BHlthSc, BParamedicSc, Grad Dip Psych, Grad Dip Psych (Adv), MProfPsych
For over 12 years Starr has worked as an emergency paramedic and has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of people of all ages presenting with psychological crises such as psychosis, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation, as a large percentage of her workload as a paramedic involves such cases. Starr is very experienced at building trusting relationships with patients and their family members during these critical and often traumatic incidents. She is empathic, open-minded and provides support for her patients, creating an environment which allows patients to be open and honest.
Starr’s role as a paramedic has allowed her to develop a strong understanding of patient needs and issues they may experience as a result of their psychological difficulties. Starr understands the importance of ensuring that an individual’s contact with a health service for psychological reasons is a positive one and the ongoing effect that poor care and treatment can have on a person and their likelihood of re-engaging with a health service.
In addition to the experience Starr has gained as a paramedic, Starr has also developed her supportive capacity and counselling skills whilst working as a funeral assistant and carer working in aged care.
The multitude of experiences through Starr’s paramedic career and general life sparked her desire to branch into psychological health, where she aims as a psychologist to give clients hope and tools to manage their mental health difficulties in order to reach their full potential and enjoy an improved quality of life
Starr works with individuals to assist them in learning to manage their difficulties and achieve the level of functioning they desire. Starr uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat a range of psychological difficulties such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks and stress.
Starr is a Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. She has recently completed her Masters in Professional Psychology.
Starr currently consults with clients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
BlueSky Psychology Level 10, 108 King William Street, Adelaide South Australia 5000. Phone 08 8212 3944