Gail Phelps

Registered Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar)
BA Psych; GD Psych; M Clinical Psych

Gail is a committed and compassionate practitioner who enjoys combining her clinical psychology training with creative therapies including art, craft and music to produce tangible outcomes for her clients. Gail works with children and young people presenting with a range of problems, however, she has a particular interest in attachment difficulties and early intervention approaches for mental health problems including depression and mood dysregulation, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and self-harm. Gail has previously worked in community settings with children and adolescents in out of home care, with children, adolescents and adults impacted by abuse and trauma, and in community and inpatient mental health settings with clients experiencing severe mental illness. Gail also presents dynamic research driven professional development which empowers teachers to support children who have experienced trauma.

MORE ABOUT GAIL

What are 3 words that best describe you?
Creative, adventurous and curious

What would be your dream holiday? 
I would really like to road trip and camp through Eastern Africa. A few years ago I traveled through Southern Africa, camping along the way, and I fell in love with Namibia. Everyone I met kept telling me that I would love Kenya, but I didn’t have the time to adventure that far north. I’d love to go back and spend some time in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Madagascar.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
You can be anything (but not everything).

Who has had the biggest impact on your life to date?
My older sister. She has always looked out for me and supported me in everything that I’ve done (or attempted to do!)

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work? 
Anything creative! Lately this has been rekindling my love for drawing, but I can often be found sewing, gardening, painting, playing guitar, or making gifts for friends.

What motivates you to work with young people?
I am motivated by the hopefulness and potential for real world change. I love working with children and young people because of their openness, willingness and resilience. I feel honoured to be a part of their journey.