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Women's Psychological Health

Charlene Halfhyde: Psychologist and Infertility Counsellor

About

Charlene Halfhyde is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.  Charlene is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.  In 2017, Charlene was named joint recipient of the APS Women and Psychology Interest Group's Elaine Dignan Award for her outstanding work, significant contribution and dedication in improving the lives of women.

Charlene graduated with Class 1 Honours from James Cook University in 2004.  In 2004, she was awarded The Australian Psychological Society's Prize for Psychology and a James Cook University Academic Medal. Charlene is a an Accredited Infertility Counsellor with the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellor's Association and holds full membership with the Fertility Society of Australia.  Charlene provides consultancy services for Cairns Fertility Centre and provides their clients with fertility counselling including IVF, donations and surrogacy.  Charlene has a special interest in Perinatal Psychology and is a member of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology, PANDA, the Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group and the Australasian Marce' Society.  Charlene is a Registered Pregnancy Support Counsellor with Medicare and she provides pregnancy support counselling including counselling for birth trauma and loss.

Charlene holds certificates in Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.  She is also trained in CBT-E (Enhanced CBT for the eating disorders).  Charlene has a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders and has presented at the FNQ Ladies Doctor's Association on Eating Disorders in 2014.  Charlene has also provided training on the treatment of eating disorders for allied health professionals.  Charlene provides therapy for healthy weight management and counselling and assessment and counselling for bariatric patients.  Charlene is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders and the APS Eating, Weight and Body Image Interest Group.  Charlene can provide treatment for Eating Disorders under a Eating Disorder Treatment  and Management Plan (EDP) that allows clients up to 40 rebateable psychology sessions in a 12 month period.

Charlene previously worked as a counsellor and consultant for Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service and has become an experienced Domestic Violence Counsellor.  She has provided counselling for female victims of domestic violence for more than 13years. 

Charlene is the owner and principal psychologist of Women's Psychological Health.  Her practice has been in operation for 11 years.  Charlene also practiced in Melbourne as the sole psychologist providing services for a large medical centre.  Charlene was appointed Member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Royal Woman's Hospital, Melbourne in 2014.  Charlene has presented at the APS Conference in Melbourne in 2005. 

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Class 1 Hons) (James Cook University Cairns)

AWARDS:

  • APS Elaine Dignan Award (2016)
  • APS Prize for Psychology (2004)
  • James Cook University Academic Medal (2004)

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Psychology Board of Australia
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Fertility Society of Australia
  • Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association
  • Centre for Perinatal Psychology
  • Australasian Marce' Society
  • APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group
  • PANDA
  • APS Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image Interest Group
  • APS Women and Psychology Interest Group
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATES:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Advanced CBT
  • Enhanced CBT for the Eating Disorders (CBT-ED)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Motivational Interviewing