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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.


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.


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


  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association

Alison Clark

Alison is an 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.


  • 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.


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

Dr Ariana Krynen

Ariana is a warm and down-to-earth clinical psychologist. She loves connecting with people and aims to facilitate a safe and non-judgmental space to help people explore their challenges and create more meaningful lives and relationships. Ariana works with adolescents, adults and families from diverse backgrounds and walks of life.

Ariana has experience working with a range of presentations, including relationship difficulties, emotion dysregulation, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, complex trauma, parenting difficulties, and grief and loss.

Ariana’s clinical experience comes from working across various public, private and university settings. Ariana enjoys working in an authentic and collaborative style, drawing on evidence-based approaches tailored to individual client needs and goals. Ariana’s therapy modalities include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She also draws on Mindfulness, attachment and family therapy approaches.

Ariana is currently a Scientia PhD Scholar at the University of New South Wales. Her research involves evaluating a novel preventive intervention tailored to meet the needs of young children at-risk for serious mental health difficulties.


  • Doctor of Philosophy Candidate (University of New South Wales)
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (University of Auckland)
  • Bachelor of Science Honours, First Class (Psychology, University of Auckland)
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology, University of Otago)

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Psychological Society Member
  • APS College of Clinical Psychologists Fellow
  • Australian Health Practitioners’ Registration Agency – Clinical Psychology Endorsement

Dr Beata Robins

Beata is a Clinical psychologist. She completed her PhD and Master in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales. 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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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

Daniela Peiris

Daniela is an approachable and empathic psychologist who holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University. Daniela has specialised training and experience working with young people, adults, and families who have experienced trauma as well as anxiety and phobias, depression, child behaviour problems, adjustment difficulties, relationship problems, loss and grief. She is passionate about developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship in order to walk beside her clients as they grow.

Daniela’s drive to work in the field of trauma began when she worked at the Traumatic Stress Clinic, where she had the privilege to hear the stories of people from a refugee background and first responders who had experienced significant trauma. Their stories of both struggle and resilience encouraged Daniela to pursue a career where she could support survivors of trauma.

In addition to trauma, Daniela has conducted research to investigate the connection between the gut and mind, and has a special interest in how stress, the gut, the immune system, and mental health interrelate. She later conducted research exploring the interaction between adult attachment and relational stressors, and has also worked clinically with both adults and children in mental health inpatient units. Through these experiences Daniela has developed a special interest in working with individuals to maintain psychological, physical, and relational wellbeing and seeks to approach mental health in a holistic manner.

Currently, Daniela works as a psychologist for a non-governmental Organisation in the out of home care sector. In this role she is able to work with children, adolescents, families, and carers and has gained an understanding of the importance of childhood experiences in shaping our perspectives and wellbeing as an adult.

Through her varied experience Daniela understands that every client is unique and therefore her therapeutic approach should match her client’s personal needs or goals. She is able to work from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach and also incorporate approaches such as Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Attachment Based Therapies.


  • Masters of Clinical Psychology, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (Psych), University of New South Wales

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

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.


  • 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

Danielle Russom

Danielle has over 15 years experience working with clients both in the community sector and in her own private practice.

She specialises in working with couples and groups, with people living with HIV, the LGBTIQ community, complex trauma, and executives in the corporate sector.

As a Somatically trained Psychotherapist and Life Coach, Danielle is particularly interested in how her clients have adapted in their lives in response to their external environment. She works from the frame that body, mind and emotions are intimately interrelated and that if you can better understand yourself, then you have more capacity to make choices in your life that will best serve you.

Danielle is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve whatever it is that they desire in their lives, and in providing them with tools and techniques that will assist them in creating a more harmonious and healthy environment.

Danielle is currently in private practice at the Birchtree Trauma Centre in Sydney where she works with individuals and couples in a therapeutic environment. Danielle also co-facilitates the trauma support groups at Birchtree.


  • Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Herbal Medicine
  • Diploma in Life Coaching
  • Diploma in Executive Coaching

Professional Memberships

  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

Diana Sales

Diana is a psychologist specialising in trauma informed care who has completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University. She has worked extensively with people from a wide range of cultures and identities in her role as a psychologist as well as in her 10+ years as a social worker in the homelessness and youth sector.

Diana identifies as an indigenous Quechuan woman and is proud to be called family by the Kamilaroi people. She has worked with a diverse population in her career, people from marginalised backgrounds experiencing hardship, isolation and family breakdown and has a passion for working with First Nations, migrants, women, children and young people. Identifying underlying issues of trauma, including developmental, situational and complex trauma, Diana works collaboratively to help support her clients, their families and community.

Diana works with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, identity and relationship difficulties, disability, DV, loss and grief, learning disorders, chronic pain, and substance abuse. She tailors her therapeutic modalities to suit the client and works within a mindfulness space, utilising techniques such as early intervention, emotion regulation, attachment therapy, narrative therapy, CBT, ACT and Schema. Diana is a bubbly, kind, and a patient person who builds holistic relationships with her clients to support them and achieve their goals.

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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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, 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


  • 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.


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

Lauren Murray

Lauren is a compassionate, warm and empathic clinician who believes in the importance of providing an empowering, safe and nurturing therapeutic space in order to support meaningful change. She is dedicated to working collaboratively with others to ensure that treatment is personalised to suit the unique needs and goals for each individual.

 Lauren is a registered psychologist who has completed postgraduate study in clinical psychology. She is completing the registrar program for endorsement as a clinical psychologist and has further specialised training in trauma informed care and anxiety management.

Lauren has worked across a variety of clinical settings, including university clinics, hospital inpatient and outpatient units, and in private practice. She has also worked for over five years as a social worker supporting individuals experiencing a range of multiple vulnerabilities, histories of complex trauma, domestic violence, homelessness and drug and alcohol concerns.

Lauren has experience and training in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. She utilises evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours – 1st class) – Macquarie University
  • Master of Clinical Psychology – Macquarie University

Professional Memberships

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

Karen Brien

Karen has over 10 years of clinical experience in the private and public sectors as well as her own private practise. She has written and facilitated both inpatient and outpatient programs supporting a wide variety of clientele who experience PTSD, complex trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and substance abuse disorders.

This work also includes many years of running Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) groups and workshops for hospitals, NGO’s and corporate clients.

“I really enjoy being helping people understand their biology and learn practical skills that help them to feel more emotionally in control”

Karen is facilitating the eight-week DBT program at Birchtree.


  • Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

Kate Hinsley

Kate is a clinical psychologist 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.


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

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • General registration with clinical endorsement 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

Nadine-NeukirchNadine Neukirch

Nadine is a Clinical Psychologist and has 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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.


  • 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 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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)

Shawn Stevenson

Shawn Stevenson

Shawn is a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals and couples. He also facilitates therapy groups using the Interpersonal Process Group model. Shawn believes at the heart of useful therapy the relationship established with a client is an important curative factor. In a collaborative and friendly way Shawn seeks to provide a warm working relationship where understanding, acceptance, empathy and compassion provide the foundations for a comfortable space where a client can do their work.

Shawn supports a client to gain insights and understanding into their cycle of experience and explore ways they can better meet their needs. This may include resourcing clients with additional skills in regulating emotional arousal, help them to understand their window of tolerance and provide strategies to increases their capacity to manage distress.

Shawn often uses mindfulness-based approaches and immediacy. By making use of what emerges in the room during sessions, he supports clients find ways to work towards forming deeper connection with themself, finding peace with the past, understand which narratives they may need to let go and what positive attributes of well-being may be useful to let in.

Shawn works with clients from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and ages. Working within a humanistic approach he seeks ways to be with the whole person not only the presenting issues. The complexity of the lived experience often sees a client bringing to sessions numerous concerns. Some of these may include living with the impact of trauma, relationship distress, depression and anxiety, addiction, ADHD, gender, identity, intimacy and attachment, age related transitions, belonging, life meaning and purpose. Shawn also has a special interest in men’s mental health and has spent many years volunteering with an internationally based men’s organisation.


  •     Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy (Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
  •     Masters of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy (Jensen Newman Institute)
  •     Graduate Diploma of Education (University of Sydney)
  •     Diploma of Japanese Studies (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  •     Bachelor of Arts (University of Newcastle)

Professional Memberships

  • The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

Sindy Kwok

Sindy is a dedicated and compassionate psychologist who works with adults, young people and their families. Sindy has extensive professional experience working with people from diverse backgrounds. Her clinical experience comes from working in mental health hospital, public, private and community settings including the Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors. Sindy supports people with emotional and interpersonal trauma and provide therapy for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm and other behavioural concerns.

Sindy is committed to helping her clients enhance the quality of their lives by working collaboratively to achieve their treatment goals and move beyond their current circumstances. She believes in creating a therapeutic relationship that values the strengths and vulnerabilities of each individual, and in providing a supportive and caring space in which people can feel safe to share their thoughts and feelings. Sindy aims to empower her clients with skills and strategies that promote emotional resilience, and enable them to deal more productively with difficult life events.

Sindy personalised treatment and draws techniques from a range of evidence-based therapy models, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and family system approaches. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Sindy conducted research on cognitive training, eating behaviours and weight management. She has also contributed to research on cognitive training for elderly with cognitive impairment at the Brain and Mind Research Institute.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Macquarie University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology at Macquarie University
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at Macquarie University

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • APS College of Clinical Psychologist

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.

Tim Kicuroski

Tim is a passionate and caring psychotherapist who believes that we all have the capacity to heal ourselves. He has an open, non-judgmental approach and creates a warm space to help his clients heal.


Tim is an accredited mental health social worker with over 10 years of experience working with a wide range of psychological issues including PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Tim has also has extensive experience in facilitating a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy group (DBT). For the past 4-years Tim has worked at the Peter Beumont Eating Disorders unit where he has provided individual and family therapy to people suffering from severe eating disorders.

Areas of Specialty

  • complex trauma
  • anxiety
  • relationship issues
  • eating disorders
  • self-harm
  • over-control
  • carer strain
  • non-ordinary states

The healing of trauma is central to Tim’s work – he is passionate about helping people who have experienced trauma, working not only to improve their symptoms but also helping them understand their trauma in the context of their life experiences and relationships. A special area of interest is complex interpersonal traumawhich he addresses by helping his clients to process and integrate their experiences and to shift negative core beliefs.

Tim also has a particular interest and a wide-range of experience in working with non-ordinary states of consciousness. He considers the integration of these states to be profoundly important for psychological growth.

Therapeutic Approaches

Tim uses a range of therapeutic approaches, always working with his clients to find the best approach for them. These include:

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Parts work/Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)