S amantha is a wellness leader who has been assisting people in achieving their goals and enhancing their health for more than 18 years. She is a clinical psychologist (PhD), a nutritionist and personal trainer. These areas of expertise enable her to harness the three key areas to wellbeing – psychology, nutrition and movement. Samantha believes that wellbeing and vitality come from incorporating a holistic approach to health care.
Samantha’s PhD focused on how to create effective goals and assist people in creating personal meaning and addressing barriers to motivation and change. She is skilled at applying her research to assist people in enhancing their wellbeing behaviours.
She is highly qualified in the areas of mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and she has provided training nationally within the public and private sector. She has developed programs for a variety of services to assist consumers in their health recovery and achieving their personal goals. Samantha uses a functional contextual approach to working with people to ensure that each intervention is targeted specifically for the individual. This is the key to long-term change.
Samantha is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychology. Samantha is an approved supervisor with the Psychologists Board of Australia and the APS.
Publications and Training
Samantha received special commendation for her thesis, which examined aspects of goal setting and striving and the impact on wellbeing and recovery from mental illness. Samantha has also published several articles related to goals, wellbeing and recovery. She has developed the ACT intervention protocols for We Help Ourselves and has conducted research with the USC and UOW.
Samantha has provided training in ACT, goal setting and motivational interviewing to health professional in the public and private sector across Australia. She has both taught and conducted research within the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast and prior to moving to the coast, also provided teaching and supervision to students from the University of Wollongong.
Samantha has developed mindfulness-based programs for the general community and has also developed specific programs for health professionals and parents. All programs are developed using evidence based principles and skills.
Samantha has worked with individuals for over 18 years and specialises in clinical psychology, health psychology and motivation.
Qualifications & Education
- Supervisor for the clinical college – APHRA & APS
- Member of the Association for Association of Contextual Behavioural Science
- Member of the Clinical College – APS & APHRA
- Doctor of Philosophy – Clinical Psychology – University of Wollongong
- Clinical Masters – University of Wollongong
- Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (2000) – University of Wollongong
- Bachelor of Applied Psychology (University of Canberra)
- Major in Nutrition (University of Canberra)
- Member of Nutritional Society of Australia
- Member of Fitness Australia
- Cert III and IV Fitness at Global Personal Training Academy
- Special Commendation for PhD
- Recipient of the University of Wollongong Dean’s Top Clinical Psychology Student award.
- Recipient of the Australian Psychological Society’s John Freestone, Prestigious Clinical Student Award
- Recipient of a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship to commence a PHD