About

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DR JON FINCH
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
BAppSc, BSci (Hons), DPsych (Health) MAPS CCLIN

Jon Finch is a clinical psychologist specialising in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) providing CPT training for practitioners and counselling for people that have experienced trauma.

Jon has over 15 years experience as a psychologist. He is a strong advocate for the use of evidence based therapy in the field of psychology. Early in his career as a psychologist he was trained in the use of prolonged exposure (PE) (which is also called imaginal exposure therapy) for PTSD.

In 2007 Jon trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. In 2014 he travelled to America to complete training with the authors of the Cognitive Processing Therapy manual to reach Cognitive Processing Therapy Trainer status and to train other clinicians.

Jon initially worked with soldiers, war veterans/peace keepers at Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service, working in the role of counsellor and deputy director. He then worked for Davidson Trahaire Corpsych as the Victorian Trauma Services Manager. He moved on to work with police members at Victoria Police as the Senior Psychologist. He has also worked as a Senior Psychologist with Melbourne University Counselling Service, treating young people and staff at the university. He has worked in private practice and has specialised in treating people with complex trauma histories and specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the past 7 years. He has worked with people exposed to a wide range of traumatic events, victims of assault, sexual assault, childhood sexual assault and domestic violence, those involved in motor vehicle accidents, soldiers, war veterans/peace keepers, police members, and emergency services workers. In 2014 he completed training in the USA with the Authors of the CPT manual to deliver training to other clinicians.

Jon focuses on the use of the evidenced based therapy, CPT for PTSD, as well as prolonged exposure (PE) or imaginal exposure therapy for PTSD, when treating trauma. These therapies have a research base that has demonstrated that they work.

Jon also has extensive experience working with people experiencing depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders, and those suffering from substance use difficulties.

Jon contributes to the Cognitive Processing Therapy website in Australia.

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioners Registration Board (AHPRA) with area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Fellow of the APS Clinical College (FCCLP)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Trainer/consultant
  • Registered Supervisor with AHPRA
  • Member of the ISTSS

DR EMMA SYMES
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Emma is an experienced clinical psychologist with a specific interest in perinatal and infant mental health.  Over the past fifteen years she has supported many families through the transitions that occur during the perinatal and early parenting period.  She is also skilled in the provision of general mental health treatment.

Emma is currently employed as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at The Royal Women’s Hospital – Centre for Women’s Mental Health.  She is trained in the Newborn Behaviour Observation (NBO) and has been involved in facilitating the Parenting with Feeling (postnatal psychotherapy group program).  She also provides psychological support to women experiencing gynecological cancers and other women’s health issues.

Emma worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Tweddle Child and Family Health Service for several years, supporting families and infants with sleep and settling issues.  She also has extensive experience working within the adult mental health sector, as well as working with adolescents and their families at headspace.  Emma is also co-facilitator of the Western Infant and Perinatal Mental Health Professionals Network, and was a MERTIL facilitator involved in training Maternal and Child Health Nurses within Victoria about infant mental health and relational trauma.

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioners Registration Board (AHPRA) with area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Member of the APS Clinical College (MAPS CCLIN)
  • Joint Co-ordinator of the Western Perinatal Mental Health Professionals Network
  • Registered Circle of Security Parent Group Facilitator
  • Member of Antenatal and Postnatal Psychology Network
  • Member of PANDA (Post and Antenatal Depression Association)
  • Registered Supervisor with AHPRA

Professional Achievements

  • Co-ordinator / Trainer – Royal Women’s Hospital, Centre for Women’s Mental Health – Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Training
  • Invited guest on ABC Radio National – Life Matters Program (25 June 2018)
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/pregnant-in-workplace/9899592
  • Australian Psychological Society representative at the Victorian Government Enquiry into Perinatal Services 2018
  • Member of APS Working Group developing guidelines for Psychologists Working with Family Violence