Institute for Healthy Living Pty Ltd


Institute for Healthy Living Pty Ltd

Practitioners at this location

Alysha Coleman

Psychologist

Alysha Coleman is the founder and principal Clinical Psychologist at the Institute for Healthy Living. She combines her clinical knowledge with a warm and relatable manner to make therapy effective and meaningful. Since anyone get stuck struggling with painful aspects of being a human, Alysha focuses her energy on finding the most workable way to help each person get “unstuck”. Her authentic and compassionate approach allows her to work successfully with children, adolescents, and adults. Alysha supports clients experiencing a wide range of issues, with particular expertise in addressing: - binge eating and over-eating - body image concerns - weight management - depression and mood disorders - anxiety disorders - emotional sensitivity and intolerance - self-esteem issues - complex trauma - stress management - relationship difficulties - unrelenting standards and perfectionism - antenatal, postnatal and fertility difficulties Alysha has specialised training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based cognitive therapies. Her predominant treatment approach is ACT. Alysha has completed a total of six years of intensive formal training, including a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has conducted research into emotional health in relationships and body image difficulties. Before opening her own private practice, Alysha worked in a number of public and private health settings, and has experience running group therapy sessions as well as one-on-one therapy. She has been in private practice for 4 years.

Bianca Glajz

Psychologist

Bianca has a calming, light-hearted and non-judgmental therapeutic approach. Her warmth, enthusiasm, and accepting nature puts clients at ease and provides a safe and encouraging space for working through difficulties. She specialises in providing adolescent and adult therapy for: - Eating disorders and eating problems - Emotional instability - Self-harm and addictive behaviours - Borderline Personality Disorder - Relationship and interpersonal difficulties - Worry, anxiety, panic attacks, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Trauma Bianca is passionate about her work with clients and dedicates herself fully to getting to the root causes of the client’s issues and identifying each individual’s best path to healing and resolution. Bianca helps her clients gain insight into the root causes of their difficulties and guides them through the process of making positive, long-standing changes and transformation. The therapy work with Bianca is always very practical, focused on teaching new skills and methods for dealing with one’s emotions and for changing negative thinking and behaviour patterns. At the same time, Bianca’s work involves powerful processes for releasing and healing emotions in order to overcome emotional burdens, in combination with techniques for guided introspection to gain breakthrough insights and access new perspectives. Through these therapy processes, clients are able to learn how to change problematic and self-defeating behaviour patterns and grow into a more healthy, happy, productive, and balanced person – to become their best self. Bianca’s ultimate goal with each client is to help them develop greater self-acceptance and understanding, become empowered, inspired, and in control of their life, and find authentic happiness. Bianca holds a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and a Masters of Clinical Psychology. She has extensive clinical training in the most up-to-date, evidence-based methods for treating a broad range of psychological difficulties, including stress management, anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, self-harm and addictive behaviours, trauma, and relationship difficulties. Bianca has experience working with adolescents and adults in various psychology services across Sydney – on inpatient programs in private hospitals, at outpatient community-based counselling services, and in private practice. Bianca has undertaken specialised training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and other mindfulness-based psychological approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Bianca’s strong interest and commitment to meditation and other innovative modalities, such as Emotional Freedom Techniques, Positive Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy, informs and enhances her psychological approach.

Dr Anna Suraev

Psychologist

Anna has a warm, genuine, and non-judgemental approach in her work. She places great importance on creating a safe and supportive therapeutic space for her clients to explore some of their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Anna enjoys working collaboratively with individuals to help them shift unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns to find betters ways of managing their difficulties and improving their lives. Anna assists her clients to nurture self-acceptance and understanding, feel more empowered, better engage with their values and develop their full potential. Anna is very passionate about helping individuals achieve their personal recovery goals, increase their coping skills set and enhance their quality of life and well being. Anna has experience in working with young people and adults with a wide range of issues, with particular interest and expertise in addressing: • Anxiety – worry, panic attacks, social anxiety • Depression • Eating disorders (particularly Anorexia Nervosa) • Body image issues • Binge eating • Emotional instability • Self-esteem problems • Stress management • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties • Trauma • Grief and loss Anna has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree. She has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked across a number of public and private health settings including hospitals, outpatient community-based services, and private practice. Most recently, Anna has worked at Northside West Clinic on the reputable Eating Disorders inpatient unit. She has received supervision from a range of skilled clinicians. Anna has experience conducting group therapy sessions as well as one-on-one therapy. Anna completed her Doctoral research project in the area of cognitive functioning in schizophrenia and her research manuscript was recently published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology in 2015. Anna has specialised training in delivering a number of evidence-based treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based therapies, Schema Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Jenna Segall

Psychologist

Jenna creates a calming, warm and supportive environment where you feel grounded and validated. She creates space to hold emotions whilst her clients work to gain insight into themselves – working towards healing and transformation. Her style is gentle yet directive, compassionate and honest, grounding and approachable. Her intention is to take a holistic approach to help her clients move towards better self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-compassion, and live a life governed by the authentic self. Jenna currently offers appointments for adults and older adolescents. She has particular strengths working with: - Anxiety disorders, including specific phobias - Depression - Drug, alcohol and addiction related issues - Emotional dysregulation issues - Impulse control issues, including Trichotillomania - Risky behaviours, including suicidality and self-harm - Social skills and interpersonal difficulties - Stress management - Female sexual dysfunction and sexual disorders Jenna is particularly passionate about using mindfulness-based approaches. Her work as a Psychologist is complimented by her experience as a Yoga teacher. She finds great benefit by incorporating breath work, yoga postures, and self-compassion work – particularly for anxiety difficulties. She is passionate about holistic health. Jenna is skilful at considering both the scientific evidence and a client’s preferences when utilising treatment modalities. She has training in the most up-to-date and evidence based therapeutic approaches: - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Mindfulness-based interventions - Strengths-based therapy Jenna has completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology. On the days she isn’t working at our clinic, she is at Northside Clinic (St Leonard’s) where she facilitates a number of group programs. She has worked at a specialist phobia clinic and in private practice settings.

Theresa Donnelly

Psychologist

Theresa brings a warm, empathetic and genuine approach to her work with clients. Her therapeutic style fundamentally aims to assist clients to develop insight into their presenting problems, working with clients and their expanding knowledge of themselves to generate individually workable solutions. Theresa views the process of therapy as a partnership designed to empower clients to identify and understand individual patterns of self-defeating thoughts and actions and learn strategies to overcome these in order to improve overall wellbeing and quality of life. Theresa works hard to tailor her therapeutic approach to each individual, assisting clients to identify their personal strengths and use these in achieving their personal therapy goals. Theresa has experience working with families, young people and adults. Theresa sees clients presenting with a wide range of issues: - Anxiety disorders (incl. social anxiety, panic attacks, specific phobias, health anxiety) - Depression - Eating Disorders - Body image - Binge eating - Emotion regulation difficulties - Perfectionism - Self-esteem problems - Stress management - Relationship and interpersonal difficulties - Bodily symptoms and chronic pain Theresa has received training in and utilizes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapies and Parent Management Training. Theresa has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Technology Sydney. She has gained experience working with adults, adolescents and young people, as well as parents and families. Theresa has experience working in clinical research settings delivering and assisting with the evaluation of innovative treatments for children and families experiencing behavioural difficulties. Her experience includes the delivery of psychological treatment within a multidisciplinary healthcare team at Headspace, the Youth National Mental Health Foundation. Theresa has experience conducting group therapy sessions as well as one-on-one therapy. Theresa also has a strong research background having worked in paediatric research at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and she is currently completing her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney. Her PhD topic is investigating the parent and family factors that influence the experience of chronic pain in childhood.

Dr Emma Nicholls

Psychologist

Emma’s therapeutic style is collaborative and warm, and she tailors treatment to focus on the client’s personal goals. She works from a place of empathy, support and patience, with treatment that is often long-term in nature depending on the needs of the individual. Her goal is to help each individual develop the tools and insights that will enable you to live the life you wish to live. Emma works with older adolescents and adults, and occasionally does family and couples work as needed. She has extensive training and experience treating a range of issues, including: - Anxiety disorders and stress management - Depression & mood disorder - Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma - Emotional instability and/or dysregulation - Difficulties in relationships - Personality disorders, in particular Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) - Self-harm, substance use and addiction issues Therapy with Emma can include practical skills, psycho-education, and in-depth therapeutic processes to understand psychological and emotional processes. Her aim is to support clients using the most up to date evidence-based treatments to assist in gaining awareness and a sense of self-efficacy in managing mental health issues and improving life satisfaction. Emma is committed to gaining an understanding of client’s inner worlds, their thought processes, emotional experiences, and behaviour patterns. In taking the time to gain a deep understanding of these issues, therapy can focus on creating change that will lead to positive and life-affirming outcomes. Emma’s clients can expert her to be attuned with them in sessions, to feel heard, and to work collaboratively at their pace. Emma has undertaken specialised training in: - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) - Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Trauma Therapy - Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy - Mentalisation-Based Therapy Emma completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community and acute mental health services, the specialist service for the treatment of personality disorders (Spectrum), drug and alcohol treatment services, and in private practice. Her work with a specialist government service in Victoria included the development and evaluation of psychological treatment programs for BPD and complex trauma, and included both group and individual treatment. She has extensive experience working with complex mental health issues, as well as individuals going through difficult life events and transitions.

Hannah Gutmann

Psychologist

Hannah brings a non-judgmental, genuine approach to her work with clients. She aims to create an open, safe space for clients to explore their difficulties, and finds practical solutions by helping clients develop insight and understanding into their problems. Hannah primarily sees adults, presenting with a wide range of issues, including: - Trauma - Relationships and interpersonal difficulties - Self-esteem - Emotion regulation - Anxiety - Depression - Perfectionism - Stress management - Body image - Eating disorders Hannah sees the importance of balancing scientific evidence with each client’s individual preferences when considering the most appropriate treatment modality. She focuses therapy on process based elements and skills learning, to help clients manage their difficulties in the present, and understand the origin of these difficulties. Hannah utilises Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness based therapies. Hannah has completed the master’s component of the combined Masters/PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales. She has gained experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults, in a range of settings including a university clinic, private hospital, and community mental health service. Hannah has experience working with individuals one-on-one, as well as delivering group therapy. Hannah’s PhD topic is investigating the role of stress on the development of intrusive memories following trauma.

Brooke Naylor

Psychologist

Brooke brings a warm, genuine and empathic approach to her work with clients. She works hard to create a safe and supportive space for clients where they feel heard and understood. Brooke and her clients work together as a team to create greater self-awareness, self-compassion, skills and confidence to make lasting life changes. Her non-judgemental, flexible and practical approach are informed not only by her extensive training but also by a full and varied life experience. Brooke tailors therapy to each individual by incorporating personal preferences and the latest evidence-based research and practices. She guides clients to manage problems that are affecting their lives in the moment and also to gain insight into the root-causes of difficulties so that deep transformations can occur. Brooke supports clients experiencing a wide range of issues, with particular expertise in addressing: - Trauma – recent and/or past complex trauma including abuse, neglect and emotional mis-attunement - Eating concerns such as binge-eating, over-eating and bulimia nervosa - Addiction and substance use issues - Chronic pain - Emotional difficulties such as dysregulation and feeling overwhelmed - Family and relationship concerns - Depression - Anxiety including worry, panic, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias - Work and study-related stress Brooke has specialised training in: - Cognitive behaviour therapy - Acceptance and commitment therapy - Dialectical behaviour therapy - Schema therapy - Narrative therapy - Attachment-informed therapies Brooke has completed six years of intensive formal training in psychology during which she was awarded a university medal for outstanding scholarship (University of Western Sydney, 2009). Brooke has experience working in clinical research settings delivering assessment and treatment for a wide range of anxiety and mood concerns, emotion dysregulation and relationship issues. She also gained experience working within a multi-disciplinary team at Royal North Shore Hospital delivering individual and group-based interventions for chronic pain. Brooke has worked with children and their parents individually and in groups to overcome issues such as anxiety, divorce and separation, social skills deficits and behavioural problems.

Suchitra Khurana

Dietitian

Suchitra Khurana is a Dietitian dedicated to providing practical, gold-standard support. She is an experienced and dedicated Accredited Practicing Dietitian and a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Suchitra holds over 10 years’ experience in a variety of settings including working as a Senior Dietitian at Bumrungrad International Hospital Bangkok, Assistant lecturer at Mahidol University Bangkok, and several years of private practice throughout Sydney. Her experience covers various fields of nutrition including PCOS, diabetes, heart disease, food intolerance and eating disorder. Suchitra is passionate about mindful eating and her current focus is on the psychology of eating. Her goal is not just to educate her clients about healthy eating, but also to create a healthy relationship with food. As a mother of two, she understands how busy lifestyles can get in the way of making healthy choices, and her approach to lifestyle management seeks to help her clients achieve long term changes with lasting benefits.

Cassandra Smith

Psychologist

Cassandra is a warm, authentic and collaborative therapist who tailors her treatment approach to meet the individual needs of her clients. She seeks to provide an open, safe and encouraging space for clients to process and explore their difficulties and works alongside them to develop strategies to improve their psychological wellbeing. Presenting issues Cassandra has experience working with families, young people and adults across a range of mental health concerns and has a special interest in adolescent mental health, as well as peri and postnatal mental health. Cassandra offers appointments for both adults and adolescents across a range of concerns including: Anxiety Depression Disordered eating and body image Emotion regulation and interpersonal difficulties Unrelenting standards and perfectionism Self-esteem Stress and worry Navigating the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood. Treatment approaches Cassandra has received training in and utilises a number of evidence-based psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Family-Ba sed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Qualifications, Professional Affiliations and Clinical Experience Graduate Diploma of Psychology Bachelor of Science (Honours) Master of Clinical Psychology Registered Psychologist with AHPRA (#PSY0002173433) Member of the Australian Psychological Society Cassandra completed her Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Technology Sydney. Further to her studies she has clinical experience gleaned through her work with children, adolescents, families and adults across a variety of mental health settings, including both in-patient and out-patient services, as well as a university clinic.

Naomi Radom

Psychologist

Talia Levin

Psychologist

Theis Dencker

Psychologist