Our Psychologists & Counsellors

Nick Cherrie

Nick is a registered Psychologist, with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of Newcastle, and a Master of Organisational Psychology from Macquarie University.

Nick has experience working predominantly in the social and community sector, working with a range of care providers to provide mental health support and support coordination. He also has extensive experience working with the NDIS, and has worked with clients from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.

Nick firmly believes in a client-centred approach, working collaboratively with the client and their health team to achieve the best results. He is passionate about helping people to meet their goals, develop resilience, and progress on their recovery journey.

Consultations are $150 for 50 minutes, with Medicare rebates of $87.45.

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

Chi Dumebi Morris


Chi is a compassionate, empathetic, and warm therapist who values each individual’s unique experience. She provides a space for people to explore their struggles and needs in ways that encourage change and growth, whilst offering a respectful and validating environment. She feels passionate about helping people to develop a greater capacity for resilience to help them flourish, as well as developing meaningful and positive relationships with themselves and others.

Chi has experience working with people with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief and loss, traumatic stress, stress management, relationship difficulties and parenting stress and a whole range of other mental disorders. She has worked with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds and age brackets ranging from children to late adults. She has worked providing therapy both to individuals, couples, families, and in group settings. Chi has a multidisciplinary background, also having worked in medical research and in corporate banking.

Chi uses an evidence based and collaborative approach in her work drawing on a number of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal psychotherapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, she also uses an eclectic approach when suitable to help people achieve their goals.

Chi holds a Post Graduate Diploma and Graduate Diploma in Psychology, from Charles Sturt University and the University of New England, respectively. Chi also holds a Bachelor of Sci (Physiology), from the University of New South Wales. Chi is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She is also a Workcover accredited practitioner.

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

Shevera Gunasekera

Shevera is currently a provisional psychologist. This means that you will not be able to claim the Medicare rebate. You may be entitled to claim the session via your Private Health Insurance.

She holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Western Sydney University. She completed her Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling and will graduate in April 2020 from Western Sydney University.

Shevera has worked with children, adolescent and elderly, in areas such as depression, anxiety, grief and family issues. She has trained in couples counselling. Shevera is proficient in psychometric testing in children and adolescents.

Shevera believes in empowering her clients and helping them recognize the potential within themselves. She uses approaches such as CBT, ACT and IPT.

Shevera won the Pride of Australia Medal, 2006 in the category of Young Aussie NSW & ACT. Shevera volunteered with St John Ambulance NSW and Adults with ADHD NSW and is a member of Toastmasters International.

Consultations are $50 for 50 minutes, with no Medicare rebates, however as Shevera is a counsellor also, you may be able to claim the payment back via Private Health Insurance.

Trauma Children Adjustment disorder Relationship problems
ADHD Elderly Grief and Loss Family problems
Social Anxiety Adolescent Phobia OCD
PTSD Self-esteem and self-confidence School-related issues Deliberate self-harm
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Social Skills Interpersonal Therapy Mindfulness
Children Adolescents Eldery

Nalini Sharma

Nalini is a Mental Health Counsellor who resonates in being genuine and compassionate. She is empathetic, non-judgmental, a believer and an active listener with a non-blaming approach. Her priority indicates her speciality to support and work with clients as a team for their safety and wellbeing using client-centred, strength-based, solution focused therapeutic approaches.

Being a culturally competent counsellor, she bridges the gap between various ethnic dilemmas, and build trust and rapport with clients. She provides a safe space for clients to explore therapeutic interventions for mental health disorders. She is equipped with knowledge and experience in relationships and family counselling addressing individual needs, relationships issues, domestic family violence and sexual assault.

Nalini has been delivering counselling services for more than 5 years. She has worked at Schools, hospitals, Police department, NGO’s, Psychotherapy centres, Beyond Blue on Coronavirus mental wellbeing service and at present works with 1800RESPECT. She is proficient in conducting individual or group counselling sessions, psychoeducational workshops for all age groups from toddlers to old age targeting child development issues, social skills, positive parenting & guidance, mental health, personality development, relationship enhancement, empty nest syndrome and others.

Nalini is a member of Australian Counselling Association. She holds Certificate in Guidance and Counselling, Post graduate diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy, Masters in Psychology (result awaited) from overseas. She is currently completing her second master’s degree in the field of Counselling from Excelsia College, Sydney.  Nalini is a trained professional and efficiently employ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy & Family Therapy. Nalini is fluent in English & Hindi.

Nalini is also completing her mandatory supervised practicum with Logic Lounge Psychology to complete her masters in Counselling.

Session Costs: NIL* for counselling session – 50 minutes per session.
*$30 organisation maintenance charges per session with no Medicare rebates

Anxiety Stress & Anger Management Ruminations & Depression Personality Development

Relationship Enrichment &

Counselling

Narrative Family Therapy Alcohol use & abuse/ Motivational Interviewing Remote Counselling Sessions
Client centred approach Acceptance and commitment Therapy Mindfulness and Relaxations Psychoeducation & SMART GOALS
Creative Therapies Attention span development techniques Memory enhancement techniques Children, adolescents, & youth related concerns
Anxiety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Phobias (social, autophobia, claustrophobia & others) Anger issues
Hypochondria Addiction Ruminations/Depression/Mania Eating Disorders
Stress & Emotional Turmoil Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Borderline Personality disorder Grief, Loss & Trauma
Behaviour Disorders (ADHD, ADD, Conduct disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder & others) Narcissistic Personality Disorder Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Relationship Issues/ parenting & Relationship Issues/ Family Issues

Dali Phanouvong

Dali is a student counsellor with a deep curiosity about people and the human experience. With over 13 years working in a corporate environment in a client-facing role, Dali is experienced with working with a diverse population locally and internationally, and supporting clients throughout their journey. She enjoys working with people and her desire to be of service to others, motivated the career change to improving lives on a personal level.

Dali uses a warm, collaborative, holistic and authentic approach to therapy to help clients gain greater self-understanding, develop more helpful ways to deal with life challenges and empower personal growth. Coming from a migrant family, growing up in Sydney and having lived overseas in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, Dali recognises, respects and embraces the multicultural influences and different experiences of Australians.

Outside of therapy Dali loves experiencing different activities so you may find her exploring the outdoors from beaches to mountains, trying new cuisines, travelling to different places or playing with her French Bulldog.

Session Costs: NIL* for counselling session – 50 minutes per session.
*$30 organisation maintenance charges per session with no Medicare rebates

Anxiety Stress Depression Relationship challenges
Communication skills Life transitions Grief & Loss Personal Development

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: $120 per phone consultations or $150 for Zoom appointments 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

Currently on maternity leave.

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

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.

ADMIN STAFF

Takirah Cummins


Takirah is one of our receptionists at Parramatta. She is currently working full time under a business traineeship. Takirah handles many of the admin tasks from taking calls and booking appointments to contacting medical centres.

Takirah has been training in a martial arts style called Hapkido for 10 years and Playing AFL both locally and statewide for 7 years. Takirah has a positive outlook and is happy to take you call.

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 in 2017.