Dr Nathan Alkemade

Clinical Psychologist

Briefly about my clinical psychology practice

Currently I am interested in working with adults who experience difficulties managing stress and intense emotions. Along with adults suffering from depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and trauma based psychiatric conditions.

 

I have worked with forensic populations, people hospitalised with psychiatric disorders, individuals transitioning back into the community after hospitalisation, people struggling to find the work life balance, and adults who are looking for help to manage their distress in day-to-day living.

 

I provide an evidence-based, person-centred compassionate approach to my clinical work.

Fee

  • $200 per 50-minute telehealth video session (I do not offer in-person sessions).

  • $200 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

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Mood Disorders

  • Psychotic disorders

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma and PTSD

Therapeutic approach

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

My goal, style and approach in session

The primary goal of therapy is for me to help you develop skills to better manage intense emotions. By improving your skills to manage emotions you are better able to live the life you want. These skills are designed to not only help you know, but also leave you better equipped for life’s future challenges.

To achieve this goal we will work as a team. I need to understand you as an individual to help you develop the best toolbox of skills that suit you.

Often starting therapy is a difficult step to take, so therapy will only move at a pace with which you are comfortable.

Higher education

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Vic, 2013.

  • Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology, University of Melbourne, Vic, 2007.

  • Graduate Diploma Psychology, University of Melbourne, Vic, 2006.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, Vic, 1994.

Additional training

  • Schema Therapy for Complex Trauma, Schema Therapy Training Australia, 2021.

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy, 2019

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 2018

  • Psychology Board-approved Supervisor Training, Cairnmillar Institute, 2018.

  • Prolonged Exposure for PTSD, Phoenix Australia, 2017

  • Trauma-Focused CBT, Phoenix Australia, 2014

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT Australia, 2013.

Client focus

  • Age:

    • Adults

  • Modality:

    • Individuals​

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

Other spoken languages

  • None

Special interests, endeavours, publications and about me

  • Armstrong, R., Phillips, L., Alkemade, N. and Louise O'Donnell, M. (2020), Using Latent Class Analysis to Support the ICD-11 Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis in a Sample of Homeless Adults. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33: 677-687. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22554

  • Molyneaux R, Gibbs L, Bryant R. A., Humphreys C, Hegarty K, Kellett C, Gallagher H.C., Block K, Harms L, Richardson J.F., Alkemade N, Forbes D. (2020). Interpersonal violence and mental health outcomes following disaster. BJPsych Open, 6(1), E1. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2019.82

  • Alkemade, N., Bowden, S., and Salzmann, L. (2019) Does the neurological damage from a traumatic brain injury invalidate measures of psychopathology such as the MMPI-2?, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 34(1), 39-49. https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acx079 

  • Gibbs L, Nursey J, Cook J, Ireton G, Alkemade N, Roberts M, Gallagher C, Bryant R, Block K, Molyneaux R, Forbes D. (2019) Delayed disaster impacts on academic performance of primary school children. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13200

  • Kartal, D., Alkemade, N. and Litza, A. K. (2019) Trauma and Mental Health in Resettled Refugees: Mediating Effect of Host Language Acquisition on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms. Transcultural Psychiatry, 56(1), 3-23. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461518789538

  • Block, K., Molyneux, R., Gibbs, L., Alkemade, N., Baker, E., MacDougall, C., Irenton, G., and Forbes, D. (2019) The role of the natural environment in disaster recovery: “We live here because we love the bush”, Health & Place, 57, 61-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.03.007

  • Kartal, D., Alkemade, N., Eisenbruch, M. Kiropoulos, L. & Kissane, D. (2018) Traumatic exposure, acculturative stress and cultural orientation: The influence on PTSD, depressive and anxiety symptoms among refugees resettled in Australia and Austria. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 53(9):931-941. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-018-1532

  • Phelps, A., Steel, Z., Metcalf, O., Cowlishaw, S., Alkemade, N., O’Donnell, M.L., Redston, S., Kerr, K., Howard, A., Nursey, J., Cooper, J., Armstrong, R., Fitzgerald, L., and Forbes, D. (2018), Treatment outcomes for military veterans with PTSD: response trajectories by symptom cluster, Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31(3), 401-409. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22299

  • Forbes D, Nickerson A, Bryant RA, Creamer M, Silove D, McFarlane AC, Van Hooff M, Phelps A, Felmingham KL, Malhi GS, Steel Z, Fredrickson J, Alkemade N., O'Donnell M. (2018). The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology on quality of life: The sentinel experience of anger, hypervigilance and restricted affect. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry https://doi.org/10.1177/0004867418772917

  • Phelps, A.; Steel, Z., Metcalf, O., Alkemade, N., Kerr, K., O’Donnell, ML., Nursey, J., Cooper, J., Howard, A., Armstrong, R., Forbes, D. (2018). Key patterns and predictors of response to treatment for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: A growth mixture modelling approach. Psychological Medicine, 48(1), 95-103. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291717001404

  • O’Donnell ML, Alkemade, N., Creamer, M., McFarlane, A., Silove, D, Bryant, R., Felmingham, K., Steel, Z., Forbes, D. (2016). A longitudinal study of adjustment disorder after trauma exposure. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173(12), 1231-1238. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.16010071

  • Gallagher, H. Colin. , Richardson, J., Forbes, D., Harms, L., Gibbs, L., Alkemade, N., MacDougall, C., Waters, E., Block, K., Lusher, D., Snowdon, E., and Bryant, R. A. (2016) Mental health following separation in a disaster: The role of attachment style. Journal of traumatic stress, 29(1), 56-64. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22071

  • O’Donnell, M. L., Alkemade, N., Creamer, M., McFarlane, A. C., Silove, D., Bryant, R. A., and Forbes, D. (2016) The long term psychiatric sequelae of severe injury: a six year follow-up study. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77(4):e473-9. https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.14m09721

  • O’Donnell, M. L., Grant, G., Alkemade, N., Spittal, M., Creamer, M., Silove, D., McFarlane, A. C., Bryant, R. A., Forbes, D. and Studdert, D. (2015). Compensation seeking and disability after injury: The role of compensation-related stress and mental health. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76(8):e1000-5. https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.14m09211

  • Forbes, D., Alkemade, N., Nickerson, A., Bryant, R. A., Creamer, M., Silove, D., McFarlane, A. C., Van Hoof, M., Phelps, A. Rees, S., Steele, Z., and O’Donnell, M. L. (2016) Prediction of late onset psychiatric disorder in survivors of severe injury: Findings of a latent transition analysis. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77(6), 807-812

  • Alkemade, N., Bowden, S. C. and Salzman, L. (2015). Scoring correction for MMPI-2 Hs scale with patients experiencing a Traumatic Brain Injury: A test of measurement invariance. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 30(1), 39-48, https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acu058

  • Forbes, D., Nickerson, A., Alkemade, N., Bryant, R. A., Creamer, M., Silove, D., McFarlane, A. C., Van Hoof, M., Fletcher, S. L. and O’Donnell, M. L. (2015). Longitudinal analysis of latent classes of psychopathology and patterns of class migration in survivors of severe injury. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76(9), 1193-1199. https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.14m09075

  • Forbes, D., Alkemade, N., Waters, E., Gibbs, L., Gallagher, C., Pattison, P., Lusher, D., MacDougall, C., Harms, L., Block, K., Snowdon, E., Sinnott, V., Ireton, G., Richardson, J.,  and Bryant, R.A. (2015) The Role of Anger and Ongoing Stressors in Mental Health Following a Natural Disaster. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(8), 706-713, https://doi.org/10.1177/0004867414565478

  • O’Donnell, ML., Alkemade, N., & Forbes, D. (2015).Is Australia in the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Petri Dish? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(4), 315-16, https://doi.org/10.1177/0004867415572413

  • Forbes, D., Alkemade, N., Hopcraft, D., Hawthorne, G., O’Halloran, P., Elhai, J. D., McHugh, T., Bates, G., Novaco, R. W., Bryant, R. A., and Lewis, V. (2015). Evaluation of the Dimensions of Anger Reactions-5 (DAR-5) Scale in combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28(8), 830-835. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.09.015

  • Forbes, D., Alkemade, N., Mitchell, D., Elhai, J., McHugh, T., Bates, G., Novaco, R., Bryant, R., and Lewis, V. (2014). Utility of the Dimensions of Anger Reactions - 5 (DAR-5) Scale as a brief anger measure. Depression and Anxiety, 31, 166-173.

  • O’Donnell, M. L., Alkemade, N., Nickerson, A., Creamer, M., McFarlane, A. C., Silove, D., Bryant, R. A. and Forbes, D. (2014). The impact of the proposed diagnostic changes to posttraumatic stress disorder: DSM-5 and ICD-11. British Journal of Psychiatry, 205(3), 230-235.

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.

  • Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (AACBT).

  • Registered provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of PTSD.

  • ABN: 34 839 053 517.

Relevant experience

  • Senior clinical psychologist, Monash Health, Cranbourne Continuing Care Team, Vic, Jul 2017—present.

    • Assessment and treatment of individual adult patients.

    • Secondary consultations.

    • Supervision of psychologists and students.

  • Senior clinical psychologist, Forensicare, Ravenhall Correctional Centre, Vic, Sep 2017—Jul 2018.​

    • Assessment and treatment of individual adult patients.

    • Design and implementation of group programs.

    • Secondary consultations.

    • Supervision of psychologists.

  • Clinical psychologist, CBT Australia, Jun 2013—Sep 2017.

    • Intake and assessment of clients aged 5 to 65 with a variety of psychological disorders (developmental, mood, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders).

    • Case formulation, designing and implementing intervention plans to treat psychological difficulties.

  • Research Fellow II, Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Vic, May 2012—May 2017.

    • Paper writing

    • Preparation of conference presentations

    • Quantitive analysis

    • Systematic literature reviews

    • Report writing

    • Provision of professional advice.

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