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(The below competencies of our psychologists are a general guide. Please contact us if an issue you are facing is not described below. Our Reception staff have been trained to sensitively and compassionately assist you if you have any queries). 

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Adrian Lumbewe
B.Psych, M.Psych (Forensic), MAPS
Principal Psychologist
Senior Partner



Adrian
is a fully registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, is a registered Medicare provider, an authorized WorkCover NSW provider, and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has completed a 4-year undergraduate degree, and 2-year postgraduate degree: obtaining his Bachelor of Psychology, and his Master of Psychology (Forensic Psychology) from the University of Western Sydney.

Adrian has had extensive clinical experience in psychological assessment and treatment. He has worked in the community as a registered psychologist in private practice, where he has delivered clinical psychological services to a wide range of clients with a large range of issues. He has also worked in the NSW prison system, providing clinical and forensic psychological services to inmates of Corrective Services NSW.

In addition, Adrian has had extensive experience as a tertiary educator in the field of psychology, teaching treatment practices to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Adrian works predominantly from a Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective, in order to treat a wide variety of psychological issues and disorders. He also uses the Gottman Method approach to relationship counselling.

Adrian works with both males and females, children, pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults, with issues ranging from general life matters to serious mental health. 

Adrian is one of two Principal Psychologists of MMPP.

Adrian’s areas of expertise include:

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety Disorders
  3. Phobias
  4. Eating Disorders
  5. Stress                           
  6. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  7. Victims of Abuse and Trauma
  8. Personality Disorders (esp. Borderline, Narcissistic, Obsessive-Compulsive, Dependent)                           
  9. Anger Management Issues
  10. Grief and Loss
  11. Marital Counselling and Relationship Issues
  12. Child and Adolescent Behaviour Issues
  13. Therapeutic Group-work
  14. Psychological Testing (Intelligence, Anxiety, Mood, Personality, Vocational, Anger, and PTSD)
  15. Medico-legal Workers Compensation Assessments, Reports and Treatment
  16. Psychological Assessment and Report-writing for Court
                       


Kerrie Lumbewe
B.S.Sc (Crim,Psych), P.Grad.Dip.Psych, A/MAPS
Principal Psychologist
Senior Partner



Kerrie is a fully registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, is a registered Medicare provider, an authorized WorkCover NSW provider, and is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.  Kerrie obtained her undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at the University of Western Sydney and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. 

Kerrie has had extensive clinical experience, working in the community in drug and alcohol counselling, in the NSW prisons and then in private psychology practice.

Kerrie works primarily from a cognitive behavioural therapeutic perspective, whilst incorporating various other treatment modalities/methods including: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psycho-education, Specific Skills Training (i.e. communication skills, anger management, stress management), Relaxation, and also uses the Gottman Method approach to relationship counselling.

Kerrie has also been actively involved in the provision of psychological tertiary education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Kerrie is one of two Principal Psychologists of MMPP.

Kerrie’s areas of expertise include:

  1. Depression and Mood Disorders
  2. Anxiety Disorders
  3. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  4. Personality Disorders (esp. Borderline, Narcissistic, Obsessive-Compulsive)                           
  5. Anger Management Issues
  6. Crisis Intervention: Suicidal Ideation/Self-harm
  7. Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselling
  8. Relationship Issues
  9. Child and Adolescent Behaviour Issues
  10. Adolescent – Bullying, Self-esteem, Peer Pressure
  11. Therapeutic Group-work                           
  12. Vocational Assessment and Counselling
  13. Psychological Testing (Intelligence, Anxiety, Mood, Personality, Vocational, PTSD, Anger)                           
  14. Medico-legal Workers Compensation Assessments, Reports and Treatment
  15. Psychological Assessment and Report-writing for Court


Carlie Kowald
B. Psych, P.Grad.Dip.Psych, M.Psych (Forensic), MAPS
Forensic Psychologist
Assistant Principal Psychologist

Carlie Kowald is a Forensic Psychologist who completed her Master of Psychology (Forensic Psychology) and Bachelor of Psychology degrees at the University of Western Sydney. She is a registered Medicare provider and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Carlie is also MMPP's Assistant Principal Psychologist, and - in addition to her clinical role - manages administrative tasks to assist MMPP Principal Psychologists in business decision-making, policy and procedure development, and staff support.

Carlie has previously worked for NSW Health in an Acute Mental Health team for 5 years where she was employed to provide crisis psychological assessments in both the community and in hospitals, provide intensive support and treatment to acutely suicidal clients, provide ongoing therapy for people with serious mental health disorders and was a co-facilitator of the DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group run by the service. 

Carlie has extensive current experience working at NSW Health on a dual diagnosis (Drug & Alcohol and Mental Health) team where she has been employed for 5 years. She provides ongoing therapy for people who have both D&A issues and mental health concerns, as well as running the DBT group and coordinating an ACT committee.

Carlie is extremely passionate at constantly expanding her repertoire of skills and keeping up to date with the latest research and treatment modalities in the field of Psychology.

Carlie practices from a CBT, ACT, Mindfulness and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) framework, and is experienced in treating anxiety, depression, stress, personality disorders, phobias, PTSD, suicide and self-harm, drugs and alcohol and psychological assessment and testing, amongst others. Carlie is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which can effectively treat trauma and its related symptoms.

Carlie's areas of expertise include:

  1. Depression and Mood Disorders
  2. Anxiety Disorders
  3. Phobias
  4. Stress
  5. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  6. Personality Disorders (esp. Borderline PD) 
  7. Anger Management Issues
  8. Crisis Intervention: Suicidal Ideation/Self-harm
  9. Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)                                                                                                                
  10. Psychological Testing (Intelligence, Anxiety, Mood, Personality, PTSD, Anger)
  11. Psychosis
  12. Schizophrenia


Monique Beaver
B. Psych (Hon.), P.Grad.Dip. Professional Psych, A/MAPS
Psychologist 



Monique is a fully registered psychologist, a registered Medicare provider, an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society and a Professional Member of Adults Surviving Childhood Abuse (ASCA). She studied her 4-year undergraduate at Wollongong University where she obtained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and completed a fifth year of study at Macquarie University where she obtained a Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology.

Monique has gained a wealth of experience in the community sector for the past 6 years where she has worked in the drug and alcohol sector at dual diagnosis (AOD concerns and mental health) rehabilitation services in the Illawarra and North Sydney regions, as well as the past two years in adolescent mental health.  More recently she also worked in private practice.

Monique has an eclectic style of treatment incorporating a range of different modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Mindful-Based Therapy (MBT) and Schema Therapy. These therapies all include elements of psychoeducation, specific skills training (eg. anger management, stress/anxiety management).

Monique works with pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults.

Monique's areas of expertise include:

  1. Depression and Mood Disorders
  2. Anxiety Disorders
  3. Gender Identity Concerns
  4. Stress
  5. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  6. Personality Disorders 
  7. Anger Management Issues
  8. Crisis Intervention: Suicidal Ideation/Self-harm
  9. Grief and Loss Issues 
  10. Psychological Testing (Intelligence, Anxiety, Mood, Personality, PTSD, Anger)


Esther Pratten
Provisional Psychologist
Receptionist/Admin Assistant




Esther has an unassuming, welcoming manner, and brings a sense of ease to our practice. She is always willing to be of service with our clients' booking matters. As a 4th-year honours student in psychology, she is sensitive to our clients' general situations in coming to our practice, and is understanding of the need for care when managing our clients' administrative matters.

oe Gillies

Receptionist/Admin Assistant



Zoe has a bright and cheerful personality, and a sensitive and caring nature. Efficiency and initiative are great examples of her strengths. She is always happy to help our clients administratively, in any way she can. If you catch Zoe on the phone, or meet her at the Reception desk, you can be confident that your session bookings/administrative needs will be handled with the utmost care, respect and privacy, and that you yourself will be treated with understanding, and compassion.


Helen Brown

Office Manager/Receptionist



Helen's warm, compassionate, and caring character assists our clients to feel understood and accepted, and also to feel secure that they are in capable hands as soon as they speak to her on the phone, or walk through the door. Helen has been trained in Mental Health First Aid, which allows her to understand our clients' need for sensitive management of their private personal information, and efficient service in booking appointments.

Helen's role as Office Manager also means that she knows the administrative workings of MMPP, and so can assist in any clerical matters our clients may have.



Nessie 
Therapy Dog

       

Nessie is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a placid "dog-onality". She has assisted MMPP psychologists in providing Animal Assisted Therapy since shortly after her birth in June 2008. She is used in many of our client sessions to assist in rapport-building, relaxation therapy, emotional regulation therapy, and even in many successful dog-phobia treatment sessions!

(Although Nessie is an ever-present member of the MMPP team, she does not have to come into session with you if you do not wish. Our Reception staff will check this with you upon initial contact).

 
 
 






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