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Dr Michelle Pritchard

Clinical Psychologist
Director

BA (Hons, M.Psychol (Clin), PhD, MACPA

Michelle is a clinical psychologist and founder of Mindright. She has more than 15 years of experience in clinical psychology and specialises in providing therapy to adults, teenagers, children, families and couples.

Michelle completed her clinical psychology training at the University of Sydney where she also completed a PhD under National Scholarship. Michelle has worked in private practice for the past 12 years. Prior to working in private practice, she worked as a clinical psychologist in an acute mental health setting treatment complex presentations.

Michelle focuses on providing clients with a warm and engaging space to be able to process their difficulties and learn effective tools for improving where things are at for them. She has a particular interest in working with a number of varied presentations including (but not limited to) perinatal depression and anxiety, complex adolescent difficulties including risk of harm, couple therapy, adult and child depression and anxiety and family separation and/or stress.

Michelle practices cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), schema therapy, motivation enhancement therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Michelle works at our Lane Cove practice on a Monday and at Bondi Junction on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dr Sandra Darmanin

Clinical Psychologist

B. Psych (Hons), MA (Clin), Psy.D, MAPS

Sandra is a clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).  She was trained as a clinical psychologist at Berkeley, California and Yale University where she also completed her Doctoral Dissertation on Adult Attachment Styles within a Substance Dependent population.

Sandra has been providing therapy to adult clients for over 15 years and has accumulated a wealth of experience in working with adults with complex presentations. She has a particular expertise in working with adults with a history of substance and alcohol use and also sees clients who need treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma and OCD. Sandra is experienced working with gay and lesbian issues and also has a particular interest in working with stress related issues at work (especially within the Banking/Financial and Advertising industry).

Sandra is trained in psychodynamic therapy in particular attachment and object relations. She specialises  in attachment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema focused therapy, relapse prevention and motivation interviewing.

Sandra is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and is an approved Supervisor by the Psychology Board of Australia. She is available at our Bondi Junction practice on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Keiren Hynes
Clinical Psychologist
B.Sc (Hons), M.Psychol (Clin), MAPS

With over 15 years of clinical experience, Keiren provides a calm, warm and supportive space for children, adolescents, adults and families to achieve long lasting and transformative change

Keiren has worked at various well regarded treatment centres across Sydney and Auckland including Westmead Hospital, the Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Regional Eating Disorders Clinic (Auckland).

Keiren is confident in working with a wide range of presenting difficulties including but not limited to; Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Child developmental and behavioural disorders (Aspergers, Autism, ADHD, Tic disorders, conduct), Relationship issues (adult and parent – child), trauma (PTSD and complex trauma) as well as general distress that arises from life transitions and changes (career change, bullying, work or school stress).

When treating children, adolescents, couples and families, Keiren works from a family therapy perspective and utilises mindfulness based strategies and behaviour management principles. For young children she may also use parent child interaction therapy as well as play therapy. With adults, Keiren is trained in and favours Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). For Eating disorders she is trained in and favours Family Based Treatment (FBT). Ultimately however the choice of treatment will be arrived at collaboratively with each client.

The main focus of Keiren’s practice is in achieving observable long lasting change. Hence, there is a strong focus on goal setting, skills development and between session practices with regular checking in regarding progress.

Keiren offers appointments at Bondi Junction on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

MA LLB BSoc.Sci. (Psychology)(Honours) AACPA

Cecilia has completed 10 years of tertiary study in psychology. She received her postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney, completing a doctorate in clinical psychology and a Masters in psychology research.

Cecilia works with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, low-self esteem, trauma, adjustment to illness or parental separation, bereavement, sexual identity, and relationship issues. She particularly enjoys working with children and parents to create appropriate boundaries and engage with one another in calmer, more functional ways.

Cecilia uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, DBT and family therapy to assist her clients to find effective ways of coping and develop more genuine and functional ways of relating. She focuses on providing a warm relationship with each of her clients; a safe and supportive base from which they can explore their difficulties, realise their strengths, and be their most effective.

Cecilia has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a range of hospital, clinic and community settings including Child, Youth and Family at Sutherland Hospital, acute adult inpatients Wesley Private Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Sydney University Psychology Clinic. She also received a research grant to investigate the impact of childhood experiences on the risk of dementia in older age and has presented her work internationally.

Cecilia is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority and is an associate member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. She also has degrees in Arts and Law.

Cecilia consults at Bondi Junction on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.

Ms Agatha Niezabitowski

Clinical Psychologist

B.Psych, Postgrad Dip Social Health, MPsych (Clin)

Agatha Niezabitowski is a Clinical Psychologist providing assessment and therapy in both private practice and at The University of NSW. She has worked in several hospitals, including  Macquarie Psychiatric Hospital, Westmead Hospital in Medical Psychology as well as their outpatients eating disorders unit. Agatha completed her Clinical Psychology degree at Macquarie University.

Agatha specialises in working with adults and adolescents experiencing depressed mood and anxiety. She is also very experienced at working with people dealing with childhood sexual assault or abuse, bereavement issues, and eating disorders. She has been trained in various therapeutic orientations including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. She brings this wealth of experience to the Mindright Practice where she uses a range of therapeutic techniques and concepts to suit individual needs.

Agatha works at the practice on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and (Friday in 2019) and offers some after hours consultations.

Mrs Shane Lee Vassallo

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Psych), MPsych (Clin)

Shane is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with children and families experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has over 17 years of experience and has worked in a range of settings with NSW Health.

Before working at Mindright, Shane worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Team Leader at St George Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service providing assessment and treatment services to children and families experiencing depression, anxiety, behavioural difficulties, family related stressors, social skills difficulties and developmental presentations including autism and AD/HD. Shane has also worked with mothers and families experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety difficulties.

Shane has a particular interest in working with children and young adolescents presenting with behavioural problems including conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and AD/HD. She is also interested and very experienced in the management of anxiety disorders, self-esteem and eating difficulties.

Shane also works currently as a Clinic Supervisor within the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales where she provides professional supervision to clinicians training to become Clinical Psychologists.

Shane consults at Mindright on a Monday morning.

BPsychSci (Hons), MPsych (Clin), AdvDip Gestalt Psychotherapy

Daniel is a psychologist and psychotherapist with more than 10 years’ experience helping people across a wide variety of difficulties. He specialises in working with adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety and depression. Daniel also has experience working with people experiencing difficulties such as interpersonal and relationship problems, low self-esteem, substance use and addictive behaviours, abuse and trauma, sexuality, grief and bereavement.

Daniel works from a supportive, non-judgmental approach and believes in collaboratively tailoring therapy to an individual’s needs, personality style, and unique goals. He combines his clinical psychology and psychotherapy training to support clients in becoming more aware of how they think, feel and act in the present moment; with the aim of providing insight into ways in which they can alleviate their current issues and distress in order to achieve personal growth and aspire to their full potential.
Daniel practices cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI), and gestalt psychotherapy (a holistic, person-centred approach).

Daniel works at the Bondi Junction practice on a Monday and Friday and at Lane Cove on a Wednesday and Thursday. He also offers some after school/late afternoon appointments.

B.S.W (Hons), Master of Couple and Family therapy, PhD Social Work

Mary is a Couple Therapist with 15 years of experience in supporting couples to create better lives and healthier relationships. She provides relationship counselling for those who are experiencing conflict and stress in their relationships and who are seeking ways to build and strengthen their communication and emotional connectedness.
Mary holds an Honours degree in Social Work (UNSW) and a Masters degree in Couple and Family Therapy (UNSW), and is a PhD candidate for the School of Social Work (UNSW). She is a full member the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Her qualifications, clinical experience, and research inform her approach to help couples address the root cause of conflict. She works with her clients on their relationship goals which may include: improving their understanding of themselves and each other, communicating their needs and dealing with stress and conflict effectively, and rebuilding the foundations for stronger relationships. She works with her clients to help them share their experiences with each other safely and collaboratively for the common goal of resolution and healing.

Mary currently works as a social work educator and supervisor for undergraduate and postgraduate students in higher education, and she is a family connections group facilitator for parents, partners, and adult siblings of people with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Mary’s passion extends to her research interests. She has completed a qualitative research study on the adolescent, parent, and therapist perceptions of family therapy treatment in a NSW outpatient child and adolescent mental health service. She has also submitted her PhD, a narrative inquiry that explores the family experience from the voices of parents of the first psychiatric hospitalisation. Her focus is on the parental dyad as they navigate the pathway to activate help for their loved ones, and how the impact on the family across three key nodal points: pre-admission, admission, and post discharge.

Mary offers appointments at Lane Cove on a Tuesday afternoon and on a Saturday at Bondi Junction.

Dr Jessica Klug

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DCP (ClinPsych), MAPS

Jessica is a Clinical Psychologist who has completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University. Jessica is particularly interested in working with adults and teenagers experiencing depressed mood, bipolar disorder, interpersonal difficulties and/or anxiety (including but not limited to generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder). Jessica is also experienced at working with individuals with eating disorders and depression with self-harm, as well as with individuals who have been exposed to traumatic life events. She also has a particular interest in working with mothers experiencing perinatal mental health concerns. Prior to working at Mindright Jessica worked part-time for three years as a psychologist at Northside Clinic working with adolescents and young adults with a range of complex mental health difficulties. In her role at Northside clinic, Jessica gained extensive experience working with older adolescents managing mental health difficulties as well as the stress associated with HSC.

Jessica specialises in the provision of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).

Jessica currently works at Mindright on a Saturday morning.

Kerry has been with Mindright for a number of years and has a wealth of experience in admin and ensures that the practice runs smoothly.  Kerry will be only too happy to answer your questions.  She works at Mindright Mon-Thurs.

Aida is new to practice and provides administrative support on a Friday and Saturday. Aida is currently studying the Juris Doctor at University of Sydney.