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Individual Counselling

From time to time, everyone experiences difficulties that test their ability to cope and to function effectively. Difficulties can range from stressors such as a loss or sudden life change, to more pervasive mental health issues including anxiety, depression and other diagnosable psychological illnesses.
Nudge offers comprehensive psychological assessment and evidence-based interventions, designed to improve your functioning and quality of life.

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Speech Pathology
and Occupational Therapy

Nudge Psychology has partnered with Learning for Life to provide in-house speech pathology and occupational therapy services. Learning for Life offer standardised pre-literacy and literacy-based assessments that provide valuable insight into your child’s literacy development. If your child is having difficulty with their phonological awareness (awareness and manipulation of sounds), spelling and/or reading – the Learning for Life team can offer comprehensive assessment to identify key areas that may be impacting their overall performance.

Learning for Life develop individualised therapy plans for students, in close collaboration with classroom teachers, families and additional health and educational professionals involved in the student’s care. The Learning for Life therapy approach is based on the gold standard of literacy supports using the Sounds-Write program.

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Nudge Psychology is pleased to offer Throughcare services to DARA Rehab. DARA is a world-class integrated treatment program boasting outstanding success rates for recovery from addictive behaviours. Located in Thailand, DARA is a highly subsidized program, and one of the world’s most cost-effective rehabilitation solutions. Nudge Psychologists have been identified as meeting the stringent training requirements demanded by DARA in the provision of post-treatment (Throughcare) services to their clients, supporting clients to maintain abstinence, and prevent relapse.
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Group Programs

Nudge Psychologists and Counsellors have considerable experience and particular training in the delivery of group therapeutic treatment and psycho-educational training workshops.

Current group programs include:

Triple P Stepping Stones (for families of children with a disability)

Anger Management Working with Parents of Adolescents Mindfulness Practice (for stress as well as persistent pain)

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Dr Melissa Harrison - Director/Principal Clinical Psychologist


Melissa is an Endorsed Clinical Psychologist and works primarily in the assessment and treatment of mild to moderate mental health disorders. She has particular interest and expertise in the treatment of anxiety and adjustment disorders. Melissa provides psychological assessment and consulting services in relation to various medico-legal matters (court reports, Workers’ Compensation). Melissa has accrued over a decade of experience in psychology and counselling services. She has previously worked in counselling roles for child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, corrections, vocational rehabilitation, general and private practice.

In addition, Melissa has previously held the role of Consultant Psychologist to the St John of God Hospital (Bunbury) Pain Management Program, providing group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) intervention for individuals with persisting pain difficulties. Aside from her psychological treatment experience, Melissa has a solid background in psychological assessment more broadly. She has previously been employed as an Assessment Specialist with the NSW Corrective Services, and has amassed considerable experience in private practice conducting various forms of medico-legal assessment, including (but not limited to) psychological functioning, intellectual functioning, pre-liability stress assessment, parental capacity assessment, risk of recidivism, vocational assessment, fitness for work, and drug and alcohol treatment needs.

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Dr Justin Harrison - Registered Psychologist
Couples and Family Counsellor


Dr Justin Harrison is Principal Couples and Family Counsellor, and a Social Science Researcher with Nudge Psychological Assessment and Consulting

Justin has extensive experience in couples and family counselling for relationship, parenting and sexual problems. He also has considerable experience in the delivery of therapeutic programs addressing domestic violence, anger management and positive parenting (Triple P).
Justin has spent a significant portion of his career working in public and private school settings both in counselling and assessment roles. Justin has also assisted young people as a student tutor, wilderness guide, karate instructor, and mentor.
Prior to his current role, Justin worked for government departments (e.g. Child Protection) as well as NGOs (e.g. Relationships Australia, Early Childhood Intervention Service), developing a sound knowledge of program management and organisational issues in medium to large organisations.
Justin lectured in Cognition, Developmental Psychology, and Introductory Psychology with Charles Sturt University for almost a decade.

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Dr Elissa Klaassen - Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)

Elissa is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar. She has experience providing therapy to individuals ranging in age from children to older adults with mild to moderate mental health disorders. Common issues include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and developmental issues. Elissa provides assessment and intervention in relation to cognitive, behavioural and emotional issues arising during childhood and adolescence. This includes Educational Assessments.
Elissa draws from therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative therapy, Mindfulness-based therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy. Elissa is particularly interested in the application of Mindful Self-Compassion to a variety of issues, with a focus on kindness towards the self and others.
Elissa has a broad educational basis (covering the areas of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychology), as well as specialised knowledge in the area of Neuropsychology.
Elissa completed her PhD on the subject of cognitive aging using a combined approach including neuropsychological testing and functional neuroimaging (fMRI). This project explored the effect of aging on learning and memory with consideration given to important factors such as fatigue and effort. Elissa has a strong interest in the assessment and treatment of neuropsychological disorders across the lifespan.
more about Elissa:Qualifications - Certifications - Publications - Poster presentations - Presentations
Dr Christopher Chalon - Organisational Development Consultant
Christopher possesses extensive experience in the corporate sector and in academia. A former customer service manager within Telstra’s commercial division and Nordberg Asia-Pacific, he also performed the role of senior consultant in quality management at one of Perth’s largest TAFE colleges. Shifting toward academia, Christopher lectured in the Arts Management program at Edith Cowan University for a period of 10 years, specialising in the areas of business law and managerial accounting.
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Heidi Crow - Administration Support

Heidi has recently commenced in an administration support role with Nudge Psychology. She has extensive administration and reception experience having worked in the allied health sector since graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Human Communication Science) from Curtin University in 2006. Heidi is a qualified Speech Pathologist by training. She has worked for over eight years as a Speech and Language Support Officer with statewide speech and language services, providing professional support to individuals and schools to aid in identification, referral & educational planning for students with speech, language and/or literacy difficulties.

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Nudge Psychology is always on the look out for new talent. Psychologist positions are offered on an employee or contractor basis. If you would like to learn more about working with our award-winning team of professionals, send your resume to:

Dr. Melissa Harrison – Director/Principal Psychologist

Applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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Nudge Psychological Assessment and Consulting

is a private psychology practice offering services in the assessment and treatment of mild to moderate mental health disorders, relationship counselling, and parental skills training in the management of child behavioural issues.

181 Bussell Highway, West Busselton, Western Australian 6280
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PO Box 594, Capel, WA 6271
08 9716 7373