Mary Joy (MJ) Basilio
Mary Joy (MJ) Basilio’s non-judgmental and empathetic nature allows her to easily connect with her clients. She loves working with children and adults and her fun, playful style helps her develop a strong rapport quickly. MJ focuses on building trusting relationships and creating an environment where children can work through complex thoughts and emotions in order to achieve psychological wellbeing.
MJ’s areas of focus include:
· Resilience building
· Stress and burnout
· Developmental trauma
· Executive functioning and learning difficulties
· Emotional dysregulation
· Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
· Difficulties with interpersonal or family relationships
· Behavioural difficulties at home or school.
MJ takes a holistic approach to her practice, working with clients to identify and overcome challenges so they can live emotionally contented lives. She uses a variety of evidence-based interventions including:
Cognitive behaviour therapy
Acceptance commitment therapy
Applied behaviour analysis.
Training and Qualifications
MJ is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree at Sydney University and gained a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology at Western Sydney University. She is trained in autism diagnosis (ADOS-2 and ADI-R). MJ has been working for a long time with children in various capacities since 2007. She has worked as Therapist, Caseworker/Manager for FACS and many other government and non-governmental agencies before qualifying and working as Psychologist from 2015. Currently she works in a number of schools and in private setting.
She is also:
A youth mental health first aider
A ProACTive group facilitator for children and young people with anxiety
A facilitator for parenting group program Engaging Adolescents.
Facilitator for Secret Agent Society (SAS) program (well regarded program for social and emotional skills)
Plus, MJ helps guide families seeking funding for mental health treatment.
MJ has experience in implementing a range of psychological and cognitive assessments that can assist with guiding intervention and can provide support for funding.