Psychologists

 
 
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Dr Toni Metelerkamp

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

• Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)
• Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology
• Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
• Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
• Member of the Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)
• Registered with the Australian Medical Register
• Regular contributor to HealthShare

I work with adults, and couples, experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Mostly I work with anxiety (panic, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and phobias), substance and gambling addiction, suicidal thoughts and behaviours and self harm difficulties, depression, relationship issues (including sex therapy), personality disorders, posttraumatic stress and sexual abuse.

I have a particular interest in helping people who have been exposed to trauma, many of whom subsequently develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The majority of my work is with Police, Paramedics, and Fire Fighters, who develop PTSD directly because of the work they do. My approach to treating PTSD is strongly influenced by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health guidelines. I am also very interested in working with drug, alcohol and other substance addictions and here I work from a psychosocial perspective, taking the whole person, their relationships and environment, into account to find healthier ways to manage the challenges of life.  My interest in personality disorders is strongly influenced by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

My training includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-Based therapies.

My goal always is to provide caring, non-judgmental, evidence-based therapy that facilitates new skills and changes distressing patterns.

Toni can be contacted telephonically via the office on 02 4365 0520.

 
 
 
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Vivienne Caroll

COUNSELLING & ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

• Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
• Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Vivienne has 25 plus years of experience in counselling/clinical psychology and organisational/corporate psychology.

Counselling / Clinical areas include diagnosing and treating adults who are dealing with anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, panic, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and bipolar disorder, trauma, relationship issues, sexual and other abuse, anger management, bereavement and other loss as well as significant changes in life. (e.g. retirement and mid-life issues for both women and men).

Organisational / Corporate / Workplace experience is based on having worked with a diverse range of organisations, and as a result she is able to effectively deal with workplace issues such as inappropriate workload, resulting in poor performance and burnout, poor job definition, resulting in role confusion, work performance issues relating to underperformance, and coping with performance reviews. Vivienne also deals with management issues, bullying and harassment and conflict resolution.

Vivienne’s style is strongly client-centred, collaborative and practical. She likes to work within the broad frameworks of Cognitive Behavioural, Schema-Based, Acceptance and Commitment, Mindfulness-Based, Solution-Focused and Interpersonal therapies.

Vivienne can be contacted telephonically via the office on 02 4365 0520.

 
 
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Leanda Howell

REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

• AAPI (Australian Association of Psychologists)
• Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA)
• Facilitator of regular peer case conferences for local psychologists to share their knowledge
• Nutritionist

A registered psychologist with qualifications in nutrition, Leanda has a balanced view of what clients need. Four years of doctoral research on a chronic health condition has also given her valuable experience when it comes to dealing with clients in rehabilitation.

Previous experience in the rehabilitation sector has allowed her to work with clients dealing with problems such as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), domestic violence, substance abuse, eating disorders/body dysmorphia, gender issues and, chronic pain. Previous research into grief means she can provide specialised assistance to people experiencing loss. Although fully conversant in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Leanda utilises advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and more recent qualifications in Interpersonal Therapy to match each client’s requirements. Adolescents to the elderly are catered for in addition to couples. It’s Leanda’s aim to help empower people to make positive changes to their life.

Leanda can be contacted telephonically via the office on 02 4365 0520.

 
 

Dr Leigh Plummer

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

• Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology
• Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
• Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Leigh enjoys working therapeutically with adults and adolescents who present with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, trauma and postnatal depression/anxiety. Leigh also has a particular interest in working with adults and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma/childhood trauma and understands the considerable impact of such abuse.

Leigh employs a client-centred and non-judgmental approach, using evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Leigh understands the importance of working with both the mind and the body in treatment and therefore uses a strong mindfulness based approach.

Leigh can be contacted at the practice on 02 4365 0520.

 
 
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SUSAN WOJCIECHOWSKI

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Susan is a highly experienced clinical psychologist. She has enjoyed many years of working with forensic and a wide range of populations. Currently Susan focuses on assisting adults with legal matters to provide accurate advice to courts for diversion and sentencing. Susan has particular interest in working with drug and alcohol issues, victims of trauma, those who experience domestic and family violence, victims of crime, hoarding and squalor, depression, anxiety and stress, panic and social phobia.

Susan assists clients to make the changes they have decided to make using cognitive and behavioural strategies, including acceptance and commitment therapy.

Susan has a particular interest in happiness and works with her client to improve quality of life, self-respect and self-esteem. Susan is happy to discuss your treatment needs at any time.

Susan can be contacted at the practice on 02 4365 0520.

 
 
 
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LISA BURNS

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Hons 1)

  • Master of Clinical Psychology

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Depending on the issue, Lisa may offer a skills based treatment approach or in some cases, a longer term approach that focuses on emotional and self development. Her aim is for clients to feel heard and understood and to equip them with a range of skills that may ultimately help them lead happier and more meaningful lives.

Apart from private practice Lisa has experience in a range of settings including community outpatients, hospitals, schools and in rural Aboriginal communities. She has experience in dealing with range of problems including Depression, Post Natal Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety. She has a particular interest in longer term psychotherapy working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma.

Lisa works broadly within a range of models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy. The choice of method depends on the client and their needs at the time.

Lisa can be contacted at the practice on 02 4365 0520.

 
 
 
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STEPHANIE HAYES

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST REGISTRAR

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Stephanie can be contacted at the practice on 02 4365 0520.