Welcome to Think Psychology Solutions

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Our Team

 

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Who are we?

Think Psychology Solutions aims to provide excellence in psychological treatment and therapy. We endeavour to provide a balance between professional, evidence-based treatments and a welcoming, personal and supportive environment.

 

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Staff Summary

Psychologist Clinical Psych? Children
(Under 12)
Adolscent
(12 – 18)
Adult Older Persons Specialities / Interests / Experience
Sean Dicks Y Y Y  Y Relationship counselling, family therapy, depression, anxiety.
Sarah Gosper  Y Y Y Y Adolescents, young adults, anxiety related disorders, body image, depression,
Vanessa Hamilton Y Y Y Y Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, parenting issues and stress.
Jason McCrae Y Y
(males)
Y Y PTSD/Trauma, anxiety, men, gambling, alcohol and substance use, Bipolar or other psychotic disorders
Michelle McRae Y Y Y Trauma, anxiety, adjustment to injury and illness, depression, older adolescent
Miranda Morrissey Y Y Y Depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, workplace issues (including Comcare)
Elizabeth Muldoon Y Y Y Children & their parents, adolescents, anxiety related disorders, depression, sport and performance issues, personality disorders
Melissa Nihill  Y Y Y Y Adolescents, children, anxiety, body image and eating issues, depression
Rachel Sly Y Y Y Y Y Children, parents and families, anxiety, depression, pain management,

Staff Profiles

Sean Dicks

Sean is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience. He has worked in many fields but has particular experience, training and interest in working with couples undertaking relationship counselling. His approach is to assist couples in identifying and changing some of the difficult dynamics and patterns that develop in relationships. Sean also assists families to explore relationships within the family system. Sean is studying for a PhD at the University of Canberra with his thesis focussed on relationship therapy.

In addition to Sean’s relationship therapy work he is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who, as well as being at Think, is currently working at Headspace ACT as a Clinical Psychologist assessing and treating adolescents and at DonateLife ACT at Canberra Hospital where he assists Donor Families involved in organ donation.

Personally he is a relative newcomer to Canberra having migrated here with his family from South Africa at the start of 2012. Despite this he seems to know nothing about Rugby. 😉

Sarah Gosper

Sarah joined Think Psychology in February 2016 following completion of her clinical psychology masters at the University of Canberra. Sarah undertook her undergraduate training, including her Honours degree, at the renowned Psychology program at Macquarie University in Sydney. Sarah is a registered Clinical Psychologist, who has experience working with children, adolescent and adult clients presenting with a range of general mental health issues.

Sarah has a particular interest in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, body image issues, relationship difficulties and other disorders/difficulties that are commonly experienced in young adults, and adolescents. Prior to her beginning her employment at Think, she worked at Headspace Canberra (the government funded Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Centre), and had experience treating clients at a the University of Canberra Clinic, and Kangara Waters Aged Care facility. Sarah has also facilitated a range groups for children, adolescents and adults, including; Mindfulness, Body Image, Insomnia and Anxiety (Cool Kids & Chilled programs).

Vanessa Hamilton

Vanessa is one of the Directors at Think and 4 years ago moved her established private practice from Corinna Chambers Psychologists to Think in Deakin. Vanessa is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has considerable experience working in the public mental health sector and has lectured and supervised in the University of Canberra’s Clinical Psychology Masters program.

Vanessa provides mental health assessment and treatment for a broad range of psychological difficulties, including; adjustment, anxiety, behavioural, emotional, mood, parenting, psychotic and stress issues/disorders. She is trained in evidence based practice, including CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and attachment based interventions.

Miranda Morrissey

Miranda completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in 2007, specialising in eating disorders (including anorexia), body image and self esteem and worked at ACT Mental Health’s Eating Disorders Clinic. Since graduating she has has worked primarily with workplace issues, occupational rehabilitation and return to work programs. This has meant a clinical focus on anxiety, depression, stress, workplace disagreements and bullying and alcohol use. She is experienced at working with Comcare, the defence forces and workplaces and understands their expectations and reporting requirements.

Like all Think Psychologists Miranda is able to work with general clinical psychology issues however Miranda’s experience and skill makes her skills best suited to workplace-related issues and eating disorders. Miranda is currently completing her training and supervision to gain specialisation in Clinical Psychology.

Jason McCrae

Jason is the other Director at Think and also moved his established private practice from Corinna Chambers Psychologists to Think. Jason is a Clinical Psychologist who has been working in Private Practice since 2006. Previously he has worked at Lifeline Gambling Care, the ACT Academy of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport. He also completed clinical work with Mental Health ACT as part of his training.

Jason works with adults and adolescents, often men, being one of few males in a majority female profession. He is experienced working with most areas of clinical psychology including anxiety, substance and alcohol abuse and dependence, mood and adjustment disorders.

Jason has particular interest in gambling, trauma (PTSD), working with men, anxiety disorders (panic attack, generalised anxiety), and adjustment and stress related disorders.

Jason is a member of the AFL Players Association network of Psychology providers.

Michelle McRae

Michelle has been a registered Psychologist for close to 20 years following her graduation from a dual Masters degrees in Psychology at the University of Wollongong. She has worked as a Psychologist and coordinator in Epworth Hospitals’ (Melbourne) pain management programs, as a workplace rehabilitation consultant and for the past 9 years as a private practice Psychologist at the Brisbane Counselling Centre in Queensland.

Michelle has a variety of skills and experience in a broad range of psychological areas but has particular interest and experience in trauma management (including the use of EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming therapy), anxiety and panic disorder, adjustment to injury and illness (including pain and chronic injury, cancer and other major medical conditions), depression and stress management. Michelle also has developed an interest in fertility/infertility counselling and assessment/counselling for surrogacy. Additionally Michelle has particular experience in ecounselling providing remote counselling via Skype/phone etc

Michelle’s experience and interest is primarily with adults, older persons and older adolescents.

Outside of work Michelle has relatively recently returned to Canberra and is enjoying being back in her home town. We’re not mentioning the cold weather!

Elizabeth Muldoon

Liz has practiced as a registered Psychologist since 2009. After taking some time out from study to focus on developing her skills as a psychologist, Liz returned to university in 2013 to complete her Masters in Clinical Psychology.  She has now completed this degree and is undertaking the final stages of the endorsement program to become a clinical psychologist. Liz has interests in working with general clinical psychology issues across the age span including with children, adolescents and their families. She has experience in treating a wide range of psychological difficulties including anxiety related disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, sport and performance issues, personality disorders, and somatic disorders. She has undertaken training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Liz currently works in private practice at Think Psychology Solutions. Prior to this she worked for the NSW Health Service in community mental health. Liz also works on a casual basis for Charles Sturt University.

Melissa Nihill

Melissa joined Think in March 2013. She completed her clinical psychology masters at the University of Canberra and is well trained in evidence based assessment and treatment. Melissa has experience working with children, adolescent and adult clients presenting with a range of general mental health issues. She has worked in clinic, community and public mental health settings.

Melissa’s particular interest is in working with adolescents and young adults including some of the issues and difficulties that can emerge in this period of life including body image issues, eating disorders and relationship difficulties. Additionally Mel works with children and their parents to assist with issues such as anxiety and school difficulties. Mel co-facilitated the ‘Cool Kids’ anxiety program for children and their parents at the University of Canberra and has presented on the issue of Body Image Disorders and social media at the Australian Psychological Societies annual conference.

Rachel Sly

Rachel joined Think Psychology in March 2016 following completion of her clinical psychology masters at the University of Canberra. Rachel completed her Masters part time while working full time at Department of Defence where she works in management, so she brings a range of life and work experiences to her work at Think.

Rachel has experience working in adult community mental health, pain management (hospital) and the UC psychology clinic. Rachel has experience across the lifespan, working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Rachel has facilitated a range of groups for children and adults, including; mood management, mindfulness, sleep, pain management, anxiety (Cool Kids), bullying (Goodbye Bully) and parenting (Tuning in to Kids).

Rachel has a particular interest in working with children and parents, an extension of her past individual and group based experience. Rachel will continue working part-time for Defence, whilst working with Think. We welcome the addition of Rachel to our fabulous Think team.

Dr. Jarrod Holst – Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Holst is a Consultant Psychiatrist with considerable experience and expertise working with the full spectrum of mental health disorders presenting across the lifespan.  Dr Holst has a specialisation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a particular interest in working with infants and new parents, along with children, adolescents and families.  Dr Holst works with children and families of those aged 0-17 years, with a focus on getting families back to functioning well and enjoying life.

Dr Holst previously worked in Melbourne, where he split his time between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at the Royal Children’s Hospital and a private perinatal mental health service.  He completed his medical training at the University of Western Australia and his psychiatry training in WA and Victoria. Whilst in Melbourne, Jarrod completed advanced training in child and adolescent psychiatry, including a fellowship in infant mental health at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Louise Stone – GP

Dr Louise Stone is a General Practitioner (GP) with extended skills in mental health, who works with patients across the lifespan.  She is currently leading a master’s program in GP psychiatry and has extensive clinical, research and teaching experience in mental health care. Dr Stone completed her PhD exploring the management of patients with medically unexplained symptoms and sees many patients with mixed emotional and physical symptoms in her existing GP practice. Dr Stone will be offering longer appointments to patients who have mental health needs and would benefit from review, perhaps while waiting for psychiatric care. If you would like to see Dr Stone, no referral is necessary! However, she would welcome the input from your treating GP.

Dr. Meredith Whiting – Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Meredith Whiting works from a room at Think Psychology Solutions three days a week. Meredith undertook her Psychiatry training in Canberra and Sydney. She was awarded the NSW Institute of Psychiatry Special Training Fellowship in 2005 when she undertook work in the Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Services and the Royal North Shore Hospital High Risk Antenatal Service. She has since spent time in the ACT Public Mental Health Service and in Private Practice with a special interest in Perinatal work and sexual assault survivors.

Having a Psychiatrist such as Meredith at Think is invaluable as it allows for, where necessary and appropriate, a team based approach to a client’s treatment between Psychiatrist and Psychologist. Meredith does not bulk bill but can make allowances for financial difficulty.

Referrals

Referrals can be made directly to an individual psychologist or a general referral to the practice. Our reception staff will take a brief intake assessment with the patient over the telephone, to ensure an appointment is booked with an appropriate psychologist and/or with a medical practitioner, within a suitable time-frame.