OUR TEAM OF PSYCHOLOGISTS

GET TO KNOW US

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Alexis Hudson

BSocSci (Psychology),(PostGrad Dip, Psych), Assoc MAPS

Alexis is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Alexis first began working as an intern-psychologist in 2004, practicing as a fully Registered Psychologist from 2006.

Alexis has previously worked within an educational setting where she was able to work with and provide solutions for young people presenting with challenges such as Interpersonal Stress, Anxiety, Behavioural issues, Drug & Alcohol dependance, School problems, Social and Interpersonal difficulties, confidence & self-esteem.

She has experience in assisting adults with diagnosed mental health disorders such as Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder to live more independent lives.

As a private practitioner, Alexis has a special interest in helping people manage stress and anxiety as well helping clients build confidence and assertiveness.

Alexis enjoys helping clients with sleep difficulties (delayed onset, waking during the night or waking early). She is equipped to provide families with support and evidence based strategies to manage parenting and family conflict.

Alexis takes a client-centred approach, applying a therapeutic framework of evidence- based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), solution and strengths- based approaches, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.

Alexis enjoys working with young people and adults from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds, and personalises her treatment to meet the unique needs of each individual. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to achieve their treatment goals.

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Allie Mackay

BA (Psychology) (Child and Family), BSocSci (Psychology), (Hons), Assoc MAPS

Allie is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Allie personalises her treatment to meet the unique needs of each individual. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to achieve their treatment goals with a special interest in helping people of all ages manage Stress and Anxiety so that they can get on with living a rich, full life.

 

Treatment modalities include

CBT - Cognitive behavioural therapy (with Relaxation and Mindfulness)

Biofeedback - Heart rate variability, skin conductance and breathing

MBSR - Mindfulness based Stress Reduction

MBSC - Mindfulness based Self Compassion

ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (a practical, Mindful, values based) approach, which fits well with people of all types of anxiety disorders and is suitable for those for whom a spiritual faith is a central value in their life.

EMDR - Allie has completed advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing. EMDR is a gold standard trauma treatment, useful for resolving many types of anxiety, phobia, health/ hospital related trauma, treatment of trauma in first responders and for those who have longstanding childhood origin trauma. She undertakes regular supervision and training in this area. She is currently training towards certification in Schema Therapy.

Background

When she worked in the community health sector, Allie was trained by World Vision to facilitate Kids Hope, a school and community based mentoring program for children at social and emotional risk.

She was the facilitator for and ran the Support after Suicide group in Sutherland Shire. Allie ran groups for Childhood Anxiety in the community assisting children with diagnosed anxiety disorders to live more satisfying, independent lives.

Allie worked in a Neurology practice in Kogarah NSW for many years running a Biofeedback clinic. She enjoyed providing psychological strategies for patients who experienced anxiety and stress in the context of neurological conditions or somatising disorders (such as gastro-intestinal disorders, IBS, migraine and tension headache, muscle twitches). Cognitive therapy with Relaxation and Mindfulness has the strongest evidence base for treatment and this was borne out by her research and clinical experience.

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Liam nicholls

BSc (Psychology), Post Grad Dip (Psychology), Diploma of Psychological Practice

Liam is a Psychologist who has been dedicated to helping others for his whole professional life. When working with people, he aims to do his best to effectively support and help empower them, to think flexibly, be resilient, find their values and strengths and grow through challenges.

 

Liam completed his Undergraduate Degree in Psychology at the University of Wollongong and attained registration through the Diploma of Psychological Practice at the College Of Professional Psychology in Sydney. Liam has experience as a Psychologist in a variety of roles including private practice, case management and working in schools. He believes that everyone has a life to be valued, celebrated and can have meaning and purpose.  He thrives on helping people see, believe and find this within themselves. 

A wise colleague once shared that, "every problem has a soft spot… our job is to help them find a way forward and carry their burdens, to enable them overcome whatever they are experiencing in their life".  This has become the philosophy that underpins his work.

 

Liam primarily works within the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) frameworks. In sessions with clients, he listens first, with authentic interest, compassion and without judgement. Then, works collaboratively, to decide with the client on the most appropriate and helpful way to perceive and approach the presenting problem.

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Athena Cranston

BA (Psychology) (Hons), Diploma of Psychological Practice, Assoc MAPS

Athena is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She has over 8 years’ experience working in the mental health sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Athena is a warm and compassionate psychologist who provides a safe and supportive space for her clients. She has a genuine curiosity in peoples’ stories and the struggles they are facing; and is passionate about supporting people to improve their quality of life and reach their goals. 

Athena has experience working with both adults and adolescents across a variety of different settings, including community mental health teams, non-for-profit organisations, and headspace. She has worked with individuals presenting with a range of concerns, including anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment issues, interpersonal difficulties, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, personality disorders and complex trauma. She has experience providing individual therapy and group-based therapy, including delivering groups for adolescents experiencing academic stress and DBT skills groups for adults. 

Athena uses a client-centred approach, tailoring therapy to suit the individual needs of the person. She utilises evidence-based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness. 

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Tyla Stroebel

BA Psychology / Criminology (UNISA), BA Psych Hons (UNISA) PgDip ABA (Cardiff), MSc Behaviour (Cardiff)

Tyla is a driven and passionate Psychologist (provisional) and Behaviour Specialist with over 15 years’ experience. Originally from South Africa, she enjoys working with clients from all different cultures and prides herself on being able to build incredible rapport with the families she assists. She holds degrees in counselling, criminology and psychology and completed her Masters degree in Behaviour, before qualifying as a professional in the field of psychology.

 

Tyla specialises in psychometric and diagnostic assessments (neuro, cognitive, behavioural, developmental, academic), has extensive experience and training in the field of ADHD, ASD and developmental disorders and behaviour. She further has a keen interest in ADHD and ASD, specifically in young girls.

 

Tyla holds further certifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuropsychology, Play Therapy and Positive Behavioural Support. She is currently a Senior Clinician and the Clinical Manager at the Mind & Behaviour Clinic in Bankstown, as well as the Director of the Clinical Assessment Unit at Kids Health Space Pediatric Clinic in Oran Park.

 

Tyla has experience supervising Masters and Honours psychology students, designing and running training and workshops and lecturing for the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

 

In her spare time, Tyla drinks coffee, spends time at the beach and attempts to keep her two young daughters out of trouble.

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Sarah MALAK

BA(Psychology)[Hons], MProfPsy, Assoc MAPS

Sarah is an AHPRA registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Sarah adopts a warm, non-judgemental, and trauma-informed treatment approach and integrates a range of evidenced based modalities including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) influenced by a psychodynamic framework. She has a special interest in the mind-body connection, schema-focused, and emotion-focused therapies which form an integral part of her treatment approach. Sarah is also trained in Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy. 

Sarah works with a range of presentations, including but not limited to, anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, schizophrenia, trauma, interpersonal and social difficulties, and challenging behaviours. Sarah also has experience conducting a range of cognitive, functional and diagnostic assessments.