Cancer Wellbeing Centre

Expert psychology support for cancer wellbeing

Dr Peta Lilley

Peta completed the Clinical Psychology PhD Program within the School of Psychology, The University of Queensland (UQ). The focus of her research was the development of emotional and behavioural difficulties, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD) in children and adolescents following trauma. Peta has also completed a post-doctoral research fellow position in the School of Medicine at UQ. Peta has worked in Government and non-government agencies, hospitals and private practice. Therapy has been conducted with children, adolescents, adults and families. While Peta’s primary theoretical framework is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), she utilises Schema-Focused therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) where appropriate. Peta is an accredited Triple P provider.

Peta has full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Peta is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists is recognised by Medicare as a provider of clinical psychology services. She is also a member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT) and is an accredited Triple P provider.

Prior to commencing PhD studies, Peta completed her Honours degree at the University of Queensland. Honours Class I in the field of Psychology was obtained. Peta also gained a Dean’s commendation for academic achievement. A Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in psychology, was also awarded from the University of Queensland. Peta has ongoing involvement in research and evidence-based practice. Peta also provides supervision for psychologists undergoing post-graduate training in Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychology (UQ). Peta has successfully completed the Supervisor Training and Accreditation Program (STAP).

Peta continues to find deep fulfilment in her ongoing work with individual clients. However, she now feels as though her efforts and knowledge can be more wisely utilised in the supervision and guidance of her hand-picked team of clinical professionals. Peta’s investment upholds the Lilley Place ethos that sharing our knowledge and expertise with others will achieve more for our community and clients than any one practitioner could achieve independently. This has led to Peta decreasing her personal consulting load in the clinic, to dedicate more time to the support and training of her colleagues, and getting out in the wider community to deliver information sessions, workshops and presentations.

Peta enjoys the arts, particularly dancing, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is kept active by 3 young children and loves playing with them in the park.