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About

Dr Sonia Kalsi Psychologist South Brisbane

I am a UK-trained Psychologist with dual registration to practise in Australia & UK. With a career

in mental health spanning over 26 years, I have worked with individuals with a wide range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, trauma, self-harm, suicide, relationship difficulties and bereavement, and in a variety of settings such as the National Health Service and voluntary sector in the UK.

 

I also have 15  years experience of working in the tertiary education sector in the UK and Australia, and therefore have a good working knowledge of student mental health.​

Qualifications:​

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy by Professional Studies 

  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy

  • Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (Level 5 accreditation)

  • Foundation Certificate in Counselling skills

  • MSc Health Psychology

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Research area of interest:

  • Student suicide

Membership of Professional Bodies:

Australia

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

       (General Reg: PSY0002631720) 

  • Australian Psychological Society

  • Australian Association of Psychologists Inc.​

 

UK

  • British Psychological Society

  • Health & Care Professions Council

  • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Psychologist South Brisbane

Publications:

Supporting suicidal international students in universities: Insights & Recommendations. Presentation at the International Student Advisers’ Network of Australia (ISANA) annual conference 2023, Sydney, Australia       

Working with suicidal students: Therapists’ perspectives (2022).  Poster presentation at the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) annual conference 2022, Australia (online)

Recommendations report for Student Health, Counselling & Wellbeing Service, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia (2022)

Kalsi, S. (2021). A difficult tightrope to walk: Experiences of working with suicidality in higher education. University and College Counselling Journal, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, November 2021 edition. Link:https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-journals/university-and-college-counselling/november-2021/a-difficult-tightrope-to-walk/

Kalsi, S (2020). “A difficult tightrope to walk”: An exploration of therapists’ experiences of working with suicidal students in Higher Education. DCPsych Thesis, Middlesex University/Metanoia Institute, London, UK. Link: https://repository.mdx.ac.uk/item/89536 

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