Gloria joined Gymea Lily in 2013 and is a registered psychologist. She works part-time at Gymea Lily on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. She has training and experience in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), family counselling, psycho-education, solution focused therapy and mindfulness. She is registered as a Worker’s Compensation specialist in managing work-related issues.
Gloria has extensive experience helping adults and young people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and bereavement, as well as conflict and the resolution thereof. She provides support for families dealing with cancer and children who have a parent with a chronic illness. Other areas of expertise include anger management or stress management, issues of harassment and discrimination, bullying within the workplace, grief and loss, self-esteem, and confidence, parenting and family issues, couples, and relationship issues. She also likes to assist with mediation services.
Gloria has over 35 years of experience in the education system, managing child and adolescent behaviour, working cooperatively with school principals, teachers, families, and students. She was involved in the implementation of the school emotional literacy programme, The Circle Time Programme, as a response to bullying in schools. She has given workshops on resilience and behaviour training to parents and teachers, and she has helped with parent skills programmes for parents of children and adolescents. She has helped run workshops for teenagers in communication skills and she teaches relaxation strategies as well as problem-solving strategies and anger management.
She is trained in the administration and report writing of psychometric assessments, as well as diagnosing and identifying learning difficulties in students.
Gloria has a Diploma in Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Social Science and Psychology, a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology from 2007 and she has a Graduate Certificate in School Counselling from the University of Western Sydney 2008. She speaks Italian and does in fact also hold a Degree in Italian 7th Century Society. She has been a class teacher and an Italian language teacher, and she has extensive knowledge of the board of studies school curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12.