Dr Andrea Putica

Clinical Psychologist

Briefly about my clinical psychology practice

I am an experienced clinical psychologist with effective therapeutic skills, theoretical knowledge and research experience. I work with clients who experience a range of psychological issues. I also teach, conduct ongoing research and am undertaking a PhD in Psychiatry focusing on improving treatments for those experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

 

My primary area of practice are Posttraumatic Disorders, such as Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or any other changes people experience in their mental or physical health following exposure to trauma.

Fee

  • $250 per 50-minute telehealth video session (I do not offer in-person sessions).

  • $300 per 90-minute, Prolonged Exposure telehealth video session

  • $180 per 60-minute Board-approved supervision telehealth video session (includes registrar program principal supervision for practice of clinical psychology), contact us.

Areas in which I help best

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Panic Disorder

  • Anxiety & phobias

  • LGBTQI+

  • Personality disorders

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Depression

  • Bipolar Affective Disorder

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Emotion Regulation

Therapeutic approach

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Transdiagnostic Treatments targeting multiple disorders, such as the Unified Protocol for emotion disorders

My goal, style and approach in session

I pride myself on my genuine, down to earth nature. I am privileged to work with clients who entrust me with their care. Above and beyond research, theory or treatment modality my approach is person-centred, and I work collaboratively to develop the best treatment plan for my clients. Every step of the way you can expect transparency, collaboration and responsiveness to your unique therapeutic goals.

Higher education

  • Currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Vic.

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Southern Queensland, Qld, 2014.

  • Master of Clinical Psychology, University of Canberra, ACT, 2010.

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, University of Canberra, ACT, 2007.

  • Bachelor of Applied Psychology, University of Canberra, ACT, 2006.

Additional training

  • Prolonged Exposure Certification, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Vic, 2018.

  • Aspects of randomization and analysis in randomized controlled trials, University of Melbourne, Vic, 2018.

  • Board-approved Supervisor Training, Swinburne University, Vic, 2018.

  • Qualitative Research: Design, Analysis and Representation, Monash University, Vic, 2017.

Client focus

  • Age:

    • Adults

  • Modality:

    • Individuals​

  • All genders, ethnicities, religions, relationship types and sexualities are welcome.

Other spoken languages

  • Croatian

Special interests, endeavours, publications and about me

  • Putica, A., Van Dam, N. T., Steward, T., Agathos, J., Felmingham, K., & O'Donnell, M. (2020). Alexithymia in post-traumatic stress disorder is not just emotion numbing: Systematic review of neural evidence and clinical implications. Journal of Affective Disorders, 278, 519-527. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.09.100.

  • Wade, D., Metcalf, O., Terhaag, S. & Putica, A. (2018) Final report for EML Insurance: Prolonged Exposure therapy training and consultation program for PTSD among emergency service personnel. Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.

  • O’Donnell , M.L. Lau, W., Chisholm, K., Agathos, J., Little, J., Putica, A., Gallagher, M.(2020). Can a transdiagnostic, non-trauma focused intervention treat PTSD? Presentation at International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 36th annual meeting, Virtual meeting 4 - 14 November, 2020.

Professional membership and ABN

  • Endorsed in Clinical Psychology by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

  • Board-approved supervisor

  • Registrar program principal supervisor for practice of clinical psychology

  • ABN: 34 081 662 914

Relevant experience

  • Clinical psychologist, Phoenix Australia, Carlton, Vic, Mar 2021—current.

    • Provide specialized PTSD treatments to a diverse range of clients.​

    • Design and implement evaluations of treatments.

    • Provide secondary consultation.

  • Senior clinical psychologist, C. Health Care, Brunswick East, Vic, Aug 2017—Jan 2021.

    • Develop and implement service-wide clinical governance policy and procedures​.

    • Key escalation clinician for all service-wide urgent matters.

    • Undertake bio-psychosocial assessments for a diverse population of clients of high acuity.

    • Evaluate individual and program outcomes, communicating progress to colleagues and stakeholders.

    • Assertive monitoring of client’s mental health and wellbeing (including physical health concerns and liaising with GP/ other professionals).

    • Development of service-wide evaluation framework.

    • Assertive treatment of clients with accurate diagnosis and formulation to ensure effective treatment planning.

    • Provide psycho-education and support to caregivers, clients and administrative staff.

    • Work within an integrated service delivery model ensuring contact with all clinicians involved in the client’s care.

    • Ensure that all practices, including documentation and client liaison, comply with APS and AHPRA ethical standards.

    • Provide regular and ongoing clinical supervision and professional development.

    • Designed, implemented and evaluated a group transdiagnostic intervention.

  • Outreach psychologist and research fellow, Phoenix Australia, Carlton, Vic, Aug 2017—Jan 2019.

    • Work within project teams to provide analytical research and research report writing skills.​

    • Conduct comprehensive literature reviews using various methodologies including systematic reviews and rapid evidence assessments.

    • Deliver treatment under the SPRITE (Screening and Promoting Recovery after Injury by Treating Early) using the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders.

  • Principal psychologist, Insight Clinical Psychology Ltd, Coburg, Vic, Aug 2011—Sep 2017.

    • Co-ordinate service delivery across three campuses in metropolitan Melbourne.​

    • Undertake comprehensive mental health diagnostic assessments and provide evidence-based psychological interventions.

    • Manage emergency responses in triage and crisis counsellor capacity to ensure client safety and care.

    • Develop community networks to promote cross-referral pathways with other medical centres and community organisations including Headspace and Melbourne Health.

    • Provide psycho-education and support to caregivers, clients and administrative staff.

    • Provide regular and ongoing clinical supervision and professional development.

    • Recruit, train, coach and develop team to cope with increased clinical demand.

  • Senior psychologist, Youth Projects Inc., Melbourne, Vic, Oct 2012—Nov 2014.

    • Provide individual and group psychotherapy to clients.​

    • Develop a streamlined referral process and outcome-informed care across two programs across two campuses.

    • Design and deliver professional development for clients and staff.

    • Supervise clinical psychology students on placement.

  • Psychologist and CATT clinician, North West Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, Melbourne, Vic, Oct 2010—Nov 2013.

    • Assess and treat patients with acute mental health symptoms and in crisis.​

    • Clinically manage North West Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC).

    • Provide risk and mental state assessments.

    • Refer clients and carers to appropriate external services where necessary.

    • Develop services for clients with psychiatric disorders through liaison and negotiation with other health care professionals, consumer and carer groups, community groups and agencies.

  • Adjunct psychology lecturer, Monash University, Clayton, Vic, Jan 2013—Dec 2013.

  • Psychologist, Canberra Clinical and Forensic Ltd, Canberra, ACT, Jul 2009—Feb 2010.

  • Psychosocial rehabilitation team leader, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association of NSW, Queanbeyan, NSW, Jul 2009—Feb 2010.

  • Psychologist, Greater Southern Area Health NSW, Queanbeyan, NSW, Aug 2008—Apr 2010.​​

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