reception@themindspace.com.au

PO Box 112

MONA VALE 1660

p  02 8208 5958

f  02 8072 2130

Suite 43

90 Mona Vale Road

WARRIEWOOD  2102

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About Me

Greg is a Clinical Psychologist and qualified 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.

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.

Managing Director

Clinical Psychologist

GREG POWELL

Justin 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.  He has a particular interest in schema therapy.

Schema Therapy is an integrative approach to treatment that combines the best aspects of cognitive-behavioral, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model. Schema Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative ("maladaptive") patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful.

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

Psychologist

JUSTIN COURT

Amy 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 psycho-educational 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.

Clinical Psychologist

AMY WHEATON

Keryn 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.

Psychologist

KERYN SHUE

Jess is a Registered Psychologist with a Bachelor of Media in Writing, Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology), with First Class Honours, and a Masters of Professional Psychology, both from Macquarie University.

 

Jess enjoys working with children, adolescents and young adults and has gathered experience both privately and as a school psychologist working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, self-esteem, difficult life transitions and neurodevelopment disorders. Jess also has a focus on psychological and educational assessment to help assist parents and schools in supporting clients learning and wellbeing.

 

Jess has a special interest in underlying processes in the transmission of anxiety within families and is passionate about increasing an awareness and understanding of mental health in local communities.

 

Jess has a genuine interest in people and their stories and has a desire to support and empower her clients. Jessica uses a client centered approach to treatment and is trained in multiple evidence based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Applied Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness based practice frameworks and is also experienced in behavioural therapy.

 

Jess is married with two young boys. She is happiest outdoors and by the water and loves to challenge herself by seeking out new activities and adventures as often as she can.

Psychologist

JESSICA JONES

Monica is a qualified sex and fertility educator and counsellor. She has a Masters in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Psychosexual Therapy), a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication and advanced medical research degree (PhB Science) with Honours. She is also an ACNFP accredited natural fertility educator and member of Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS). 

 

Combined with many years of experience Monica’s main focus has been on translating the most current information and research in the field of sexology into practical concepts and exercises to help individuals and couples thrive in their sexual relationships. Topics of interest include female sexual wellness, sex after kids, mismatched libido, fostering healthy communication, working with multicultural populations and natural fertility.  Her approach is a wholistic one that addresses body, mind and soul and provides individuals and couples a safe space to explore their sexuality knowing that their values will be respected and acknowledged.

In 2018 Monica was offered a position as a Senior Research Fellow at Anglican Deaconess Ministries. It was here she had the unique opportunity to design a sex and fertility program built on theological principles for the Church called 'Reconceive'. 

In addition to presenting at churches, she has also worked for CatholicCare educating engaged couples and parents. She is a regular speaker for Family Planning NSW, a subcommittee board member for the Australasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine (AIRRM) and manages the Christian Society for Sexual Wellbeing (CSSW).

In her ‘spare’ time Monica enjoys exploring new places and trying new foods with her husband of 10 years and her three young children.

Sexologist

MONICA COOK

Jen 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.  

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 psycho-education.  She is also involved in completing psychological assessments for churches and other faith-based organisations, aiding in the psychological screening and selection of staff.  Jen has presented training sessions for various organisations and is passionate about helping organisations to bridge the gap between research and application in the area of mental health.

 

Jen 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.

Intern Psychologist

JENNIFER BUSCH

Nikki 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 has completed specific training in models of play-therapy and has particular strengths in engaging with and working with young children.  By utilising her assessment strengths and also play-therapy skills she is able to introduce creativity and fun in her approach to working with children, while ensuring that she is focused on providing targeted and effective treatments.

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

Intern Psychologist

NIKKI PARATORE

Emily is a Provisional Psychologist currently completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University. She has had clinical experience working in various settings with clients from a broad range of ages and backgrounds, primarily from a Cognitive-Behavioural perspective. 

 

She has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents, and enjoys connecting with young people. She has been working in a volunteer capacity with adolescents for the past 10 years, and has been employed in various roles working with children for the past 6 years. 

 

Emily has particular interest in working with difficulties such as; depression, anxiety, coping with intense emotions, social difficulties, and navigating identity and self-esteem. She is also experienced in conducting cognitive and academic assessments, and helping people better understand and manage behavioural difficulties. 

 

She approaches therapy with a “real” and genuine attitude. She is passionate about identifying clients’ unique strengths and differences, and working collaboratively and creatively to find solutions that are most effective. 

 

In her spare time, Emily likes to read at the beach, cook, and spend time with friends and family.

Intern Psychologist

EMILY ROOLEHT