aileen chen

Aileen consults at Redleaf as a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar. In addition to Redleaf, Aileen is with the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, who specialise in digital mental health interventions.

Aileen has previous clinical experience working in diverse settings, including a community outpatient program, university psychology clinic, and research program. In these roles, Aileen has delivered individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a variety of mental health concern such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, and suicidality.

Client ages
Adolescents and adults

Primary areas of expertise
Eating disorders
Body image concerns
Anxiety and depression
Emotion dysregulation

Therapy style and influences

Aileen is committed to creating a warm and compassionate space to ensure clients from all backgrounds feel safe and are heard. Aileen believes that cultivating strong and meaningful therapeutic relationships are essential to working collaboratively with clients and navigating towards shared treatment goals.

Aileen’s therapeutic approach draws strategies from a range of evidence-based treatment modalities such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT),
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
  • Motivational interviewing, and
  • Family-based therapy (FBT).

Aileen continues to develop her skills under the professional guidance and supervision at Redleaf.

Publications/research

Aileen has a number of publications from her research background in digital mental health interventions for anxiety and depressive disorders. She has also presented this research at national and international conferences for cognitive-behavioural therapy.

Selected publications include:

  • Stech, E. P., Chen, A. Z., Sharrock, M. J., Grierson, A. B., Upton, E. L., Mahoney, A. E., … & Newby, J. M. (2021). Internet-delivered exposure therapy versus internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for panic disorder: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 79, 102382. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2021.102382
  • Mason, E. C., Grierson, A. B., Sie, A., Sharrock, M. J., Li, I., Chen, A. Z., & Newby, J. M. (2022). Co-occurring insomnia and anxiety: A randomized controlled trial of internet CBT for insomnia vs. internet CBT for anxiety. Sleep, zsac205.
  • Li, I., Chen, A. Z., Newby, J. M., Kladnitski, N., Haskelberg, H., Millard, M., & Mahoney, A. (2022). The uptake and outcomes of an online self-help mindfulness programme during COVID-19. Clinical Psychologist, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/13284207.2022.2045866

Hobbies

In her spare time, Aileen enjoys playing tennis, catching up with friends and family, reading, and attempting to maintain her Duolingo streak.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Days at Redleaf

Monday & Friday

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