Our Team

Rachael Lovett

Registered Psychologist, Registered Teacher

Having worked in schools since 1999 as a teacher and guidance counsellor, I know how beneficial it is for families to seek help when they need it. The family is a complex, dynamic and interactive system that requires a compassionate, sensitive and delicate hand when there is hurt or when things go awry. 

I have a keen interest in assisting children, adolescents and adults with anxiety and depressive symptoms. My training in cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, sand play therapy and other expressive therapies have allowed me to connect with clients, regardless of their age. I highly value parent education and love connecting with parents through facilitating parenting workshops.

I work with individuals and couples and I am happy to engage with schools, knowing the important role schools play in the social and emotional well-being of our children. The Family Room serves as an extension of the service that I have been providing in the community for more than a decade.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours)​
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Masters of Education in Guidance and Counselling

Chad McCormick 

Registered Psychologist

I have worked as a psychologist in private practice since 2006 under the business name Activate Psychology. I have joined forces with Rachael Lovett, my  long term partner in life, and now in business at The Family Room. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults and couples, helping them to manage difficult emotions and strengthen connections with loved ones. 

I am trained in a variety of theraputic approaches including emotion focused therapy for individuals and couples, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.  

I aim to be present, compassionate and honest with my clients. This helps me to join with you and work together to achieve your goals for therapy. I have a special interest in helping individuals and couples living with chronic illness to manage  symptoms, strengthen relationships and enhance their quality of life.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours)​
  • Bachelor of Arts

Margaret Smith 

Registered Psychologist

I have worked as a psychologist and secondary school guidance counsellor for over 30 years.  I have also worked as a secondary school teacher. I joined The Family Room in 2017 and I currently see adolescent and adult clients. 

I have trained in a number of theraputic approaches including acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, clinical hypnosis, gestalt therapy and strategic brief interventions.

I aim to be a kind and calming source of support for my clients, validating their unique challenges and helping them to learn and apply practical skills that support real and lasting change. 

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • Diploma of Secondary Teaching