Meet our Team

Dr Nicole Williams

Dr. Nicole Williams is a Clinical Psychologist. The title “Clinical” indicates completion of a Master of Clinical Psychology degree. Nicole has also completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is co-director of the Centre.

Nicole has worked in community mental health, children’s welfare, early childhood, child and family health, and with both children and adults in private practice.

Nicole works with people of all stages of life with wide ranging concerns. Nicole works with effective, evidence based strategies to partner with clients to enact change. However, she draws upon a wide range of therapeutic stances in order to provide individual clients with services that suit their particular needs and preferences.

Nicole’s area of particular special interest is the perinatal period (pre- and postnatal), early childhood and parenting. She has worked with many families with very young children regarding behavioural, relationship, attachment and mental health concerns, including postnatal depression and postnatal anxiety. Nicole utilises cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)  with clients experiencing fear and uncertainty regarding their pregnancy and/or birth, or who have had a traumatic birth experience previously are assisted by therapy.

Nicole is also experienced in providing gentle behavioural interventions for families with babies and children who suffer sleep concerns, and worked with Professor Sarah Blunden in her Paediatric Sleep Clinic for a number of years. Such interventions always prioritise the family's own parenting style and do not involve leaving children in distress. Families with children who wake a lot during the night, have difficulty napping, who are difficult to settle to sleep or have fears about being alone at night consult with Nicole.

Nicole is concerned with providing clients with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which they feel they can share sometimes difficult information. She is committed to providing clinical psychological services in an ethical, confidential and respectful manner. Nicole is dedicated to staying up to date with new approaches and ideas which can be beneficial to her clients through lifelong learning.

Areas of practice:

  • Perinatal mental health
    • antenatal, pregnancy, postnatal anxiety and depression
    • particularly birth fears & traumatic birth experiences
  • Parenting strategies
  • Early childhood psychological therapy
    • anxiety, behaviour, tantrums, separation issues etc.
  • Paediatric sleep 6mths + (gentle, responsive, evidence-based approach)


Qualifications:

Bach Soc Sc., BA Hons (Psych) University of Adelaide

Combined Master of Psychology (Clinical)/PhD University of Adelaide

Full & current registration with the Psychology Board of Australia,

Clinical Psychology endorsement

Member of Clinical College of Australian Psychological Society

Medicare Provider - Clinical Psychology

                                  - Non-directive Pregnancy Counselling

 

Dr Brooke Ferguson


Dr. Brooke Ferguson is a Clinical Psychologist. The title “Clinical” indicates completion of a Master of Clinical Psychology degree. Brooke has also completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology on children of parents with a mental illness. Brooke is co-director of the Centre.

Brooke has previously worked as a psychologist in both public and private settings supporting adults and children. She takes pleasure in supporting people of all ages with their concerns. Her areas of special interest include children of primary school age, along with children with a parent who suffers mental illness, be these infants, children or adults. Brooke also enjoys supporting families in the perinatal period with anxiety, depression and adjustment concerns.

Brooke also has a particular interest in transgender issues in childhood, and we are pleased to offer a LBGTQI friendly practice. Brooke continues her involvement in psychological research through The University of Adelaide.

Please contact Brooke to make a time to consult, or with any further queries, on 7228 5363.

Areas of practice:

  • Adult mental health
    • anxiety, depression, stress, grief, Return to Work SA etc.
  • Particular interest in transgender & sexuality issues

  • Perinatal mental health
    • antenatal/ postnatal anxiety and depression
    • particularly unexpected pregnancy outcomes
  • Parenting strategies

  • Children’s psychological therapy
    • poor mood, anxiety, bullying, social skills, grief, adjustment to separation etc.


Qualifications:

Bach Arts, BA Hons (Psych), The University of Adelaide

Combined Master of Psychology (Clinical)/ PhD, The University of Adelaide

Full & current registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

Clinical Psychology Endorsement

Member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society

Medicare Provider - Clinical Psychology


Dr Katherine Reynolds


Dr Katherine Reynolds is a clinical psychologist working since 2007 in community mental health and more recently in private practice.  In particular, Katherine has an interest in mental health in the perinatal period – from conception to one year after the end of a pregnancy – including perinatal anxiety, depression, and trauma.  Katherine also enjoys working with clients who wish to develop skills in dealing with a variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, goal-setting, problem-solving, assertiveness, adjustment difficulties, panic disorder, and phobias.

Katherine is client-focused, approachable, and motivated.  She has been trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches and brings experience in working within cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness skills, trauma-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and behavioural activation.  She is dedicated to assisting clients to find ways to enhance their quality of life, to improve their ability to tackle challenges, and to learn new skills to overcome mental health difficulties.

Katherine is committed to maintaining professional, ethical and up-to-date skills and standards of practice.

Areas of practice:

  • Adult mental health
    • anxiety, depression, stress, grief, Return to Work SA etc.
  • Perinatal mental health
    • antenatal/ postnatal anxiety and depression
    • particularly traumatic birth & perinatal loss

* Please note Katherine's does not consult with children under 16 years

Qualifications:

                           Bach of Psychology (Honours), Flinders University

                           Master of Psychology (Clinical), University of South Australia

                           Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), Charles Sturt University

                           Full & current registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

                                   Clinical Psychology Endorsement

                           Member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society 

                           Medicare Provider - Clinical Psychology

Ms Kim Tomlian

Kim Tomlian is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience, developed across both the public and private sectors, working with adults and children.

Kim’s particular areas of interest include the postnatal period, parenting, parent-infant/child relationships, childhood trauma, adult trauma and adult survivors of childhood trauma including out of home care. Following her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, she has trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches and attends regular professional development sessions to keep up to date. Her training has included the Circle of Security Model and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) with both adults and children. Kim was the first person in Australia to be certified in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), a therapeutic and parenting approach based on attachment and developmental trauma research. She has also completed levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Gottman Couples Therapy training, completing level 3 with John and Julie Gottman in Seattle. Kim draws on a range of therapeutic approaches tailored for the specific individual/dyad/family.

Kim is committed to providing a non-judgemental, empathic and ethical psychology service. She also consults at Lift Cancer care, providing psychology services for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their family members. She is currently undertaking a PhD on the topic of inter-professional communication in the context of child protection in the courts.

 Areas of practice:

 Adult and child mental health, with a particular interest in the following:

 Parenting

  • Post natal anxiety and depression
  • Parent-infant/child attachment and relationships
  • Childhood trauma and attachment disruption
  • Adult trauma
  • Adult survivors of childhood trauma
  • Grief and loss

 

Qualifications/memberships:

 Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, The University of Adelaide

 Diploma of Applied Psychology, The University of Adelaide

 Master of Psychology (Clinical), The University of Adelaide

 Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis

 Full and current registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, Clinical Psychology endorsement

 Member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society

 Medicare Provider – Clinical Psychology

 Member of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI)

 

Ms Penelope Phillips 

Penelope (Penny) completed her Masters-level training in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Australia in 2013. She is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA. 
 
Throughout her career, Penny has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families across hospital, community and educational settings. She is experienced in working with complex mental health presentations, and providing therapeutic intervention to both individuals and groups.
 
Penny’s therapeutic approach is relaxed, warm and genuine. She aims to provide a supportive and accepting atmosphere that facilitates open discussions about topics that may otherwise feel challenging or embarrassing. She is committed to ethical practice and upholding client confidentiality. 
 

Penny has a particular interest supporting clients to make sense of their own attachment history and how it may impact on current problems and interpersonal experiences, including parenting challenges. She works with individuals in the context of their environment to unpack and break free from unhelpful recurrent patterns that impact on emotion, behaviour, relationships and overall wellbeing. As part of this process, she has a strong focus on assisting others to understand, express and respond to their own emotional needs and experiences. 


As is supported by the research evidence base, Penny understands that there are many ways to grow and/or heal through therapy. As such, she ensures interventions are person-centred, so that the experience of therapy is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. She draws on her knowledge and training in attachment theory, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and clinical hypnosis to develop interventions that are suited to the needs and goals of her clients.
 
Areas of practice:
 
Perinatal mental health

  • Postnatal mental health (including anxiety and depression) and traumatic birth experiences 
  • Adjustment to parenthood
  • Antenatal, pregnancy, childbirth fears and preparation for childbirth


Adult mental health

  • Adjustment difficulties, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD
  • Recurrent and longstanding mental health and interpersonal issues


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in psychology (honours)
  • Masters of Psychology (Clinical)
  • AHPRA endorsed area of practice in Clinical Psychology
  • Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis (in progress)
  • Medicare Provider

Joanne Collins

Dr Joanne Collins is a registered psychologist.  Jo has completed her Master’s degree in Psychology and has also completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology on mental health service delivery in rural areas.

Jo has experience working with people across the lifespan and enjoys supporting her clients with their concerns with a warm and collaborative approach.  Jo takes a kind and empathic approach with all her clients. She is especially interested in supporting clients with anxiety and depression and also those in the perinatal period.

Areas of practice:

All areas of Adult Mental Health with a particular interest in the following:- Anxiety, depression, stress, and eating disorders and Perinatal anxiety and depression

 Qualifications

  • Bach Arts, BA Hons (Psych), The University of Adelaide
  • PhD, The University of Adelaide
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), The University of South Australia
  • Full and current registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Member Clinical college of the Australian Psychological Society

Mandy Dibb-Smith

Mandy is a Registered Psychologist. She has completed a Combined Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her published research is in behaviour change maintenance and the creation of meaningful, lasting changes.


Mandy has experience working with both adults and children treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including panic attacks, generalised anxiety and anxiety-related disorders (including obsessive compulsive disorder), depressive disorders and the treatment of trauma.

Mandy enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds and with different contextual needs, including grief and loss, professional burn-out, emotional regulation, relapse prevention, resilience and self-compassion. She is especially passionate about working with the Indigenous community and works within a cultural safety framework, to foster wellbeing.

Mandy has a firm grounding in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness based techniques and Schema Therapy, and is committed to ongoing professional development. She believes that treatment plans need to be tailored to meet the specific needs of each client and will often blend several treatment styles in order to provide effective, evidence-based therapeutic interventions.

Ms Meg Prior

Meg Prior is a Registered Psychologist.


Ms Jude Hill 

Jude Hill is a Clinical Social Worker who has attained her Accreditation as a  Mental Health Social Worker. This means that Jude has demonstrated skill and knowledge in providing psychologically based therapies for people with mental health conditions.

 Jude is highly trained in internationally recognised child development programs and also parenting programs. She is accredited as Circle of Security Parenting, parent trainer.

She has worked clinically in the Government in therapeutic counselling roles and more recently as  parent-infant therapist. Jude has extensive experience in working with people who have experienced trauma in their childhood.

 Jude uses a variety of approaches to assist people and their mental health including CBT, Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.  

Jude is accredited by Medicare to consult with children, teens and adults under a Mental Health Care Plan; please see service details page for further information.

 Areas of practice

  • Perinatal and infant mental health
    • Parent infant attachment and bonding
    • Reading baby’s cues
    • Adjustment to parenting
  • Young people’s mental health
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Gender and sexual identity
    • Grief and loss
  • Adult mental health
    • Anxiety and depression

 

Qualifications / Memberships: 

Mental Health Social Worker Accreditation (AMSW)

Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Health Counselling), University of South Australia

Bachelor of Social Work, University of South Australia

Bachelor of Social Science (Community Service), University of South Australia

Associate Diploma Arts (Liberal Studies), University of South Australia

Australian Association of Social Workers

Australian Association of Infant Mental Health

Australian Borderline Personality Disorder Foundation

World Association of Infant Mental Health


Ms Ali Taylor


Ali Taylor is a registered paediatric Occupational Therapist with experience in both government and NGO settings including community health (Early Childhood), children's centres, disability and mental health. Ali has worked with preschool children within various multidisciplinary teams spanning well over a decade.

Ali has a passion for working with children and families in supporting children to reach their full potential; seeing relationship as central to their development. With her primary focus on the early years, Ali works relationally with babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their families to support positive developmental outcomes in children's:

  • Foundation skills (registration, regulation, alertness and attention)
  • Play skills
  • Social skills
  • Behaviour
  • Fine motor and hand skills
  • Self care skills - toileting, dressing, mealtimes
  • Sleep. 

Ali is also a certified facilitator of the Circle of Security Parenting Program and Marte Meo Practitioner.

Ali uses the same attachment framework as our other clinicians and is accredited by Medicare to consult with children under a Mental Health Care Plan; please see service details page for further information.