Renee Ferris

Renee Ferris

Registered Psychologist, Director
BA, PG Dip Psych, PG Cert Social Health, PSY0001267072

Renee has over ten years’ experience in private practice, working with clients across the age range. Today, Renee focuses her therapeutic practice and professional development on general adult mental health, trauma and attachment difficulties. She works with clients with an insightful and analytical approach towards a more informed and ultimately healthier concept of self.

In addition to her therapy commitments, Renee is responsible for Practice management, design, marketing and public relations requirements, ensuring that we are known to the community, and that the client experience is paramount for everyone who entrusts their therapeutic journey with us.

Whilst studying a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University, Renee discovered her passion for psychology, embarking on a rewarding and enriching pathway to becoming a Registered Psychologist. This pathway included enrolling in a class led by an impressive tutor, who later became her husband of now more than ten years. They have a young son together and live in the lower Blue Mountains.

Founded in 1998 by colleagues, Riverlands Therapy Services has been owned and operated by Ken and Renee since 2017. Respectful of the quality and long-standing establishment they are now caretakers of, Ken and Renee are committed to promoting and maintaining the quality of health professionalism this service represents, for clients and their referrers who make this business what it is today.

Renee focuses her therapeutic practice and professional development on mental health for men and women. Common presenting issues that contribute to Renee’s clinical load are Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief, Personality Disorders, interpersonal relationship challenges, development of self, workplace challenges.

Seeking therapy is a brave step for many, and one of the most rewarding elements of Renee’s role as a psychologist is being granted the privilege of hearing people’s story – their innermost thoughts and feelings, the intricacies and complexities that make us the profound individuals we are.

Therapeutic rapport is the primary foundation for effective psychological support, but intuitive understanding of well renowned and researched modalities that will assist each client towards an enhanced sense of self and increased quality of life, is a professional responsibility that Renee highly prioritises. Renee works from an attachment framework, with interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), schema therapy and some use of cognitive behavioural therapy influencing her approach, tailored to the needs of the client.

Renee works in Penrith on Mondays & Thursdays, and Blaxland on Tuesdays & Fridays.