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Vanessa Baker

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Vanessa is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Her approach can be described as warm, empathic, and collaborative. 

 

Vanessa brings experience from both the private and public health sectors, including the Child & Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), where she worked with young people and their families with moderate to severe mental health issues. 

 

Vanessa works with a wide range of presenting issues with particular interest in anxiety, OCD, trauma, autism and ADHD. She is trained in a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities as shown below. Vanessa completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours Class I) at the University of Sydney, and a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Canberra. She is an accredited schema therapist with the ISST. 

 

In addition to her clinical work, Vanessa has worked within research teams at School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales and Academic Unit of Child Psychiatry, South Western Sydney Local Health District. She is also board-approved supervisor for clinical psychology registrars. 

Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety/phobias

  • Depression/low mood

  • Self-worth

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 

  • Trauma/Post-traumatic Stress
  • Stress/adjustment issues
  • Emotion regulation issues

  • Family/peer relationship issues

  • Neurodiversity including Autism and ADHD

  • Selective mutism

  • Cognitive, learning, ADHD and Autism assessments

Therapeutic approaches 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A)

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E)

  • Family Systems Therapy

  • Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT)

  • Circle of Security Parenting®

  • Tuning in to Teens®

  • PEERS® Social Skills Training

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours Class I), University of Sydney 

  • Master of Clinical Psychology, University of Canberra

  • Board approved supervisor for interns and registrars

  • Accredited Schema Therapist with the International Society of Schema Therapy 

Professional Memberships

  • Full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

  • Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology

  • Member of the Australian Psychology Society 

  • Member of the International Society of Schema Therapy 

Consulting Days: Mondays, Tuesdays & Saturdays​

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