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 • Dissociative and depersonalisation states • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties • Trauma • Psychosis • 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, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Mr Brett Stathis

Psychologist

Over 20 years of experience practicing in government, private and not-for-profit organisations, both here and overseas providing appropriate evidence-based therapeutic interventions to adults and children.

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. Presenting issues: 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 Body image Binge eating Emotion regulation difficulties Perfectionism Self-esteem problems Stress management Relationship and interpersonal difficulties Bodily symptoms and chronic pain Treatment approaches: 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. Qualifications and experience: BA Psych (Hons) LLB, M Clin Psych Student Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Reg Number: PSY0002103383 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.

Liam Casey

Psychologist