Sally has always loved animals and over the years has been a volunteer for the Delta Society (Delta therapy dog program) and various animal shelters. Her interest in animal assisted therapy began with dogs but she also loves to be around horses. Her family, who are experienced riders, enjoy horse sports including Polocrosse, Polo and Camp-drafting. Sally has spent many hours getting the horses ready for tournaments, from feeding and grooming to braiding horse tails! She is very aware of the physical and mental health benefits of building a connection with a horse. She’s passionate about combining horses and psychological therapy to support children and their families.
Professional experience and practice
Sally is a registered Clinical Psychologist who works with children and young people (and their families) experiencing anxiety and mood issues, behavioural and social difficulties, and difficulties related to stressful or traumatic life experiences. She has a particular interest in supporting children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Sally also works as a researcher. She is interested in understanding how aspects of the environment shape children’s development, for example the family environment. Most recently she has been investigating whether a digital game can improve attention for children with ADHD at Monash University.
Sally tailors her therapeutic approach to each client using evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She uses the horse within therapy to provide engaging sessions based on these approaches. She practises with warmth and empathy and works to develop respectful and collaborative therapeutic relationships.