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.

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.

Dr Karlye Damaso

PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Karlye Damaso is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist. 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.

As a Neuroscientist, Karlye has co-authored scientific articles in international journals. She has presented scientific research at national and international conferences. Her primary research explores how errors alter the way people make decisions and how this effects their subsequent behaviour.

Early in her career, Karlye worked and trained with noted celebrity Pediatric Psychologist Dr John Irvine. Subsequently she has participated in a range of health media (print and broadcast), professional training and education presentations, and panel discussions. Karlye has received several awards for her academic and clinical accomplishments.

Markus Michalowski

Clinical Psychology Registrar

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

Clinical Psychology Registrar

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

Jasmine Hull

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

Jasmine is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working in the Public Sector, including disability services, youth detention and adult custody. She is also a Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Board Approved Supervisor. She is warm, empathetic, and passionate about her career, as well as achieving the best outcomes for her clients.

Jasmine’s skill set is in the assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults. She has direct experience in working with a wide range of client presentations, including neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder), complex trauma, grief and loss, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, disruptive and impulse control disorders (e.g. Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder), chronic substance abuse and withdrawal, personality disorders, as well as acute presentations (e.g. psychosis, bipolar disorder) and offending behaviour. She uses evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has an emerging interest in Narrative Therapy.

Karis Gholab

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

Karis is a Clinical Psychologist with a genuine passion for helping individuals and their families adapt to change, overcome challenges and create more joyful, meaningful and connected lives. She has over 10 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist and her approach to therapy draws upon several different therapeutic modalities allowing her to respond effectively to client needs. Her preferred therapeutic modalities include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy and Family Therapy. Karis can help those with a range of concerns including Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Suicidal and self-injurious behaviour, Trauma, Substance abuse, Eating and Body concerns, Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, Gender and Sexuality, Psychosis, Relationship concerns, and life stage changes.

Codie Atherton

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

Codie graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2015. She completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2017 and completed her Clinical Psychology Registrar Program in 2020. Codie believes that establishing and maintaining a positive therapeutic relationship is the key to success for a client’s treatment and is one of the most important aspects of her work – this is vital to work towards accomplishing the client’s goal and obtaining optimal treatment outcomes. She prides herself in providing a client-centred therapy approach which is caring, creative, authentic and compassionate using numerous modalities. Codie has experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient mental health, community mental health and non-government clinical organisations. She is trained in various treatment approaches; including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and parenting and attachment utilising the Circle of Security Framework. Codie is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychology Society. She has completed several research projects with the University of Newcastle including the development of a measure of coparenting competence.

Laura Small

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

Laura trained at the University of New South Wales and has been working as a Clinical Psychologist since 2009. Across her career Laura has worked in various Public Sector roles, including community mental health and youth justice. Laura has an authentic, compassionate, and understanding approach to her work. She will create an accepting and warm environment, so that you feel heard and supported as you work collaboratively towards your therapy goals.

Laura has experience working with a broad range of client presentations, including depression, anxiety, parenting concerns, complex trauma, substance use, personality disorders and psychosis. Laura is trained in several evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy and Mindfulness Based approaches.  She is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and is a Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Board Approved Supervisor.

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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