Irene completed her undergraduate training in South Africa and her postgraduate training at York University, Toronto, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of the Dean’s Honour Roll. Her honours thesis was awarded the Ivana Guglietti-Kelly Prize for outstanding qualitative research. She has completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University, NSW. She has also undertaken training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Meditation.
Irene is registered to practice as a Psychologist in New South Wales and is registered as Psychologist with Medicare. She is an Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.
Irene underwent her training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Early Psychosis Unit while in Toronto. In Australia, she underwent training at Macquarie University Psychology Clinic and at the Waverley Family and Child Community Center. She also trained at the Pain Management Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Irene has presented at national and international conferences on the impact of postnatal depression on the mother-child attachment relationship and the impact of ongoing maternal depression on the child ’s socio-emotional functioning in the early school years.
Irene works with people with a wide range of psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain and interpersonal problems. Additionally she has a particular interest in object relations theory and psychodynamic therapy.