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The Wellselves Foundation

Claire Weightman


Clinical, Organisational and Community Psychologist
Founder and Executive Director

Claire's Clinical psychology and business development career

In 2004, Claire continued seeing existing part-time clients and also began to grow an earlier full-time allied health service-based psychology practice business in an inner Sydney Medical Centre at Darlinghurst. Completing further professional postgraduate upskilling in clinical mental health specialist topics, Claire began developing further interests in more complex treatments and specialised therapies, working full time privately in Sydney over an eight year period.

Returning initially to work with a clinical practice in Bendigo in late 2009, Claire again began seeing families and children referred with various psychiatric and allied health issues. Commuting to and from Sydney twice weekly in 2009/10, while downscaling her practice in NSW, Claire began the upscaling of a second practice in Essendon, Melbourne in 2010/11.

Moving permanently back to Melbourne in 2011, Claire accepted a part-time role as Senior Psychologist at private psychiatric hospital the Melbourne Clinic, supervising students and early career psychologists and students between 2012 and 2014. While revamping the former inpatient and young adult and eating disorder programs, Claire pioneered a successful approach to modifying ACT and DBT programs. Monitored outcomes measured during the period showed significantly lowered risk and re-admission behaviours.

Claire was later a professional supervisor at the Cairnmillar Institute supporting six Master of Clinical Psychology students in 2014, while continuing private practice development in Melbourne’s inner North and Central suburbs. Claire’s career in Melbourne involved seeing very diverse and complex client presentations over a further six year period, between 2011 and 2017.

A former Secretary of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, Claire held a string of APS committee positions and roles from 2001 to 2012. These included office bearer and member roles on local, state, national and college member committees, national advisory committees and reference groups.

Claire has supervised numerous past Masters students and prior 5+1 program placements. Accepting upcoming student psychologists is occasionally still possible when time permits, if such individuals commit to make contributions of sufficient time in exchange for supporting practice research or other aims.

Claire continues to selectively and actively supervise early career and later career registered psychologists, psychiatrist registrars, mental health nurses and clinical social workers by negotiation, usually via online consultation.

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