Leanne Fendley is a registered Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. Leanne works with adults and adolescents with a broad spectrum of mental health concerns including clinical depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma resolution, self-esteem and identity issues.
She has also worked with individuals, couples and families around enhancing their relationship experiences, and improving life satisfaction in a variety of domains. With a focus on assisting her clients to work with their strengths and competencies, she supports them to acquire the tools to make life changes and maintain them.'
"Living a good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination"
- Carl Rogers
An individual or families quality of life may be adversely affected by everyday problems, unexpected life events such as the loss of a loved one or past traumas.
Leanne has worked with a broad spectrum of mental health concerns and is committed to helping to improve the lives of her clients. She offers psychological assessment and treatment of adults, as well as adolescents and their families.
Leanne specialises in working with:
Grief and loss
Therapies and Techniques
Is an intentional interpersonal relationship used by trained therapists to enable people to explore and develop self understanding. This understanding can then assist the client to make positive changes in their lives.
Is future focused, goal directed and focuses on solutions rather then on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. This approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better and with some assistance can create their own solutions to problems of living.
Solution Focused Therapy
Is helpful in understanding the way our thoughts affect how we feel and the subsequent actions that we then take. As clients become aware of the automatic thoughts that drive their existence they are then in a position to challenge them.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Is a type of therapy that seeks to challenge broad and pervasive patterns of thinking and behaviour, developed during childhood. Using elements of CBT but also other types of psychotherapy to help develop more adaptive skills to improve functioning.
Schema Focused Therapy
Is a model of therapeutic change that is based on the research of attachment theory. The approach helps parents better understand the needs of their children and respond in ways that foster a secure attachment style. This approach can also be utilized to assist adults to better understand the functioning of their current relationships.
Attachment Based Therapy
Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy using narrative or stories. It seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationship with, and reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
Is a theory that suggests that families are systems of interconnected and interdependent individuals, none of whom can be understood in isolation from the system. Within the boundaries of the system, patterns develop as certain family member's behavior is caused by and causes other family member's behaviors in predictable ways. Maintaining the same pattern of behaviors within a system may lead to balance in the family system, but also to dysfunction.
The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life by:
a) teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively and in such a way that they have less impact and influence over you.
b) helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you ie your values , then using that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.