Marjorie is both a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist. She provides both psychological therapy and neuropsychological assessments.
Before commencing work at PsychPlace, Marjorie worked for some 25 years as a university academic, teaching Psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has taught a range of different subjects in psychology, including clinical psychology, assessment and case conceptualisation, social psychology, cognition, and many more. After leaving her full time academic position, Marjorie was appointed as an Associate Professor on the adjunct staff of the School of Psychology at Murdoch University.
Marjorie is co-founder and co-director of the East Perth Neuropsychology Clinic, which won a National Award for Excellence in 2006. This clinic provided assessment and treatment services for people with alcohol and drug dependence.
Marjorie has served in senior positions of various professional organisations. She is President of the Institute of Clinical Psychologists (ICP) and has led ICP to being recognized as a peak industry body. She was a Board Member of the Psychologists Registration Board of Western Australia for three terms. She is a Fellow of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Clinical and Neuropsychology Colleges of the Australian Psychological Society. She served on the inaugural Board of ACPA.
Marjorie is a senior clinician, and has worked in private clinical practice since 2003, providing clinical treatment and assessments. Her current clinical practice entails psychological therapy for a range of adult clients, and neuropsychological assessment of a range of people including those with an acquired brain injury, degenerative or neurological disorders, and ADHD. She provides clinical supervision to psychology trainees, and Ph.D. supervision for students completing psychological research.
Marjorie has conducted and published research in the areas of neuropsychology, cognition and clinical psychology, and has publications in top ranked international journals. She also has extensive experience supervising clinical psychology trainees on placement and is an approved Clinical Supervisor with AHPRA’s Psychologist’s Board of Australia.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind
As a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist, I have dedicated training in psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment that is drawn from years of research to provide effective strategies to treat a wide spectrum of mental health and well-being issues. This includes strategies and interventions to improve well being, feel more comfortable socially, manage anxiety or depression, recover from trauma, manage anger more effectively, become more confident, develop better relationships, and many more issues. The variety of issues that can be dealt with is broad, as people are so different from one another.
I adopt a tailored approach to each individual, taking individual differences, personality, strengths, and the individual’s goals for treatment when developing a treatment plan. This means that I work from a variety of treatment modalities to ensure the modality adopted suits each individual and their stage and goals for treatment. This might mean utilising cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, interpersonal therapy, gestalt or narrative techniques, or schema-focused therapy.
I have Master's level training in Clinical Hypnosis, and have recently introduced psychological therapy using Virtual Reality.
While a referral is not needed to receive Clinical Psychology services, if you wish to receive a Medicare rebate, please see your GP or specialist to discuss your eligibility to obtain a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
A neuropsychological assessment usually involves an initial interview, where your medical history and other background information is obtained. Following this, you will be given a number of tests that examine various areas of thinking (e.g. memory, problem solving, attention), emotions, and everyday behaviour. Many of these tests are paper and pencil tests, and might seem a little like things you did when at school.
These assessments vary in length, depending on their purpose. A short screening assessment might take only 2 hours, whereas an assessment for an insurance claim will more usually take 7–8 hours (across two sessions). You will be provided with rest breaks.