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

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

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.

Jaye Bloffwitch

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

Jaye is a clinical psychologist who has worked across numerous settings, including private practice, public health and within education settings. Jaye currently works across both private practice and within local systemic schools, working within a person-centre approach tailoring treatment models to individual needs. Jaye is trained in a variety of evidence-based therapy intervention models and will implement appropriate modalities depending on the client’s presentation and need.

Jaye’s areas of professional clinical interest include anxiety, depression, neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD, Learning Disorders and Intellectual Delay); social cognition and interpersonal concerns; suicide risk assessment and management; and, self-harming (non-suicidal self-injury) behaviours. Jaye enjoys working with mental health presentations across the lifespan, with a particular interest in adolescents and young adults.

Karlye Damaso

Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar
PhD in Clinical Psychology. Thesis in cognitive neuroscience.

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.


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