Meet the Team
Vicki de Prazer (Senior Psychologist)
Vicki has an interest in performance excellence in demanding environments. Her practice is informed by her experience in integrating coaching psychology, clinical experience and expertise to collaboratively work with clients to optimise performance and wellbeing. Vicki can work with you addressing stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues, confidence building, moving towards self actualisation. Vicki also offers hypnosis for mental health and performance concerns.
An interest in the mind- body philosophies and cognitive science has seen Vicki achieve high regard as an expert in performance psychology; having contributed to three Australian Olympic Games and one New Zealand campaign, also establishing a successful national and International consultancy. Vicki seeks to be innovative and inspirational in supporting excellence, wellness and resilience so that individuals are happy and healthy in the pursuit of their goals.
Vicki is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Stuart has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (University of Wollongong), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (University of Adelaide), and a PhD in Psychology (University of South Australia). He is a Registered Psychologist and a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
Stuart has over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, university teaching and research, community mental health, vocational rehabilitation, elite sport institutes, and private practice. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications on topics of clinical and sport psychology.
Stuart’s counselling techniques include Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
Stuart is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Sophy has over 15 years’ experience working in the community and youth sector, Headspace Canberra and UC. She works from a person-centred and solution-focused approach with an emphasis on the individual’s own strengths and resources. Sophy’s passion is working with young people on a range of issues including mental health problems, social and interpersonal problems, trauma, drug and alcohol use, situational stress, procrastination and time management.
Sophy has adopted a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.
Sophy believes that the client-therapist relationship and collaborative goal-setting is paramount to successful outcomes.
Sophy is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Ben is a clinical psychologist and Board - Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and holds a PsyBA Area of Practice Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. He is a full member of both the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
During the last decade, Ben acquired – both overseas and in Australia – considerable experience in the field of cognitive neurosciences and in psychosocial rehabilitation therapies, related to the treatment of severe mental health issues. While Ben’s clinical training enables him to provide a wide range of psychological therapies, he holds particular interest in the assessment and treatment of cognitive difficulties (e.g. attention, concentration, memory, planning, etc).
Since Ben joined the team, the Medical & Counselling Centre now offers UC students some therapeutic interventions to improve cognitive functioning and help them achieve their potential.
Ben is available for appointments on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Jessica Chiu is a clinical psychologist with experience in both public and private sectors. She has worked in mental health settings with young people and has additional experience in private practice with young people and adults. Jessica recognises the importance of providing a person-centred approach. She works collaboratively with clients to better understand their difficulties, draw on existing strengths and develop strategies to cope effectively with on-going challenges. She has a keen interest in supporting students to adjust to challenges associated with university study. Jessica uses a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Jessica is available for appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Alicia is a clinical psychologist with experience working with clients across the lifespan within a range of different settings. Alicia has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) from University of Wollongong and earned a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Alicia works predominantly with youth and adult clients and takes a collaborative, change-focussed approach in her clinical work to support clients to achieve their goals. In her work, Alicia focuses on utilising client’s individual strengths in combination with evidence-based interventions in order to make meaningful, sustainable change. She works primarily within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy framework, supporting clients with a diverse range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, issues of adolescence and managing stress and adversity.
Alicia is available for appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Disclaimer: The above information is for information purposes only, and is not designed to replace medical or counselling services. If you need further assistance or information, please contact the University Medical and Counselling Service on (02) 6201 2351.