Our Team

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Our Team

Our team of clinicians are highly qualified and have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a range of difficulties.  Each member of our team has completed at least six years of university training – including a post-graduate masters or doctoral degree in clinical psychology – and is committed to providing supportive and effective treatment services to clients.  Please see below for more information on individual members of our team.

Kate Banister + Leah Calleja

(Administrative Officers)

Kate, and Leah are our friendly administrative officers. They can help you with any administrative enquiries you may have, including finding out more about our practice, booking appointments, and changing appointment times.  If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact our admin team and they will be very happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our phones are attended between 9:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. If you call outside these hours please leave a message and we will return your call the next day.

Ashleigh Hough

Ashleigh is a developmental and educational psychologist with over 12 years of experience working with children and adolescents in schools and paediatric practices. Ashleigh specialises in educational and psychometric assessments for students between 4 and 17 years. These assessments can help to identify learning difficulties, profile learning strengths, and provide additional information for a variety of developmental concerns.

Ashleigh works at our Neutral Bay office on a Saturday.

Dr. Barry McNamara

Barry is a Clinical Psychologist with over 35 years’ clinical experience. He undertook his clinical training at the University of New South Wales, Sydney University and University of Wollongong, where his PhD research in Clinical Psychology investigated the public perception of psychologists and how psychologists can better meet the needs of their clients.

Barry initially worked in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital. More recently, he has been Managing Director of his own private consultancy supporting employees of client organisations to address both work-related and personal concerns.

Barry works effectively in the brief therapy model and employs a range of evidenced-based treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness. The particular choice of therapeutic intervention will be informed by the particular needs of his client.

Barry works collaboratively with his clients, acting as a guide while the client explores directions that will lead to positive outcomes. Barry’s therapeutic approach is best described as pragmatic and solution-focused and is aimed at empowering his clients to reassert control over their lives.

Barry has a keen interest in working with a wide range of clients, including adolescents, adults, couples and families. Given his long experience in Clinical Psychology he feels comfortable assisting clients with a range of presenting concerns.

Barry works at our North Sydney office on a Wednesday.

Jessica Aradas

Jessica is a Clincial Psychology Registrar who is committed to providing a warm environment and evidence-based treatments tailored to individuals. Jessica enjoys working collaboratively with clients in order to meet their needs, and enhance their independence.

Jessica has a special interest in working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing eating disorders. She has experience working in outpatient, inpatient and day program settings, and provides both individual and family approaches, depending on the client’s needs and preferences.

Jessica sees a range of other presentations, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma. Jessica also has a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults. She has experience working in CAHMS settings and enjoys helping young persons navigate what can be challenging, identity-forming years.

Jessica draws from a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy (including Maudsley Family Based Therapy for Eating Disorders), and Motivational Interviewing.  She also recently published an article on Family Based Therapy (FBT) for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa in the Journal of Eating Disorders, which you can read here.

Jessica works at our Neutral Bay Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and offers after-school and after-hours appointments on Thursdays.

Jessica Inman-Hislop

Jessica is a clinical psychologist registrar with experience working in private practice, inpatient and outpatient mental health care, and university settings. She is dedicated to providing evidence-based interventions tailored to her clients’ needs, and has a warm, empathic, and collaborative therapeutic style in working with her clients to achieve their goals and make changes in their lives where they feel this is needed.

Jessica is experienced in providing individual and group therapy for adults, adolescents and children presenting with a wide range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and difficulties with emotion regulation, stress management, social skills, and school stress. She focuses on providing skills based therapy to increase her clients’ self-efficacy, and has experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She also incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles into treatment where appropriate.

Jessica completed her clinical psychology training at the University of Technology Sydney, and has presented research at national conferences. She works out of our Neutral Bay office on Monday and Friday, and offers after-school and after-hours appointments.

Dr. Kim Woodward

Kim is a warm and empathetic clinical psychologist who is passionate about working with adults and young adults to improve their quality of life, enhance adaptive coping/functioning, and reduce suffering. She is dedicated to working collaboratively with her clients and matching therapy to the individual needs of each client; drawing on a range of evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (STDP), and Emotion-focused Therapies.

Kim works with a range of presentations including drug and alcohol problems, addiction, issues relating to managing intense emotions, eating disorders and eating related difficulties, low self-esteem and identity issues, relationship difficulties, trauma, stress and coping, anxiety disorders, depression, sleep disorders, personality disorders, and complex and comorbid presentations.

Kim has experience working in a number of private inpatient settings, including South Pacific Private Hospital and the Hills Clinic, and across a range of public inpatient and community health settlings, including the Northern Beaches Drug, Alcohol, and Gambling Service. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree with first class Honours, her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, and PhD at Macquarie University, where she continues to work part-time as an academic, tutoring on a number of undergraduate psychology units.

Kim’s PhD research investigated eating disorders and the role of attachment dynamics, self-regulation, and emotion regulation in eating disturbances in young women. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, including conferences in both the UK and USA and in published written works.

Kim works at our Neutral Bay office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and at our North Sydney office on Tuesdays. She offers daytime, after school, and after-hours appointments.

Dr. Ly Hart-Smith 

Ly is a clinical psychologist dedicated to providing clients with a supportive, safe, and structured environment in which to make sense of their difficulties and take charge of their lives. She is committed to tailoring evidence-based treatments to each individual, and enjoys working collaboratively to help clients develop skills and self-knowledge to bring about meaningful and lasting change.

Ly has training and experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based therapies, and imagery-based therapies. She has worked with a wide range of presentations across public, private, and university settings. These include anxiety (e.g. generalised anxiety, panic disorder, health anxiety, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorders), depression, bipolar disorder, clinical perfectionism, and eating disorders. She is also passionate about helping individuals adjust to difficult life circumstances and has a special interest in perinatal mental health.

Ly completed her clinical psychology training at The University of New South Wales. She also holds a PhD in clinical psychology focusing on the impact of unhelpful thinking styles, and has presented research at national and international conferences and in published papers.

Ly works at our Neutral Bay office on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Luke Brock 

Luke is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with experience providing individual and group therapy for adults and older adolescents experiencing a range of difficulties. He uses an evidence-based and collaborative approach to treatment, and attempts to practice in a genuine manner to help clients feel comfortable in sharing their experiences.

Luke appreciates idiosyncrasies and strives to tailor interventions to the individual needs of his clients.  He draws from a range of evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and works to ensure that the skills he introduces are functional and applicable to everyday life.

Luke obtained his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from UNSW, and during his degree, he trained at the UNSW Psychology Clinic, the Westmead Anxiety Clinic, and the Black Dog Institute Psychology Clinic. In addition to his role at Think Clinical Psychologists, Luke works in an acute inpatient setting, working with individuals one-on-one and in a group setting.

Luke works in our Neutral Bay office on Mondays and Fridays and offers after-school and after-hours appointments.

Dr. Sarah Hughes

Dr. Sarah Hughes is a clinical psychologist and founder of Think Clinical Psychologists.  She has 10 years of clinical experience and enjoys working with kids, teens, adults, families, and couples experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including complex and long-standing difficulties.

Sarah has a particular interest in working with adults experiencing postnatal depression, depression, anxiety (including generalised anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, and specific phobias), eating difficulties and disorders, and low self-esteem.  She is also experienced at working with adults with bipolar disorder.  Sarah’s child and adolescent areas of expertise include complex behaviour problems, eating disorders (both anorexia and bulimia nervosa), depression, self-harm, anxiety, and HSC and school-stress.

Sarah completed her clinical training at the University of Sydney and holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in child and adolescent anxiety disorders.  She practices Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Schema Therapy, Interpersonal and Social Rhythms Therapy (for the management of bipolar disorder), and Mindfulness-based Therapy.  Her experience with different treatment modalities means Sarah can match evidence-based treatment strategies to the specific needs of her clients so her clients can achieve change as quickly as possible.

Sarah works out of our North Sydney office on Monday and Thursday and is at our Neutral Bay offices on Tuesday and Wednesday. She offers both after-school and after-hours appointments.

Dr. Siobhan Kelly

Dr Siobhan Kelly is a clinical psychologist with extensive clinical experience working with kids, teens, families, and adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including complex presentations.

Siobhan spent the last 8 years working in KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Singapore, where she was the clinical lead for Adolescent Psychology Services. In this role she was involved in developing a number of clinical services including the Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder programme, the weight management programme, and a number of group-based programs for adolescents experiencing significant emotional difficulties.

Siobhan has experience and interest working with a number of presentations including eating disorders, depression, anxiety (including OCD), deliberate self-harm, emotional dysregulation, academic and work-related stress, and relationship difficulties. Siobhan believes in a collaborative and flexible approach, that focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance and tailoring treatment approaches to the specific needs of individuals or families. Her time in Singapore means that she also has experience in working across a culturally and linguistically diverse population and understands the importance of respecting individual’s and family’s cultural when approaching therapy.

Siobhan completed her clinical training at the University of Sydney. She is skilled in delivering a range of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Family Therapy (including Family Based Therapy for Eating Disorders and Multi-Family Therapy), and Motivational Interviewing.

Siobhan is available Wednesday at Neutral Bay and Thursday at North Sydney and offers after-school and after-hours appointments.

Stephanie Banning

Stephanie is a warm and passionate clinical psychology registrar with experience in both private practice and community mental health. She has worked with children, adults and families facing a range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, attachment issues, behavioural problems, trauma, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorder as well as managing stressful life events and changes in general.

Stephanie is dedicated to providing effective, evidence based treatment which is tailored to the specific needs of the client in the most time effective manner. She uses a range of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Therapy (MICT). Stephanie is committed to continual growth and development as a psychologist and keeps up to date with psychological research to inform her treatment to ensure she uses the most effective, first-line approach.

Stephanie works at our North Sydney office on Fridays and our Neutral Bay office on Tuesdays and Saturdays.