With a warm and dedicated team at our helm, we are committed to quality in all that we do. Meet our psychologists and read about their specialties below. Bookings can be made over the phone via email or through our online booking form. If you would like assistance selecting a psychologist, please call our admin team on 4965 3530.

Our Psychologists

Matthew Stanton
Matthew StantonClinical Psychologist (BOOKS CLOSED)
Matthew is a registered clinical psychologist with over 18 years of 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 active in developing himself professionally and in mentoring his team to help them discover their own professional capabilities. He has been a group facilitator for The Black Dog Institute training psychologists and building awareness of mental illness in the workplace. He particularly likes educating corporate groups around 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.

SPECIALTIES: Adults, children, adolescents, anxiety, adjustment disorder, anger management, depression, CBT, chronic illness, bipolar, domestic violence, grief and loss, group therapy, meditation, pain syndromes, panic disorder, parenting, phobias, sleep disorders, stress, trauma, work cover registered, workplace counselling.

Lynn Jenkins
Lynn JenkinsClinical Psychologist and Hypnotherapist | Children 3-12 years only
Lynn is a Clinical Psychologist. She has worked in private practice for over 13 years and has provided therapy to people with a variety of psychological and emotional difficulties. Lynn is a passionate, empathic and engaging therapist who specialises in working with children (aged 3-12 years).

Lynn typically treats anxiety, depression, grief, difficulties associated with sexual abuse and relationships. Lynn has a particular passion for early intervention. Her preferred treatment approaches include: CBT, ACT, Mindfulness and Hypnosis.

Lynn wears many hats. She is also a trained Hypnotherapist and is a trained Kids and Family Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness teacher, offering groups classes in her wellness centre, The Meditation Space. She is also a published author. Her books include Best Start, examining early emotional foundations of a child and how to provide the best start for a child, School Start, essential reading for any parent wanting to help their child develop the emotional skills necessary for school success, Lessons of a Lac, a resource picture book, teaching children a useful way to think about and manage their worries and anxieties, Brave, teaching children how to find their inner brave, and her latest book, Ollies Treasure, teaching children about mindfulness and happiness. Lynn together with illustrator, Kirrili Lonergan, visits schools to educate kids about anxiety and how to manage it.

Lynn 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 manage their worries and anxiety.

SPECIALTIES: Adults, children, anxiety, adjustment disorder, CBT, depression, grief and loss, group therapy, panic disorder, parenting, sexual abuse, stress, work cover registered, workplace counselling, hypnotherapy

Jay Richards
Jay RichardsClinical Psychologist
Jay is a Clinical Psychologist with several years of experience working with adults, adolescents and groups. Jay specialises in the assessment and treatment of mood, anxiety, substance use, trauma and personality disorders. He assists clients to manage their emotions, develop effective coping strategies and live a more rewarding and meaningful life.

Jay applies a number of evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Solution-Focused approaches. He works with clients to develop tailored goals and management strategies which work for them.

Jay has 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 years of experience working as a university tutor and lecturer. Jay completed his clinical training and PhD (Clinical Psychology) at UON. 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 can manage problems in their lives independently and effectively.

SPECIALTIES: Adults, adolescents, ACT, adjustment disorder, anger management, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, CBT, chronic illness, depression, drug alcohol and gambling, EDMR, grief and loss, group therapy, OCD, pain syndromes, panic disorder, phobias, sexual abuse, sleep disorders, stress, substance abuse

Elizabeth Walsh
Elizabeth WalshClinical and Couples Psychologist (Books Closed for Individuals)
Elizabeth (Libby) is a Clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with adults who have work related psychological issues. 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 trained in Gottman Couples Therapy and works with couples on relationship issues and crisis management, as well as working with couples on enriching relationships through various methods.

She is also skilled in family therapy working with young children and adolescents. Her work with children includes group and one on one work and common clinical issues such as social anxiety, attachment disorders and behavioural issues.

Libby is skilled in cognitive assessments and has experience in the assessment and diagnosis of common clinical disorders such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders. She has research published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Libby commenced her work in 2008 in counselling psychology and finished her Masters of Clinical Psychology in 2015 (research focus, internet and gaming addiction).

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.

SPECIALTIES: Adults, children, adolescents, couples, anxiety, ACT, adjustment disorder, anger management, borderline personality disorder, CBT, chronic illness, bipolar, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, grief and loss, group therapy, meditation, OCD, pain syndromes, panic disorder, parenting, phobias, sleep disorders, stress, substance abuse, trauma, work cover registered, workplace counselling.

Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker Registered Psychologist
Sarah is a Registered Psychologist who has worked in the Private Practice setting for over 4 years. She has experience working with all ages, including children (4 years+), adolescents and adults.

Sarah can provide targeted intervention for a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, grief and loss, mood dysregulation, adjustment difficulties, workplace issues, 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. Sarah works with her clients to find the best approach that will suit their individual needs, integrating her knowledge and experience to support the client to reach their desired outcomes. Sarah will soon be training in Trauma and PTSD related therapies to expand her understanding and work in these areas.

Sarah is trained and experienced in administering comprehensive psychological assessment including diagnosing intellectual difficulties, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder and behavioral difficulties. Sarah’s understanding of these areas also informs her practice during therapy and supporting clients to navigate these issues.

Sarah successfully completed her Bachelor of Psychology locally at the University of Newcastle, graduating with Honors. She went on to complete her registration program whilst working in Private Practice and is looking to pursue a Clinical Masters Program in the future to further progress her skills and training.

Sarah has experience in workplace counselling and vocational assessment which includes career counselling to further support clients entering the workforce or who are experiencing career transition. She has also worked with clients to navigate safe use of social media, which can be a helpful addition to therapy for teens and young people struggling to navigate the tech world! Sarah has also worked on developing CyberSafety tips and tricks that she can share with you and your family as required.

Sarah aims to support her clients navigate through any mental health or life challenges they may be experiencing by fostering a strong therapeutic alliance. She is passionate about helping people find their strengths and live rich and meaningful lives.

SPECIALTIES: Adults, adolescents, children, anxiety, ACT, adjustment disorder, ADHD, ASD, anger management, CBT, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, Mindfulness, OCD, panic disorder, parenting, phobias, Schema Therapy, sleep disorders, stress management, work cover registered, workplace counselling.

Karren Robertson
Karren RobertsonRegistered Psychologist
Karren is a registered psychologist with three years of clinical experience. Her training includes working with adults with complex mental health conditions (such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders), and working in public mental health settings with children, adolescents and adults experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions (including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sleep issues, grief, and trauma).

Karren’s preferred approaches involve evidence-based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. Much of Karren’s work has involved a CBT trauma-focused framework. Her work in this area includes: cognitive assessments; helping young people and their parents/carers understand the developmental impact of trauma from an attachment lens; developing skills to manage social, emotional and behavioural regulation (individuals), and in group-settings through the Tuning into Kids program (parents/carers); and parenting skills training.

Karren has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Master of Clinical Psychology (Vice Chancellor’s Scholar Award recipient). She is currently completing the Clinical Psychology Registrar program.

Karren is particularly passionate about the need to reduce youth suicide and has completed research in this area culminating in two theses (one aimed at understanding suicide protective factors, and one investigating implementation of a school-based mental health program for youth).

Karren is passionate about helping young people achieve their full potential. She is also strongly committed to continuing her own professional development in order to help clients achieve their goals.

SPECIALTIES: Adults, children, adolescents, ADHD/ADD (Kids), Anger Management (kids) adjustment disorder, Bipolar, CBT, chronic illness, Conduct Disorder, depression, grief and loss, group therapy, panic disorder, phobias, sleep disorders, stress, trauma.

Duska Tadic
Duska TadicClinical Psychologist
Duska is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience. She is skilled in the assessment and treatment of a number of mental health presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment disorders, sleep disorders, trauma, relationship and parenting difficulties. She also has a deep interest in investigating how people differ in the way they perceive information, experience emotions and regulate their moods and emotions – the topic of her research PhD

Duska works with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and groups. Her extensive knowledge of anxiety disorders has stemmed from training and teaching roles at Macquarie University (MU) where she was involved in the research and delivery of world-renowned anxiety programs. These included the Cool Kids Program for children and parents, Anxiety Programs for older adults and Social Phobia programs.

Duska works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach. She also has a keen interest in Schema Therapy, with a passion for digging deeper and helping people understand how their life experiences have helped shaped their core beliefs/schemas/mental maps, which influence their experience of the world.

Duska completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Newcastle and her Clinical PhD/Masters at MU. She has primarily worked in private practice but also has experience working in community settings, inpatient and outpatient hospital units, schools and universities.

From 2018-2020 Duska lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur which expanded her knowledge and experience of working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Being of an ethnic background herself, Duska’s passion is for people of all cultures and backgrounds to have access to quality evidence-based treatment.

Duska has a passion for working collaboratively with clients, whom she believes, are experts of their own life. Her aim is to help her clients increase self-awareness and self-compassion, and learn practical skills to create emotionally rich and meaningful lives.

SPECIALTIES: Adults, children, adolescents, older adults/aging, couples, groups, anxiety, adjustment disorders, anger management, bipolar disorder, bipolar personality disorder, depression, drug, alcohol, gambling, OCD, panic disorder, parenting, phobias, sleep disorders, stress, social phobia, ACT, CBT, Schema therapy

Mitchell Pinchbeck
Mitchell PinchbeckRegistered Psychologist
Mitchell is a Registered Psychologist with over 10 years of combined practice and study in the field of psychology throughout public, private and government sectors.

Mitchell is skilled in administering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness and Solution Focused interventions; and typically treats children and adolescents with developmental disorders, anxiety and depression as well as adults who experience anxiety (Generalised, Social, Panic and Obsessive Compulsive), mood disorders (Major Depression), trauma, relationship breakdowns, grief and loss and drug and alcohol abuse.

Although Mitchell typically treats adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma or have anxiety related disorders, he has an interest in child development. His interest lies in working with children as young as six with developmental disorders in effort to assist them in managing their social anxieties and mood regulation.

Mitchell also has extensive experience in Occupational Psychology including working with current and ex-servicemen and women of the Australian Defence Force, elite athletes and individuals within the workplace compensation scheme.

Mitchell is dedicated in assisting his clients to resolve or better manage their mental health conditions through a collaborative approach and developing a strong therapeutic relationship.

Mitchell completed his two Graduate Diplomas at The University of Newcastle and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. He completed his Bachelor degree in the United States. Mitchell is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Specialties: Children, Adolescents and Adults – Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (Generalised, Social, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive), Developmental Disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder), Mood Disorders (Major Depression and Grievance), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorder (Alcohol and Drug), and Sleep Disorder.

Gabbi Gribbin
Gabbi GribbinRegistered Psychologist
Gabrielle is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Registrar with over five years of experience. She has experience both in the private and public setting working with people across the lifespan from preschool aged kids to older adults. Gabrielle has a particular passion for working with young people and their families and has experience with a range of presentations including ASD, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Specific Phobias.

Gabrielle has a warm and genuine approach to her therapeutic work. Central to her practice is working collaboratively with people to make long lasting changes and help them feel empowered to continue working independently outside the therapy room.

Gabrielle believes that each person she meets is unique and tailors her therapeutic approach accordingly to meet individual circumstances and needs. Her preferred therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Gabrielle’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Master of Clinical Psychology (with Distinction). Her Honours and Masters Theses investigated maternal negative thoughts and their relationship to psychological distress. She has over five years of experience working as a researcher with the University of Newcastle, Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research, and NSW Health. Projects were family-focused, and topics included experiences of motherhood, support for new fathers, children with chromosomal deletion syndromes, smoking cessation during pregnancy, and healthy eating in pre-schoolers.

Gabrielle is trained to administer psychometric tests of intelligence, academic achievement, and adaptive behaviour. These tests assist in the assessment and diagnosis of Intellectual Disability, Learning Disorders, ADHD, and ASD. Gabrielle is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a registered Medicare Provider.

Alison Sykiotis
Alison SykiotisRegistered Psychologist
Alison is a Registered Psychologist with close to 4 years of Clinical experience. She works with people across the lifespan from school aged kids to older adults. Her particular interest and skill lie in working with adults and young people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, sleep issues, stress, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues and adjustment difficulties. Her work experience spans both the Government and NGO sectors in primary care, disability and injury management.

Alison is committed to providing effective, evidence based, practical and realistic interventions for a broad range of clinical presentations. She works in a range of modalities including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Approaches, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Alison is client focused and flexible in her approach, she enjoys identifying and working towards meaningful goals with clients in order for them to feel empowered and fulfilled.

Alison is committed to reflective practice and ongoing professional development, continuously striving to expand her skills and competencies in delivering therapeutic support and treatment to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals.

Alison completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of New England and her Master of Professional Psychology from MQ. She is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Specialties: adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, stress management, sleep issues, relationship difficulties, trauma, substance use disorders, solution focused therapy.

Rachel Elton
Rachel EltonRegistered Psychologist (On Maternity Leave)
Rachel is a Registered Psychologist with over five years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both private practices and charities.

Rachel has a special interest in helping children and young people with intellectual disabilities, autism, anxiety and behavioural presentations. She has a passion for making therapy interesting and interactive for children, by making sessions creative and playful. Her approach to therapy also involves working with the significant people in the child’s life such as parents, siblings or carers.

When working with adolescents and adults, Rachel uses a client-centred approach and aims to work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals. Her modalities include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Positive Behaviour Support and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Rachel is a registered Medicare Provider and Member of the Australia Association of Psychologists Inc.

SPECIALTIES: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Adults, Adolescents, Children, ACT, adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression, Solution focus, Positive Behaviour Support, grief and loss, stress, workplace counselling.

Our Support Staff

Kerrie
KerrieAdministration Manager
Kerrie is the leading lady in efficiency, client relations and administrative process. She’s the office go-to, the kind voice at the end of the phone and the welcoming face you meet when you visit Life Matters.