Aaron Neaves is co-founder and Director of Neaves & Menne Clinical Psychology. In this position Aaron supports a team of clinicians dedicated to the provision of quality psychological services to those in need. In addition, Aaron is a practicing clinical psychologist and supervisor with expertise in the assessment and treatment of mental health concerns. Aaron has devoted his career to the ongoing pursuit of psychological knowledge to better assist the people in his care to recover, achieve their goals, and gain greater personal insight and understanding.
Aaron practices psychotherapy in a variety of modalities. He has particular expertise in the psychological treatment of common adult mental health presentations, such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues and general life stressors (e.g. work). Aaron is also experienced in the treatment of more complex presentations, such as personality disorder, eating disorder, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Aaron has an interest in child development, and provides structured assessment and intervention for families struggling with behavioural issues, social problems, or childhood mental health disorders.
In addition to psychotherapy, Aaron is accredited to provide personality and vocational assessment and guidance. This service may be of interest to individuals wanting to gain more insight into themselves, their interpersonal patterns, and best-fit career directions.
Aaron completed his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Adelaide. Aaron holds professional memberships with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), including the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Annemarie Menne is a Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological therapy to clients of all ages and is skilled to treat a wide range of mental health concerns. She consults with individual clients, and also provides training workshops and seminars for organisations and schools. As the co-founder and Director of Neaves & Menne Clinical Psychologist, Annemarie enjoys mentoring and supporting a team of psychologists and connecting with the wider community to raise awareness of psychology and mental health.
Annemarie’s therapy approach is based on principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness based cognitive interventions, and Schema Therapy. In addition, Annemarie has a therapy dog, “Balou”, who may be included as an adjunct to therapy for some clients.
Annemarie has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University, Adelaide. Annemarie is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Balou, the Therapy Dog
Hi, I am Balou, the Therapy Dog. I work with my mum (Annemarie) at Neaves & Menne Clinical Psychology in North Adelaide. I was born in January 2012. Mum says that although I am a pretty big dog, I still behave like a puppy sometimes. I love to play, but I also sleep a lot, under mum’s desk in her office. I love my job, because I get to meet lots of really nice people, and I get lots of pats and cuddled. It’s a good life!
So, you wonder, what is a Therapy Dog?
Well, my job is to help young people (and older ones as well) who might have worries (at school, or at home, or with their family) and who have really strong emotions that make them very sad, or angry, or scared. Mum helps people by talking to them and giving them strategies, and I do the playing (basically)…
How do I help?
My mum says I am a “calming backdrop” (whatever that means), and she sometimes calls me an “adjunct to therapy”. I think a lot of mum’s clients find it really helpful to have me in their psychology sessions. I love to be with everyone, because it is so much fun to meet new people. Sometimes people are really sad when they come to see my mum. I can tell, so I sometimes go and let them pat me and then I go and lay on their feet (but only if they are ok with that). But mostly I am just relaxing under the desk. So if you need me, you can find me there (and I snore sometimes, so you might hear me).
Caitlin Del Zoppo
Dr Ian Zajac
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