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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

We currently have paused taking new enquiries, however you can subscribe to be on our alert list for when we have appointments available.  As a bonus, you will get access to free resources  from our training and education arm – The Centre For Effective Serving – once you are subscribed.   

The Centre For Effective Living does not recommend waiting more than 3 weeks to see a psychologist.  Please note this is not a waitlist and we cannot guarantee an appointment in the near future.  

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!

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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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Concrete Steps is designed by our clinical team to support those waiting to see a psychologist. It's also a great program to give you a taste of what it's like to have therapy and start to feel better. Why not give it a go?Check out Concrete Steps: bit.ly/3nMgDjO and Concrete Steps For Parents: bit.ly/3r6Q5vi#mentalhealth #psychology #parenting ... See MoreSee Less
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On our caseload here are health practioners, clergy, carers, humanitarian workers and more who have come to us because of our special interest area in burnout work. We have processes and treatment protocols that specifically address this area. That means that our Clinic Director, Valerie Ling, ensures that work processes are set up to protect her own team from burnout. If you're a psychologist wanting to work in burnout while remaining energised yourself, we invite you to join us: bit.ly/cfelteam #psychologistrecruitment #psychologistjobsydney #psychologycareer ... See MoreSee Less
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Coming up is our in person Study without Stress skills group for Year 10 to 12 students. This is a highly popular group that helps students to overcome:* Time management barriers* Study and exam anxiety* Self sabotaging beliefs* Perfectionism and procrastination Booking link in comments. #psychology #mentalhealth #parenting ... See MoreSee Less
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