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Dr Jacoline Heller-Boersma

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jacoline Heller-Boersma is a Consultant Psychologist with a special interest in navigating the psychological impact of Gynaecological challenges such as born with Anomalies that alter childhood and/or puberty, including medical conditions of Variations of Sex Development & Mullerian Anomalies, as well as other gynae presentations such as Endometriosis & chronic Pelvic pain, PCOS, Infertility and IVF.  She works in Clinical Psychology private Practice in Hobart, at the Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) in Randwick and at Woollahra Health and Beauty, as a Gynaecology Speciality Psychologist. She is an Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where she and Dr. Rebecca Deans co-convene a module in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, as part of a post-graduate course at the School of Women’s & Children’s Health, Department of Medicine.

Jacoline trained at doctoral level at City University, London, UK. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society & Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists.  She is APRAH Clinical Psychology endorsed and HPCP-UK Registered.  Jacoline, with her colleagues, pioneered work at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital (QCCH) in London, UK, on a condition called the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), which included research on developing and testing a therapy (group/individual) to help navigate diagnosis, medical management, and the practical/emotional impact of this condition over the lifespan.  The therapy developed also aimed to provide a framework and tools for those navigating other gynaecological conditions, with similar impact. 

Jacoline has been running this programme, first developed in London, now in Sydney for many years, both with women with MRKH and gradually extending the toolset & programme to include women with the other conditions under the umbrella.  Women report that utilising these sources, enables them to create positive lives and stories and achieve their goals, notwithstanding the challenges.  This spurred Jacoline on to consolidate the above, recently, writing and converting the above into an accessible, evidence-based self-help book for use in collaboration with a therapist (individual & group format) with the title: “The Notches Programme” – Scaling Your Mountain peaks with Variations/Differences of Sex Development: A Guide for Mind-Body Health.  The book is a natural extension of the work she has been compassionately committed to for almost 2 decades.  It brings a much needed, vibrant, holistic, and relevant resource to the doorstep of patients and therapists alike, for use both Australia wide and across the World.

One to One Individual Therapy & Group Therapy Workshops

Jacoline offers Clinics at Woollahra on the first Monday of the month at regular intervals each calendar year.  She uses the “Notches Programme”, individualised, and personalised in her work with women presenting.  These are attached to the Workshops she runs at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick the day prior, on Sunday.  Jacoline provides continuity of care and follow-up, by interleaving face-to-face work with phone-consults.

 

Dr. Jacoline Heller-Boersma, accepts self/private referrals as well as referrals from those utilising a GP Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) for Clinical Psychology Services (She can provide a letter for your GP to kick-start the process).

 

T: 02 9369 2800 to book an appointment for the Monday clinics. 

E: scalingyourmountains@iinet.net.au with any questions you have

W: psychologytas.com

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