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Bobbie Dawson (she/her)

Provisional Psychologist
BA-Psych (Hons), Canada; PGCE – Secondary, UK;
Prof Cert in Positive Education (Australia); 
MAPPCP degree candidate (UK).
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I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, young adults and parents/carers and for the past 15 years I have worked in secondary schools as a pastoral care leader and registered teacher.  Trained in both education and psychology, I have worked with young people and their parents/carers to build positive relationships, improve student wellbeing and teach tools and strategies needed to navigate various challenges and difficulties that life can throw at us.  I work in a holistic and person-centred style where I take a proactive, pragmatic and responsive care approach to working with clients and their families.  I am especially committed to building trust, rapport and meaningful engagement and will use tailored evidence and strengths-based interventions that best suit the client’s needs in order to optimise therapeutic outcomes and inspire positive change.

THERAPY STYLES

  • Thera play

  • Play based therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Mindfulness

  • Positive Psychology

  • Positive Coaching Psychology

EXPERTISE & INTEREST: ​

  • Parenting across the lifespan

  • School Issues:  Stress, Bullying, Organisation, Perfectionism, Goal-setting

  • Children, adolescents and young adults

  • Educational Psychology

  • Positive Education

  • Positive Psychology

  • Neurodiversity

  • Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Developmental and learning difficulties

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More About Bobbie:

 

Originally from the east coast of Canada, I moved to Canberra in 2010 and am a mum to a young family.  I have always loved learning, and from a young age have been curious and drawn to different ways of seeing and experiencing the world.  I have always wanted to understand myself and others better, and to work with people to see their potential and to achieve their personal goals.  These opportunities along with now being a mum to two young boys (and an energetic vizsla dog!) has allowed me to see the world from different perspectives – it has helped me understand how important it is to recognise and respond to the needs we each have as individuals in a caring, validating and unconditional way.  

I love spending time with my family, travelling, and exploring new cultures, hiking with our dog and being near the ocean.  I also love to read nonfiction, daydream about future plans and adventures, and exercise – particularly swimming, yoga and pilates. 

Three words that describe Bobbie: Curious, enthusiastic, and resourceful 

Spirit Animal: Otter

Favourite Game: Monopoly Deal

Something people wouldn’t guess about you: I am an international judge for Artistic (Synchronized) Swimming

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