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Marlese Bovenkerk

Bachelor of Science - Monash University
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) Honours – Bond University
Master of Psychology (Forensic) – Bond University

Forensic Psychologist

Marlese is a Forensic Psychologist who obtained full registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia in 2015 and later forensic practice endorsement. She has worked across both public and private sectors, working in a secure forensic inpatient facility, prisons, and private practice, where she has developed expertise in assessing and treating violent and sexual offenders. In addition to undertaking psychological assessments for a range of criminal matters and preparing comprehensive psycholegal reports, Marlese also provides psychological intervention to forensic clients within the community and custodial settings. She sees clients presenting with a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, alcohol and other substance-related issues, and trauma in addition to delivering offence-specific treatment. In her practice she utilises a wide range of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy. Marlese has also held a number of academic positions, tutoring in forensic psychology and psychological assessments. Marlese is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists.

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