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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!

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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.

Lockdowns, Freedoms and the brain: Finding answers in the midst of tiredness.

Lockdowns, Freedoms and the brain: Finding answers in the midst of tiredness.

Why am I so lazy? I feel like a bad friend. I just don’t have it in me today. How are they seeing this many people? I use to do this every weekend. Why is it so hard now?

In general, us humans are fairly predictable. Our schedules might change between school and uni, full time work to full-time mum, senior management to senior concession, but they’re fairly stable. That’s what made the beginning of lockdown so hard, why we missed our friends and family and our normal comings and goings. Yet during lockdown, a lot of us adjusted, and these lockdown schedules became our new normal. But then the world opened up, and suddenly our calendars became heavy with obligations, expectations, and occasions. For those that aren’t vaccinated, December 15 was the start of this process. With everyone coming out of lockdown, the world feels even more overwhelming.  Like skipping the gym for 4 months straight, confronting our old normal is likely to feel inconvenient and effortful. And in many ways, this is our body reacting normally. Yet this normal response can be quite unhelpful.

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The Holiday Survival Guide

The Holiday Survival Guide

You step into your local supermarket, and notice that you are surrounded by millions of chocolates wrapped in green and red. Yes, it’s that time of the year again. This time of the year could bring great joy, as well as great stress, sometimes. Here are a few guides for keeping a good mental wellbeing during the holiday.

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Why Perfectionism is Not Really Perfect

Why Perfectionism is Not Really Perfect

Perfectionism is an interesting idea. Many consider this term a compliment, some pride themselves of being a perfectionist, whilst some would even say that they wish they are a bit more of a perfectionist.  However, as a psychologist, I have to say that a huge chunk of my time is actually spent helping clients learn to be less perfect.  

People with perfectionism tend to find control an essential part of their lives. Of course, we all need to have a certain level of control to be able to operate in our daily lives effectively. However, for people with perfectionism, their sense of control is often excessive. The underlying belief is that “If I am in control, I am safe”. Therefore, they often spend an incredible amount of time trying to be in control. This can manifest in over-preparation, such as packing absolutely everything into their bag before they go out, or spending too much time reading before they start writing their university assignment. Some people might also try to be in control by following rigid internal rules, such as doing house chores in a meticulous way, or being super self-disciplined.

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Our psychologists' diaries will reopen for enquiries and intake from 10 January 2022. If you are in crisis, please contact any of the following crisis services. In the event of an emergency, please call 000 or present to your nearest hospital.Lifeline: 13 11 14Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800Parent Helpline: 1300 30 1300Suicide Call-Back Service: 1300 659 467#psychology #mentalhealth ... See MoreSee Less
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In this post lockdown world, even seeing close friends and family can lead to the next day being a write off. It can feel overwhelming, even if it is also enjoyable. On this blog, Wesley Macintyre talks about stress with the activities post lockdown. Click the link below to read more as he also shares a few tips on being kinder to yourself during this time.bit.ly/3q1MwpE#postlockdown #mentalhealth #psychology ... See MoreSee Less
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