Erin has a particular passion for working therapeutically with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and aims to build a strong therapeutic relationship with clients based upon understanding and acceptance. Erin feels strongly about honouring neurodiversity in the pursuit of well-being. Her manner is gentle and positive (albeit a tad quirky) and she draws from a number of treatment approaches including Schema Therapy, attachment-based therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psycho-education, Positive Psychology, Functional Behaviour Analysis and skills building approaches.
Erin has experience working with individuals with varying cognitive abilities, from individuals with intellectual disability to individuals with areas of giftedness. Erin was awarded both First Class Honours in Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology by Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia). She has presented her work at international conferences and her work was published in the peer-reviewed journal “Autism”. Erin has been registered to practice as a psychologist since 2009 and gained endorsement in the area of Clinical Psychology in 2011.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, Erin worked as a behavioural therapist with children with autism for a number of years which developed her understanding of, and fondness for, individuals on the autism spectrum. She has since expanded her field of interest and has gained experience in working with adolescents and adults experiencing a range of complex presenting issues. This led to an interest in Schema Therapy which saw Erin completing her Advanced Level certification in both Individual and Child-Adolescent Schema Therapy, and then co-founding the Centre for Schema Therapy Australia. In 2016, Erin gave a 90min presentation on implementing Schema Therapy with individuals on the autism spectrum at the International Schema Therapy conference in Vienna.
Outside of working hours Erin retreats into her garden. She enjoys growing all sorts of fruits and flowers, including dinner plate dahlias, saffron crocus, alpine strawberries, and Japanese windflowers. She also enjoys sketching, painting, and photographing flowers from her garden, though feels these reproductions could never quite compare to the beauty of the original bloom.