B Psych (Hons).
Shelley Jacks is a registered psychologist with many years of experience in mental health, and special expertise in the area of forensic psychology.
In therapy, Shelley is experienced in providing treatment using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Behaviour Modification, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Psychotherapy.
Treatment for Sex Offenders
Shelley has treated many people who have committed offences such as: sexual offences; domestic violence; general violence; and property offences (usually relating to drug or alcohol use).
From these experiences, Shelley has come to understand that offending behaviour occurs for many different reasons, and is only one part of a person’s whole.
She is non-judgmental and feels it is important to identify and utilise a client’s strengths in order to assist them understand themselves better, and to enable them to move forward towards an offence-free lifestyle. Her warm engaging manner, ability to roll with resistance, strong skills in CBT and excellent application of motivational interviewing, have often led to positive client outcomes in this area.
Report Writing for Court
After nearly a decade working for Queensland Corrective Services – in both non-custodial and custodial settings – Shelley has strong report writing and assessment skills, including:
- Reports: parole, pre-sentence and behavioural management reports
- Assessments: sexual offender, violence, and suicide risk assessments.
She maintains a strong interest in this area and is able to write reports for court, particularly pre-sentence reports. Please contact her directly for a quote.
Shelley has also spent some time with Queensland Health, working with clients diagnosed with a range of mental health issues, including: schizophrenia; bipolar disorder; personality disorders; eating disorders; drug induced psychosis,; depression and anxiety. She has also worked in the area of chronic illness and brain injury.
Shelley is particularly interested in helping people with:
- Eating Disorders
- Offending Behaviour
- Lifestyle Change – especially weight loss and blood pressure reduction
- Victims of Domestic Violence
- Adolescents and Young Adults
- Anger Management
One of Shelley’s strengths is in assisting people wishing to change their lives, but struggling to find motivation.
Shelley feels that the role of the psychologist is to “walk alongside” her clients, helping them to find hope and purpose in their lives. She enjoys using humour and believes that laughter is a great medicine.