Performance Edge Psychology is a wellbeing, mental health and performance psychology clinic located in North Balwyn, Melbourne with a team of experienced psychologists who are passionate about the work they do and assisting people to live a healthy and meaningful life. We work with people presenting with a range of issues including all areas of mental health, high performance and high pressure issues, stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma.
Caroline Anderson – Psychologist and Director
Caroline is a registered Melbourne based psychologist with over 15 years experience who has worked in a variety of contexts. She has worked at a leading Hospital in Mental Health for a number of years, working with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide range of complex difficulties. Along side her hospital work, Caroline has also seen clients in her own successful private practice. Prior to that she worked in the UK specialising in early intervention in mental health. Caroline has also completed post graduate studies in child and adolescent mental health, family, parenting and couple therapy.
Caroline is the Consulting Psychologist for the Victorian Institute of Sport Diving Program, Waverley High Performance Gymnastics, Cricket Victoria, and the AFL Players Association. Caroline consults to the Australian Insitute of Sport. She is the Program Psychologist for Outside the Locker Room – and delivers their training around Australia on mental health, drug and alcohol and high performance via video presentations. Caroline is involved in leadership positions such as the Women’s Olympic Network, is an Ambassador for Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week, and is regularly asked to contribute to articles, podcasts and radio interviews. She provides expert commentary for news reports and writes regularly for Jean Hailes on psychology, mental health and wellbeing topics.
Caroline’s specific areas of interest in therapy includes the assessment and treatment of depression and anxiety in both young people and adults. She also works with relationship issues, sleep difficulties, anger management, self esteem, behavioural problems, parent work, self harm and complex mental health issues including low prevalence mental health disorder and personality disorders. Along side her clinical work, Caroline has an interest in working individually with athletes, business people and students wishing to improve their performance in high pressure settings. Caroline has worked with a number of high profile clients including athletes, media personalities and clients involved in court cases with high media interest.
Caroline has been trained in and uses cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness as her main therapeutic approaches but also incorporates other therapies such as psychodynamic techniques, interpersonal and narrative therapy.
Caroline’s approach to working with people, regardless of why they have sought help, it that of compassion, understanding and being fully present. Although the experience and therapeutic orientation of a psychologist is important, Caroline believes that ultimately it is the connection and relationship between therapist and the client that can make the biggest difference. Caroline strives to nurture that relationship in helping people overcome difficulties and making changes in their lives.
Nonie Carr – Psychologist
Nonie has worked in a range of different areas. She has a particular passion for performance psychology being a cyclist herself. Nonie has been a Psychologist for over 10 years and in that time has worked within a girls’ school and in private practice. She has a particular interest in enhancing performance, performance anxiety, confidence and self esteem, and working with sports people, performers and anyone that wants to enhance their performance in their chosen field.
Nonie uses cognitive and behavioural approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and at times also use Motivational Interviewing.
Nonie is an athlete and has been racing for about 13 years and have competed on the track, road, and in cyclocross. In 2008 she won the time trial and the scratch race in age group at the World Masters Track Championships in Sydney. She has raced the Tour of Bright on 5 occasions and in 2011 won the Sprint competition in Women’s C Grade.
Nonie’s experience in cycling, as both a competitor and a participant, is something that often draw on when working with clients to help them enhancing their performance, managing their anxiety and building their confidence and self-esteem.