Dr. Melissa J Ree

I completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. (UWA, 2001), and gained experience in insomnia treatment during a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University. I enjoy continued involvement in treatment, training, and research into psychological aspects of insomnia.  For information regarding our sleep services, please see www.sleepmattersperth.com.au.

I'm part of the Jeffery & Ree Clinical Psychologists group.  For further information please see www.jrpsych.com.au

Generally my approach to psychjological treatment is 'here and now' focussed, although past issues will be discssed when appropriate. I use evidence based treatments.

You will have an active role in determining your goals and the direction treatment takes. After most sessions you will be given something to read, or something to write/think about, or togeher we might suggest trialing a new strategy or way of approaching things. Implementing new strategies can be challeninging  and time will be spent in sessions helping you to find ways to approach things differently. Usually the treatment will not take a lot of time during the week but givng some time to meeting your goals is important for maximising treatment effectiveness. 

A little about my background...I completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. with distinction at UWA in 2001.  I then worked for two years at the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry. During this time, I worked on a treatment trial of Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Insomnia.

Since returning to Perth I have continued to be active in treatment, training, and research into psychological aspects of insomnia, anxiety, and depression. I have published a number of papers on the subject. I've worked in both clinical and research roles at private psychiatric hospitals in Perth, and worked in private practice since 2004. I also hold an academic appointment at UWA's Centre for Sleep Science.

Main Therapeutic Modalities

  • Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Main areas of practice

  • Insomnia and Sleep difficulties (see more detail below)
  • Panic attacks and panic disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Managing worry (generalized anxiety)
  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Enhancing self esteem
  • Chronic fatigue

Although I work with a range of areas, my main specialty is treating chronic insomnia. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard treatment for insomnia and has been shown to be more effective in the long term than sleeping tablets. Cognitive Therapy helps you to develop helpful thinking styles and attitudes about sleeping. Behaviour Therapy helps you to change actions or habits that interfere with your ability to sleep well. Treatment may include adjusting your current sleep routine, establishing realistic expectations about your sleep and tiredness, learning to reduce your anxiety about sleep, and considering the way you manage stress. It can be challenging to make changes, but you will be supported every step of the way.

I work as part of the Jeffery&Ree Clinical Psychologists group based at Hamilton Psychology Practice, along with Paul Jeffery, Michelle La Puma, Jessica Cole, Daniel Bonnar and Amy Hamilton. For further information see:  www.jefferyreeclinicalpsychologists.com 

Sleep Matters: Insomnia and sleep disorder services:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia
  • Assistance for using CPAP therapy for sleep apnoea
  • Light therapy to treat Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Objective, at home, sleep monitoring through personal EEG device
  • Imagery rescripting for recurrent nightmares
  • An after-hours group CBT for insomnia program is run by Melissa through The Marian Centre http://www.themariancentre.com.au
  • Training and supervision to professionals on psychological management of Insomnia and other sleep difficulties
  • Group/corporate workshops on Insomnia management
  • For further information see: http://www.sleepmattersperth.com/

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Australasian Sleep Association (ASA)  - Behavioural Management of Sleep Disorders committee member.



  • BSc(Hons) MPsych(Clinical) PhD

Hours of Consultation

Wednesdays 8.30am-7pm

Contact details

Mob: (08) 6107 6828
eMail: admin@jrpsych.com.au
Address: 11 Hamilton St, Subiaco Western Australia 6008