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).
- Life Transition and Adjustment
- Relationship Challenges
- Workplace/Study Stress
- Young Adults
- Parenting – perinatal and postnatal concerns
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.
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:
- Anxiety Disorders
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
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.