Psychologists

All of our practitioners are highly trained clinical or registered psychologists who provide evidence-based services across a wide range of psychological issues. We pride ourselves on being a reliable provider of quality psychological services and have stringent inclusion criterion for our clinicians to ensure that these standards are maintained. Each of our psychologists come with areas of special interest and skills in working with particular client groups. We invite you to review their profiles and working arrangements below. You can access this by scrolling down or by clicking on the name of your desired psychologist in the Availability Table.

Please note: We attempt to keep the availability of our psychologists up-to-date on our website, however as this can change rapidly we encourage you to still contact the psychologist of your choice to enquire directly.

Availability

PsychologistCounsellingAssessments and TypeSupervision
Bruce StevensNoForensic onlyForensic only
Kim LehmannNoNoNo
Jo Rouston
Ruth HoltNoOrdination onlyNo
Rowena Cappelen
Dr Tram Dinh
Sam van Meurs
Teall McQueenNoNoNo
Sharryn Sims
Dr Tushara Wickramariyaratne
Matt VisserNoNoYes
Lara Morris
Amanda Brideoake
Sally Bradford
James SmithYesNoNo
Zorah Hilvert-Bruce
Jack McKnightNoNoNo
Kelsey BrownYesNoNo

Profiles

Bruce Stevens

Founder

MTh, PhD (Boston University, 1987) Psychology, Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Endorsed Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Bruce has specialized in relationship counselling and doing legal assessments including family law. He was previously a research professor holding the Wicking Chair for Aging and Practical Theology at Charles Sturt University (2015-2019). Please note that Bruce is not accepting any clients for counselling, and is only available for forensic assessments.

Bruce can be contacted on 0403529773 or email bruce@ccfpsych.com.au or bstevens@csu.edu.au.

Jo Rouston

Principal


Jo is a clinical psychologist with experience in treating adults with depression, trauma, anxiety, and severe or complex mental health conditions. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Clinical College, recognising her clinical qualifications and experience, and is committed to ongoing personal research and professional development. Jo possesses a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ANU) and has been working since 1998 in a variety of settings as a psychologist, including community mental health, private practice, and with Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (the latter primarily as a group facilitator). One of her main areas of interest is psychological trauma and PTSD; Jo has undertaken training in a variety of therapies to treat clients with trauma-related issues including EMDR, cognitive-processing therapy, traditional exposure therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. More generally, she utilises a variety of evidence-based therapies, tailored to suit the individual client and their presenting problem, including cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and schema-focussed therapy. 

Jo undertakes consultations on Wednesdays and Fridays, but can be contacted Mon-Fri on 0412071724 or emailed on rouston@optusnet.com.au

Ruth Holt

Principal

MClinPsych, BSocSci(HonsPsych), GradDipPsych, BA (Hons)

Ruth Holt is a clinical psychologist and board-approved supervisor with unconditional registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. She is also a Certified Schema Therapist and Supervisor/Trainer in Individual Schema Therapy, certified Advanced Schema Therapist for Couples and has edited the book Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents. Ruth works with adults and couples with a range of presentations and conducts workshops and training in Schema Therapy, couples therapy, women’s sexuality, abuse in relationships and clergy resilience. Ruth provides supervision in Schema Therapy. 

Ruth can be contacted on 0426275665.

Rowena Cappelen

Principal

BSc(Hons), MClinPsych, MAPS

Rowena is a Clinical Psychologist, who has been providing counseling to adults and adolescents for over 10 years. Rowena has worked in a variety of settings including Mental Health, Victims Services, Pain Management and Eating Disorders.  

Her particular areas of interest are trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, bulimia, schizophrenia, and relationship issues.  Rowena utilizes a range of treatment approaches including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness based techniques, Schema Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; tailored to an individual’s needs and to maximize positive outcomes.

Rowena has also developed and delivered a range of group therapy programs including anxiety management, building psychological skills and mindfulness training.

Rowena can be contacted on 0415569046.

Dr Tram Dinh

Principal

PhD, BPsycSc(Hons)

Tram is a clinical psychologist and board-approved supervisor with unconditional registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. She has a Bachelor of Science Psychology with First Class Honours and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. She has a special interest in positive psychology and resilience in mental health and well-being.  Her doctoral research program examined how gratitude, interpersonal relationship dynamics, and personality traits influence our psychology, well-being, and life satisfaction.

Tram is skilled in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and Couples Therapy. She works with adults and adolescents and delivers personalised evidence based psychological interventions to match individual needs. She has worked with people with varying concerns including anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, stress, workplace difficulties, sleep problems, and grief.

Tram also specialises in preparing legal reports for criminal, civil, vocational and family law matters. As a bilingual psychologist, she is able to conduct assessments and therapy in both English and Vietnamese.

Tram is not currently accepting new clients. She can be contacted on 0422417764 or Dr.Dinh.Psychology@gmail.com.

Kim Lehmann

Kim is a clinical psychologist who likes working with adults in therapy. She delivers personalised, evidence-based interventions across a range of psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and addictions. Kim’s clients enjoy her empathetic and solution focused approach and consistently report improved quality of life and functioning. Please note Kim is not able to take on new clients.

Sam van Meurs

 BArts/BPsych (Hons), AssocMAPS

Sam is a clinically trained psychologist who conducts individual therapy with adults and adolescents while also specialising in legal reports for the criminal, vocational, injury compensation, and family court arenas.  He has worked in a variety of community and clinical settings with a range of clinical populations as a volunteer, paid carer, and once qualified, as a psychologist.  While undertaking training as part of the Australian National University’s clinical psychology program he has also had experience in performing competency assessments, and facilitating group therapy sessions. Showing a commitment to research, at present Sam is also completing his PhD in Clinical Psychology at ANU. 

Sam can be contacted on sam@ccfpsych.com.au or via phone on 0412352028

Teall McQueen

 MClinPsych, MAPS, CCLIN

Teall is a clinical psychologist who enjoys working with adults and adolescents, on an individual basis. She aims to work toward positive change using evidence-based therapeutic interventions across a range of psychological disorders and has a particular interest in working with anxiety, depression, insomnia,  interpersonal difficulties and low self-esteem. Treatment is delivered in a client-centered manner and is personalised depending on the presentation.

Teall has an engaging, friendly and approachable manner which allows her to work effectively with clients to improve their overall quality of life.    

Please note that Teall is not able to take on new clients. She can be contacted via email at teall.mcqueen@gmail.com

Sharryn Sims

Clinical Psychologist

BPsychSc(Hons), MClinPsych, MAPS

Sharryn is a clinically trained psychologist who enjoys working with adults and adolescents. She works from a strengths-based, solution-focussed perspective using a range of evidence-based therapies.

Sharryn can help with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, recovery from motor vehicle accidents and traumatic events, medically related anxiety, and the management of chronic illness (including cancer). She has a particular area of interest in recovery from workplace stress injuries. Sharryn works in a collaborative manner, and tailors treatment to individual needs using a solution-focussed approach targeted at achieving overall improved quality of life. 

Sharryn can be contacted on 0438808276     Email: sharryn.sims@gmail.com

Client appointment booking link:  https://my.powerdiary.com/mybookings/default.aspx?ID=85737577-4360-4b30-a1a9-a3e909abc23d 

Dr Tushara Wickramariyaratne

BPsych(Hons), DPsych(Clin) MAPS MCCLP

Tushara is a clinical psychologist who employs a client-centred approach for issues such as depression, anxiety and interpersonal problems in adults and older adults. She is skilled in delivering a range of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing and interpersonal therapy (IPT). She has experience in a number of community mental health settings. 

Tushara’s area of interest is the psychological wellbeing of older adults (aged 60+). She has extensive experience working with older people in the community and in residential aged care facilities, for mild to severe presentations. Tushara has worked therapeutically with older adults on an individual and group basis for presentations including depression, anxiety and bipolar affective disorder. She also has experience addressing end of life issues, grief and loss with older adults and their carers/families, particularly in the context of dementia, cognitive impairment and multiple medical comorbidities.

Tushara’s other area of interest and experience is working with people of diverse sexualities, sex and gender in an inclusive and culturally competent manner. Tushara has experience working with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients for a range of issues. She also has experience working with transgender people, providing support and information on gender variance and liaising with other health professionals as necessary. 

Tushara has completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at the ANU. She is also comfortable working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Tushara is accepting new clients for 2015. 

Tushara can be contacted on 0459539607 or w.tushara@gmail.com. 

Matt Visser

BAppPsych, BSc (psych)(hons), MClinPsych, MAPS, MCCLP

Matt is a clinical psychologist who works primarily with adults on an individual basis, although he will work with some young people over the age of 15. He has an extensive background in chronic mental health issues, and enjoys working with people with complex presentations as well as those who are experiencing periodic illness. Within this he has a particular interest in working with people living with personality disorders, bipolar and depression, alcohol and other drug issues, and anxiety disorders. He enjoys working with those who have experienced trauma, having completed his Masters thesis on the subject, and with adults on the autism spectrum.

Matt is skilled at delivering a range of evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Humanistic and person-centred psychotherapy, although will tend to use a blended approach to best meet the needs of the person. In addition to therapy he will also perform forensic assessment for court in criminal matters and injury assessment. He is a board approved psychological supervisor and can work with provisional psychologists and clinical psychology registrars to obtain registration. Matt works Monday to Friday. Matt can be contacted on 0416570701

Lara Morris

BScPsych(Hons), MClinPsych, MAPS,

Lara is a clinical psychologist with experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. She also is able to provide counselling and support for non-clinical concerns such as grief, stress, body image, sexuality, relationships or life coaching. 

Lara takes an evidence-based approach to practice, and utilities a variety of therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills (DBT),  Motivational Interviewing, and Brief Solution Focused Therapies; depending on the personal needs of the client.  

Lara has an interest in child development, lifestyle medicine and the prevention of chronic diseases.  She is currently completing a research PhD in these areas at the Centre for Research on Aging, Health and Wellbeing, ANU.

Lara is a warm and engaging therapist who enjoys working with people of all ages, abilities, and diverse backgrounds.  Lara is a registered medicare provider and available for consultations on Thursdays. Lara is not currently accepting new clients but can be contacted on  0403923836 or lara.morris@anu.edu.au

Amanda Brideoake

BSci (GradDipPsych), MClinPsych

Amanda is a clinically trained psychologist who enjoys working with adolescents and adults. She has over 10 years experience providing counseling and therapy across a variety of settings including community mental health, school and private practice.

Amanda utilises a range of evidencce-based treatment approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). She is skilled at tailoring therapeutic approaches to best suit the needs and strengths of the person she is seeing.

Amanda has a particular interest in the areas of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, fertility issues, post-natal depression/anxiety and relationship issues. Amanda is a registered medicare provider and is available for consultations on Saturdays. She can be contacted on 0403 563 806 or via email on amandabrideoake@outlook.com 

Sally Bradford

PhD(ClinPsych) FCCLP

Sally is a clinical psychologist with experience working with young people and adults for issues related to mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and personality disorders. Her therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance andCommitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness-based strategies, Relaxation strategies, Solution Focused/Brief Therapy and Circle of Security parent education.

Sally takes consultations on Thursday afternoons and can be contacted on 0424355895 or at contact@sallybradfordpsychology.com

James Smith

Clinical Psychology Registrar

MClinPsych, B.Sc.(Psychology)(Honours)

Jim is a clinically trained psychologist with personal experience working in corporate and defence environments. He has worked in crisis intervention and forensic settings, in addition to therapy within the broader community. Jim uses CBT, Schema Therapy, ACT and EMDR with the aim to deliver tailored, positive outcomes for his clients.

Jim has experience and ongoing interest in treating clients with OCD, personality vulnerabilities and trauma including PTSD. He is also interested in continuing to work in the areas of masculinity, life-transition and self-actualisation. His easy-going nature and person-focused style allow him to build strong therapeutic relationships with his clients. He is available on 0468337297 or jim@jwsmithpsychology.com

Zorah Hilvert-Bruce

BSci, BPsych(Hons), MClinPsych

Zorah is a clinically trained psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Zorah is passionate about implementing evidence-based interventions and is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Zorah is experienced in treating a wide range of presentations, such as anxiety, depression, anger management, and PTSD.  She has a special interest in working with children and young people struggling with complex family environments, and individuals who have difficulties associated with living with a disability. Zorah is a registered NDIS provider.

Zorah also enjoys assessment work and is experienced with cognitive assessment including determining adaptive skills, learning difficulties, intellectual disability, and giftedness.

Zorah can be contacted on 0435 187 901 or via email at zorah@helpcentre.com.au   

Jack McKnight

BA (Hons) (Psych), MClinPsych

Jack is a clinical psychology registrar who enjoys working therapeutically with adults and young adults. Jack is able to assist people with a wide range of psychological problems including anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship issues and personality disorders. He has a special interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma and young adults experiencing adjustment issues. Jack is a client-focussed clinician who is able to draw upon various evidence-based treatment approaches including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to best suit the individual’s needs. 

Jack can be contacted on 0402190793 or at jmcknightpsychology@gmail.com.

Please note he practices on Thursdays only.

Kelsey Brown

BScPsych (Hons), MClinPsych

Kelsey is a clinical psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults using a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions. She has experience working in acute and community mental health settings, as well as private practice.

Kelsey works with people who are experiencing a range of psychological problems including anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and relationship problems. She is able to use a number of therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, Schema Therapy and EMDR to best suit the needs of the individual. Kelsey has a special interest in working with those who live with anxiety disorders and those who have experienced trauma. She aims to provide client-centered therapy using an empathic and collaborative approach to work towards a client’s goals.

Kelsey can be contacted on 0412 865 590 or via email on kelseybrownpsychology@gmail.com. Please note she currently practices on Wednesdays only.