Panic Attack

With at treatment program by a psychologist you have a very high chance of recovery from anxiety and panic attacks.

  • One in ten people in their lifetime suffer from at least one panic attack.
  • You may have very strong will power but have fallen into anxiety traps; discover how your best attempts are working against you.
  • The treatment of choice is a treatment program delivered by a psychologist.
  • Outcome research shows that the success rate of treatment for high anxiety is 80 – 90%.
  • Recovery can be complete.

All of our psychologists have the highest level of training in treating anxiety and panic attacks.


Our psychologist treat all forms of anxiety including Post-traumatic Stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia and worrying or Generalised Anxiety Disorder. For more information see Here.


Evidence has consistently shown that depression can be alleviated by psychological treatment. You and your psychologist can work together to:

  • lift your depressed mood and so that you can get more enjoyment out of life
  • increase your level of activity
  • teach you to recognise, accept and change your situation
  • gain control over reward in your own life by learning to set and achieve your goals
  • teach you to to identify negative thoughts and change to a more positive thinking style
  • develop coping skills
  • help you to have better relationships with the people in your life
  • experience feelings and create a more joyful life, even if life is not perfect.

Child Psychology

Our child psychologists at Westbourne Park Psychology are clinical child psychologist Helen White and  Joanne Spadavecchia

A child psychologist treats emotional problems such as anxiety, sleep disturbance and a wide range of clinical disorders. Our child psychologists work with parents to solve behaviour and mental health problems in children and young people. Cognitive Behaviour Play Therapy is offered to younger children.

The parent is usually asked to speak with the psychologist before she sees the child, and parents are, especially with young children, involved in the treatment program. For young children, the parenting component is very important to therapy outcomes.

 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The National Health and Medical Research Council treatment guidelines state that the recommended first line treatment for PTSD is trauma-focused therapy. Clinical research shows a high level of effectiveness in the reduction of anxiety following this treatment. Whilst debriefing (onsite counselling provided very soon after an incident) may not be beneficial, best practice guidelines state that early support and effective treatment in a secure situation is recommended. We provide trauma counselling according to best practice guidelines. Our psychologists have slightly different approaches to the treatment of trauma:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Although the term ‘OCD’ has entered into common usage, people often use it incorrectly to refer to ‘liking things a certain way’ or having a special interest in something. The reality is that true OCD is much more serious than these common understandings, and can can be an incredibly stressful, disruptive and distressing condition to live with. Our Clinical Psychologist Margaret Mitchell is available to help OCD sufferers.

Mindfulness Meditation Training Course

Clinical Psychologist Margaret Mitchell is offering an 8-week Mindfulness meditation training course. The course is held at Westbourne Park Psychology on Wednesday evenings from 6.15 pm. Each session runs for 1 hour.

Telehealth Psychology

If you are looking for a telehealth psychologist in Adelaide, Westbourne Park Psychology is here to help. Clients can now book in to see one of our psychologists for sessions held by videoconference. So, you can now access therapy from the comfort of your own home.

Relationship Counselling

Helen White and Joanne Spadavecchia help couples to:

  • better understand problem areas in their relationship
  • examine patterns of communication
  • learn better approaches to expressing concerns
  • resolve conflict constructively
  • practise new skills.

Educational Assessment

We offer several different types of educational assessment, as follows:

  • Learning Difficulties Assessment: provides an accurate and objective assessment of your child’s intelligence and the level of his or her achievement in literacy and numeracy at school; includes a report which identifies how well the child is progressing and any diagnoses that apply, and makes recommendations for your child’s teacher about how your child can learn best in the school environment
  • Giftedness Assessment: gifted and talented children may not be thriving at school, or quite simply may not be offered the challenges that they need to progress to their full potential; this assessment will provide information about your child’s intelligence levels and includes a report outlining the measures that could be taken to extend your child’s ability within their school
  • Early Entry Assessment: early entry assessments involve testing of intelligence, in the same way as the gifted and talented assessment; this report will make recommendations about the suitability of the child to be granted early entry to school

Childhood Trauma

Child abuse or childhood trauma can cause problems with adjustment at every life stage. We aim to help individuals, families, and communities that have been impacted by trauma, adversity, and loss to re-establish a sense of safety and predictability in the world.

Anyone who has experienced trauma through life situations that breach personal boundaries and have led to feelings of intense fear, helplessness, or horror could be said to have suffered incidents of child abuse.

It is our belief that incidents of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse can have effects long into adulthood. Some of these are difficult to change. We are also optimistic that, given good insight, support, and professional treatment, damage can be mitigated, symptoms can be improved, and healthy relationships can be formed and maintained.

Chronic Illness

Psychologist Jo England works with older adults, adults, parents and their children to assist with the management of chronic illness.  She brings a deep interest to her work with chronic illness across all age groups.  She believes that chronic illness and chronic pain, for many people, is a form of complex trauma.

She has extensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, enriched with Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and EMDR techniques.

Jo aims to:

  • Support families as they come to terms with daily injections or other challenging treatments.
  • Support the family as they plan new daily routines.
  • Provide a repertoire of activities which reduce and make pain manageable.
  • Help people sustain their relationships and support their mood.