Meet our team
Doctor Heidi Lyneham, Clinic Director
As a clinical psychologist and research fellow, over the 15 years that I have been with the CEH, I have focused my research on improving assessment and treatment methods for emotional problems experienced by children and adolescents. In particular I have aimed to improve access to services for families from rural areas. More recently I have developed an interest in developing the competency and training of mental health professionals including collaborating on the first book focused on the competencies needed to treat child and adolescent anxiety and depression. I hope to use this knowledge to drive further research and development into professional training so that when a family seeks help, they have the best chance to access well-trained, confident therapists whether locally, nationally or internationally.
Shari Hendriks, Clinic Manager
Shari has been involved with the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic since early 2012 and holds a first class honours degree in Psychology. Shari has experience as a mental health support worker on the Cool Kids program and as a co-therapist on our child and adolescent group therapy programs. In her role as Clinic Manager, Shari is responsible for the co-ordination of research programs, private group programs and private individual treatment. She also manages the administrative team and helps facilitate student placements and internships, professional development and community seminars, and marketing initiatives. Shari is currently undertaking her Masters in Organisational Psychology.
Emily Cale, Clinical Psychologist
Emily is a clinical psychologist who has worked at the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic (CEHC) since 2012. She currently enjoys a combined role, providing individual psychological treatment to children, adolescents and adults for a range of presenting issues, as well as providing supervision to psychology students training at CEHC in how to assess and treat anxiety disorders.
Emily has a Master degree in Clinical Psychology, is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Anxiety Practitioners Network (APN), and is registered to provide psychological services with Medicare Australia. She prioritises an empathetic and collaborative therapeutic relationship with her clients. From within this relationship, Emily engages clients in evidence-based practices and in doing so, provides high quality support for clients, enabling them to make positive and long-lasting changes in their lives.
Doctor Erica Crome, Clinical Psychology Registrar
Erica is a registered psychologist with a particular focus on anxiety, depression and co-occurring substance use in adults and older adolescents. Her evidence-based approach means clients receive an individualised treatment plan based on treatments with strong research support, including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and interpersonal therapy.
She also works within the Centre of Emotional Health conducting research into the diagnosis and treatment of social anxiety disorder and methods for improving the quality of mental health care.
Merel Dekkers, Clinical Psychologist
Merel is a registered clinical psychologist with the Australian Psychology Board who treats children, adolescents and families. She is passionate about helping young people feel better about themselves and their lives and has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety, OCD, self esteem issues and interpersonal problems. Prior to joining the CEH Clinic, Merel worked in private practice for over six years. Her approach to treatment is mainly based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.
Merel completed her Masters in Psychology in 2005 at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She is a member of the Anxiety Practitioners Network. Merel regularly attends conferences and specialist training to keep her knowledge up to date to ensure she gives her clients the best possible treatment.
Doctor Sally Fitzpatrick, Clinical Psychologist
Sally is a clinical psychologist who treats anxiety disorders in children, adolescents and adults. She also has strong skills in working with clients experiencing bullying, depression, and interpersonal difficulties. Sally works with clients individually and in groups, drawing upon a range of evidence based therapeutic treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy. Sally completed her PHD and Master of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), and the Anxiety Practitioner's Network (APN).
Doctor Rhiannon Fogliati, Clinical Psychology Registrar
Rhiannon is a registered psychologist who assesses and treats children, adolescents, and adults, experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Rhiannon works collaboratively with her clients using a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy.
Rhiannon has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree and a Combined PhD/Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Macquarie University. Her PhD explored the impact of cross-examination questions on the eyewitness reports of children who testify in court.
Doctor Frances Houwing, Clinical Psychology Registrar
Frances is a registered psychologist who is dedicated to providing support to clients who experience a range of challenges, and who may be experiencing emotional distress. She is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults individually and in groups. She tailors evidence-based treatments to help her clients address their unique challenges in a supportive space. Frances completed her PhD and Master of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University. Her PhD research explored the reasons why parents may use different discipline strategies with children. Frances also works as a researcher at the Centre for Emotional Health on projects examining the development and treatment of anxiety disorders.
Doctor Anna Kelly, Clinical Psychologist
Anna is a clinical psychologist who treats anxiety and related emotional and behavioural difficulties in children, adolescents and adults. She has a particular interest in working with children with comorbid autism spectrum disorder and anxiety, and completed a doctoral thesis examining the nature of parent-child interaction in children with autism and anxiety.
Anna is committed to establishing a warm and collaborative therapeutic relationship with each client, and is focused on working together within an evidence-based framework to achieve positive change. Anna uses cognitive behavioural therapy, and also draws on Acceptance and Commitment therapy and other mindfulness-based techniques as appropriate.
Brita List, Clinical Psychology Registrar
Brita is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She assesses and treats anxiety symptoms in children, adolescents and adults. She is inspired by working with her clients to improve their skills and confidence in managing obstacles in their lives. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and older adults in a variety of public and private inpatient and outpatient settings, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) and other evidence-based therapies to help them re-engage in valued activities.
Brita completed a Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Macquarie University, and has conducted research on youth identity relating to gender and career choices, and on emotions and attachment in romantic relationships. She is also currently working as a clinician on a research program treating anxious children and adolescents with somatic (physical) symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, nausea and fatigue.
Doctor Anna McKinnon, Clinical Psychologist
Anna specialises in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders (depression and bipolar), a range of anxiety disorders (panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder), health-related concerns, and stress. She has a particular interest in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), publishing peer-reviewed journal articles in this area. She has experience of working with children, adolescents, and adults.
She completed the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) program at Flinders University in South Australia, examining cognitive processes that contribute to PTSD. She went on to complete her postdoctoral training in the clinical trial stream of the Cognition and Emotional Mental Health Programme (CEMPH) at the UK Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. While based at the CEMPH, she worked as a clinician on several clinical trials evaluating therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents diagnosed with PTSD. In addition to working at the clinic, Anna works as a clinician on a schools-based trial of a psychological intervention to prevent the emergence of anxiety and depression in adolescence (Macquarie University).
Anna holds endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia to practice as a Clinical Psychologist. She works from a Cognitive Behavioural Framework. When working with children, she employs a strengths-based approach and collaborates with the child’s parents, family unit and wider systems to achieve therapeutic change.
Doctor Melissa Norberg, Clinical Psychologist
Melissa Norberg is a registered clinical psychologist who treats anxiety, specifically obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and phobias. She provides exposure and response prevention, the gold standard treatment for these conditions. As current evidence suggests that exposures need to target core fears, Dr Norberg encourages her clients to work up to exposing themselves to their most feared situations. Sessions with Dr Norberg typically last 90 minutes to allow sufficient time for clients to successfully exposure assignments.
Melissa also works as an academic for the Department of Psychology and researcher at the Centre for Emotional Health. Her research involves finding methods to improve treatment and reduce sources of relapse.
Doctor Ella Oar, Clinical Psychologist
Ella is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about working with children and families. She completed her undergraduate training, followed by Doctor of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University. After her professional doctorate she travelled to the United States and undertook a research fellowship with Professor Thomas Ollendick at the Child Study Centre, Virginia Tech University where she received specialist training in the delivery of intensive cognitive behavioural treatments for childhood phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Upon returning to Australia she commenced a PhD at Griffith University examining the effectiveness of an intensive treatment for Blood-Injection-Injury phobia in children and adolescents.
Ella has experience working with children and teenagers both individually and in groups within community, hospital and school settings. These experiences have given her the opportunity to work with a broad range of psychological concerns affecting children and their families.
Lesley Smyth, Clinical Psychologist
Lesley is a registered clinical psychologist with Medicare (APHRA Certified), a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), a member of the Anxiety Practitioners Network and the Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She works with clients across the lifespan and has a particular interest in older adults, caregiver stress and parenting issues
Her philosophy is that the process of psychological therapy is a collaborative one: the therapist assists the client by providing skills, a listening ear and sometimes an alternative perspective; but the client is always the expert on his/her own life. Her training is solidly based in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but she also utilises other approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. She has worked in a range of clinical environments including Community and Hospital and says she feels privileged to support people through periods of difficulty and stress.