Our Psychologists

Manja van Rhijn

 

Manja is a registered AHPRA psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Manja has a particular interest and passion in relationship counselling and works with individuals and couples to assist them in finding ways to improve communication and learn assertiveness skills in order to increase relationship satisfaction. Manja has a passionate and committed approach to her work and is dedicated to assisting others resolving their issues. Manja uses a broad range of therapeutic approaches to assist her clients.

Manja has completed a Master of HIV, STI’s and sexual health degree from the University of Sydney. This specialist training enables her to offer sex positive education, guidance and counselling to assist individuals and couples understand themselves sexually and meet their sexual goals. She has a particular interest in women’s sexual health and functioning. Her approach with every client is to provide a non-judgmental, supportive and collaborative environment in which concern with sexual function, behaviour and/or feelings can be explored with sensitivity and compassion.

Couples counselling Relationships counselling Family counselling Relationship difficulties
Sexual health counselling Fertility counselling Gender identity Sexuality
School related issues Self-esteem and confidence Adolescent issues Interpersonal issues
Anxiety Stress Depression
Trauma Grief and Loss

Larissa Engel-Fiorelli

Offering Telehealth Appointments for patients with a GP referral & Mental Health Care Plan only at this stage.
Larissa Engel provides private consultations, appointments under a mental health care plan, and EAP counselling on Saturdays. She also writes medico-legal reports for court.

Larissa is an AHPRA registered Forensic Psychologist with over 8 years of experience working in the public sector. During this time, she has primarily worked in the Drug and Alcohol setting, focusing on aggressive or problematic behaviour, substance-related disorders, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and relationship difficulties.

In addition she has several years of experience working with adolescents with psychosocial stressors, behaviour management issues, school-related issues like exam stress, anxiety disorders, deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation.

Larissa takes a holistic approach in her treatment. Her treatment methodologies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema therapy. A large part of Larissa’s current role includes fostering and maintaining a positive culture of care and respect for all clientele.

Her aim is to help clients feel at ease so that we can work together to achieve their goals. Evening and weekend appointments are available at the same counselling rate. Rebates available with a referral from a General Practitioner under the Mental Health Care Plan.

Session Costs: $86.15 per session with a full medicare rebate for clients under a Mental Health Care Plan.

Self-esteem Confidence & Assertiveness Adjustment to Adversity Problem Solving
Communication skills Workplace stress/difficulties Social Skills Motivation for Change
Goal Setting ODD, CD, ADHD Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling) Support for family members affected by addiction
Anxiety disorders Obsessive compulsive disorder Social phobia Panic disorder
Specific phobias Generalised Anxiety Disorder Mindfulness & Relaxation Solution-focused Therapy
Adolescent issues Stress Management Drug & Alcohol issues Substance Use/Abuse
Depression Anxiety Adjustment disorders Trauma
PTSD Relationship difficulties Aggressive/problematic behaviour School-related issues
Deliberate self-harm Suicidal ideation Behaviour management Anger management

Nadine Bou-Antoun

Offering Telehealth video and phone appointments only at this stage.

Nadine is a registered psychologist, a Board Approved Supervisor and a Medicare provider of Focused Psychological Strategies. She received a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Western Sydney as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology from Macquarie University. In addition to her academic qualifications, she is also registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Nadine has experience working with psychosis, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, trauma, depression and anxiety, as well as 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.

Nadine provides psychological assessment and treatment based on the scientist-practitioner model, providing a range of evidence-based approaches that are supported by scientific research. Her therapeutic orientation is primarily CBT, DBT and Narrative Therapy, however Nadine uses an eclectic approach when suitable.

Nadine’s passion is to support clients in beating the stigma of mental health and living a more fulfilling life. She believes in working collaboratively with clients and other health workers to achieve best treatment outcomes.

Psychosis Schizophrenia Bipolar Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder
Depression Anxiety Personality disorders Trauma
PTSD Brain injuries Adolescents Children
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy / DBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy / CBT Narrative Therapy Stress Management
Communication skills Workplace stress/difficulties Social Skills Psychoeducation

Michael Cheung

 

Michael is a Psychologist with extensive experience working with adolescents, families and adults who are experiencing emotional, social, behavioural and mental health difficulties. Michael has worked in a wide range of settings including private, public, research and community i.e beyondblue, Lifeline support services, Headspace, disability services, Universities, and the Department of Health and Quitline. Having spent much of his life overseas he has a culturally sensitive therapeutic approach. He also enjoys working with clients across the lifespan; from young adolescents to geriatrics. Michael has a particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of adolescents with emotional difficulties.

Michael works collaboratively with his clients to reach their treatment goals by providing individualised support, utilising psychometrics and evidence-based therapies. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. His clinical interventions encompass the mind-body connection and compassion for self and others. His clients describe him as insightful, approachable and compassionate. Michael is passionate about helping clients achieve positive change in their lives, build resilience and foster stronger relationships. Michael speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Consultations are $150 for 50 minutes, with Medicare rebates of $86.15.

Depression Anxiety Relationship problems Assertive communication
Stress management Sleep disturbances Anger management Suicidal ideation
Grief and loss Trauma Addictions Adjustment disorders
PTSD Brain Injuries Self harm
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Social Skills Interpersonal Therapy Mindfulness
 Motivational Interviewing Positive Psychology

Hurryat Faniad

Hurryat Faniad is a Psychologist registered with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS). He has completed Bachelor of Psychology (Honour) and Master of Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University and University of Western Sydney accordingly.

Hurryat has extensive experience in providing clinical and psychosocial interventions to a diverse population of Adults living with wide range of mental and physical health conditions. Not to forget, he has been interested and experienced in providing assessment and therapy for children (6-16 year old) living with mental disorders such as Anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and behavioural issues.

Given that Hurryat has lived in many different countries overseas, he provides culturally sensitive and personalised therapy/service to clients from culturally and linguistically diverse background. He is fluent in five languages (Dari, Farsi “Persian”, Urdu, Hindi and English) and has extensive experience working with CALD patients.

Hurryat has been interested and efficient in providing support to clients with mood disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety), substance abuse disorder, Pain management, PTSD, Anger issues, Stress-issues, Sleep disorders, eating disorders and more chronic disorders such as Schizophrenia and Bi-polar disorders.

Hurryat has a holistic approach in providing psychological interventions; considering physical, social and financial stressors that could contribute to the overall mental health concerns. He utilises psychometrics and number of evidence-based psychological interventions to suit his clients and in reaching their therapeutic goals, which includes Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-focused Therapy.

Alex McLoughlin

 

Alex is an experienced private practice counsellor who has worked in Parramatta since 2017. Alex has experience in the community mental health and disability sectors. As a counsellor Alex has worked with adolescents,  families,  couples and adults who have a wide range of expectations and presenting concerns for their therapy.  Alex has helped clients develop self awareness and to manage behaviours which may get in the way of a clients goal. Due to extensive work in community, disability and mental health services Alex has met hundreds of clients who are incredibly diverse with unique lives and perspectives. These clients have been able to benefit from unconditional positive regard and Alex’s  client centred practice.

Due to Alex’s career path through NDIS services Alex is well suited to working with people who have disabilities or an NDIS plan.  Alex was an NDIS support coordinator and is able to discuss details of the scheme.

Alex uses motivational interviewing,  acceptance commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, mindfulness and solution focused thinking to empower clients.

Alex believes that counselling can help people who need to talk and achieve fresh dialogue and perspective for persistant problems.  Alex is passionate about counselling,  meeting new clients and working professionally to achieve client goals.

Session costs are $120 an hour with concessions offered for concession card holders. Alex may be paid from self managed and plan managed NDIS plans.

Rebecca Nakhoul

Rebecca Nakhoul is a Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS). She has a Bachelor in Psychology (Honours) from Macquarie University and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology Sydney.

Rebecca has worked both at Headspace and with the Department of Medical Psychology in Westmead Hospital. She has worked alongside diverse populations with varying physical and mental health conditions.

Rebecca is aware of how difficult and daunting addressing one’s mental health concerns can be, and strives to make individual’s feel comfortable and confident in the therapy process. Rebecca does so by being warm, non-judgemental and client-focused.

She has experience practicing numerous therapy modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has a certificate in Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). Rebecca endeavours to tailor her therapy approach to ensure each client receives evidenced-based interventions that suit their needs.

Rebecca’s client population involves young to older adults from diverse backgrounds.

Depression Anxiety Sleep disturbances Grief and loss
Stress management Adjustment disorders Trauma Chronic Pain
Grief and loss Sexuality Self-esteem/Confidence Perfectionism

Michelle Lippey

Michelle is a clinical psychology registrar based at the Logic Lounge Offices in Gordon. Michelle has worked with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, parental stress, grief and loss, and a variety of other complex mental health disorders. She has also worked with children experiencing anxiety and their families and in community mental health settings with adults at risk of homelessness, leaving domestic violence situations, with severe personality disorders and from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Michelle has worked in mental health environments from both private and non-profit settings with teens and adults experiencing eating disorders and severe and persistent mental health conditions. Michelle is a Medicare provider of Evidence-Based Psychological Strategies. She is registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency), and is a member of the APS (Australian Psychological Society) and an associate member of ACPA (Australian Clinical Psychology Association).

Michelle provides individually tailored psychological assessment and treatment based on the scientist-practitioner model. She uses a range of appropriate evidence-based approaches that are supported by scientific research. Her therapeutic orientation is based primarily in CBT and ACT but will incorporate skills of mindfulness, motivational interviewing and DBT where appropriate. Michelle believes that passionate that client-centred therapy can facilitate powerful changes in her clients’ lives.

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Aura Requimen

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Aura is in charge of reception and can help with many administrative tasks, from responding to phone inquiries to liaising with your medical centre and booking appointments. She is always willing to help so feel comfortable directing any questions to her.

Aura completed her twelve-month traineeship at the Parramatta Psychology Clinic and gained a Certificate III in Business.