Our Clinical Psychologists

Our clinical psychologists have expertise in adult, adolescent and child disorders. They are all trained in treating depression and anxiety disorders and specialise in a variety of other areas.

All our clinical psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and endorsed for clinical psychology as an approved area of practice.

Furthermore, as members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) our psychologists follow guidelines regarding professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality that are set and monitored by the Society in the APS Code of Ethics.

Our approach is to work with clients by setting goals and working towards them by actively reviewing treatment for the best results. This means clients are moved through therapy in a time-effective manner that is both appropriate and rewarding for them.

We practise in a relaxed, non-clinical atmosphere, which clients say helps them to feel comfortable and confident in sharing their personal experiences.

All clinical psychologists at the Centre are registered with Medicare.

Our Clinical Psychologists

Tamara Kitson

Tamara Kitson has over 30 years experience as a clinical psychologist in adult mental health, built on senior government appointments – senior clinical psychologist in the NSW Health Department and the head psychologist of an area health service.

She specialises in the treatment of trauma-related disorders, especially psychological disorders arising from adverse childhoods including childhood abuse, as well as adult trauma. She utilises an evidence-based trauma treatment EMDR as well as CBT and ACT strategies where appropriate.

Nick Cocco

Nick Cocco BSc(Psych)Hons; MA(Hons)(Clinical Psychology) has been a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists since 1994 and has over 30 years experience. Nick has specialties in the treatment of trauma related conditions ranging from single incident PTSD through to the more complex presentations of personality, dissociative and other disorders which are the sequelae of histories of repetitive child based trauma and neglect. Additionally, he has taught and trained professionals via workshops and supervision in these areas and presented his own research into the treatment efficacy of EMDR with childhood darkness phobia at an international EMDR conference (1995) and was the main author of the second ever child case study published in a peer reviewed journal, of successful EMDR treatment of PTSD (1993).

Nick has been employed in a psychological capacity both within the public, non-government and private sectors since 1983 and was regraded to Senior Clinical Psychologist within the public sector in 1994. Within the public sector, he has had extensive experience both in adult, child and family mental health services. Additionally he has been in private practice since 1991.

Nick utilises various psychological therapies which are extensions of and/or consistent with basic CBT such as Schema Therapy, IRRT (Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy) and Ego State Therapy which are necessary in the successful treatment of clients who are referred with more complex issues. As an EMDR Institute Trainer accredited by the EMDR Association of Australia, Nick also has expert knowledge in a treatment modality recommended as a first line intervention for PTSD.

Dr Claudia Sannibale

Dr Claudia has more than 25 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in a variety of clinical settings, both public and private. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, motivational and adapted to individual needs. Claudia’s areas of interest and expertise include Addictions, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (both complex and single-event trauma), Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, difficulties with emotional regulation, and interpersonal problems. Her therapeutic approach includes: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness based CBT.

Claudia has a long-standing interest in clinical research and has conducted several studies evaluating the efficacy of therapies. She has co-authored journal articles and a book chapter and conducted training workshops, seminars and lectures for psychologists and other health professionals. Claudia has held academic positions as Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW, and as guest Lecturer at USyd, at UWS and MqU.

Claudia also offers psychological services in Italian.

Sally Carter

Sally Carter specialises in providing psychological assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, parents and families across a range of emotional, behavioural and cognitive difficulties including anxiety, mood disorders, trauma-related difficulties, behavioural problems, stress and adjustment difficulties.

Sally has worked in community and hospital settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, and has also worked as a Clinical Psychologist in developing countries training other professionals and providing psychological assessment and treatment.

Tracey Perry

Tracey has extensive experience working with children, young people, and parents assisting them with a range of emotional, behavioural, developmental, learning and interpersonal difficulties. She has many years’ experience in the education sector as both an educator in leadership roles and a school psychologist.

Private clinical practice for over fifteen years has included adult work as well as children and youth, with a focus on the management of stress, anxiety and depression across the lifespan. As a clinical psychologist Tracey is committed to providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions to assist her clients with the difficulties that they are facing and tends to utilise CBT and ACT based approaches.

Judy Chan

Judy Chan is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience working in public and non-government adult mental health services. She also has 20 years concurrent experience in private practice treating a range of clinical presentations including Depression, Bipolar, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorder, emotional dysregulation and relationship difficulties.

Judy utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness based CBT and Schema Therapy.

Judy can also conduct therapy in Cantonese as well as in English.

Dr Amy Oswald holds a Doctorate of Clinical and Health Psychology and has more than 10 years' experience in the assessment and treatment of a range of mental health issues affecting children, adolescents, and adults in both public and private treatment settings.

Amy has a specific interest and expertise in the treatment of psychological aspects of chronic health conditions. In addition to her work at the CBT Centre, she also works as a Clinical Psychologist in a major public teaching hospital, where she provides clinical assessment and interventions to patients and carers of the advanced gastrointestinal surgical service. This primarily includes patients with colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and anorectal difficulties.

Amy practices several different therapeutic approaches with her primary therapeutic orientation being Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She also utilises Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

Clinicians also practising at the CBT Centre are:

Corinne Roberts,Prof Sunny Lah,Dr Alexandra Walker, Dr Anna Mandalis and Louise Parry – Clinical Neuropsychologists

Mark Griffiths – Psychologists

Meg Houtzaager, Tania Alexander – Clinical Psychologists