Peta is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. As a senior psychologist in a public hospital, Peta has supported many young people (and their families) to recover from the psychosocial impacts of a physical or mental illness, including Depression, Anxiety and Eating Disorders.
Establishing and leading hospital in-patient and out-patient treatment programs, Peta has extensive experience collaborating with other professionals to creating a therapeutic environment which is youth and family centred and trauma informed. Peta is an experienced workshop presenter and regularly delivers lectures at universities, to health departments and to the public. She provides regular clinical supervision to early career psychologists and other health professionals and uses reflection to support professional growth.
Having previously been an outdoor educator with Outward Bound (OB), Peta is a dual trained adventure therapist. Her experience at OB profoundly influenced Peta’s work as a psychologist hence she incorporates group and social learning processes in playful and experiential ways during therapy. Her Outward Bound training also influenced Peta’s PhD research, which examined the role social groups play in psychological well-being. It is a natural convergence of Peta’s passion, skills and experience that she has recently established New Wave Psychology, a private psychology practice which partners with OB to deliver training and supervision to outdoor leaders and psychologists, and provides outdoor adventure therapy programs, which are therapeutic and fun.