The Lighthouse Psychology Practice
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Mrs Angela Vella
Mrs Carol Cook
Mrs Veronica Cook
Clinical Director & Psychologist, Assoc. MAPS
Veronica is the owner and Director of The Lighthouse Psychology Practice. As well as being registered with AHPRA, she is an Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), member of the Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability (PsychDD); and a registered Medicare Australia Provider. She is an approved Supervisor for Provisionally Registered Psychologists and provides professional development training on a range of topics to allied health professionals and other disciplines. Veronica has worked in private and community health settings for over 12 years in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, grief & loss and complex behavioural issues across the lifespan. She has a particular interest in working with men and women presenting with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and complex trauma, parenting, relationship issues (Couples Counselling) and attachment difficulties. She employs Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy and Schema Therapy in her work with patients; as well as short-term Imago informed Couples Counselling. Veronica consults from both our Moorebank and Campbelltown rooms.
Mrs Dana Hadid
Registered Psychologist, Assoc. MAPS
Dana holds a BA in Psychology (Macquarie University) and a Master's in Health Science (Child & Adolescent Health) from Sydney University. She is registered with the AHPRA and is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Dana has over 10 years experience working in the community health and private sectors. Dana is experienced working with both children and adults presenting with a range of conditions including anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma, post-traumatic stress, developmental disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dana's professional interests include the treatment of anxiety-related disorders in children, as well as trauma-related anxiety in both adults and children. Dana's therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, and Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT). Dana works hard to ensure clients feel comfortable in therapy, priding herself on being approachable, and affable, as well as providing a non-judgemental space in which clients may feel comfortable throughout the therapy process. Dana consults from both our Moorebank and Campbelltown rooms.
Ms Natalia Moreno Montecinos
Natalia is registered with AHPRA and is an approved supervisor for Provisionally Registered Psychologists and has over 8 years experience working with a variety of complex mental health presentations and experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Natalia has worked in the private sector, non-government organisations and with NSW Health in various inpatient and community mental health settings, providing individual and group therapies. She has also worked with victims of crime providing specialised counselling services. Natalia has worked with presentations including depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm, complex PTSD, drug and alcohol issues, grief and loss, eating disorders, personality disorders, anxiety and adjustment, sexual and gender issues; and psychotic disorders. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic models and employs Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour therapy (DBT) and Schema therapy in her work with patients. Natalia consults from our Campbelltown rooms.
Mr John McQuillen
Clinical Psychologist, MAPS
John is Clinical Psychologist registered with AHPRA, is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and its College of Clinical Psychologists, and also holds membership with the Association for Contextual behavioural Science. He has experience working as a Psychologist in both the private and public sectors with a very diverse range of clients and presentations.He has worked with many veterans and current-serving members of the ADF, Federal Police, NSW Police, NSW Fire Brigade, and other first responder services. John is experienced in working with both offenders and victims of crime, has experience working with persons marginalized due to race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and gender identity in a number of different contexts. He specializes in providing therapy for people who have experienced trauma and provides a service for a diverse range of other mental health problems including problems with mood and anxiety, substance use, grief and loss, specific phobias, personality disorders, psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, self-harm and suicidal behaviours, stress and adjustment problems, problems in the workplace, difficulties with relationships, and anger management to name a few. In addition to individual therapy, he also has experience providing couples therapy. John is available to provide individual services under the Medicare, DVA, and Workcover NSW schemes. He primarily uses classical Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). As a therapist he is warm, enthusiastic, and practical. He treats all clients with an unconditional positive regard, and recognizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship and the strengths a client brings to the process. In addition to providing psychological therapy, John is able to provide a psychological assessment and reporting service for medico-legal, forensic, and other purposes. John consults from our Campbelltown and Moorebank rooms.
Mrs Kara Smith
Registered Psychologist, MAPS
Kara holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master of Arts (Psychology) (Developmental Psychopathology). Kara is registered with AHPRA, is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS); and member of the Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability (PsychDD). Kara is also an approved Supervisor for Provisionally Registered Psychologists and has provided professional development training on a range of topics to allied health professionals and other disciplines. Kara has worked in a variety of settings including university, community, disability and private settings for the past 20 years. Kara is experienced in working with a wide variety of presentations including anxiety, depression, self-harm, grief & loss, developmental and complex trauma, attachment, eating disorders, developmental disabilities and significant challenging behaviour. Kara has a particular interest in working with children, adolescents and their families who have cognitive, emotional, attachment, sensory and/or behavioural difficulties and employs a range of evidence- based therapies including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Play Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Kara consults from our Moorebank rooms.
Mrs Fatima Omar
Registered Psychologist, MAPS
Fatima is a Clinical Psychologist qualified in South Africa. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and completed her undergraduate degree, Honours and Masters in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating with an Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Society (a society honouring academic excellence) and presented an academic paper at the International Congress of Psychology in July 2012.Fatima has experience working in psychiatric public and private settings where she was exposed to working with acute and severe mental illnesses. She has extensive experience in facilitating groups specialising in emotional regulation, stress and anger management. Fatima has experience in working with a wide variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, self-harm, grief and loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has a particular interest in working with developmental and complex trauma, attachment difficulties and couples counselling.Fatima is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodynamic therapy. Fatima is passionate about helping individuals with difficulties and is committed to providing a warm, supportive, empathic and confidential environment tailored to suit each and every client. Fatima consults from our Moorebank rooms.
Mr Ian Davidson
Registered Psychologist/ Clinical Psychology Registrar
Ian holds a BA in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, and a Masters of Clinical Psychology. Ian is registered with AHPRA and is completing his clinical psychology registrar program. Ian has several years experience working in the mental health field. Ian has worked with a wide range of clients presenting with diverse range of difficulties, disorders, and symptom severity levels. Ian is a firm believer in adapting treatments to the client and using their strengths while utilising evidence-based practice and techniques. Ian enjoys working with Adult, Adolescent, and Child clients and places great importance on building strong and caring therapeutic partnerships. Ian has an interest in anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as personality disorders. Ian utilises an eclectic mix of techniques in therapy and has a keen interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Ian consults from both our Moorebank and Campbelltown rooms.
Mrs Pina Zerafa
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Pina is registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and is an Accredited Mental health Social Worker. She holds a Master of Counselling Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Education. As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker Pina works with individuals and families to enhance emotional and social wellbeing in order to engage fully and meaningfully in life. Pina has over 10 years experience working in school settings, and health and community sectors with individuals and families across the lifespan, particularly children and adolescents. She is skilled in the assessment and treatment of depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, developmental disorders, adjustment difficulties, self-harm, relationship difficulties, family conflict, grief and loss, and complex trauma. Pina uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness based approaches, Strengths based approaches, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy and Family Therapy. Pina has special interest in working with the family system to improve interpersonal relationships and overall family functioning. As a therapist she is warm, respectful and values the client/ therapist relationship. Pina consults from our Moorebank rooms.
Mrs Alena Piccolruaz
Alena is a caring and empathetic Psychologist who is equally at home working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Issues treated (but not limited to) include; anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, grief, work-related issues and relationship matters. Special areas of interest are children and adolescents with emotional, academic, study skills, social and behavioural difficulties in addition to mothers experiencing antenatal and postnatal depression and parenting issues. Alena is a psychologist whose approach to therapy is holistic and strengths-based, tailored to each individual’s needs. She always strives to uphold integrity with her clients and acknowledges the importance of building a strong connection with each person in a confidential and ethical manner. Alena has a wealth of other work and life experiences, working as a senior marketer both here and overseas in her early career. Qualifications include a Master of Professional Psychology, Bachelor of Social Science Psychology (Honours), Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Counselling. Alena is a Registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. She employs key evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person Centred, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapies, Narrative and Play/Sandplay Therapy. Alena consults from our Campbelltown and Moorebankrooms.
Ms Brittany Ruiz
Brittany is committed to a person-centred approach that promotes achieving a life that is meaningful. Brittany has a background in infant, child and adolescent mental health, working with the family systemically and holistically. Brittany has experience in the private, public and not for profit sectors and enjoys the diversity that each sector offers. Brittany has experience working with individuals presenting with a variety of different issues and a specific interest in the following: Eating Disorders, Trauma/ PTSD, Anxiety, Depression/ mood disorders, Suicidality/self-harm, Family discord, Attachment, Family work/parenting. Brittany works from a model of evidence-based practice, individualising the treatment to the client and their presentation. Brittany can treat through a variety of models including; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Behavioural Therapy (Maudsley- Eating Disorders), Behavioural Family Therapy (Family work model), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis, Parenting with Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Family therapy interventions. As a therapist, Brittany values the therapeutic relationship and prides herself on ensuring a safe, confidential and friendly environment. Brittany consults from our Campbelltown rooms.
Mrs Grace Smith
Counsellor & DBT Group Facilitator
Grace holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Management and joins Lighthouse after an extensive career in the health/ medical industry. She holds qualifications in nursing, midwifery & mothercraft, and has over 25 years' experience in the Pharmaceutical industry having worked in sales, marketing and training for Wyeth, Bayer, Pfizer and Parke-Davis. Grace has undertaken a Graduate Diploma in Counselling with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) to re-train and pursue her goal of working as a Counsellor. Grace is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and co-facilitates the Lighthouses' DBT informed skills training group therapy program. Grace has interests in working with adults across the lifespan, and employing therapy approaches such as person-centred counselling, elements of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), grief and loss work and Motivational Interviewing (MI) with clients. Grace consults from our Campbelltown rooms.
Mrs Teresa Mars
Teresa is an accredited Counsellor, registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). She also holds a Bachelor of English Literature, a Graduate Diploma of Bi-lingual secretarial studies and a Graduate Diploma of Education. Teresa has worked in public relations, academic publishing, corporate communications and educational administration in England, France and Australia during a 35-year career span. Throughout her career Teresa has maintained an interest in human behaviour and undertaken studies in psychology, observing the benefits that counselling can offer. Teresa has a rich life experience and has now turned her interests to counselling and psychopathology, working with clients across the lifespan and facilitating group therapy programs such as Circle of Security and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). As an accredited DBT therapist, Teresa is interested in supporting clients with complex trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addiction and disordered eating behaviours. Teresa is warm and genuine employing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), DBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy in her work with clients; and consults from our Moorebank rooms.
Mrs Erica Inness
Campbelltown: Tuesday/ Thursday
Ms Natalie Turner
Campbelltown: Monday/ Wednesday
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Psychologists at Lighthouse have all received tertiary qualifications at University, are all registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and eligible to provide services under Medicare Australia. All Psychologists practice according to the ethics and standards set by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).