Dr Kate Lemerle

Senior Psychologist


Kate set up Chrysalis Wellness Services 17 years ago to provide an alternative approach to the “medical model” for treating mental health challenges. Rather than focusing only an reducing symptoms, Kate realised that building people’s strengths and skills for coping with stressful experiences gives them the tools to manage whatever life throws their way. The old proverb of Confucius sums up her approach:

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”

She brings nearly four decades of experience working with people from all walks of life who share one thing in common – things aren’t going as well for them as they want, and they’re ready to change.

Kate uses many different techniques adapted to the needs of individual clients, and has completed training in Positive Psychology as well as Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Strengths Counselling, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Relationship & Family Therapy, and Neuropsychotherapy.

Apart from her private practice experience, Kate has worked in different clinical settings including tertiary student support services, community mental health, women’s refuges, and occupational rehabilitation. She operated her own consultancy in NSW for over 6 years developing innovative workplace health promotion services and community development programs including Healthy Cities in the Riverina region of NSW. In 2000 she moved to Queensland where she worked for some years developing resilience-building programs for refugee children and teens, as well as contributing to the Health Promoting Schools programs in Brisbane. Her doctoral research on organisational stressors affecting teachers’ wellbeing, and postdoctoral research on resilience from a cross-cultural perspective, gained her international recognition and she has published a number of articles in professional journals and book chapters on this research.

Kate also has extensive experience teaching psychology and health promotion courses in universities in both NSW and QLD, and was supervising provisional psychologists for a decade. She now offers  supervision and training intensives for health professionals through the Institute for Applied Positive Psychology which she launched in 2014. These programs are available online as well as 5-day and 10-day packages she runs at Norfolk Island.

In 2016, Kate moved to Norfolk Island and now lives and works from her new home where she enjoys the simple pace of life whilst also contributing actively to the local community.

Kate is registered with AHPRA and is a member of the following organisations:

  • Member, International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapists (MIACN)
  • Charter Member, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
  • Member, Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA)
  • Member, International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP)