Shanelle Poppi

Shanelle Poppi
Senior Psychologist

Shanelle is a Cairns local and has lived in the region for most of her life. She graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Psychology in 2003 and a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology in 2004.  

Shanelle is a registered Psychologist with over 18 years of extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a range of mental health conditions. Shanelle has a particular interest in working across the trauma spectrum, supporting the transition into parenthood, and enhancing early attachments. She also provides specialist therapeutic support for children and their families/carers experiencing significant emotional and behavioural challenges, as well as supporting people with range of other needs including stress, anxiety and mood related concerns, burnout, as well as perinatal and infant mental health. 

Shanelle offers a compassionate non-judgmental presence that fosters emotional safety, which is the foundation for healing. Shanelle maintains this trauma-informed approach to her practice that allows for the integration of a range of other evidence based psychological interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Narrative Therapy to help you thrive. She truly believes in a person’s innate capacity for healing and will humbly stand by holding both your pain and your possibility.  

In her spare time, Shanelle enjoys spending time with family, gardening and walking her dog. 


  • Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology – 2004  
  • Bachelor of Psychology – 2003  


  • Dr. Frank Anderson: Internal Family Systems training: Clinical application of the IFS model – 2023  
  • Eric Gentry: Certified clinical trauma professional training, Trauma competency conference – 2022  
  • Richard Schwartz and Gabor Mate: Psychedelics in therapy – 2022  
  • Deb Dana: Clinical applications of Polyvagal Theory – 2022  
  • George Haarman: Clinical Supervision Training: Providing effective supervision, navigating ethical issues and managing risk – 2022  
  • Attended 7-day International Childhood Trauma Symposium – 2021  
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) – 2022  
  • Australian Childhood Foundation: Attended 7-day Child Trauma Conference, Melbourne – 2018  
  • Patricia Crittenden: Attachment and Psychopathology training – 2017  
  • Certified Infant Care Index assessment (ICI)– 2017  
  • Bronwyn Elliot: Infant Care-Index assessment 9-day certification course – 2016   
  • Presented at the 2nd International Childhood Trauma Conference on clinical case management frameworks in OOHC Melbourne Convention Centre – 2016  
  • Daniel Hughes: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy training – 2016  
  • Qld Health Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health: Beyond baby blues training – 2015 
  • Certified and Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator COS-P – 2012  
  • Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy level 1 and 2 – 2011 


  • L. Downey, J.Jago, S.Poppi. (2015) The Spiral to Recovery: An Australian Model for Therapeutic Care. Children Australia., 40(4): 1-10