Vikki is a Psychologist and Sex/Relationship Therapist focusing her work on the impact of childhood trauma and the resulting negative core beliefs, emotional detachment and suppression, and unhelpful behaviours, such as compulsive behaviours, addictions, and difficulties with communication, intimacy and conflict resolution. Vikki is also a passionate and knowledgeable ND-Affirming therapist who loves to work with couples assisting them to gain an in-depth understanding of differences in relationships and to help couples learn new communication techniques to resolve recurring challenges. Helping couples and individuals to better understand the process of anger and defensive responses is a passion area for Vikki.
Through a trauma-focused lens, Vikki uses a number of therapies (including but not limited to) Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, REBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Schema therapies to assist individuals to understand and control compulsive and/or emotionally dysregulated behaviours, which can detrimentally impact relationships and friendships. Some problematic behaviours include inappropriate use of the Internet, social media, dating sites, sex workers/massage, gaming, alcohol, food etc. Vikki enjoys assisting couples to restore trust in relationships damaged by problematic behaviours, and helping them gain insight into the origins of the behaviours.
Vikki is passionate about the impact of anxiety on people’s lives, and believes that anxiety is at the heart of so many mental health and psychological challenges. From basic anxiety difficulties, to challenges impacting self-esteem and confidence, through to the role of anxiety in male and female sexual dysfunctions, Vikki’s work focuses on helping individuals learn to better manage and understand their anxiety (and emotions in general) and to assist couples in overcoming relationship and sexual difficulties.
Vikki is the Founder and Principal Psychologist at Ringwood Psychology Pty Ltd. She has lectured for the Medical Register of Australia, lecturing at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical Centre on Difficult Relationships, Conflict Management, and Managing Life Changing Events.
Vikki’s passion is for writing, for herself to better understand Neurodiversity, and to then deliver her learnings to society in general. She believes that if we all work hard at recognising that not all brains work the same, just like not all bodies work the same, we might find ourselves all living in a happier, more tolerant environment.