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Clinical Staff

The Clinicians at Birchtree Centre are all highly experienced in working with individuals who are struggling with the long-term effects of trauma, addictions and/or eating disorders.

We believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship in healing and endeavour to make sure that you are matched with a clinician who is best suited to work with you.

Jace Cannon-Brookes

Jace is Co-Director of Birchtree Centre of Excellence. She began her career as a Registered Nurse, working within Acute and General Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol, Palliative Care and Eating Disorders. It was during these years that she retrained as a Clinical Psychologist. For fourteen years Jace then worked within the field of addiction in a variety of roles. She designed and co-ordinated a six week residential rehabilitation program, with a focus on the treatment of complex trauma for women with histories of substance dependence. Jace has also completed the intensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training and subsequently co-ordinated the implementation of a 12 month out-patient DBT program. Jace subsequently completed the three year Diploma of Psychotherapy with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP). It was through these professional experiences that Jace developed an interest and passion for working with survivors of complex trauma. She recognised and holds as deeply important the need to shift from a frame that asks ‘what is wrong with someone’ to one that questions ‘what happened to this person’. Jace believes in the importance of creating a safe space that holds and contains both clinicians and survivors enabling them to come together to focus on healing and recovery. This passion for working within the field of Complex Trauma resulted in Jace and Dr Sophie Reid opening Birchtree Centre in October 2015.

Jace provides clinical supervision regularly to clinicians, including clinical registrars. She has also taught for a number of years within the post graduate clinical psychology programs at the University of New South Wales, University of Technology and University of Sydney. Within her role as Co-Director of Birchtree Centre, Jace and Sophie have provided training on complex trauma to many private and public health agencies, as well as to a number of legal services.

Setting up Birchtree Centre also highlighted to both Jace and Sophie the need for the provision of support to clinicians and survivors of complex trauma in rural and regional Australia. In line with this need, Jace and Sophie have launched the Birchtree Foundation through which they provide workshops, support groups, supervision and mentoring.

Qualifications

  • Masters of Clinical Psychology (University of New South Wales)
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Hons) (University of New South Wales)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (University of Technology, Sydney)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society

Sophie ReidDr Sophie Reid

Sophie is Co-Director of Birchtree Centre of Excellence and is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience. She holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Child and Adolescent Psychology. Understanding families, relationships and the day to day challenges of both growing up and raising children underpin her clinical work. A passion for child advocacy has lead Sophie to focus her clinical work on helping people heal from the trauma of childhood difficulties and trauma and to assist people to become a more peaceful integrated self and return to the person they were born to be. In her work with parents and couples, Sophie seeks to support adults to interrupt the intergenerational impact of childhood trauma. Sophie has extensive experience working with adults, children and adolescents, parents and families at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, with Sydney’s homeless community, school communities, and in private practice. Sophie specialises in helping both individuals and families to recover from trauma, anxiety and depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, addictions, relationship issues, workplace and childhood bullying, and childhood illnesses.

Sophie has been a clinically focused academic at Sydney University, Monash University, Melbourne University, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. She has supervised PhD, Masters and Honours students, produced many publications, and continues to collaborate on a number of projects in the trauma and eating disorder areas. Sophie has been a member of the Expert Working Committee for beyondblueSophie also provides clinical supervision to clinicians including Clinical Psychology Registrars.

Together with Jace Cannon-Brookes, Sophie established the Birchtree Centre of Excellence in Trauma, Addiction and Eating Disorders in 2015 to address the pressing need to provide a place for adult survivors of childhood trauma to be welcome, held and heal. The Birchtree Centre has run a number of workshops and training for clinicians on complex trauma. The newly founded Birchtree Foundation was launched to provide trauma support and care to regional communities and to conduct cutting edge research to impact and interrupt the outcomes of childhood trauma.

Qualifications

  • PhD (University New South Wales)
  • Masters Clinical Psychology (University of Melbourne)
  • Bachelor Science (Psychology), Hons 1 (University New South Wales)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • Australian Health Practitioners’ Registration Agency – Clinical Psychology Endorsement

Adam-DickesAdam Dickes

Adam uses a range of approaches to suit individual needs. He has training and experience in Compassion Focussed Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and attachment approaches such as Circle of Security.

Experience

Adam is a warm, empathic and non-judgemental psychologist. He enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life, hearing their stories and working together to solve problems and overcome difficulties. Adam has worked with a wide range of clients who have experienced trauma, especially those from disadvantaged groups. He has worked at the Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors and the Spilstead Family Intervention Service. Adam is currently the vice-president of the Hearing Voices Network, where he has facilitated support groups for people who hear voices.

Research

Adam’s current research is focused on developing and evaluating a family-based intervention to improve parent-child relationships for children in out of home care who have experienced complex trauma and maltreatment, an area he is especially passionate about.

Qualifications

  • PhD candidate, Clinical Psychology, University of Technology Sydney
  • Master of Clinical Psychology, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Psych), University of Sydney

Memberships

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association

Alison Clark

Alison is a warm, empathic and passionate Psychologist who holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney.

Alison works with adults, adolescents, children and families and enjoys working with people from all backgrounds. She has specific interests in eating disorders, perinatal mental health, child behaviour difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, and difficulties associated with attachment and developmental traumas. She also provides therapy for depression and mood difficulties, anxiety disorders, anger and aggression.

Alison’s clinical experience comes from working in various public, private and university settings. She has undertaken further training in working with complex trauma, family-based therapy for eating disorders, and parent-child interaction therapy. In addition to her clinical experience, Alison has conducted and contributed to research on perinatal depression, empathy development, parent-child interactions, and disruptive behaviour problems in early childhood.

Alison aims to create a safe, non-judgemental and supportive therapeutic space where individuals and families can develop insight and create meaningful change in their lives and relationships. She works collaboratively and personalises treatment, drawing on a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Family-based therapies.

Qualifications

  • Master of Clinical Psychology – University of Sydney
  • Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) – Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours – 1stclass) – Murdoch University

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Anila Azhar

Anila has been practicing as a psychologist for over 5 years, and has been passionately developing her skill as a therapist throughout that time. She holds general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia Anila brings a broad range of experience to her practice, having begun her career in educational and developmental psychology, and in private practice working in mood disorders, anxiety and depression. Most recently she has geared her career towards specialising in eating disorders. Anila has lived in Melbourne for several years where she was a psychologist at Eating Disorders Victoria and is currently working as at Northside West Hospital in the eating disorders unit. She brings with her extensive experience in providing short and long term therapeutic interventions for individuals affected by self-harm, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem. She has particular interest in working with complex emotional and interpersonal trauma, and in continuing her specialisation in eating disorders.

Anila draws from a range of therapeutic interventions tailored to suit the needs of each individual. She uses evidence-based therapies to address psychological problems, and has extensive training and experience using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and DBT skills.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (USyd)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (USyd)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours ) (ACAP)

Dr Beata Robins

Beata is a registered psychologist. She completed her PhD and Master in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales and is currently undertaking the registrar program for endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. She has extensive training in the psychological assessment and treatment of adults, adolescents, children and their families. She has worked across a variety of clinical settings including hospital inpatient and outpatient units, a university clinic and private practice. Beata’s special areas of interest are: depression, anxiety, attachment, trauma, grief and loss, eating disorders, addictio­­n, relationship issues, and psychosis.

Beata enjoys working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and walks of life. She has a deep appreciation of how many of the difficulties and concerns that clients experience are understandable given specific life events, as well as social, cultural and familial factors at different stages of a client’s life. Beata endeavours to create a non-judgemental and accepting space where clients can feel safe to explore the challenges they are experiencing, increase self-understanding, and where their individual strengths and wisdom gained from their personal journey can be nurtured and built upon. Beata works collaboratively with clients using a wide range of evidence-based treatment approaches tailored to their individual needs.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (The University of New South Wales)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology (The University of New South Wales)
  • Bachelor of Advanced Science with Honours in Psychology (The University of New South Wales)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Social Anthropology; The University of New South Wales).

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • The Australian Psychological Society, Member

Ben Larke

Ben is a warm, empathetic and open-minded psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney. He has specialized training and experience working with traumatized families and individuals including in cross-cultural contexts, delivering treatments for parents of young children with behavioural and emotional problems and working with groups and individuals experiencing various forms of anxiety. He has an integrative, evidenced based approach to therapy that draws on his training and experience in delivering a wide-range of therapy models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness-based practice and attachment-oriented approaches.

Ben works with a wide range of adults, young people and families. From work supporting people coping with complex emotional and interpersonal trauma, to providing short and long-term therapeutic interventions for individuals affected by self-harm, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. 

Ben’s work draws on experience at the Sydney University Child Behaviour Research Clinic, Headspace Camperdown, the Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors and the Spilstead Family Intervention Service. Ben also works for the Autism Clinic for Translational Research at the Brain and Mind Centre where he facilitates group programs for young adults and adolescents seeking to improve their social skills and overcome social anxiety.

Research

Ben has conducted research on attitudes and stigma towards mental illness in the East Timorese setting as well as on Indigenous Australian attitudes and preferences for health care providers in urban and rural Australia. A prior career working in post-conflict, complex humanitarian situations has left him with an abiding interest in exploring how our culture shapes and informs our mental health and pathways to recovery.

Qualifications

  • Master of Clinical Psychology, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Psych), University of New England
  • Master of the Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation, University of Sussex
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Behavioural Science), University of Glamorgan

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association

Danielle-McHughDanielle McHugh

Danielle is a clinical psychologist who has practiced as a psychologist for over ten years. Prior to gaining her qualifications Danielle worked in the community sector for 20 years supporting people to improve their circumstances and overcome adversity.

Danielle’s clinical expertise is broad and includes working with adolescents, their families and adults across a range of areas including depression, anxiety, relationship stress, complex trauma, sexual abuse and sibling sexual abuse, drug and alcohol issues, and disordered eating. Danielle has worked in the community sector, public health, and private practice.

Danielle has a gentle, warm and compassionate approach in assisting individuals and families with their concerns and providing therapy to meet their specific needs. She has a passion for assisting people to improve their emotional well-being and to overcome the impact of adversity.

Danielle has special interests in helping people who have been impacted by trauma and/or are experiencing emotional or relationship stress, and people facing difficulties with disordered eating.

Danielle has completed specialist training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Impact and Treatment of Childhood Trauma, Sexual Assault Counsellor Training, Sibling Sexual Abuse, and Treatment for Eating Disorders.

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) – University of Western Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Hons) – University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Full Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (FACPA)
  • Australian Health Practitioners’ Registration Agency – Clinical Psychology Endorsement

Fiona-LumsdaineFiona Lumsdaine

Fiona Lumsdaine is an experienced psychotherapist specialising in relationship counselling. She provides a safe, non-judgemental therapeutic environment, helping individuals, couples and families to heal and communicate in a more direct and connected way. Fiona’s approach, based on a lifetime of counselling, teaching and experience, is that our shared humanity is stronger than our differences – that the way forward is best navigated with empathy, curiosity and compassion. She helps develop the skills necessary to identify, negotiate and resolve relationship challenges. Fiona also has a specific interest in helping individuals, couples and families dealing with issues related to LGBTQI and cross-cultural challenges.

As a qualified Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (ICP) coach, Fiona is uniquely able to help couples going through separation and divorce to reach positive, mutually-beneficial settlements. ICP is a team-based, principled-negotiation approach designed to keep both parties in control of the outcome and to avoid the need for costly, traumatic litigation and Family Court intervention. As an educator, Fiona teaches a specialised course on conflict resolution and mediation skills in the health care sector. She also runs workshops helping couples and families negotiate their way through separation and divorce in a way that helps preserve and evolve their parenting and communication skills in order to minimise trauma for all members of their families.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma of Relationship Studies (Australian Institute for Relationship Studies)
  • Qualified Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Coach
  • Diploma of Professional P.S.H. Therapy
  • Certificate of Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy

Memberships

  • Member, Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • Member, Collaborative Professionals (NSW) Inc

Gwenda GilliganGwenda Gilligan

Gwenda is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in private practice in ACT and NSW. Her work includes individual therapy, group work and couple therapy.

Gwenda’s focus is on enabling clients to understand the changes they want to bring about in their lives and in facilitating those changes. Her work history includes counselling clients in the performing arts in overcoming performance related anxiety including social phobia and panic attacks. Gwenda has an extensive teaching career working with children, adolescents, and families in the public and private domains. She has wide ranging-cross-cultural experience working with child and adult refugees, new arrivals to Australia, and with Indigenous Australians. These experiences have brought Gwenda in contact with individuals who have experienced severe trauma and have contributed to Gwenda’s interest in working with clients suffering the effects of trauma.

Gwenda has training in a wide variety of therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Coherency Therapy.

Qualifications

  • Master of Clinical Psychology (University of Canberra)
  • Master of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education (BA Dip Ed) (Macquarie University)
  • PhD current (Scholarship, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University (CDU)). ‘Investigating communication between health professionals and Indigenous cancer patients’

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)- Clinical Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Heidi Jarman

Heidi is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist who works with youth and adults across the lifespan. Heidi has worked across a number of settings including private practice, private hospital, research institute and university, which has allowed her to develop extensive skills in individual therapy, group therapy, intervention development, training and research. Heidi has a particular affinity for working with people in individual therapy where she aims to create a safe and trusting environment to allow people to work through their desired problems to better understand themselves and find resolution and enhance peace, joy and meaning in life. Heidi works with people presenting with various difficulties including relationship problems, depression, anxiety, work issues, psychosis, trauma, complex trauma, personality disorders and emerging signs and symptoms in youth. Heidi uses a number of different therapeutic approaches in her work including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, schema therapy, gestalt therapy, and psychodynamic models and tailors the treatment approach to each individual’s unique needs.

Heidi has a specific interest in working with people with complex trauma, personality disorders or traits, and emerging signs and symptoms in young people. Heidi’s interest and knowledge in this area developed through her work on Project Air Strategy for Personality Disordersat the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong where she made significant contributions to the development of Treatment Guidelines for Personality Disorders (Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, 2011), Brief Intervention Manual for Personality Disorders (Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, 2011), and Parenting with Personality Disorder Intervention: A Manual for Health Professionals (Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, 2015)with the latter intervention winning first prize at the 4thEuropean Society for the Study of Personality Disorders in Vienna in 2016 with the citation “integrating this intervention into current treatment programs will protect children and contribute to the prevention of intergenerational transmission of the disorder.” All manuals and other materials can be viewed through visiting the website www.projectairstrategy.org

Qualifications

  • Master of Clinical Psychology with distinction (University of Wollongong)
  • Master of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Gestalt Therapy Sydney)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology with high distinction (Macquarie University)
  • Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology (Macquarie University)

Professional Memberships

  • Founding Member of Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)

Jude Tynan

Jude is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Family Therapist.  She has over 20 years of clinical experience in working with individuals, families and communities from diverse backgrounds that have experienced the impact of trauma. Jude has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, community health, sexual assault and domestic violence services, prisons, counselling services, and private practice. She has also delivered training across NSW state to mental health professionals, has taught in higher education, provides supervision and run both therapeutic and educational groups.

Jude brings to her work a strong sense of social justice and human rights. Some of her approaches include narrative work, cognitive behaviour therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing) systemic work, acceptance and commitment therapy. These frameworks sit alongside a passion for empowerment and healing. Jude believes in the amazing resilience of people impacted by trauma and feel privileged to share their journey.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy
  • Masters in Couples and Family Relationships.

Kate Hinsley

Kate is a psychologist who has completed postgraduate study in clinical psychology with further specialised training in delivering mindfulness based therapies and trauma informed care. Kate has a special interest in complex mental health presentations, addictions, identity and relationship difficulties, trauma and abuse, impulsive behaviours, and criminal conduct. Kate’s therapeutic orientation is primarily influenced by psychodynamic principles, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness. Kate enjoys working with both young people and adults.

Kate has experience working in drug and alcohol rehabilitation in a forensic setting and in a private mental health hospital. Furthermore, she has been involved in several academic research projects in the field of addiction.

Kate is also a meditation teacher influenced by the Vipassana (insight) tradition, and has taught meditation to offenders in custody, to mental health inpatients, and to refugee children.

Qualifications

  • Masters of Psychology (Clinical), University of Wollongong
  • Bachelor of Psychology, The University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Associate member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • General registration with the Australian Health Practitioners’ Registration Agency

Kate-TurnerKate Turner

Kate is a clinical social worker and a certified neuropsychotherapy practitioner.

She has over 20 years’ experience working with young people and adults who have experienced the broad impacts of trauma and mental illness. Kate has worked broadly and extensively across mental health and trauma service settings, in both the public and private sector. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with Medicare.

Kate primarily works with adolescents, young people and adults across the gender, sexuality and age spectrum, who have experienced:

  • Childhood and adolescent developmental/attachment trauma;
  • Sexual abuse and sexual assault;
  • Domestic and family violence;
  • Single-incident trauma;
  • Mental health challenges;
  • Medical trauma;
  • Grief and loss;
  • Parenting challenges, as a survivor of trauma;
  • Workplace-oriented vicarious trauma, stress and burnout.

Kate is passionate about working with her clients to facilitate recovery and healing from the effects of trauma and adversity in their varied forms. She works in partnership with her clients, and tailors the therapeutic process to the needs of the individual. She works from a variety of clinical treatment modalities including (but not limited to): Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Model, Structural Dissociation Model, and Attachment-Focussed Therapy. She has obtained training and professional development in these therapeutic models.

Kate integrates a neurobiologically-informed understanding of trauma and attachment with a practical approach to therapeutic work. She recognises that individuals who endure trauma frequently experience deep shame, the absence of a sense of bodily safety and a fractured sense of self. She deeply acknowledges that trauma is frequently experienced somatically (within the body and emotional memory), and that the work of re-establishing a sense of safety and connection is critical in trauma therapy. She also appreciates that attention to repair of early attachment wounds is important for many of her client’s recovery. She recognises that just as trauma occurs in the context of relationship, healing also occurs in relationship.

Kate views her clients as the experts in their own lives, and works from a strengths perspective. She enjoys working in partnership with her clients to transform the legacies of their current and/or past life experiences and relationships.

Kate began her career working in a broad range of mental health clinical settings with individuals and groups who had experienced significant impacts of mental illness, substance abuse and childhood adversity.

Over the course of her first decade in clinical practice, her interest in working with young people and adults who had experienced complex trauma emerged. Kate then developed specialist skills, knowledge and experience in working with individuals who had experienced recent sexual assault and/or earlier life sexual, emotional and physical abuse, via a seven year period in counselling and management roles within a trauma-specialised NSW Health service.

She later gained extensive and invaluable knowledge and experience in understanding broad individual and systemic responses to trauma, working as a senior counsellor for the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse over a four year period. Here, she worked as a lead counsellor for survivor and family witnesses giving evidence in Royal Commission public hearings. She was also privileged to provide counselling services to sexual abuse survivors engaged in Royal Commission private sessions.

In addition to direct client work at Birchtree Centre, Kate continues to provide consultation and clinical services to human-service Commissions of Inquiry within her private practice.  She also provides regular consultation, training and direct clinical services to legal organisations, health services and non-government organisations regarding Vicarious Trauma, Trauma-Informed Care and staff wellbeing.

Kate also provides extensive individual and group clinical supervision to mental health and trauma practitioners, sexual assault and sexual abuse counselling services, trauma-specific counselling services and trauma-informed family services within NSW.

Kate has worked as a guest speaker regarding clinical practice for mental health and trauma-specific professional education events, and for ABC Radio.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN)
  • Australian Mental Health Professionals Network

Liz FitzgeraldLiz Fitzgerald

With many years of experience in services and private practice, art therapist Liz has worked with adults and children, facilitating art therapy for people who have been affected by developmental trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and self-harm. She offers a safe therapeutic space to create, express and connect. 

Liz works with people individually and in groups and is trained in a psychodynamic, trauma informed approach. She is a clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer on the Western Sydney University Master of Art Therapy course. Liz enjoys advocating for art therapy in the wider community, including teaching the Sydney University CCE course “An Introduction to Art Therapy”, and was the inaugural group leader of the ANZACATA Sydney regional group.

While Liz understands that not everyone feels comfortable making art to begin with, she believes that we don’t need to be good at art to benefit from the self-awareness we find though connecting with our creativity in a therapeutic setting.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Art Therapy, Western Sydney University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of NSW
  • Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, JRI Trauma Centre, Boston

Professional Memberships:

  • Professional Member, ANZACATA

Lucie Frankham

Lucie is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about empowering her clients. Her therapeutic practice is strengths-based and Trauma Informed. Lucie draws on a range of evidence based psychological approaches in her work, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, DBT Skills training and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing).

Lucie has worked with clients with a broad range of issues in both public and private settings. Before moving into Psychology and while retraining as a Clinical Psychologist, Lucie worked as a Registered Nurse and brings her understanding of the interaction between body and mind to her work. During that period, Lucie worked in both drug and alcohol and mental health.

Lucie has particular interests in compassionate self-care, trauma recovery, managing life transitions, and in the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance use, living well with chronic illness and managing stress.

Lucie frequently works with other members of the LGBTQI community and is a trans affirming therapist.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology (Macquarie)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours Class 1, University of New England)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (University of Sydney).

Professional Memberships:

  • Full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) with endorsement in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered Medicare and WorkCover provider
  • Member Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • Associate Member of the EMDR Association of Australia

Monica Finetti

Monica Finetti has more than 30 years of clinical experience in the areas of counselling and psychotherapy. She works from a trauma informed, mindfulness perspective. She has extensive experience working with people from a wide range of cultures and identities. Monica speaks Spanish and has worked closely with the Spanish speaking community.

Monica worked in the community health sector in NSW from 1977- 2011 in a range of services including women’s health, sexual health, child sexual assault and domestic violence.

She has trained in several counselling models that support her work. These include Trauma Informed Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. In addition, Monica is trained in Psychodrama, and Gestalt Therapy, including sandy tray work. She also integrates elements of neuroscience, differentiation theory, and attachment theory into her practice.

She works with adults and young people who are:

  • survivors of sexual assault, child sexual assault and child abuse, domestic violence,
  • experiencing difficulties with their mental health (e.g.anxiety and depression, bi-polar disorder),
  • experiencing grief and loss,
  • dealing with issues related to their sexual or gender identity,
  • experiencing relationship difficulties, or
  • sexual difficulties

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of New England
  • Masters of Clinical Psychology, Macquarie University.

Nadine-NeukirchNadine Neukirch

Nadine is a registered psychologist and is completing the registrar program for endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. Nadine completed her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at the University of New South Wales and her Master in Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney.

Nadine has worked across a variety of clinical settings, including a hospital outpatient unit, a university clinic, private practice, and a not for profit clinic. She has extensive training and experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of adults, adolescents, and children and their families. Nadine has worked with individuals with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, difficulties subsequent trauma, eating disorders, and social phobia. She has more extensive experience working with individuals struggling with emotion regulation difficulties and other underlying issues, as well as parenting difficulties. Nadine has a specific interest in developmental trauma and childhood concerns. She is also a fully qualified yoga teacher and has an interest in mindfulness and body based therapies.

Nadine draws upon a range of therapy modalities to work collaboratively with clients to help them achieve their goals. Evidence based approaches she applies include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness based approaches. Nadine has a warm and non-judgemental approach when working with her clients.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (University of New South Wales)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Yoga Teacher Training (200h, Hatha)

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency

Dr Nicole Clement

Nicole is a warm and highly skilled clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience in the field. She believes that humans are capable of incredible strength and change and feels privileged to work collaboratively with her clients to effect such transformation.

Her therapeutic approach is client centred and strengths based and she practises with a range of therapeutic techniques including Emotion Focused therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Nicole works with clients in either the shorter or the longer term depending on their needs and situation. Her main areas of interest include grief, stress, anxiety, depression, work place difficulties and leadership challenges, relationship issues, mixed marriage challenges, parenting issues, relocation issues, trauma and substance misuse difficulties.

Nicole has a Clinical PhD (Master and PhD degree) in Clinical Psychology from the Australian National University in Canberra. Her Phd focus was parenting self efficacy. She has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals, the most recent in 2017. She has had experience in a variety of public and private settings including working as a researcher and clinician at the University of NSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Department of Veterans Affairs, and St Vincent’s Drug and Alcohol Service. Prior to studying psychology Nicole worked in banking and she has had personal experience of living abroad for an extended period of time, living in a non English speaking country, and balancing work, study and family demands.

Qualifications:

  • Clinical PhD (Australian National University)
  • Bachelor Soc Science (Psychology), Hons 1 (Griffith University)

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • British Psychological Society
  • Australian Health Practitioners’ Registration Agency – Clinical Psychology Endorsement

Nicole Langman

Nicole is a registered psychologist and is completing the registrar program for endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. She completed a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology degree with first class Honours at Macquarie University and a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney Technology. Nicole has experience in a number of clinical settings, including private practice, university clinics and a hospital outpatient clinic. Nicole has experience working with individuals across all age ranges including adults, adolescents, children and their families.

During her training and clinical work, Nicole has worked with individuals with a range of presentations including anxiety, mood disorders and chronic pain, as well as with survivors of trauma. Nicole has a specific interest in working with survivors of trauma, as well as with individuals looking to change longstanding patterns of behaviour, and receives supervision in the area.

Nicole is an empathetic clinician who is passionate about working collaboratively with individuals and families so that they may gain a greater quality of life. She has trained in cognitive behavioural, acceptance and commitment, and mindfulness-integrated treatment modalities. Nicole also has trained in the treatment of child emotional and behavioural difficulties utilising a family systems and attachment informed approach.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Macquarie University)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Honours) (Macquarie University)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology (University of Technology)

Paul Kelly

Paul is a Clinical Social worker and Psychotherapist with an approachable friendly demeanour who specialises in helping people with drug, alcohol, sex and porn problems. He also has extensive training and experience working with individuals, couples and adolescents struggling with trauma and abuse, depression, anger, and loneliness. He is an intuitive non-judgemental therapist that tailors his approach to the person he is working with utilising a range of therapies including Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy.

During Paul’s career he has worked with individuals, couples and groups helping people become more comfortable with intimacy and improve their self-esteem and their connections with others. Paul has worked for many years in the GLBTIQ community, with people experiencing disability and social and cultural exclusion.

In recent years he has facilitated groups for men with problematic sex and porn behaviours both as a consultant and in private practice.

Paul has worked extensively with couples using a range of therapeutic techniques to help them develop a common language of respect and trust, so both partners experience being truly “seen” by the other.

Paul has a passion for working with adolescents and their families and for 18 years has provided therapy for adolescents with a focus on those experiencing poverty and family breakdown.  Currently he co-ordinates an NGO providing therapy for disadvantaged and marginalised young people in Sydney.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts –Social Science, Macquarie University
  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying), Sydney University
  • Graduate Certificate, Gestalt Therapy, The Relational Institute, Sydney
  • Certified Sex and Trauma Therapist, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, USA

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
  • Australian Health Practitioners’ Registration Agency – Clinical Psychology Endorsement

Pippa MitchellDr Pippa Mitchell

Pippa works with older adolescents and adults experiencing a range of psychosocial difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment and relationship problems. She has a particular interest in young adult mental health, and in perinatal psychology. Pippa provides Pregnancy Support Counselling as well as Clinical Psychology Services under Medicare.

Pippa has a broad range of experience as a Clinical Psychologist and Social Worker in both public and private settings. In the UK and Ireland Pippa worked with individuals and families impacted by trauma, life-threatening illness, and childhood sexual assault, as well as with adoption and child protection agencies. She has worked in private practice in Sydney since 2010. Amongst other therapies, Pippa has undertaken specialised training in Compassion Focussed Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema-Focussed Therapy, and draws on these approaches to help people understand and change unhelpful life patterns.

Pippa recognises the importance of an emotionally safe therapeutic space, and works in a collaborative and validating way to help individuals improve their quality of life.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (University of Sydney)
  • Master of Science (University of Sydney)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (University of East London)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (University of Queensland)

Memberships

  • Member of Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency – Clinical Psychology Endorsement.

Rachael Kiely

She is a warm and compassionate Psychologist. Her personal style can be described as casual, supportive and humorous at times, yet can provide that gentle nudge towards change if required. Rachael values honesty in her sessions and open communication not only from the client, but through her participation as well. Her treatment stems from a belief that we all have struggles in our life, at times these may become more prominent and that perhaps it can be helpful to chat with a neutral professional.

She believes that diagnoses are a helpful way of putting words to some of the things you may be experiencing and provide clarification when communicating with your professional treatment team, however, they certainly do not define a person or the unique personal experience of their life and needs.

Rachael is passionate about helping people talk about how they are feeling, where this might be coming from and what skills they might need to cope with and process these experiences. She welcomes the involvement of support people and other professionals in treatment in order to improve quality of life holistically.

In addition to private practice, Rachael currently works in Sydney’s leading Trauma Recovery Program for the treatment of PTSD, certified by Phoenix Australia, in the Hawkesbury region. There Rachael has also continued her work in the treatment of addictions & mood disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Rachael has previously worked at treatment centers in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, where she dedicated her time to assisting those experiencing Anxiety, Depression and Addictions. In addition, Rachael has varied experience working with organisations in both family and crisis interventions, including Lifeline and Anglicare, as well as a number of years experience in working with children with Autism and their families.

She has experience and interest in both short and long term therapies in both individual and group settings.  Along with a broad range of experience, Rachael specialises in the treatment of Military & Emergency Service related PTSD using

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy;
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy;
  • Skill development

She also has a keen interest in working with people experiencing difficulties with

  • Alcohol and drugs;
  • Repetitive behaviours;
  • Anxiety;
  • Depression

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science-Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology

Memberships

  • Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency – Registered Psychologist
  • Member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress

Rachel-Moss
Rachel Moss

Rachel is a passionate human rights and social justice advocate with an extensive work history as a counsellor, manager, trainer and educator in sexual assault, higher education and mental health settings. A career highlight so far has been working at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as a senior counsellor.

Rachel has a social work degree and a Master’s degree in counselling, and is proficient and highly experienced in various counselling modalities including dialectical behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, group work and clinical supervision. Rachel’s practice is built on the principles of client focussed collaboration and empowerment.

Rachel has over 17 years clinical experience working with people of all cultures, genders and ages affected by trauma. This includes developmental, single incident, and complex trauma. She also works with clients who are struggling with gender identity issues, self harm, depression and anxiety, relationship and sexuality issues, grief and loss and interpersonal issues. Rachel has firsthand experience of the healing that is possible in the counselling space.

Rachel is dedicated to continue to work in support of justice for our First Nations People.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Counselling Social Work, UNSW;
  • Bachelor of Social Work, UNSW

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers;
  • Mental Health Professionals Network

Email: rachel@birchtreecentre.com.au

Rebecca Clarke

Rebecca is a warm and passionate registered psychologist. Rebecca endeavours to create an accepting and non-judgmental environment where clients are able to feel safe to explore their recovery, face challenges head-on and increase their understanding of themselves. She has a passion for helping people with their recovery from trauma and working with people in the LGBTI community.

Experience

Rebecca works with adolescents, young people and adults who are;

  • Survivors of sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and traumatic accidents and/or PTSD
  • Dealing with issues relating to sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Recovering from eating disorders
  • Experiencing difficulties with alcohol or drug use
  • Dealing with mental health issues (such as depression, anxiety, phobias, bipolar disorder, personality disorders).
  • Experiencing personal problems (such as relationship issues, low self-esteem, anger issues, self-harm, life transitions)
  • Experiencing grief or loss (including complex grief)
  • Dealing with chronic pain or sexual difficulties.
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal, or Torres Strait Islander people

Treatment Modalities

Rebecca works with clients to tailor a therapeutic approach that is appropriate for the client’s individual needs. These include, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Trauma-Informed CBT, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Curtin University
  • Masters of Psychology (Professional) at Curtin University
  • Internship with the College of Professional Psychology

Professional Memberships: 

  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the Australia Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (AACBT)


Rosa Nolan

Rosa has been providing counselling for 5 years, starting in Lifeline and then working in a variety of settings as a registered psychologist. Before she came to psychology she was a music teacher and she still loves working with children, young people and families. Rosa is passionate about improving people’s current experiences while acknowledging the effect of the past and current social context. She works with trauma, anxiety, depression, identity and relationship difficulties, and eating or body concerns.

Rosa holds a Master in Clinical Psychology which grounds her practice in CBT and evidence-based therapy. She’s pursued training in Narrative Therapy to support her culturally responsive practice with CALD clients, and to accomodate story-telling in her general practice. She have experience working with refugees, asylum seekers and CALD families, and providing clinical services to CALD children and families in contact with the out of home care system. She has also worked extensively with LGBTIQ clients.

Rosa is passionate about addressing the effects of trauma on identity, relationships and families, including trauma during childhood and adolescence. She’s completed specialised training in recovery from trauma and complex trauma, body-oriented and family therapy, and treating eating disorders and risk behaviours.

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) – University of Wollongong
  • Bachelor of Arts (hons) – University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society

Sally-CurtisSally Curtis

Sally Curtis is a registered psychologist and counsellor, who has over 10 years experience working with children, families and individuals with a wide range of difficulties, including mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, relationship difficulties and parenting challenges. Sheis a skilled, experienced and empathic psychologist with a warm and approachable manner who offers a supportive and non-judgmental environment for counselling. Depending on individual needs, she provides short solution focused or medium to long-term therapy.

Sally’s therapeutic practice is strengths-based and trauma informed, and she brings to her work a background of solid training as well as diverse work and life experiences. Sally enjoys working with clients to maximise strengths, assisting individuals to increase self-confidence, resilience and well-being.

She has experience in a range of community based and school based settings and draws on knowledge from a variety of evidence based psychological approaches in her work, including narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and solution focused therapy. Sally enjoys working collaboratively with clients to best suit their individual needs and goals.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma Science (Psychology) University of Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma Psychotherapy and Counselling, Jansen Newman Institute

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)

Sonia Scali

Sonia is an experienced yoga teacher, currently teaching vinyasa, yin yoga and meditation at some of Sydney’s largest yoga studios. She has over 500 hours of yoga teacher training under the guidance of internationally renowned teachers including Maty Ezraty, Simon Park, Noelle Connolly and Melanie McLaughlin. Through her years of teaching, she has become particularly sensitive to the impact that trauma, anxiety and grief can have, both on our daily life and on our body. Over the years, her personal yoga practice has evolved from a discipline, to a nurturing practice of self-care, compassion and healing

Sonia is currently a Grad Dip Counselling student at ACAP and is particularly interested in trauma therapy and the role of somatic experiencing in the healing process. She follows the work of key trauma theorists including Bessel Van der Kolk, Peter Levine and Judith Herman and is committed to expanding the awareness of trauma informed yoga and its significance in establishing safety in the body.

In Sonia’s yoga classes you will feel supported and energetically held to arrive on the yoga mat exactly as you are. She will guide you through gentle yoga postures inviting you to notice sensations in your body and the internal rhythm of your breath, helping you to build a connection to your body and how you feel in the present moment. She wholeheartedly believes in the healing power of yoga and its ability to connect you to your most true, authentic self – helping you to lessen the grip that past experiences of trauma may have on your life.

Soraya Mir

Soraya is a warm, empathic and open-minded, non-judgmental psychologist.  She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology Sydney.  She has training and experience in working with traumatised individuals, including young people and adults from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Soraya also has specialised training in assisting individuals, groups and families in relation to gambling, drug and alcohol addiction; and coaching parents in attachment-based techniques to manage their children’s behavioural and emotional issues.

In therapy, Soraya works with you to tailor proven psychological methods, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based therapies and neuroscience-informed trauma therapy, to your individual circumstances and goals.

Experience

Soraya has worked with children, young people, adults and families in a variety of settings including the UTS Psychology Clinic, the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic at the University of Sydney; and Drug and Alcohol Psychology Services at the Centre for Addiction Medicine, Cumberland Hospital.  In these contexts, Soraya developed significant skills in assisting clients in overcoming anxiety and this remains a focus of her ongoing practice where she is also using these skills with clients, including those with disordered eating habits and/or trauma.

In addition, Soraya’s prior experience as a lawyer means that she deeply understands the unique stresses arising from participating in the legal system. Soraya is particularly effective at supporting clients by helping them manage the depression and intense anxiety that comes at the start of their interaction with the legal system through to acceptance of the outcome and repairing ongoing relationships, particularly with their children.

Research

Soraya has conducted research into fear of flying and the role of mindfulness; as well researched the reasons individuals seek help from mental health professionals, which included obtaining an understanding of the prevalence of their internal struggles; obtaining problem solving and interpersonal communication skills, as well as engaging in empathic confidential discourse.

Qualifications

  • Master of Clinical Psychology (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (First Class) (University of New England)
  • Master of Laws (University of New South Wales)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons)/Bachelor of Laws (Australian National University)

 Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Law Society of NSW