Management

Nesh Nikolic, Clinical Psychologist & Principal of Strategic Psychology, Canberra

Nesh Nikolic

Managing Director | Senior Clinical Psychologist
B.A. App Psych, Grad Dip App Psych, M. Clin Psych. MAPS, FCCLP, MACBS

Nesh is the Managing Director and principal psychologist at Strategic Psychology. He is a registered Clinical Psychologist with more than 14 years experience and over 20,000 hours of consulting practice. Nesh has significant experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and has provided training to psychologists, counsellors, social workers and occupational therapists around Australia.

Nesh holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Association for Contextual Behavioural Science and Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

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Psychologists

Victoria Burrows, Registered Psychologist

Victoria Burrows

Senior Health Psychologist
B. Psych (Hons), M. App Psych (Health)
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Victoria is Health Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology (Health Psychology). She approaches mental health holistically and is experienced with adults and older adults. Victoria is skilled in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and in individualised interventions.

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Awaneesh Bamola, Registered Psychologist

Awaneesh Bamola

Senior Registered Psychologist
BA Psych, Assoc. MAPS
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Awaneesh has 7 years of experience providing therapy and support to adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or complex life problems. Awaneesh utilizes therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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Kate Stacey, Registered Psychologist

Kate Stacey

Senior Clinical Psychologist
B. App Psych, Grad Dip. Psych, M. Clin Psych

Kate is a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with clients who are dealing with stress, anxiety and depression and bereavement/suicide bereavement. She has received training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and Reality Therapy.

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Amit Pearce, Clinical Psychologist | Child Psychologist, Canberra

Amit Pearce

Senior Clinical Psychologist
BSc Psych, GradDipSc Psych, MClin Psych, MAPS

Amit is a registered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience. Amit works with a diverse range of clients, ranging from children to older adults, and couples. Amit takes a respectful, compassionate and non-judgemental approach in working with clients to assist them in moving towards their goals.

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Kamia Harris, Registered Psychologist

Kamia Harris

Senior Registered Psychologist
BSc, Grad Dip Ed Psych, M Psych, MAPS
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Kamia is a registered Psychologist with a Masters Degree in Psychology (Counselling Psychology) and over 18 years experience working with adults. She draws from a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches and has worked in both the private and public sector as a psychologist.

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Katy Brown, Registered Psychologist

Katy Brown

Registered Psychologist
B.Psych (Hons), M. Clin Psych
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Katy completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology with an interest working with adolescents and adults. She holds a soft therapeutic approach when working with clients and has experience in applying different models of therapy including ACT, CBT and Schema Therapy.
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Laura Smith-Wright, Clinical Psychologist

Laura Smith-Wright

Senior Clinical Psychologist
BScPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clin)
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Laura is a registered Clinical Psychologist with 8 years of experience providing evidence-based therapy. She works with adolescents aged 17+ and adults. She is trained in the use of CBT, ACT and EMDR and she provides a compassionate and non-judgmental approach towards her clients therapeutic needs.

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Patricia Peneder, Clinical Psychologist

Patricia Peneder

Senior Clinical Psychologist
BSc Psych, MClin Psych, MAPS, FCCLP, MACBS

Patricia is a registered Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She takes a caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach towards her clients tailoring a treatment plan that will meet their needs and goals.

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Jo Hanna

Registered Psychologist
B. Psyc. Sc., Grad. Dip. Psyc. Sc. PhD (Clin. Pysc) Candidate

Jo is a Registered Psychologist, Clinical Psychology Registrar, and a PhD (Clinical Psychology) Candidate. Jo works with children, adolescents, families, and young adults in assisting with a range of psychological and behavioral concerns and difficulties. Jo is motivated, empathetic, and goal-oriented in working with individuals and families.

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Dr Lisa Barney

Senior Registered Psychologist
B.App.Psych (Hons), Ph.D. (Psych), MAPS

Lisa is a Registered Psychologist with a Ph.D. in mental health and diverse experience in working with adults and older adults. She takes a collaborative, caring, and non-judgemental approach drawing from a range of therapeutic approaches, tailored to each client’s needs, goals, and values.
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Matthew Thomas

Senior Registered Psychologist
B. Sci (Hons) Psych, B. Med Sci, MAPS

For the last 20+ years, Matt has been working as a psychologist. He has worked with adults, teens, children, and families. CBT, DBT, and Positive psychology are the therapies he most often uses.

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Jessica Gostelow

Registered Psychologist
B. Psych (Hons)

Jessica is a Registered Psychologist with an interest in working with adolescents and adults. She takes a compassionate, collaborative, and non-judgemental approach towards her clients, utilising her experience applying therapy models such as the ACT, CBT, and DBT skills..

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Ashley Henderson

Provisional Psychologist
B. Psych (Hons), M. Prof Psych, Assoc MAPS

Ashley holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Psychology. She approaches assessment and counselling with a non-judgement and profound respect for the children, adolescents, and adults she works with. Ashley uses a diverse values-driven therapeutic approach which is trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming.

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Alex Creugnet

Registered Psychologist
BA, Postgrad Dip Psych, MSc Career Coaching

Alex is a Registered Psychologist who works collaboratively with adults, young adults, and adolescents to achieve their therapeutic goals. Alex has a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to therapy, utilising a range of therapeutic frameworks including CBT, ACT, and Motivational Interviewing.
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Jill Murphy

Registered Psychologist
BA, BPsychSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical)
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Jill is a registered Psychologist who graduated with a degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked with a range of clients from children to older adults. Jill aims to create a respectful and collaborative environment where clients can identify and work towards their goals.

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Emilia Janiszewska

Registered Psychologist
B Psych
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Emilia is a Registered Psychologist who has experience working with adolescents and adults. Emilia takes a compassionate and collaborative approach to therapy, tailoring treatment to meet individual needs. Emilia uses skills from CBT, ACT, and Schema therapy.

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Hannah Fernandez

Provisional Psychologist
B Psych, M Prof Psych, MAPS
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Hannah holds a Master of Professional Psychology. Her focus is on creating a deep connection for client-centred care. She is interested in working with children and adults and has worked with culturally diverse and LGBTQIA+ clients. She is well versed in CBT, Unified Protocol, and assessments.
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Caitlin Hooper

Provisional Psychologist
BSc, Grad Dip Pro Psych, M. Prof Psych, MAPS
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Caitlin holds a Master of Provisional Psychology and has worked with children, adolescents and adults. She takes a collaborative and empathetic approach to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals. She has training and experience in psychological assessments, CBT and Unified Protocol.

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Rhiannon Brophy

Provisional Psychologist
B Psych, M Prof Psych, Assoc MAPS
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Rhiannon holds a Master of Professional Psychology. She values a safe, non-judgment, and collaborative environment, providing space for clients to work towards their goals in a way that is tailored to their needs. Rhiannon’s practice is informed by a variety of therapeutic frameworks such as CBT, ACT, and DBT.

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Medical Practitioners

Dr Syed Rashid Ali

Career Medical Officer Psychiatry
(non-specialist)

Dr Ali has 25 years experience in assessing and managing mental health illness including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, D&A Dependency, Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia. Dr Ali does not see patients for ADHD.
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Administration

Hayley Fulivai

Receptionist / Admin Support

Sarah Nolan

Receptionist / Admin Support

Lauren Ackers

Receptionist / Admin Support

At Strategic Psychology our highly trained and friendly support staff are available to assist you with all of the additional support surrounding your journey with your psychologist. Our support staff understand your privacy and confidentiality when attending to see a psychologist. We focus on responding to you and striving to accommodate your specific needs whenever you are in contact with our office. You can contact our friendly support staff at any time to ask questions or clarify any information surrounding scheduling or rescheduling an appointment, attending for an appointment or if you have any questions regarding what services we are able to provide which will best suit your needs.