Loretta Manuel (Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychologist)

Mrs Loretta Manuel

  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Loretta Manuel

Initially raised in rural NSW, Loretta then made a city change, spending her early 20s in Melbourne. She then backpacked through over ten countries before returning to Australia and settling on the Gold Coast to complete her bachelor of psychology with honours at Griffith university.

Loretta then gained experience in research within autism and suicide before completing her psychological internship within complex youth mental health. This work, combined with other roles (including private practice at headspace) provided experience working with people and their support networks with alcohol and other substance use, trauma, psychosis, depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, sexual assault, suicidality, non-suicidal self-injury, crisis intervention, somatic concerns, interpersonal difficulties, domestic and family violence, return to work or school, recovery planning, and grief and loss counselling with children, among others.

Loretta also has well-developed skills in completing thorough assessments and the administration and interpretation of a range of psychological tests.

Prior to taking time off to start her family, Loretta was the team leader of the Continuing Care and Functional Recovery Teams of an Early Psychosis program, strengthening her value for good clinical practice and evidence-based interventions combined with a person-centred approach to deliver the best outcomes.

Working through a holistic and systemic lens, Loretta utilises a range of modalities to inform her practice and values working within a multidisciplinary team. She is trained in DBT, CBT, trauma-informed care and a systemic family approach.

Driven to reduce the stigma that is sometimes experienced by people when accessing support, Loretta is passionate in supporting adolescents and their families from all walks of life as they navigate both the normal challenges of life and the more unexpected. Having both personal exposure and professional experiences with a range of mental health challenges, Loretta finds supporting people through such challenges with empathy/understanding and knowledge extremely fulfilling.