Psychologist (Clinical): Dr Sandra Pisaniello

I am a Clinical Psychologist, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. I am a former member and state committee Secretary of the Australia & New Zealand Association for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Lawyers (ANZAPPL).

I hold a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Bachelor of Laws.  I have also studied a Master of Clinical Psychology. I have worked in mental health services for over fifteen years. My previous work has included management of Lifeline and the Domestic Violence Helpline, assisting the Australian Defence Force, and private practice within a medical clinic.  I have conducted research in the areas of occupational health and injury, gambling, 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
  • 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
  • Perfectionism; fear of failure; self-esteem; self-confidence

Adults, older adults, and couples

  • Anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • 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; separation and divorce; partner or parent with dementia)
  • Personality disorders – treatment of Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders, including support for partners, co-workers, and families
  • Relationship difficulties and counselling
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults (older than 21 years)
  • Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (treatment only following diagnostic assessment by another professional)
  • Domestic violence

Using the following approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Social Skills Training
  • Schema Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Gottman Techniques and Emotion Focused Therapy