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Dr Olga Lavalle

Dr Olga Lavalle

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Olga Lavalle has been working in adult mental health since 1988 and leads a team of experienced psychologists. Olga specialises in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of adult mental health disorders and has a special interest in grief and loss.

Olga’s commenced her career in the public sector. She has worked in Community Mental Health, Inpatient Mental Health Units, and worked on research projects with the Illawarra Institute For Mental Health at the University of Wollongong.

Olga provides evidenced based treatment tailored to individual client’s needs. She draws from various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Olga’s work falls within current best practice principles which is maintained through her commitment to ongoing professional development.

She provides Clinical Psychology services under Medicare, is an Employee Assistance Program provider and an approved WorkCover NSW provider. Additionally, Olga consults for workplace and community sporting organisations.

Suzanneh-Jane Lucas

Psychologist

Suzanneh-Jane Lucas is a highly motivated and enthusiastic Psychologist who has been working in psychiatric rehabilitation and treatment since 2005 and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency.

Suzanneh has worked in the non-government sector in adolescent psychiatric rehabilitation, in parenting group facilitation and as a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry whilst studying and training to become registered as a Psychologist. Post registration in 2011, Suzanneh has worked therapeutically in both the government community mental health sector as a clinician, in relationship counselling, as a mental health group educator and a therapeutic group facilitator.

As a Psychologist, her therapeutic work with people comes from a foundation of a self-actualising collaborative process with the client. The therapeutic framework utilised is eclectic but draws upon best evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Strengths and collaborative recovery. Subsequently, as a therapist being able to draw upon a variety of therapeutic tools throughout the therapeutic recovery process including evidence based practice is advantageous for the client.

A keen interest of Suzanneh’s is the aetiology of what is currently termed as borderline personality and the practice of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Other points of interest in her psychology practice is the role of trauma in mental health and people’s overall wellbeing, attachment theory, group work and community education.

A fundamental motivator for Suzanneh is to give back and help others. In 2004, she completed 3 months community aid work in the South Pacific region; working in a team of young people to help organise a youth skills summit and assist in eye screening as part of the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Prior to venturing into the field of psychology in 2004, Suzanneh was accomplished in the Environmental Health Profession in Local government. This work assisted Suzanneh to gain a solid foundation in life that enhances her professional practice as a Psychologist.

Jennifer Byrne

Psychologist

Jennifer Byrne is a registered psychologist with over eight years’ experience working in a variety of settings. Jennifer has been involved in research on ‘Pain in Older Australians’ and ‘Depression in Women’, as well as working in educational institutions and private practice. She has also delivered workshops on mindfulness, neuroplasticity, stress and anxiety.

Jennifer adapts different approaches to suit the client’s needs and circumstances. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Trauma informed care, have become a strong part of her therapeutic work.

She has a special interest in the areas of grief and loss, anxiety, stress, relaxation training, mindfulness practices, positive neuroplasticity and trauma.

Jennifer has a gentle and respectful approach towards helping clients address their issues and concerns, providing clients with strategies and skills to get their lives back on track.

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