Bella Perolini

Psychologist
Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Master of Professional Psychology

Pronouns: She/her

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Three beliefs that colour the way I work with my clients:

I believe…

That when connection is strong and we feel heard and understood, change can happen.

I believe…

That as humans we do our best with the resources that we have.

I believe…

That understanding the past can help us understand the here and now.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
Consistently getting idioms wrong, but saying them with conviction nonetheless.

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
I’m a warm and compassionate person who likes to focus on building a sense of connection and rapport with my clients. I value the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment, to allow my clients to feel seen and heard, and to express vulnerability without fear of judgement.

What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
For me, practicing my own self-care and trying to balance all that life offers is key! This means taking time for myself, connecting with family and friends, walking my dog, trying new restaurants, or being active and exercising!

My life motto:
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness” – Brené Brown

My background and experience

Over the course of my career, I have developed a commitment to supporting individuals with mental health concerns across community and forensic settings. As a psychologist, I have five years of experience working with adult clients, addressing a range of issues including substance abuse, mental health concerns, adjustment and distress, anger management, emotional and behavioural issues, and behaviour change.

I am passionate about working collaboratively with my clients, helping them achieve their goals through evidence-based interventions. My approach is client-centred, and I am committed to supporting my clients in overcoming challenges and achieving their full potential.

I am a LGBTQIA+ aware and affirmative clinician.

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I can help you with:

  • Alcohol and other drug issues
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety: generalised, health and social
  • Burnout
  • Childhood trauma
  • Communication skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Family issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Job or study dissatisfaction
  • Life changes/transitions
  • Mood difficulties
  • Perfectionism
  • Personality and identity issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-development
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Wellbeing and self-care

My therapeutic approaches

Depending on my client’s needs and preferences I use a variety of evidence-based approaches including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy principles
  • Emotion Focused Therapy principles
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Schema Therapy principles
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Strengths based approaches
  • Trauma informed practice