​"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny."
​- Albert Ellis

My name is Katie Dowler and I am a provisionally registered Psychologist. To become a general psychologist, I will be required to complete an internship requiring over 3000 hours of supervised practice in addition to rigorous demonstrations of abilities to conduct formal psychological testing, various therapy engagement techniques and counselling skills. I will complete this internship here at Distinct Directions. I have worked in my current role for just on a year. I am currently undertaking further study, completing a Master of Neuroscience at the University of New England.

I have a strong interest in forensic psychology as well as abnormal psychology. My interest in forensics comes from completing my 4th year thesis on the Dark Triad traits, researching how childhood maltreatment can result in the expression of these traits. I have a strong interest in the criminal mind. Addiction is also another area I am interested in learning more about.

I work mainly with clients through the NDIS as well as Medicare. I have experience working with clients from a wide array of issues such as anxiety and depression, eating disorders, trauma, intellectual disability, brain injury, school adjustments issues, emotional regulation issues, ADHD and autism. I work with children, adolescents and adults.

I also have experience completing diagnostic assessments, behavioural assessments, cognitive assessments and guardianship assessments. I have delivered counselling and intervention in an individual context, providing psycho education, utilizing core counselling skills, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques. I am excited to learn, practice and gain experience in other treatment modalities, under the supervision of an experienced clinical team.

I have always lived and worked in Rural New South Wales and I am passionate about providing much needed mental health services in our community particularly to our most vulnerable community members. 


Conference papers:

Dye, J., Cavallaro, L., Dowler, K., Finos, A., Elmir, R., Morrow, A., & Coote, S. (2019). Psychopathic traits as a fast life strategy: Some outcomes. In Australian Society for Human Behaviour and Evolution2nd Annual Meeting. Sydney, Australia.