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Warm, holistic,

non-judgmental care.

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VISION

To be recognised worldwide as a centre of excellence in private practice.

MISSION

To improve the mental wellbeing of all through the provision of excellent psychology services.

VALUES

PROFESSIONAL
ETHICAL
SUPPORTIVE
HOLISTIC
QUALITY
SERVICE

Meet Our Team.

 

Located in the heart of Wollongong CBD, Dr Olga Lavalle & Associates is a private psychology practice with a focus on grief, loss and trauma. Our philosophy is that everyone can flourish by using their challenges as a stepping stone toward living a meaningful life.  

Having worked in the public mental health sector for over 20 years, Dr Olga established the practice to provide the people of Wollongong with a service for better mental health. 

In growing her team, Dr Olga has carefully selected a diverse group of talented professionals who, as well sharing a commitment to clinic excellence, all share the same important vision, mission and values.

Dr Olga Lavalle
Managing Director and Clinical Psychologist

BA, Master of Studies (Psychology),
Masters (Clin. Psych), PhD

Dr Olga Lavalle is a highly regarded Clinical Psychologist, author and presenter who’s spent over 30 years helping people create healthier, more satisfying lives.

Bringing her diverse experience, warm nature and positive approach to everything she does, Dr Olga strongly believes in the transformative power of therapy and its capacity to bring practical positive outcomes to an individual’s resilience in the face of adversity.

Dr Olga tailors her treatment approach to meet each client’s needs drawing from a range of modalities, including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

She also conducts adult psychological assessments and reports for matters requiring a professional opinion.

In 2018, Dr Olga released her highly acclaimed book The New Normal: A Widow’s Guide to Grief, based on her own experience of loss. In 2020, she was selected as an Associate Trainer for Phoenix Australia, Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Posttraumatic Mental Health.

Registrations and memberships:

  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) – Clinical Psychology
  • AHPRA Registered Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for Clinical Psychology Registrars
  • Member: Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
  • Member: Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Member: APS Disaster Response Network

Jenna Axtens
Clinical Psychologist

BPsych (Hons); MPsych (Clin)

Jenna is warm, understanding, quirky and collaborative, and enjoys connecting with clients to enhance their self-awareness and build skills for increasing mental health and wellbeing.

She has worked in private practice, in Primary Health Networks, with NDIS participants and WorkCover clients. She also has experience in a local hospital supporting inpatients’ mental health during medical rehabilitation/post-stroke.  Jenna has also worked in Child Protection services and has worked as a research assistant with two publications to her name.

Jenna enjoys connecting with clients across the lifespan, with a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety disorders, and adjustment disorders. Jenna has a special interest in Neurodiversity, sleep psychology and transdiagnostic approaches to treatment. Jenna welcomes telehealth and face to face appointments.

Jenna is trained and skilled in the following evidence-based interventions:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Registrations and memberships

  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member: Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Shanna White

Megan ‘Meg’  Wells
Clinical Psychology Registar and Registered Psychologist

BPsyc (Hons)

Meg is a Registered Psychologist and is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong.

Meg takes a collaborative approach to psychological care and values creating a space where clients feel safe to explore their needs and goals. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group practice. She welcomes clients with a variety of presentations, including anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, and interpersonal difficulties.

Meg’s practice draws from therapeutic approaches including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Registrations and memberships:

  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member: Australian Psychological Society
Janelle-Gallagher-Registered-Psychologist

Janelle Gallagher
Registered Psychologist

BA Psych (Hons)

Janelle has worked in the field of education, health, sexual assault, domestic violence and workplace injury and rehabilitation for more than 14 years. She brings a flexible and well- informed approach to help clients with various mental health concerns including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment disorder, social skills deficits, trauma and psychological injuries from the workplace.

She’s passionate about her work and draws from a variety of therapeutic techniques to tailor treatment to individual needs.

Janelle is trained and highly skilled in the following evidence-based interventions:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Strength-Based Therapies

Registrations and memberships

  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member: Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Jennifer-Byrne-Registered-Psychologist

Jennifer Byrne
Registered Psychologist

BA Psych (Hons)

With over 12 years experience as a Registered Psychologist, Jennifer’s fascination with the workings of the human mind drives her ongoing commitment to learning and teaching. She has previously researched ‘pain in older Australians’ and ‘depression in women’ and has facilitated workshops in mindfulness, positive neuroplasticity, stress and anxiety.

Jennifer adapts different approaches to suit each client’s needs and circumstances. She gently and respectfully helps them learn the strategies and skills to get their lives back on track using a combination of:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Trauma Informed Care

Jennifer has a special interest in helping people with grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, positive neuroplasticity, workplace stress, relaxation training and mindfulness.

Note: Jennifer is available for telehealth appointments only.

Registrations and memberships
Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Member: Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

Shayla-Lindsay-Registered-Psychologist

Shayla Lindsay
Registered Psychologist

BSc (Psych), GradDipPsych

Shayla is our psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents, parents and families in various settings including school, NDIS and out of home care. Shayla’s warm, friendly and caring nature helps clients to feel comfortable and safe.  Shayla works with clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and adjustment disorder.

Shayla is trained in a wide range of programs in individual and group therapy programs. These therapeutic programs include:

  • 123 Magic parent training program
  • Cool Kids, Cool Little Kids and Chilled Anxiety Program
  • Lego-Based Therapy program.

Shayla has also worked as a behaviour support practitioner in various spaces including out of home care and NDIS and is experienced in developing behaviour support plans and strategies.  She is able to complete cognitive, academic, behavioural and functional assessments.
Shayla draws from a variety of approaches to tailor treatment to clients’ individual needs. These therapeutic approaches include

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT),
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Shayla is passionate about empowering her clients with the skills and knowledge to feel in control of their mental health so they can better achieve their goals.

Shayla-Lindsay-Registered-Psychologist

Laura Whiting
Provisional Psychologist

Laura is a Provisional Psychologist completing her final year of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Wollongong.

Laura takes a kind and compassionate approach and is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for people to explore their concerns and develop strategies for making meaningful changes in their lives.

Laura has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group settings. She has an interest in supporting clients with a range of presentations, including anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem, ADHD, and interpersonal difficulties.

Laura’s practice draws from therapeutic approaches including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Registrations and Memberships:

  • Provisional Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member: Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Jennifer Byrne

Chloe Lavalle
Practice Manager

Chloe manages the practice and keeps it all running smoothly. Her bright personality and strong work ethic make our space a welcoming place to visit. Chloe ensures that the practice runs to a high standard and that everything feels safe and comfortable.

Saithong ‘Sai’ Fafie
Administrative Assistant

With a warm and friendly smile, Sai is one of the welcoming voices people hear when they first call our practice to make an appointment or an enquiry. Her passion for ensuring all clients are comfortable and leave with a smile is something she takes great pride in.

Doc Dre

Doc Dre
Therapy Dog

Doc Dre is a Toy Cavoodle who joined our team to learn how to become a Therapy Dog. In September 2021, he became accredited! He loves to roam around our waiting providing affection, comfort and support. We can’t wait for you to meet him.

The key to effective treatment is the client-therapist match. Get in touch and we’ll connect you with a Psychologist who’ll make you feel supported and understood.

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