Melissa Gilkes

Melissa Gilkes
BA (Media and Communications), GradDipPsychSc, BPsychSc (Hons), MPsy (ClinPsy)

Melissa is a registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar specialising in the treatment of adults and young adults. She has completed a Masters degree in Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at the Western Sydney University. She is fully registered with the Psychologists Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is also an Associate Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association.

Melissa’s experience includes working in government settings, private and public hospital settings, and corporate rehabilitation settings. In these roles, she has conducted both individual and group therapy to clients with mental health presentations including depression and anxiety, bi-polar disorder, adjustment to significant life changes, enduring pain, co-occurring mental health and substance use, trauma and psychosis.

Melissa is trained in a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). She also uses Mindfulness in her approach. She has a particular interest in complex trauma, bipolar-disorder, relationship difficulties, body image and self-esteem, difficulties with intense emotions and self-harm behaviours. Melissa is SIRA accredited for workers compensation claims.

Melissa’s approach is client-centred, empathic, and collaborative. She is committed to sensitively helping her clients understand their experiences and move towards a more fulfilling life.

Melissa has been published in the Stigma and Health Journal by the American Psychological Association, on the topic of self-stigma in bipolar disorder.