About Us

Phyllis Parr

Phyllis is a Clinical Psychologist and has been working in the area of Psychology for over 20 years. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and has general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with endorsement in the area of Clinical Psychology. Her initial training and experience was within the Women’s Health and Disability fields. Phyllis has also worked within the University, TAFE and Private Education systems as both a Psychologist and Lecturer.

Establishing her Private Practice in 1995 presented an excellent opportunity to combine her extensive skills as a Psychologist with her wide-ranging counselling, lecturing, supervision and group therapy experience. Within the Practice Phyllis sees individuals for counselling and therapy, as well as provides professional supervision to Psychologists, Counsellors and a range of Community Organisations. She has also designed and facilitated a number of group programs including Living with Depression, Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety and Assertiveness Training.

Phyllis recently completed her doctoral studies in Psychology. Her thesis explored therapists’ experiences of the therapeutic relationship and the crucial role of empathic attunement to successful therapy outcomes. Hence, Phyllis’ approach places importance on relationship, empathic attunement and compassion.

Phyllis finds her work to be highly rewarding, particularly as it involves assisting people to change and to discover new ways of living a full and meaningful life.

Phyllis’ qualifications are as follows:

  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) (CSU)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) with Distinction (UWS)
  • Master of Applied Psychology (Macquarie University)
  • Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy (Institute of Emotionally Focused Therapy)
  • Bachelor of Arts (UNSW)

Phyllis can be contacted directly on:  0419 485 818

Kym Clyant

Kym is a Psychologist with over 30 years experience working with individuals and couples with personal or work related issues.

Working in a diverse cross section of industries in both private and public sectors, middle and senior management positions and as a consultant, has provided Kym with the experience and understanding of issues that impact on people in the workplace. Her particular areas of expertise and interest are occupational stress and establishing work life balance; workplace bullying and harassment; mentoring and career advice; self-confidence, goal setting and achievement; vocational rehabilitation and the role of emotional intelligence in workplace functioning.

Kym values the therapeutic relationship in her work with individuals and couples experiencing personal difficulties and works with her clients to better understand their psychological and emotional world in order to facilitate change.

Kym uses an emotionally focused and strength based positive approach in her work with her clients and has skills and experience in the treatment of depression; anxiety; stress, including Post Traumatic Stress; loss and grief; and adjustment to other life changes, such as disability and chronic illness.

Over the years, Kym has designed and facilitated numerous training and development programmes for organisations and community agencies. She also provides professional supervision to Psychologists and Psychologists in training and mentoring for women. 

Kym is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Her academic qualifications are as follows:

  • Master of Applied Psychology (Macquarie University)
  • Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy (Institute of Emotionally Focused Therapy)
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Macquarie University) 
  • Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Kym can be contacted directly on: 0402 353 612

Belinda Balaam

Belinda is a Clinical Psychologist and she has been working in the field of Psychology since 1997.  She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Clinical Psychologists.  She holds general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with endorsement in the area of Clinical Psychology.  She is eligible to provide Medicare Rebates.

She initially worked in clinical treatment outcome research and then in the disability sector providing vocational rehabilitation.  Belinda also has extensive experience working as a Counsellor in a University setting.

Belinda brings a broad range of therapeutic skills to her clinical practice.  She has significant experience providing individual counselling and therapy.   She also has experience conducting group programs in areas such as assertiveness and communication training, anxiety management, improving self-esteem and relaxation training.  She believes a respectful, collaborative and warm relationship with the whole person is an essential component of therapy.  She also aims to develop an approach to treatment that fits with the unique needs of each client.  She is particularly interested in the power of creativity and new experiences to assist in the process of healing.  She has an interest in the transformative power of expressive writing. http://www.expressivewriting.net

Belinda values her work, and she enjoys accompanying clients as they experience a growing sense of self-awareness and make relevant changes in their lives.  She has a deep appreciation for the resilience, resources and wisdom that each person has within them.

Belinda’s qualifications are:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology (Australian National University)
  • Honours year in Psychology (Australian National University)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)

Belinda can be contacted directly on: 0408 414 786

Ed Lukaszewski

Edward Lukaszewski is a Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. Ed is a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists, within the Australian Psychological Society.

Ed has extensive experience in providing individual and relationship counselling, as well as brief and longer-term psychotherapy, and group therapy.

When working with clients, Ed considers their individual experiences and emotional difficulties, their relationships, and the broader context of their family and cultural histories. He tailors therapy to address the unique concerns and goals of each client.

Ed enjoys the process of working collaboratively with people in finding solutions to their problems, aiming to empower them as they change and grow.

Ed has a varied professional background. Beginning in 1974, he has worked as a School Teacher, a District Officer (child protection and foster care), a Senior Staff Development Officer, and as a part-time University Lecturer. Ed has lectured extensively in postgraduate training programs for Counselling and Clinical Psychologists. Since 1987, Ed has been a Counsellor at both Sydney University and UNSW.

Ed has provided professional supervision for many Counsellors, Psychologists and Therapist, for over 30 years.

Ed’s qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Science (University of Newcastle)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Sydney Teachers College)
  • Diploma of Family Therapy (Family Therapy Institute of Australia)
  • Master of Arts (Counselling) (Macquarie University)

Ed can be contacted directly on: 0401 030 031

Gwenda Gilligan

Ms Gwenda Gilligan is a Registered Psychologist and an Associate Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists. Her work includes individual therapy, group work, and couple therapy. She also undertakes psychological and cognitive assessments for children, adolescents and adults.

Gwenda’s focus is on enabling clients to understand the changes they want to bring about in their lives and in facilitating initiatives to institute those changes. Current therapies utilized  include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Attachment Theories

Gwenda’s work history includes counselling clients in the performing arts, sports people, students and business people in overcoming performance related anxiety including generalized anxiety, social phobia and panic attacks. Gwenda has an extensive teaching career working with children, adolescents, teachers and families in the public and private domains. She has also worked with child and adult refugees, new arrivals to Australia, and with Indigenous Australians. Gwenda’s varied employment history means she has developed skills working with individuals across the life span and with those who have experienced trauma caused by war, dislocation, prejudice and physical and sexual abuse.

Gwenda has a Master of Clinical Psychology; Master of Creative Arts (MCA); Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education (BA Dip Ed) and is the recipient of a PhD scholarship (2014) from the Menzies School of Health Research and Charles Darwin University (CDU) to investigate the role Indigenous cancer survivors in improving cancer outcomes for Indigenous cancer patients.

Gwenda’s Contact Details:
Telephone: 0412 179983
Email: gwenda.gilligan2@gmail.com.au

Georgie Ashton

Georgie holds general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and has been practicing as a psychologist for 10 years across both public and private health sectors. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychological Association (ACPA), near to completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology (Swinburne University).  She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling (ACAP), 3 years of mindfulness based somatic psychotherapy training (Hakomi) and one year of relationship therapy training (H.E.A.R.T). 

Georgie brings a broad range of experience to her practice, having worked in acute mental health care settings including crisis assessment and treatment teams in the community, emergency departments and prison, however her most extensive experience is in providing short to longer term therapeutic interventions for individuals and couples.  She uses a range of therapeutic interventions with mindful awareness in the present moment.  This allows people to notice and understand their automatic emotional, cognitive and relational patterns that can continue to hold them back in life, cause emotional pain and harmful behaviours. This therapeutic work invites clients to have new or missing experiences that can facilitate deep change.

Georgie’s qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Science (University of Sydney)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (University of Canberra)
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Australian College of Applied Psychology)
  • Graduate of Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy training (Hakomi Institute)
  • Graduate of Hakomi Embodied and Aware Relationships Training (Hakomi Institute)

Georgie can be contacted directly on 0425 250 696.

Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy is a Registered Psychologist. She provides individual therapy for adults and young people with a range of difficulties. She has broad experience providing brief and longer-term psychotherapy.

Kate knows there can be many reasons for experiencing pervasive feelings of discontent, or feeling stuck. She works closely with clients to form a supportive partnership based on empathic understanding of their lives, emotions, achievements, struggles and important relationships. She will tailor therapy based on your specific goals and concerns. She works with women and men from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations

Kate commenced working in the field of psychotherapy in 1989.  Her experience includes providing individual, group and family counselling in public and private mental health settings, government and non-government agencies, as a sexual assault counsellor, and as a perinatal-infant-child and family practitioner. She is interested in the role of creativity in achieving a sense of well-being, connection and healing.

Kate completed the three-year post-graduate clinical training in the Conversational Model of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This therapy has proven effective in helping to overcome an extensive range of difficulties, including the ongoing impact of past or recent trauma, feelings of isolation, alienation, anxiety, an inability to enjoy personal achievements, low or changing mood, problems adjusting to change, and difficulty achieving satisfying relationships.

Kate is a Clinical Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (ANZAP), the International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, and is a facilitator of the Circle of Security Parenting Program. She can provide attachment informed psychotherapy for parents struggling with adjustment to parenting, or other family problems.

Kate can be contacted directly on 0403 815 015.

To make an appointment

Week-day, evening and Saturday appointments can be made by calling 9571 1234 or 0419 485 818 or by phoning any of the Psychologists directly.
Alternatively you can send us an email with any questions and your contact details.