Our psychologists are independent practitioners, who provide services in association to the Adelaide Chronic Pain Clinic.
Dr Alexandra Osborn – Clinical Psychologist
Alexandra is a registered clinical psychologist with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Adelaide She began her career working in psychological research at the University of Adelaide. She then entered her clinical work at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Since then she has worked in private practice for the last 8 years where she enjoys the variety of the individuals she works with. She has extensive experience working with adults, teenagers and children experiencing a wide range of mental health problems. She is skilled in working with all mental health presentations such as anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, sleep problems, grief and trauma, and problem behaviours that cause distress to the person.
She uses a range of therapeutic approaches and customises the treatment to each individual. The evidence-based approaches she uses include; Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an approach developed specifically for the treatment of trauma.
Alexandra enjoys helping people develop a greater understanding of themselves and their experiences and assist them to develop new patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. She has a special interest in working with Anxiety disorders and trauma, namely; panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, health anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Alexandra also has an interest working with individuals who have experienced a workplace injury or live with chronic pain.
Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology
Address: GO2/31 Post Parade, St Clair SA 5011
Michael Craig – Psychologist
Graduate Diploma of Applied Psychology
Graduate Diploma Alcohol and other Drugs
Master of Public Health
Qualified Mediator with the Resolution Institute
Michael is an experienced Psychologist and Mediator. He has worked as a Psychologist since 1984 with a range of organisations, medical professionals, and other referral agencies. He has a particular interest in pain management, vocational assessments, the assessment and treatment of psychological injuries, as well as trauma management.
He has also worked actively in the mediation field and is currently a member of the mediation panel that has been established by RTWSA. Michael’s approach to his clients can be described as problem centred, active, respectful, and future focused. He is very keen to work in a collaborative way to ensure the best outcome for patients.
His qualifications include accreditation as a Psychologist and Mediator, as well as post-graduate qualifications in public health, alcohol and other drugs, and wide experience in a range of therapeutic interventions.
Karen Stevens – Psychologist
Masters of Psychology (Org & HF)
Bachelor of Science (Honours Psychology)
Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Bachelor of Education
Even with the best-laid plans and intentions, life can throw us curve balls. Pain, life changing circumstances and permanent loss can cause grief. Often our pain is centered around life changes that are out of our control. Pain is a part of the human experience; it always has been. How each person reacts to pain may be different. Pain has both sensory and emotional aspects. There are also cognitive (thinking) and memory components.
It is extremely important to understand that our interpretation of our own pain is so much more than just the sensory aspect, that we can rate on a 0-to-10 scale. Our emotions, thoughts and memories all have a profound impact on how we are affected by the physical pain we experience and how much pain we actually feel.
I find that helping people understand how pain works and is processed in the brain is empowering. I then work with my clients to help them learn ways to influence their pain experience, identify the values that underpin what is most important to them in their lives and find ways to reconnect with them. I believe in small, achievable changes towards meaningful outcomes.