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 + Linda Sciancalepore

(Administrative Officers)

Bianca, Kate, and Linda 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.

Brittany McGill

Brittany is a dedicated and compassionate clinical psychologist with five years experience helping adults, adolescents, and families gain insight into their difficulties and learn flexible, adaptive ways of responding to the challenges that life inevitably brings. She has been trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Brittany also incorporates attachment theory and psychodynamic models to address the specific needs of her clients.

Brittany has experience working with adults and young people with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, long-standing relationship/interpersonal issues, procrastination, and perfectionism. She has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders, longstanding interpersonal issues, and helping individuals manage the psychological challenges associated with life-limiting and chronic illnesses (including cancer). Currently, Brittany works part-time at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick where she assists young people and families affected by cancer navigate the tricky issues than can come up after finishing treatment.

Brittany has experience working with children with behavioural difficulties, anxiety, and poor social skills. When working with families Brittany takes a systemic approach, and also aims to equip parents with the skills needed to bring about lasting change in their child’s functioning.

Brittany has experience across a range of public health settings, including Western Sydney Area Health Service Anxiety Unit, and the Royal North Shore Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service. She was awarded a Bachelor of Psychology degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and completed her postgraduate clinical training at the University of New South Wales. Brittany’s Master’s research investigated thinking and memory processes in individuals at risk for experiencing manic episodes. Brittany is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Medicine, UNSW.

Brittany works at our Neutral Bay office Thursdays and offers after-school and after-hours appointments.

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.

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 and Wednesdays 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 compassionate clinical psychologist registrar. She is dedicated to working collaboratively with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. Lisa is passionate about working with clients to help them through difficulties and help them to live the life they want.

Lisa has experience across a range of public, private and university settings. She has experience working with teens and adults experiencing a range of mental health challenges, including: depression, anxiety, emotion regulation difficulties and self-harm, personality vulnerabilities, and substance dependence. Additionally, Lisa has experience working with kids and teens experiencing behavioural difficulties, anxiety, social skill deficits, and autism spectrum disorders.

Lisa has training and experience using many evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and schema therapy. Lisa’s experience using various treatment modalities means that she is able to tailor your treatment to best suit your individual needs as well as what has been proven to be effective treatments for your specific difficulties.

Lisa works at our Neutral Bay office on Mondays and Saturdays and offers daytime and after-hours appointments.

Dr. Liza Chervonsky

Liza is a warm and compassionate clinical psychologist who enjoys working with adults, children, adolescents, parents, and families. She is dedicated to working collaboratively and empathically with clients to help them develop an understanding of their difficulties, and to find effective ways to improve their every day coping and general psychological wellbeing.

Liza provides tailored and individualised psychological treatment using a number of different treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based Therapy. She is experienced in treating a variety of psychological difficulties including anxiety (including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders), mood disorders (depression and bipolar), procrastination, stress, perfectionism, interpersonal & relationship difficulties, anger management, self-harm, and parenting difficulties.

Liza completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and PhD at The University of Sydney. Her PhD examined the impact of different emotion regulation styles on psychological and social wellbeing.

Liza works at our Neutral Bay office on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offers morning, daytime, after-school and after-hours appointments.

Dr. Ly Hart-Smith (currently on maternity leave)

Ly is a genuine and compassionate psychologist who is dedicated to providing adults and adolescents 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 extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and also uses other evidence-based treatment approaches, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based therapies according to the individual needs of her clients. She has worked with adults and adolescents with a range of difficulties, including anxiety disorders, depression, perfectionism, disordered eating, and self-harm. She has a particular interest in emotion dysregulation, and is passionate about helping clients across disorders to develop better ways of managing negative emotions.

Ly has experience across public and university settings, with adolescents and their parents at the Lower North Shore Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at Royal North Shore Hospital, and with adults and adolescents in a previous role as a group therapist at the Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University. She has also worked in clinical research in the area of refugee mental health at The University of New South Wales.

Ly completed her postgraduate clinical training at The University of New South Wales, where she is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD focusing on depressive thinking styles.

Ly works at our Neutral Bay office on Fridays and Saturdays.

Natalie Katalinic

Natalie is a warm and compassionate clinical psychologist. She is dedicated to working with adults and adolescents to create an open and safe environment within which to explore difficulties. She is also passionate about helping her clients learn effective strategies to manage and surmount their distress, and to become empowered in effecting long-term positive changes to their lives. Natalie’s approach is genuine and empathetic, rooted in evidence-based practice while recognising individual needs and goals. She sees both individuals and couples.

Natalie has experience working in a variety of hospital and clinical settings. She has worked with individuals presenting with a range of difficulties including: major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, managing urges and cravings, grief and loss, identity concerns, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, and stressful life events in general. She also has experience with psychological distress as a result of physical health conditions.

Natalie has received training in various evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM), and Gottman Marital Therapy. In addition to working at Think, Natalie also works part-time in cancer care at St George Hospital.

Natalie works at our Neutral Bay office on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offers after-hours appointments.

Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca is a warm and genuine clinical psychologist registrar who works with her clients to develop a mutual understanding of their difficulties and an evidence-based treatment plan to help them achieve their goals.

Rebecca has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient and inpatient units, private practice and a university clinic, and has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Rebecca has a special interest in working with individuals experiencing anxiety (including panic disorder, generalised anxiety, social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder), emotional regulation difficulties, depression and procrastination.

Rebecca completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology, Sydney and her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University. She has been trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness integrated cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy and motivational interviewing.

Rebecca works at our North Sydney Offices on Wednesdays and our Neutral Bay offices on Friday afternoons. Rebecca offers after-school and after-hours appointments on both days.

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 out of our Neutral Bay office on Wednesdays and Saturdays.