Pure Empowerment strives to provide experienced and professional staff with a diverse range of experience and from a range of backgrounds
This enables us to match clients with suitable clinicians to ensure therapeutic rapport is enhanced and in turn, treatment effectiveness is enhanced. All of our staff members are bound by client confidentiality and privacy legislation and are required to participate in ongoing professional development and clinical supervision.
To get to know more about each of our psychologists, take a look at their profiles below or if you’d like to chat about which team member might be the best match for you give us a call on 0413 819 558.
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST/MENTOR/ WRITER/SPEAKER/TWO-LEGGED THERAPIST
Rachael Willis is a dynamic private practice clinician, mentor and clinical supervisor and is a passionate member of the “come teach me tribe” whereby she ascribes to teaching others and sharing resources (far and wide) enabling each person to grow. Empowering others to be the “best version of themselves” is Rachael’s legacy whether they be clients, clinicians, supervisees, students, employees or external staff in both public and corporate arenas. In fact, Rachael is not only passionate to empower people indoors (office based/chair based therapy) but also has extended this to the great outdoors (with 4 legged therapists (horses) experientially in the paddock and transferring learnings to the “larger paddock called life” via Equine Assisted Psychotherapy using the EAGALA model).
After founding Pure Empowerment (PE) Psychology over 13 years ago (and working in the field for over 20 years’ as a psychologist working in both Metropolitan, Rural and Regional areas of Victoria and Southern New South Wales), Rachael is widely respected in the fields of private practice, vocational rehabilitation, mental health and community health, clinical/health centre team management, supervision and consulting to a range of Government and Non-Government organisations and equine assisted psychotherapy.
Rachael also has a special interest in work/life harmony and self-care for health professionals (particularly in rural areas). In fact, her Masters of Clinical Psychology (CSU) research dissertation investigated the effectiveness of a Stress Management and Relaxation Program (SMART-RP) on Rural Professionals in terms of reductions in stress and depression and improvements in coping styles.
As a clinical psychologist and a business owner of three separate businesses, Rachael has experienced first-hand the stressors associated with juggling work/life commitments AND what is required to perform at your best (whether this be in your role as a parent, an employee, clinician or a business owner). She has the gift of being able to connect with people across the lifespan in a genuine and authentic way (and this forms the basis of her book (pending publication) titled “The therapist effect: What clients really want from therapy”.
Rachael acknowledges the real struggle for people (both clients and professionals) in rural areas to access the help/support they need and thus has extended her service offerings to provide online training: PE-PET (Parent Education training), internship opportunities, group programs/retreats and workshops.
Dr Deborah Goff
Clinical Psychologist (Telehealth only) Tues and Thurs.
**Deb is currently unavailable to consult as she is on extended leave due to personal reasons**
Deborah is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. In the past, she has lived in both the UK and New Zealand. She currently lives in Melbourne, Victoria but spent twelve very enjoyable years living in regional NSW.
Deborah has an extensive and wide range of experience in the field of Psychology. She completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University, NSW in 2018. Prior to this, she qualified as a neuropsychologist in 2004 after completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science at La Trobe University with honours and later a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology combined with a PhD.
She has worked in private practice for the last three and a half years treating a broad range of psychological problems. Her other areas of expertise include the management of chronic pain, traumatic brain injury and stroke and mild cognitive impairment and dementia. As a neuropsychologist, she is well placed to assist clients with the application of therapies which are based on the principle of neuroplasticity.
Deborah is passionate about assisting people in achieving more harmony and fulfilment in their lives. She takes a non-judgement approach and the therapy is based on the person’s own individual goals. She is delighted to be working with PEP where she feels that her values are strongly aligned to other members of the practice. Deborah will see clients via Telehealth who are 18+ year olds.
In her spare time Deborah enjoys catching up with friends and family, getting out in the bush, photography and bee keeping
Provisional Psychologist Mon-Thurs in Shepparton and Deniliquin
My areas of Interest include trauma, mood disorders anxiety disorders, psychosis and associated disorders.
I see children, adolescents and adults (aged 5 to 100)
I am a Provisional Psychologist working at both Shepparton and Deniliquin offices either with face to face or telehealth consultations. I am able to help with Cognitive Testing, eating and some personality disorders, NDIS scheme as well as some other general psychological conditions.
Amongst other things, I have previously worked as a suicide prevention coordinator and also have experience working within a trauma informed framework (working with children in foster care) as well as working at CAMHS
I do not do any medico-legal, WorkCover, TAC or DVA consultations
I like spending time with my family, friends, pet dog, as well as like to go on long drives, being in the mountains, and being at the beaches.
Provisional Psychologist (Mon, Wed and Thurs)
Hayley is a provisional psychologist under the 4+2 pathway program. Hayley grew up in rural Victoria and NSW and lived in the Goulburn Valley region for most of her life. Hayley received her bachelor’s degree of Psychological Science from Swinburne University, and a graduate diploma of Psychology Advanced from Monash University. Hayley has always found psychology and how the brain works as fascinating. Understanding that many things contribute to making up how and who we are, and that everyone has different strengths, values and goals underpins her approach to working with clients as individuals.
Working in community services, school wellbeing programs and advocacy roles, plus being involved in local sporting clubs has further her respect for individual differences.
As a provisional psychologist Hayley provides evidence-based psychological treatment and care to patients of all ages, and enjoys working with clients on an ongoing basis as well as completing assessments and writing reports.
Hayley is very excited to work with Pure Empowerment, as she believes in lifelong learning, and client centered care. Hayley will see clients across the lifespan from 5 year old children.
Hayley enjoys keeping fit and healthy, whether this is through Yoga, walking, playing team sport or completing different challenges. Hayley also loves reading, playing board games and spending time with her family.
Customer Experience Officer (CEO)/PA to Rachael
Kim is the Customer Experience Officer (CEO) and Rachael’s PA at Pure Empowerment and joined the team in May 2021. Kim has over 20 plus years working in the medical and allied health administration fields and prides herself on offering an exceptional customer service experience.
Throughout her career, Kim has completed many courses to keep her knowledge up to date and enjoys learning all aspects of her role.
Kim is empathetic and non judgemental and enjoys her role at Pure Empowerment with the satisfaction of helping people with their journeys. Every day is different and rewarding.
Kim is a published author of the book ‘The Day I Thanked The Spider’, a book about her breast cancer journey and hopes to raise awareness and funds to help others on their journeys.
Kim also runs her own small business when she isn’t in the office.
In her spare time Kim enjoys meditation, reading, walking, the adventures of the great outdoors as well as spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
“No judgement, just empowerment”
Rachael is an experienced clinician and sought after speaker on the following topics:
Stress Management & Relaxation Practice Techniques and work/life harmony (for Rural health professionals and women).
Parenting strategies for parents of school aged children and teenagers.
Upcoming Book – “The Therapist Effect: What clients really want from therapy “.
OUR VALUES: Acceptance, growth, vitality, trust and empowerment as we strive to “empower you to be your best”.
187 Corio Street Shepparton Vic 3630
0413 819 558
We are not a crisis or after hours service so please call one of the below numbers.