PhD, MPsy, BPsySc.
Amelia obtained her first university degree in Psychology in 2001. Since then, on her journey towards understanding human behaviour and relationships, she has completed several university qualifications. She holds a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Educational Psychology, and has completed a PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Queensland in 2013. Since 2003, she has been working in private clinics, hospitals, and universities as a clinician, lecturer and a researcher.
In therapy, she works with children, adolescents and adults. Besides using different models of therapy with individuals, Dr Amelia is also a trained couple therapist and marriage counsellor. She has completed some training in using Emotionally Focused Therapy Model with families (EFT), Gottman model for couple therapy, and EMDR mode for complex trauma.
Amelia is also a public speaker, creative writer and a renowned researcher in the field of Developmental Psychology. You can read some of her published work for parents, or listen to her radio interviews, through our Publications, Media, and Videos pages.
Last but not least, Amelia is a world recognised and much treasured auntie who is superbly adored and loved by her niece and nephews!
This is what Dr Amelia Shay would like to share about herself:
“My fascination with human relationships started very early on when I was a child. I always enjoyed watching people and asking myself, what are they thinking about? This inquisitiveness about the mind and about human relationships led me become a psychologist.
The two areas that I am especially interested in are couple relationships and parenting. I have observed many couples during more than ten years of practice, and I have helped them move through their relationship challenges and create a safer place for each other.
Besides, I have a deep and long-held interest in investigating children’s development, learning and mental health. This passion is reflected in my diverse employment experiences as well as my academic activities, spanning research, teaching and publishing. I have held several university research and teaching positions, as well as having worked in various professional roles within organizations, both small and large.
I welcome working with individuals who have personal psychological problems, as well as parents and couples who face difficulties in their family relationships.” – Dr Amelia Shay