Our Psychologists

Experienced, friendly Clinical and Registered Psychologists

Dr Amanda Mullin

Director, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Dr Amanda Mullin, MAPS, FCCLP, is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Psychologist with extensive training in Clinical Psychology. She has worked with a wide range of clients in private practice, and completed extended training at the Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health, a world leading research clinic which specialises in understanding the causes of anxiety, and developing highly effective treatments for anxiety disorders.

Amanda has provided psychological services within the Hills Private Hospital, including the Eating Disorders Inpatient and Outpatient Program, and is an accredited consulting psychologist in a number of private hospitals, including Westmead Private Hospital where she assists with peri-natal issues including anxiety, depression and all things baby related, and HSS where she consults across a range of mental health issues. Her Doctoral training included working with leaders in the field of mental health research in the development and testing of new online treatments for anxiety and depression.

Amanda delivers preventative mental health interventions to a number of schools and organisations, in addition to working one-on-one with clients providing performance coaching and clinical psychology.

With a family of her own, Amanda understands the pressures families can face. She enjoys working with both adults and children, and has a particular interest in holistic health and in the treatment of emotional problems, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, stress management, sleep problems and ADHD. Amanda’s approach draws heavily on the latest discoveries of neuroscience, teaching emotional regulation techniques, as well as working closely with clients to make helpful changes in thinking, and behaviour. She offers a number of gold standard therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting techniques and Solution Focused Therapies.

Amanda works extensively with individuals, groups, and with organisations to provide Executive Coaching services. Amanda established Mindworx Psychology in 2014 to expand the availability of evidence based psychological treatments in the Hills District. She is a popular speaker in Sydney as well as the Hills District, and works with local organisations to provide education on topics ranging from parenting skills, building resilience, emotional well-being, performance improvement and managing stress in the workplace.

Amanda sees clients by appointment Monday – Friday, including after hours appointments on Wednesdays.

Dr Jamie Scott

Doctor of Clinical Psychology

A Clinical Psychologist, Dr Jamie Scott MAPS, FCCLP, is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, with extensive and specialist training in Clinical Psychology. With over twenty years experience and a family of his own, Jamie has worked with a wide range of clients in private practice. With extensive training at the Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health, a world leading research clinic which specialises in understanding the causes of anxiety, and developing highly effective treatments for anxiety disorders, anxiety remains one of Jamie’s special areas of interest. He is passionate about treating childhood anxiety and early intervention.

Jamie works extensively with families, and is well regarded in the field of trauma, working closely with children and adult survivors of abuse and trauma, in addition to his work with anxiety and low mood.

Jamie is trained in numerous gold standard therapies, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT),
  • Mindfulness Therapy, and
  • Solution Focused Therapies.

He works with Dr Amanda Mullin to provide Executive Coaching services for clients from all walks of life.

Compassionate, friendly and approachable, Jamie is also well-known locally for his excellent work with the Hillsong Ministry. He sees clients by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Dr Salena Bhanji

Doctor of Counselling Psychology

A Counselling Psychologist working in Clinical Psychology, Dr Salena is British trained, warm, authentic and integrative, with an wealth of experience built over 18 years. She has a special interest in working with emotional and eating disorders, in addition to her work across a range of mental health issues. Dr Salena uses a wide range therapeutic approaches integratively and eclectically to meet the needs of her clients. These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT),
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT),
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT),
  • Schema Therapy,
  • Metacognitive Therapy (MT),
  • Existential Psychotherapy,
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT),
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET),
  • Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and
  • Group-based Family Therapy.

Dr Salena’s clinical experience spans inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, community mental health services, and private practice. She works predominantly with adults and older adolescents, seeing a broad range of clinical presentations, including eating disorders, addictions, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders and mood disorders.

A significant area of interest and professional practice is in Mindful Eating approaches for Binge Eating and Bulimia, in addition to working with carers of those with an eating disorder.

Compassionate, friendly and approachable, Dr Salena sees clients by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Anica Spatz

Registered Psychologist

Anica Spatz is a highly regarded Psychologist, with many years of experience in delivering clinical interventions. She is an empathic and dedicated professional with extensive clinical training in a number of gold standard therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).

Working together with her clients, Anica’s approach is collaborative, allowing her to select the best suited therapeutic intervention based on the scientific evidence and the individual needs of her clients. With a family of her own, Anica understands the pressures faced by families. She has worked extensively with adults, adolescents and children across a number of settings, including hospitals and community mental health services, as well as with organisations to enhance wellbeing.

Anica is an accredited consulting psychologist with Westmead Private Hospital where she assists with peri-natal issues including anxiety, depression and all things baby related.

Anica is comfortable working with clients presenting with a wide range of psychological concerns, including:

  • perinatal issues,
  • ADD and ADHD
  • trauma,
  • anxiety,
  • depression,
  • bipolar disorder,
  • personality disorders,
  • psychotic disorders,
  • substance use
  • self harm and
  • grief & loss issues.

In addition to her therapy, Anica provides psychometric testing for children, adults and adolescents.

Anica sees clients by appointment Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Dr Carol Newall, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Carol Newall MAPS, FCCLP is passionate about the successful treatment of anxiety disorders and oppositional defiant disorder. A lecturer in early childhood at Macquarie University, Carol is highly regarded in the field for her research into child development, anxiety disorders and parenting.

While she specialises in working with children and families, Carol also has a strong background in adult depression and anxiety and enjoys working with clients across the lifespan. She can help clients with a range of issues including:

  • depression and low-mood
  • shyness and social anxiety
  • selective mutism
  • panic disorder
  • phobias
  • generalised anxiety disorders
  • oppositional and challenging behaviours
  • health anxiety
  • separation anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • bullying
  • school-refusal
  • anxiety in preschoolers
  • anger management
  • perfectionism
  • childhood fears including nightmares and fear of the dark
  • tantrums
  • exam or HSC stress
  • parenting strategies

Carol has presented her research at international conferences and publishes in prestigious peer-reviewed clinical journals.

Dedicated, warm, and knowledgeable, Carol brings her own experiences as a mother to the therapy room. In combination with her research knowledge of both child development and clinical psychology and her passion for behavioural change, Carol brings a wide base of practice for her clients.

Carol sees clients by appointment on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Emma Djukic

Clinical Psychologist

A Clinical Psychologist, Emma Djukic combines a warm and empathetic approach to therapy with a special interest in the treatment of children and adolescents. As a Clinical Psychologist, she has a well established reputation for providing high quality assessment and treatment programs for clients presenting with a wide range of psychological and behavioural issues.

Emma works with child, adolescent and adult clients in the following areas:

 

  • depression and low-mood
  • shyness and social anxiety
  • phobias
  • health anxiety
  • separation anxiety
  • deliberate self-harm
  • low self-esteem
  • bullying
  • school-refusal
  • fussy-eaters
  • anger management
  • perfectionism
  • childhood fears including nightmares and fear of the dark
  • bedwetting
  • tantrums
  • exam stress

Emma is also a trained facilitator of the Cool Kids and Chilled Teens anxiety program developed by Macquarie University, and a facilitator for the Circle of Security parenting program. These programs can be delivered as part of a group, and  on an individual basis.

Emma believes in the value of a family-oriented approach to the treatment of children and young people and where necessary and appropriate she works with other family members in order to help them support the child or young person experiencing difficulties.

In addition to her work with children, Emma has many years of experience in the treatment of adults with general mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders, Emma has also considerable experience in the treatment of addictions, including alcohol-use disorders, cannabis and other drugs dependence, smoking cessation and problem gambling.

Emma sees clients by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Kristina Le Marne

Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)

Kristina Le Marne MAPS is a warm, empathetic Clinical Psychologist (Registrar) who works with children, adolescents and adults. With experience working in private practice, community health and hospital settings, Kristina is well-equipped to adapt evidence-based psychological therapies to her individual clients’ needs.  She is experienced in using a range of therapeutic modalities including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT),
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT),
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI),
  • Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT),
  • Schema Therapy,
  • Narrative Therapy, and
  • Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Kristina strongly believes that therapeutic relationships are a key indicator of therapeutic success. She is passionate about creating a safe, non-judgmental and welcoming space for clients to share their troubles and successes – and where they can work towards the life that they want for themselves.

Her work includes the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of psychological difficulties, including anxiety and panic, low mood, stress, adjustment difficulties, emotion regulation, grief and loss, binge-eating and weight management, relationship concerns and trauma.

Kristina has specific interest and experience in treating anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, health anxiety, death anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias.

She is also able to provide psychometric testing services such as the WISC or WIAT for children who may need a psychometric report or intelligence testing for school.

Kristina sees clients by appointment Mondays and Fridays, including early mornings.

Mariana Ricci

Registered Psychologist

Mariana Ricci is a Psychologist with over 8 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults, including five years within a public hospital setting, working with patients across the lifespan, and with a wide variety of difficulties.

With a deep interest in Psychodynamic Therapies, Mariana undertook a three-year post-graduate course in Psychoanalysis. In addition, during her years in the USA, Mariana trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). A parent herself, she successfully applies this approach in her work with children and families. Mariana offers a range of evidence based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in addition to her psycho-dynamic framework.

She brings an eclectic, compassionate and caring approach, adopting a unique combined and complementary approach, using all her knowledge to provide the best treatments to reach each of her client’s individual needs. Mariana works with clients presenting a wide range of psychological issues, including:

  • developing self-awareness and self-growth,
  • anxiety,
  • depression,
  • phobias,
  • relationship issues,
  • personality disorders,
  • bipolar disorders,
  • trauma, and
  • grief and loss.

Mariana is bilingual and can provide therapy in either English or Spanish.

Like the rest of the Mindworx Psychology team, Mariana is passionate about Psychology and she strongly believes that psychological health is as important as physical health. She acknowledges that psychological injuries can impact our lives substantially and should not be ignored, as there are proven techniques we can use to improve our wellbeing and relationships, leading to a happier life.

Mariana sees clients by appointment Saturdays, and by arrangement on selected weekdays.

Olivia Shorten

Registered Psychologist, Family, Couples & Relationships Counsellor

Olivia Shorten, MAPS is a highly experienced psychologist, Olivia has over fifteen years of counselling and clinical experience in working with a range of presenting issues and complexities. She works with individuals, couples and families – with extensive experience in community, public and private settings.

With a family of her own, Olivia brings her breadth of experience and knowledge to private practice where she assists clients with a wide range of issues.

Olivia is very highly regarded for her work with couples for:

  • relationship difficulties,
  • conflict,
  • affairs and trust issues,
  • separation and divorce.

And for her work with families across:

  • family conflict,
  • family breakdowns,
  • blended family dynamics,
  • parenting and post-separation parenting.

She also works with individual adult clients across problems such as:

  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • self-esteem,
  • stress and coping,
  • adjustment and life transitions,
  • family of origin issues,
  • anger management,
  • grief and loss, and
  • work-related problems.

Olivia is skilled in a number of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Psycho-dynamic and Family/systemic therapy. She tailors interventions to suit each client’s needs and goals.

Olivia has a special interest in relationship counselling. This includes advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, a well-researched and evidence based approach which has been shown to be highly effective for couples in distress. In her work with couples, Olivia helps both partners identify the negative patterns they may get stuck in which can lead to distance, isolation, and loneliness in relationships. She identifies triggers and strategies for powerful emotions such as anger, sadness, and fear. Crucial to her work is her ability to create a safe atmosphere in which both partners can express their struggle, and reach the core issues that are at the root of conflict. One of Olivia’s strengths is her ability to support couples to build a secure, safe, and responsive emotional connection.

Olivia enjoys and is inspired by her work with clients. She has a strong belief in the capacity of every person to bring about meaningful change in their lives and relationships with the right therapeutic support. Her non-judgemental, caring, and respectful approach enables clients to feel safe and supported in addressing their difficulties and struggles.

Olivia sees clients by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by prior arrangement.

OUR SUPPORT TEAM

Sue, Taryn, Carolyn & Lauren

Mindworx Psychology Outstanding Health Improvement Service

Our friendly front desk team are often your first point of contact when you call.

Sue, Taryn, Carolyn and Lauren make up our wonderful support team. They take great pride in welcoming our clients and in making your visit as smooth as possible.

They can help guide you with appointments, information about services, costs and rebates, and general information about clinical psychology and our psychological services for adults, children, couples (relationship and marriage counselling), family counselling and organisational EAP services.

Our telephone lines are open early and late for you to book your appointment. If it’s your first enquiry, one of our experienced team members will often return your call to ensure we can take all the time you need – to answer all your questions and to ensure we book you in with the Psychologist who will be the best fit to help you reach your goals.

You can reach our front desk team on 78013841 or by emailing them at info@mindworxpsychology.com.au for new enquiries.

BAXTER

Mindworx Psychology Therapy Dog

Our smallest team member. Baxter is our therapy dog. He has been extensively tested to make sure he won’t trigger allergies, and is completing his training.

Baxter visits the Practice on demand, and as a therapy companion we are delighted to have him on board. Baxter loves nothing more than a tummy rub, and has proven himself at a young age to have excellent skills at sleeping, and making himself available to be patted by clients.

If you’d like to see Baxter on your visit let us know. Baxter currently only attends adult/adolescent sessions. Should anyone in your party have a fear of dogs or any risk of allergic reaction to dogs, please let us know. Baxter is a small spaniel X toy poodle.

Baxter attends sessions at Baulkham Hills only.

Baxter, Mindworx Therapy Dog