Qualifications and therapeutic orientation
Our aim is to work towards positive change in a collaborative and gentle way. Our approach tends to have some structure, whereby goals and a therapy plan are discussed early on, so that we reach a shared understanding of what you are wanting to change about your life and of any obstacles that may be keeping you stuck.
Other people seek our assistance not to address a ‘problem’ as such, but rather to assist them in using their strengths to further facilitate personal growth, set goals, and to enhance life balance and general well-being.
The length and frequency of therapy differs from one person to the next, and is completely up to you. Some people prefer short-term therapy focused on a specific issue whereas others, particularly those who are experiencing chronic feelings of being ‘stuck’, seek longer term therapy to address their difficulties. In the first session, your therapist can suggest a recommended time frame of therapy, however it is completely up to you how often and for how long you attend therapy.
At a minimum, our therapists have post-graduate qualifications (Master of Clinical Psychology) including at least six years of university training, followed by two years of supervised practice. Our therapists are very experienced, having worked as fully qualified Clinical Psychologists for 10+ years. Read each clinician’s profile below.
We are passionate about helping people using evidence-based practice, mainly Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). However, depending upon what is likely to be most beneficial, we are often integrative in our approach, drawing upon ideas from different areas of psychology and counselling including Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness based therapies, schema therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and family-based therapies.
We are strongly committed to ongoing professional development and keep up to date with research and therapy developments.
Take a moment to review some of the more commonly asked questions in relation to our practice and services offered.
Meet Our Team
BPsych (Hons) MPsychol (Clin) BA (Phil) MACPA
Paul works with children, young people, adults and couples. He has a particular interest in the anxiety disorders, in particular PTSD, social anxiety, panic disorder and generalised anxiety. Paul also has an interest in the intersection between psychology and philosophy (having once upon a time obtained an undergraduate degree in philosophy) and the ways in which people connect with a sense of meaning in their lives. Paul has a great deal of experience in Workcover and particularly PTSD and management of chronic pain and health related distress.
Paul is an experienced relationship therapist who works to help couples identify strengths and challenges. He provides strategies to help reduce conflict, improve communication and connectedness, and develop a sense of shared values and meaning in the relationship. Sometimes Paul is asked to assist couples where one partner or both wish to separate amicably. He is able to provide support around co-parenting in a manner that reduces the emotional impact of separation on children.
Alexandra (Alex) Corcoran
BPsych(Hons) MPsychol (Clin) MACPA
Alex has worked in private practice since 2003. She has experience in working with a wide range of presenting difficulties, having worked in child & adolescent, and adult mental health (acute inpatient and community-based) services within the Northern Sydney and Central Coast Area Health Services. She has also worked as a therapist in university clinical trials focusing on anxiety and depression, and child behaviour problems and parenting.
She is a specialist counsellor with NSW Victims Services, and has been an authorised report writer for victims of violent crime.
BPsych (Hons) MPsychol (Clin) MACPA
For the past 13 years, Janene has worked in an acute mental health inpatient hospital setting, as a multi-disciplinary team-member. In this role, Janene facilitates individual and group therapy for highly distressed patients, who present with a range of difficulties. For a number of years now, Janene has also overseen the training and supervision of trainee Clinical Psychologists who come to the hospital on placement, as part of their post-graduate training program. We have personally known and worked alongside Janene for a number of years. Aside from her knowledge, experience, and high standards of care provision, Janene’s trademark is her relatable warmth, calming demeanour, and good sense of humour!