Meet our therapists
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Alexand (Alex) is passionate about helping others move toward self-development and growth and has pursued continuous education and research towards this goal. After a first profession as an exercise physiologist, Alexand completed her training (with honours) in clinical and experimental psychology (USA) motivated by her focused interest in integrated holistic (mental, emotional, physiological, neurological, and transpersonal) healing and well-being.
In over twenty years of assisting others through consulting and clinical psychology, Alexand has built on theory and evidence-based insight into inherent and learned individual differences from a psycho-bio-neurological perspective to assist individuals to better understand themselves and others and achieve healing. She is currently completing a PhD on individual differences in our innate neurological preferences as they relate to natural gifts, risks, personality, and pathways toward optimal well-being.
Alexand is an empathic person-centred psychologist focused on establishing a supportive and respectful relationship with clients. She is influenced by positive strength-based psychotherapeutic models and draws upon several therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Psychosynthesis, dependent upon the needs of each individual.
Alexand has substantial and international experience in many roles within psychology addressing individuals, couples, groups, and organisations over a wide range of needs. She enjoys assisting others with issues related to anxiety disorders, depression, stress, and other presenting problems and then further assisting them to a level of self-empowerment. Alexand has in-depth experience in: Self-esteem/Identity development; Vocational discernment; Co-dependency; Relationship issues (personal and work); Bullying; Effects of life changes, mobility, and international relocation; Post Traumatic Stress (complex or single event trauma); Resilience; Bulimia and Over-eating.
Alexand is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists. She is endorsed to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare. She is approved as a clinical supervisor by the Psychology Board of Australia.
Alexand is available for appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays with after hours available both days and Saturdays.
Desiree brings experience, warmth, understanding and care to her work as a Clinical Psychologist. She is passionate about making a real difference in people’s lives. She uses an integrated model of care and sees therapy as a collaborative process of helping people make sense of what is going on for them and working out what is going to be the most helpful way forward.
Desiree gained registration as a psychologist in 2001. She became registered as an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University and a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales. She has trained in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT). She endeavours to apply evidence-based principles with her knowledge of neuroscience, developmental processes, attachment theory and each person’s own interpretation to therapy.
Desiree’s areas of interest include parenting, perinatal issues, relationship issues, chronic health issues, personal growth, and body image issues. She has a wealth of experience working in private practice and has experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance use issues, chronic pain, workplace stress, and trauma.
Desiree is available on Mondays and Wednesdays including after hours.
Michael is a clinical psychologist who has an interest in using evidence-based solutions, tailored to individual client needs.
Michael has worked with adolescents and adults with a range of presenting problems, including social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, depression and autism spectrum disorders. He has trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic psychotherapy.
He has practised in a variety of both public and private health facilities, including hospitals and community mental health centres. Michael also has an interest in cognitive disorders and completed a series of studies examining memory difficulties in children with epilepsy, and has authored a number of publications on cognitive disorders in this clinical population.
Michael is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and can provide specialist psychological services under Medicare. He obtained an Honours degree in Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Sydney. In addition to his private practice work, he is a lecturer at the School of Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, an Honorary Associate of the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney and an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders.
Michael is available for appointments on Mondays (including after hours).
Fiona spent the first part of her career as a psychologist working in corporate settings including management roles. Her experiences over a decade in these settings led to her interest in wellbeing and work, and how we can create good habits in both work and self-care. Fiona has run seminars on this topic for several years.
As a result of this interest, Fiona changed careers and completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at The University of Wollongong. She has subsequently worked in private practice with adults and a public hospital with children, adolescents and their families. Fiona is primarily trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has significant experience in helping clients suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and a range of other difficulties. Fiona also has a strong understanding of the importance of relationships and their impact on both wellbeing and stress.
As a result of her hospital work Fiona has considerable experience in the impact of physical health problems on psychological wellbeing (e.g., chronic pain), treatment of medically unexplained symptoms, and weight management (losing weight). She has co-authored publications on both medically unexplained symptoms and weight management. Fiona has a strong interest in helping people to maintain a healthy lifestyle in our current environment which encourages us to eat too much, and move too little. Fiona is committed to working collaboratively with clients to address their specific concerns, as well as enhancing their wellbeing and building a meaningful life.
Fiona is fully registered as a Clinical and Organisational Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Fiona is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, including the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Organisational Psychologists.
Fiona is available Mondays and Wednesdays including after hours.
Mai is a warm and empathic Clinical Psychologist who is dedicated to providing clients with high quality evidence-based psychological therapy, which is collaborative and tailored to the individual.
Mai’s areas of interest and specialty include: depression, bipolar disorder, worry and generalised anxiety, panic attacks, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), social anxiety, phobias, trauma (PTSD), low self-esteem, perfectionism, eating and body image issues, relationship and family issues, work stress and adjustment to life changes. Mai has a particular interest in couples and sex therapy and also specialises in supporting clients through adjustment and distress related to medical issues including cancer.
Mai possesses significant experience in adult mental health. She has worked in various settings including hospital and community crisis intervention teams, community mental health teams, a specialised medical and psychosocial hospital unit and private practice. Mai is highly skilled in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy.
Mai holds a Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of South Australia. She is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and has specialist registration under Medicare. Mai is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.
Mai is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays including after hours, Fridays and fortnightly Saturdays.
Claudia is a warm and engaging Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, motivational, adapted to individual needs and based on research evidence.
Claudia’s areas of interest and expertise include addictions, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (both complex and single event trauma), social anxiety, panic disorder, worry and generalized anxiety, difficulties with emotional regulation, and interpersonal problems.
Her therapeutic approach includes: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness based CBT.p>Claudia, who completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at UoN and UNSW, also has a long-standing interest in clinical research and has conducted several studies evaluating the efficacy of therapies. She has co-authored journal articles and a book chapter and conducted training workshops, seminars and lectures for psychologists and other health professionals. Claudia is currently also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a guest Lecturer (at USyd and UWS) and an Honorary Associate (MqU).
Claudia is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and the Anxiety Practitioners' Network. She is eligible to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare and is also registered with WorkCover to provide psychological services for claims under workers' compensation.
Claudia is available for appointments on Thursdays and Fridays.
Melanie is a dedicated, warm and hard-working Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working collaboratively with people of all backgrounds. She finds it very rewarding to help people attain their goals and achieve a newfound quality and empowerment in their daily lives. Melanie has been trained in a variety of different therapies and enjoys the challenge of tailoring strategies to meet specific needs, and thereby maximise therapeutic efficiency for her clients.
Over the course of her career, Melanie has worked with children and adults of various backgrounds, ages and presenting problems including: anxiety and mood disorders, perfectionism, personality disorder features, management of chronic pain, anger management, family work and parenting, health psychology and grief counselling.
Melanie has received specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). She has done specialist and intensive training in Schema Therapy and uses that to help people with chronic difficulties with self-esteem, mood and dysfunctional relationship patterns.
Melanie has practiced in both private and public health facilities and enjoys variety and depth in all her work. With regards to qualifications, Melanie has completed a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology / Master of Science (University of Sydney) and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology (University of Sydney). Melanie has also had her work published in international journals. Melanie is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and has specialist registration under Medicare.
Melanie is available for appointments on Wednesday and Thursday (including after hours) and Friday.
Vanessa is an experienced Clinical Psychologist, passionate about supporting people to make positive change in their lives. She enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds and presenting with a range of difficulties.
Her training and work experience in a variety of settings across Australia, New Zealand and France have included Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Neuropsychological assessment and interventions. More recently, she has specialised in the area of psychosis and working collaboratively with people to help make sense of and cope with unusual experiences.
Vanessa works with adults experiencing a range of psychological, emotional and life change issues and offers both brief solution-focused interventions and longer-term psychotherapy, as best suits each individual and their circumstances.
Vanessa can help you with issues around significant life changes, stress, anger, self-esteem, life satisfaction, grief, trauma and abuse, anxiety/ worry/ panic, depression, bipolar, eating disorders, hearing voices/unusual beliefs, and striving to fulfil your potential.
Vanessa's qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (Massey University), a Master's Degree in Clinical and Pathological Psychology (Université de Bordeaux), and a PhD in Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology (University of Auckland). Alongside her Private Practice work, she is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
Vanessa is fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. She is eligible to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare.
Vanessa is available for appointments on Thursdays with after hours available.
Warwick has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in South Africa and Australia since 1995. He has worked extensively with individuals, couples and families. He draws on a wide range of therapeutic interventions and approaches, tending to use the brief, solution-focused and linguistic systems models most often. His experience and training allows him to adapt his approach to his clients and their specific concerns.
He has worked with clients seeking therapy for a wide range of mental health and relationship concerns. He enjoys helping people with depression, anxiety, stress management and life coaching. He has a special interest in couples therapy and relationship issues including sexuality, sexual health, sexual addiction and HIV.
Underlying the work he does with his clients is his unwavering belief that all human beings have immense power to overcome, to heal, and to create new possibilities for ourselves and others. In therapy he establishes a supportive, respectful relationship with his clients while collaboratively working with them to move beyond their current circumstances and perceptions.
Warwick completed his training in South Africa where he was awarded a Bachelors, an Honours and a Masters Degree in clinical psychology. He is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. He is approved as a clinical supervisor by the Psychology Board of Australia.
He is eligible to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare.
Warwick is available for appointments on Saturdays.
Daniela is a warm, compassionate and empathic psychologist who has experience in a variety of mental health issues.
Daniela has experience in both public health and private practice and enjoys working with people with a wide range of psychological problems including: depression, worry and generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, trauma, grief and loss, health anxiety, perfectionism, relationship problems, career change and life difficulties. Daniela currently also works with adolescents and their families at headspace (a National Youth Mental Health Foundation) promoting early psychological intervention.
Daniela strongly believes in collaborating with her clients in order to develop a clear understanding of the presenting issues so that a personalised treatment plan can be used to help each client achieve their desired goals. She provides a safe, non-judgemental and open space for clients to move at their own pace. Daniela draws on her knowledge and training within Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and Gottman Relationship Therapy.
Daniela was awarded her Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) from the University of New South Wales and her Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Western Sydney. Daniela was awarded the APS College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize for her Masters coursework and has had her research published in an international journal.
She is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays and offers after-hours appointments.
Malinda is an open-minded and non-judgemental Clinical Psychologist who has worked in both public health and private practice settings, as well as for not-for-profit organisations. She has completed two dissertations focusing on the impacts of professional athlete burnout, and analysing conversations between psychologists and clients to improve treatment recommendations. Malinda is able to utilise and draw upon these experiences and knowledge when providing psychological services.
Malinda’s areas of interest and specialty include: depression, anxiety, trauma, work stress and workplace communication, relationship issues, couples and family issues, grief and loss, alcohol and substance misuse, dysfunctional relationship patterns, and personality difficulties.
Malinda implements therapies from evidence based approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Malinda is fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is eligible to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare.
Malinda is available for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays including after hours and Fridays.
Julia is an empathic, warm psychologist devoted to helping her clients manage and overcome their difficulties. She is dedicated to creating a supportive, confidential and comfortable environment for her clients to share their concerns. Her approach is rooted in compassion, building strong therapeutic rapport, and providing evidence-based treatment to create meaningful change.
Julia trained as a clinical psychologist at The University of New South Wales and has acquired specialist experience treating adult mood disorders (e.g. depression), anxiety disorders (e.g. panic attacks, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias), as well as grief and loss. She also works with adults who experience other difficulties, including study or work-related stress, relationship and adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, and anger management issues.
While Julia mainly uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach, she is also trained and has an interest in other evidence-based treatment approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Julia currently works as part of an experienced team of clinical psychologists at the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Westmead Hospital, where she specialises in providing treatment for adults suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and prolonged grief. She has previously worked in private, university and public settings, including the Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit at Westmead Hospital and The Albion Centre.
Julia is available on Wednesdays and offers after-hours appointments.
Danielle is a warm and enthusiastic psychologist who is passionate about working collaboratively with people to help them make positive changes in their lives. Danielle loves working with people in all their complexity and is committed to finding unique evidence-based solutions to improve their psychological wellbeing.
Danielle has acquired experience treating a wide range of mental health issues across a broad spectrum of age groups in a variety of settings which include both public and private health sectors. Danielle’s specialist areas of interest include eating and body image disorders, perfectionism, difficulties with emotion regulation, depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, social, panic and obsessive-compulsive), interpersonal issues, stress management and addictions. Additionally Danielle has an interest in relationship issues and offers couples therapy.
Danielle does not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all model of intervention and she uses an integrative approach mostly comprised of Cognitive-Behavioural techniques which include traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brain-Based Therapy, Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Danielle is registered as a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and has general registration under Medicare. She sees clients in a bulk-billed arrangement and couples at a reduced fee.
Danielle is available for appointments Monday and Thursday with after-hours appointments.
Gemma is passionate about psychology and has a genuine love for helping people. She has a broad range of experience, great expertise and thrives on working with people in all their variety and complexity. No difficulty is too small or large, recent or chronic, usual or unusual!
Gemma's qualifications include a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology (UNSW) and a Bachelor degree in Psychology (Macquarie). In addition, Gemma has gained advanced training in Clinical Hypnosis and specialty training in a range of different therapies including Schema Therapy, Sex Therapy, Couples Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). Gemma considers herself to be a bit of a workshop-a-holic and has attended countless training days learning the most up to date treatments in most common areas of psychology. Her most recent focus has been on Neuropsychotherapy and using what we know about how the brain works to inform her psychological therapy with couples and individuals.
Gemma has a particular interest in sex therapy and has trained in western models as well as tantric approaches. She loves working with people who have an unhappy relationship with their body, food and exercise (also known as eating disorders). She also has expertise in treating depression and anxiety in single people and is currently researching and writing a book in this area.
Gemma is fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists.
Gemma is available for appointments Mondays to Thursdays including after hours.