Meet our therapists
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Emma is a warm and compassionate psychologist with a genuine passion for helping people effect positive change in their lives. She has an authentic and open style and individually tailors her approach to meet the client's specific needs. She enjoys developing a safe, non-judgemental and supportive space for clients to gain a deeper understanding of the heart of their current difficulties. Emma works with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, emotional regulation and relationship difficulties.
Emma has experience working with adolescents, adults and families from diverse backgrounds. She has worked in public, private and remote settings, including indigenous communities in far North Queensland. She draws upon evidence-based models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy.
Emma completed her Bachelor degree in Psychology with first class honours at Macquarie University and a Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong. Prior to completing her Masters degree, she spent several years working in clinical research and has co-authored a number of articles published in international journals. Emma is a fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She is eligible to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare.
Emma is available Mondays, Fridays and fortnightly Saturdays including after hours appointments.
Jennifer is a down-to-earth therapist who is passionate about authenticity and values-based living. She loves the process of connecting with and understanding others as a platform for meaningful change. Her therapeutic style is flexible and creative, embracing diversity and tailoring treatment according to specific client needs and goals.
Jennifer’s qualifications include a Master of Clinical Psychology (University of Western Sydney) and Bachelor degree in Psychology (Bath University, UK). She has completed additional training in a variety of therapies including Trauma Informed CBT, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindful Self Compassion and parenting programmes such as The Incredible Years. She has worked in a variety of settings and locations including a psychiatric inpatient ward in a public hospital and private practices in the Central Coast and Blue Mountains.
Jennifer has worked with individuals of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. Her areas of interest include anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, social phobia, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and trauma), mood disorders (depression and gender dysphoria), self-esteem issues and parenting issues.
Jennifer is fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
Jennifer is available on Mondays and Tuesdays including after-hours appointments.
Caroline is a warm and empathetic clinical psychologist who provides a supportive, collaborative therapeutic space which focuses on achieving client focused goals and results. Caroline believes in the importance of adapting evidence based therapies and skills to achieve results with her clients. She is passionate about working with clients to increase their happiness and overall wellbeing in the short and long term.
Caroline has experience working within the public and private health sector and the Australian government. She has several years experience working in medical rehabilitation in the public sector where she developed a strong interest in the interplay between the brain and body and how psychological therapy plays an essential role.
Caroline works effectively with adult clients of all back grounds to treat a range of issues including mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment, trauma, grief/loss, anger, low self-esteem and work related stress. Her therapy modalities include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Schema Therapy and Positive Behaviour Support.
Caroline holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with First Class Honours both from The Australian National University (ANU). Her doctorate research investigated the relationship between depression and the development of cognitive impairment in later life.
Caroline is fully registered and endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), and is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychological Association (ACPA) and the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS).
Caroline is available for appointments on Wednesdays (fortnightly) and Fridays including after hours.
Clinton is passionate about helping people transform their lives so that they can achieve the things that they value most. He seeks to collaborate with clients to encourage a more flexible approach to life that will allow them to flourish.
Clinton's qualifications include a Docorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Bachelors degree from Macquarie University. Since completing these degrees he has worked across a range of settings with both adults and young adults including tertiary education, public health and private practice. During this time he has honed specialist skills in Cogntive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based interventions. He has authored a number of journal articles and also worked on the production of several mental health well-being campaigns.
Having worked extensively in the tertiary education sector with people from many cultures, Clinton has an extensive knowledge of the pressures faced by professionals and has expertise in improving performance by targeting unhelpful habits such as procrastination and perfectionism.
Clinton is fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and is is eligible to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare.
Clinton is available for appointments on Thursdays and Fridays, including after-hours appointments.
Shane enjoys providing a warm and safe space for clients to explore the depths of what might keep them stuck in unhelpful thought and behaviour patterns. He helps his clients tap into their own creativity to develop practical solutions to the problems that they are faced with. He is passionate about helping individuals learn how to lean into the discomfort they might feel so that they can better engage in the activities that are meaningful and important to them in their lives.
Shane’s qualifications include a Master in Psychology (Clinical) from Bond University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Macquarie University. Shane has completed additional training in a variety of therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other Mindfulness Based therapies.
Shane has worked with adults and adolescents with diverse backgrounds. He has worked in a number of settings including public and private hospitals, with acute and non-acute clients experiencing a full range of presentations. He has worked in the rehabilitation setting with various chemical and process addictions.
Shane is fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Shane is available on Mondays and Tuesdays including after-hours appointments.
Steve is a UK trained clinical psychologist who has recently moved to Sydney. Over the past 10 years, he has developed a broad range of clinical experience from his work in the UK National Health Service (NHS), working with a range of people in mental health services, health settings, forensic hospitals and in neuropsychology.
Steve has adopted an approach which enables him to be creative, reflective and flexible in his work. He believes that people don’t fit into boxes and in order to support someone in a way that is useful, it is important to integrate different ideas and ways of understanding a person’s experiences. Some of the ideas that Steve draws on are from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness-based approaches. He is also able incorporate ideas from inter-personal dynamic psychotherapy and systemic family therapy.
Steve completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Liverpool; his master’s in Psychological Research Methods at Birkbeck College, University of London; and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leeds. Steve is committed to ongoing research and is currently writing his doctoral thesis which explores the process of collaboration between practitioners working in social care in the UK. He has previously undertaken specialist projects which focused upon the psychological needs of people who are homeless and the input of clinical psychologists in a major trauma centre. In addition to this, Steve is currently co-authoring a book, commissioned by Routledge, titled ‘Becoming a Clinical Psychologist: Everything you need to know’.
Steve feels fortunate to work as a clinical psychologist and continues to value the opportunity to learn from the people he has been able to support. He enjoys forums when members of local communities can come together to discuss various topics from a psychological perspective. Steve is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).
Steven is available for appointments on Tuesday to Friday from 8am.
Kristi is a committed and professional clinical psychologist motivated by applying her knowledge and experience to assist others. Having spent the early part of her career in health-related services including an oncology service in Canberra, Kristi has spent a number of years in the Military, assisting service men and women with the range of stressors and opportunities for growth and resilience associated with military life.
Kristi is motivated to assist others to manage and thrive in challenging circumstances and has developed an empathy and compassion for the cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes that can occur throughout life. Predominantly a cognitive-behavioural therapist, with influences from other modalities, Kristi adopts an evidence-based approach and is continually learning and seeking professional development opportunities to ensure her practice is research informed and individually tailored.
Kristi is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with endorsement as a clinical psychologist. She holds a Master of Clinical Psychology degree from the Australian National University and is completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms of memory, thinking, problem solving and future orientation and how soldiers use these to manage their experiences of overseas deployments.
Kristi’s areas of interest include anxiety, depression, trauma, stress-related conditions, substance use, health-related issues, building resilience and optimising mental health. She is experienced with Veterans and mental health associated with military and emergency services. Having treated a predominantly male population for the past twenty years, Kristi has a wealth of experience assisting men with thriving in difficult circumstances but is interested in working with both men and women in a therapeutic setting.
Kristi is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays including after hours.
Joyce is a young, dynamic, and compassionate psychologist, who brings her years of study and experience to catalyse meaningful changes in people’s lives. She combines her empathetic nature with her client-centered approach to help clients re-integrate their past, present and future towards a collaboratively set goal.
Joyce’s qualifications include a Master of Clinical Psychology Degree (Macquarie University) and a Bachelor of Science with Honours Psychology Degree (Sunway University, Malaysia in affiliation with Lancaster University, UK). Joyce has worked in a variety of settings including university clinic, anxiety-specialist clinic, psychiatric hospital (inpatient unit, drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit) and sexual health centre. In her years of private practice, she has specialised in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and stress, substance abuse/ addiction, grief and loss, relationship issues, sexuality/identity acceptance, and dysfunctional family systems.
Joyce utilises a range of evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Trauma-informed practice to suit the client’s therapeutic needs She also draws upon existential psychotherapy techniques to elicit powerful changes in one’s psyche. She hopes to further her specialist training in Schema Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Joyce also has special interest in exploring quantum theory, philosophy and spirituality in her own time to understand how they shape our lived experience and their application to psychology. Her philosophy in therapy is "embracing humanity from within”.
Joyce is fully registered and endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Joyce is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays including after hours.
Lauren has recently returned to Australasia after spending over a decade in London. She has over 12 years’ experience as a Clinical Psychologist treating both adults and adolescents with mental health problems and psychological difficulties in national health services and the private sector. During her time in the United Kingdom Lauren worked at world leading research and treatment centers for anxiety disorders, and trauma. She was recognized as a national level specialist in treating anxiety problems, trauma and obsessional disorders, and she has published self-help books on these subjects.
Lauren also set up a successful city based practice in London, and worked as a psychologist with large international corporations. She understands the demands of high pressured working environments and worked with individuals to find ways to balance these demands alongside improving their mental health and well-being.
She has a wealth of experience in a range of therapies in addition to CBT including Family and Couples Therapy and Compassionate Focused Therapy.
Lauren works in an energetic, collaborative and creative way and wants to both empower and enable clients to reach their full potential.
Lauren is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and has specialist registration under Medicare.
She is available on Saturdays.
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 to Wednesdays including after hours.
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).
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. She has worked in a variety of both public and private settings. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, motivational and adapted to individual needs.
Claudia’s areas of interest and expertise include Addictions, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (both complex and single-event trauma), Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, 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.
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 has held academic positions as Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW and as guest Lecturer at USyd, UWS, and 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, The International Society of Schema Therapy and the Anxiety Practitioners' Network. She is eligible to provide specialist psychological services under Medicare. Claudia also provides psychological services in Italian.
Claudia is available for appointments on Thursdays and Fridays.
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.
Daniela is available on Tuesdays.
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.
Lidia is a registered Psychotherapist and specialist couples' therapist. She enjoys helping people work through the difficulty and pain in their relationship to help them regain their love and connection with their life partners.
Lidia takes a respectful and unbiased approach and sees each couple as their own subject-matter experts. She guides and facilitates her couples towards finding the solutions that fit best for them. She provides practical take-home tools to assist each couple in their daily lives. In therapy she works hard to create a space in which each partner feels secure so that they can safely explore and understand the dynamics that are at play in their relaitonship. She will help identify each partner's individual strengths so that they can draw on them to explore the difficulties the couple is experiencing and find constructive solutions.
Lidia has extensive training in a variety of approaches and techniques. The foundations of her couples work rests on two evidence-based methodologies: The Gottman method and Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT). The Gottman Method was pioneered by globally recognised relationship experts Drs John and Julie Gottman. This approach focuses on giving structure, understanding and practical research-based interventions to couple's difficulties. It allows couples to become better friends and supporters for each other and teaches ways to effectively manage conflict. Stan Takin’s PACT uses cutting edge techniques, incorporating neuroscience, biology and theories of attachment to help couples work through the real issues in their relationship in a safe and guided environment.
Lidia is committed to providing a safe, open, curious and loving space in order for couples to explore what is keeping them stuck in unhelpful patterns and feelings.
Lidia is available Tuesdays and Fridays including after hours.
Emily is Clinical Psychology Registrar who aims to provide a safe space for people to explore, understand and overcome their difficulties. She is dedicated to providing evidenced-based psychological therapy that is both collaborative and adapted to the individual needs of each client.
Emily has worked across private practice, public health and university settings and has experience working with a range of presentations, including mood disorders (e.g. depression), anxiety disorders (e.g. generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder), body image and eating disorders (e.g. Bulimia Nervosa), perfectionism, low self-esteem, trauma, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal problems and dysfunctional relationship patterns. In addition to her work at Equilibrium Psychology, Emily currently works at headspace, a national youth mental health foundation, where she provides early psychological intervention for young people and their families.
Emily draws upon a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT).
Emily has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours at the University of New South Wales. Emily has also had her research published in a peer-reviewed academic journal and had her research presented at international psychology conferences. Emily holds full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and is an associate member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She is eligible to provide psychological services under Medicare.
Emily is available for appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays, including 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 on Tuesday to Thursday including after hours.