Kristen BaylissPrincipal Psychologist
Kristen’s journey to the profession of psychology began growing up in a home where humility and looking out for others were primary values. This, combined with a love of reading - getting lost in stories - formed a fascination with getting to know what makes people tick and wanting to understand them at a deeper level.
Kristen now has 20 years experience in psychological assessment treatment and counselling and is our principal psychologist. The UNSW (BSc) and University of Sydney (MA) graduate has a wealth of experience across a range of therapeutic areas.
Whilst studying, Kristen spent time volunteering at Lifeline and the experience cemented her passion for working with people and left her itching to complete her degrees and get started in the real world. Lifeline’s approach to counselling is humanistic, centred around providing empathic listening and positive regard in a warm and friendly manner - this resonated with Kristen and is the basis of how she works with clients today.
Kristen also draws from a range of therapeutic approaches including attachment theory, psycho-dynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She is also qualified in and is offering EMDR therapy for trauma and PTSD. With couples she uses Gottman Therapy techniques and is influenced by Systems theory.
Kristen worked in roles across the government and private sectors throughout her twenty year career. Her own private practice was the obvious next step as she had always found herself working most effectively, the more freedom there was to work creatively and authentically according to her values and personal style as well as her training and the available evidence.
Her style of therapy involves providing clients insight and reflection carefully balanced with skills and strategies. Collaboration with clients is paramount, involving them in their choice of therapy and goals to be achieved.
The mother-of-three is skilled at helping people adjust to challenging life stages such as starting a family (including Post-natal Depression), changing careers, losing loved ones (grief and loss), relationship issues and recovery from separation and divorce, work-related stress and depression and recovery from workplace bullying. She has over 20 years experience treating depression, anxiety and trauma - recent trauma as well as childhood and complex - and remains passionate about empowering each and every client to meet their recovery goals.