Life Matters Team

The team of Life Matters Psychologists comprises:

2 Clinical Psychologists – Matthew Stanton & Lynn Jenkins.
6 Registered Psychologists – Elizabeth Walsh, Jay Richards, James Kneller, Alison Trowbridge,  Rachel Elton & Sarah Baker

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Matthew Stanton
Matthew StantonClinical Psychologist - Available at Merewether & Taree
Matthew Stanton is a registered clinical psychologist with over 18 years experience. Matthew has gained his experience in private and public settings, including community specialist teams and within adult and adolescent intensive psychiatry hospital units. Matthew is skilled in psychological assessment and treatment of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosis, adjustment disorder, and pain syndromes. Matthew is registered with Medicare, major health funds and Matthew is very active in both developing himself professionally and in developing other psychologists professionally. He has been a group facilitator for The Black Dog Institute training psychologists, building awareness of mental illness in the workplace and particularly likes educating corporate groups about various aspects of emotional wellbeing, resilience building and mental health management. Matthew loves to ‘innovate and build’ services to meet the individual needs of client organisations and has demonstrated this by successfully designing and account managing Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) nationally. Matthew has a passion for organisational culture assessments, coaching employee teams from languishing and creating flourishing organisations. Matthew enjoys building innovative psychological services with Human Resource and other health partners.
Lynn Jenkins
Lynn JenkinsClinical Psychologist - Available at Merewether (children ages 3-12 years ONLY)
Lynn Jenkins is a registered clinical psychologist. She has been working in private practice for over 13 years during which time she has provided therapy to assist people with a wide variety of psychological and emotional difficulties. She typically treats anxiety, depression, grief, difficulties associated with sexual abuse and relationships. Lynn has a particular passion for early intervention. She loves to educate and assist new parents with the social/emotional aspects of the parent-child relationship, anxiety and depression during and post-pregnancy, as well as assisting children to mange their worries and anxiety. Lynn is very active in developing herself professionally in many areas of practise. She is registered with Medicare and major health funds. Her preferred treatment approaches include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Hypnosis. Lynn wears some other hats. She is a trained Kids and Family Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness teacher. Lynn offers groups in both Kids’ Yoga and Mindfulness. She is also an author and has had three books published – Best Start – which examines how early emotional foundations are established and how to provide the Best Start for your child; School Start – essential reading for any parent wanting to help their child develop the emotional skills necessary for school success; and Lessons of a Lac – a picture book that is really a resource tool, that teaches children a useful way to think about and manage their worries and anxieties, Brave which is the book following from Lessons of a Lac Brave teaches children how to find their inner brave, and her latest book Ollies Treasure that teaches children about mindfulness and happiness. Lynn together with illustrator, Kirrili Lonergan, visit schools to educate kids about anxiety and how to manage it. Lynn is a very passionate, empathic and engaging therapist.
Seeing children ages 3-12 years ONLY.
Elizabeth Walsh
Elizabeth WalshRegistered Psychologist - Available at Merewether
Elizabeth (Libby) is a registered psychologist with several years experience in the private sectors. Libby also has research published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. She is currently completing her clinical psychology masters and has gained experience in child and adolescent and community mental health settings. Libby’s work with children includes group and one on one work and common clinical issues such as social anxiety, attachment disorders and behavioural issues. Libby also has extensive knowledge and experience working with adults who have work related psychological issues. Specifically her work has included issues such as post-traumatic stress suffered from emergency service work, general stress and work anxiety issues, bullying and harassment and workplace mediation. Libby is skilled in cognitive assessments on both adults and children and has experience in the assessment and diagnosis of common clinical disorders such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Libby enjoys working with all ages and a range of clinical disorders and has a preference for working with CBT, ACT, narrative therapy and motivational interviewing.
Jay Richards
Jay RichardsRegistered Psychologist - Available at Merewether, Maitland, Dungog & Forster
Jay is a registered psychologist who has several years of experience working with adults, children, adolescents and groups. Jay specialises in the assessment and treatment of mood, anxiety, substance use and personality disorders and assists clients to manage their emotions, develop effective coping strategies and live a more rewarding and meaningful life. He applies a number of evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused approaches. He works with the client to develop tailored goals and management strategies which work for them. Prior to joining the Life Matters team Jay trained and worked as a psychologist in a number of settings including community mental health centres, mental health facilities, hospitals and correctional facilities. He also has a number of years of experience working as a university tutor and lecturer. Jay completed his clinical training and PhD (Clinical Psychology) at the University of Newcastle. His research focus was developing an understanding of what motivates individuals to engage in healthy behaviours and what motivates them not to do this. He regularly attends professional development workshops to further develop his skills and become aware of new developments in psychological assessment and intervention. Jay is dedicated to developing collaborative therapeutic relationships grounded in mutual trust and respect. He aims to empower individuals such that they are able to manage problems in their lives independently and effectively.
James Kneller
James KnellerRegistered Psychologist - Available at Merewether, Gloucester, Forster & Maitland
James is a registered psychologist with experience providing targeted services to adults, adolescents and children in a variety of settings. He has an extensive history working in government and private workplaces including social services and occupational rehabilitation along with private practice. By utilising a number of evidence based therapy models including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI) and solution focused strategies he tailors services to each individual client. He commonly works with issues such as depression, anxiety (across various settings), stress, relationship and communication problems, self-esteem, adjustment disorders, grief and health related issues such as substance use and motivation for lifestyle changes. He has a passion for, and expertise in, performance psychology and helping clients achieve their best which he brings to sessions through assisting clients to live a life that is more fulfilling and aligned with their goals and values. As a lifelong asker of the question “why?” he works with clients to understand their situation and then to develop innovative, effective and achievable solutions. He has a strong belief in the therapeutic relationship’s ability to facilitate change, and as such provides an evironment that is safe, supportive and comfortable for clients to achieve desired outcomes.
Alison Trowbridge
Alison TrowbridgeRegistered Psychologist - Available at Maitland & Dungog
Alison is a registered psychologist with over 10 years experience working with adolescents, children, adults and families. While Alison has experience working with all age groups, she specialises in the assessment and treatment of adolescents and young people with a wide range of issues, including problematic behaviour, addictions, issues with emotional regulation, trauma, depression, anxiety, intellectual disabilities and personality disorders. She also has experience providing short term family sessions and parenting support. Alison has worked in residential programs and community health centres. The treatment approaches she uses include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. Alison is passionate about supporting people to make the changes they want to improve their lives.
Rachel Elton
Rachel EltonRegistered Psychologist - Available at Merewether & Maitland
Rachel is a registered psychologist with four years experience in working with children and their families. She has a special interest in helping children and young people with intellectual disabilities, autism, anxiety and behavioural presentations. She uses a client centred approach with a variety of therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Interventions. She has a passion for making therapy interesting and interactive for children, making sessions creative and playful. Therapy also involves working with the significant people in the child’s life such as parents, siblings or carers.
Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker Registered Psychologist - Available at Merewether
Sarah is a Registered Psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in private practice. Sarah can provide targeted intervention for a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, grief and loss, emotion regulation and social skills building. Her main therapy modalities include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT), Art Therapy and Mindfulness. She has experience in helping clients navigate Social Media and their Cybersafety to support mental wellbeing. Sarah also has a keen interest and practical experience in comprehensive psychological assessment and vocational assessment which includes career counselling to support clients entering the workforce or who are experiencing career transition. Sarah is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals using a strengths based approach that is supported by a strong therapeutic alliance. Sarah is a registered Medicare Provider and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Meredith Long
Meredith Long Registered Psychologist - ON MATERNITY LEAVE
Meredith is a psychologist with experience in providing targeted services to adults, adolescents and children in a variety of settings. Meredith has worked with individuals of all ages in government and private workplaces including occupational rehabilitation, youth homelessness and therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Meredith uses a number of evidence based therapy models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Ego State Therapy. Meredith specialises in the assessment and treatment of mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Meredith can help individuals adjust to a crisis or stressful event, improve communication skills, increase self-esteem, cope with challenges and improve problem solving. Meredith has a passion for Positive Psychology and helping individuals to flourish by aligning with their goals and values.
Duska Tadic
Duska Tadic **CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE** Returning May 2020. Registered Psychologist - Available at Merewether
Dusanka (Duska) is a registered psychologist who has several years experience providing psychological intervention to children and families, adults and older adults. She specialises in the assessment and treatment of generalized anxiety, panic disorder and phobias, depression/mood disorders, adjustment disorders and borderline personality disorder. She has an interest in helping people to manage stress, enhance self-esteem and learn to regulate their emotions. Dusanka has trained and worked in a variety of settings including public health, private hospitals, schools and universities. She uses a number of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
In addition to providing individual therapy, Dusanka also has extensive experience running psychological therapy and education groups. She completed her PhD in 2014 at Macquarie University, investigating how the ability to regulate emotions, process information and select coping strategies influences mental health in younger and older adults. Dusanka is dedicated to using a client-centred approach, striving to maintain a strong and collaborative therapeutic relationship and empower her clients to become experts in managing and overcoming their difficulties. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), and the Anxiety Practitioners Network (APN).