Eliza Onion

Position: Provisional Psychologist
Location: Newcastle
Service Reach: Hunter Valley
Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person, Managing Vicarious Trauma

Professional experience

After completing her studies, Eliza worked as a Mental Health Support Worker and an NDIS Support Coordinator, working with individuals from 18 to 65 years of age who experienced a variety of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, BPD, intellectual disability, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), complex trauma, Schizophrenia and OCD. These roles developed Eliza’s understanding of the impact of mental illness on daily functioning, as well as how to support clients manage their symptoms and offer brief interventions in a practical setting, such as the community.

In a clinical setting, Eliza has worked with clients from varying cultural backgrounds, ages and presenting issues. She has provided treatment to clients who presented with anxiety symptoms, low mood, low motivation, panic attacks, relationship concerns and individuals who were experiencing grief. Eliza has experience providing intervention to these groups, including behavioural activation, behaviour scheduling, relaxation techniques, psychoeducation and assertive communication coaching

Interests

  • Bushwalking and hiking
  • Camping
  • Embroidery and crafts
  • Gardening

What Eliza loves about working in mental health

“I love seeing progress in the clients that I work with, especially seeing the progression across multiple sessions. I enjoy watching clients experience the ‘Aha!’ moment.”