About Rachael Kiely

Rachael is the Principal Psychologist at Refresh Psychology. She is a warm and compassionate Psychologist. Her personal style can be described as casual, supportive and humorous at times, yet can provide that gentle nudge towards change if required. Rachael values honesty in her sessions and open communication not only from the client, but through her participation as well. Her treatment stems from a belief that we all have struggles in our life, at times these may become more prominent and that perhaps it can be helpful to chat with a neutral professional.

She believes that diagnoses are a helpful way of putting words to some of the things you may be experiencing and provide clarification when communicating with your professional treatment team, however, they certainly do not define a person or the unique personal experience of their life and needs.

Rachael is passionate about helping people talk about how they are feeling, where this might be coming from and what skills they might need to cope with and process these experiences. She welcomes the involvement of support people and other professionals in treatment in order to improve quality of life holistically.

She has experience and interest in both short and long term therapies in both individual and group settings.  Along with a broad range of experience, Rachael specialises in the treatment of Military & Emergency Service related PTSD using

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy;

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy;

  • Skill development

She also has a keen interest in working with people experiencing difficulties with

  • Alcohol and drugs;

  • Repetitive behaviours;

  • Anxiety;

  • Depression


Experience

In addition to private practice, Rachael currently works in Sydney’s leading Trauma Recovery Program for the treatment of PTSD, certified by Phoenix Australia, in the Hawkesbury region. There Rachael has also continued her work in the treatment of addictions & mood disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  

Rachael has previously worked at treatment centers in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, where she dedicated her time to assisting those experiencing Anxiety, Depression and Addictions. In addition, Rachael has varied experience working with organisations in both family and crisis interventions, including Lifeline and Anglicare, as well as a number of years experience in working with children with Autism and their families.


Qualification and memberships

Rachael is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA), is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and holds membership with the International Society for Traumatic Stress (ISTSS). She has completed a 5-year sequence of study at Macquarie University including a Bachelor of Science-Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology and a 5th year Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology.


 
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About Arishna Chandra

Arishna is a warm and empathic Psychologist with over 10 years experience treating a broad range of issues and clinical presentations including, anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex trauma, grief and loss, transition and adjustment issues, self-esteem and confidence issues, anger management, and addictions.

Arishna holds empathy, compassion and transparency as core values in her practice, and brings with her a nurturing attitude promoting insight and growth, by providing a non-judgemental and supportive space for individuals to better understand and manage their experiences.

She utilises a range of therapeutic modalities to best suit an individual’s needs, including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy;

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy;

  • Schema Therapy;

  • Motivational Interviewing;

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy;

  • Mindfulness-based interventions;

  • Prolonged Exposure


EXPERIENCE

Alongside private practice, Arishna currently works at St John of God Hospital, where she co-ordinates the DBT Programs. Here she works in a multidisciplinary team undertaking assessments, as well as individual and group therapy in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Arishna has previously worked in other hospital settings where she provided individual and group therapy for anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, and addictions. Arishna has also worked in corporate settings, where she provided critical incident debriefing, and individual therapy to assist employees and managers to better understand and manage their emotional responses from the impact of workplace and personal stress.

Arishna has a special interest in treating mood disorders particularly in the context of Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex PTSD.


QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Arishna is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Her qualifications are as follows:

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Certificate of Psychological Practice/Psychologist Registration Supervision Program