Ms Pamela Verrender
Couple and Family Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology (Charles Sturt University)
Diploma of Psychological Practice (College of Professional Psychology)
Bachelor of Social Work (Sydney University)
Graduate Diploma of Genetic Counselling (Charles Sturt University)
Diploma of Family Therapy (Australian Institute of Family Therapy)
Diploma of Frontline Management (University of Technology)
Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Australian Psychological Association (APS)
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA)
Fertility Society of Australia (FSA)
Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA)
9am – 1pm
9am – 1pm
Something about Pamela
Pamela works with adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has expertise with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, domestic and sexual violence, relationship problems, fertility issues, perinatal mental health, perinatal-non directive counselling and genetic counselling.
Pamela has a respectful, non-judgmental, warm interpersonal style, and tailors her work to fit with the needs of people requiring psychological care and dealing with challenging life experiences.
Pamela has a commitment to life-long learning to improve and broaden skills and knowledge required for effective and professional practice.
Pamela has over 28 years experience working in a number of areas, first as an accredited mental health social worker, and more recently as a registered psychologist, after completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology in 2013.
Pamela completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Sydney University in 1988 and worked in the Psychiatry Unit at Prince Henry Hospital in the mood disorders, general and aged care psychiatry units. Much of the work involved providing therapy to clients and their families and in1991, Pamela completed her Diploma of Family Therapy. Pamela moved to St George Hospital in 1993, where she worked as a team leader and social worker in the Intensive Care Unit, counselling families of patients with critical illnesses. A large proportion of the work involved grief and loss counselling.
Pamela later joined the sexual assault team at St George Hospital, counselling women and men who had experienced sexual violence and providing therapy to adult survivors of child sexual assault. Pamela believes the increasing recognition of the link between neglect, sexual and physical abuse of children and many common mental health disorders is a significant step forward in providing more effective treatment of individuals and families who have been affected.
Pamela joined the Legal Aid Commission in 2003 and worked in the Civil Law Division for 10 years, where she assessed clients and prepared Psychosocial Reports for Courts and Tribunals. In 2013, Pamela joined the Department of Juvenile Justice for three years and provided intensive family therapy to young people and their families.
Before joining the Mindcare Centre, Pamela worked in a private IVF clinic, where she counselled hetrosexual couples, same sex couples and single women undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology treatment. During this time, she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling, which became invaluable in her work in this area. Pamela has a keen interest in the expectations and emotional aspects of fertility treatment, and gamete donor, recipients and offspring’s rights and anticipated future relationships.
Pamela has trained in a variety of therapy models, including Milan Systemic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focussed Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Multisystemic Therapy for anti-social behavioural in children and adolescents, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.