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.
PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST (Mon, Tues and Thurs)
Sanjana is a Provisional Psychologist, undertaking the 5+1 pathway. Sanjana has lived overseas in the Netherlands, Malaysia, South Africa, India and Uganda. She is now delighted to call Shepparton and Australia home.
She completed her Bachelor’s (Hons) in Psychology and has a one-year Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Utrecht University. Sanjana has had work experience in a diverse range of sectors including at a Parkinson’s Wellness Centre, at a hospital assisting a Clinical Psychologist and as a research assistant for a cross-cultural Psychologist. All these experiences have led her to really appreciate diversity across the lifespan and honed a keener awareness of how culture and background differences can interact with mental health.
Taking on a role at PE is exciting to her, as it aligns with the values that she identifies closely with too. Sanjana’s aim in therapy is to provide a nonjudgmental space where clients feel comfortable and cared for, that affirms who they are as individuals, and she strives to deliver this with a warm, down-to-earth and mindful therapeutic style.
In her spare time, Sanjana enjoys yoga, dancing, playing board games and is a full-time bookworm!
PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST (Wed & Thurs)
Archie is a Provisional Psychologist, working under the supervision of Rachel Willis. She is currently completing her master’s in Professional Psychological Practice with Cairnmillar Institute and has completed her undergraduate degrees at Monash and Deakin University. Archie also has training in Family and Domestic Violence and Trauma and Attachment through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Prior to working at Pure Empowerment, Archie worked at Child Protection as a Case Support Worker, both in Shepparton and Box Hill for three years. Due to her interest in Psychology, Archie pursued further studies and completed her placement at Greater Shepparton Secondary College, Wanganui Campus as a Provisional Psychologist.
Archie is a strong advocate for self-care; both mentally and physically and encourages her clients to do the same. She understands the importance of building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients and believes in client centred therapy. Archie empathises with the struggles associated with mental illness and focuses on compassion and validation when working with people across the lifespan.
Archie was born in Sri Lanka and arrived in Shepparton when she was 9 years old. She attended both primary school and secondary school in Shepparton and loves spending time in the country with her family.
“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 “.
Customer Experience Officer (CEO)/PA to Rachael
Kim is the Customer Experience Officer (CEO) 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.
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.
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
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