Greg Powell

 

Greg is a Clinical Psychologist and GP022qualified primary school teacher. He has a Master of Psychology (Clinical), a BA (Psych) (Hons) from the University of Western Sydney, a BA (Psych) from the University of Wollongong, and a Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

As a psychologist in private practice, Greg’s areas of focus relate to assessment and consultation work. Having worked for almost 15 years in school-settings Greg is passionate about helping children and families to navigate the schooling and ongoing education journey in a healthy and effective way. This includes a strong focus on quality assessment in order to inform effective intervention.

Greg is also currently completing Doctoral studies in parenting education , and regularly presents training seminars for a variety of organisations around issues related to effective parenting.

Consultancy work for Greg currently focuses on working with a number of church and mission organisations, providing supervision and training for staff within these organisations, as well as consulting on complex leadership breakdown or the promotion of positive psychological health. Greg utilises a strength-based approach, helping teams to develop self-insight and increase overall effectiveness.  Greg has also lectured in pastoral counselling at a number of theological training colleges.

In the past five years Greg has become increasingly involved in working with individuals struggling with pornography use, consulting with a number of organisations on issues related to the negative impact of pornography use. He is passionate about the importance of educating parents and adolescents about the neurobiological and interpersonal dangers of sustained viewing of pornography, providing seminars and consultancy work in this field.

Greg lives with his wife, Lauren, and their four children (twin daughters and two sons).  Greg enjoyed golf and surfing once upon a time before children arrived.  He is a keen fisherman and is currently chasing kingfish in his kayak.

Leisa Aitken

Leisa-Aitken-260x260Leisa is a Clinical Psychologist with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Masters in Psychology (Clinical) from University of New South Wales. She is currently undertaking further postgraduate study at the University of Sydney in Coaching and Positive Psychology. She is married with young adult children.

Leisa has many years of experience working with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety and stress, but particularly specialises in individuals struggling with emotionally draining or challenging relationships- for example with children, parents, extended family or work colleagues.

Leisa also specialises in working with people interested in the relationship between their ‘head knowledge’ of faith and the reality of their emotional life. Her current thesis is exploring the topic of hope and how our thinking styles and our spiritual beliefs impact our experience of being hopeful.

She has been involved in the supervision of psychologists in psychiatric hospitals and for registration, and training counsellors in Mindfulness based CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). She also regularly runs workshops on both relationship issues (using Bowen Family Systems Theory) and mental health for universities, schools and church groups.

Justin Court

justin 2Justin is a Registered Psychologist with a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts, and Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

His work as a therapist is grounded in a diverse work history which ranges from executive coaching through to physical and psychological rehabilitation and therapy.

Justin specialises in helping individuals navigate difficult life transitions and manage stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and sleeping difficulties. He also has a strong interest in treating complex issues relating to personality and identity (particularly late adolescence), sex, religion, and gender and serious trauma that interfere with work and well-being.

Justin is the father of two young girls and enjoys spending time with his wife, extended family and local community

 

Keryn Shue

 

IMG_2168Keryn is a registered Psychologist and has been practicing for over 20 years.  She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Sydney and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Keryn is experienced in providing individual counselling to adults for a wide range of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, domestic violence, trauma and sexual abuse. She can assist with sexuality, parenting, migration and life adjustments as well as pre-marriage and marriage counselling. Keryn is passionate about refugee, multicultural and women’s issues and has a keen interest in assisting people overcome trauma.

Keryn has been in private practice for over 10 years. She conducts personality and ministry assessments for various church denominations including The Sydney Anglican Diocese, Presbyterian Church, The Baptist Union of NSW, The Uniting Church and CMS Australia. She debriefs and counsels missionaries and understands the challenges facing individuals and their families working in ministry contexts.

Keryn updates her therapeutic practice by undertaking professional development regularly to empower people to develop self awareness and initiate positive change in their lives and relationships. Her main approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples.

Keryn is married with a family. Her extensive counselling experience has covered a wide range of settings, including Private Practice, CRS-Rehabilitation, TAFE-Education, Villawood Detention Centre-Refugee & Asylum Seekers and Anglicare-Multicultural Consulting.

 

Amy Wheaton

Amy WheatonAmy Wheaton is a Clinical Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Masters in Psychology (Clinical) from Macquarie University.

She has many years of experience working with individuals struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues and difficult life transitions, and is passionate about assisting clients to bring order and light out of the chaos and darkness that these issues can bring.

Although Amy has experience working with individuals of all ages, for the last 10 years she has specialised in working with adolescents and young adults in high school and university settings. She has a keen interest in assisting these individuals to navigate the personal challenges that this stage of life can bring. She also has experience in providing groups of students with psychoeducational workshops and programs on a range of topics including stress management, sleep, managing difficult relationships and bullying, body image, and positive psychology. Outside of this she has also been involved in the supervision of psychologists in schools and for registration.

Amy is married with a young daughter, and enjoys surfing the local waves in her spare time.

 

Jennifer Busch

BUSCH Jen 2Jen is a Provisional Psychologist and a qualified high school teacher with a Bachelor of Arts (English and Sociology), a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Adv.), and a Master of Professional Psychology.  She is currently studying a Master of Psychology (Clinical).

Jen has an interest in both depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders, early attachment difficulties and helping others cope with life stage transitions (e.g. becoming a parent). She works predominantly from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy frameworks.

Jen is interested in working with churches and other organisations to provide preventative and practical psychoeducation. She is also passionate about comprehensive educational assessments that focus on assisting parents understand their child’s strengths and recommending effective interventions that mitigate their weaknesses in order for the child to navigate their educational environment with success.

Jen is married with two young daughters and enjoys drinking tea and trail running in her spare time.

 

Nikki Paratore

 

nikki-cropNikki is a Provisional Psychologist and a qualified primary school teacher with a Bachelor of Education (Primary), a Graduate Diploma of Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology.

For the past ten years, Nikki has worked as a teacher across all areas of primary, including as an executive member of staff. This has involved working with students of all ages, as well as with their families, to create and implement interventions and strategies to support students on their learning journey. Working as a teacher has generated an interest in developmental psychology and helping others to find success as they grow and learn, highlighting the many different ways that this may look for each individual. Nikki is interested in conducting educational assessments to assist parents and schools to work together in supporting students.

Nikki enjoys spending time with family and friends travelling to new countries, snowboarding, trying to surf, and discovering new books and food.

Megan Trevor-Wilson

 

Megan is the Office Manager at themindspace.  She has previously worked in bookkeeping roles for a number of businesses and is a highly organised and diligent person.

In her spare time Megan is a devoted wife, mother, and a committed community member, regularly caring for others in her community.  Megan is also passionate about horses and if she isn’t at work or at home, then she can probably be found roaming the hills of Ingleside on her horse.