Dr Kerry Chillemi

Dr Kerry Chillemi, Clinical Psychologist

BA Soc Sc (Psych), PG Dip (Psych), Prof Doc Psych (Clinical)
Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Qualifications

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).

Experience

Kerry has experience in the welfare, health (St Vincent’s Hospital) and private practice sectors, where she has enjoyed successfully helping people bring positive change to their lives.

Areas of expertise

  • Anxiety (generalized) (social)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Depression
  • Workplace stress
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Substance Use
  • Adjustment
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Self esteem
  • Sleep Concerns

Treatment Modalities

Her approach is grounded in evidence-based therapies, particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy 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.  She 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.

Academia

As part of her 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, and 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.

Kerry enjoys spending time with her child and partner, travelling and supporting live music.

Referrals & Medicare rebates

You do not need a referral to see a Clinical Psychologist, however Medicare rebates are available for up to ten sessions per year with a referral from your GP. Hicaps private health insurance claiming also available on Clinical Psychology.

Make an appointment

For enquiries or to make an appointment with Dr Kerry Chillemi, call The Urban Alchemist on 9347 0020.