BA (Psych), BPsychSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin), PhD Candidate (Clin Psych), MACPA
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people, families and adults. I am a warm, compassionate, open and relaxed clinician, who will support you to tackle life’s challenges, help you make sense of your own unique journey and work towards developing healthy and nurturing relationships.
I tend to employ an ‘attachment-based’ and relational framework, which recognises that our life experiences, particularly our experience of being with others, often impacts on how we relate to ourselves. Alongside this, I tailor treatment to suit your needs and preferences, integrating an eclectic range of therapeutic modalities and techniques.
When working with children, I love using creative, fun and play-based therapies embedded within a family-based approach, where active parent/caregiver involvement is an integral part of therapy. I am an accredited facilitator for a number of parent-child therapeutic programs, including Circle of Security, Tuning Into Kids, Second Step and Exploring Together, which all focus on supporting children’s emotional and social development while strengthening family relationships and connection.
As well as working at The Mind Body Practice, I am currently completing my PhD with UNSW Faculty of Medicine and Health in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry at South Western Sydney Local Health District. My research is being conducted at Karitane Parenting Centres, Sydney and focuses on understanding the factors that underlie parenting sensitivity and reflective functioning. My goal is to be a part of research and program development that further supports parents early in their parenting journey and works to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma. I am also a Member of the Growing Minds Network, a collaborative formed across Australia for people with expertise and interest in research and clinical trials for child and youth mental health. Previously, I have worked in both senior clinical and leadership positions in government and non-government organisations, with the goal of supporting kids, adolescents, parents and adults to flourish and reach their full potential.
I also provide clinical supervision and training for clinical psychology students, interns and registrars as a Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Board-Approved Supervisor.
In my spare time, I love dancing and enjoying music - anything to do with the creative and performing arts! I also love cycling, adventuring and exploring new travel destinations off the beaten track, as well as nurturing my treasured family relationships and friendships.
Special Interest Areas
Praveena has special interests in the following areas:
Grief & Loss
Adult Survivor of Sexual Abuse
Anxiety & Phobias
Life Transition & Adjustment Issues
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Victim of Crime
Praveena is trained and experienced in the following treatment approaches:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitzation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Praveena offers treatment for the following clients:
Pre-School (2-4 yo)
Child (5-12 yo)
Adolescent (13-17 yo)
Infant (0-1 yo)
You can access a session with Praveena in one of the following ways:
Praveena has the following qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons)
Master of Clinical Psychology
Registrations & Memberships
Psychology Board of Australia
Registration Number: PSY0001709105
Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Membership Number: 2740
Research & Publications
Rajeswaran, P., Jones, R, Tubridy, C., & Berrigan, M. (2018)
Coming together to get kids on track in time: A systemic approach to early intervention. South Coast Child Wellbeing Network Annual Conference, Kiama NSW.
Rajeswaran, P., & Innes, J.M. (2012).
An experimental study into religion as attachment in a Hindu population. 40th Anniversary Annual Conference for the Society for Australasian Social Psychologists, Adelaide, SA.
Rajeswaran, P., & Innes, J.M. (2011)
An attachment perspective on the stigmatisation of mental illness. Fourth Annual Conference for the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney NSW.
Praveena can understand or speak the following languages: