ABOUT DR SUSETTE SOWDEN
A Clinical and Forensic Psychologist practicing in Albury/Wodonga and Heidlberg, Melbourne. Dr Sowden is also an Educational & Developmental Psychologist.
Appointments are available at Dr Sowden’s rooms in Albury and Heidelberg, Melbourne.
With over 25 years experience working in Private Practice, Dr Sowden is a Member of the Colleges of Clinical Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists, and Educational & Developmental Psychologists.
Dr Sowden offers professional and personalized services. Dr Sowden provides evidence-based, best practice assessment and treatment for a range of clinical, forensic, and educational/developmental presentations.
CREDENTIALS AND HISTORY
Prior to practicing as a psychologist, Dr Sowden gained a Research Fellowship in the Medical School, University of Dundee, Scotland, and a position as a Visiting Scholar in the Medical School, Dalhousie University, Canada. Dr Sowden has also held senior teaching positions in the independent school system in Australia. Dr Sowden’s qualifications relevant to psychological practice include: Master in Psychology (Clinical); Master in Education (Psychology); a Diploma in Applied Child Psychology; and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Susette Sowden’s work as a Clinical Psychologist includes: assessment and treatment for Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Somatoform Disorders, Sexual Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Schizophrenia, and Personality Disorders. Dr Sowden also has extensive experience working with people experiencing relationship difficulties, anger management problems, and personal issues.
Dr Susette Sowden’s work as a Forensic Psychologist includes: assessment for treatment of criminal matters (including assessment for sentencing); assessment of parenting capacity; assessment for victims of crime; and assessment for compensation matters. Dr Sowden has expertise in forensic assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. Dr Sowden has extensive expertise in preparing medico-legal assessments for Workcover and Comcare claimants; and for Courts in relation to providing forensic services in the area of criminal matters, victims’ compensation matters, and family law matters. Dr Sowden was an Authorized Clinician for the Children’s Court Clinic, NSW for over 10 years. Dr Susette Sowden has been an expert witness in a variety of Courts including the Children’s Court, the Family Court, and Courts addressing Workers’ Compensation issues and criminal matters. She has also been an expert witness in the Industrial Relations Commission.
Dr Susette Sowden’s work as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist includes assessment and treatment for children and adults with disorders such as: Specific Learning Disorders; Autism Spectrum Disorders; and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Dr Sowden also has expertise in working with children experiencing behavioural problems manifesting as Oppositional Defiant Disorder and/or Conduct Disorder. She has also conducted assessments and interventions for children and adults who are gifted and talented. Sophisticated educational & developmental testing is utilized. The psychological tests may include tests of: intellectual/cognitive ability; memory and learning abilities; performance in literacy, numeracy, and oral language; executive functioning; adaptive behavioural functioning; personality development; and social/emotional development.
Dr Susette Sowden is an experienced Supervisor for intern psychologists wishing to become registered psychologists and for psychologists working towards College membership in the areas of Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Educational & Developmental Psychology.