Psychology

Melissa Pigot

Clinical Psychologist
B.Psych (Hons); M.Psych (Clin)

Melissa is an experienced clinical psychologist who has worked across a number of settings, including public and private hospitals, private psychology practices and research centres.  Melissa currently works in both private practice and public health, with young adults and adults. She is committed to providing comprehensive, individualised care using evidence-based treatment approaches in a warm, pragmatic and collaborative manner. This approach ensures care is specifically tailored to individuals’ needs.

Melissa has experience in managing a broad range of presentations including depression, anxiety, adjustment to life changes/transitions or illness, postnatal concerns, relationship and parenting difficulties, and work/study stress. However, she has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety-related difficulties (like generalised anxiety and social anxiety), obsessive-compulsive disorders and she has extensive experience working with people and families with a cancer experience.

Melissa primarily uses a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, however, has training and experience in other evidence-based treatments including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transition and Adjustment
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Workplace/Study Stress
  • Young Adults
  • Parenting – perinatal and postnatal concerns

Adam Wiseman

Psychologist
BSc (Psych), Pgdip (Psych), MPsych (Sport Psychology)

Adam graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology; and from the University of Western Sydney with a postgraduate diploma in psychology and a Master of Psychology (sports psychology).

Adam has been registered and working as a psychologist since 2005 and has experience in educational testing, sport and performance psychology, and in mental health assessment and counselling.

Adam is passionate about supporting his clients to develop skills to improve their mental health and has a particular interest in stress, anxiety and depression management, as well as in sport and performance psychology.

He has a friendly and easy-going approach and utilises both Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help develop personalised strategies to help his clients work towards their goals.

Renée Napier

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
BA(HON).M.CLIN PSYCH.MAPS

Renée has developed and managed a private practice on the Central Coast for twenty years. She received an Honours degree from the University of NSW many years ago and spent the first year of her career in research and academia. She chose to move into the Clinical world and completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the ANU in 1995.

Her first employment on the Central Coast was in the Development of the Area Health Service Speciality Clinic, a tertiary referral service for non-psychotic adult mental illness. This was an assessment and treatment service that offered assessment clinics and CBT based treatment programs for Depression, Panic Disorder and trauma.

Since moving into private practice, Renée has happily accepted referrals for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • PTSD

She also receives referrals, as a tertiary source, from other clinicians for:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Conversion Disorder/Functional Nurological Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Her work as a Forensic Psychologist has led to specialist interests in:

  • Family Assessments
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Parenting

Paul Williams

Clinical Psychologist | Conjoint Lecturer UoN
PhD Clinical Psychology | MAPS B. Psych (Hons 1, University Medal)

Dr Paul Williams is a Clinical Psychologist and a Cognitive Scientist affiliated with the University of Newcastle. He is known for his kind, direct, and simple communication style, which is shaped by extensive experience working with adults, couples, families, and adolescents.

Paul’s practical approach to therapy draws heavily on the sciences of behaviour and learning, memory systems, neuropsychology, family systems, and social psychology. He has completed specialised training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Couples Therapy, and interpersonal therapy (IPT).

Paul is also an occasional presenter and consultant, and as a Conjoint Lecturer remains an active researcher aligned with University of Newcastle. He has co-authored scientific articles in international journals and has presented his research at national and international conferences. His primary research explores the impact of recent success and failure on cognitive performance, and how mental health interacts with these phenomena.  He has received several awards for his academic and clinical accomplishments. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, The EMDR association of Australia, and the American Psychological Association.

Karlye Damaso

PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Clinical Psychology Registrar

Karlye Damaso is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Society of Paediatric Psychology.

Karlye’s style blends natural empathy with humour and irreverence. These attributes allow her clients to manage the direct and honest interactions necessary for helpful therapy. Karlye has strong science background which allows her to draw heavily on research from the fields of neuroscience, attachment, behaviour and learning, family systems, social psychology, and paediatric development. She has completed specialised training in cognitive behavioural therapy, behavioural therapy, and attachment therapy. Karlye has a special interest in working with paediatric populations, new mothers, and families.

Karlye is also a Neuroscientist and has co-authored scientific articles in international journals. She has presented scientific research at national and international conferences and local health media. Her primary research explores how errors alter the way people make decisions and effect their subsequent behaviour. She has recently submitted her Doctoral Thesis (PhD) and has received several awards for her academic and clinical accomplishments.

Markus Michalowski

Psychologist

Markus graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor in Psychology and from the University of Sydney with a Master of Clinical Psychology. He is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association and the Australian Psychology Society.

He has a warm, empathic style of working with clients allowing for openness and honest exploration of issues. Markus professional interests focus on working within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy frameworks on issues ranging from Anxiety, Depression, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders to Life Transitions and Adjustment, Relationship Challenges and Work/Study Stress.

Belinda Nixon

Registered Psychologist

Belinda Nixon is a registered psychologist, who is passionate about empowering clients and providing a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. She has a warm, caring, and gentle therapeutic style. She has a strong background in private practice in Sydney, the Central Coast, and Wollongong, working with children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of presentations for over 10 years. She is currently working in school settings and private practice.

Belinda uses a client-centered approach that integrates evidence-based practices to suit the needs of her clients. She primarily works within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework but integrates approaches from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. She has facilitated social skills groups, anxiety groups and mood disorder groups. Belinda also has a sound background in psychometric assessment.

She is currently completing her Master of Clinical Psychology and researching psychologists’ discomfort with enquiring about sexual abuse histories. She is a student member of the Australian Psychological Society and a committee member for the Child Sexual Abuse Issues and Psychology interest group.

Her areas of professional interest include:
Anxiety
Depression & Bipolar
Autism Spectrum disorders
Stress and adjustment issues
Learning disorders
ADHD

Roz McKenzie

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse & Counsellor
M Counselling (CBT), M Nursing, Grad Dip Child & Adolescent Health, Cert Gestalt, Cert Midwifery, Cert Nursing

Roz has an extensive background in nursing, midwifery, mental health and counselling. She is a certified credentialed mental health nurse working for many years in the community. She is also registered with The Australian Counselling Association as a counsellor and has experience working with NDIS participants.

Roz’s experience includes working with individuals, couples and families to achieve safe and sound mental health and improve general wellbeing. Her main focus areas include:

  • mental health
  • anxiety disorders
  • depression
  • parenting
  • relationships
  • non-directive pregnancy counselling
  • pre and postnatal mental health
  • trauma
  • chronic disease management
  • pain management

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