Psychologist Clinical: Dr Sandra Pisaniello


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I am a psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and member and state committee Secretary of the Australia & New Zealand Association for Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL).

I hold a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Bachelor of Laws.  I have also studied a Master of Clinical Psychology and am an endorsed Clinical Psychologist. I have worked in mental health services for over twelve years, including management of Lifeline and the Domestic Violence Helpline, employment to assist the Australian Defence Force, and private practice.  I have published in the areas of psychological injury sustained in the workplace; gambling and alcohol addiction; and the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder in individuals who also have a traumatic brain injury.

I have worked with people at all stages of development (i.e., children, adolescents, adults and older adults) and with couples and families, and I have experience with many clinical treatment presentations.

My areas of interest and experience (across the lifespan) include:

Children, adolescents, and families

  • Anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Sleeping problems
  • Stress management
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder and skin picking disorder
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Behavioural and emotional regulation problems; self harm; school refusal
  • Rule and law breaking; aggression and violent behaviour; stealing; truancy; oppositional defiance; impulsivity; reckless driving and sexual behaviour
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Adjustment to transition and life changes (e.g., parental separation, bereavement)
  • Coping with chronic illness or disability
  • Child and adolescent conflict with parents
  • Identity, sexuality, and body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Perfectionism; fear of failure; self esteem; self confidence

Adults, older adults, and couples

  • Anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (both civilian and military)
  • Sleeping problems
  • Stress management (including workplace stress); workplace bullying
  • Adult survivors of childhood abuse
  • Self harm and distress tolerance
  • Obsessive compulsive and related disorders (obsessive compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, skin picking disorder)
  • Identity, sexuality, and body image
  • Self esteem; confidence,; motivation; perfectionism
  • Addiction and impulse control problems (e.g., drug or alcohol, smoking cessation, gambling, impulsive spending, kleptomania, sexual behaviours and offending)
  • Anger management
  • Adjustment to transition and life changes (e.g., bereavement; partner or parent with dementia or alzheimer’s disease)
  • Personality disorders – treatment of Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders, including support for partners, coworkers, and families
  • Traumatic brain injury; memory problems
  • Relationship difficulties and counselling
  • Eating disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults
  • Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Adults with Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Domestic violence

Using the following evidence based approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness based therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Social Skills Training
  • Schema Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Behaviour Modification
  • Gottman Techniques and Emotion Focused Therapy for couples work

Medico-legal assessments; Intellectual (IQ) and Educational assessments

I provide medico-legal reports for the Magistrate, District and Supreme Courts of SA, and interstate Courts (workers compensation, and motor vehicle accident, criminal injury compensation, criminal, and youth matters).

I conduct intellectual (IQ), educational assessments for young people and adults to diagnose intellectual disability, giftedness, and/or specific learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia).