Spectrum Centre works with individuals and those closest around them to support positive relationships and environments to improve well-being, independence, and quality of life.

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Claire Paterson

Clinical Psychologist Registrar

I am a psychologist who is passionate about supporting people of all ages and abilities to have a good quality of life. I provide psychology and positive behaviour support services.


I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, a special interest in Autism, and I am member of a neurodiverse family. I have worked as a psychologist for many years in the government, not-for-profit, and private sectors providing psychology consultation and disability services to individuals, families, schools, workplaces, and other community organisations.

I am passionate about person-centred practice and supporting positive changes for my clients and important others in their lives. I work closely with parents and other caregivers to address mental health issues, improve understanding of unmet needs, and establish positive home and community routines and relationships.

I incorporate a range of approaches in my therapeutic work including positive behaviour support, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family systems therapy, attachment theory, polyvagal theory, interpersonal therapy, emotional regulation, and mindfulness strategies. I work with the individual client in their natural environment and/or with important others when appropriate to develop strategies and skills to improve well-being and participation in daily routines and relationships.

I am committed to providing a holistic service by working in collaboration with other therapists and professionals who are engaged with my clients to ensure a transdisciplinary approach whenever appropriate. 

I provide a strengths-based approach to neurodiversity and create a safe, non-judgemental environment to explore and develop understanding of client difficulties and unmet needs, and strategies to enhance quality of life for both my clients and important others in their lives.