Psychologists

 
 
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Dr Toni Metelerkamp

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Registered Psychologist with:

• 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 or via toni@psychologyperspective.com.au

 
 
 
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Vivienne Caroll

COUNSELLING & ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Registered Psychologist with:

• 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 or via vivienne@psychologyperspective.com.au

 
 
 
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Leanda Howell

REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

Registered Psychologist with:

• Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
• 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 or via leanda@psychologyperspective.com.au

 
 
 
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Lorren Wright

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Registered Psychologist with:

• Candidate for Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology (Expected 2015)
• Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
• Postgraduate Diploma (Psychology)

Lorren Wright completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2015, and was previously a registered psychologist with a number of years of clinical experience. Her expertise lies within the assessment and treatment of adults and adolescents presenting with a broad range of issues, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, past trauma, personality disorders, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury, psychosis, adolescent issues and parenting concerns.

In addition to her private work, Lorren currently works for the NSW Health service supporting families in which mental health issues impact on parental capacity. In her previous roles, Lorren provided psychological therapy to adults and adolescents via Medicare referrals and at Headspace in Newcastle. She previously worked within the public mental health system, supporting young people (12- 24yrs) with moderate to severe mental health issues.

Lorren utilises a range of evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Schema Therapy.

Lorren can be contacted telephonically via the office on 02 4365 0520 or via lorren@psychologyperspective.com.au

 
 
 

Krista Hawke

REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

Registered Psychologist with:

• Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
• Master of Arts (Psychology)
• Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

With over 20 years of experience as a registered psychologist Krista has enjoyed working with adults, couples, adolescents and children. Currently her practice is focused on assisting adults with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, often first responders, to gain better control over their physiological reactions, to reduce the fear associated with trauma and its symptoms and to improve quality of life that has often been negatively affected through the experience of and attempts to cope with trauma. Other conditions Krista is interested in and has experience working with include: Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Drug and Alcohol addictions, Stress Management and Resiliency Training.

Krista is particularly passionate about the science and art of Mindfulness to assist clients to relate to their challenges and themselves in a new and powerful way. Other treatment approaches that inform her practice include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Imagery Rescripting and Yoga and Meditation.

Krista knows that change is challenging. She is committed to building a positive working relationship with her clients, based on respect, non-judgement, and acceptance, and acts with transparency, compassion and integrity.

Krista can be contacted via the office on 02 4365 0520 or via krista@psychologyperspective.com.au

 
 
 

Dr Leigh Plummer

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Registered Psychologist with:

• 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 via the office on 02 4365 0520 or via leigh@psychologyperspective.com.au

 
 
 
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Emily McCaffery

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Registered Psychologist with:

• Clinical Psychologist (APS)
• MClinPsych
• B.Psych(Hons)

Emily has 10 years experience working in a variety of settings including private practice, community health, private inpatient mental health, and Headspace.

Emily has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults, and assisting them in developing the skills to manage a range of issues. She works with both adults and adolescents in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, Bipolar Disorder, adjusting to change, trauma, bullying, self-esteem, anger, substance use, suicidal ideation, and relationship difficulties.

Emily utilises a client-centred approach and understands the importance of tailoring treatment to an individual’s specific needs. She employs a range of therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Emily can be contacted via the office on 02 4365 0520 or via emily@psychologyperspective.com.au

 
 
 
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SUSAN

PSYCHOLOGIST

Registered Psychologist with:



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Susan can be contacted via the office on 02 4365 0520 or via susan@psychologyperspective.com.au