Brooke Michell is a qualified psychologist (Clinical) with the following qualifications:
- Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of South Australia (2004)
- Master of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of South Australia (2010)
Brooke is passionate about working with children and their families to improve wellbeing. Brooke has worked with Professor Sarah Blunden at the Paediatric Sleep & Psychology Clinic since 2011. In this time at the clinic Brooke has been involved in the delivery of group education programs across South Australia, focusing on sleep and wellbeing. Brooke also works at the clinic to provide support and guidance in the delivery of sleep interventions, and support for other paediatric psychological and behavioural concerns. This involves the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, along with other mental health and family dynamic challenges.
Brooke is passionate about assisting people to bring about positive change in the sleeping patterns of their children, and feels that these changes can be gradual and respectful to both the child and their parents. She is a sincere advocate for the gentle, responsive and tailored method Professor Blunden has developed. Brooke understands the challenges experienced by families with young children, and the importance of supporting them using methods that are both considered, caring and based on empirical research.
The group education programs that Brooke delivers are tailored for the audience and have been conducted at Child Care Centres, Community Centres, Corporate offices, and Schools. Brooke has also worked with other health professionals to educate them about paediatric sleep. In the clinical work Brooke is involved with she enjoys supporting families to improve interpersonal relationships and family dynamics using evidence-based psychological therapies.
Brooke’s Masters research thesis investigated the effects of sleep on behaviour, and the result of this research was presented at two conferences.
2010 International Congress of Applied Psychology Conference, 2010. Sleep Symposium; presenter (‘The Sleepy Preschooler: Sleep disturbance and impacts on behaviour and psychosocial functioning’).
2011 Adelaide Sleep Retreat Conference, 2011. Presenter (‘The Sleepy Preschooler: Sleep disturbance and impacts on behaviour and psychosocial functioning’).
Areas of Practice:
- Birth – 18 years of age
- Typically and non-typically developing children
- Behaviour management
- Parenting strategies
Childhood and adolescent psychological therapy
- Sleep, anxiety, behaviour, tantrums, separation issues etc.
- Adolescent sleep, mood and anxiety problems