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.

Dr. Amy Li

Amy is a warm and friendly Psychologist who aims to work collaboratively with her clients to help them develop skills and achieve their therapy goals.

Amy underwent a Combined Masters of Clinical Psychology/PhD at the University of New South Wales. There, she received her clinical training at the UNSW Psychology Clinic, as well as in community health settings including the Westmead Anxiety Unit and Rivendell Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health Service. Amy has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of difficulties including anxiety, mood disorders, life stress, procrastination, perfectionism, sleep issues, emotion dysregulation, and behavioural difficulties.

Amy draws from a variety of evidence-based interventions, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of the client. These interventions include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-based techniques, Interpersonal and Social Rhythms Therapy, and Parent Management Training.

Amy works at our Neutral Bay office on Mondays and Tuesdays. She 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 conducts assessments 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.

Erin Kelso

Erin’s clinical experience extends across a range of presenting conditions, including anxiety (e.g., generalised anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders), stress, mood difficulties, self-esteem issues, work-related issues and chronic pain. Erin has a particular interest in working with kids, adolescents and families who are experiencing behavioural concerns, sleep difficulties, anxiety, school-stress, and stressful life events.

Erin works from a client-centred perspective and uses a variety of treatment approaches to suit the needs of the individual, including Parent Management Training (PMT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy.

Erin offers online consultations only on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays which means that you can have your consultation from the comfort of your own home. Her dog Scottie also attends most of her sessions.

Jessica Aradas

Jessica is a Clincial Psychologist 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. She also works at the Peter Beumont Eating Disorders Outpatient Service, a statewide specialist service at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

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.

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

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 and adolescents 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.

Kathryn Mulligan

Kathryn (Kate) is a widely experienced Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in the field. Kate has experience working in community adolescent mental health, and working with clients who have experienced trauma.

Kate employs a range of evidenced-based models of care including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Trauma Informed Care. Her therapeutic interventions are tailored to meet the needs of individual clients with the aim to improve their overall emotional wellbeing. Kate works collaboratively with clients, supporting them in overcoming barriers and challenges, whilst guiding them towards positive change to achieve their goals.

Kate has a particular interest in working with clients whose past trauma experiences prevent them living life to the fullest, as well as working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, substance abuse and problematic eating behaviours.

Kate offers online/phone consultations only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Morgan Parsons

Morgan is a clinical psychology registrar with experience working in private practice, outpatient mental health care and university settings. She describes herself as passionate about working collaboratively with clients in a warm genuine manner, dedicated to working towards individual goals and creating meaningful change.

Morgan has experience working across the lifespan using a range of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-integrated CBT. She has worked with a range of presentations including anxiety and depression, parenting, stress, trauma, addiction and personality disorders.

Morgan completed her training at the University of Technology Sydney and Sydney University. She works out of the North Sydney office on Tuesdays and Neutral Bay office on Wednesdays.

Dr. Ly Hart-Smith

(currently on maternity leave)

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, at our Neutral Bay offices on Tuesday and Wednesday and offers online appointments on Thursdays. She offers both after-school and after-hours appointments.

Stephanie Banning 

(currently on maternity leave)

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 Neutral Bay office on Wednesday and Fridays.