Mrs Veronica Cook
Clinical Director & Psychologist, Assoc. MAPS
Veronica is the owner and Clinical 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 is Work Cover accredited and a registered NDIS provider. Veronica consults from both our Moorebank and Campbelltown rooms; however, is no longer accepting new clients as she prepares for maternity leave.
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.
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 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 Moorebank rooms.
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 Tanzeela Sadiq
Tanzeela is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA. She is passionate to offer psychological therapy and facilitation to support your journey of personal growth, mental health, realising your innate potential and enhancing the quality of your relationships. She completed her Masters in Applied Psychology and Post Masters Diploma in Clinical Psychology in Pakistan from University of the Punjab Lahore. Tanzeela has experience of working as a clinical psychologist overseas and has further mastered her skills in Australia by working under supervision as a provisional psychologist for two years. Tanzeela's particular interest is in helping adults and children experiencing anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues, anger management, trauma, personality disorders, drug use, grief and loss and parenting challenges. Tanzeela's work comprises of different therapeutic approaches i.e. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Solution focused Therapy and Mindfulness. She assists you to identify and embrace your strengths, acknowledge your uniqueness and accept your challenges to live a joyful and meaningful life. Tanzeela works hard to ensure an empathetic therapeutic relationship with unconditional positive regard. She can assist you with empowering tools that can help you to identify and overcome obstacles in the way of life you desire to create. She greets you to a journey of greater clarity, joy, fun and ultimately being your true self. Welcome to this daring journey of loving and taking care of yourself and people around you. Tanzeela consults from our Moorebank rooms.
Ms Rebecca Bonfield
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Master of Psychology (Clinical) and is registered with AHPRA as a Clinical Psychologist. Rebecca works from a client-centred approach, tailoring the treatment to suit each client’s individual needs. She creates a genuine and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their strengths and challenges. Rebecca provides evidence-based treatment and assessment and has training and experience in: Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Motivational Interviewing and working from a family-inclusive framework. She has worked in government, not-for-profit and private practice roles and has assisted clients with a wide range of clinical presentations. These include: complex trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety and depressive disorders, chronic pain, suicide prevention, non-suicidal self-harm and relationship, stress and adjustment issues. Rebecca is available to provide individual services under the Medicare and Work Cover NSW schemes and consults from our Campbelltown rooms.
Ms Alison Swann
Alison holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, and a Master of Professional Psychology. She is registered with AHPRA and is a registered Medicare Australia Provider. Alison began her career in the community sector working with disadvantaged groups and with people experiencing homelessness. She has six years’ experience working as a therapist and works with both adults and adolescents. Alison is skilled in delivering treatment plans for a range of different mental health problems including: mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, complex trauma, and personality disorders. She utilises a range of therapeutic models including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and trauma-informed therapies. However, Alison ultimately believes in collaborating with her clients to tailor treatment to suit each individual's needs. She empowers clients to retake control of their lives and to recognise and address barriers standing in their way. Alison consults from both our Moorebank and Campbelltown rooms.
Ms Sunila Supavadeeprasit
Registered Psychologist, PhD
Sunila holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is registered with AHPRA. Sunila has worked with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of difficulties as well as developmental issues. Sunila uses a person-centred approach in which therapy is adapted to the needs of the individual. For this, Sunila uses an eclectic blend of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness based approaches for treating clients. She utilizes a wide range of techniques with a holistic orientation to educate clients about the connection between body, mind, and spirit. Her theory is that as people learn how to connect the dots, they can become more open to challenge their beliefs and attitudes which frees up the space to experience change. Additionally, Sunila believes that clients should be empowered to reclaim control of their lives so that they can become more confident to confront and experience the ups and downs of life. Sunila consults from both our Campbelltown and Moorebank 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 currently facilitates DBT group only.
Mrs Teresa Mars
Counsellor & DBT Group Facilitator
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 both our Moorebank and Campbelltown rooms.
Mrs Carol Cook
Mrs Erica Inness
Campbelltown: Tuesday/ Thursday
Ms Natalie Turner
Campbelltown: Monday/ Wednesday
The Lighthouse Psychology Practice
Call Us: (02) 4626 5878
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).
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