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Rachel is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, a registered Medicare Provider and a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI). She has over 18 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and families in mental health and education. Rachel’s supplementary training in dramatherapy means she provides a unique approach to engaging and supporting young people and their families. Both verbal and non-verbal forms of expression are utilised to help clients explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Rachel has worked as a psychologist and teacher in the public, private and Catholic education systems and in not-for profit therapy services specialising in trauma. As a Senior Therapist at KidsXpress, Rachel led a team of therapists delivering group and individual therapy for children, specialising in the use of creative therapies. Rachel has a first class Honours in Psychology (Deans Award) and was trained as a drama therapist by Dr. Joanna Jaaniste of Western Sydney University.

Rachel’s areas of special interest are:

  • Attachment difficulties

  • Trauma

  • Abuse, neglect and domestic violence

  • Family and peer relationship difficulties

  • Grief and loss

  • Anxiety

  • Parenting

  • Self-esteem and identity

  • School engagement, learning difficulties.

Rachel Van Eldik
 Psychologist