Cognitive, educational, ADHD and autism assessments children and adults
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma
Parenting and behavioural difficulties
I have been providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults for more than 20 years in hospitals, community, schools and private practice.
I place a high value in using approaches that are informed by the best available theory and research. I also believe that therapy needs to be flexible and adapted to your particular situation, background and potential, and that treatment has to resonate with you and your needs.
I am trained to provide a range of therapeutic interventions including:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Play and Art Therapy
Parenting Skills Training
Trauma Specific Interventions
The overall goal of couple therapy is to help couples achieve a greater sense of understanding, respect, awareness and empathy towards each other. In doing so, couples experience an increase in intimacy, affection and interpersonal growth.
In the past 10 years I have developed a special interest in working with couples using the two most effective and research-based interventions:
Emotion Focussed Therapy for couples (EFT)
Gottman Marital Therapy
Common problem areas that bring people to couples therapy are:
Differences in sexual needs, lack of sexual connection or other difficulties with sexual intimacy.
Lack of trust or jealousy.
Conflict about children or family members.
A feeling of disconnectedness from one’s partner
Unfulfilled emotional needs
Conflicts about financial or career matters, gambling, addictions or other behaviours.
I started my professional career working in a specialised team in Sydney doing assessments of children with cognitive, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties across the whole state of NSW.
Since then I have continued training and developing expertise in the assessment of children and adults with a range of different presentations.
I have more than 20 years of experience conducting cognitive and psycho-educational assessments, using tests such as the WISC V, WAIS-IV, WIAT-III and ABAS-3. I use the ADOS-2 and ADI-R for assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. These tests require specialist training and are considered the gold- standard in this area.
Supervision and Training
I have been a Psychology Board approved supervisor since 2008 and have supervised more than 100 provisional psychologists and clinical psychology registrars, individually and in small groups.
I also run a course to prepare provisional psychologists for the National Psychology Exam (NPE).
My Approach & Values
When working with children and adolescents we use evidence-based approaches as well as information from parents, teachers and referring doctors in order to establish clear intervention plans.
We also see adults with a range of psychological and emotional concerns, either individually or in the context of relationship/couples counselling.
Whatever your goals and needs are, our objective is to work with you and your family to find solutions to your problems and make positive changes for the future in a warm, safe, and confidential environment.
Getting Started is Easy
Free 15 Min Chat
Please call me or contact me here and I will call you to have a short confidential conversation about your needs and for you to decide if you want to make your first appointment.
If after our phone chat you decide to go ahead, we will agree on a time convenient to both of us to meet for the first appointment.
In the first session you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and your goals for treatment. I will also ask you questions to better understand your history and to formulate a treatment plan together that responds to your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions should I see a psychologist for?
Everyone’s journey is different. How many sessions you see a psychologist for will depend on the nature of what brings you to therapy and what your goals are. Some individuals see a psychologist to develop coping strategies to reduce or manage symptoms of mental health issues. This may mean attending therapy sessions over the short or medium term. It might also involve checking in less frequently over the longer-term to address setbacks or prevent relapse. Others come to therapy to understand long-standing patterns, such as relationship issues, that stem from experiences during their childhood, or to receive ongoing support. This may bring them to therapy over an extended period of time, although it varies based on client preferences.
Sometimes people come to therapy for a one-off session or just a handful of sessions to speak about a specific issue they’re facing in their life or to talk through a particular concern. Although problems and challenges are typically what brings people to a psychologist (at least initially), therapy can also be a space for self-development and personal growth.
What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
Psychologists and psychiatrists often work together to help clients. As a result, their job descriptions overlap. However, there are several important differences between a psychologist and psychiatrist. The most important difference is the nature of treatment within the two professions.
Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors. They can prescribe medications, and work with patients on medication management as a course of treatment.
Psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioural and cognitive interventions. They’re qualified to conduct psychological testing, which is critical in assessing a person’s mental state and determining the most effective course of treatment. They are also qualified to do cognitive, educational and developmental assessments, essential in understanding young people’s needs and strengths.
A patient might work regularly with a psychologist addressing emotional and behavioural patterns. That psychologist may refer the patient to a psychiatrist who can prescribe and monitor medication. The psychologist and psychiatrist work in tandem to treat patient symptoms from both a behavioral and clinical standpoint.
Can I receive a Medicare or private health insurance rebate when I see a psychologist?
If you have a referral from a GP or a psychiatrist for a Mental Health Treatment Plan, you’ll be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of $126.50 (for a clinical psychologist, such as Adriana) and $86.15 (for a general psychologist) per session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.
Private Health Insurance:
If you have private health insurance that includes psychological counselling as extras cover you may be eligible for a partial rebate. We recommend you contact your individual insurance provider for further information about your individual coverage.
How long is a session with a psychologist?
Sessions are approximately 50 minutes long.
What should I expect from my first session?
During your first session, we’ll briefly run through important paperwork with you. This includes completing a form with basic personal information and a consent form that cover issues such as confidentiality, fees and other important information about sessions. If you’ve been referred by a GP or psychiatrist, we’ll discuss the details of your Mental Health Treatment Plan. After we complete the paperwork, the rest of the session is typically spent discussing the issues that have brought you into therapy. We’ll listen and develop a thorough understanding of your concerns. We’ll also explore relevant background history, such as information about your family, social relationships, work history and any past counselling you’ve done. Based on this information, we’ll begin to help you to understand more about what might be triggering your current issues. Time permitting, we’ll work with you to develop a collaborative and flexible plan for future therapy sessions.
What’s the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist?
In Australia, the practice of psychology is highly regulated, while that of counselling is not. Counsellors can come from a broad range of training and backgrounds. Anyone can refer to themselves as a “counsellor.” That being said, there is an organisation called the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) that helps protect the standards and ethical training of the counselling profession.
Psychology, on the other hand, requires the completion of a minimum of six years of training. This training includes a minimum of one to two years of supervised clinical practice as well as university study. In many cases, psychologists are trained to Masters or PhD level.
How do I know if I’m eligible for the Medicare rebate?
You can make an appointment with your GP to assess whether you’re eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan. This will enable you to claim a Medicare rebate of $126.50 (for a clinical psychologist) or $86.15 (for a general psychologist) per session for a maximum of ten sessions per calendar year. To claim the Medicare rebate for your session, you’ll need to bring a copy of your Mental Health Treatment Plan and a referral letter from your GP to your first appointment with your psychologist.t.
Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
No. You can make an appointment with a psychologist without a referral from your GP or a psychiatrist. You’ll need to pay the full amount for your sessions out of your own pocket or claim from your private health insurance, if covered.
How does confidentiality work with a psychologist?
All information that you disclose in your session with a psychologist is confidential. There are two exceptions to this rule: if you’re at risk of harming yourself or someone else; and in relation to court orders. If either situation becomes relevant, we’ll discuss it with you.
Ask a question or book an appointment below. For emergencies call 000 or visit your nearest hospital.
Mobile: 0402 50 60 53
Phone: (02) 9487-7426
Suite B, Level 1, 15 Railway Avenue Wahroonga NSW 2076
2-hour free street parking or council carpark across the road.