Edwina Cowdery

PRINCIPAL 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.

Edwina Cowdery
Edwina Cowdery

Xiaoping Zhu

PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

Xiaoping Zhu

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.

Khalil Dolatyar

Larissa Olliffe

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Larissa is a provisional psychologist registered with AHPRA and is an Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She has completed a Bachelor of Arts Psychology, a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, and a Bachelor of Theology.

Larissa thrives in meeting and relating to people from all different backgrounds and cultures. Among Larissa’s strengths is knowing that life can become easily complicated with everyday problems such as family, relationships, workplace stress, coping with illness or crisis. Past and present issues can get in the way of living well. She has a strong commitment to helping people who are experiencing emotional distress learn helpful skills and thinking for moving forward positively and achieving their goals. Larissa is passionate about providing a safe and respectful place for therapy where each individual is warmly welcomed and enabled to tell their own story and recognise their personal strengths and hope that can become the vehicles for change.

When Larissa is not working as a Therapist, she loves early morning solitude, taking her kids to sport, bushwalking, volunteering in Youth group programs, and a glass of wine.

Practices at: North Sydney Clinic & Hornsby Psychology Clinic.

Larissa Olliffe
Larissa Olliffe

Michaela Josephson

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

Michaela Josephson
Michaela Josephson

Brenda Stewart

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

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.

Brenda Stewart
Brenda Stewart

Sarah Jacob

PRINCIPAL PSYCHOLOGIST

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

Sarah Jacob Psychologist
Sarah Jacob Psychologist