READ CLINIC - ERINA


READ CLINIC - ERINA

Practitioners at this location

Mr Andrew Sozomenou

Psychologist

Andrew is a Senior Registered Psychologist with over 20 years of experience. Andrew completed a BSc (Psychology) and Honours Degree at the University of NSW in 1994. He has worked as a psychologist for the past 20 years providing evidence based clinical interventions to adults, children, adolescents, families and couples from a range of backgrounds. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS); a board approved supervisor; and member of the Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Association of Australia (EMDRAA). He is registered to provide services through: Workcover, Medicare, NDIS, EAP and privately. Andrew has appeared on ABC radio; has written brief articles, two books and published over 7 chapters. He has presented at international conferences, forums and workshops. Before joining the READ Clinic, he had worked for a number of different government services. For 7 years he managed the Gaining Ground Program, an early intervention and education Program for children with a parent with a mental health problem; for over 10 years he worked for the Transcultural Mental Health Centre, working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds and refugee backgrounds; and was the School-Link Coordinator, involved in implementing a whole of school approach to addressing the mental health and well-being of children attending High Schools. Andrew works from a broad therapeutic base specialising in: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR); Internal Family Systems (IFS); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Schema Therapy and the use of Mindfulness. Andrew is passionate about treating individuals who have experienced trauma; including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder experienced by First Responders, and those who have experienced trauma during adulthood and childhood, including attachment trauma. He is also interest in: • A broad range of psychological and mental health concerns experienced by children, adolescents and adults • The impact of childhood Attachment, Relationship Issues and Parenting • Bereavement, Loss & Grief. Andrew will work with you to complete a thorough assessment, from which he will develop a detailed formulation and treatment plan that is unique to your particular circumstances. Andrew works: Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm, Wednesday 8:00am – %:00pm, Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm & Saturdays 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Heather Irvine-Rundle

Psychologist

Heather is a Clinical Psychologist who commenced working at READ Clinic in 1998 as an intern psychologist. She continued to work whilst she completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology, which she completed in 2001. Heather then moved to the UK for over 3 years where she worked with children and families in some of the most deprived areas of Liverpool and London. She also led a service providing advice and consultation on mental health issues to all the schools in the South London area. Heather subsequently returned to the Clinic in 2005 where she has continued her work with children, adolescents and their families as well as adults, particularly mothers with postnatal depression. In 2018 she released her book for mothers: “Hello Baby” to much acclaim in the postnatal profession. In 2019, Heather was appointed as Conjoint Professor of Practice in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle.

Nicole Sturla

Psychologist

In addition to her undergraduate Psychology qualification Nicole has an MSc (Psychology), a BA (Hons) Social Work (Residential Childcare), Family Therapy -The Scottish Institute of Human Relations. Nicole is also a qualified EMDR practitioner and trained in the Circle of Security attachment based parenting intervention. Nicole has a lot of experience working with young people who experience difficulties as a result of their family circumstances such as; those resulting from exposure to trauma, problematic attachment, neglect, abuse, etc. Nicole has experience in working with parents and extended families who do not always function at their best or in the interests of their child in both a therapeutic and compulsory setting. Nicole specialises in a number of therapeutic approaches, including: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); and the use of Mindfulness. Nicole’s areas of interest are: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Anxiety and related disorders ADHD Behavioural Disorders

Kristy Johns

Psychologist

Kristy is a Clinical Psychologist who first started working at the READ Clinic in 2012. Kristy is a registered Psychologist who completed both her undergraduate and Psychology Clinical Masters degree at the University of Newcastle, graduating in 2006. Whilst completing her fourth year honours, she was working for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for women and their children as a community outreach worker. She then moved into the health system, working as a Psychologist for the Alcohol and Other Drugs service. This involved the assessment and counselling treatment for individuals with alcohol and other drug issues and their families. She was also involved in setting up the Central Coast Cannabis Clinic. Kristy completed her Masters thesis on “the retention of women in a long term drug and alcohol rehabilitation service” and received two publications from this research. She has also volunteered on the Board of Management for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. Kristy then moved into private practice where she was working with a broad range of issues across varying age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She joined the READ Clinic in 2012 after doing research work with the University of Newcastle on a number of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol projects for the previous 4 years. She has had experience in both developing and facilitating group therapy. Kristy is Medicare accredited and is an associated member of the Australian Psychological society. She is also registered with associated EAP and WorkCover. Kristy currently works with adolescents and adults using an eclectic, client-centred and evidence-based approach, comprising of cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy and stress management techniques.

Natalie King

Psychologist

Natalie is a Clinical Psychologist who first started working at the READ Clinic in 2014. Natalie King is a Clinical Psychologist with over eighteen years experience in providing psychological assessment and therapy services to clients of all ages. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney and her Masters of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of New South Wales. She commenced working in the public health system, first at Mandala Psychiatric Clinic and then in Child and Family Health. She commenced working in private practice in 2003 and joined the READ Clinic team in 2014. Natalie now works with both couples and adults, with relationship therapy being her primary area of interest. When working with couples she utilises Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Within this framework she offers an intensive relationship therapy program commencing with 90 minute, weekly sessions and transitioning to shorter, less frequent sessions once initial progress has been made. She discovered her passion for relationship therapy approximately ten years ago and is excited to be offering this evidence based intervention to her clients today.

Kerri Fort

Psychologist

Kerri is a Registered Psychologist who first started working at the READ Clinic in 2013. Kerri is a registered psychologist with 20 years experience working in the field. She completed a BA (Psychology) degree at Macquarie University and then went on to do a Master of Arts (Forensic Psychology) degree at the University of Western Sydney. Kerri has a background working in adult mental health and then moved to Tresillian Family Care Centre where she gained experience facilitating postnatal depression groups, mother-infant attachments groups and provided individual counselling to parents. Kerri is passionate about helping mothers during the perinatal period and their families. Kerri works predominantly with adults mental health and late adolescents. Kerri is Medicare, Workcover, Private Health fund and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) accredited and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Association of Australia (EMDRAA). Kerri specialises in a number of therapeutic approaches including Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Personalised Integrative Therapy (PI Therapy) and mindfulness. Kerri has a holistic approach when working with clients focusing on the Psychology (thinking, emotions, memories, coping skills), Biological (diet & nutrition, gut -brain relationship, sleep, exercise) and Social functioning (Lifestyle & Environment).

Mr Nathan Beehag

Psychologist

Nathan is a Director, a Clinical Psychologist with 11 years of experience, and PhD Candidate. Nathan completed a Bachelor of Psychology and Honors Degree at University of Newcastle, and Clemson University (USA) in 2009. He has since completed Applied Behaviour Analyst post graduate degree with Florida Institute of Technology in 2011, his Masters in Psychology (Clinical) in 2016. He is currently half way through his PhD Candidature at Charles Sturt University. Nathan has over 11-years of experience in clinical settings using evidence based treatments with children, adolescents and adults experiencing mild to severe psychological difficulties. He established and managed a NSW state-wide clinical team in the disability and child welfare sector. Nathan is often a guest speaker on local ABC Radio and a guest psychology lecturer at Avondale College.  Nathan is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), APS College of Clinical Psychologists and APS approved supervisor of psychologists. He is a member of Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Association of Australia (EMDRAA). Nathan is a provider of psychological treatment under: Medicare, EAP, NDIS and privately. Nathan has been trained in the scientist-practitioner model and operates from an evidenced-based assessment and treatment framework. Nathan’s assessment and treatment is guided by a balance of scientific evidence, the clients’ unique characteristics, and the practicality and relevance of interventions for the individual and/or family. Nathan follows the biopsychosocial model, which means that has a balanced approach to treating the individuals biological (sleep, diet, exercise, medication), psychological (trauma/thinking errors/memories), and social (friends, family and social skills) functioning. Nathan is passionate about treating individuals who have experienced trauma, particularly those who have experienced trauma during adulthood and childhood, including relationship trauma. He is also interest in: • A broad range of psychological and mental health concerns experienced by children, adolescents, adults and families as a unit; • The impact of childhood Attachment, Relationship Issues and Parenting; • Child developmental disorders (e.g., ADHD); • Anxiety and Depression. Nathan will work with you to complete a thorough assessment, from which he will develop a detailed formulation and treatment plan that is unique to your particular circumstances. Please note that Nathan is not accepting any more patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as his caseload of this presentation is currently full.

Prof Ashley Craig

Psychologist

Prof. Ashley Craig is a Clinical Psychologist who commenced working at READ Clinic in 2007. Professor Craig is a registered clinical psychologist and has been involved in clinical work over the past 25 years in varied clinical contexts. For instance, he was Head, Department of Clinical Psychology, Prince Henry Hospital in 1985/86, and he has been an Honorary Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, Royal North Shore Hospital in the 1990s. He has worked as a consultant clinical psychologist in the READ Clinic since 2007. Presently, he holds the position as Adult Team Leader in the READ Clinic (since mid 2009). He has many years of experience in treating disorders such as the major depressive disorders, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, PTSD, social phobia, eating disorders, and the adjustment disorders, including disorders with co-morbid chronic pain and fatigue. Dr Craig has specialised in treating secondary conditions such as depressive mood, anxiety, fatigue and pain in people with traumatic neurological disorders including spinal cord injury and brain injury. He has also spent many years treating stuttering, a neurological based fluency/ communication disorder in children and adults. Dr Craig co-authored the NSW State Spinal Cord Injury Service Psychosocial Rehabilitation Guidelines 2008 (updated in 2014) launched (October, 2009) for the NSW State SCI Service by the NSW Governor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AC. Dr Craig is experienced in a wide range of psychological and health based therapies including the cognitive behaviour and mindfulness therapies, trauma counselling, brief psychotherapies, family based therapies, biofeedback and interpersonal therapies. Dr Craig performs psychiatric mental health and medico-legal assessments including diagnostic assessments, psychometric assessments, and the psychological impacts of injury and disease. RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Professor Craig has been involved in researching psychological and physical disorder over a period of 20 years. He held the position of Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science, UTS from 2001 to 2005. He was the Professor of Behavioural Sciences in UTS from 1999 to 2007. Presently, Ashley holds the Professor of Rehabilitation Studies, Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney. In this position, his primary responsibility is to investigate improving outcomes following neurological and traumatic injuries. Professor Craig has also served as an editorial consultant for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, British Medical Journal, International Journal Psychophysiology, Biological Psychology, Perceptual Motor Skills, Psychophysiology, Brain and Behavioural Sciences, Social Science and Medicine, The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, Clinical Psychology Review, British Journal of Psychiatry, Paediatrics, and the Journal of Affective Disorders. Professor Craig is also the Director of the Neuropsychophysiological Laboratory, in the Northern Clinical School (The University of Sydney), situated in the grounds of the Royal North Shore Hospital (Kolling Building), Sydney. He has won over $20 million in research funding from sources such as the Australian Research Council and NHMRC over the past 20 years. To date, he has published over 200 refereed journal papers and books / book chapters.

Ashlea Hambleton

Psychologist

Ashlea is a Clinical Psychologist who commenced working at READ Clinic in 2017. Ashlea graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons1) in 2015. Ashlea completed her Master of Clinical Psychology in 2017, and completed her Clinical Psychology Registrar Program in 2020. Ashlea is about to commence her PhD with the University of Sydney, investigating the effectiveness of a treatment for adolescent eating disorders. Ashlea believes that the therapeutic relationship is key to success in treatment. Therapy can be a daunting prospect for many, but Ashlea’s goal is to always support her clients to feel comfortable, and most importantly – listened to. Her therapy style is person-centred, creative, compassionate, and authentic. Ashlea is trained in various treatment approaches; including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Enhanced, Maudsley Family Based Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Ashlea will work closely with you to decide what treatment approach will work best to achieve your therapy goals. When not at The READ Clinic, Ashlea works at The University of Sydney with the InsideOut Institute, a research group with the goal to improve the lives of people with eating disorders and those who care for them. Ashlea has also completed several research projects with the University of Newcastle; including exploring child and family anxiety; and, in another project the lived experience of self-harm. She has published papers in International Journals on eating disorders, group therapy and self-harm. Ashlea is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychology Society. Ashlea is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.

Dr Jessica Moore

Psychologist

Jessica has over 10 years of experience in clinical settings, involving treating children, adolescents and adults experiencing mild to severe psychological difficulties in schools, university clinics, prisons, hospitals, non-for-profit organisations and private practice. During this time she has managed a number of clinical trials addressing childhood behaviour disorders and adolescent emotion regulation difficulties. Jessica is a published researcher and experienced conference presenter both nationally and internationally. As a course convenor of Undergraduate psychology units at Macquarie University she has lectured on counselling approaches and principles. Jessica’s areas of interest include: Disruptive Behaviours/Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Conduct Disorders Behaviour Management and Parenting Child and Adolescent Anxiety Separation Anxiety Phobias Panic Disorder Child and Adolescent Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Adolescent Stress and Study Attachment Difficulties ADHD (Inattentive and/or Hyperactive) Family Systems Therapy

Mr Samuel Hunter

Psychologist

Samuel graduated from the Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours, first class) in 2015. He worked within the community mental health setting for 12 months before completing his Masters of Clinical Psychology in 2017. He began his Clinical Psychology Registrar program in 2018, which was completed in early 2020. Samuel believes the relationship between the therapist and client is vital for positive treatment outcomes – he focuses on establishing a relaxed, genuine atmosphere that works towards accomplishing the client’s goals and implementing effective change. Predominantly trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), he uses various other approaches in treatment, including Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Motivational Interviewing. Samuel is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and has experience working in hospital and community settings, as well as private practice. He has also completed research in the areas of anger, mindfulness, and male body image. Samuel’s areas of interest for children and adults are: Anxiety Depression Anger and aggression Self-esteem Stress management Behavioural difficulties Interpersonal difficulties

Dr Kylie McIntyre

Psychologist

Kylie is a Registered Psychologist who first started working at the READ Clinic in 2013. Kylie has an array of experience working with adolescents and adults and works within a range of therapeutic approaches including CBT, DBT and ACT to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. She has a background in education, working in schools supporting the needs of young people both academically and with mental health concerns for many years. She completed her PhD in Psychology in 2010 at the University of Newcastle, which focused on meta-cognition. Since 2008, she has lectured psychology at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah and Callaghan campuses. Kylie has a strong belief in the combined role of the family and young person in providing optimised outcomes for psychological concerns.

Ms Nada Potter

Psychologist

Nada is a Registered Psychologist who first started working at the READ Clinic in 2010. Nada completed her Bachelor of Art (Psychology) at the University of Newcastle in 2005. Nada has over 12 years’ experience working with children and their families. With a strong background in childhood education with formal qualifications in Early Childhood education, Special Education as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Studies. Nada has also Post Graduate qualifications in Relationship Counselling. Nada recognises the critical role that parents play in each child’s development and works strongly with parents in nurturing that development. Nada’s desire to help families on the Central Coast saw her nominated in 2011 and in 2019 for NSW Woman of the Year, attending the award ceremony at Parliament House Sydney. Nada works within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy framework and uses evidence-based interventions to assist her clients and their families.

Ms Codie Atherton

Psychologist

Codie is a Clinical Psychologist who commenced working at the READ Clinic in 2018. Codie graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2015. She completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2017 and commenced her Clinical Psychology Registrar Program in 2018, due for completion in early 2020. Codie believes that establishing and maintaining a positive therapeutic relationship is the key to success for a client’s treatment and is one of the most important aspects of her work – this is vital to work towards accomplishing the client’s goal and obtaining optimal treatment outcomes. She prides herself in providing a client-centred therapy approach which is caring, creative, authentic and compassionate using numerous modalities. Codie has experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient mental health, community mental health and non-government clinical organisations. She is trained in various treatment approaches; including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and parenting and attachment utilising the Circle of Security Framework. Codie is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychology Society. She has completed several research projects with the University of Newcastle including the development of a measure of coparenting competence.

Ms Sharon Read

Psychologist

Sharon is a Registered Psychologist who first started working at the READ Clinic in 2005. Sharon completed a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University, Townsville. Sharon returned to study Psychology at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, completing a Diploma and Post-Graduate Diploma of Psychology.in 2003. Sharon has over 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and families and adults. Sharon began working as a School Counsellor in NSW Public Schools in 2005. Sharon works within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy framework and uses evidence based interventions.

Dr Kathy Rooney

Psychologist

Kathy is a Clinical Psychologist who commenced working at READ Clinic in 2018. Kathy started and ran a successful group private practice in North Sydney for over 10 years. There she assisted people experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depressed mood, and work-related stress, amongst other issues. She moved to the Central Coast in 2011 and continued the commute to Sydney for over five years, before deciding to work on the Central Coast. Prior to starting at The READ Clinic Kathy worked at the Central Coast Cancer Care Centre providing emotional support to people diagnosed with cancer and their families. Kathy has held an honorary appointment at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and was involved in research in to the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders when alcohol abuse was also present. She was also employed by the University of Sydney to teach counseling skills to third year psychology students, and she has supervised TAFE and university students as well as experienced Clinical Psychologists. Kathy has provided psychological therapy to a variety of people, ranging from the homeless to the CEO of a large public company and an Olympic gold medal winning athlete. Kathy values continuing professional development. She was previously on the Executive Committee of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (NSW) and is currently a member of both it and the Anxiety Practitioners Network and The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (Founding member). Kathy has extensive training in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy.

Dr Rebecca Guest

Psychologist

Rebecca is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology at The University of Newcastle followed by her Psychology Honours year. Rebecca completed her 4-year post-graduate degree of Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Charles Sturt University graduating with Distinction and awarded the Executive Dean’s Prize for Academic Excellence. Rebecca was awarded her Doctorate, PhD at The University of Sydney, in the area of rehabilitation psychology (depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from life adversity). Rebecca remains a Post-Graduate Research Fellow of The University of Sydney. Rebecca is registered with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board and AHPRA, and is a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists. She is Medicare, WorkCover, Private Health Fund, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) accredited. Rebecca works within the evidenced based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework. Rebecca predominantly treats adult mental health, and she also has a particular interest in assisting late adolescents navigate their way from teens to early adulthood and beyond. As part of Rebecca’s holistic approach to mental health, she recognises the importance of, and practices a physically healthy lifestyle for optimal physical and mental health, whilst also incorporating this into clinical treatment plans for her patients. Rebecca adheres to the scientist practitioner model, valuing the importance of continued learning whilst also working in private practice. This allows her to bring latest evidenced based knowledge and practices into the clinical setting for the benefit of her patients. She is the author of dozens of peer reviewed clinical publications and continues to add to the academic profession of psychology via her publications. Rebecca’s commitment to the profession has been recognised by The University of Sydney awarding her an Australian Post Graduate Scholarship Award (2015-2018) . With this scholarship Rebecca completed a doctoral thesis by publication in the area of rehabilitation psychology which identified evidenced-based treatments to prevent psychological injuries of Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experienced by Australians who suffer a motor vehicle accident. This important work was then included in a book published by Nova Science (New York), ‘Adversity after the Crash’; The Physical, Psychological and Social Burden of Motor Vehicle Crashes’ of which Rebecca was Editor, and which experts from around the world contributed their work. This published book remains a valuable resource for individuals, medical professionals and university lecturers and students around the world.

Kristen Donaghey

Psychologist

Kristen Donaghey is a Registered Psychologist who first started working at the READ Clinic in 2019. Kristen is a registered psychologist who graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2010. Since graduating, she has worked supporting adults, children, adolescents and families across different clinical settings. This has included a number of years working in private practice providing evidence based clinical interventions to a range of clients. Kristen has worked supporting victims of crime, children and adolescents in out of home care (OOHC) and in supporting child and adult trauma. She also has interest and experience working in child and adult assessment and is an accredited mediator. Kristen uses a range of psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

Renee Morrison

Psychologist

Renee is a registered psychologist and clinical psychology registrar having completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Her approach to therapy emphasises compassion, integrity and person-centredness. Renee has a background in working with clients presenting with mental health difficulties such as mood and anxiety disorders, grief/loss, complex trauma, drug and alcohol misuse, overcontrolled coping style, and personality disorders. Renee is trained in a range of evidence-based treatment approaches, including: Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT). In addition to the READ Clinic, Renee provides therapy within an adult mental health inpatient unit working with a range of complex presentations. She also facilitates a variety of therapy groups in the community, including DBT (for Borderline Personality Disorder), Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety/Depression Management programs. Renee has published research investigating strategies for improving self-regulation to increase stress tolerance, resilience and over well-being in tertiary students. Further, Renee’s post-graduate research focused on exploring the utilisation of wearable technology for symptom monitoring in bipolar disorder with the aim of advancing approaches to individualised treatment and self-management in the future. Renee’s areas of interest include: Anxiety Disorders Mood Disorders Stress Management Drug and Alcohol Misuse Personality Disorders Complex Trauma Grief and Loss Overcontrolled coping style

Jennifer Palmer

Hypnotherapist

Julia Links

Psychologist

Julia is a Registered Psychologist who commenced working at the READ Clinic in 2019. Julia completed her Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2012. She then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Teaching and School Counselling at Sydney University in 2014. Julia has been employed as a School Counsellor within NSW Public Schools since 2014. Julia prides herself on being a warm, compassionate and authentic child and adolescent Psychologist. Julia predominantly works within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy framework and uses evidence-based interventions to assist her clients and their families. She believes that establishing and maintaining positive relationships with both the client and their family is paramount. Julia enjoys using a creative approach when working with children and adolescents, implementing strategies from both art and narrative therapy. Julia is also experienced in conducting a variety of psychometric assessments measuring cognitive ability, academic skills, attention and behavioural difficulties as well as adaptive functioning skills.

Narissa Fry

Psychologist

Narissa is a Provisional Psychologist who commenced working at The READ Clinic in 2020. Narissa is in her final year of being a provisional psychologist having completed her Master of Professional Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Narissa has training experience and a background in emotional and behavioural regulation, toileting issues, and social skills and play development in children with anxiety, ADHD, intellectual disability and ASD. She also has training and experience in mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioural therapy for adults and with the group based cool kids program for children with anxiety. She provides therapy for both children and adults, taking special interest in behavioural issues in children. She also provides IQ assessments where there are concerns about learning style or disability.

Mrs Nereda Murray

Psychologist

Nereda is a Registered Psychologist who commenced working at The READ Clinic in 2020. Nereda began her professional career as a Visual Arts teacher and subsequently Head Teacher in public education. In 2011 she began retraining to become a psychologist, and graduated from the University of New England in 2018 with a Masters of Professional Psychology after first completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours). Nereda has worked as a School Psychologist for the Department of Education NSW since the beginning of 2019. In addition, Nereda has completed the Phoenix Australia Trauma-focussed therapy for children course. Nereda is able to conduct cognitive, behavioural and emotional assessments. She works with children experiencing family difficulties, exposure to trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidality, learning difficulties, and behavioural challenges. She is able to assist families towards improved relationships and, learning, behavioural and emotional support of their children. Nereda also uses a client-centred approach putting emphasis on developing a strong therapeutic relationship that utilizes a clients’ strengths and goals to build skills and improved function through evidence-based interventions. Nereda specializes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and the use of Mindfulness.

Thomas Janovsky

Psychologist

Thomas is a Registered Psychologist currently completing an area of endorsement program in Clinical Psychology. Thomas completed his Bachelor of Psychology (Hons1) in 2015. Thomas is currently completing a combined Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD with the University of New England which he is due to be completed by the end of 2021. Thomas’ PhD investigates schema therapy and interpersonal relationship problems. Thomas is scientifically oriented in his approach to psychological assessment and treatment, using evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills training and family-based interventions. He believes that positive outcomes in therapy are built on a foundation of a strong, honest and collaborative relationship between clients, families and their therapist. Thomas has experience working as a university counsellor, in child protection and private practice. Thomas is also a published researcher and has assisted with teaching a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology units. Thomas is an associate Member of the Australian Psychology Society and is part of the college of clinical psychologists.