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.
Due to a long interest in area of obesity, weight management and health related illnesses, I extended my training to include weight reduction therapy* (please see below). I’m now very pleased to provide Virtual Gastric Band hypnosis for those people who have had problems in managing their weight due to over eating. Note the program does not involve dieting, rather a person becomes satisfied with eating smaller amounts of food as well as introducing further positive lifestyle changes. Importantly, a person regains control of his/her life and eating behaviours.
Clients I work with:
- Older Adults
Therapeutic Approaches I use:
- Solution Focused
Weight Management Program:
- Includes: Assessment/suitability for program, start-up plus workbook
- Introduction to 8 Golden Rules to effective weight loss
- (Note it is Not a diet)
- 5 – 6 weeks of CBT & Virtual Gastric Band hypnosis enabling key psychological & behavioural changes
- Additional health related issues covered in program (e.g. cravings, nutrition)
Issues I work with:
- 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)