Grassroots Psychology was established in 2020 by Clinical Psychologist, Jessica Doak. Jess completed her Masters’ in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2018, and has since worked in various roles within public and private sectors, involving therapeutic intervention for children, teens, and older adults, and neuropsychological assessment. Jess was employed by University of the Sunshine Coast and Griffith University in various research, assessment, clinical, and academic capacities, and was a research consultant at the Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute.
Areas of interest:
- Psychological & Cognitive Assessment
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- Chronic mental health, neurodegenerative, and developmental conditions
(e.g. ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Dementia related illnesses)
- Functional Behaviour Analysis
Jess has always had an interest in psychological assessment, and enjoys working with people to help them to better understand the neuropsychological drivers of their behaviours and emotions, and how they can use their unique ways of thinking to live their best life. Jess has a warm and authentic therapeutic approach. She mostly works with adolescents, and middle age or older adults. Her therapy toolkit comprises of evidence-based and best practice therapeutic modalities which generally includes cognitive-behavioural, trauma-informed, and acceptance and mindfulness frameworks. Where appropriate, Jess incorporates into therapy the natural environment, art and creative modes, and animals.
- Australian Psychological Society (APS) full member
- Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) full member
- Medicare Service Provider
- AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor
- Trained in the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): www.fasdhub.org.au
- Certified PuP (Parents Under Pressure) therapist: www.pupprogram.net.au
- Trained in Behavioural Analysis and Intervention (Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis): www.iaba.com
- Trained in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with the Australian EP Institute: www.equinepsychotherapy.net.au
- Completed Clinical Therapy Dog and Handler training with Therapy Dogs Australia: www.therapydog.com.au
- Trained in the Blueknot Foundation's Three Phased Approach to working with complex trauma: https://blueknot.org.au/
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
- Doak, J., & Katsikitis, M. (2018). Terrorism catastrophization: An investigation of predicting and moderating factors. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 2(1), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts5.13
- Doak, J., Katsikitis, M., Webster, H., & Wood, A. (2019). A fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic service and beyond: Outcomes for families. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 93, 103428. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2019.103428
- Webster, H., Doak, J., & Katzikitis, M. (2020). Community-based Child Development Service Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Assessment: A Retrospective Clinic Audit. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. doi:10.1111/jpc.14744
Grassroots Psychology is supported administratively by Bec. Bec is a highly experienced administration professional who has a wealth of knowledge, paired with her kind nature and attention to detail. Bec understands and respects clients' needs for privacy and compassion, and is happy to assist with all enquiries from navigating the intake process, assisting with referral requests, billing, to booking and rescheduling appointments.
Maple is a vibrant blue Betta fish (aka fighting fish). Maple enjoys making bubble nests, and soaking up the warmth from the nearby salt lamp. Maple also has the company of a few snails which, depending on his mood on the day, he either hangs out with or works hard at keeping them from eating his food. Maple has been a wonderful addition to the Grassroots Psychology team, and helps with activities such as mindfulness and grounding, and for most people is helpful in regulating or calming their nervous systems through neuroception.
Moose is a beautiful, and BIG, male Bullmastiff. Moose has undergone specific training, and is approved by Therapy Dogs Australia to be included in therapy sessions with adolescents and adults. His favourite activities are probably sleeping, and playing with other dogs. Moose only attends the clinic occasionally, however, if Moose is ever included in your session this will be discussed with you prior, and there will be certain rules you will need to adhere to on how to interact with Moose.
If you attend therapy that is held outdoors, you will likely be exposed to many different species of wildlife such a birds, insects, hares, kangaroos, and of course, horses. While some of these interactions will happen by chance (e.g., witnessing a wild animal), at all times, you will be expected to be respectful of any animals' boundaries and needs, and to ensure your own and the animals' safety.