Dr Julie Peterson:
Clinic Director & Founder, Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin), MAPS, MACPA, Grad Dip Systemic Couple Therapy, Member ASSERT
Dr Julie Peterson is a Clinical Psychologist, qualified relationship therapist and sexologist. Julie is a world-leading expert in childhood, adolescent and adult Development Disorders (DDs), and is the Founder and Clinic Director of Embracing the Other Half Psychology Clinic (ETOH). She specialises in the assessment and treatment of individuals, couples and families who have DDs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome, and complex relationship concerns.
Julie is a member of the International Society for Autism Research and regularly attends international research conferences and symposiums such as the Geneva Centre for Autism Symposium's held in Toronto Canada. These conferences provide ASD researchers from around the world with focused opportunities to share the rapidly moving scientific investigation of ASDs. She also presents regularly at seminars, conferences and workshops See Workshops.
The ETOH Clinic is a centre of excellence and a tertiary referral centre for DDs. Julie maintains a rigorous professional development program both personally and for the members of her team, to ensure that the assessment and therapy provided is always the most up to date and effective available.
Julie takes an all-encompassing approach to treatment and therapy and therefore, in addition to individual, couple and family therapy, Julie consults with organisations that her clients interact with. Julie regularly visits schools to meet with teachers, counsellors and principals, to provide guidance and advice on working with students with DDs, and actively works to facilitate those difficult transition periods into and out of high school.
Adults with DDs may have difficulties in the working environment, however they can also make extremely valuable and creative contributions to the organisations that they work for. Julie provides advice to a range of organisations to assist them to better understand and improve the effectiveness of staff members with DDs - in particular those with Asperger's Syndrome.
Julie also acts as an expert-witness in courts in Australia and internationally. In each case her evidence concerning the effects of Asperger's Syndrome on individuals has resulted in the courts adopting more informed and effective approaches to treatment and rehabilitation.
Embracing The Difference Foundation
Giving and charity has played a central role in Julie's work. This is reflected in her initial training as a nurse and then her running the ETOH Clinic as effectively a 'not-for-profit organisation' since its inception. In recognition of the high needs still outstanding in the DD area, Julie has recently established Embracing The Difference Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing education, skills and assistance to individuals, families and the organisations with whom they interact.
Julie's interest in DDs developed from deep personal experience. Her own family history includes strong technical and creative individuals such as engineers and artists (including Sir William Dobell), while the strengths of her Aspie husband of 30 years are focussed in the investment and finance profession.
Julie completed both her First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and Doctorate in Psychology (Clinical) at Macquarie University. She is registered with the Australian Psychologists Registration Board, is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and APS Clinical College as well as the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. She is a member of the Australasian Society of Sex Educators Researchers and Therapists NSW and also has a Graduate Diploma in Systemic Therapy (Couple Therapy) from the Australian Institute for Relationship Studies.
Julie is an Honorary Associate of the Macquarie University Faculty of Psychology, an authorised supervisor with the Australian Psychologists Registration Board and provides both internal and external supervision in her fields of expertise. She is also an Australian Psychological Society Identified Practitioner for Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders.