Barbara Eppingstall


Barbara specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Hypnotherapy for adults & older adults to help deal with issues like pain, grief & loss, stress, panic, sleep, & weight in Carnegie.


I began my career in social welfare work and returned to study at Monash University to become a psychologist.  After completing my Masters in Psychology (Counselling) degree I remained with Monash for 14 years in research and teaching. My research focused on aged mental health including dementia, depression and anxiety.  I also taught and supervised students.  While the years involved in research were fulfilling and produced beneficial outcomes, I remained keen to commence private work and so in 2012 I took the opportunity to start with Nexus Psychology.

My private work has also been a rewarding experience – assisting clients to realise their potential, utilising their strengths and resources to create the changes they want in their lives. I too continue to build upon my skills to ensure clients are receiving the most appropriate therapy.

Clients I work with:
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
Therapeutic Approaches I use:
  • CBT
  • ACT
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution Focused
Issues I work with:
Research Publications:
  • Garland, K., Beer, E., Eppingstall, B. & O’Connor, D. (2007). A Comparison of Two Treatments of Agitated Behavior in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: Simulated Family Presence and Preferred Music.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15, (6), 514-521
  • O’Connor, D., Gardner, B., Eppingstall, B. & Tofler, D. (2010). Cognition in elderly patients receiving unilateral and bilateral electroconvulsive therapy: A prospective, naturalistic comparison.   Journal of Affective Disorders, 124 (3), 235-240.
  • van der Ploeg, E., Eppingstall, B. & O’Connor, D. (2010). The study protocol of a blinded  randomised-controlled cross-over trial of lavender oil as a treatment of behavioural symptoms in dementia.   BMC Geriatrics, 10, 49.
  • Runci SJ, Eppingstall BE & O’Connor DW (2012). A comparison of verbal communication and psychiatric medication use by Greek and Italian residents with dementia in Australian ethno-specific and mainstream aged care facilities. International Psychogeriatrics, 24(5), 733-741.
  • van der Ploeg E.,  Camp CJ. , Eppingstall B.,  Runci S. & O’Connor D. (2012) The study protocol of a cluster-randomised controlled trial of family-mediated personalised activities for nursing home residents with dementia. BMC Geriatrics.  12:2,
  • O’Connor D.,  Eppingstall B., Taffe J. &  van der Ploeg ES.  (2013). A randomized, controlled cross-over trial of dermally-applied lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil as a treatment of agitated behaviour in dementia. BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine. 13:315.
  • van der Ploeg ES.,  Eppingstall B., Camp C.,  Runci S. , Taffe J. &  O’Connor D.  (2013).  A randomized crossover trial to study the effect of personalized, one-to-one interaction using Montessori-based activities on agitation, affect, and engagement in nursing home residents with Dementia. International Psychogeriatrics.  25(4):565-75.
  • Runci S., Eppingstall B.,  van der Ploeg E. & O’Connor DW.  (2014).  Comparison of family satisfaction in Australian ethno-specific and mainstream aged care facilities. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.  40(4):54-63.
  • Davison T.E., Eppingstall B., Runci SJ. & O’Connor DW.  (2015). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for older adults residing in long term care facilities: A pilot trial (submitted)
  • $170 for Business Hours
  • $190 for After Hours
  • Tuesday

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