
- Child & Family Presentations
Research & Publications
Shauna understands the importance of adhering to the highest standards of treatment in psychological practice and is dedicated to remaining informed of and adding to current clinical research. She has previously undertaken research in areas of psychology related to body image and the benefits of education on such.
Shauna has always been passionate about prevention and early intervention research, particularly in the area of adolescent eating disorders. Her PhD research aims to identify and gather data on a range of relevant factors that may contribute to the development of eating disorders in adolescents or increased concerns related to diet, body weight and shape within this age group.
Byrne, S., Kozlowski, D. & Provost, S. (2016). The (limited) effect of psycho-education on women’s attitudes to labiaplasty. Frontiers Public Health. Conference Abstract: Southern Cross University 13th Annual Honours Psychology Research Conference. doi: 10.3389/conf.FPUBH.2016.02.00004
Kozlowski, D., Byrne S. & Provost, S. (in press). The (limited) effect of psycho-education on women’s attitudes towards labiaplasty. Health Care for Women International
Shauna is trained and experienced in a range of treatment interventions, including:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced (CBT-E)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Parent Management Training (PMT)
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0002103178)
- Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)