Consultant Psychologists

Claire Weightman | Psychologist Essendon

Claire Weightman

Clinical, Community and Organisational Psychologist

Claire (Chláir) Weightman is a Melbourne-based Australian-Irish Psychologist. Claire has been involved in the study and practice of psychology for over 31 years. Claire is Wellselves’ Executive Director, also operating as a consultant clinician, professional supervisor and clinical and community programs developer.

Claire is an AHPRA-endorsed, Clinical, Organisational and Community Psychologist. Claire has assisted over 20,000 individual clients, working as a practitioner for over 26 years.

An active member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) since 1994, Claire holds full membership of the APS Clinical, Organisational and Community Colleges. Claire has held past high profile psychology positions in large corporations, hospitals, public sector settings, welfare agencies, health settings, tertiary institutions and medical practices.

Earlier psychologist roles in neuro-developmental and disability support services in Qld honed Claire’s somato-sensory assessment interests and skills. Later Claire worked as a Commonwealth Government-employed senior psychologist with adults. Other senior psychology and supervisory roles followed, in several prominent services, including Qld Police, Learning Links in NSW, the Melbourne Clinic and the Cairnmillar Institute.

Tracking more common predetermining and maintaining interactions between social, emotional and self/identity factors supporting reduced mental health onset, has remained an interest throughout Claire’s career.

Claire’s practice ethos emphasises increased prevention and remission maintenance, continuing engagement and support toward gradual reduction of personal risk factors and symptoms. Identifying personally tailored strategies for steadily increasing resiliency and confidence capacities are other typical interventions.

Claire has retained a particular interest in working with identity development and with its adaptation to social contexts, dissociation, personal identity dysphorias and body dysmorphic conditions. Claire continues providing assessment and therapeutic support to gender dysphoria-affected individuals and other non-binary identifying communities.

Other areas of particular practice interest are human neuro-sensory development stages and psychological impacts of trauma; organic and hormonal aspects of mood and arousal dysregulation; human sexuality and identity; and human relationship negotiation, trust factors and communication.

Claire is a long-standing clinical practitioner and supervisor of CBT, ACT, DBT and Schema Therapies. Jungian and Gestalt psychodynamic therapies, group and individual mindfulness practices, registered indigenous wellness programs, and clinical hypnosis are further practice strengths. Positive psychology, motivational interviewing and personal coaching are other continuing applied interests.

Claire has built a number of earlier private practices in Qld and NSW. Wellselves is evolving in response to observed, increased need in Melbourne for more community-based, better locally integrated supports.

As a continuing, extensively experienced professional supervisor, Claire supervises early career and later career psychologists, psychiatrist registrars, psychotherapists, clinical nurses and clinical social workers. Claire provides weekly, fortnightly and monthly supervision by negotiation, via face to face or e-supervision.

A former Secretary of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, Claire also held numerous APS committee positions and roles from 2001 to 2012. These included office bearer and member roles on local, state, national and college member committees, national advisory committees and reference groups.

Shalini Mathew | Psychologist EssendonShalini Mathew

Registered Psychologist

An experienced psychotherapist and psychology service provider, Shalini has recently made Melbourne her new home.   Fully trained and qualified as a psychologist and psychotherapist in her native India, she spent over seven years devoted to work in the profession there, before coming to Australia.

Shalini is fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Rehabilitation Council of India, after completing their long and intensive training requirements. Now based at Wellselves, she is undertaking a further year of supervised practice in Australia. Shalini’s present aim is to be registered as psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia in 2019.

During the last three years, Shalini’s professional psychology work has widely spanned across all life stages and clientele. She has worked with older and younger adults, adolescents and children, from highly diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Passionate about making a genuine difference to the lives of her clients, Shalini is especially skilled in facilitating self-discovery processes and gradual therapeutic changes.  She deeply values the Rogerian principles, including therapeutic environment establishment, genuineness, acceptance and empathy. The power of strong therapeutic alliance is an important practice principle for Shalini.

Trained to formulate and tailor-make intervention plans to answer the unique needs of each client, Shalini uses a very eclectic method and skills base. She amalgamates multiple preferred therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavior therapy, strengths supportive therapy, interpersonal therapies and integrated mindfulness techniques.

Shalini’s experience includes working with very socially prevalent clinical conditions, including major depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and personality disorders. She has worked extensively too, with neuropsychological conditions, psychological assessments and in neuro-cognitive rehabilitation.

Shalini works with couples, also being skilled in a variety of family counseling techniques. She enjoys helping groups, couples and families to explore unhelpful projections, interactive dynamics and with more closely examining and improving communication styles.

Shalini’s work with children and adolescents has included providing support with neurodevelopmental disorders, learning difficulties and emotional and behavior problems. She has utilized childhood ability assessments widely and applied various psychotherapy methods. Shalini has delivered behavior modification support and applied behavior analysis. She is also proficient with various parent-child management training interventions.