Jo is a Clinical Psychologist with experience providing individual and group based interventions for older adolescents and adults who present with a diverse range of psychological difficulties and mental health conditions. A key area and passion of Jos work relates to trauma/PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), especially its complex presentations (e.g., physical, sexual, emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, interpersonal/relational trauma, dissociative disorders). Complex trauma is said to be cumulative, repetitive and often interpersonally generated (Courtois & Ford, 2009). Jo combines therapeutic approaches that focus on resourcing and stabilising her clients, with a view to processing key traumatic memories that might be getting in the way of clients living an engaged and meaningful life. A related area of interest and expertise is treating clients who experience complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. Jo also treats relationship & interpersonal difficulties, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, psychosis/Schizophrenia, and the impact of early life experiences and attachment on personality and relational functioning.
Jo has worked in both private and public mental health care settings including Northside Clinic where she treated adolescents and adults with eating disorders. When shes not at CPC, Jo works at Cumberland Hospital and Community Mental Health assessing and treating adults who present with diverse and significant mental health diagnoses and many co-morbid conditions (e.g., substance abuse and dependence, and cognitive difficulties). She also conducts cognitive and personality assessments at Cumberland Hospital, and supervises provisional psychologists on university placements.
Jo is trained in and uses a combination of evidence-based therapies to assist her clients to reach their treatment goals including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She has been through the intensive training in DBT provided by Behavioural Tech., founded by Dr Marsha Linehan. Jo has also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)- an evidence-based therapy designed for treating traumatic memories & associated difficulties. Another of Jos special interest relate to her own contemplative practice (mindfulness meditation), so she is passionate about integrating aspects of mindfulness in her therapies with clients. She is constantly inspired by her clients and her approach is rooted in compassion and building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients in order to achieve positive change (neuroplasticity!) and maintain wellness (stability and flexibility).
Hew, J. & Chu, D. (2016). Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy lecture. Psychotherapy Program, Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney,
Hew, J. (2012). Borderline Personality Disorder & Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.