Our Practitioners

Our psychologists are all nationally registered and qualified in a range of different approaches, life experiences and philosophies. Common to all is a passion for psychology and a belief that everyone they see deserves the best life possible.

Emma Clarris

Emma Clarris is a counselling psychologist with extensive experience in individual and group counselling. She has tertiary qualifications in Law, Masters Degrees in Counselling Psychology, Criminology (Forensic Psychology), Taxation and was a practising lawyer for several years before becoming a psychologist. As such, she brings a diverse background to her work. She is also a trained Coach and has written several coaching programs in the areas of leadership and employment services.

Emma’s counselling philosophy is based on offering the individual an alternative approach to common interventions, giving them the opportunity to acknowledge and confront their own self-imposed barriers to employment, design and master their individual solutions and implement a long-term plan that produces lasting change. Her approach is founded in humanistic and psychodynamic principles but utilises a solution focussed, positive psychology philosophy to bring about results.

With significant experience in the public service, private industry and the larger non-government organisational sphere Emma has worked with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and issues including depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown, addiction, complex trauma, grief & loss, workplace stress as well as career and life transition. Medicare rebates available with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

Kate Baxter

Kate is a generalist psychologist who studied in Darwin and began in the not-for-profit sector supporting clients with alcohol and other drug problems. Kate mainly works with adults and provides a warm and nurturing space that fosters connection and compassion so clients are safe to explore a deeper understanding of themselves. Her approach is based on a sensorimotor model. This style of therapy builds on traditional therapies by integrating a body approach that seeks to work alongside our thoughts and emotions. She also draws upon other modalities, such as: Mindfulness, Psychodynamic (building awareness of the link between our childhood and how this shows up in our adult life), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational interviewing, Attachment Theory, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). She also has a background in classical yoga and is teacher-trained. Her areas of interest include: anxiety and depression, developmental (childhood) trauma, addictions, family and relationship problems, developing self-love and compassion, problems with communication and boundaries, sleep difficulties, and grief and loss. Kate is curious about the narrative of the mind as well as the body. She draws attention to the body to help client’s build awareness around their automatic patterns. This process enables clients to identify and deeply understand why they react the way they and help shift old patterns that no longer serve them. Medicare rebates available with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

Erica Patrick

Erica Patrick is a registered psychologist with a master’s degree in counselling psychology. She uses a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, including interpersonal therapy (IPT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Erica is a caring empathic who uses a collaborative approach and makes sure that progress is consistent. She helps her clients achieve better relationships with themselves and other important people in their life. Erica has a special interest in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, self-esteem, stress and coping in the workplace, adolescent, and exam preparation.

Erica is also an advocate of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which incorporates mindfulness/relaxation practices as well as restructuring the negative, self-sabotaging thoughts which control us. Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is also utilised in her psychological consultations which involves practicing being present in the moment especially with strong emotions one may feel.

Erica will specifically help you achieve better relationships with yourself and other important people in your life. This is possible through accepting yourself and letting go of the past. Specifically healing past insecure attachments, and childhood issues. Erica specialises in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, self -esteem, stress and coping in the workplace, adolescence and exam preparation.

Erica can also help with the symptoms with IBS and uses gut -directed hypnotherapy for this. Medicare rebates available with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

David Bottomley

David has been a practising psychologist for over twenty years. In that time he has worked with all manner of clients and issues from the more clinical such as anxiety, depression and panic disorder to broader life issues such as grief, relationships and personal growth. His therapeutic style is solution focused and he is adept at forming meaningful client relationships in a brief time. In recent times, he has worked with a large number of NDIS clients across a broad range of disabilities.

David is the co-author of ’Stop Surviving and Live Your Life’ (Fairfax 2008) and has authored and presented to many corporations over a wide range of psychologically based subjects. Medicare rebates available with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

Melissa Thomas

Melissa is a registered psychologist with extensive experience in the non-government and not-for-profit sector. She holds a Master of Professional Psychology and has worked mostly with individuals (adolescents to older adults) from all walks of life. She also has experience providing pre-marriage/commitment assessment and skill building sessions to couples.

Melissa’s goals are: to provide a safe, grounding, accepting and enjoyable space to connect authentically with clients; to support them to gain understanding and insight into internal and external barriers to growth and movement; to uncover their hopes for future; provide tools for continued self-development; and empower clients to take steps towards change and growth. Her counselling approach is tailored to the individual or couple and draws from interventions including: Narrative Therapy, Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Melissa has interests and experience supporting clients with a range of problems including relationship issues, family of origin difficulties, parenting, life stages and transitions, career challenges, personal development, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, stress, panic, and grief and loss. Medicare rebates available with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

Teresa Maiolo

Teresa is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She has been dedicated to offering high quality psychological support in the clinical mental health field for over 35 years, both within the public and private sectors. In her various roles as a Social Worker, a Psychotherapist and Family Therapist, Theresa has worked with children, adolescents and adults utilising a broad variety of therapeutic platforms to cater to the individual needs of her clients. Through the extensive experience and knowledge, Teresa has accumulated a practical and theoretical depth of understanding about human behaviour and psychological development. Teresa works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety stress, trauma, conflict and loss. Her specific areas of interest are; boding and attachment, stages of development, trauma, family of origin issues and life transitions. Teresa is a deeply committed to building warm, trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationships with her clients, as they aspire to develop more positive, meaningful and sustainable changed in their lives. She currently works with adults ranging from 18 years old upwards. Teresa also offers counselling in Italian. Medicare rebates available with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

Bernadette Crompton

Bernadette Crompton is a psychologist with Master of Professional Psychology. With a varied background, Bernadette has worked as a tertiary Educator, Professional Coach, and Business Manager. She also holds a Master of Social Science (Human Services Counselling), a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in coaching and mentoring.

Bernadette works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, social anxiety, and trauma, and those facing stressful situations such as changes in employment, financial pressures, and relationship difficulties. She has worked extensively with clients faced with grief, loss, and bereavement, and those wanting to navigate career change and transition through the life-span to find new meaning and purpose.

With a warm and empathic style, Bernadette ensures she understands client’s needs and collaboratively tailors treatment and interventions to help them reach their goals. She utilises a range of approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology. Bernadette aims to provide clients with a safe and supportive therapeutic space, and welcomes feedback about their experience of working with her. Medicare rebates available with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.