Dr Katherine Russell-Smith is a Clinical Psychologist with experience working in schools, hospital and private settings. Kath works with all ages and is able to support clients with a variety of presentations. Kath’s areas of special interest include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood difficulties
- Family relationships
- School avoidance
- Disordered eating
- Social skills
Kath works from a number of evidence-based approaches, depending on what will be most helpful for a particular person and their presenting problem. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, amongst others.
Kath can conduct formal psychological and educational assessments for the determination of cognitive functioning and diagnosis of learning disorders. When completed for children or adolescents, Kath is able to provide feedback to schools to support students if the client wishes, and also prepare reports appropriate for SCSA applications for year 12 students.
Kath is eligible to provide clinical psychology services under Medicare.
Background and experience
Kath completed her undergraduate and postgraduate psychology training at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 2012. Kath has worked in private practice, working with predominantly with adults and adolescents with a wide range of presentations. Kath also has experience working in schools which has allowed her not only extensive experience in assessing and treating mental health difficulties in children and adolescents, but also allows her to work collaboratively with schools to support young people, with an understanding of what schools able to change for students who are going through a difficult time.
Kath engages in frequent professional development to ensure that her practices are grounded in current and evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment.
Kath especially values the genuine relationships she builds with her clients. She values helping people feel understood and supporting them to make changes to improve their mental health and wellbeing.