The Crawley Clinic Hobart

Our People

Dr Allison Wells

Dr Allison Wells

Director, Clinical Psychologist

Larissa Naismith

Larissa Naismith

Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Jane Direen

Jane Direen

Psychologist

Julie Spohn

Julie Spohn

Psychologist

Alexandra Tzotzi

Alexandra Tzotzi

Psychologist (Provisional)

Allison Wells

Director / Owner, The Crawley Clinic Hobart – Clinical Psychologist

Allison Wells is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Crawley Clinic. Allison studied at the University of Tasmania where she completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree. Allison has worked in a variety of roles including at the Risdon Prison Complex and within Adult Community Mental Health Services. In recent years, she has been working in private practice on Hobart’s Eastern Shore but has been persuaded to cross the Tasman Bridge to embrace what the west side has to offer.

Allison has extensive experience working with a wide range of mental health presentations and enjoys drawing on a variety of therapeutic frameworks such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to meet the needs of the individuals she works with. Specifically, Allison has a strong interest in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and continues to develop her experience using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment modality for single and complex trauma.

Allison strives to provide a safe, nurturing space for all those she works with. However, she firmly believes that just because you grow up doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun. As such, Allison loves to embrace all the fun, weird and wackiness that life tends to throw at us. While there are no certainties in life, one thing you can expect is that that you will always find her with a coffee in hand offering some awful pun or joke to brighten your day.

 

Larissa Naismith

Mental Health Accredited Occupational Therapist

Larissa is a Mental Health Accredited Occupational Therapist with a Masters in Counselling. She has a special interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma and she is excited to begin her EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) accreditation training during 2020. Larissa has extensive experience working with young people and enjoys the creativity and flexibility that can be had while working with young people and their families. She also enjoys working with clients from a diverse range of ages and presentations, including people experiencing anxiety, stress, grief and mood disorders.

Larissa has experience in a variety of adolescent, adult and older people mental health settings in the private, public and not for profit sectors.
As a Clinical Mental Health OT and Counsellor, Larissa draws on a range of psychological and OT evidence-based strategies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness practices and Sensory Integration.

Larissa has worked across various places within Australia but is excited to have finally made the move down to Tasmania, after many summers spent here, luxuriating in her passions of rock climbing, surfing and enjoying the beautiful outdoors lifestyle that Tasmania has to offer.

 

Jane Direen - The Crawley Clinic Hobart

Jane Direen

Psychologist

Jane completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2005 at the University of Tasmania. She started her career as a psychologist in 2001 working for Forensic Mental Health Services, both within the prison system and community setting. During 2007, in addition to her work in the public sector, Jane commenced private practice work in the area of clinical and forensic psychology.

In 2010, she co-founded “ForensiClinic”, a Clinical and Forensic Psychology practice in Hobart, providing assessment and treatment services for individuals within the forensic mental health system.

In 2012, Jane left the profession of psychology to pursue other career interests, training as a Pilates Instructor working with a rehabilitative needs. This piqued Jane’s interest in the psychological difficulties experienced by individuals living with a chronic condition (both physical and mental health), and the rehabilitation process they go through.

Jane recently renewed her AHPRA registration as psychologist and has enjoyed stepping back into this role. She has particular interests in chronic stress, anxiety, trauma and their links with chronic illness, fatigue and pain syndromes. In addition to her work as a psychologist, Jane continues to enjoy teaching Pilates and staying active with her family.

 

Julie Spohn - The Crawley Clinic Hobart

Julie Spohn

Psychologist

Julie is an experienced psychologist and has worked in government and non government sectors. Her current practice is focused on providing supervision to psychologists and other allied health professionals. Julie has worked extensively with people who have been exposed to trauma as part of their work role or other experience. She has supervised many student placements and has a passion for supporting psychologists and other workers in supporting roles to grow and develop through reflective practice.

Julie is a Board Approved Supervisor.

Julie is trained in EMDR therapy and Trauma Focused CBT. She has a keen interest in Positive Psychology and working with individuals and groups to build Psychological Capital.

 

Alexandra Profile - The Crawley Clinic Hobart

Alexandra TzoTzi

Psychologist (Provisional)

Alexandra is a Psychologist (Provisional) who is completing an internship with The Crawley Clinic Hobart.  Alex completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in Greece where she then worked as a Psychologist/Psychotherapist in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health providing both assessment and treatment intervention. Alex moved to Australia in 2016 to work and further her professional education.
 
Alex is a qualified counsellor who has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings as well as schools, special intervention settings and private practice. Alexandra has experience  working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and with a wide variety of age groups.  She holds a specific interest in providing mental health services to children, adolescents and their families.
 
Alexandra utilises  a variety of evidence-based techniques in her therapeutic work including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).  She brings personal qualities of warmth and compassion, along with the ability to work collaboratively with clients to help them develop lasting skills to achieve their goals, and enhance their wellbeing.

 

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