Our Staff

We currently have thirty one 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, Arabic, Mandarin, Tagalog Afrikaans, Japanese, 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
Available at our Redfern practice

"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."

Leigh Kelly  Registered Psychologist 

Available at our Edgecliff Practice  

I am a registered psychologist and a member of the Association of Contextual and Behavioural Sciences. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults across different cultures, backgrounds and variety of settings, including schools, agencies, and outreach work. I have a strong background in working in areas such as involving anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief, trauma and stress.

My primary therapeutic modality is concerned with undermining language processes that cause majority of internal suffering if left unchecked. I engage in an active and practical approach that utilizes evidenced based behavioural and mindfulness-based therapies such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. My aims are help people to understand, integrate and manage their painful thoughts and emotions so that they have less impact and influence on their lives, and linking this sense of suffering and life direction to what they deeply care about.

I am devoted to providing an authentic, connected, supportive and flexible therapy experience by tailoring treatments to meet individual’s personal goals and needs. 

  Dr. Meredith Medway Psychologist                    PSS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Provider  

  Available at our Mascot Practice

 I  have completed a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney. I take a warm, curious      stance towards clients, and see it as a privilege to be able to work with people of all different        backgrounds and understand their experiences as best I can. I am interested in learning what clients wan  for themselves   in order to help work toward that, and I think forming and genuine and respectful    connection is the       foundation for exploring and resolving difficulties together. I have experience  working with people struggling     with a range of psychological difficulties, including mood and anxiety  disorders, eating disorders, substance     use difficulties and personality disorders. I am committed to  providing evidence-based care, and my training   and experience are chiefly in using Cognitive  Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and    family  therapy approaches.  

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."


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.”

Pamela Costantini Clinical Psychologist 

Available at our Redfern Practice 

I have worked as a fully registered Psychologist in NSW since 1995 and have endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. I completed undergraduate studies at Sydney University and hold a Masters in Psychology majoring in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Sydney.
I commenced my career in the area of community mental health and have worked in a variety of clinical settings with a wide range of clients presenting with various psychological issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, relationship difficulties and post traumatic stress disorder. I use an eclectic approach to therapy drawing on cognitive behavioural strategies as well as motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, mindfulness techniques and psychodynamic theories depending on the client’s needs.
My main focus is to develop a strong therapeutic alliance with clients to help them achieve their goals whilst maintaining a professional and warm approach.

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

On maternity leave 

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.

 Bianca Webb  Psychologist                 PSS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Provider 

Available at our  Redfern and Mascot Practices 

I am a registered psychologist who holds a Master of Clinical Psychology. I have experience providing psychological services to individuals of varying ages and cultural backgrounds, whom present with a diverse range of concerns. I work primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural perspective, but also incorporate aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing where applicable. I am incredibly passionate about empowering clients to overcome their challenges. My therapeutic style reflects my belief that people have the capacity to heal and grow from past experiences, and this best occurs in a therapeutic relationship where safety and respect is created through the sharing of vulnerabilities and strengths.

James Sepansky: Clinical Psychologist                PSS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Provider  

Available at our Edgecliff and Redfern 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 Clinica; 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." 

This could be you 

Alistair Barkl  Registered Psychologist

Available at our Redfern office

 I am a generally registered psychologist, working towards endorsement as a clinical psychologist, having completed a Master of Clinical Psychology in 2015. I have worked with a diverse range of clients – from children with anxiety to adult hospital inpatients struggling to cope with chronic physical conditions.

I work primarily from a “classical” CBT approach, which has a substantial evidence-base to support its efficacy in treating many different mental disorders. I work collaboratively with clients towards goals we have set together.

It is my personal belief that anyone may encounter hard times in life and may need help to cope. Therapy can be seen as a wonderful opportunity to develop new insights and to adopt new ways of looking at the world around us.

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.
Ami Iketani: Registered Psychologist
Available on Saturdays at our Redfern Practice
"I believe an empathic understanding builds a foundation of therapeutic relationship. My passion lies in being part of my clients’ lives to facilitate positive change and to improve quality of their lives.  Sometimes we face adversity or simply get ‘stuck’ and are left without a sense of control.  I am committed to providing effective treatment to assist my clients understand their problems and learn coping strategies allowing to restore balance and a sense of hope.  I have experience in the assessment and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues. I work with older adolescents and adults, and am bilingual in Japanese and English."

Mitchell Stroicz  Registered Psychologist   PSS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Provider 

Avaliable At Our Mascot and Redfern Offices

My main commitment as a psychologist is to help clients to move closer towards their goals. Whether this be through developing strategies to better deal with low mood and anxiety, working through grief and loss, or improving relationship functioning, I am dedicated to providing clients with high quality evidence-based psychological therapy. My therapy is collaborative and tailored to the individual.
The areas that I have worked in has been broad, including public health and private practice settings and for not-for-profit organisations. I have studied psychology in Australia and abroad, and was awarded my Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) from Latrobe University and my Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Western Sydney. My areas of interest and specialty include: depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, and personality difficulties; particularly among young adult, adult and senior clients.

While my primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I also draw upon therapies from several evidence based approaches including Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). 

Dr Anne-Marie Hutchinson                    PSS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Provider 
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