Dr Bernadette Bywater

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), P.G.Dip (Psychology), Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychologist

Bernadette is a registered Clinical Psychologist (Registration No.0069732). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS, Membership No. 034478), the Clinical College of the APS and of the Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Association of Australia (EMDRAA). She was first registered as a Psychologist in 2001 and has completed postgraduate training in a range of scientifically supported therapies. Bernadette’s doctoral research examined the association between binge-eating and coping style. She has experience in various hospital and community settings, including specialist services for the treatment of eating disorders. In addition to private practice, Bernadette is a consultant psychologist at the Sydney Institute for Obesity Surgery. She also provides clinical supervision to other psychologists and training to General Practitioners.

Bernadette offers treatment for a range of adult issues including the following:

  • Anxiety disorders including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, phobias
  • Depression including Post Natal Depression, low mood
  • Post-traumatic stress resulting from single incident trauma or a series of traumatic life-events
  • Eating Disorders including Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa and Binge eating
  • Weight loss and body-image
  • Adult survivors of childhood abuse - including emotional abuse, trauma and neglect
  • Adult children of parents with mental health difficulties
  • Adjustment to major life events or transitions e.g. parenthood, divorce, retirement
  • Workplace conflict and issues effecting career progression
  • Issues effecting LGBTI people
  • Life goals and direction
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parenting issues
  • Supporters of people with mental health difficulties

Therapeutic approach

Bernadette’s approach to therapy is warm, supportive and collaborative. She will work with you to develop a thorough understanding of your strengths and difficulties and a clear treatment plan will be agreed. Bernadette is skilled in the application of a wide range of scientifically-supported therapies that are selected based on the needs of each client. Bernadette is committed to ongoing training and clinical supervision to ensure that the therapy she provides is of the highest quality.

The therapeutic models used include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
  • Neuropsychotherapy

Qualifications

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
(University of Birmingham, England)

Diploma in Eating Disorders
(National Centre for Eating Disorders, England)

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology
(Macquarie University, Australia)

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
(Macquarie University, Australia)

Ongoing Professional Development

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Certificate I and II in Psychodietetics
  • Supervisor Course for Psychologists Registration Board N.S.W.
  • Workcover Provider Course
  • Lap-band Health Practitioners Course
  • Healing Broken Bonds: Traumatic Attachment and Emotional Dysregulation
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Short term schema therapy
  • Neuroscience of memory and trauma
  • Neuropsychotherapy for anxiety, depression and trauma.
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Alex Haubold

Master of Arts (Psychology), Diploma of Psychological Practice, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Registered Psychologist

Alex provides individualised therapy that is empathic, collaborative and effective. Alex is a registered Psychologist (Registration number 0001153099) who has practiced since 1997. Her professional experience extends across roles in community mental health, trauma counselling as well as counselling for university, hospital and corporate clients. Alex also currently provides psychological services to emergency services workers.

Alex provides treatment for adult issues including the following:

  • Anxiety, Stress and Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression, Post-Natal Depression, self-esteem issues
  • Addictive behaviour including substance dependency and gambling
  • Life goals and direction, Life-work balance
  • Work-place issues including managing stress and conflict
  • Parenting issues
  • Anger management
  • Adjustment to major life events such as parenthood, separation and retirement

Therapeutic Approach

Alex provides therapy that is goal-directed and focused on achieving tangible improvements for her clients. She combines her technical knowledge as a psychologist with extensive experience to better understand the complex issues that clients face. Therapy is tailored to each client’s preferences and needs. The therapeutic models used include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Qualifications

Master of Arts (Psychology)
University of Sydney, 1994

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
University Of Wollongong, 1993

Diploma of Psychological Practice
The College of Psychological Practice, 1997

Ongoing professional Development:

Alex undertakes regular peer supervision and individual supervision. She has completed further education in areas such as addiction, personality disorders, conflict resolution, brief solution focused therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, mindfulness and trauma.

She has completed further education in a range of specialties including:

  • Addiction
  • Personality Disorders
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma

Dr Bianca Crick

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Doctor of Clinical Psychology / Master of Science

Clinical Psychologist

Bianca is a Clinical Psychologist (Registration Number: PSY0001373375) and a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA; Membership Number: 355) and EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA). She holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, a Master of Science and a Master of Health Information Management from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), with a major in psychology, from the University of Newcastle. Since commencing therapeutic work in 2007, Bianca has practised in a wide variety of treatment settings in both Australia and the UK, including hospitals, community health settings, GP surgeries, private practice, telehealth services and universities. She has a special interest in using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) to address the past adverse life events which contribute to current symptoms and unhelpful life patterns. Bianca’s other therapeutic interests include issues related to personal values and identity, including challenges faced by LGBTI individuals. Alongside her work in private practice, Bianca also provides assessment and treatment for patients considering bariatric surgery at the Sydney Institute for Obesity Surgery.

In addition to her clinical work, Bianca has undertaken honours level research into the relationship between social information processing and physical and verbal aggression, and master’s level research into the structure of the self-concept and its relationship to mood, self-esteem, perfectionism and procrastination. She received the Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence and the University Medal for her honours research, and a University Postgraduate Award Scholarship to undertake her master’s research.

Bianca offers treatment for adults in the following areas:

  • Academic and workplace difficulties
  • Adjustment to major life events or transitions
  • Adult survivors of abuse and neglect, including emotional neglect
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Challenges faced by the LGBTI community, including discrimination, family and religious conflict and difficulties associated with coming out
  • Depression
  • Emotion regulation issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Health behaviour change
  • Issues related to personal identity and value-based goal setting
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Therapeutic Approach

Bianca's approach is warm, open and non-judgemental. She has great respect for those who make the decision to actively improve their psychological health and wellbeing with the help of a therapist, and works to provide a supportive and empathic environment that encourages insight, growth and positive change.

Bianca believes that therapy is most effective when it is provided within a collaborative relationship based on honesty, trust, humour and mutual respect. She is committed to providing scientifically supported therapeutic interventions that are best suited to the values and strengths of the individual, and the areas they are seeking to improve.

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Bianca takes an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from the following therapeutic models:

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Therapies
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Schema Therapy

Qualifications

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
University of Sydney

Master of Science
University of Sydney

Master of Health Information Management
University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
University of Newcastle

Ongoing Professional Development

Bianca participates in regular supervision and professional development activities. She has completed further training in:

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Smoking cessation therapy
  • Telephone-based gambling and mental health crisis interventions

Dr Angela Dangas

Bachelor of Science (Psychology Honours), Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Master of Science/ Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychologist

Angela is a registered Clinical Psychologist (Registration No. PSY0001011971) and a Psychology Board of Australian approved supervisor in Clinical Psychology. She is also a member of Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Angela has completed a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Master of Science, Graduate Diploma of Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology Honours) at The University of Sydney.

Angela has also completed specialist training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Health at Every Size. In addition to private practice, Angela has experience working in hospital settings. She has many years of experience providing treatment in a specialist eating disorders service working with both adults and adolescents.

Angela also provides clinical supervision to provisional psychologists and registered psychologists.

Angela offers treatment for adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety Disorders including: Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders including, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and other eating related difficulties
  • Body Image difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Work place difficulties and stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Emotion regulation issues
  • Adjustment to major life events
  • Life goals and direction
  • Supporters of people with mental health difficulties

Therapeutic approach

Angela provides therapy based on an individualised treatment plan and in accordance with the client’s treatment goals. She provides therapy which is supportive, non-judgmental and active.

Therapy is provided according to an individual assessment of needs and strengths. The therapeutic models used include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

Qualifications

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
University of Sydney

Master of Science
University of Sydney

Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
University of Sydney

Bachelor of Science (Psychology Honours)
University of Sydney

Ongoing Professional Development

  • Mindfulness-based Therapies
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy