PROFILE - MICHELLE SALEEBA
Michelle is a provisional psychologist who has worked therapeutically with child, adolescent and adult clients in a variety of settings since 2008. Practice areas have included community alcohol and drug, community mental health, chronic health, sexuality and identity, suicide crisis intervention, hospital based psychosocial support, school and community based art therapy. Michelle works primarily with the Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, her approach is client centred, collaborative and solution focussed.
Before joining the HSC Michelle held the position of Mental Health Services Manager at South Coastal in Rockingham, assisting women and children experiencing or at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence, and parents with perinatal mental health concerns. In this role Michelle provided supervision to a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, counsellors and Aboriginal mental health workers.
Michelle has an interest in the use of creative interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing, learning, resilience, personal growth and connection. She is experienced in developing and facilitating therapeutic and skill based art groups to address specific needs of individuals and organisations. Past programs have explored: communication; mindfulness and relaxation; trauma recovery; anxiety management; parenting; chronic disease management; and professional development.
In 2010 the creative therapy parenting programme Michelle created and facilitated won a WA State Government Community Services award. In 2012 Michelle was a finalist in the Australia Day awards for services to regional mental health for the development and delivery of an original creative therapy programme for women experiencing perinatal anxiety and depression.