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Child Psychology

Helping little people and their parents with big feelings and challenges. Young children can feel and express a lot of big feelings.

Adolescent Psychology

Not quite child & not yet adult, the Teen years are a time of identity development. We stand in the storm of change and transition with you. 

Adult Psychology

From small steps to the bigger goals we are here to support and empower your mental health and wellbeing to live an effective life.

Burnout Coaching

Supporting you to find the balance between work, family, and you-time. Providing you with the resources to be the best version of yourself.


Counselling and therapy support from the comfort of your own home. Especially important during COVID-19 where many of us will struggle. Medicare rebates now apply to these sessions.


The Centre for Effective Living is a Psychology and Well-Being practice serving the Upper North Shore of Sydney. Established in 2012 with one Psychologist working out of Westleigh,  we have grown to become a group practice with a combined team experience of over 50 years.

High standards have been set in place, such that we continuously shape and challenge each other’s practice. Therefore, when you see one of us, you get the benefit of all of our collective experience. We know each others’ strengths and passions. Considering your unique situation, we will provide you with the therapist that suits your needs best.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an emotional or mental health problem, call us now to make an appointment – and take the first step in getting the support you need.

New Enquiries

To make an enquiry with us, please fill in one of the following forms and our intake team will soon be in contact. These forms are secure and encrypted and will help in our intake team understand your needs and be ready to find you the psychologist best suited to you. You will also be automatically redirected to our Intake team diary to book a time for them to call you.


Visit Our New Online Shop

The team have been joyfully working on our shop to bring you the best of their hearts and brains straight to your online door. From lots of free things to some very small punchy skill-shots. Come on in!

Online Shop

Taking those first steps to see a Psychologist and Well-Being professional can be daunting. At The Centre For Effective Living we take those steps with you. Psychologists to the Hornsby, Gordon and Upper North Shore community, we are a group practice with a collective experience of over 50 years.  We make sure you are matched with the right therapist for you.

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A good leader chooses to be vulnerable

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Making sense of a changed world – responding to shared grief and loss

Making sense of a changed world – responding to shared grief and loss

The last few years has brought many difficulties – the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, wars – but these global events have flow on effects into our daily lives. There is increasing discussion on the ‘collective grief’ within community, for the loss of life or of what could have been – the holidays cancelled, time away from loved ones, or weddings and funerals with only a small group to commemorate.

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