Shay has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of offenders, with particular focus upon sexual offences, where she has provided expert witness testimony in the Supreme Court.
Shay is experienced at working with agencies involved in the management and monitoring of community-based sexual offenders. In the UK, this occurred through her training as a clinical polygraph examiner for a large research project monitoring community-based sexual offenders. Over the past decade, it has occurred through her private clinical and consultancy work in Qld with various organisations and government agencies, including the Catholic Church, Qld Corrections & Child Safety.
Shay is also a warm and caring therapist. She treats a range of clinical presentations, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, anger and trauma. She strives to promote healthy life decisions and likes to develop resilience, a capacity for self-reflection, the ability to self-analyse emotions and behaviour and the regulation of disruptive behaviours in her clients. She communicates in a compassionate and non-judgemental way to assist patients feel safe to explore their issues and work collaboratively to achieve improvements. Shay uses Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and is an associate member of Australian Psychological Society.
“Therapy is a place for people to experience hope that things can be better, to be reassured that they can be active agents of change in their life, and to come out the other end with the resilience and skills to live a rewarding life.”