Raquel has worked on and off, as a psychologist for 18 years. She lives by the saying ‘listen to your heart…. but take your brain’ and loves to motivate people in becoming ‘their perceived best self’.
Raquel has vast experience in working with an international community. For the last 10 years, Raquel was self-employed in Asia and the Middle East, aiding adolescents, and adult expats abroad in ‘at risk’ behaviour identification, stress reduction, empowerment versus cultural restrictions, relationship cohesion, coping mechanisms and making positive choices.
Prior to her departure from Australia, Raquel worked in the Department of Corrective Services as a group therapy facilitator and as a supervisor of groups and facilitators. In the course of this work, Raquel provided group and individual treatment for sexual issues, anger management, substance use, life skills, and positive parenting issues. Raquel has also collaborated on an exploratory study as a research assistant, to identify the predictors of sexual reoffending by male sexual offenders in Western Australia.
Raquel has been a member of the triage team at the Frankland Centre where she conducted evidence-based assessments and provided therapy for clients with a psychiatric condition. She has also worked in the Davidson Trahaire CorpPsych sector as a Trauma Response Psychologist, conducting immediate response therapy.
A passion of Raquel’s is to empower individuals which enable them to make positive life choices. She was able to provide this service whilst in a Registered Psychologist capacity at Hollywood Specialist Centre – Eating Disorder Unit. Here, Raquel provided individual and group therapy to inpatient and outpatient adolescent and adult clients. Treatment addressed the individual’s physical parameters, psychological wellbeing, and social functioning through Interpersonal Therapy for Eating Disorders (IPT-ED), Mindfulness, CBT, ACT, and components of DBT. Treatment was very much a collaborative one between the client and herself and included – if possible, family therapy. Treatments were provided to address co-morbid issues of substance use, trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.
Raquel is also deeply passionate about conflict management. In her clinical role at a woman and children’s centre for non-violence, she provided a range of support and therapy (ranging from CBT, EMDR, Child Focused Therapy, Problem Solving Skills, Life Skills, Gestalt Therapy, and individualised Battered Women’s tailored program) to women, children, and significant others. Areas of therapy included relationship issues, parenting, and social and psychological functioning of children. Raquel designed and implemented individualised treatment plans for women and children involved and also acted in the capacity as a liaison officer on behalf of the client when dealing with external legal departments.
Raquel has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. Her approach to therapy is one of collaboration in the therapeutic process. She provides short, medium, and long-term therapy according to the needs of each individual.