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.

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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ANDREW PIETRINI

BS(Psych), GDipPsyc, GradDipProfPsych, MPsych(Clin) Candidate

Andrew is a Registered Psychologist and has been providing psychological services for over

6 years since completing his initial university studies and gaining provisional registration. He

is also currently completing specialist training to earn endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist, which he began in 2019.

 

Andrew is a dedicated and supportive psychologist who excels at helping his clients move

forward in their life. He is genuinely curious about both his client’s struggles and strengths

and aims to work collaboratively to develop and implement an individual treatment approach

that best suits the evidence and their situation and needs. He is particularly interest in using

mindfulness-based interventions with adolescents and adults who experience difficulties with

adjustment, health issues, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and trauma.

 

Andrew prefers to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This is a mindfulness-

based intervention that aims to equip people with the skills to hold their difficult experiences

while moving towards a valued and meaningful lifestyle. ACT has been found to be

beneficial for those who experience difficulties with adjustment, stress, anxiety, depression,

chronic pain, or health concerns. However, Andrew can also utilise Cognitive-Behavioural

Therapy (CBT), Solutions-focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) depending on needs of his clients.

 

Andrew is currently available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact our reception if you would like to discuss working with him to help improve your life.

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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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dr mike martin

PhD, MA, BAppSci (Human Movement), BA, DipEd

Dr Mike Martin, is the founder of Bloke Therapy, one of the only few mens mental health specialists worldwide that uses the new, next-generation, scientifically proven Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to dealing with tough times. This insures that you effectively deal with your issues and get back to living the life you love.

Mike has an extensive background as a teacher, scientist, coach and performance psychologist and this education has convinced him that when it comes to the mind and life – "simple is best." His simple, step-by-step thinking strategies soak deep into your mind allowing you to take control and live the life you want to live.