Values

Our practice adheres to the ethical guidelines set out by the Australian Psychological Society. We value the respectful treatment of all clients and staff regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexual identity and orientation. We welcome feedback on our service and endeavor to continually improve all aspects of our service delivery. Feedback can be provided at info@drbywater.com.au.

Our Practice

Our practitioners are all highly qualified psychologists with several years of post-qualification experience. They combine extensive professional experience with personal qualities of warmth and understanding to provide a positive and effective therapeutic experience for clients. All of our psychologists commit to ongoing training to keep up with the latest developments in psychology and regularly engage in peer consultation to continually improve our practice. In addition to treating a range of issues such as stress, coping with major life transitions, anxiety and depression, our team has specialist skills in a wide range of areas.

Choosing the right psychologist for you

The match between psychologist and client is a key factor in the success of therapy. When you first make contact with our practice we will ask you some questions about the general area you would like to work on, the outcome you would like to achieve and what you might be looking for in a therapist. We then suggest the most appropriate therapists for you. Please also note that all our therapists work set days a week and evening times are in highest demand.

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 (EMDR) therapy to help people to address the previous adverse events that may be contributing 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, as well as the ways in which our early attachment patterns can influence our current relationships. Alongside her work in private practice, Bianca worked for many years providing assessment and treatment for bariatric surgery patients at the Sydney Institute for Obesity Surgery, and can provide support for health behaviour change to patients with a wide variety of goals.

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
  • Depression
  • Emotion regulation issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Health behaviour change
  • Issues related to personal identity and value-based goal setting
  • Relationship and attachment difficulties
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Therapeutic Approach

Bianca's approach is warm, open and non-judgemental. She has great respect for anyone who makes the decision to actively improve their psychological health and wellbeing, 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.

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

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
  • Trauma and Dissociation
  • Adult Attachment styles
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Smoking cessation therapy

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

Rhyll Davey

BA (Hons) Psychology, MPsych (Org), MClin Counselling

Registered Psychologist

Rhyll is a registered Psychologist (Registration No. 0001288202) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS, Membership No. 183370). Registered since 2004, she has experience in clinical counselling, vocational counselling, corporate and career issues and training within the commercial, higher education and non-government sectors. Rhyll also has experience working with parenting and family issues.

Rhyll offers treatment for adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Depression and low mood
  • Substance misuse and addiction
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management
  • Emotional regulation issues
  • Relationship and parenting issues
  • Career and workplace issues
  • Adjustment to life transitions or major life events

Therapeutic approach

Rhyll aims to provide a space where people can open up in a safe place. Using her knowledge, she can assist people with issues that may be holding them back. A strength of Rhyll’s is her caring and calm approach. She is committed to improving her client’s resilience and making connections with what is important in their lives.

Therapeutic models include:

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

Qualifications

Master of Clinical Counselling
Australian Catholic University

Master of Psychology (Organisational)
University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)(Honours)
University of Newcastle

Rachel Cotter

MPsych(Clin). BPsych (Hons). BA(Psych)

Clinical Psychologist

Rachel’s professional experience has been in inpatient and community hospital settings in specialist brain injury services working with adults and adolescents. She has previously worked in health services in Australia and the UK a range of roles including Case Management and Research.

Rachel offers treatment in the following areas:

  • Anxiety Disorders including: Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and phobias
  • Depression, including post natal depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Stress
  • Values and life direction
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Brain injury and neurological conditions

Therapeutic approach

Rachel’s aim is to provide a supportive and empathic environment to allow clients to identify their main concerns. Rachel values tailoring evidence based treatment plans to each individual client in a collaborative manner, with the aim of client’s independently managing their main concerns post treatment.

Rachel utilises evidence based treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing dependent on client needs. In particular, she value engaging in exposure (both in vivo and imaginal) as an essential element in treating anxiety disorders and trauma. She provides values and goals directed therapy that is active and focused on achieving improvements.

The therapeutic models used include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy

Qualifications

Master of Clinical Psychology
Macquarie University, 2011

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
University Of New England, 2002

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Macquarie University, 2001

Ongoing professional Development:

Rachel undertakes regular peer supervision and individual supervision. She is focusing her professional development in the following areas:

  • Schema Therapy
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing