Searchlight Psychology provides psychological assessment and holistic therapeutic intervention, counselling and treatment.

Searchlight Psychology’s Principal Psychologist is Stacey Anderson. She uses a variety of approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Our team of caring psychologists are here to help you maximise your quality of life.

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Stacey Anderson

Stacey has experience working with people from all age groups and walks of life. She has worked in both government and non-government organisations, helping people with a range of issues. She uses a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Stacey has worked with people experiencing child protection and parenting issues, misuse of drugs and alcohol and problems related to complex emotion dysregulation. She has also supported people in treatment for a range of clinical presentations including disorders related to Depression and Anxiety, Bi-Polar Affective Disorder (BPAD), Psychotic Disorders and Personality Disorders.

Her particular focus is in psychological assessment, report writing and intervention planning. Stacey has experience in psychosocial assessment, adaptive behaviour assessment, forensic assessment and report writing, psychological assessment for intellectual disability and other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism.

Sue-Ellen Beaven

Sue-Ellen values warmth and authenticity when connecting with people of varied age, cultural background and life experiences. As a scientist-practitioner, Sue-Ellen utilises evidence-based assessments and treatment to support recovery. Sue-Ellen favours an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach which empowers people to find meaning and purpose in the broad experience of their life journey. Sue-Ellen is also trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy and Play-based Therapy to compliment the varied needs of each person she encounters. Sue-Ellen is trained in a wide-range of assessment technologies from infancy to late adulthood to review factors including: intelligence, adaptive, educational, vocational, personality and memory.

Sue-Ellen has experienced a wide-range of vocational pathways that she utilises to support people through workplace injuries, career selection and transition to new life experiences. She has experience supporting men, women, children and youth, Veterans, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other cultural groups in government, non-government and private agencies. In addition to supporting individuals, Sue-Ellen has vast experience facilitating groups as an Accredited Facilitator of DRUMBEAT, Triple P Parenting Group Teens as well as in and outpatient groups in psychological and physical modalities.

Sue-Ellen actively pursues the values she espouses by regularly engaging in physical activity, daily mindful practice and committed action to bring meaning to the wide range of events life brings.

Cairns Psychologists

Jessica Ignjic

Jessica utilises a person-centred approach to practice; supporting people to find meaning in their own unique stories and re-author a narrative that is meaningful and empowering to the individual. She uses a range of theoretically informed practice models including narrative therapy, crisis intervention, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness based therapies and Motivational Interviewing.

Aside from her role as a counselling practitioner at Searchlight Psychology she also works in a private capacity as a Social Work Consultant providing a range of contractual work to government, non-government and private agencies.

Cairns Psychologists

Sayoko Akamatsu

Sayoko is a registered Social Worker and has had a comprehensive career spanning the two continents of Japan and Australia. She has worked with young people and families and currently divides her time between private practice and working for a local Non Government Organisation (NGO) as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor.

She draws from a range of therapeutic disciplines Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness based therapies and Motivational Interviewing. Sayoko has experience across a wide range of client cohorts; specialising in adults and young people (12+) who are self-harming, suffering with suicidal thinking and difficulties with emotion dysregulation.

Her particular interest is in providing therapeutic services to Japanese people in the Cairns and surrounding regional community.

Chloe Kennedy

Chloe is Searchlight Psychology’s Practice Manager and keeps our office functioning smoothly and efficiently. Chloe has training and experience in office administration and has worked in Real Estate and Warehousing, prior to her employment with Searchlight. Chloe is currently doing her Bachelor of Social Work degree and we are all proud to be supporting her on her journey to being a mental health practitioner in the near future.

Our team of caring psychologists are here to help you maximise your quality of life. Professional services, using a range of modalities, chosen to best support you on a pathway to recovery.

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