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.

Anxiety Stress Depression
Trauma Grief and Loss
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

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.

Larissa Weston Olliffe

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.

ADMIN STAFF

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.