MSc (Psych) PGDip (ClinPsych)
Clinical Psychologist – Clinic Director
Steve is the clinic director and supervisor of the team. Steve obtained his MSc (psych) from Victoria University of Wellington, with his research in the field of Autism Spectrum Conditions (http://hdl.handle.net/10063/713). He completed his clinical training under the supervision of Professor Tony Attwood, Dr Michelle Garnett and Dr Hui Keow Lim.
Steve is a clinical psychologist who has a keen interest in working with adolescents with complex challenges including: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Steve’s main area of specialty is in the area of Asperger’s Syndrome and autism spectrum conditions.
Steve has provided diagnostic services and therapy in response to varying psychological needs. He has worked alongside children, adolescents and adults across the autism spectrum. In addition, Steve has presented across Australia and internationally in the area of autism spectrum conditions, with a focus on self-Identity and self-esteem.
Currently on Maternity Leave
BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD (Psychology, Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Dr Sally Clifford has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Sally researched ASD at a post-doctoral level with the University of London and the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, and additionally evaluated parenting programs at King’s College London. Sally has considerable expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescent and adults with ASD, having spent the last 13 years researching and working clinically in the area.
Sally’s expertise involves working with children and their families, and she is a trained parenting practitioner (Triple P provider). Sally has also worked in the area of conduct and oppositional problems (using Multisystemic therapy), eating disorders, anxiety, social phobia, depression, anger management, bullying, and Social Skills Training. Sally uses a range of strategies including Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Social Skills Training, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Sally works collaboratively and creatively with families and enjoys fun and dynamic sessions.
BPsych (Hons), DPsych (Clin) Candidate
Ramona completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at the University of Malta and is currently in the final stages of completing her Doctor of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney. Ramona’s doctoral research focuses on the assessment of anxiety in children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
Ramona trained as an ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) therapist and worked with children and adolescents with autism and their families, both as a therapist and in designing, implementing and monitoring Early Intervention programs. She has also provided parent and ABA therapist training and consulted with schools regarding appropriate behavioural support plans.
Ramona has gained experience in providing assessment as well as individual and group treatment for children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and ADHD. She also worked at the Emotional Health Clinic, Macquarie University where she conducted assessments and provided treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents.
Ramona is passionate about helping individuals lead healthy and fulfilling lives and is committed to utilising evidence based, scientifically effective treatments, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-based CBT. Ramona also provides cognitive assessments and assists with facilitation of group therapy workshops run at Diverse Minds.
BBA BA Psych(Hons I) DPsy(Clinical)
Hugh completed a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology) with first class honours at Macquarie University. After working as a receptionist, research assistant and disability support worker for ASPECT, he began postgraduate training in clinical psychology at the University of Queensland (UQ).
During his clinical training, Hugh completed placements at the UQ Psychology Clinic, UQ Child and Family Parenting Centre, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Prince Charles Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He has worked with individuals of all ages with a variety of psychological concerns and has completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Social Skills Training. He is an accredited provider of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, as well as the Secret Agent Society Program, which works on improving the social and emotional skills of children. His doctoral thesis examined the effectiveness of a caregiver-directed version of the Secret Agent Society Program – . He was awarded the Student Prize in Clinical Psychology at UQ for his graduating year.
Hugh has a specific interest in autism spectrum conditions across the lifespan and is passionate about evidence-based clinical practice. He has been employed and undergone training with the team at the Minds and Hearts Clinic, in Brisbane under the supervision of Dr Michelle Garnett and Professor Tony Attwood from 2014 to 2016. He is currently completing a Graduate Certificate of Autism Diagnosis through the University of Western Australia.
BA-Psych (Hons), BHlth, GDip(Family, Couples and Relationship Therapy)
Registered Psychologist and Relationship Therapist, returning from maternity leave November 2017
Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Health and a Bachelor of Arts-Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University in Sydney. She worked within specialist ASC clinics, and genetic counselling organisations during this time, developing passion and empathy for supporting individuals and their families. Jennifer worked at Diverse Minds from 2013-2015 as a Provisional Psychologist under Steve Den-Kaat’s supervision. During this time she developed a wide variety of skills in therapy intervention and assessment.
More recently Jennifer worked as a Family Coach supporting the attachment relationship between mothers and their young children, through providing mental health support, behavioural interventions and parenting or family systems interventions. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling (Couples and Family Therapy) and will be re-joining the team to provide support in this area.
Jennifer is a trained practitioner and facilitator of the Circle of Security Program, as well as being trained in Marte Meo (child and parenting development support). Jennifer is a trained facilitator of our Secret Agent Society program and has been involved in group therapy for a number of years now. Jennifer is passionate about working with couples and family groups to create positive bonds, and to provide effective communication and emotion management skills to repair and restore relationships. She aims to provide a warm, safe space to discuss current concerns or conflict and to explore previous family history and relational patterns. Jennifer utilises a Systemic Therapy approach, incorporating elements from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-Based CBT.
BA (Psych) Hons, BHMS (Psych), MEd (Special Education/Counselling)
Registered Psychologist – Practising in Wollongong and Erskineville
Amanda is a registered psychologist, with combined 10 years of experience, having worked for both government and non-government agencies in disability, mental health and child protection sectors. She has completed a Bachelor of Human Movement Science (psychology major), and Bachelor of Arts-Psychology Honours at Central Qld University . She followed this by completing a Master of Education (special education/counselling).
During her working life she has gained an extensive knowledge and understanding of attachment and trauma, as well as positive behaviour support . She has worked with both children and adults with developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as with adults with complex mental health needs. Her experience has included developing
behaviour support plans, assessment of functioning, mental health, behaviour, and IQ, as well as providing training on ASD, other Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health and positive behaviour support to direct care workers.
She currently also works part-time for Illawarra Community Mental Health where she is engaged in many roles including working with clients who self-harm and have emerging personality disorder traits in the Gold Card Clinic (associated with University Of Wollongong Project Air strategy). She is passionate about using her knowledge of mental health to assist
people with dual diagnoses of developmental disability and mental health disability access the support they need.
Amanda is trained in a number of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma informed practice and therapy, and mindfulness practices. Amanda is very excited to be working at Diverse Minds-it has always been a dream of hers to eventually work in an ASD specific clinic. Perhaps one of her most valued achievement though is being mum to three young adult sons, two of whom are diagnosed with ASD level 1.
BSc (Psych) Hons, MClinPsych Registrar Registered Psychologist
Genevieve qualified for her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University. She has experience in the assessment and treatment of children, teens and adults with anxiety disorders and more recently has gained experience providing treatment to individuals experiencing social and emotional challenges associated with an autism spectrum diagnosis.
Genevieve has worked in university psychology clinics as well as in-patient psychiatric facilities and private practice. She enjoys collaborating with clients on treatment goals that enhance the lives of each client in ways that matter to that particular client. Genevieve uses Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies as well Acceptance and Commitment Therapeutic approaches. Genevieve has researched the causes of early adolescent bystander inaction in response to bullying, and cognitive techniques thatsignificantly increase the effectiveness of psychological treatment. Prior to her work as a psychologist, Genevieve worked as a Human Resources Manager in the corporate world and consulted on organisational skills development and organisational change.
Appointments on Request
Robyn Weinstein qualified as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and in addition has a Diploma in Remedial Education.
Robyn has worked for over 30 years in the areas of the diagnosis and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skill Difficulties, Speech (including Dyspraxia), Language & Literacy Development & Difficulties, Auditory Processing Disorders, Neuro-rehabilitation (including Traumatic Brain Injuries), and Rehabilitation of children with Hearing Losses. Ongoing education and attendance of various conferences, lectures, workshops and courses on current research and treatment methods is a priority for Robyn.Robyn is committed and passionate about working as part of a team, with families and most importantly the individual.
Clare has worked in the health industry for several years with extensive experience in reception, administration and in clinic management. Clare takes pride in overseeing the team of psychologists and administration staff at Diverse Minds ensuring the highest level of care and support and is provided to all the clients at the clinic and to their families. Being a mother of two young children she knows what a challenging time this can be for parents and her empathy and understanding of the difficulties that parents can face is an asset to the team at Diverse Minds Psychology. Clare is available to answer any questions or queries from clients and medical practitioners at any time and to provide general information about the clinic, our services, fees, rebates and referrals.
Lise is a cheerful and enthusiastic mother of two who has a passion for health and well being. Coming from England she has travelled and worked in various countries and eventually settled in Australia where she is now a Citizen. Since living in Australia she has gained extensive experience in customer service and administration work through many different roles. Her two daughters are in the NSW Girl Guides and she is a volunteer helper. She has a pleasant, friendly and understanding personality.
Rebecca is an energetic mother of 3 active boys who enjoys being engaged and busy. Having studied and practised law for many years, Rebecca has embraced a change that allows her to work within a field that gives individuals and families access to services that can make a real difference to their lives. While her 3 boys keep her very busy with various weekend sporting activities, in her spare time she enjoys exploring the great outdoors and engaging with friends. Rebecca is always ready and willing to listen.
Anissa is currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Wollongong. She is a trained junior Applied Behavioural Analysis therapist, providing in-home therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2015, Anissa had the opportunity to travel to Singapore on a university scholarship, where she was able to experience psychology on an international level. From here, she developed an interest in cross-cultural psychology and the cultural differences towards mental health and wellbeing.
Anissa is currently working at Diverse Minds Psychology as Senior Administrator and Clinician Support. She oversees the clinic’s administration team and provides administrative support for the Clinic Director. She is enthusiastic about gaining a wide range of knowledge and experience in the field during the early stages of her career.
Susan is a fourth year student at Macquarie University who is currently undertaking her honours in Psychology. She is particularly interested in developmental psychology, relationship psychology, and cognitive psychology. She hopes to complete a Masters in clinical psychology at the completion of her honours.
Susan also takes part in volunteering with a private organisation which requires her to assist an adult with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in public settings.
At Diverse Minds Psychology Clinic, Susan works as a part-time administrator, and is always driven to provide assistance to the best of her ability.