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Leana Edwards

Psychologist

Leana is passionate about her work as a psychologist, holding a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, USA and a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University in California. Both are recognized as leading programs in the field. Leana continually furthers her experience by staying abreast of new developments in Psychology.

 

Prior to working in private practice, Leana worked as a School Psychologist, providing wide ranging services and support to the educational community. Additionally, in this role, she was nominated as lead psychologist for the autism program, servicing non-verbal to high functioning students on the spectrum. Leana has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams including speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, adaptive physical education therapists, behaviour therapists, and medical professionals. While working in this role, she was presented the Vision Award due to her efforts supporting the students, educators and school community.

 

Leana enjoys working with individuals of all ages and focuses on the evaluation, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioural health issues. Leana has extensive experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, helping them navigate life’s challenges and build resilience and self-confidence. Additionally, she has an extensive background in mindfulness, and is a qualified facilitator of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program.

 

Leana is able to assist the following areas for ages 9+ including adults

Leana's Specialty Areas Are:

  • Grief and loss
  • The loss of a loved one
  • The loss of a life circumstance or ability (e.g. losing a limb, inability to run marathons due to a heart condition etc.)
  • Anticipatory grief e.g. a partner’s diagnosis of dementia
  • Role Transitions
  • A change in life circumstance, change in employment, etc
  • Relocation and immigration
  • Adjusting to a diagnosis i.e. cancer of self or partner
  • Interpersonal Disputes
  • Couples’ therapy
  • Relationship stress or conflict amongst couples or family members
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Postnatal Depression or Perinatal women
  • Late-life depression (older age clients)
  • Depression of geriatric patients
  • Social phobia
  • PTSD

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Vision Award in Leading School Psychologist supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • ADOS Training. Autism Diagnostic Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Educational and Cognitive Assessments (e.g., WISC V, WIAT III, ABAS-3, Conners-3)
  • Social Skills Group Training
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA)
  • Medicare Registered Provider of Psychology Services
  • Eligible for NDIS Services- Plan Managed/Self-Managed