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Our History

Northside Psychology was established in November 2007. Since this time, the company has grown to accommodate a team of Psychologists and administrative staff.

Our Values

Client Centered

We work in a client centered way. We focus on our clients’ needs. We listen to our clients and help them attain the best results for their lives.


  • We enable our clients to make informed choices in the therapeutic process;
  • We strive to work for your best interests;
  • We conduct ourselves with integrity;
  • As members of the Australian Psychological Society, we maintain a professional and ethical standard of service that is understanding, non-judgmental and confidential, as set out in the Society’s Code of Ethics.


  • To aid our clients in improving their quality of life;
  • Provide a highly professional and caring environment;
  • We seek to continually improve the effectiveness of our service.


  • Confidentiality is of paramount importance at Northside Psychology.
  • We adhere to a professional Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct in all matters, including confidentiality;
  • Treatment and assessment records are kept secure.

Our People

Holly Kirwan BSc (Psych) MEd (Couns) MAPS MIACN

Holly Kirwan

Please note: Holly is available for new clients via Telehealth (video sessions). The video sessions may attract a Medicare rebate for clients with a Mental Health Treatment Plan who are in a rural and remote locations.

I established Northside Psychology on returning to Canberra after living overseas for many years. I am particularly interested in trauma, and love working with anxiety issues. I am fascinated by neuro-plasticity research and am weaving this into my therapeutic work as a way of helping clients understand their reactions and troubling experiences, and creating momentum to change.

In addition to private practice, I have worked in a variety of fields including with asylum seekers and Torture and Trauma Survivors, seriously emotionally disturbed children, Vocational Rehabilitation, Workers’ Compensation and Compulsory Third Party accidents, and Employee Assistance Programs. I wrote my Master’s thesis on how clinicians use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I work with adults and couples, and am a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor.

I have a solution focus and draw upon a number of therapies. However I predominantly use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neuropsychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness. I feel very passionate about my work and love what I do.

• Trauma
• Anxiety
• Panic
• Phobias
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Social Anxiety
• Depression
• Life transitions
• Stress Management
• Perinatal and Postpartum Anxiety and Depression
• Couples Therapy

• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Neuropsychotherapy
• Solution Focused Brief Therapy
• Mindfulness
• Gottman Informed Couples Therapy

Jo England BA (Psych) MEd Psych, MAPS

Holly Kirwan

Please note: Jo is only available for phone and video sessions. The video sessions may attract a Medicare rebate for clients with a Mental Health Treatment Plan who are in a rural and remote locations.

Jo has been in private practice for 18 years. She uses a gentle approach to help people through difficult times. Jo has worked with primary care referrals for mental health since beginning her psychological practice.

Jo has a variety of therapies which uncover and resolve trauma and support new ways to build a meaningful future. These therapies are Interpersonal Psychotherapy (I.P.T), Biofeedback and E.M.D.R, and short term (16 sessions) evidence based psychodynamic therapy for depression and anxiety.

As well as a psychology training and registration, Jo has had an additional 3 year training and supervision in Psychotherapy – The Conversational Model.

Jo is an attachment therapist focussing on the underlying patterns in relationships which create low self-esteem and low mood. When these repetitive patterns in relationships are understood new patterns can emerge and symptoms of anxiety and depression lift. Becoming free of past attachment trauma is the focus of Jo’s work

• Adult survivors of sexual abuse
• Anxiety & phobias
• Cancer support (clients and carers)
• Chronic disease management
• Depression
• Eating disorders
• Grief & loss
• Life transition & adjustment issues
• Mental illness
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Pain management
• Panic Disorder
• Parenting
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Post-natal depression
• Relationships
• Relaxation
• Self-esteem & self development
• Terminal illness
• Weight management

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
• Interpersonal Therapy
• Narrative
• Psychoanalysis
• Psychodynamic
• Biofeedback

Susan Pelengaris BSc Psych (Hons), MSc (Couns Psych), Post MSc (Couns & Psych)

Susan Pelangaris

Having trained in Psychology in London, gaining three science degrees in the field of organisational and counselling psychology, I have vast experience working in the field of “workplace harassment and bullying issues”, creating mental health and well-being issues for those on the receiving end of it. I have wide experience of both the APS and Private industry sector and can support with practical skills and strategies for what can be a highly traumatic experience.

I also have a background in couple counselling using Systemic Family Dynamic principles and Gottman (USA) research and strategies.

I use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for Anxiety Disorders and Depression and more recently have been using Eye Movement (EMDR) for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma (PTSD) and Addictions. This is a quick and efficient form of psychotherapy.

I like to work on the basis of empowering clients and often employ a “coaching” model, working as a team with an individual or family member and their GP, Physio, Rehabilitation Provider etc.

I have been working as a Psychologist since 1995, and joined Northside Psychology in 2011.

• Workplace bullying and harassment
• Relationship issues/couple counselling
• Anger management
• Pain management
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Child behavioural issues
• Life transitions

• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Solution Focused Brief Therapy
• Family/Systemic Therapy
• Mindfulness
• Positive Psychology

Stephanie Gold BApp Psych, Grad Dip App Psych, Assoc MAPS

My aim is to assist clients in living a rich meaningful life by building skills and resources to cope with what life throws our way. I have experience in assisting clients in a range of situations particularly those encountering difficulties associated with work due to physical injuries or symptoms associated with stress, anxiety and depression. I have experience with vocational and career counselling. I am able to assist people with identifying suitable vocational goals and work that would match their skills, experience and personality.

My area of expertise is working with psychological disorders within the workplace rehabilitation setting. I understand the system and how to achieve the best results for clients within the complexity of workers compensation. I have a good understanding of federal and state government departments in addition to private sector.

I have extensive experience working with a range of adults across a number of different settings in both the private and public sector. I have worked with a wide range of mental health issues including trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, grief, pain disorders, sleep disorders and physical disabilities.

In my work with clients I utilise a number of psychotherapeutic techniques and therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, relaxation, psycho-education and relapse prevention.

Dr Gillian Malins BA (Hons) PhD (Psych)

I have worked in the field of psychology for over fifteen years, and have been a registered Psychologist since 2006.

I have been working with Positive Psychological approaches for the past decade, and am excited to bring Positive Psychology to my work with clients. Using evidence-based positive psychological practices I help clients enhance well-being and resilience.

Whatever treatment plan we tailor, I firmly believe it is within a supportive relationship that people find the clarity, courage and the path to pursue their values and a more fulfilling life. My job as a Psychologist is to be a collaborator and supporter, to assist you to make sense of life and the things happening for you, and help create a space in which you can develop the meanings and alternatives you need to flourish in life.

I work with adolescents through to older adults experiencing anxiety and depression, grief and loss, with relationship issues and tackling life transitions and illness. I can also help people needing support to manage stress, parenting, and to develop confidence and self-esteem.

I use a range of approaches that I have gathered throughout my career, including Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Personal Construct Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, relaxation and mindfulness. My approach is holistic and centred on your needs.

My background is counselling in crisis and women’s health settings, developing and presenting workplace training to support self-care and client relationships. I have worked in collaborative recovery with people experiencing mental illness, and have worked closely with people to understand their experiences of using mental health services in NSW and to support their perspective being an influence on service change and policy development. My experiences have all involved working to support people’s empowerment and build on strengths to affect changes – either in their own lives, or in the services they work within or use.

Hilary Sargeant MClinPsych, BAppPsych (Hons) MAPS

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

Sometimes people faced with major stressors, life changes or other challenges can become weighed down by the demands of the situation. Their usual ways of coping with difficulties don’t seem to work anymore or may not be enough to get them through—or sometimes people just forget what it was that helped them successfully navigate major problems in the past. Helping people with managing transitions, increasing coping skills, and providing support through difficult times, are what I am passionate about.

I have worked for Northside Psychology since February 2016 after relocating from Queensland with my young family. I have practiced as a psychologist since 2003 (with some time away to develop a different range of skills as a stay-at-home mum!). I am an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. I worked as a clinical psychologist with the Cancer Council Queensland for over 10 years, and remain dedicated to helping people in coping with and recovering from cancer. I have a wealth of experience in helping people facing health challenges and have experience in working through many different issues, from adjusting to illness, to depression, anxiety and trauma, from relationship difficulties, to end-of-life issues, existential issues, and grief and loss. In addition to helping people adjust to and cope with health problems, I am also interested in assisting with other health challenges such as weight management.

I have a particular interest in women’s health issues, from psychological wellbeing during the perinatal period (including post-natal depression and adjustment), to other difficulties such as infertility and sexual difficulties including pain. As part of my Master’s degree I completed a research project looking at the impact of vulval pain on quality of life and psychosocial wellbeing.

I enjoy helping people find their own unique ways of coping, even in the face of very difficult circumstances. I work with adults and am happy to work with couples. I draw largely from a cognitive behavioural perspective (helping people find new ways of managing thoughts, feelings and/or behaviours) but also use a range of other tools (such as mindfulness-based techniques) to help clients discover what coping strategies will work best for them. I often ask people whether what they have been doing to try and cope with or work through a situation has been working for them—and if it has not, might it not be time to try something new?

Dr. Beth Inglis BPsych (Hons), DPsych (Clin), MAPS

I enjoy working with adults of all ages, backgrounds and personalities. My aim is to provide a safe and supportive space where you feel comfortable to work through your current difficulties. My approach is gentle, respectful and non-judgemental. Treatment is individually tailored for each unique personality and focused on the goals that are important to you.

Through our sessions I will help you increase your understanding of your current issues and their origins, and help you develop more effective coping strategies. Treatment is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Neuropsychotherapy and Schema Therapy principles and techniques.

My areas of interest include:
• Stress and Adjustment Disorders
• Anxiety Disorders including Social Anxiety and PTSD
• Mood Disorders including Depression
• Self-esteem, body-image and confidence issues
• Complex trauma and Personality Disorders
• Chronic health problems including pain management and addiction
• Adult Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability

My background:
I have over nine years experience working in a variety of public and private settings. I completed my Clinical Doctorate at Monash University and my research was in the area of Autism and emotion recognition. After completing my Postgraduate studies I worked in a Community Psychiatry Team with adults with severe mental health issues. More recently I have been working in Private Practice and furthering my training in trauma-focused interventions and neuropsychotherapy for anxiety treatment. I am also an endorsed Clinical Psychology supervisor with the Psychology Board.

Jolene Cravino BSocSc, GradDip SocSc (Forensic), MSocSc (Criminology)

I have worked as a Registered Psychologist since 2003 and am an Associate Member with the Australian Psychological Society. I am a Board Approved Supervisor and have had the opportunity to foster growth and development in various clinicians in a respectful and supportive manner which I enjoy. Whilst my studies and career have focused on Forensic Psychology including working with offenders and victims, inpatient correctional support, risk assessment and court involvement, I have also worked across a variety of settings including Community Mental Health, Crisis Support and Risk Assessment, Employee Assistance and Private Practice.

I also have a background in work-related issues including difficulties with managers / supervisors, intercollegiate relationships, change management process, bullying/harassment, return to work, as well as managing conflict in the workplace. I endeavour to work proactively with clients to provide them with the tools to re-engage with their workplace and to maintain their emotional well-being in their professional lives.

We all struggle at times with life circumstances, and we all have the natural capabilities to make positive changes. My role is to assist my clients along their journey to discover or reconnect with these strengths and resources. I have experience working with clients in a range of situations with a focus on empowering clients to enhance their natural coping strategies increasing their well-being and resilience. As a Psychologist I acknowledge that the therapeutic relationship can be one where sensitive, difficult topics are raised and I strive to create a comfortable, supportive, non-judgemental environment for us to work through these. The therapeutic journey with my clients is collaborative and empowering as we navigate stress and difficult life circumstances, grief and loss, anxiety and trauma, depression, relationship difficulties, parenting and family challenges, health problems and other psychological needs.

My approach is client centred and personal, as I utilise a number of techniques listed below. I understand it is crucial to tailor interventions for clients as we strive towards better management of their health and psychological well-being.

• Trauma
• Workplace issues
• Forensics
• Victims of Crime

• Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
• Mindfulness
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Solution Focused Therapy
• Motivational Interviewing
• Interpersonal Therapy
• Psycho-Education
• Relapse Prevention

Ruby Clarke BSc Psych (Hons), MClinPsych

I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults with varied mental health presentations. I provide therapy from an evidence-based perspective and collaborate with my clients to work towards clear goals. I am a warm, person centred psychologist and believe therapy should be a supportive, safe and non-judgemental space.

I am interested in working with people of all ages who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-confidence and self-esteem, phobias, those who need assistance coping with stress and adjusting to major life changes, and those managing chronic pain and other health conditions. I also have an interest in child and adolescent emotional and behavioural disturbances and working with parents to manage this.

• Anxiety, panic and phobias
• Depression
• Self-esteem and confidence
• Stress management
• Child and adolescent behavioural issues

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Mindfulness and relaxation
• Socratic Questioning
• Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

Myndie Bungbrakearti BPsych (Hons), MClinPsych

I have experience working with children, adults and older adults with varied mental health presentations and have had experience facilitating a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group. I provide evidence-based interventions and aim to work with clients collaboratively in a supportive and non-judgemental environment. Treatment is individually tailored to each client depending on their goals and strengths.

I am interested in working with people experiencing a range of anxiety presentations such as phobias, social and generalised anxiety. I have a particular interest in working with perinatal women who are experiencing difficulties with attachment and also have an interest in working with trauma.

• Anxiety
• Phobias
• Social Anxiety
• Parents experiencing difficulties with attachment
• Perinatal and Postpartum anxiety and depression
• Trauma

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Therapy that is trauma informed
• Circles of Security (COS)
• Mindfulness and Relaxation

Jane Primrose B Applied Psych (Hons)

Psychology has fascinated me since I first took a class as a teenager. I now have 15 years of experience working as a psychologist, and am always looking for more opportunities to learn. I have spent the last 4 years working with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, mainly with adolescents. Before this I worked with children, adolescents and adults with a mental health problem and an intellectual disability and or autism. I have worked with clients experiencing suicidality and self harm and provided risk assessments in the community and hospital settings.

I have experience in working with people who experience general anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and bipolar disorder. Over the last couple of years I have developed a special interest in supporting people to cope with and process psychological trauma. I have seen how deeply trauma can change a persons view of the world and sense of self. To see this change as the trauma is processed is profoundly rewarding to me.

I use a variety of evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (including Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Solution Focussed and Brief therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (informed). I am flexible and like to tailor the approach to each individual.

I like working with people from a variety of backgrounds and am LGBTi friendly.

I am passionate about helping people identify what matters to them and managing what gets in the way. My approach is non judgmental and collaborative.

• Adolescents 12+
• Parents
• Young adults
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Trauma
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Emotional Dysregulation

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Trauma focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Solution Focused and Brief Therapy
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (informed)

Xuelian Chen B Psych (Hons) MClinPsych

Please note Xuelian speaks English and Mandarin.

I have always been fascinated by individual life stories and feel truly honoured to be able to facilitate my clients to write their next chapters. With my previous training in literature, philosophy and sociology and lived experience in different cultures and different societies, I strive to understand each individual in various layers of contexts and what makes each of them unique and beautiful.

I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, relationship difficulties, trauma background, low self worth, anger, stress, life stage transitions and parenting difficulties. My style is genuine, warm and open. My approach is evidence based while drawing on clients’ strengths, feedback and resources. I love being a facilitator to clients’ new discoveries and new stories! I also have a particular interest in working with clients who are linguistically and culturally diverse, gender diverse, children and young people.

• Anxiety disorders
• Depression
• Stress management
• Anger management
• Self-harm
• Relationship issues
• Parenting issues
• Loss of identity
• Low self worth
• Trauma background
• Sleep difficulties

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the DNA-V model (ACT for young people)
• Mindfulness based therapies
• Solution focused brief therapy
• Narrative therapy

Dr Isabelle Bauer B.S. (Psych), M.S. (Clin Psych), PhD (Neuroscience), Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroimaging and Cognition in Psychiatry

Please note that Isabelle is currently undertaking a three month transitional program for overseas trained psychologists. As such, she is currently a Provisional Psychologist in Australia. She speaks English, German, Italian and French.

I enjoy working with adults to help them navigate issues such as anxiety, depression, life challenges, pain and chronic illness. My objective is to help you identify your goals and motivations, then take steps towards making changes in your life. I am committed to creating a collaborative and empathetic environment so that you feel supported while we work together to achieve these goals. My therapeutic approach includes acceptance and mindfulness, while drawing from methodologies that are cognitive, motivational and commitment-oriented. I am also interested in cognitive assessment to aid therapy.

I have been involved in psychology (B.S., M.S.), neuroscience and nutrition (PhD) and psychiatry of bipolar disorder (post-doctorate) both as a provider of support services, educator, and clinical researcher. For my work, I have been very fortunate to have experienced a variety of cultural settings in Switzerland, Germany, Australia and the United States.

• Cognitive assessments
• Neuropsychological assessments
• Neuropsychology
• Dementia (clients and caregivers)
• Anxiety disorders
• Mood disorders (including bipolar disorder)
• Stress management
• Pain and chronic illness
• Coping and well-being later in life
• Burnout in caregivers
• Loss and grief

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Mindfulness based therapies

Aparna Sekhar BA Psych (Hons), MEd

Aparna is relocating from Canada and will be joining Northside Psychology on 25th June 2019. She will be undertaking a three month transitional program for overseas trained psychologists. As such, she will be a Provisional Psychologist in Australia during this period.

Details coming soon

Carol Arvanitis, Practice Manager

I was appointed to Practice Manager in late 2015. I work closely with the Director and psychology team to ensure that our clients are provided with the best possible care, in a professional and friendly environment. I am a Member of the Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) and have over 22 years’ experience in office administration having worked in healthcare, legal & other corporate work environments.

I am responsible for overseeing practice administration, financial matters, risk management and compliance as well as Work Health & Safety. I manage a team of 5 administration staff who not only excel at their job but share the same compassion for client care as myself. I share Northside Psychology’s vision and passion in ensuring we achieve and maintain best practice standards for the benefit of our clients and our team.