Meet our team
Doctor Heidi Lyneham, Clinic Director
As a clinical psychologist and research fellow, Heidi has been with the CEH for over the 15 years. Her research has focused on improving assessment and treatment methods for emotional problems experienced by children and adolescents. In particular she has aimed to improve access to services for families from rural areas. Heidi has 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. She hopes this knowledge will 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.
Michelle Azoum, Psychologist
Michelle is a registered psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia. Michelle primarily works using a cognitive behavioural therapy framework, but also draws upon Acceptance and Commitment therapy, and other evidence-based therapies as needed. She works with clients across the lifespan and is experienced in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, parents, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioural and emotion regulation difficulties. Michelle prides herself on working closely with clients to establish a warm and collaborative therapeutic relationship and is committed to helping them make meaningful changes in their lives. Michelle has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology through Macquarie University and conducted research on the relationship between emotion regulation difficulties and engagement in body focused repetitive behaviours. Michelle has also worked extensively with clinical research participants at the Centre for Emotional Health, conducted group therapy programs with adults and parents in various inpatient settings, and is trained in delivering the Cool Kids Anxiety Program.
Doctor Keila Brockveld, Psychologist
Keila is a registered psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia, who specialises in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and emotional disorders in children, adolescents and adults. She assists clients experiencing a range of anxiety and emotional related concerns in individual and group settings. Keila holds high value in providing services tailored to client’s unique needs, and informed by the most recent available research. Keila is registered to provide psychological services with Medicare Australia, and she is a member of the Anxiety Practitioners Network (APN). Keila has completed a PhD in Psychology at Macquarie University and Masters in Health Psychology.
Emily Cale, Clinical Psychologist
Emily 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 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 Psychologist
Erica has 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 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 registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and 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.
Roxanne Goff, Clinical Psychologist
Roxi is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) with experience in assessing and treating mood (Bipolar and Depression), anxiety, emotional dysregulation, and substance abuse disorders for children, adolescents, and adults. She also has interests in assisting individuals with long-term mental health disorders, including psychotic illnesses, in the continued management of the disorder with a particular focus on stress management. Roxi completed her Master of Clinical Psychology in 2014 at the University of Wollongong. Roxi aims to develop a warm therapeutic relationship using her own personality and humour as appropriate to assist people and their families when working through mental health concerns, utilising Cognitive-Behavioural therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Doctor Carly Johnco, Clinical Psychologist
Carly specialises in the treatment of anxiety and related problems across the lifespan. Carly has a special interest in working with children and adolescents, and with older adults. She works with clients in a warm, enthusiastic and collaborative way to help them improve their quality of life. Carly has worked for many years at the Centre for Emotional Health. She completed her PhD and Masters of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University, and has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including child and adolescent community mental health, aged care psychiatry and in private practice. After completing her PhD, Carly moved to the USA to complete a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of South Florida in a specialist clinic for Obsessive Compulsive and related disorders. Carly also works within the Centre for Emotional Health conducting research focused on understanding and improving mental health outcomes in youth, and in older adults.
Doctor Anna Kelly, Clinical Psychologist
Anna 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 Psychologist
Brita is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She assesses and treats children, adolescents and adults experiencing emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression, and difficulty in regulating emotions. 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 meaningful 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. Brita was a clinician on several clinical trials; assessing and treating children and adolescence + parents with mood disorders and somatic (physical) symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, nausea and fatigue; as well as assessing and treating primary school aged children + parents for emotion regulation (e.g. meltdowns). Brita is PANS/PANDAS aware and has an interest in the treatment of mood disorders co-occurring with physical health issues.
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 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.
Lesley Smyth, Clinical Psychologist
Lesley treats anxiety and mood disorders. She works with clients across the lifespan: children, adolescents and adults. She has been at the CEH since 2012 and has provided clinical support on the Cool Little Kids, Adult Social Phobia and Ageing Wisely Programs. Lesley’s particular interests are social phobia, parenting issues and working with older adults. 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), mindfulness and where appropriate a dash of humour. Prior to coming to the Centre, Lesley has worked in a range of clinical environments including community mental health and inpatient treatment facilities. Lesley says she feels privileged to bear witness to people’s stories and support people through periods of difficulty. Lesley is a member of various professional associations including the Australian Psychological Society.
Content owner: Centre for Emotional Health Last updated: 03 Dec 2019 1:23pm