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Our Team

Dr Michelle Pritchard

Clinical Psychologist
Director

BA (Hons, M.Psychol (Clin), PhD, MACPA

Michelle is a clinical psychologist and founder of Mindright. She has more than 15 years of experience in clinical psychology and specialises in providing therapy to adults, teenagers, children, families and couples.

Michelle completed her clinical psychology training at the University of Sydney where she also completed a PhD under National Scholarship. Michelle has worked in private practice for the past 12 years. Prior to working in private practice, she worked as a clinical psychologist in an acute mental health setting treatment complex presentations.

Michelle focuses on providing clients with a warm and engaging space to be able to process their difficulties and learn effective tools for improving where things are at for them. She has a particular interest in working with a number of varied presentations including (but not limited to) perinatal depression and anxiety, complex adolescent difficulties including risk of harm, couple therapy, adult and child depression and anxiety and family separation and/or stress.

Michelle practices cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), schema therapy, motivation enhancement therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Michelle works at our Lane Cove practice on a Monday and at Bondi Junction on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dr Sandra Darmanin

Clinical Psychologist

B. Psych (Hons), MA (Clin), Psy.D, MAPS

Sandra is a clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).  She was trained as a clinical psychologist at Berkeley, California and Yale University where she also completed her Doctoral Dissertation on Adult Attachment Styles within a Substance Dependent population.

Sandra has been providing therapy to adult clients for over 15 years and has accumulated a wealth of experience in working with adults with complex presentations. She has a particular expertise in working with adults with a history of substance and alcohol use and also sees clients who need treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma and OCD. Sandra is experienced working with gay and lesbian issues and also has a particular interest in working with stress related issues at work (especially within the Banking/Financial and Advertising industry).

Sandra is trained in psychodynamic therapy in particular attachment and object relations. She specialises  in attachment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema focused therapy, relapse prevention and motivation interviewing.

Sandra is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and is an approved Supervisor by the Psychology Board of Australia. She is available at our Bondi Junction practice on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ms Keiren Hynes

Clinical Psychologist

B.Sc (Hons), M.Psychol (Clin), MAPS

With over 15 years of clinical experience, Keiren provides a calm, warm and supportive space for children, adolescents, adults and families to achieve long lasting and transformative change

Keiren has worked at various well regarded treatment centres across Sydney and Auckland including Westmead Hospital, the Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Regional Eating Disorders Clinic (Auckland).

Keiren is confident in working with a wide range of presenting difficulties including but not limited to; Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Child developmental and behavioural disorders (Aspergers, Autism, ADHD, Tic disorders, conduct), Relationship issues (adult and parent – child), trauma (PTSD and complex trauma) as well as general distress that arises from life transitions and changes (career change, bullying, work or school stress).

When treating children, adolescents, couples and families, Keiren works from a family therapy perspective and utilises mindfulness based strategies and behaviour management principles. For young children she may also use parent child interaction therapy as well as play therapy. With adults, Keiren is trained in and favours Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). For Eating disorders she is trained in and favours Family Based Treatment (FBT). Ultimately however the choice of treatment will be arrived at collaboratively with each client.

The main focus of Keiren’s practice is in achieving observable long lasting change. Hence, there is a strong focus on goal setting, skills development and between session practices with regular checking in regarding progress.

Keiren offers appointments at Bondi Junction on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dr Jessica Klug

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DCP (ClinPsych), MAPS

Jessica is a clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University with her doctoral dissertation exploring parental exposure to traumatic life events and the effects on parenting practices, parent-child attachment and child psychological well-being. Prior to working at Mindright, Jessica worked in several acute inpatient settings and has gained considerable experience working with individuals in crisis, following trauma and with a range of other complex mental health concerns.

Jessica works predominantly with adults and older adolescents experiencing adjustment difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and bereavement, depression, anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder) and interpersonal/relationship difficulties. She also has a specific interest in working with women and men experiencing perinatal mental health concerns including fertility and pregnancy-related anxiety and depression, anxiety related to childbirth, traumatic childbirth, difficulties adjusting to the parenting role, parent-infant attachment difficulties, grief related to infertility and miscarriage, and parenting practices of infants and toddlers.

Jessica provides both long and short term psychotherapy and tailors her therapeutic approach to meet individual needs and goals. She utilises a combination of therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. Jessica also draws on attachment theory and psychodynamic frameworks in her work. Jessica collaborates closely with GPs, psychiatrists, obstetricians and other health professionals where necessary.

Jessica consults at Mindright in Bondi Junction on a Monday and Thursday.

Ms Agatha Niezabitowski

Clinical Psychologist

B.Psych, Postgrad Dip Social Health, MPsych (Clin)

Agatha Niezabitowski is a Clinical Psychologist and member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She completed her undergraduate and Clinical Psychology Master’s degree at Macquarie University. Her dissertation explored the associations of social anxiety, ostracism and self-regulation. Agatha has worked in private practice and in hospital settings for over 10 years. Hospital settings include Macquarie Psychiatric Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Westmead Hospital in Medical Psychology as well as their outpatients’ eating disorders units. She has gained experience with a wide range of acute and chronic psychological conditions.

Agatha specialises in working with adults and adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, phobias, stress, grief and bereavement, adjustment conditions, health anxiety, and eating disorders. She has a special interest in trauma and eating disorders. Agatha has been trained in various therapeutic orientations including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. Agatha also incorporates attachment theory and psychodynamic orientations into her approach.

Agatha provides short and long term psychotherapy. Her main focus is to provide a warm, therapeutic space for clients to process their concerns, to connect to where individuals are at, and use tailored psychological approaches to create meaningful change.

She is available Tuesday to Friday and offers some afterhours consultations.

Mrs Shane Lee Vassallo

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Psych), MPsych (Clin)

Shane is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with children and families experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has over 17 years of experience and has worked in a range of settings with NSW Health.

Before working at Mindright, Shane worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Team Leader at St George Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service providing assessment and treatment services to children and families experiencing depression, anxiety, behavioural difficulties, family related stressors, social skills difficulties and developmental presentations including autism and AD/HD. Shane has also worked with mothers and families experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety difficulties.

Shane has a particular interest in working with children and young adolescents presenting with behavioural problems including conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and AD/HD. She is also interested and very experienced in the management of anxiety disorders, self-esteem and eating difficulties.

Shane also works currently as a Clinic Supervisor within the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales where she provides professional supervision to clinicians training to become Clinical Psychologists.

Shane consults at Mindright on a Monday & Wednesday.

Mr Daniel Herman

BPsychSci (Hons), MPsych (Clin), AdvDip Gestalt Psychotherapy

Daniel is a psychologist and psychotherapist with more than 10 years’ experience helping people across a wide variety of difficulties. He specialises in working with adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety and depression. Daniel also has experience working with people experiencing difficulties such as interpersonal and relationship problems, low self-esteem, substance use and addictive behaviours, abuse and trauma, sexuality, grief and bereavement.

Daniel works from a supportive, non-judgmental approach and believes in collaboratively tailoring therapy to an individual’s needs, personality style, and unique goals. He combines his clinical psychology and psychotherapy training to support clients in becoming more aware of how they think, feel and act in the present moment; with the aim of providing insight into ways in which they can alleviate their current issues and distress in order to achieve personal growth and aspire to their full potential.
Daniel practices cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI), and gestalt psychotherapy (a holistic, person-centred approach).

Daniel works at the Bondi Junction practice on a Monday & Wednesday and at Lane Cove on a Thursday & Friday. He also offers some after school/late afternoon appointments.

Dr Cecilia Minogue

D.Clinical Psychology, M.Sc, B.Soc Sci (Psychology) (Hons), LLB.

Cecilia has completed 10 years of tertiary study in psychology. She received her postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney, completing a doctorate in clinical psychology and a Masters in psychology research.

Cecilia works with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, low-self esteem, trauma, adjustment to illness or parental separation, bereavement, sexual identity, and relationship issues. She particularly enjoys working with children and parents to create appropriate boundaries and engage with one another in calmer, more functional ways.

Cecilia uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, DBT and family therapy to assist her clients to find effective ways of coping and develop more genuine and functional ways of relating. She focuses on providing a warm relationship with each of her clients; a safe and supportive base from which they can explore their difficulties, realise their strengths, and be their most effective.

Cecilia has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a range of hospital, clinic and community settings including Child, Youth and Family at Sutherland Hospital, acute adult inpatients Wesley Private Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Sydney University Psychology Clinic. She also received a research grant to investigate the impact of childhood experiences on the risk of dementia in older age and has presented her work internationally.

Cecilia is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority and is an associate member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. She also has degrees in Arts and Law.

Cecilia consults at Bondi Junction on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.

Ms Mary Cantrill

B.S.W (Hons), Master of Couple and Family therapy, PhD Social Work

Mary is a Couple & Family Therapist with 20 years of experience. She has worked intensively with parents and families in NSW mental health services and since her postgraduate clinical training at Relationships Australia has worked with couples to improve intimacy, identify and break unhealthy patterns of interaction, helping couples manage emotional reactivity and adopt positive communication strategies. Mary structures sessions so that her clients can develop skills which are practiced during the session and between sessions. She helps her clients understand themselves better, their triggers, and their hopes and steps for change. Her passion and commitment to working with couples and families extends in her work as a social work educator and supervisor of allied health clinicians. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Masters in Couple and Family Therapy (Distinction) at the University of New South Wales.

Mary’s research informs her work with couples, parents, and families. She has completed an honours thesis that explores perceptions and experiences of family therapy treatment in NSW mental health. She has also submitted her PhD on parent and family help seeking experiences during acute mental health crises and the first psychiatric hospitalisation. Mary is a full member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and maintains ongoing professional development, training and clinical supervision in accordance with AASW guidelines.

Mary is a warm, empathic and non-judgmental therapist. She enjoys working with couples and families and is highly skilled in engaging and helping her clients understand the transactional patterns and pathways for rebuilding and strengthening relationships. Mary works with a range of presenting issues that include developmental lifecycle transitions such as coupling, marriage, affairs, separation and divorce, pregnancy, parental adjustment, blended families, child rearing, mental and physical illness, disability, and grief and loss. Mary helps her clients of all ages create better lives and healthier relationships.

Mary offers appointments at Lane Cove on a Monday (evenings 5:30pm-8:30pm) Tuesday (2pm-8pm) and at Bondi Junction Friday (afternoons 3pm-7pm) and Saturdays (9am-4pm).

 

Dr Rani Simpson

M.Sc, BA (Hons)

Dr Rani Simpson is a clinical psychologist who has been providing therapy for over ten years. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters of Science at The University of Sydney and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Rani provides a warm and relaxed environment in which she provides therapy for a range of psychological concerns for all ages. Rani is experienced in treating adults with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and OCD. She completed her Doctorate on the Maudsley model of therapy for anorexia nervosa. She has been working over the past few years at a practice for children and adolescents and has experience helping families with behavioural disorders, childhood anxiety and adolescent depression and self-harm. Rani also has a particular interest in treating post-natal depression and anxiety.

Rani used integrative psychological therapy including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches such as ACT, schema therapy and attachment-based therapy. Rani has worked in private practice as well as in Child and Adolescent Public Health, at Northside Clinic Mood Disorders Unit and Wesley Centre for Eating Disorders.

Rani worked at Mindright for around seven years at Bondi Junction and has recently re-joined our practice in Lane Cove. She will be available on Wednesdays at Lane Cove.

Kerry has been with Mindright for a number of years and has a wealth of experience in admin and ensures that the practice runs smoothly.  Kerry will be only too happy to answer your questions.  She works at Mindright Mon-Thurs.

Aida is new to practice and provides administrative support on a Friday and Saturday. Aida is currently studying the Juris Doctor at University of Sydney.