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Dr Olga Lavalle

Dr Olga Lavalle

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Olga Lavalle has been working in adult mental health since 1988, and leads a team of experienced psychologists.Olga conducts assessments, determines diagnoses, and provides treatment for adult mental health disorders. She also has a special interest in grief and loss.

Olga commenced her career in the public sector. She has worked in Community Mental Health, Inpatient Mental Health Units, and worked on research projects with the Illawarra Institute for Mental Health at the University of Wollongong.

Olga provides evidenced based treatment tailored to each individual client’s needs. She draws from various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Olga's work falls within current best practice principles, which is maintained through her commitment to ongoing professional development.

Olga provides Clinical Psychology services under Medicare, is an Employee Assistance Program provider, and an approved WorkCover NSW provider. Additionally,  Olga consults for workplaces and community sporting organisations.

Shanna White

Psychologist

Shanna White is a registered Psychologist and Family Therapist with over 10 years’ experience in mental health care. She has worked with many different clients, ranging from children to adolescents, as well as adults. Shanna works with complex trauma, using Trauma Informed Therapeutic Care with highly evidenced models, in order to help clients recover. These models include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Family Systems Therapy.

Shanna also works with clients who have behavioural issues (both in the home and in school), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum
Disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Phobias, and social issues. She conducts a range of assessments, including cognitive, vocational and behavioural assessments.

Shanna conducts Behavioural Support Planning for both forensic and educational settings and Parenting Capacity Assessments for both children’s and family court.

In addition to these aspects of Shanna's profession, she is also a trainer and psycho-educational facilitator for health care professionals, providing both individual and group Clinical Supervision.

If we could look at all behaviour as language, we would understand so much more about our kids (and ourselves) and
be able to support their needs before things become unmanageable.
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I am asked this question regularly: "Why are my kids so much better behaved at other people's houses?"
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4 days ago

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What makes kids afraid? Do you remember being scared of any of the below?
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5 days ago

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Co regulation is when we, as adults, can model for our children the behaviour and emotional intelligence we are hoping to develop in them.
If we are calm and safe, we teach our children they are safe and can too be calm.
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6 days ago

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Does anyone else feel like they say the same thing over and over again? Very simple ideas to help reduce the repetition.
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1 week ago

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Some ideas for how to approach your child when they are struggling in a supportive and safe way.
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1 week ago

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Our Psychologists and Practice Manager from #drolgalavalleandassociates visiting The Flagstaff Group for the Illawarra Business Chamber #businessbeforehours breakfast. We are dedicated to participating in our local community and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this wonderful organisation.

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1 week ago

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This fortnight we will be focusing on connection with children. How do we build and keep positive relationships with our children?
How do we support our children to build positive relationships with themselves? Re framing can help ourselves, and kids, to look at our challenges through a different lens.
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2 weeks ago

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When experiencing anxiety, it can be incredibly difficult to communicate what is happening for you. This simple chart is great for communicating with loved ones about what is happening for them, or for you. Excellent for use with kids and teenagers too. #anxiety #communication #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Do you know anyone like this? Are you like this? #anxietysymptoms #anxiety #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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