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, Tagalog, Turkish, Afrikaans, Hindi, Greek, 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 all practice locations are currently running their own individual waitlists with the wait times varying depending upon your availability and preferences. The estimated wait time can be anywhere from four weeks to longer.

Our waiting lists arelonger because unlike many other practices we will only give you an appointment if we are able to guarantee ongoing consistent care.

Elana Jacobs  General Manager

Elana Jacobs General Manager

Clinical Psychologist

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Redfern

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

Dr. Luke Heeps

Clinical Psychologist

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"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

Hacer Nazim

Registered Psychologist

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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.
Sam Barr

Sam Barr

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

Redfern

“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.”
Catherine Wilson

Catherine Wilson

Clinical Psychologist

Redfern

"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 people of trans, non-binary and gender diverse experiences, on identity and other life issues; people of intersex experience; adults dealing with childhood sexual assault or abuse, and complex trauma; people exploring sexual and sexuality issues; people living with personality disorders; and people living with grief and bereavement. I acknowledge the systemic and intersectional oppressions that people with mental health issues, indigenous people, people of colour and CALDB's, disabled and chronically ill people, people of LGBTQIA+ experiences, sex workers and others face, and the role that Psychology and the medical system has played in this oppression. I am a Clinical Psychologist, with a combined work experience of over 15 years of counselling and practicing as a Psychologist. I use a range of techniques and concepts suited to individual needs, but believe that the therapeutic relationship – the connection that a client and I make in the room – is the most powerful tool."
Doukessa Lerias

Doukessa Lerias

Clinical Psychologist

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Since 2004, I have enjoyed an extensive career as a Clinical Psychologist and Educator. I specialise in the treatment and support of people experiencing; Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Affective Disorder, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Psychosis and Schizophrenia, the management of chronic pain and complex needs due to illness, drug or alcohol addiction, and adjusting to changes in life circumstances. I have had the good fortune of being able to work with a large variety of people from 16-99 years of age. I dedicate my focus towards providing a tailored opportunity for each individual, to experience what a strong, positive, empathic relationship can do for creating success, relief, and satisfaction when improving mental health and wellbeing.
Alexis Lutherborough

Alexis Lutherborough

Psychologist

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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.
Fotine Mercouris

Fotine Mercouris

Clinical Psychologist

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I am a Clinical 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 am able to offer therapy in Greek
Eamonn Cody

Eamonn Cody

Clinical Psychologist

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I am a Clinical 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
Mei Jun Tran

Mei Jun Tran

Clinical Psychologist

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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

Hershey Johnson

Clinical Psychologist

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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.
Dr. Farah Deeba

Dr. Farah Deeba

Clinical Psychologist

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Farah has been  in the mental health industry formore than 20 years . She has the ability  to utilise her knowledge of assessment and intervention for individuals, skillfully to assist them to make better choices change their conditions and enjoy life. She is an experienced therapist who has worked with individuals presenting with various types of anxiety disorders (GAD, OCD, phobia, panic disorder, social anxiety, etc.), depression, somatoform disorders (e.g. chronic pain, headache, hypochondria and conversion disorder), adjustment disorders, relationship problems, personality disorders, psychosis (paranoia, schizophrenia), substance dependency, PTSD and stress reactions. She uses a collaborative approach and attempts to practice in an empathic manner to help clients feel at ease to share their experiences. Farah uses a range of evidence-based interventions to tailor her approach of interventions, cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), systemic family therapy (SFT), eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), inter-personal psychotherapy (IPT), psychodrama, transactional analysis and creative therapy (art therapy/play therapy). Farah was selected as a fellow of Macquarie University, Emotional Health Centre, Australia and Commonwealth Professional Fellow, UK in 2016. She achieved the Macquarie University Research Excellence ‬Scholarship and was awarded a PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University, Australia in 2015. She completed her professional degree in clinical psychology in Bangladesh in 2003 and was trained by various expert trainers from UK, USA and Australia. Since then she is very proactively working both clinically  and in research to develop the allied mental health profession for the communities. Farah worked with the Asian migrant communities in Eastern Sydney Suburbs, in Bengali and Hindi languages. Having expertise with various psychotherapeutic approaches Farah is keen to encourage individuals to find their own strength and courage to take actions to reach their goals. She aims to assist clients to set themselves free from inner fears and to depend on their own capacities.
Alanna Wong

Alanna Wong

Clinical Psychologist

Edgecliff
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I am a clinical 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

Barbara Preston

Clinical Psychologist

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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.
Dr Douglas Kerr

Dr Douglas Kerr

Clinical Psychologist

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I am a Clinical Psychologist with a background in both Counselling and Clinical psychology. I completed a Phd at the University of Wollongong researching the reconstruction of narrative identity as part of mental health recovery. 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 client's life.
Dr Amar Kaur

Dr Amar Kaur

Clinical Psychologist

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I am a registered clinical 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

James Sepansky

Clinical Psychologist

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Edgecliff

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

Dr. Navit Gohar Kadar

Clinical Psychologist

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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

Dr. Joanna Atkins

Psychologist

Edgecliff

I have been a registered psychologist in Australia for over ten 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 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

Jignasha Khatri

Clinical Psychologist

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"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

Adele Tanchel

Psychologist

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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.
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