ABOUT US

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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.

Ethical

  • 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.

Commitment

  • 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

  • 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
Director and Principal Psychologist
BSc (Psych), MEd (Couns), MAPS

Holly Kirwan

Please note: Holly is available for new clients via Telehealth (video sessions) or in the Adelaide CBD. 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.

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

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


Susan Pelengaris
Senior Psychologist
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.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Workplace bullying and harassment
• Relationship issues/couple counselling
• Parenting Support
• Working with Parents on Child behavioural issues
• Anger management
• Pain management
• Depression
• Bi Polar Depression
• Dysthymia
• Trauma/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and complex PTSD
• Anxiety Disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Life transitions
• Post Natal Depression
• Loneliness
• Chronic illnesses and Adjustment Issues
• Functional Neurological Disorder
• Abuse Stress Management

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK/STRATEGIES
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Solution Focused Brief Therapy
• Family/Systemic Therapy
• Gottman Method Couples Counselling
• Mindfulness
• Positive Psychology
• Trauma Focused Therapy
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Coaching and Life Skills Frame work


Dr Karen Blandford
Clinical Psychologist
Doctor of Psychology, MA Critical Psych, Grad Dip Psycho-Oncology, Grad Dip Applied Psych, BBSc Psych, Diploma Applied Sc (Nursing), Grad Cert Oncological Nursing

Susan Pelangaris

Karen is not currently taking new clients.

I have been a psychologist since 2001, and a Clinical Psychologist since 2014. I have worked in a variety of areas including the public hospital system and community health, as well as in community mental health and the private practice setting. I have a background in providing clinical assessment and psychological interventions for a wide range of psychological and mental health conditions, for example depression, anxiety disorders, stress management, post traumatic stress disorder and other trauma related issues, grief and loss issues, relationship issues, post-natal depression, as well as clinical psychological assessments.

I also have a background in health psychology, specifically psycho-oncology, and my Doctoral research involved screening for psychological distress and morbidity in newly diagnosed cancer patients. I have worked with clients and their families in the oncology setting, palliative care setting, as well as in regards to the management of acute and chronic health conditions over the last two decades, both in my previous role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and subsequently as a psychologist.

In addition to this I have a background in work related issues, including management of conflict in the workplace, supporting clients through bullying and harassment situations, as well as working with clients through organizational change. I also have a background in occupational rehabilitation, return to work programs, fitness for work assessments, and psychometric assessment for employee selection.

I proactively and collaboratively work with my clients in tailoring a treatment plan that will meet their needs and their goals for therapy. At all times I work in a respectful, sensitive and non-judgmental manner with clients to ensure that their needs are met.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Depression and pre and post-natal depression
• Anxiety disorders
• Stress management
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related issues
• Grief and loss issues
• Clinical psychological assessments
• Psycho-oncology
• Acute and chronic illness
• Bipolar disorder
• Work related and occupational issues
• Worker’s Compensation and Insurance claims

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK/STRATEGIES
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
• Narrative Therapy
• Cognitive Processing Therapy
• Interpersonal Therapy
• Trauma focused therapy


Stephanie Gold
Senior Psychologist
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 interest 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. 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.

I draw upon a number of therapies. However I predominantly use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Trauma
• Anxiety
• Panic
• Social Anxiety
• Depression
• Life Transitions
• Stress Management
• Bullying and Harassment
• Personality Disorders
• Grief and Loss
• Pain and Chronic Illness
• Worker’s Compensation
• Compulsory Third Party accidents

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK/STRATEGIES
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Schema Therapy
• Solution Focused Brief Therapy
• Mindfulness


Dr Gillian Malins
Senior Psychologist
BA (Hons), PhD (Psych)

I have worked in the field of psychology for close to 20 years, and have been registered as a Psychologist since 2006. I joined Northside Psychology in 2015 after taking some time out of work to stay with my then young children.

I have been working with Positive Psychological approaches since early in my training, and love to bring Positive Psychology to my work with clients. Using evidence-based practices, I help clients enhance well-being and resilience.

I work with adults of all ages who are experiencing anxiety, depression and mood disorders, grief and loss, with relationship issues and in tackling life transitions and illness. I can also help people needing support to manage stress, parenting, and to develop confidence and self-esteem.

Whatever treatment plan we tailor, I firmly believe that 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 yourself, and the things happening in life, and help create a space in which you can develop the meanings and alternative approaches you need to flourish in life. My approach is holistic, centred on your needs.

In the past I have worked in crisis and women’s health settings, developing and presenting workplace training to support self-care and client relationships in various services. 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.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Anxiety and panic disorders
• Depression and mood disorders
• Trauma, and post traumatic growth
• Life transitions & adjustment issues
• Grief and Loss
• Stress
• Parenting support
• Mental Illness
• Acute and chronic illness
• Identity and meaning in life

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORKS/STRATEGIES
• Positive Psychological approaches
• Constructivist – particularly Personal Construct Psychology
• Neuropsychology
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Narrative approaches
• Cognitive Behavioural strategies


Hilary Sargeant
Clinical Psychologist
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?

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Women’s health issues including endometriosis, pelvic pain, painful sex, and infertility
• Coping in the perinatal period (pre- and post-natal anxiety, depression and adjustment)
• Managing menopause
• Cancer support – patient and/or carer
• Adjustment to illness
• Grief and loss
• Weight management (non-diet approach)
• Coping as a couple

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORKS/STRATEGIES
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Mindfulness-based therapies
• Psychoeducation
• Supportive Psychotherapy


Jane Primrose
Psychologist
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.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Adolescents 12+
• Parents
• Young adults
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Trauma
• LGBTi
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Emotional Dysregulation

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORKS/STRATEGIES
• 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
Psychologist
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.

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

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK/STRATEGIES
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the DNA-V model (ACT for young people)
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness based therapies
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
• Solution Focused Brief Therapy
• Narrative Therapy


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

Please note Isabelle 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.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• 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

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK/STRATEGIES
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Mindfulness based therapies


Sebastian Salicru
Psychologist
BAppSc (Psych), Post-Grad Dip Psyc, MSc, MMR

Please note Sebastian speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.

I am registered psychologist with over 25 years of professional experience in both clinical and corporate settings, including having worked with GPs in medical practices. My purpose is to assist my clients to: restore their mental health and well-being; deal with their real-time life challenges by building their self-esteem and self-confidence; and take responsibility for their lives.

My working style is caring, compassionate, educational, insightful, inspiring, and strengths focused. I’m also an astute and respectful challenger. I work with uncompromising commitment to client-centered service and ethical excellence. I make sound judgments in managing sensitive and confidential information.

I am passionate about empowering my clients to set ambitious goals, take positive action, change the status quo, achieve real outcomes and long-lasting results, enjoy intimate relationships, and live meaningful lives.

Having worked globally with people from multiple cultural backgrounds, I have the intercultural awareness, competence, and sensitivity required to work with clients from diverse cultures.

I also have extensive corporate experience working with senior and middle level executives from public, private and not-for-profit organisations covering a wide range of issues (e.g. career management and life transitions). I am Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF), with over 800 hours of professional coaching documented in my ICF coaching logbook; a graduate from the ‘Art & Practice of Leadership Development,’ Harvard Kennedy School; and a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Leadership Development and Executive Coaching
• Couples/Relationships and Family Therapy
• Men’s Issues and Contemporary Masculinity
• Assertive Communication and Emotional Intelligence
• Anger Management
• Internet Pornography Addiction
• Depression, Stress, Anxiety – including Social Anxiety
• Grief and Prolonged Grief Disorder
• Low Self-esteem
• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
• Alcohol and Other Drugs

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK/STRATEGIES
My work integrates a wide range of evidence-based methods and interventions that I use to suit my clients’ unique needs and contexts, including:
• Psychoeducation and Motivational Interviewing
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy
• Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
• Written Emotional Disclosure (WED)
• Logotherapy
• Social Skills Training (SST)
• Mindfulness approaches such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Positive Psychology, Strength-based approaches, and Psychological Capital
• Structural Family Therapy and The Gottman Method of Family Therapy


David Wakeling
Provisional Psychologist
BPsych, MBA, Assoc MAPS

Please note David is a Provisional Psychologist and session with him do not attract Medicare or Private Health Fund rebates.

I have come to psychological work later in life after long successful careers in both the Australian Defence Force and Commonwealth Public Service. Clients with either of these backgrounds may connect with insights and knowledge I have within these two working environments.

Male mental health and helping families thrive were major influencers for me to significantly change direction and move into the psychological profession. There are significant needs within our community in both these areas.

I completed the requirements for provisional registration in early 2019 and have since been working in local private psychological practice.

I enjoy working with clients across the lifespan but particularly love working with young children. My aim in working with you is to enable you to move forward from wherever you currently may be. My approach to therapy is collaborative and respectful. It’s important you feel both safe and understood to enable us to work through your problems. If I am working with your child, my approach will be fun, gentle and educational, while working in close partnership with those involved in your child’s care. If I am doing psychological assessments, my goal is to provide you with reports that contain results you can easily understand and include realistic, practical and implementable recommendations.

Through our sessions I will help you increase your insight and develop your skills to tackle your current issues. My training to date is based in using both Cognitive Behavioural and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy techniques and tools (including mindfulness). Approaches for children are adjusted for age appropriateness and may include aspects of play therapy and family- based interventions.
My specific areas of interest in applying psychological principles include:

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Child Psychological assessment and therapy
• Syndrome mix – Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Conduct Disorders
• OCD – particularly hoarding
• Adjustment – managing major life transitions
• Workplace bullying and stress

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK/STRATEGIES
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Alison Davies
Provisional Psychologist
B.Ed, BSc Psych (Hons), GradDipPsych, MCouns, Assoc MAPS

Please note Alison is a Provisional Psychologist and session with her do not attract Medicare or Private Health Fund rebates.

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars” – Martin Luther King Jr

It is in the challenging times where we find our strengths and add meaning to our story. Over my professional career to date, I have had the profound privilege of working with a diverse range of clients, each of whom had the courage to create meaning from challenge.

My background as an early childhood teacher allowed me to develop an understanding of the complexity and unique nature of family systems and their impact on individual capacities. My passion for psychology grew largely from the recognition that ones’ strengths and vulnerabilities are enhanced or limited by experiences and interactions and our ability to navigate through them. As a result, my therapeutic approach aligns very strongly with a Cognitive Behavioural technique, interwoven with Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and other evidence-based treatments.

Having worked as a volunteer with Lifeline, a Counsellor with Red Nose, a rehabilitation Counsellor and most recently as a high school Counsellor, I have experience with all age groups and a variety of presenting concerns.

My goal with each client is to develop a client-centred therapeutic alliance, based in acceptance and empathy, building on strengths and developing solutions together. I am committed to providing a safe and engaging space for my clients and passionate about pursing my love for psychology.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Child and adolescent therapy
• Relationship and couples therapy
• Workers’ Compensation
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Stress
• Self-harm
• Low self-worth
• Anger issues
• Grief and Loss
• Social support issues

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORKS/STRATEGIES
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Motivational Interviewing
• Mindfulness


Jenni Avidon
Clinical Psychologist
BA Psych (Hons), MA (Clin Psych), MAPS, MACPA

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” Victor Frankle (Man’s Search for Meaning)

Jenni is a passionate practitioner in the field of clinical psychology. She divides her time between consulting and supervision work. Her work is based on the belief that that people want to be happy, effective and successful in their lives and that they have within themselves the resources to achieve these goals. She believes that psychotherapy can help individuals most effectively use their resources to increase self-understanding, to improve decision-making, to solve problems, and to create paths to the lives they want. She offers a compassionate therapeutic approach that includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments to adults with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and adjustment challenges such as stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol addiction and relationship difficulties.
In addition Jenni offers child centred play therapy for children where she creates a warm, caring accepting and permissive relationship which allows for a powerful means of joining with the innate, creative, nonverbal capacities of children in order to engage and work therapeutically with them. Parenting skills and parent/child relationship therapy complete the suite of the therapeutic support she offers children .
Teenagers/Screenagers have unique needs within the community. Jenni offers a person centred approach to the adolescent to assist with the difficulties of navigating the transition from childhood into adulthood. She has a niche cognitive behavioural training in eating disorders.
Jenni began her work in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa where she practiced in a multi-cultural diverse population. She has relocated to Australia to begin a new adventure with Northside Psychology.

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Bipolar mood disorder
• Depression and anxiety
• Phobias
• Obsessive compulsive disorder
• Grief and loss
• Alcohol addiction
• Eating disorders
• Family therapy
• Relationship therapy
• Marital therapy
• Group work
• Play therapy
• Parenting skills
• Parent child therapy

THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK/STRATEGIES
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy which includes mindfulness based practices (DBT)
• Existential Psychotherapy (talk therapy addressing life meaning, goals & choices),
• Imago therapy for couples
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Psychoeducation
• Sex therapy
• Child centred therapy
• Person centred therapy
• Gestalt therapy


Jorja Zollinger
Clinical Psychologist
MClinPsych, BPsych (Hons), MAPS

Please note, Jorja is conducting assessments only. She is not accepting therapy clients.

I registered as a psychologist in 2016 and became a Clinical Psychologist in 2019. I have spent most of my working life so far in schools, where I have worked in Secondary, Primary, and Disability settings. Through this work, I have found a passion for working with young children and their families, particularly in the area of psychological assessment.
I operate from the premise that when a family approaches a psychologist, they have exhausted all known options and so, are looking for support in navigating a pathway forward. In line with this, my assessments are always tailored to the individual child, with the results used to inform recommendations that will support ongoing growth and wellbeing into the future. I work from a child-centred perspective, focusing on both strengths and challenges and believe that lasting results are obtained when the child is supported in a collaborative and holistic way.

AREAS OF INTEREST
Psychological Assessments including;
• Cognitive Assessments
• Academic Assessments
• Educational/Learning Assessments
• Assessments of Adaptive Functioning
• Intellectual Disability Assessments
• Behavioural Assessments i.e. ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorder
• Gifted and Talented Assessments


Letisha Singh
Clinical Psychologist
MA (Clin Psych), BA Psych (Hons), BA Film and Media (AFDA) (MAPS)

Letisha is a Clinical Psychologist with several years of experience in working in psychiatric and public hospitals and has worked in both in-patient and out-patient settings. She is also internationally trained in both CBT and psychodynamic therapeutic modalities and is trained to work with a variety of different concerns.

In her years of training Letisha worked closely with a number of NGO’s in the inner city of Johannesburg, providing therapy to refugees and asylum seekers – both adults and children. She also trained as a therapist in a multicultural environment and as such regards her cultural competence and ability to work with the cultural nuances of diverse population groups as her key strength.

Letisha has a warm, genuine and relaxed approach to therapy. She likes to integrate several therapeutic modalities to tailor your therapeutic experience to you. Her aim is to work collaboratively with you to understand the nature of your concerns and establish shared treatment to reduce symptoms and help you to find greater self-insight and personal growth in your healing journey. Letisha aims to help you develop the skills and confidence so you can handle your areas of concern moving forward. Ultimately, Letisha believes in using evidence-based approaches and building up her clients into the best version of themselves that they can be!

AREAS OF INTEREST
• Depression
• Bi-Polar Mood Disorder
• Anxiety disorders (Panic, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety)
• Personality Disorders (particularly Borderline Personality Disorder)
• Complex childhood trauma
• Emotion regulation difficulties
• Stress management
• Child and adolescent mental health

APPROACHES
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Psychodynamic Therapy
• Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
• Mindfulness based approaches
• Play Therapy


Carol Arvanitis
Client Relations Manager

I was appointed to Practice Manager in late 2015, and have worked 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 have been responsible for overseeing practice administration, financial matters, risk management and compliance as well as Work Health & Safety. I have manage a team of administration staff who have not only excelled at their jobs, but shared the same compassion for client care as myself.

From July 2020 I stepped into a new role of Client Relations Manager. I continue to 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.