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.

Bianca Protze, Kate Banister + Leah Calleja

(Administrative Officers)

Bianca, 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.

Dr. Andreas Comninos

Andreas is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience. He completed his clinical training at the University of Wollongong, and his PhD research investigated client-therapist processes that predict a rapid response and long-term outcomes in psychotherapy for Depression. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented both locally and internationally.

Andreas draws from a range of effective, evidenced-based treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness. He also has professional interests in attachment, parenting and relationship issues, and neuroplasticity and memory reconsolidation. His approach is supportive and encouraging and he focuses on empowering his clients by teaching practical skills aimed at building resilience and boosting coping so his clients can live more meaningful lives.

Andreas has worked with adolescents, HSC and university students, adults, couples, and families with a wide range of cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and physical difficulties. He has experience treating anxiety (including panic attacks, social anxiety, and PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorders, mood disorders, relationship & interpersonal difficulties, existential issues and adjustment to major life-transitions, and complex behavioural problems, such as mysophonia. Andreas has a keen interest in working with common student issues including procrastination, motivation, perfectionism, and attention/concentration difficulties including ADHD.

Andreas works at our Neutral Bay office on a Wednesday and Friday and offers after school and after hours appointments.

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.

Claire Hurwitz

Claire is a warm, compassionate, and authentic clinical psychologist registrar who is dedicated to providing client-centred care within a safe environment. Claire draws on a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based Therapy. Claire also incorporates psychodynamic models to address specific needs of her clients. Using these evidenced-based approaches, Claire is passionate about working with adolescents, young adults, and adults to create a pathway for support, change, growth, and hope.

Claire has experience working in a variety of clinical settings including an in-patient rehabilitation service, a university clinic, and a high school. Claire works with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol problems, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, school/work-related stress, eating-related difficulties, and low self-esteem. Claire has a particular interest in relationship and interpersonal difficulties.

Claire completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at Bond University in the Gold Coast, and completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Macquarie University, Sydney.

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

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.

Juliet Reiner

Juliet is a registered psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Prior to working in private practice Juliet had over 10 years’ experience working in Schools (both Primary and Secondary) within Sydney and across London; where she provided individual therapy and group intervention, educational assessments, family meetings, seminars for parents, and consultations to Teachers, Executive staff and school systems (including input and implementation with school policies such as bullying and school refusal). Prior to this Juliet was working with disadvantaged youth assisting them with drug and alcohol issues, as well as designing and running 5-week intensive adventure therapy rehabilitation programs.

Juliet completed her studies at University of Wollongong and Postgraduate training at University of Western Sydney. She’s managed and supervised large teams of Psychologists, Counsellors and Play Therapists and continues to provide professional supervision to School Psychologists.

Juliet enjoys engaging with children and adolescents. She has a special interest in working with adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, self-harm, school refusal, self-esteem issues, family breakdown, behavioural difficulties, HSC and school-stress. Juliet’s areas of expertise with children include developmental and behavioural difficulties, emotion regulation, parenting and school issues, family breakup, social skill development and friendship issues.

Juliet has been trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Play Therapies, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Juliet’s strengths include her compassion, warmth and understanding with clients.

Juliet works at our Neutral Bay office on Mondays and Tuesdays. She offers both 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.

Lisa Harrison 

Lisa is a warm, friendly and empathic clinical psychologist. She is dedicated to creating a safe and open environment in order to work collaboratively with adolescents and adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. Lisa is passionate about helping clients overcome their difficulties and assisting them to live a fulfilling life that aligns with their values.

Lisa has experience across a range of public, private, and university settings. She has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing substance dependence in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Additionally, Lisa has experience working with teens and adults experiencing a range of mental health challenges, including: depression, anxiety, phobias, emotional dysregulation, self-harm, and personality vulnerabilities.

Lisa has training and experience using many evidence-based treatment modalities such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and schema therapy. Lisa’s experience means she is able to tailor treatment to suit the client’s individual needs while providing effective treatments for their specific difficulties.

Lisa works at our Neutral Bay office on Saturdays, our North Sydney office on Thursdays, and offers daytime 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.

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.

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 Saturdays.