Introducing Dr Kerry Chillemi

Qualifications

BA Soc Sc (Psych), PG Dip (Psych), Prof Doc Psych (Clinical)

Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Dr Kerry Chillemi holds post-graduate training in Clinical Psychology (Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is a Medicare Provider under the Better Access to Mental Health Initiative. In addition, she has a full membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Dr Kerry Chillemi is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience in the welfare, health (St Vincent–s Hospital) and private practice sectors.

Areas of expertise

Anxiety
(generalized) (social)

Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder

Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Depression

Autism
Spectrum Disorder

ADHD

Workplace Stress

Grief and Loss

Trauma and Abuse

Substance Use

Adjustment

Self Esteem

Sleep Concerns

Treatment modalities

Dr Chillemi’s approach is grounded in evidence-based therapies, particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Emotion Focused Therapy. She practices from an approachable client-centred style and uses evidence-based therapies tailored to the client’s individual’s needs. Dr Chillemi is passionate about supporting people to thrive and achieve overall good mental health and wellbeing. She feels privileged to share in her client’s experiences and it is imperative to her that you feel heard and understood. Respect, hope and perseverance are key to a valuable learning experience that promotes positive and sustained outcomes.

What is a Clinical Psychologist

Learning healthy ways of sitting with distress

Gaining an awareness of the common triggers of distress and understanding the warning signs (that is the feelings, thoughts, physical sensations and behavioural urges or actions) that signal that we are experiencing distress. Once you become aware of your triggers and warning signs, you are in a better position to apply helpful coping strategies.

Schema Therapy is a powerful treatment approach that allows people to identify psychological defences and self-defeating patterns that begin early in life.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy provides coping skills to challenge problematic cognitions (thoughts) and behaviours that can amplify distress.

Learning to be mindful of your emotions in a curious and non-judgmental manner (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) allows clients to change how they pay attention to an emotion and sets the framework for managing distress in a healthy way.

In summary, clinical psychology is a structured research informed learning experience in which clients learn coping skills that promote both positive and sustained growth.

Publications

As part of Dr Chillemi’s psychological research, she developed an online psycho-educational CBT-based intervention which aims to significantly increase adolescents’ understanding and likelihood of employing coping skills that may be helpful for a victim of cyber bullying. The Increasing Resilience to Cyber Bullying program is anticipated to be offered as a free, widely and easily accessible intervention that helps to ameliorate the effects of cyber bullying. Specifically, the Increasing Resilience to Cyber Bullying program is a class-room based, self-directed online program that was designed to help adolescents; learn to be self-compassionate in times of distress, identify early warning signs of unhelpful thinking that may exacerbate personal distress, examine beliefs that may lead to positive self-evaluations, reduce symptoms associated with rumination and recognize the value in seeking support.

The Functional Legacy Mindset™ approach was designed by Dr Kerry Chillemi to educate people on how different minds function (to embrace their strengths) and the legacy of such minds in terms of the benefits to society. The theory of a Functional Legacy Mindset™ approach is grounded by the therapeutic benefits of embracing the authentic self, to promote a sense of purpose, in which clients feel empowered to embrace their unique strengths and abilities to contribute to society in ways that feel authentic and meaningful to them.

Costs & Medicare rebates: The fees include $196 for appointments during business hours and $206 for after hours appointments. You do not need a referral to see a Clinical Psychologist, however Medicare rebates ($128.40) are available for up to ten sessions per year with a referral from your GP.

Private Health Insurance rebates are also available for clients with extras cover for Psychology