Meet The Team

Dr Liza Chervonsky

Director | Clinical Psychologist

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons-1), UNSW

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DCP), Sydney Uni

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Sydney Uni

Life can throw us many challenges and although we often manage fine on our own, sometimes some guidance can really help us get back on our feet. I am passionate about helping people of all ages work through their difficulties and it always brings me great joy to see my clients come out the other side feeling more equipped and skilled to take on any further challenges in their lives.

 

I believe that change comes through deep core work at a cognitive, emotional, behavioural, relational and experiential level, and incorporate all of these aspects in my therapeutic approach.

I am incredibly passionate about psychology and have dedicated over a decade of my life to learning psychology and developing my clinical skills. My aim is to create an environment in which my team and our clients can feel safe and supported, so that they can do their best work. I take time to get to know my team members and clients, which helps me match clients to clinicians who can best meet their needs.

Clinical approach

  • Schema, CBT, DBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused.

  • In addition to the above, uses emotion coaching, attachment theory, circle of security, and triple P in work with children & adolescents.

  • Works with adults, children, adolescents, and parents

  • A balance between practical strategies and deeper core work

  • Empathic, yet directive when needed

  • Focus on attachments and relationships, and their role in current difficulties

  • Enriching life with more meaning, enjoyment, and positive relationships

  • Processing difficult past experiences

Experience

  • Experience working in private practice, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient groups, youth and adult community mental health, university clinics, phone and video counselling, and corporate phone coaching.

  • Delivering CBT, DBT, mindfulness and ACT therapy groups in psychiatric and community mental health settings, as well as general workshops for students and adults.

  • PhD and published journal articles on the psychological and social impact of adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies. 

Carla Ross

Psychologist

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons-1), Macquarie University

Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP), Macquarie University

 

I draw on several therapeutic models to address the individual needs of each client and situation. My approach is strengths-based with the aim of helping clients to make decisions and learn new coping mechanisms from a position of greater self-awareness and skill. This can include an understanding of the influence of their family of origin and early childhood experiences.

 

I find it very rewarding helping clients improve their lives by limiting the negative impact of emotions and behaviour that have prevented them from attaining their life goals and rewarding relationships.

Clinical approach

  • CBT, Schema, ACT, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused

  • Works primarily with adults and older adults.

  • A balance between practical strategies and working on deeper underlying issues

  • Warm and compassionate coaching style

  • Helping people to make self-directed changes with a focus on one’s strengths and resources

 

Experience

  • Experience in delivering individualised and group treatment in private practice, youth and adult inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and university clinics.

  • Considerable experience working with a variety of disorders (e.g. anxiety, panic, stress, worry, mood, relationship difficulties, perfectionism, social difficulties, family difficulties, work and academic difficulties, and self-esteem issues). 

  • Has worked for Alzheimer’s Australia providing support to people with a diagnosis of dementia and carers/family.

  • Honours and Masters dissertations both investigated the treatment of anxiety in adults and children.

Click here to learn more about Carla Ross.

Dr Katie Chung

Psychologist

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons-1), UNSW

Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP), UTS

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), UNSW

Life can get challenging at times, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how to cope. I am committed to providing an empathic and supportive space in which I can work together with clients to comprehensively understand their difficulties and to implement a personalised treatment plan.

 

My goals are to help clients develop the insight, skills, and strategies needed to overcome both current and future challenges and to help them build more meaningful and fulfilled lives.

 

Clinical approach

  • CBT, ACT, Schema, DBT, Parent Management Training

  • Works with adults, adolescents, children, and parents

  • Empathic, understanding, and genuine

  • Collaborative, holistic approach to understanding current difficulties

  • A balance between short-term strategies and long-term change

  • Helping clients build personally-meaningful lives

Experience

  • Experience in delivering individualised and group treatments in private practice, child and adolescent mental health clinics, and university clinic settings.

  • Delivering manualised group therapy to children with anxiety and mood disorders, and their parents.

  • PhD had a focus on the maladaptive cognitive processes and emotion regulation strategies in depression.

  • Experience in administering psychometric and neurocognitive assessments.

Click here to learn more about Dr Katie Chung