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.
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.
Steve has over 10 years of experience with a variety of issues relating to mental health and wellbeing, including:
- Anxiety and depression;
- Stress management;
- Family and relationship difficulties;
- Cross-cultural adjustment;
- Identity and self-esteem; and
- Sexuality and gender issues.
Steve takes a practical and holistic approach to psychological support. He emphasises a strong working relationship, understanding that feeling comfortable with your psychologist is vital to effective counselling. Steve draws from a range of evidence-based treatment frameworks, incorporating heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback, body-oriented techniques, and mindfulness-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Steve brings to his work, experience in mainstream and cross-cultural settings, both in Australia and overseas.
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.
Ben is a registered 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 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Danielle is a registered psychologist with experience in a variety of settings, both in the public and private sector. Most recently, Danielle’s work has had an emphasis on educational environments, supporting students at TAFE and now UC.
Danielle has a focus on the client and their story, first and foremost. She offers a warm, empathic style and believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for effective treatment. Working collaboratively, Danielle utilises a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness.
Danielle has experience working with complex presentations and has worked across a full spectrum of mental health difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety and panic, relationship issues, stress management, and managing study and work-related problems. Danielle is practiced in working with young people, adults and older adults.
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.