Our Staff 

Our Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists provide services at our clinics in Newcastle Maitland, Jewells, Nikinpa (Toronto), Medowie, Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Singleton.

Our team are highly experienced and skilled at addressing common primary mental health care presentations. Our clinicians have a focus on ongoing professional development to be able to provide best practice in delivering psychological services. Most of our staff are members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and/or the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). We have strong links with the University of Newcastle, and provide opportunities for Clinical Psychology trainees to attend clinical placements. Some of the Senior Clinical Psychologists lecture into the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Newcastle.

Hunter Primary Care currently sub-contract staff to provide psychological services in the rural areas, including Port Stephens, Muswellbrook, and Scone. Similarly to employed clinical staff, the sub-contractors have demonstrated skills and experience in delivering psychological services under the PHNMHS program.

Service/Clinical Managers

Philip Carr (available Monday – Friday)

Philip Carr is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 19 years’ experience. Philip has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2007, and provides overall management of the service. He has a background in community health and veteran/military mental health.

Kylie Bailey (available Thursdays and Fridays)

Kylie is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has over 20 years clinical experience working with disabilities, addiction, mental health and health promotion. Kylie has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2011 and manages the Drug&Alcohol, as well as the Aged Care Programs. Kylie has worked in the addiction field for over ten years and worked with people of all ages, with the focus on adults. Kylie’s expertise is with addiction, childhood trauma, self-harm and posttraumatic stress disorder, and has completed her doctoral studies on combined depression, alcohol and posttraumatic stress disorder in adults. Kylie has co-facilitated anxiety and trauma groups, lectured on therapeutic techniques, addiction, posttraumatic stress disorder and supervised provisional and registered psychologists. Kylie also is employed part-time with the University of Newcastle and teaches postgraduate addiction and mental health courses as well as supervising postgraduate students.

Natasha is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the field of psychology since 2008. Natasha has a background in generalist community health psychology, inpatient mental health, sexual assault, paediatric neuropsychological assessment, consultation-liaison psychiatry, as well as private practice. Natasha has worked for Hunter Primary Care since 2013 and manages the Suicide and Self Harm program. Natasha works across the lifespan and has a clinical interest in a broad range of presenting issues including mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment issues, suicidal ideation, self-harm, past sexual assault, trauma, bipolar and psychotic Illness. Natasha utilises a range of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Natasha is also employed part-time by the University of Newcastle as Course Coordinator and Senior Lecturer of the Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology courses.

Amanda is a Clinical Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2010. She currently manages the Aged Care Program and provides clinical services in the Newcastle office. Amanda works with adults and adolescents who present with a broad range of issues, including difficulties around mood, anxiety, adjustment, grief, trauma, pain, anger, stress, and relationships. Amanda primarily utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and aspects of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Vicki is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2013. She has a background working with in a community health population, and is interested in working with adults with a variety of presentations, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, grief and loss, stress, anger, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and relationship concerns. Vicki primarily utilises a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework, though has also been formally trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Sarah Swanson is currently on Maternity Leave.

Belinda is a Clinical Psychologist and has over 15 years’ experience in acute and primary care mental health settings, and has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2007. She has a particular interest in anxiety disorders, adjustment issues, chronic illness, bereavement and grief and loss, school-related stress and in supporting families in the perinatal period. She has experience providing interventions for individuals of all ages, but in particular, providing psychological services for young people. She currently manages the Child Mental Health, Perinatal and Clinical Training programs in the service and is a member of Hunter Primary Care’s Reconciliation Action Plan working group for 2018/19.

Clinical Staff

Codie is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2018. Codie has worked with adults presenting with issues including depression and anxiety. Codie has experience in private practice, community settings and inpatient hospital settings. Codie has an interested in working with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, emotional regulation difficulties, behavioural concerns, parenting concerns, problems around mood, stress, poor self-esteem and as well as perinatal. Codie utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and supportive psychotherapy. Codie currently provides psychology services in Warabrook and Jewells.

Laura is a Clinical & Health Psychologist who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2009. Laura works with adults presenting with issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, past sexual assault, perinatal mental health, and adjustment to a chronic health condition. Laura has worked previously on our Aged Care Initiative which involved providing psychological assistance to elderly persons living in aged care facilities, and has also worked previously on our Suicide and Self Harm Fast Response Service. Laura utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Kyla is a Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2018. She has previously worked in non-government organisations and private practice settings. She has previous experience working with children, adolescents and adults who present with a variety of psychological difficulties including but not limited to: depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma, adjustment difficulties, stress, pain management and sleep issues. She utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses Psychodynamic ideas. She currently works in Warabrook and Maitland offices.

Emily is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2015. Emily has experience working with children through to adults in hospital and community health settings. Her interest is in developing a respectful and collaborative therapeutic relationship as a foundation for helping people change how they feel and how they act.  Emily has experience working with (but not limited to) mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, adjustment, complex trauma, HIV, substance abuse/dependence and anger. Emily primarily utilises a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Emily currently provides clinical services in Warabrook and Maitland.

Maureen is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience. She has worked with Hunter Primary Care since 2007 and prior to that has worked in the community with people with a disability and their families, and in other community settings. She also works in private practice. She has had training and experience in working systemically with individuals and couples, and utilises various models and frameworks in understanding and treating a broad range of presenting problems. She has a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and psychodynamic ideas. She works one day a week at Warabrook and one day a week at Medowie.

Stella is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2016. Stella has over 13 years’ experience. Stella works with adults and adolescents who present with a broad range of issues and has recently completed family therapy training to offer treatment to children and families as well. Stella also works on our suicide and self-harm prevention program, and has extensive experience working with people who have difficulties in regulating their emotions. She also has a strong interest in improving self-worth and body image disturbance through mindfulness and self-compassion. She currently utilises several mindfulness-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and aspects of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Lauren is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2015. Lauren has an interest in working with children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of presentations including depression and mood difficulties, anxiety, behavioural difficulties, grief and loss, anger, stress, relationship concerns, personality disorders and substance use disorders. Lauren primarily uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework.

Emma is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has worked with Hunter Primary Care since 2018. Emma has experience and an interest in working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing difficulties with mood regulation, anxiety, adjustment, chronic health complaints, school/university-related stress, poor self-esteem, relationships and loss/grief. Emma primarily uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Supportive Psychotherapy. Emma works two days at Warabrook and one day in the Aged Care program.

Bernard is a Clinical Psychologist who has been working at Hunter Primary Care Psychology Services since 2007. Bernard has practised in several mental health settings: Community Health, the Centre for Psychotherapy and the University Psychology Clinic as well as delivered Employment Assistance Programs. Bernard has also completed research in the General Practice setting with GP’s. Prior to embarking on a career in Psychology, Bernard qualified as a lawyer and worked for 10 years in legal and management positions, including for the Commonwealth Government. Bernard has an interest in working with children and adults.

Rhiannon is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2013.  Rhiannon has an interest in working with both adults and children in the areas of depression, anxiety and behavioural issues. Rhiannon has been trained in and utilises Applied Behavioural Analysis and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Ashikin is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2016.  Ashikin has completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology and has completed a Masters in Special Education. Ashikin has an interest in working with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, behavioural difficulties, difficulties around mood, stress, poor self-esteem and relationship concerns. Ashikin has been trained in and primarily utilises a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach.

Sophie is a Psychologist who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2011. Sophie has been working in non-government clinical settings for 20 years and has experience in assisting individuals with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse, stress and trauma, pain management issues, relationship issues, family and work difficulties. Sophie has a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and families. Sophie utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Brief Interactional Therapy and Family Systems Therapy.

Penny is a Clinical Psychologist who started working at Hunter Primary Care in 2018. She has previously worked across a range of different settings including NGOs, hospitals, universities and private practice. Penny has a warm and genuine style, and she enjoys working with adults, adolescents and children presenting with a wide range of issues including; anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues and perfectionism. She has a particular interest in working with women and their families in the perinatal period. She has been trained in a number of different therapy modalities including: acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and brief psychodynamic therapy.

Kelly is the Telephone Support Worker within Hunter Primary Care’s Drug and Alcohol Program. She provides support to people with mild to moderate drug and alcohol and/or mental health issues over the telephone using structured cognitive behaviour therapy based workbooks. Kelly enjoys using cognitive behaviour therapy and motivational interviewing treatment approaches, and utilises strengths-based practice to tailor support to address the individual needs of the person. Her interests include telehealth, e-mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and suicide prevention. Kelly has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2016, previously providing services in the MindReach program for people experiencing mental health symptoms. Kelly has also worked in the Way Back Suicide Support Service coordinating support for people after a suicide attempt.

Tracey is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since August 2015. Prior to this, Tracey worked as a Psychologist for 9 years in the Northern Territory and outreach rehabilitation services to the Northern WA Kimberley region. Tracey has a background in organisational psychology (Master of Organisational Psychology), working in vocational rehabilitation, disability employment, Workers Compensation and EAP services. Tracey has experience working across different settings and populations and has a specific interest in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through social and emotional wellbeing, cultural and community issues. Tracey undertook further training and completed a Master of Clinical Psychology in 2015. She is experienced in treating a broad range of presentations, working with adults, adolescents and children and adapts her treatment approach using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Tracey works across various service programs, including at the Warabrook office, Residential Aged Care and the Awabakal Psychology Service.

Ashleigh is a Clinical Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2014. She has experience in inpatient and outpatient settings and works with children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of presentations including depression and mood difficulties, anxiety, behavioural difficulties, grief and loss, anger, stress, relationship issues including family and attachment problems, adjustment problems, personality disorders and substance use disorders. Ashleigh uses a strength based approach within Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy frameworks, as well as employing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills with her patients.

Claire Nussey is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since April 2017. Claire provides services in the Drug and Alcohol Program, the Aged Care program, and other HPC programs as required. Claire has previously worked in a range of Specialist Older Adult Services in London (UK) before moving to Australia in 2016. Her work is systemically informed and she has completed a foundation course in Systemic Practice accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (UK). She also draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her work. She prioritizes taking a collaborative, strengths-based approach when working with clients. She currently works in the Warabrook office, the Medowie outreach office and Residential Aged Care Facilities in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie region.

Marjory is a Clinical Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2017. She has over 13 years of experience working with children through to the elderly in different settings both in the Netherlands and Australia. She primarily utilizes an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach, however is also trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Brief Psychodynamic Therapy. Marjory prefers to focus on the strengths and individual needs of the client and has an ability to adapt to her clients (cultural) framework. Marjory has a specific interest working with clients overcoming (generational) trauma, grief and loss, and adjustment issues. Marjory is currently based at Warabrook and the Awabakal Medical Centre.

Kathy is a Senior Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2016. Kathy has over 25 years of experience. Kathy works with adults presenting with issues including depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, grief, perinatal mental health, pain, stress, poor self-esteem. Kathy had previously worked in a similar role in north Queensland for 5 years, where she had the opportunity to provide regular services to people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Kathy’s background also includes many years of providing services to people with disabilities, unemployed people, injured workers and people with chronic pain. Kathy primarily works within a cognitive behaviour therapy framework.

Tom is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2010. Prior to joining this Service, Tom worked with Sydney University Counselling Service and Community Health. He was also a Senior Clinical Psychologist with the Kaleidoscope Child and Family Health Team and has had over 35 years of clinical experience. He’s interested in all aspects of helping children, parents and families reach their full potential and to have rewarding and enjoyable lives together. Tom’s work with adults has focused on relationship issues, recovery from trauma and loss, and overcoming long term difficulties with anxiety and stress. Specialist training has included Cultural Awareness Training, working with children and families with special needs, autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, group work and suicide risk. Tom also has extensive training in Family Therapy, Solution Focused and Narrative Therapies and Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. His interest is in developing respectful, collaborative, client focused therapeutic relationships as a foundation for helping people change how they feel and how they act.

Tim is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2017. Tim has completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and has a background in psycho-oncology and mental health research. Tim has worked with adults and adolescents in a range of health care settings, and is interested in working with adolescents and adults in the areas of depression, anxiety, interpersonal and relationship problems, grief and loss, and psychological adjustment to chronic disease. Tim mainly adopts a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to psychological intervention. Tim works 3 days at Warabrook, one day at Maitland and one day at Cessnock outreach.

Julie is a Senior Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2008. Julie has over 14 years’ experience working with children, families, adults in residential and community health settings for government and non-government agencies. Julie specialises in working with children & families and in child protection. Julie has completed training in in mental health and psychoanalytical approaches in working with children, adults and families with vulnerable personalities. Julie is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Julie is currently completing her PhD which is exploring the parent- child relationship, psychopathology and reflective functioning.

Alex is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has worked at Hunter Primary Care since 2017. Alex is one of the Psychologists providing services in the Drug and Alcohol Program. Alex has worked with adults across a variety of health settings, presenting with drug and alcohol and co-existing mental health problems. Alex also works with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, emotion regulation difficulties, behavioural difficulties, problems around mood, stress, grief and loss, and relationship concerns. Alex primarily adopts a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach, has been trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy and utilises Motivational Interviewing skills.

Tyrone is a Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2014. Tyrone identifies as a proud Aboriginal person from North-West NSW (Gamilaraay Murri). Tyrone has worked as a Counsellor, Mental Health Clinician and Aboriginal Mental Health Clinical Leader with adults, children, families and communities in approximately two thirds of NSW for the past 15 years. Tyrone’s work has often been in rural and remote areas of NSW. Tyrone has an interest in CBT, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and/or interventions through consumer centred care planning, formulation and clinical review. Tyrone has a commitment to a holistic approach to all aspects of service provision. Tyrone has an interest in how individuals deal with depression; particularly males aged between the ages of 18 and 65. Tyrone has a passion to work with people affected by the impact of the Stolen Generation by implementing psychological services in a culturally safe and friendly way for Aboriginal people. Tyrone has worked at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health in Orange NSW as a research officer and has developed close ties with several Universities. Tyrone has been published in many health journals and has also been a speaker at conferences and health forums. Tyrone will be providing psychological services as well as engaging in community development work in conjunction with the Closing the Gap and Connecting Care teams at Hunter Primary Care.

Melinda is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2017. Melinda is one of the Psychologists providing services in the Drug and Alcohol Program. Melinda has completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has a background working in mental health rehabilitation in the local community. Melinda is interested in working with adolescents and adults with a range of presenting problems including anxiety and mood disorders, grief and loss, parenting concerns, substance abuse and trauma. Melinda utilises Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and aspects of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Mel works 3 days at Warabrook and two days in our Maitland office.

Glen is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2008. Glen has over 25 years of experience working in the profession of psychology or related fields. Previously, he has been a member of teams including drug & alcohol, child psychiatry, mental health for older people and community health. He also works part-time for the Psychology Clinic (at University of Newcastle) one day a week. Glen enjoys work with individuals, children, adults, older people, parents and families. He has experience with a range of problems over the life cycle. Glen has an interest in human attachment & developmental theories, and various psychological models and how these influence our understanding of therapeutic endeavours.

Sue is a Clinical Psychologist and has been working at Hunter Primary Care since 2016. Sue has experience working in private practice, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and within the area of neuropsychology, vocational assessment and rehabilitation.  Sue works with adults and adolescents in a range of areas including stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss and parenting concerns.  She has a interest in health psychology including psychological adjustment to chronic pain, infertility, stroke, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.  Sue utilises cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and aspects of interpersonal therapy.