Karen Wallace - Psychologist

Karen is a Dubbo local, having attended high school here before moving to Brisbane to complete a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology & Disability studies) at Griffith University. An interest in the psychological well-being of older people took her to Melbourne to complete a Post Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (La Trobe University). She has since completed a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Counselling (University of Sydney) whilst working in the Injury Management and Vocational Rehabilitation field, providing her with valuable experience in the provision of psychological services for WorkCover recipients. She obtained a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology through Charles Sturt University and worked in Community Mental Health in Victoria, providing crisis intervention to people of all ages, and ongoing psychological treatment to adults with significant mental health diagnoses.

Karen is skilled in working with adults and older people with mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, psychoses, substance use and personality disorders. Her treatment approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and she has a special interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Other areas of interest for Karen are perinatal mental health and wellbeing, and providing evidence-based treatment to children and their families for childhood anxiety and depression. Karen enjoys working collaboratively with the Aboriginal Children’s Therapy Team to provide psychological assessments and interventions to Aboriginal children aged 0-8 years and their families residing in Dubbo. Karen has trained in play therapy to ensure she can provide evidence based interventions to younger populations.

Karen is a registered provider with Medicare, has Work Cover accreditation and is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).