Dr. Rochelle Cairns

Registered Health and Clinical Psychologist
BAppSci(Psych), GradDip(Psych),




Rochelle is a Health and Clinical Psychologist who works with older adults, adults, adolescents and children, specifically in areas related to health management. She has been a registered Psychologist since 2005, and worked in public health settings over this period, with more than 17+ years working in this area. Rochelle has extensive experience in working in the Health Psychology field, multi-disciplinary teams in physical rehabilitation, and in facilitating pain management groups.

Rochelle has a particular interest in assisting people to cope with health conditions that impact on well-being, such as persistent pain, cancer, diabetes, cardiac and lung diseases, chronic disease management, functional neurological disorders, and adjustment to illness and injury. She also works with people in preparing for invasive medical procedures. In relation to children and teenagers, Rochelle works with predominantly health-related issues and concerns, with both the parents and children, to assist with behaviour change.

In addition to Rochelle’s significant knowledge in the health field she has also had successful outcomes with clients presenting with other conditions such as grief and loss, stress management, anxiety disorders such as phobia and panic, and other adjustment disorders. She also has an interest in counselling related to Christian faith.

Rochelle  works at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer and is a registered Supervisor for Psychologists. Rochelle is a member of the Australian Pain Society, The Functional Neurological Disorder Society, and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and provides training and supervision in this area.

Rochelle has extended her career to a private practice setting and continues her passion in helping clients through individual therapy. Rochelle has a keen interest in helping people live the best quality of life they can, despite difficult health issues or other significant stressors. Rochelle is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, which she applies in a flexible way to meet client needs. Her approach to therapy is to build on the existing strengths in her clients, and to assist clients to develop new skills, practical coping strategies and greater confidence.


Clinical Interests


Adults and Older Adults

  • Health conditions (incl Diabetes, Cancer, Cardiac, Lung and airway conditions)
  • Persistent pain and pain management
  • Preparing for invasive medical procedures
  • Functional Neurological Disorders
  • Anxiety (health related anxiety, phobias, panic)
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Sleep
  • Grief and Loss
  • Chronic fatigue management

Children and Adolescents

  • Adjustment and coping with medical conditions
  • Eczema management
  • Medical procedure phobias

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Client Groups

  • Adults
  • Older adults
  • Adolescents
  • Children

Rochelle works part time and offers appointments Mondays via telehealth.