Edwina Cowdery

PRINCIPAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Edwina Cowdery

Edwina is an Experienced Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in Private Practice, NGO’s and Corporate Psychology. She has been a Supervisor of Intern 4+2 and 5+1 Psychologists since 2009 with all interns gaining full registration.

She set up the Psychology Practice for Barwon Division of General Practice in Rural and Remote NSW.

She is skilled in Panic Disorders, Anger Management, Anxiety Management, Relationship Counselling, workplace bullying, Stress Management and is Sira (WorkCover) accredited. Strong healthcare services professional with a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice focused in Psychology from College of Professional Psychology degrees from Drake University and Sydney University in Science Psychology.

Edwina has a philosophy of inclusion regardless of race, colour or creed and as a Manager believes in supporting her staff in having an inclusive and safe working environment where all clinicians have a chance to thrive and extend their skills.

As a therapist she is passionate about her work but recognises that each client needs a unique professional that suits THEM and this is not always her therefore as a manager she would endeavour to find the co-worker who would be the best fit for the client.

Practices at: Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Xiaoping Zhu

PSYCHOLOGIST
Xiaoping Zhu

Dr. Zhu is a highly experienced and skilled psychologist with 25 years of professional counselling experience. He is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, and registered with AHPRA. Dr. Zhu is also the Medicare Health Care Plan provider and Work Cover approved Psychologist. He has been dedicated to working in personal mental health in both the corporate sector and private practice, since moving his focus from academic research to psychological counselling in 1995. Dr. Zhu is passionate about helping adults, adolescents, children, families and couples, working with a wide range of psychological presentations.

Dr. Zhu considers counselling to be a collaborative process with clients, based on respect, trust, and utilizing client own strengths and resources for best outcomes. Dr. Zhu works within a holistic health model (BMS-R) with the not only considering the Body, Mind, and Spiritual aspects of healing, but treating the Relationship as the most therapeutic factor as well. Dr Zhu uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy as his main therapeutic approaches. Through his counselling, clients can increase their awareness of themselves, build more confidence to face challenges, and have more skills to find solutions to problems.

The core concept embedded into Dr. Zhu’s sessions is the development of a positive and effective approach, or attitude, to life’s challenges. The basic goal of his counselling is to assist clients to be empowered with a series of healthy perspectives about their life, and to be equipped with the psychological resources to excel.

Areas of Special Interests

  • Children and Adolescents Development and Parenting
  • Family Relationship and Couples Counselling
  • Stress, Depression, and Anxiety
  • Career and Work-related Problems
  • Psychometric Tests

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Zhejiang
  • Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, East China Normal University
  • Post-doc Research Fellow at School of Psychology, UNSW

Practices at: Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Leslie Spitz

PSYCHOLOGIST
Leslie Spitz

Leslie is an experienced registered psychologist, registered by the Psychology Board of Australia, a division of the Australian Health practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

She has experience working with adults and adolescents of various ages and cultural backgrounds.

She offers Diagnostic assessments and reports, Evidence-Based therapeutic interventions, Workers Compensation claims, and help clear NSW State Debt through the Workers Development Order program.

She is living my passion as a registered psychologist working collaboratively with my clients to create positive change and transformation. She is inspired by the belief that authenticity is the natural state in all of us and that a good therapeutic relationship is the starting point for actioning change.

As a psychologist, Leslie is well informed in research and use evidence-based therapies that adhere to the ‘scientific-practitioner’ model. Leslie is proficient in using psychological assessment for primary aged children as well as forensic assessment and report writing in accordance with scientifically based protocols.

As a later graduate, Leslie is up-to-date in neuroscience and in the way mindfulness can promote integrative functioning between various regions of the brain, optimising self-regulation and transforming trauma.

Leslie has many years of experience working with a wide range of concerns that hold people back from realising their potential. Her approach is interpersonal, solution focussed and attachment-oriented, which I combine with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to accompanying my clients on the exciting path towards personal growth.

My qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Social Science with Honours (2nd class, Div. A). University of New England. NSW
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science. University of Western Sydney
  • Diploma of Holistic Counseling and Life Care. Nature Care College, NSW
  • Bachelor of Arts. Sarah Lawrence College, New York, USA

Practices at: Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Nicole Milne

PSYCHOLOGIST
Nicole Milne

Dr Nicole Milne is a registered Psychologist with postgraduate training in clinical neuropsychology. She completed her training through The University of Western Australia, which included working in busy hospital settings in Perth and Adelaide. Nicole has experience working with diverse patient groups, spanning psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, geriatrics, rehabilitation and paediatrics.

Nicole is available to conduct psychometric assessments and works within a scientist-practitioner framework. She has a special interest in working with older adults. Her PhD research investigated cognitive functioning in older adults with Type 2 diabetes, and she has previously worked in research settings with healthy older adults as well as those with dementia, and their families.

Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Master of Brain & Mind Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Practices at: Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Kylie Johnson

PSYCHOLOGIST
Kylie Johnson

Kylie is an experienced psychologist in both Cambodia and Australia. During her 17 years of experience, she has enjoyed work in a variety of settings including private practice, safe shelters, non-government organisations, parole offices, a variety of field locations and prisons.

In Cambodia she has worked as a technical advisor/mentor for several non-government organisations that support vulnerable people. In addition to clinical work she has provided consultancy, supervision, training, mentoring and private therapy.

Applying a ‘Strength Based Approach’ (Solution Focused Brief Therapy), Kylie has experience with a wide range of psychological problems including mental health, sexual assault, sexual issues, trauma, anger management/violence, substance abuse and forensic issues. She has provided individual and group therapy, couple counselling, family therapy, assessments, training, consultancy and supervision. In addition, Kylie has extensive experience in critical incidents and the provision of psychological reports for court.

Experience and past roles:

Variety of Psychology roles within Corrective Services NSW including – Snr Psychologist within Community Corrections; Generalist Psychologist & Risk Intervention Psychologist in prisons; Program Psychologist in Sex Offender Programs.

In Cambodia – Freelance Consultant, Technical Advisor/Mentor, Psychosocial Advisor, Trainer, Private Practitioner.

Consultant Psychologist, Khmer Vulnerability Aid Organisation – an organisation that supports Khmer/US post Prison deportees who have been returned to Cambodia.

Psychosocial Advisor, Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation – a Non-Government Mental Health provider, Cambodia.

Psychosocial Mentor, Prison Fellowship Cambodia – Non-Government Organisation supporting prisons, families of prisons and those being released to the community.

Psychosocial Mentor, Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre – Non-Government Organisation supporting women and children who are survivors of sexual assault, violence and trafficking.

Personal statement and motivation:

Kylie is passionate about Justice, and creating and supporting change.

Qualifications:

B.A. Psych., Post.Grad.Dip.Psych. (Family Therapy). Assoc. MAPS.

Practices at: Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Khalil Dolatyar

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Khalil Dolatyar is a provisional psychologist with life experience. He comes from a corporate background with almost two decades of experience within international companies in engineering, sales and marketing positions. His insight about humans is rooted in his studies of Psychology in Monash University and also years of daily interaction with locals of Middle East, Africa, and Australia in business and non-business contexts.

Khalil helps children with difficulties in social skills, emotion regulation and anxiety. He assesses children for learning difficulties. He also provides counselling for couples and individuals. His approach in counselling is insight driven with the aim to clear the emotions, biases, judgements, and motivations that obscure rational view.

Khalil is bilingual (Farsi/English) and flexible to work with clients of diverse backgrounds, ages and various psychological needs.

Khalil has a Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Graduate diploma of Psychology (advanced) from Monash University. He is an Associate Member of Australian Psychological Society.

Practices at: Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Michaela Josephson

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Michaela Josephson

Relationships and their profound impact on individuals lives is my passion in life.  Reading, researching and furthering my knowledge on the topic has been my favourite thing to do for as long as I can remember.

Michaela’s focus as a therapist is prevention. She want to de-stigmatise therapy as a daunting experience and instead turn it into a building block which supports couples and individuals in implementing strategies to build and create strong and positively functioning life long relationships.

Michaela spent 9 years running her personal training business. As a result of this Michaela is a strong believer that physical and mental health go hand in hand. This has had a direct influence on Michaela’s holistic view on therapy which she uses to support my clients in an empathetic and practical manner.

It is truely an honor for Michaela to provide the tools for people grow and connect and then witness the domino effect this has on their lives.

Michaela utilises varying approaches during therapy including techniques from Gottman, Emotional Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Michaela is a big believer in incorporating psychological techniques in to your life in ways you find enjoyable and accessible to create maintainable positive changes.

When she’s not working as a therapist she enjoys time with her large, tight-knit family, practicing Muay Thai and she can never get enough of being out in nature!

Practices at: North Sydney Clinic & Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Brenda Stewart

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT
Brenda Stewart

Brenda has joined the Hornsby Psychology team as our administration assistant. This will mean that she’s more than likely going to meet & greet you on the phone or when you come to visit us. She has a diverse employment background; from computer programming to customer service and hospitality, to administration and reception work.

Brenda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from the University of the Philippines and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Macquarie University to equip her to help others thrive.

Personal statement and motivation:

Brenda has always believed that good health begins with a mind that is able to receive truth, apply it but also have the wisdom to ask for support when needed. She has a genuine passion for caring and supporting people to enhance their well-being through both practical methods and emotional or social connections. It is for this passion that she has done voluntary work as a chaplain in Hornsby Hospital and is currently pastoral carer for her a cappella choir where she sings mezzo soprano.

Works at: Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Sarah Jacob

PRINCIPAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Sarah Jacob

Sarah is the Director of Logic Lounge Psychology. Sarah has experience working with depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, grief and loss, and a range of other mental health disorders. She has worked with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds and age brackets, ranging from children to late adults. Sarah has a multidisciplinary background having also worked in the corporate banking, financial services and education sectors. Sarah is a Medicare provider of Focused Psychological Strategies. She is registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency), and is a member of the APS (Australian Psychological Society).

Practices at: North Sydney Clinic & Gordon Psychology Clinic.

Approach
Sarah provides psychological assessment and treatment based on the scientist-practitioner model. She uses a range of evidence-based approaches that are supported by scientific research. Her therapeutic orientation is primarily CBT, ACT and IPT based, however Sarah uses an eclectic approach when suitable.
Sarah’s passion is to empower her client’s to make change.

Academic Qualifications
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) – Australian College of Applied Psychology
Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology – University of Wollongong
Graduate Diploma in Psychology – Charles Sturt University