Dr. Elizabeth Seeley-Wait
Clinical Psychologist; EdM (Harvard), MS (ClinPsych), PhD (ClinPsych)
Elizabeth Seeley-Wait is a clinical psychologist and internationally published researcher. Elizabeth holds several degrees including a Masters degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology (University of Massachusetts) and a Masters degree in Human Development (Harvard University). In 2007, she was selected to spend a year furthering her experience as a Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. She has particular expertise in working with children, adolescents and families, and has been treating people of all ages for over 15 years.
Elizabeth has presented in many seminars and conferences in national and international forums and has been invited to become an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University. Elizabeth is also published in a number of scientific journals and is active in research and community health projects. She is passionate about working with children of all ages, adolescents and families in a manner that is evidence-based yet tailored for the individual. She is the principal of The Children’s Psychology Clinic.
Ms. Anne Monteiro
Psychologist; BA(Psych), MA(Psych), PGDip Relationship Counselling, MAPS
Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Sydney. She has worked as a psychologist for over 20 years. Anne has been employed in schools, community services and has conducted research at The Children’s Hospital with Sydney University.
Anne has a special interest in providing psychological interventions for people experiencing depression and anxiety. Some of her areas of expertise include the treatment of obsessive and compulsive disorders, bipolar disorder, grief, and loss. Anne is also skilled in treating a range of childhood disorders, parenting programs, and is committed to enhancing relationships within families.
Anne’s therapeutic style is warm, empathic, and compassionate. Her techniques are evidence-based and adapted to meet the needs of the individual. Anne’s work with children and their parents focuses on looking for strengths and resilience. The interventions she most regularly uses with individuals include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema therapy. Anne works with children of all ages, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Ashlen San Letho
Clinical Psychologist; BSc(Psych)(Hons), DClinPsych / MSc
Ashlen focuses on providing a warm and secure relationship with each of her clients in order to support them in achieving therapeutic change. She is dedicated to being a stable base from which her clients are empowered to apply their strengths to the challenges in their lives, find meaning and direction, and be their most effective. Ashlen works with a range of presentations including depression, low self-esteem, adjustment and life transition difficulties, issues with identity, and complex trauma. Her special areas of interest are in the treatment of anxiety disorders, relational and attachment issues.
Skilled in a range of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy, Ashlen is able to tailor treatment to the specific needs of each person. She is particularly interested in working from a psychodynamic and attachment-based perspective, in order to help her clients understand and modify unhelpful relational patterns.
Ashlen is a Clinical Psychologist holding a combined Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science degree from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science with an Honours degree in Psychology from Macquarie University.
Ashlen sees adults and adolescents (15+).
Clinical Psychologist; B.Sc.Psych (Hons), M. Psych (Clinical)
Rebekah obtained both her First Class Honours in Psychology in 2013 and then graduated with a Clinical Master’s degree in 2015 from Macquarie University. She has completed training in assessment and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders across the lifespan.
Rebekah has experience working with children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, AD/HD, behavioural and social issues and study stress. She also has experience working with adults with anxiety, depression, AD/HD, work stress, interpersonal issues and personality disorders. She continues to work part-time as an independent school psychologist.
She is experienced in administering psychological assessments, including IQ testing, academic testing and tests of attention.
Rebekah’s work has been published in the scientific journal: Brain, Behavior and Immunity. She is passionate about using evidence based treatment, including CBT, ACT and DBT, from a client centred perspective.
Rebekah works with children (6+), adolescence and adults. Beck is currently only available for psychological assessments.
Rebekah is on maternity leave from therapy but continues to conduct formal assessments including those for ADHD, giftedness and learning difficulties.
Ms Leah Ballin
Educational and Developmental Psychologist; BA (Psych & Ed), GradDipSci (Psych) MPsych(Ed & Dev), MAPS, FCEDP
Leah is an endorsed educational and developmental psychologist. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families to support them in achieving their goals. Leah has experience providing psychology services across a range of settings having previously worked as a school psychologist, in private practice, as well as with NGOs as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Leah has worked with children and adolescents who present with a range of learning, behavioural, social and emotional support needs. This includes issues that often present in childhood such as anxiety, depression, oppositional behaviour and general emotional difficulties. In addition, Leah works with children and their families to assist them in addressing issues related to poor sleep, low self-esteem, bullying, peer problems and social skills difficulties. She has a strong interest in the treatment of anxiety in childhood. Leah also has particular experience in working with children who present with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and cerebral palsy.
Leah believes in the importance of conducting comprehensive assessments in order to provide effective and targeted therapy services. She works in collaboration with a child’s school, family and other treating professionals as required.
Leah sees children from 3-13 years of age.
Mr. Paul Kallaras
Educational and Developmental Psychologist; BSc(Psych), PGDipPsych, MPsych(Ed&Dev), MAPS, MCEDP
Paul is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Psychology Board of Australia. He is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Paul is a graduate of the University of Sydney and University of Western Sydney, having completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, and Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology. His notable achievements during his studies include being named in the College of Arts, Education, and Social Sciences Dean’s Merit List and being inducted as a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society in 2009.
Paul has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. He has worked for numerous years as a school counsellor and within allied health teams assessing children and adolescents with sensory impairments and other complex needs. He has had roles in assessing children for research studies, and in crisis intervention/counselling. Paul has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics, including building resilience, positive behaviour support, and psychometric assessment with children who have complex needs.
Paul sees children, adolescents, and adults of all ages.
Dr. Julie Boulis
Educator & Psychologist: BASc(Psych), GDipEd, GDipPsych PGDipPsych, PGDipProfPsych, MEd(Info&Tech), Doctor of Education; MAPS, MCEDP, MCCOUNP, MCOP
Dr Julie Boulis has completed several degrees in Education and Psychology. Julie holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Wollongong; whereby her major Dissertation identified, a Cognitive Tool to Support Learners. Julie is a fully registered Psychologist with AHPRA and the Psychology Board of Australia. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology (Applied) from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst and a Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology from Macquarie University, Sydney.
Julie has had experience working as a school psychologist and with allied health teams. Her techniques are evidence-based and adapted to meet the needs of the individual. Julie uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Julie has expertise in creating and implementing focused psychological strategies that have achieved significant changes through diagnostic and psychometric assessment, interventions, treatment planning and case management. Julie’s skills help with a range of clinical presentations including: anxiety, depression, behavioural and attention disorders, problem solving, resilience and conflicts related to learning and adjustment. Julie has worked closely with schools in developing Individual Educational and Behaviour Support Plans. Julie has a special interest in providing psychological interventions for children, adolescents and adults experiencing depression and anxiety.
She currently divides her professional life between her work in private practice and her work in Macquarie University, Department of Psychology as a Lecturer and Adjunct Fellow. Julie also holds current Psychology Board Supervisory status whereby she supervises and mentors Provisional Psychology students.
Julie sees children from the age of 10 through to adults.
Ms. Jayne Kirwan
Education and Developmental Psychologist; BA, MA, MEd (Educational Psychology) MAPS, FCEDP
Jayne is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, who has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority, has full membership with the Australian Psychological Society, and is a Fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.
Jayne uses a developmental perspective to understand and respond to the needs of children and young people. She supports children who have anxiety, depression, autism, difficulties with learning and/ or behaviour, by working with the child and their family. Evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and a solution-focussed approach are used to develop individualised strategies for the child. Jayne also has extensive experience in administering a comprehensive range of assessments related to development, learning and behaviour.
Jayne has worked in school settings, an Allied Health team and an assessment clinic. She has a warm and enthusiastic approach and tries to involve children and young people by using developmentally appropriate and engaging activities. Jayne has a special interest in working with individuals who have neurodevelopmental difficulties and she has expertise in responding to the needs of people with communication difficulties. Jayne has a great deal of experience working with children who have autism, developmental delay, as well as children who have complex and multiple challenges.
Jayne works with children (3+), adolescents and adults.
Ms. Victoria Do
Psychologist (Provider No: 4850273Y); BPsych; MAPS, ABA Certified
Victoria is a registered psychologist with AHPRA, holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from Western Sydney University and is a member of the APS. She is passionate about working with children and families and has extensive experience working in preschools, schools and clinic settings, supporting children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.
Victoria works with a range of presentations including neurodevelopmental disorders, mood disorders, challenging behaviours and other mental health conditions. She provides therapy in a one on one setting, and also runs group programs for social skills (from the ages of 3) and anxiety management. She highly values building a strong therapeutic relationship with the goal of always making each session as positive as possible for the individual/s.
Victoria has a specific interest in early intervention, working with children with developmental delays such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Victoria is trained in ABA therapy and is able to guide parents in using ABA approaches to achieving expected milestones in learning, behaviour and play. She is skilled in working with children with varying levels of expressive language, including non-verbal children, and is able to support development in functional communication in both the home and classroom environment.
Victoria conducts formal assessments including those for IQ testing, achievement testing and adaptive behaviour assessments.
Victoria works with children (2+) and adolescents.
Ms. Siobhan Cairney
Psychologist; BSSc(Psych), PGDipPsych, M(ProfPsych)
Prior to completing her 6 year degree and becoming a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA), Siobhan worked with children and adolescents in a residential care setting. With over 12 years of experience, Siobhan has an extensive understanding of child protection, trauma and the complex needs of children/adolescents. Siobhan’s passion for supporting others then led her to a role in government, providing domestic violence counselling for families and victims. She continues to enjoy working therapeutically with children, adolescents, young adults and families.
Siobhan’s range of experience has complimented her degree and resulted in an approach that prioritises meeting the individual needs of the client. She uses an array of evidence-based techniques to do so including; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Play Therapy and Solutions-Focused Counselling.
Siobhan’s varied skill set enables her to treat a range of psychological presentations such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, OCD, low self-esteem, poor social skills, behavioural issues, ADHD, adjustment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), trauma, emotional dysregulation, stress management, and interpersonal relationship issues. Siobhan’s experience, expertise, and friendly, engaging style, has enabled her to form a highly successful career as a psychologist working in private practice.
Siobhan works with children (4+), adolescents and young adults up to 25 years old. Siobhan also sees adults in relation to parenting.
Ms. Karise McNamee
Social Worker (AASW registered); BSW(Hons), GradCertIntelAnlys
Karise holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and graduate studies in criminal intelligence. She has over 9 years’ experience working across the public and non-government sectors in child welfare, family work, counselling, trauma, out-of-home care, sexual exploitation, online behaviours, children with incarcerated parents, complex risk assessments; and casework. In 2017, Karise was awarded Charles Sturt University’s Lila Kirilik Social Action Prize for her research and work in the online vulnerabilities of adolescents living in Australian residential care and continues to work for the university as a Social Work Academic.
Karise’s areas of expertise are in working with adolescents and young adults across a wide range of issues (such as anxiety, depression, trauma, online behaviour, anger management, relationships, self-esteem, academic/work stress, career indecision and motivation difficulties). She is very approachable and skilled in working with young people who feel scared or uncomfortable about talking with a therapist, and where communication between parent and child is difficult.
Karise uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help young people take practical action in their lives in a way that works for them. She is also trained in the Bringing Up Great Kids model to support parents in increasing reflective, mindful parenting skills. Karise is very passionate about delivering down-to-earth, creative and practical support that focuses on strengths and individualised ways to address issues. She also really enjoys helping young people to develop skills and passions that give them a sense of identity, value and direction.
Karise offers counselling and support to adolescents and young adults (12-25 years of age) and their parents.
Ms. Amber-Marie Hodder
Amber is an ACA and PACFA registered counsellor with a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling, majoring in coaching. Amber is also an accredited crisis supporter through Lifeline with Mental Health First Aid accreditations and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Psychotherapy at Western Sydney University.
Amber is a warm and approachable therapist who works holistically with a strong basis in Person-Centred Therapy- using a range of modalities including Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Strength-Based Therapy, and Therapeutic Coaching. Amber has a special interest in providing therapeutic support for children and adults experiencing depression and anxiety, study/work stress, self-esteem issues, life stage transition difficulties, trauma, domestic and family violence, and interpersonal and relationship issues. Amber believes that the key component to a good therapeutic relationship is mutual trust and respect. She also believes that everyone holds the answer of overcoming their obstacle within and that they may require a supportive environment to cultivate it and become aware of it.
Amber sees adolescents and adults (15+).
Ms. Amanda Najem
Counsellor (PACFA registered); BPsySt, MPsychother&Couns
Ms. Amanda Najem has attained a Bachelor of Psychological Studies and a Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Western Sydney University. She is a Registered Practicing Counsellor and a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
She is passionate about supporting the mental health and well-being of others which promotes and encourages resilience, growth and self-awareness. With a warm, empathetic and friendly approach, Amanda’s intention as a therapist is to build a safe, empowering and non-judgmental space for healing and positive change. She works within a Person-Centred and Trauma Informed framework and also adopts a range of techniques from several modalities. This includes Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Play Therapy.
Amanda has an interest in providing therapeutic support to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem/confidence, stress, feelings of uncertainty or overwhelm, general emotional difficulties (including emotional dysregulation), behaviour management, grief and loss, parenting support, relationship/friendship support, trauma, and domestic violence.
Amanda sees children ages 4+, adolescents, and adults.