Chelle is Co-Director of Blossomtree Psychology which is a child focused Clinical Psychology practice, located in Ballarat, Western Victoria that specialises in neurodevelopmentally informed interventions with infants, children, adolescents and families.
Chelle is a registered Clinical Psychologist with over 21 years’ clinical experience. She has worked in government departments and community service organisations in remote rural and regional centres in Western Australia and Victoria. Chelle’s speciality is the clinical application of neurodevelopmentally informed interventions in the treatment of trauma and attachment disruption including but not limited to Animal Assisted Psychotherapy, sensory-motor based and creative interventions. She provides a wide range of individual, dyadic and family-based therapy to infants, children, adolescents and families with experiences of trauma and attachment disruption.
Chelle previously worked with the Berry Street Take Two program. She was the founding Clinical Team Leader of the Grampians Region Take Two team where she held roles of program leadership, staff supervision, and direct clinical consultation, assessment and intervention with children and families experiencing trauma and attachment disruption for seven years.
Later Chelle took on the role of NMT internal Consultant, coordinating and supporting Take Two in its implementation and certification with the ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). She has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level with the ChildTrauma Academy and is currently completing her Mentor training with them. Whilst in the NMT Internal Consultant role, Chelle also assisted the Berry Street Childhood Institute with the development and piloting of the Rhythm Project, a neurobiology and trauma informed program for primary school children.
Chelle coordinates a monthly NM Australasian Peer Network for those fully certified to Phase I and II level with the ChildTrauma Academy and together with Annette Jackson, supports those currently training via NM Study Groups.
Chelle also regularly provides professional development and training on the neurodevelopmental impact of trauma and attachment disruption and neurodevelopmentally informed interventions. Chelle regularly presents at national and international conferences having recently returned from her third ChildTrauma Academy and Hull Services NM Symposium.
In 2013 Chelle was awarded a Creswick Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to the United States and Canada during 2014 and explore neurodevelopmentally informed interventions to treat trauma and attachment disruption in infants, children and adolescents.