Our Staff

We currently have over twenty psychologists on staff who are all highly trained caring professionals registered with the AHPRA and Medicare. They have different fields of expertise, so we are certain to have one that will be able to help you. We have staff that are able to conduct therapy in English, Mandarin, Tagalog  Turkish Afrikaans, Hindi, Cantonese, Hebrew Vietnamese and Urdu.

Our staff are trained in a range of different therapeutic Modalities and have experience in many different areas, work with almost all diagnostic categories, ages and many different cultures.

Please call us if you have any specific queries in this regard.

Please note that staff are subject to change.

Elana Jacobs: Principal Clinical Psychologist; General Manager
Available at our Redfern, and Mascot practices
"I have been a Clinical Psychologist since 1991 and have worked in various settings.  This has provided me with a broad range of therapeutic experience and the opportunity to meet and work with all kinds of people. I know it can be a difficult step to come to therapy, and I understand and respect this and feel that it is a privilege to be trusted with a person’s innermost thoughts and feelings. For me, therapy is journey of self-discovery, a collaboration between therapist and client, an opportunity to re-visit experiences and relationships and understand them in a new way so that the client is freed from old, habitual ways of doing or seeing things. I believe therapy provides possibilities for personal growth in the context of a safe therapeutic relationship."

Dr. Luke Heeps: Clinical Psychologist
(Books currently closed due to high demand. We hope to start accepting new referrals for Dr Heeps mid-2019)
"I am a Clinical Psychologist and have worked as a therapist since 1994. I completed an extensive university training in psychology over 8 years and qualified with a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical). I have worked with many people experiencing many different kinds of problems allowing me to develop a better understanding of how to help. I care about listening to people and developing an understanding of them and the difficulties they are experiencing with a view to helping them deal with problems and develop a better life. I believe therapy can provide you with both practical skills in dealing with difficult feelings, thoughts and situations as well as helping you develop the kind of life that you want. Please feel free to phone for an appointment."

Hacer Nazim – Registered Psychologist

Available at our Mascot Practice

I have been practicing as a Psychologist since 2008 after completing my Masters degree at the University of Western Sydney. Since then, I have worked in several private practice settings. I strongly believe that each person has a life story to share and being able to understand their journey with them allows me to provide meaningful therapy which ultimately creates and maintains change.

My approach to therapy primarily includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques. I have a strong passion in brain development and often talk about it in my sessions. This passion mainly stems from my experience in the public sector where I worked as a trainer and assessor for families caring for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. During my 10 years in this sector I have been able to witness the impact of trauma in children and adults. This knowledge helps me evaluate a clients life story which I then combine with meaningful therapeutic strategies and help them move forward.

I believe I have a great sense of cultural awareness due to my experience in working with a diverse range of families and individuals and am confident in offering therapy in the Turkish language.

 Dr. Katherine Stewart, Registered Psychologist

Available at our Redfern practice

My professional experience as a psychologist extends across many years. A native of Los Angeles, I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) with a M.Sc. degree in Community-Clinical Psychology before moving to Australia where I completed an Honours year at the University of Sydney and a Doctorate of Health Science degree in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Over the years I have had the opportunity to assist adults and young people who were experiencing problems with addiction and mental health issues. More recently I facilitated a “Brain Train” group at the UCLA Longevity Center for people having problems with short-term memory. My approach is eclectic mainly because of the years I have been in practice and my own curiosity about the nature of the therapeutic process. However, beyond the hundreds of therapeutic techniques, I appreciate the importance of the therapeutic relationship as the glue that keeps the process together.

Jeanne Abelson: Clinical Psychologist
Available at our Redfern practice
"I am a Clinical Psychologist and I have been a member of the Uplift team since May 2007. I completed my clinical training at Macquarie University. I have many years’ experience counseling, first in a voluntary capacity and more recently as a clinician. I work with adults, both individuals and couples. My approach is mainly psychodynamic. However, I have experience of many other modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness practice, gestalt, somatic therapy, solution focused therapy, emotionally focused therapy and hypnotherapy. I draw on these other approaches when they are suitable and likely to be useful. My main concerns are to attend to your needs and problems, improve your sense of yourself and your worth (everyone deserves to feel good about themselves), and to help you find your own way forward - the way that feels right for you."

Alexis Lutherborough Psychologist 

Redfern Mascot Edgecliff

I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health industry and have been a registered psychologist for 13 years.  Over the years, I have worked with people presenting with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, psychosis, addictions and personality disorders.  I also have experience in child/adolescent, family and relationship counselling.  Clinical interventions I use include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  I also have a Master of Research in Cognitive Science.  My general ethos and values when working with people is one of non-judgement and respect for all people and their situations, while working with them in obtaining a better quality of life.

Irina Petrova: Clinical Psychologist

Available at our Redfern office 

I am clinical psychologist with experience in private practice, inpatient mental health, and international humanitarian aid. I enjoy assisting clients with a variety of challenges, including complex and chronic mental health difficulties. I mainly work with adults. My interests lie in the areas of trauma, complex trauma, personality and dissociative disorders, as well as the spectrum of anxiety disorders. I have a special interest in working with women and men who have survived traumatic experiences including childhood trauma, as well as migrants, refugees, and emergency/humanitarian workers. In treatment I utilise a blend of various therapeutic approaches to suit each person, however I believe that the relationship is often more important than the technique. I draw on cognitive-behavioural therapy for brief interventions, as well as use phase-based trauma treatment model, gestalt, and psychodynamic ideas for longer-term treatment. I am also fluent in the Russian language.


Sam Barr: Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
Available at our Redfern practice

“I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for the past 15-odd years, rounding out my time as a stay-at-home parent and musician. I am not so much interested in specific problems, or particular techniques, as I am in “the human condition”. I honour the worth of the individual, and I have great respect for the power of human relationships. My clients tell me they appreciate my sense of humour, and my ability to bring fresh perspectives to a situation. I would welcome the opportunity to connect with you.”

Fotine Mercouris 

Psychologist  available at our Mascot office 

I am a registered psychologist and have a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. I have worked with diverse groups of people in a range of contexts including community mental health, private practice and inpatient settings. My approach is flexible and eclectic; I use techniques borrowed from various therapeutic approaches and tailor these towards the uniqueness of the client’s experience. People come to therapy for many different reasons, many times seeking a change in the way that they are affected by issues and problems in their daily lives. I am passionate about working collaboratively with people, many of whom have shown tremendous courage in attending therapy, to strive to introduce them to tools, which will empower them to live a more meaningful and enriching life.  I a m able to offer therapy in Greek 

Eamonn Cody  Psychologist 

Available in Redfern and Mascot 

I am a registered psychologist,, having obtained a Masters of Clinical Psychology from CQ University. I have worked in public health and community health services. I have experience working with a diverse range of individuals – from children to older adults – experiencing a range of difficulties, including behavioural problems, low mood, self-esteem issues, anxiety, stress, anger management, and grief.

I work primarily from a Cognitive-Behavioural approach to therapy. However, also utilise other evidence-based therapies to complement this method. I tailor this therapy to the individual and collaboratively work on moving my clients towards their identified goals. I aim to empower my clients to identify and reflect on emotional, behavioural, and psychological habits which are no longer helpful, and motivating my clients towards healthier change.

I have also experience in psychometric testing – assessing children and adults using cognitive, behavioural, and psychological assessments.

My academic and professional interests are diverse across a range of psychological fields, including interests in positive psychology, neuropsychology, and social psychology. 

Looking forward to connecting and working with you


Justin King Hang Leung: Clinical Psychologist
Available at our Redfern practice

I have learned and worked in a range of clinical and hospital settings, where I assisted people who struggle with anything that range from the mildest forms of everyday distress, to the most severe and peculiar forms of mental disturbances. Continual exposure to highly diversified psychological phenomenons routinely reminds me that every person’s psychology is more or less unique - even if two or more clients’ conditions are manifestedly similar and diagnostically the same, they could well be fundamentally disparate problems that require a different approach. With this understanding in mind, I try to be flexible in my work. I focus more on adhering to therapeutic principles than procedures, and will incorporate components of different brands of therapies in a theoretically and practically sensible manner to address individualistic needs.

Some people need assistance in learning how to work around cognitive biases, others need guidance to “mechanically” re-condition automatic mental processes, and yet others need help to establish more mature relational styles, facilitate psychological mindfulness, make sense of perplexing internal or external experiences, integrate or otherwise deal with potentially incongruent aspects of the self, build ego-strength or develop other foundational elements that govern our mental functioning, and so forth. People are intriguingly similar-but-different. I am grateful for being given a chance to help, and to learn about all the psychological variabilities and complexities from the people I try to help. In many ways, therapy is a mutually rewarding endeavour.

Catherine Wilson: Clinical Psychologist
Available at our Redfern Practice
"I come from a position of respect and curiosity to work with adults on a range of issues that they are struggling with in their lives.  In particular, I work with trans populations on identity and other life issues, adults dealing with childhood sexual assault or abuse issues, help people explore sexual and sexuality issues, personality disorders, anxiety disorders and bereavement issues. I am a Clinical Psychologist, with a combined work experience of over 13 years of counselling and practicing as a Psychologist. I use a range of techniques suited to individual needs, including CBT, ACT, DBT and Schema Therapy techniques and concepts, but believe that the therapeutic relationship – the connection that a client and I make in the room – is the most powerful tool."

Mei Jun Tran  Clinical  Psychologist

Available at our Redfern office.

I am a registered clinical psychologist. I hold a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Western Sydney University. I have experience in private and hospital settings, working with adults with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress management, drug and alcohol issues, and coping with physical health issues such as traumatic brain injury and cancer.  

 My main therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), although I also draw from other evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy. My goal as a therapist is to use my knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with my clients to better manage their emotional difficulties and achieve their goals.  

I speak Vietnamese.

Hershey Johnson  Clinical Psychologist

Available at our Redfern Practice

I am a registered psychologist and I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I have worked as a clinician at various mental health and hospital settings where I have seen clients with a wide range of issues and difficulties such as anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug addiction, stress and procrastination, as well as eating and body image disorders. I predominantly practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but I am also competent in other evidence based therapeutic modalities - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness based CBT, Schema Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and young adultsand have a strong interest in anxiety spectrum disorders. I am dedicated to using my knowledge and skills in assisting people to acheive their goals and to live fulfilling lives. I also offer therapy in the filipino (tagalog) language.

Alanna Wong: Registered Psychologist

Available at Our Edgecliff and Redfern Offices

 I am a registered psychologist who has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology, Sydney. I have experience working with individuals who have a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, ADHD, autism and intellectual disability. My therapeutic approach is primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) however I have also utilised other evidence-based treatment methods including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Based Therapy (ACT) and motivational interviewing. My focus is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients and with my knowledge and skills, help them manage their difficulties in the most effective way. I also have experience administering psychological and cognitive assessments for children, adolescents and adults.

Barbara Preston: Clinical Psychologist
Available at our Mascot practice

For myself I see the science and art of modern psychological therapy as granting releif and release for my clients for the sufferring of symptoms such as depression grief, anxiety, stress and communication problems among other worries. Working from an individual perspective of each person. I see that personal perspectivemakes therapy a meaningful experience for each person. 

I have had a long career working to assist people with problemswhich extend over the life span. From experience with child development,child behaviour problems family issues,parenting stress and child management I understand that timely solutions are needed which can be promptly implimeneted. I have worked up the life span through problem solving with adults and through to the mature aged person. From a similar generation I clearly see the importance of the time context of the old psychologically limiting life experiences which can now be overcome in an unhurried way through therapies focussing on the present. This process will happily resolve much anxiety, stress grief and depression.

Douglas Kerr: Clinical Psychologist
Available at our Redfern practice
I am a Clinical Psychologist with a background in both Counselling and Clinical psychology.  I have extensive international experience working with a wide range of clients presenting with difficulties ranging from life adjustment issues to serious mental illness. I am familiar with many different kinds of therapy approaches, and I specifically tailor interventions to meet client needs. I am highly practical in my approach strongly believing that therapy should make a significant impact in a clients life. I am currently a PhD candidate researching the reconstruction of narrative identity in mental health recovery.

Dr Amar Kaur: Registered Psychologist 
Avalable at our Redfern Practice
I am a registered psychologist, and completed my Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Macquarie University. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney, exploring the role of attentional biases in maintaining health anxiety. Clinically, I have had experience working across a range of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, research, and forensic settings. I have worked primarily from a cognitive behavioural approach, and have also had some experience with dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy. My primary goal as a clinician is to work collaboratively with clients in order to understand their problems as well as their strengths. I believe this is essential if I am to help support and empower clients to live a life that is in line with their values. 
James Sepansky: Clinical Psychologist       
Available at our Redfern and Edgecliff Practices
I graduated from the Masters of Clinical Psychology from Central Queensland University and have worked in public health settings, private practice and hospital units. I have worked with individuals across a wide range of age groups, from young children and their families to older adults. I provide evidence based psychological treatments tailored to the individual to help with a range of problems such as depression, anxiety, anger management issues, behavioural problems in children and obsessive compulsive issues. I prefer to take an eclectic approach to therapy, having trained extensively in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training, Family Systems Therapy and, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy. My purpose as a therapist is to help my clients use their existing skills and learn new skills to allow them to be the best version of themselves they can be. I also have experience in administering a range of psychological and cognitive assessments to both children and adults.

Dr. Navit Gohar Kadar: Clinical Psychologist
Available at our Mascot Practice
I am a registered psychologist and have many years of experience with adults and children in various settings and with a broad range of problems. I have completed many years of study in the field and currently hold a PhD (research) and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology
Learning about human behaviours and working with people on a daily basis on how to improve the quality of their life and acheive long lasting and fulfilling change are my main goals as a profressional.
The main teatment modalities I use are Pyschodynamic Psychotherapy and Cognitive behaviour therapy. The first offers an opportunity to resolve and heal long term complex trauma and unhappiness. The second is short term treatment suitable for less complext problems.
I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Dr. Joanna Atkins: Psychologist
Available at our Edgecliff practice
I have been a registered psychologist in Australia for the last two years.  Prior to this I worked as a college counsellor for several years.  I have also worked as a Psychology lecturer, researcher and learning support teacher specialising in dyslexia.  I also helped to run a number of therapy groups at Sydney University including social anxiety groups and cognitive behaviour therapy groups.   I have also recently completed  a PhD at Sydney University looking at ways to reduce depression in the elderly living in residential settings.  I work with adults with all types of emotional and psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, grief, personality issues, family and relationship issues and self esteem issues.  I specialise in cognitive behaviour therapy, but am also interested in schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness and cognitive reprocessing for trauma.  I also write reports for court, Centrelink etc.  I enjoy helping people to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Jignasha Khatri: Clinical Psychologist
Available at our Redfern and Mascot practices
"I qualified with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and have worked with people of various backgrounds. Sometimes we come to a point in life where our emotions are too overwhelming, our resources are depleted or we are stuck in patterns that we struggle to change. At these times, therapy can be useful to identify strengths, build skills, break maladaptive patterns, heal emotional wounds and empower self to move forwards. Therapy is a step that can teach you to reflect on feelings, events, and patterns of your own behaviour in a way you have been unable to before. I am happy to explore your life to identify your strengths and core beliefs in midst of chaos and hopelessness." 
Adele Tanchel:  Psychologist
Available at our Redfern Practice
I am a registered psychologist who is passionate about helping individuals   overcome their problems in a safe and supportive environment. I specialize in adult individual therapy and couple therapy. I work with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, adjustment to adversity, trauma, grief and loss,  self- esteem, life phase development, stress and anger management.  I also work with clients seeking personal growth and self- development. Depending on the needs of the client I draw on a variety of approaches including psychodynamic , cognitive behaviour, mindfulness practice and schema therapy.  I am committed to working with people helping them gain deep insight, heal, grow and make positive meaningful life changes.

This could be you - we are currently recruiting 

Dr Anne-Marie Hutchinson                     
Clinical Psychologist available at our Redfern Branch
I am a clinical psychologist with a doctorate in psychology and I have a strong interest in medical, health and neuropsychology. I have worked for a decade with chronically and terminally ill clients, people with disabilities, and individuals struggling with daily stressors and challenges such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, stress, trauma, adjustment and relationship difficulties. I have worked extensively with adolescents, adults, couples and families of varying ages and from diverse backgrounds. My training has included various modalities including psychodynamic therapy where a long-term approach for healing is deemed necessary, existential psychology for facing major life transitions and finding meaning in life, and evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioural strategies, dialectical behaviour therapy, and mindfulness to address many life difficulties. Overall, every client is unique and this uniqueness dictates what therapeutic approach is deemed most appropriate. I am interested in psychological well-being and resilience, and my focus is thus not only on what goes wrong from a psychological perspective, but also on what goes right, and how I can best facilitate clients to access the resilient parts of themselves.

This could be you !!!


we are currently seeking staff.