Our Team

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.

Nesh works with clients aged 18+

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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 a 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.

Victoria works with clients aged 18+

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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.

Awaneesh works with clients aged 18+

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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.

Kate works with clients aged 18+

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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.

Amit works with clients aged 7+

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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.

Kamia works with clients aged 18+

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Katy Brown, Registered Psychologist

Katy Brown

Registered Psychologist
B.Psych (Hons), M. Clin Psych
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Katy has completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology and is interested in working with adults. She holds a soft therapeutic approach when working with clients and has experience in applying different models of therapy including Schema Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Humanistic Psychotherapy.

Katy works with clients aged 20+

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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 and ACT and provides a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to her client’s therapeutic needs. 

Laura works with clients aged 18+

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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.

Patricia works with clients aged 18+

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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. Being client-focused, Matt considers a client’s history, context, goals and strengths to focus towards functional positive gains.

Matt works with clients aged 3+

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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 values-driven therapeutic approach which is trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming.

Ashley works with clients aged 15+

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Alex Creugnet

Registered Psychologist
BA, Postgrad Dip Psych, MSc Career Coaching

Alex is a Registered Psychologist who works with adults, young adults and couples to achieve their therapeutic goals. Alex has a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to therapy, utilising therapeutic frameworks including CBT, ACT, EFT and IFS with culturally diverse and LGBTQIA+ clients.

Alex works with clients aged 18 to 40

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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.

Jill works with clients aged 18+
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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.

Emilia works with clients aged 15 to 35

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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 using CBT, Unified Protocol, and assessments.

Hannah works with clients aged 10+

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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.

Caitlin works with clients aged 10+

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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.

Rhiannon works with clients aged 9+

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Dr Carol Choo

Senior Clinical Psychologist
BSc, B. Psych (Hons), M. App Psych, D. Psych (clin)
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Carol holds a Doctorate degree and is a registered Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She has worked collaboratively across the lifespan and utilises a range of approaches including CBT, DBT, ACT, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and strength-based approaches.

Carol works with clients aged 18+

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Joanne Capili

Provisional Psychologist
B.S. Psych, Grad Dip Psych, M Prof Psych
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Joanne is a Provisional Psychologist who holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Psychology. She embodies a warm, sacred & non-judgmental space & works collaboratively in achieving her client’s treatment goals. She has training & experience in case formulation, CBT, ACT & EFT.

Joanne works with clients aged 21+
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Maddie Abramovic

Provisional Psychologist
BSci(Psych), BCrim, AdvGradDip(Psych)
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Maddie is a Provisional Psychologist who has experience working across the lifespan and with various presentations. She values working collaboratively and creating a safe space for clients to work towards their goals. Maddie is experienced in using CBT, ACT and Motivational Interviewing interventions.

Maddie works with clients aged 5+

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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.

Dr Ali works with clients aged 12+
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Administration

Hayley Fulivai

Administration Officer / Reception

Jakob Taylor

Administration Officer / Reception

Alexia Green

Administration Officer / Reception

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.