Renae Taylor
Clinical Psychologist

Renae Taylor is a Clinical Psychologist, having completed six years of university training, including a 2-year Clinical Masters Degree completed at the University of NSW. Renae has been working within various psychological settings for more than 15 years during and post completion of her undergraduate and post-graduate studies. Early positions include working in a research capacity at the Royal North Shore Hospital Pain Management Clinic (ADAPT), providing adolescent counselling services at Ted Noffs Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation centre and Kedesh House Adult Rehabilitation Centre. Renae has also worked in an organisational capacity in recruitment and change management for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

More recently Renae has lived and worked in the Manning Valley for 10 years. First working with the Mayo Private Hospital and then in private practice. Due to ongoing demand and a dearth of services, Renae started and built up Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS) to service the local community. Renae’s contemporary training allows her to specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adult clients. Renae has a particular interest in adjustment-related disorders and anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Renae also manages CPS and advocates strongly for mental heath services within our local area. Renae is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society Clinical College and local APS group. Renae works from our Taree and Forster rooms.

Preferred Client
Problem    
Adults - All ages Depressive disorders Psychosis-related issues Anxiety disorders
  Adjustment disorders Life stage adjustment Stress management
  Bulimia Injury rehabilitation Self-esteem issues
  Chronic pain management Bereavement Workplace services
  Anger management Chronic pain management Addictive behaviours
  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)    

Dr Sandra Pertot

Clinical Psychologist & Sex Therapist

Sandra has been a clinical psychologist for more than 30 years. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including private medical practice, a generalist community health centre, her own private practice in Newcastle for 17 years, followed by a year in Broken Hill working with the Adult Mental Health Service and then a year in the local Manning Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, prior to joining Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS) in February 2008.

Sandra’s special area of clinical expertise in Sex Therapy. In this field she sees clients with sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction, low libido, mismatched libidos, anorgasmia, rapid ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, sexual identity issues, and general worries about sexuality. Sandra has written several books on sexual problems as well as articles for popular press, in both Australia and overseas.

Although Sex Therapy is her specialty, Sandra has always maintained a broad range of clients in all her clinical work.

 

Preferred Client
Problem    
Adults Sex therapy Workplace issues Anxiety disorders
Adolescent Child management issues Mood disorders Victims of trauma
  Adjustment disorders Relationship issues  

 


Frances Fagan

Clinical Psychologist

Fran Fagan is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience. She has worked in a range of settings in the Sydney area and also in rural Victoria and Central New South Wales before coming to Taree.

 

Fran has worked with adults, children and families in settings that include mental health, community health, educational / vocational counselling, and in-patient and out-patient psychiatry. Fran worked for a number of years as an employee assistance counsellor within the public health system, and has also worked in several private practice settings. More recently, Fran worked as TAFE Counsellor in Taree on a part-time basis.

Fran is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and of the Clinical College of the APS.

Fran’s approach is primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but informed by her experience and training in a variety of areas, and aimed at building on client strengths. Fran enjoys helping people to gain a new perspective on their lives and come to terms with past difficulties. Fran finds it satisfying to see people begin to value themselves and take control of where they are headed in life.

Preferred Client
Problem    
Adults - Depression Stress management Self esteem issues
  Communication Anxiety Assertiveness
  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Injury rehabilitation Bereavement
  Women's issues Life transition issues Post Natal Depression (PND)
  Adjustment disorder Anger management Employee assistance
  Health issues    

 


Melanie Kuhn

Clinical Psychologist

Melanie Kuhn is a Clinical Psychologist, with 13 years experience. Melanie worked in South Africa for two years in a forensic setting with men, women and young people. In England she qualified as a Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and worked for the local National Health Service with people with severe and enduring mental health problems in a rehabilitation service. This involved working in a multi-disciplinary setting and case planning with other team members and Melanie provided on-site training for members of the team. In addition to this, she worked in a private practice which provided EAP counselling and therapy for people with a range of mental health disorders. Melanie returned to South Africa and opened her own private practice and worked with adults and children. Melanie moved to Australia and is a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and is registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Currently Melanie works at Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS). Melanie has had training in various theoretical orientations ranging from psychodynamic, object relations, cognitive behavioural and dialectical behavioural therapy. Currently Melanie operates from primarily a cognitive behavioural orientation but also draws from a range of theoretical frameworks when necessary and relevant.

Preferred Client
Problem    
Adults
Depressive disorders Family issues Anxiety disorders
Children
Anger management Adjustment disorders Stress management
Adolescents
Women's issues ADHD OCD
Families
Bereavement Addiction Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  School refusal Adjustment to parenthood Autism
  Post Natal Depression (PND)    

 


Larissa Collins

Clinical Psychologist

Larissa Collins is an experienced generalist Psychologist, who has been practicing for many years working with individuals across the age span, and families. Larissa has worked within various Area Health Services across a range of positions including; child protection, crisis sexual assault team and management roles. She has been working part-time in private practice for the past three years. Larissa has particular interests in; women’s health, anxiety, depression and trauma related disorders. She has completed her Clinical Masters Degree in Psychology at Charles Sturt University and is working with Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS) in our Taree rooms three days per week. After 3 years has now become a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist.

Preferred Client Problem    
Adults
Depressive disorders Family issues Anxiety disorders
Children
Anger management Adjustment disorders Stress management
Adolescents
Womens issues Occupational stress OCD
Families
Berevement Addiction Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  School refusal Adjustment to parenthood Autism
  ADHD Domestic violence Victims of crime
  Assertiveness training Post Natal Depression (PND) Parenting issues
       

 


Shirley Liffman

Clinical Psychologist

shirley2Shirley is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working with adults, adolescents and couples in a variety of clinical areas. She uses current evidence-based approaches in therapy including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to assist them in achieving goals which are meaningful to them.

Shirley completed her Bachelor of Psychology (first class honours) in 2006, and her Masters (clinical psychology) in 2008 at the University of New England. Shirley has undertaken clinical placements in both acute and outpatient community mental health settings. She also has five years’ experience in private practice, working with adolescents and adults on a variety of presenting problems. Shirley works with anxiety and mood disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder. She also enjoys working with people adjusting to life changes, grief, and sexual issues. Shirley works with both individuals and couples.

Shirley is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Shirley also has a special interest in the psychology of electronic games, particularly Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMOs), and how they can affect our lives in both positive and negative ways. She is also interested in social psychology.

Preferred Client Problem    
Adults
Depression Stress management Self-esteem issues
Adolescents
Work/Life balance Anxiety Assertiveness
Couples
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Injury rehabilitation Mood disorders

Substance use and abuse Grief & loss Behavioural addictions (Gambling)

Behavioural addictions (Internet, MMO's)    

 


Tamara Ferris

Clinical Psychologist 

Tamara is a recent graduate of the Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of New England (UNE). During her degree she completed a range of clinical placements that have allowed her to develop her skills and interests as a psychologist. Tamara completed her clinical placements with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the UNE Psychology clinic and Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS). These experiences have allowed her to develop skills and experience working with a diverse range of psychological problems in adolescents and adults. Tamara has also previously worked in a rural women’s centre providing support and case management for women and children in need. She works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach but enjoys incorporating other theoretical approaches as appropriate, with her contemporary training highlighting the need for evidence-based practice. Tamara works from both our Taree and Forster rooms. She is an Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is working towards becoming a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists where she will qualify as a Clinical Psychologist.

Preferred Client Problem    
Adults
Mood disorders Anxiety disorders Stress management
Adolescents
Self esteem & body image issues Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anger management

Relationship issues Communication skills OCD

Substance abuse    

James Guinian

Clinical Psychologist

jamesJames Guinan is a Clinical Psychologist with over 22 years experience in a range of mental health settings including Community Mental Health and Community Drug & Alcohol services, HIV counselling, Corrective Services, general hospital psychiatric wards, and eating disorders units.  He is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society.

James worked for a number of years in biological and medical research before gaining qualifications and experience in psychological therapy.  He has completed Masters and Doctoratal degrees in biological and psychological sciences.  Prior to working at Clinical Psychological Solutions he was a Health Service Manager while running a small private clinical practice in Sydney.

James is able to provide treatment for a wide range of problems including anxiety disorders, phobias and stress, sleep disorders, relationship difficulties, anger management, depression, grief and trauma and their consequences, and addictive behaviours.  His preferred clients are adults.

His approach to treatment is centered around cognitive behavioural principles but he draws on broad bases of psychological theory and treatment to achieve an understanding of how to assist clients with problems in their life situation, thinking, feeling and behaviour.  

 

 


Kate Blenkin

Psychologist 

Psychologist Kate Blenkin, is a generalist psychologist with many years experience in counselling and workplace injury rehabilitation. Kate initially trained in nursing and then completed her psychology studies. She has since had 20 years experience in a diverse range of psychological roles including working within Taree Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service for 12 years, providing counselling services at Taree TAFE for 4 years and then moving to providing private services within Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS) for the past 6 years. Kate works with both adolescent and adult clients with a range of general mental health issues and particularly enjoys working with clients with life-balance related stress and/or anxiety issues. She is an approved counsellor of Victims Compensation Tribunal (VCT), working with victims of crime including sexual assault and domestic violence and also provides psychological reports and intervention for injured workers. Kate works from our Taree rooms four days per week.

 

Preferred Client Problem    
Adolescents
Anxiety disorders Grief Depressive disorders
Adults
Self esteem issues Adjustment disorders Injury rehabilitation

Womens issues Victims of crime Domestic violence

Health related issues Communication skills Stress management

Assertiveness training Childhood abuse history Occupational stress

 


Delma Gordon

Psychologist & Clinical Hypnotherapist

Psychologist Delma Gordon, specialises in family and relationship counselling and clinical hypnotherapy. Delma, a mature-aged psychologist, has over 30-years experience in counselling, first working as a Social Worker then completing her psychology training. Delma has worked in various family and relationship settings including within a Social Welfare setting in New Zealand for 10 years and Relationships Australia for 18 years (both as a practitioner, clinical supervision and trainer). Delma has also worked privately for many years in a General Practice Medical Centre in Wollongong. She has worked within Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS) for more than seven years predominantly providing family and relationship services. Delma also has particular expertise in impulsive behaviours, smoking cessation and other addictive behaviours, parenting, grief and loss and psychological support for those with disabilities and their carers. Delma works from our Taree and Forster room

 

Preferred Client Problem    
Adults
Parenting issues Impulsive behaviours Couple / relationship therapy
Children
Life adjustment Extended family issues Adjustment to retirement
Adolescents
Working with carers Grief & loss Child and adolescent therapy
Families
Children / adults - special needs Victims of crime Occupational stress
Couples
     
Mature Aged      

 


Rob Curtis

Psychologist

Robert Curtis has practised as a registered psychologist since 1991. He has both undergraduate honours and postgraduate master degrees. He is an experienced supervisor of intern-psychologists and practising psychologists working within the school system. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), College of Educational and Developmental Psychology and a current member on the North Coast Branch Committee. Robert works on general issues of wellbeing, life coaching and has a particular interest in trauma recovery. He is experienced working with Vietnam Veterans and their families, Victims of Crime and referrals under Workcover and Medicare. Robert sees mostly adult clients and offers afternoon and evening appointments during the week.

Preferred Client Problem    
Adults
Anxiety disorders Grief & loss Depressive disorders
Children
Assertiveness & communication Stress management Trauma recovery
Young persons (Private schools only)
Sleep problems Victims of crime Relationships

Disability & functional assessment Life coaching Men's issues

Injury rehabilition Parenting skills / alliance  

 


Margot Klein

Psychologist

Margot Klein completed her Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honors in 2002 and has practiced as a registered psychologist since that time. She has had extensive experience within acute mental health services, particularly in the areas of assessment and prevention. Since early 2009 Margot has practiced as a generalist psychologist with Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS), working mainly with individual clients regarding a variety of stress related matters. Margot works from our Taree rooms one day per week.

Preferred Client Problem    
Adults
Anxiety disorders Grief Depressive disorders

Self esteem issues Adjustment disorders Stress management

Women's issues Health related issues Communication skills

Childhood abuse history Occupational stress  

 


Robert Mckenzie

Psychologist

Robert is a Registered Psychologist who enjoys working with adults and adolescents in various  clinical areas. Robert believes in early intervention where possible, with a focus on prevention over treatment. Robert takes a collectivist approach to therapy using a variety of techniques and tools from theories including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, and Motivational Interviewing. Robert uses a structured approach with an emphasis on psycho-education, to ensure clients have the necessary tools to overcome their issues and improve their future outlook. Robert completed his 4 year program of study in Psychology at Griffith University on the Gold Coast in 2006, followed by a 2 year internship shared between the Mayo hospital and Centrelink. Robert has worked as a psychologist in a variety of areas including rehabilitation and insurance, Centrelink, and private practice. Robert has also worked in a variety of other areas in the past ranging from labouring to teaching English abroad. Robert is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

 

Preferred Client Problem    
Adults
Anxiety Depression/mood disorders Stress management
Adolescents
Occupational stress Work/life balance Sleep issues

Self esteem / confidence Assertiveness / Communication Anger management

Relationships Grief / loss Health issues

Men's issues Positive psychology Intellectual assessment

Maureen Nelson

Registered Psychologist

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Maureen is a generalist registered psychologist. As a registered nurse and midwife (counsellor), she previously worked in the Hunter New England Area Health Service as part of the Mental Health and Child, Adolescent and Family teams. After obtaining her degree and registration as a Psychologist, Maureen worked as a sole practitioner with Centacare Taree for 11 years. Following a merger between Centacare and Catholic Care, Maureen worked within the Taree team as a Psychologist for a further three years. During this time, she also maintained a private practice, mostly consulting with other professionals to provide supervision.
Recently joining the team at Clinical Psychology Solutions (CPS), Maureen brings considerable experience and extensive training in relationship / couples counselling and with families, children and young people. She has a particular interest in trauma related disorders, anxiety disorders and depressive disorders; mainly operating from a Cognitive Behavioural therapeutic modality. However, when considered appropriate for the client, she is able to access other modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Art therapy, Emotionally Focused therapy and Gestalt.

Preferred Client Problem    
Adults
Relationship / Couples Issues Trauma - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adjustment Disorder
Couples
Supervision (Other professionals Anxiety Disorders Grief, Loss & Bereavement
Young People
Post Natal Depression Adult Surivors of Sexual Assault Parenting Skills

Adjustment Life Transitions Workplace Issues Stress Management & Assertiveness Training

Self-esteem issues Victims / Survivors of Domestic Violence  

Joe Donnelly

Registered Psychologist

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Clinical Psychology Solutions welcomes Joseph (Joe) Donnelly to our team of distinguished psychologists. He brings to the team a diverse background and abundance of experience in working in difficult environments and with reluctant and unenthusiastic clients.
Joe has mainly worked as a counsellor with adolescent males since 1991 providing intervention strategies to young people who experienced complex and challenging behaviours in their developing years. The issues of human sexuality, relationships and risk taking behaviour by young males are familiar issues requiring understand, insight and compassion for the individual. Therefore, the counsellor must develop an intervention strategy applicable to the individual according to their age, maturity and intellectual development.
Joe has presented to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) Program, Department of Psychology, University of Newcastle, on the subject of the Adolescent Sexual Offender and Interventions, to minimise risk to the community. He has provided training, supervision and consultation to peers, in the assessment and treatment of young people, drawn from experience of a diverse psychotherapy perspective, which has been identified from research to be an effective strategy to be implemented. Joe has also worked as part of a crisis team to offer assistance to staff who was managing the client presenting with the challenging behaviour.

 

 

Fran has worked with adults, children and families in settings that include mental health, community health, educational / vocational counselling, and in-patient and out-patient psychiatry. Fran worked for a number of years as an employee assistance counsellor within the public health system, and has also worked in several private practice settings. More recently, Fran worked as TAFE Counsellor in Taree on a part-time basis.

 

Fran is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and of the Clinical College of the APS.

 

Fran’s approach is primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but informed by her experience and training in a variety of areas, and aimed at building on client strengths. Fran enjoys helping people to gain a new perspective on their lives and come to terms with past difficulties. Fran finds it satisfying to see people begin to value themselves and take control of where they are headed in life.