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Meet Rae Starkey

Rae Starkey

Clinical Psychologist

BSc Psych and Crim (Hons), MSc Foren Psych, Mast Psych (Clin), MAPS, FCCLP

Rae Starkey obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminology (with Honours), and Master of Science in Forensic Psychology  in the UK, and completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) in Australia. She started working as a psychologist within the Department for Correctional Services in South Australia providing assessments, reports, and psychological interventions. She then went on to work with children as a psychologist within the Department for Education and Child Development. Rae also worked with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services providing therapeutic interventions to young people and their families. She then started working as a private psychologist, providing evidence based psychological interventions to adults and adolescents in country SA and metro regions whilst also working as a psychologist within an SA Health inpatient unit. Rae Currently consults in Modbury Heights, and can provide services under Medicare to rural and remote parts of Australia via Videoconferencing.

Rae's statement

"I have been practicing as a psychologist since 2010, and I am passionate about conducting therapy to address a wide range of issues. I have extensive experience of providing one to one evidence based therapeutic interventions with adolescents and adults to address mild to moderate mental health issues including (but not restricted to) anxiety disorders such as OCD, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder, depressive disorders, chronic fatigue, anger management, addictions, work-life balance, abuse and trauma, sleep issues, issues arising in adolescence, grief and loss, and specific issues such as workplace stress and bullying, and general stress. I also have an extended and continuing history of working with forensic patients both in prisons and the community, and I am able to support patients who are involved with the criminal justice system. Additionally I am a registered diagnostician with Autism SA and can conduct assessments of autistic spectrum disorder in adults.

I also conduct relationship therapy. My granddad always used to say (in his London cockney accent) ‘Ain't love grand’, which is a philosophy I have carried with me throughout my life, and which has inspired me to help couples achieve happiness and fulfillment in their relationships in my work as a psychologist. I truly believe that love can be grand, however it can take a little bit of work to achieve this. To develop my practice in relationship specific therapy, I have completed training in level 1, 2, and 3 in Gottman Therapy. Gottman Therapy is a couples therapy protocol which is based on research and has a sound basis of scientific evidence of its effectiveness. I have experience with helping both couples and individuals to improve their communication, resolve conflict, and build a solid relationship skill set. I am happy to support couples with a range of issues, including (but not limited to) anger management issues, porn addiction, sex therapy, and conducting pre-marriage sessions. All couples are welcome including those with diverse backgrounds and people who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community.


My therapeutic approach fosters an understanding, caring, warm, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for all patients. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminology (with honours), Master of Science in Forensic Psychology in the UK, and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) through Charles Sturt University in Australia. My training has emphasized the importance of tailoring evidence based therapeutic interventions and using validated assessments for each individual patient. I provide therapy for individual patients mainly from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) paradigm, as this is has the strongest basis of scientific evidence proving its effectiveness. In addition to CBT I also use other evidence based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family Systems Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, tailoring the approach to best suit the needs of each individual patient.


I work collaboratively with my patients, engaging them in a joint process where they are active participants in both deciding what they would like to achieve from their time in therapy, and in implementing the therapeutic strategies. Within a healing and caring environment, I help patients to learn new skills and strategies including communication skills, relationship skills, conflict management, relaxation, mindfulness, sleep strategies, anger management etc. to help my patients achieve better mental health, improved daily functioning, and happier interpersonal relationships. Additionally I help patients to gain a deeper understanding of their own personality and values, and enable patients to use this knowledge to make life decisions and set goals. My aim is to provide patients with skills and knowledge, which they can use for the rest of their lives. I genuinely care about all of my patients' wellbeing and happiness, and I feel grateful and honored to have the opportunity as a psychologist to walk alongside my patients as they make positive life changes in order to lead a happier and more fulfilling life."

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”  

Dalai Lama