Rachel Mackenzie

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Psychologist

Melbourne

  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Behavioural Support and Advice
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

Rachel is a psychologist, with an open mind and the desire to really listen to what people have to say.

Inspired by a great teacher and a family experience, Rachel was keen to pursue a career in psychology, with a focus on neuropsychology.

Working with people across the age range, Rachel can provide therapy to people with anxiety, personality disorder, substance abuse or depression. Rachel has an interest in working with children who have an Autism or ADHD diagnosis, NF1 (genetic disorder) or intellectual impairment.

Rachel can observe behaviours of concern and develop positive behaviour support plans, providing training to the network of carers and family members around the person, to create a supported team and get the best results possible.

Rachel feels at home working with people who are struggling with feelings and thoughts that are consuming their time, helping them to find the perspective they need to move forward.

“For me as a therapist, it’s really about letting the person open up and me listening. I have the theory and knowledge to then provide steps to help them reach their goals. I’m not there to fix the problem, I’m there to support and provide strength, and help them realise a sense of improvement in their situation.”

Believing that the client is the expert in their own self, Rachel gains great insight into people by exploring other aspects of their life.

Rachel has a calm approach to working with people and enjoys the energy children bring to therapy sessions.

“It’s not just about meeting me and doing some therapy; I take a holistic approach to improvement. The client and I, work together to understand how different backgrounds or experiences can impact their current situation and mental health.”

Rachel focuses on what she can be grateful for each day, to help keep perspective and maintain her own mental health. Gratitude combined with doing something outside each morning and after work, helps Rachel to clear her mind, and enjoy the fresh air in her lungs that feels so good.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Psychology (with honours) from Monash University and a Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology from La Trobe University.

 

Citation for publication:

1  Payne, J.M., Haebich, K. M., Mackenzie, R., Walsh, K. S., Hearps, S. J. C., Coghill, D., …North, K. N. (2019). Cognition, ADHD symptoms, and function impairment in children and adolescents with neurofibromatosis type 1. Journal of Attention Disorders. doi: 10.1177/1087054719894384

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