Dr Bettina Christl is a clinical psychologist registered with AHPRA (PSY0001811040). Bettina is passionate about helping people from all walks of life, including children, adolescents and adults. Her therapeutic approach aims to build on the existing strengths of each person and to grow their resilience.
Bettina is especially dedicated to helping children with developmental difficulties, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, and bringing about positive changes in the life of these children and their families.
Bettina is experienced in helping children on the Autism Spectrum and their parents, including diagnostic assessments and support for accesssing NDIS funding, as well as social skills training and supporting their ability to regulate their emotions.
She is also experienced in giving support to children with ADHD, anxiety, school refusal, food fussiness, toileting issues, challenging behaviours and attachment difficulties as well as to those affected by cancer.
Bettina is also dedicated to helping adults who struggle with mood difficulties, anxiety or stress. She has a particular interest in supporting those experiencing acute or prolonged grief in response to the death of a loved one.
Bettina has worked with adults, adolescents and children in a variety of settings, including community health, hospital, private practice and university clinic settings. Her therapeutic approach is evidence based and uses techniques from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Emotion Coaching. Bettina has gained experience working with children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental difficulties at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and at Annie’s Centre in Randwick.
Bettina currently supports adults with acute and prolonged grief at St Vincent Hospital in Darlinghurst.
Bettina has a strong background in research, including the early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as the impact of perinatal adversity on mother-child attachment and early child development. In the past, she has worked as research assistant at the School of Psychiatry, UNSW, and as clinician at CanTeen and at Annie‘s Centre.