Edwina Cowdery

LEAD PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

Jessica Rice

PSYCHOLOGIST, CLINICAL REGISTRAR

Jessica is an experienced AHPRA registered Psychologist, and a South African registered Clinical Psychologist. She has a demonstrated history of working in psychiatric and neurological public and private mental health care sectors in South Africa, as well as in private practice in Australia. Jessica ran her own private practice in Johannesburg for 5 years, before immigrating to Australia.

Jessica is a strong healthcare services professional with Bachelor of Science Degree (cum laude), a Bachelor of Science with Honours Degree in Psychology (cum laude), a Master of Arts Degree in Neuropsychology, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Psychology, all from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She has also completed various certificates through the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) and the American College of Disability Medicine (ACDM), these include:

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (6thEdition); and
  • Advanced Case Studies Based on the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (6th Edition).

Jessica is skilled in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Enhanced-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (e-CBT for eating disorders), Psychodynamic theory, Supportive Therapy, Group Therapy, Psychoeducation, Mindfulness, Individual therapy with adolescents and adults, and Neuropsychological rehabilitation and assessment. She has worked with acute and severe mental illness, and neuropsychological pathologies; Jessica has experience in working with a wide variety of presentations, including mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, neurological conditions, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also has experience in facilitating groups, specialising in emotional regulation, stress, and anger management.

Jessica’s special areas of interest are:

  • Developmental and complex trauma,
  • Neuropsychological-related pathologies, and assessment and rehabilitation, and

Jessica is a passionate therapist, working with a wide range of presentations, and she seeks to work collaboratively with clients to achieve their therapeutic goals.

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.

Bryce Thompson

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGIST, TELEHEALTH ONLY

Bryce is a friendly and passionate psychologist who has a passion for supporting all people, specifically those who experience disability, Complex Trauma and working with children and young people. He uses humor (when appropriate) and a lighthearted approach to assessment and intervention to build a strong therapeutic relationship, which allows for better therapeutic outcomes. I am a strong listener and very empathic, allowing me to put myself in my clients situation. He is a Registered Psychologist and worked as a Behaviour Support Practitioner for one of Australia’s leading NGOs supporting young people in care and with disabilities.

He has experience working as a School Psychologist as he have a strong passion for supporting children and adolescents, with mental health, academic, intellectual and adaptive challenges to implement positive change in their lives. He uses a  variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Choice Theory and Feedback Informed Therapy) in combination as there is no one size fits all approach.

Bryce has experience working within the disability and out of home care sectors, where he functioned as a both a Provisional Psychologist (home visits and in clinic) and as a Behaviour Support Practitioner. As such, he has developed skills in stake holder liaison, client advocacy and improving client autonomy and capacities. He has strong experience supporting children and adolescents (including their supporting parents and care givers) due to his role as a School Psychologist, including assessment and intervention, safety planning and risk assessment, coping and management strategies, stake holder liaison. HE has subsequently supported these individuals with self-esteem, identity, anxiety, depression, stress challenges, in addition to bullying, sexualising abuse, interpersonal challenges, cancer support and resource provisions such as community financial, food, and housing supports to name a few.

Practices at: Online via TeleHealth only

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.

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.

Asu Parr

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Asu is a committed, caring and warm practitioner. She is passionate about making a difference and loves to see positive changes in her clients. Asu holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Macquarie University and is a registered Provisional Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI) and also a WDO sponsor.

She is a motivated learner and believes in personalising interventions based on the needs of individuals. She has undertaken training in various areas including CBT, Pain management, mindfulness, emotion focus therapy, schema therapy, internal family system therapy and applied behavioural analysis. She works with children, adolescents and adults presenting with ASD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, ODD, OCD, BPD and sleep disorder. She helps children and young adults with difficulties in social skills and self-regulation. She is a therapist with life experience with an engineering background.

Prior to this profession, Asu has studied and worked in different areas including engineering, teaching, sales and management. She brought her insight and logical problem solving from engineering and married it with neuroscience and psychology. Asu speaks Persian/Farsi, Kurdish and English and works with clients from various backgrounds.

BPsych (Hon) B.E.E M.E. Assoc MAPS & MAAPI, WDO Sponsor

Practices at: Hornsby