Clare Bellhouse

Clare Bellhouse2020-08-05T10:01:19+10:00

Clare is a clinical psychologist with special interests in perinatal and infant mental health, parenting difficulties and complex trauma. She also works with clients experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, relationship issues and reproductive loss. In addition to her role with the Centre for Clinical Psychology, Clare also works at a service that supports families with complex intergenerational trauma who are involved in the Child Protection system.

Clare is informed by neurodevelopmental and attachment theories in this work and emphasises a holistic approach to therapy including the system surrounding children and parents. Clare is also currently completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne which involves developing, facilitating and evaluating a group psychotherapy program for pregnant women experiencing difficulties in the transition to parenthood. Clare is passionate about supporting families with an emphasis on understanding the importance of the parent-child relationship and knowing that parents are doing the best they can.

Clare has a client-centred, warm and collaborative approach to therapy, which involves understanding individual needs and values to inform the development of a shared plan. She is informed by a variety of approaches including attachment-focussed approaches, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mentalization-based approaches, mindfulness-based approaches, motivational interviewing and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Professional associations

  • Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioners Registration Board (AHPRA) with area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Member of the APS Clinical College (MAPS CCLIN)