Jacinda is a Clinical Psychologist and a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD from Flinders University.
Jacinda has worked as a psychologist over the last 17 years working in both the public and private sectors. She worked as a psychologist with the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) for many years, providing support to teachers, SSO's and families around understanding and supporting students' emotional, social and learning needs and needs in relation to identified disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD and dyslexia in the classroom and at school more broadly. Jacinda has also worked previously as a psychologist within a large Adelaide R-12 school to support students, school staff/mentors and parents about how to promote student well being within a classroom and home setting.
Jacinda has also worked as a research psychologist, including herr PhD research in the areas of caregiving, coping, illness and grief and loss.
Finally, Jacinda has also had many years of working with children and teens individually in a therapy setting. In her current role at Developing Minds, she is passionate about helping young people who are finding life difficult because of different personal, social, familial or other circumstances.
She is experienced in supporting individuals experiencing anxiety, depression/low mood, social issues, bullying/exclusion, disordered eating and body image issues, anger and frustration, sleep issues, oppositional/defiant behaviour, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ / gender diverse issues, drug and alcohol issues, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorders and organisation/study issues. She is particularly passionate about helping children, teens and families in managing challenges so they don't get in the way of living the life they want.
Jacinda’s therapeutic approach is flexible and adapted to the individual, their age/level of development and their presenting concerns. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) feature predominantly in her work.