Tatjana is a Psychologist who has obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and is enrolled in the Clinical Registrar program to obtain endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. She holds general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and is registered as an allied health provider with Medicare.
Tatjana is a curious, understanding, and compassionate practitioner who has experience providing safe psychological support to diverse populations including LGBTIQA+ and individuals from various cultural backgrounds. She is passionate about working with adolescents and adults. Tatjana focuses on developing a strong and trusting therapeutic alliance, whereby clients can feel safe, understood, and accepted.
Tatjana provides assessment and treatment for a range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety and its related disorders (phobias, social, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorder), panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, anger management, bullying, grief and loss, low self-esteem, trauma, sleep problems, interpersonal difficulties and relationship breakdowns, stress, poor emotion regulation, gender dysphoria, adjustment to difficult life transitions, and attention/hyperactivity.
She utilises a collaborative approach and flexibly applies evidence-based interventions and tailors her therapeutic style to suit her clients’ individual preferences and needs. Tatjana draws upon therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-based strategies. Tatjana often liaises with other health professionals (e.g., GP’s, psychiatrists, occupational therapists) to help meet the client’s needs. She is trauma-informed and patient-centred. Tatjana has been specifically trained in manualised evidence-based treatments for externalising behaviour disorders (i.e. Confident Carers Cooperative Kids).
Tatjana has previously worked across a university clinic setting, private hospital and in the public health system providing assessment services and psychological treatment. Tatjana has worked in the cancer centre for children, helping youth who may be struggling with adjustment to changes in their health, treatment-related decisions, treatment adherence, as well as issues not specifically related to cancer but that may have developed as a result of having experienced cancer such as social adjustment, mental health difficulties, appearance issues and academic difficulties. Tatjana is committed to helping patients, and their loved ones, to find adaptive ways of managing issues associated with the medical journey.
Her approach is warm, non-judgemental, and empathic and she is committed to providing a safe and accepting therapeutic environment for all clients. She is passionate about empowering clients to overcome challenges and equip her clients with information, guidance and skills that lead to positive and lasting change.
Outside of work, Tatjana enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog. She enjoys being active through attending the gym and going for beach walks.
Tatjana holds membership with the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. She consults at BlueSky Psychology on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays each week.