When Your Mental Health Matters - Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapy

Our Psychologists

The Proprietor:
Barbara Palmisano is a Clinical Psychologist fully registered with The Psychologist Board Australia. She is currently the Sole Practitioner of Palmisano Psychological Services. One benefit of being a Sole Practitioner is that Medical Referrers and the individual can be assured that they will be consulted directly by the Proprietor.

The Proprietor has a breadth and depth of experience in Mental Health, Disability & Rehabilitation fields across ages in community and hospital based Government services, Not For Profit Organizations and Private Industry.

Tertiary Qualifications:
Master of Psychology (Clinical) ECU
Master of Arts (Psychology) UWS
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) NTU

Professional Memberships:
Australian Psychological Society (APS)
The APS College of Clinical Psychologists
APS Interest Groups- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Psychology; Rehabilitation Psychology; Psychology and Complementary & Alternative Medicine; Buddhism and Psychology
Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy WA
Association for Contextual Behavioural Science
Autism Association WA

Professional Research Publications:
Research Publications:
Abbott, M., Palmisano, B.A., Dickerson, M. (1995). Video game playing, dependency and delinquency: A question of methodology? Journal of Gambling Studies, 11, pp 287-301.

Palmisano, B.A., Arco, L. (2007). Changes in Functional Behaviour of Adults with Brain Injury and Spouse-Caregiver Burden With In-Home Neurobehavioural Intervention. Behaviour Change, 24 (1), pp 1-10.

Additional Accreditation:
Triple P Provider: Positive Parenting Program for developing positive relationships, encouraging desirable behaviour, teaching new skills and managing misbehaviour.
Level 4- Standard Stepping Stones, for families with a child with a disability.
Level 5- Enhanced Program for Parent Coping, Relationships and Communication.

Aussie Optimism Program Provider: Mental Health Promotion for Children (8-12yrs) focussed on Building Resilience, Self Esteem Building, Positive Thinking, Problem Solving and Social Skills.

Summary of Work History:
The Proprietor has held a variety of positions spanning over 30 years, as a Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Counsellor with pre-tertiary qualification roles as an Occupational Therapy Aid and previous to this as a Care Aide. She has accumulated a broad knowledge, skills and abilities with a wide range of mental health issues, disability types and medical conditions. These include:
Private Practice- Proprietor & previous Contractor to another Private Practice
Child, Adolescent & Adult Community Mental Health Services
Suicide Intervention/ Self Harm – Community Mental Health Clinic
Employee Assistance Program
Disability Services Commission (Individual & Family Clinical Psychology)
Department of Corrective Services- Prison Officer Recruitment
Non Government Organisations- Epilepsy Action
Home & Community Care Program
Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services- Occupational/ Vocational Rehabilitation
Occupational Therapy- Elderly Mental Health Services, Surgical Ward & Aids/ Equipment.
Residential Hostel- profound & multiple disabilities.