Meet our Team

Clinical and Executive Team


Valerie Ling

Director (Clinical Psychologist)

Valerie Ling, MClin Psych, BA(Hons), MAPS, has helped clients of all ages find their voice and their way. Valerie has worked in community health settings as well as hospital inpatient and outpatient settings.

Her private practice work has been located previously in North Turramurra, North Ryde, Westleigh, and now in Gordon. Some of the issues Valerie has helped her clients with include Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trauma, Body Image and Eating Disorders, and Child and Adolescent psychology.

Valerie began her career as a consultant in the corporate world, working internationally in talent assessment and development. As such she is able to engage with her clients facing career transition or work related stress.

Valerie has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of burnout. She is frequently called upon by organsations to speak to members and staff of welfare, helping and teaching professionals.  At an organisational level Valerie is involved in consulting at a strategic level to optimise resiliency and mental health wellbeing.  Valerie is the wife of a Presbyterian Minister with cross-cultural experience, and burnout is a topic that is both lived experience and professional passion.

Valerie has a special interest in:

•   The prevention and treatment of burnout
•   Cross-cultural and humanitarian workers
•   Empty Nesters
•   Trauma
•   Parenting
•   Christian counselling

In her down time, Valerie enjoys coffee, books, writing, music, and occasionally running.

Cathy Atkinson

Executive Assistant

Kristine Hasenauer

Practice Manager

Jennifer (Yen-Erh) Chu

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Jennifer MPsych (Clinical), PGDip ClinPsych, BA(Hons – First Class) is a clinical psychologist with 10 years of experience, who understands that a good therapeutic relationship is the starting point of any meaningful work with her clients.  She is genuine and easy to talk to, and is dedicated to creating a safe space for her clients to share their stories.

Jennifer has worked in the fields of health psychology as well as general mental health in adults and children. These experiences have equipped her with skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of mental health presentations. In addition, she has developed expertise in the management of tinnitus and hypersensitivity of hearing. Recognising that everyone is unique and different, she sees the importance of establishing a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and is committed to tailoring evidence-based interventions to her clients with different situations and backgrounds to effectively promote their mental wellbeing.

Through her years of clinical work, Jennifer has pursued her interest in working with adults experiencing a range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, social adjustment issues,  stress management, and cross-cultural issues. She is passionate about therapy, and is always committed to further increasing her professional knowledge to ensure she can provide the best possible care for her clients.

Jennifer has a special interest in:

•  Adult mental health
•  Anxiety disorders
•  Mood disorders
•  Health Psychology
•  Cross-cultural issues and adjustments

She is also fluent in Chinese Mandarin and Taiwanese.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, photography, urban sketching, squash and video gaming. 

Michelle Nortje

Clinical Psychologist

Michelle Nortje (M.A. Clin Psych, B.Psych Hons, B.Ed.Psych Hons, BA) is focused on establishing a therapeutic relationship that is safe, trusting and supportive. Michelle aims to use integrated psychological tools and approaches in order to help her clients make sense of their difficulties, gain insight into their patterns of behaviour and relating, and work towards co-constructed and workable goals. She uses Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Attachment theories and psychodynamic theories in order to tailor the therapy to best suit the client’s needs.

Michelle’s clinical training and diverse experience has equipped her to intervene in a variety of mental health issues and age groups. She has gained experience working as a clinical psychologist across non-profit, government hospital, school-based and private settings. Across all her roles, Michelle has expanded on her interest in working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, adjustment difficulties, trauma and grief.

Michelle is dedicated to consistent professional development by engaging in peer consultation
groups, receiving regular supervision and expanding her knowledge through frequent webinars and courses in order to ensure effective interventions with her clients.

Michelle has a special interest in:

• Mood and anxiety disorders
• Post-natal depression and infant mental health
• Children, adolescents and adults
• Parenting and attachment
• Mindfulness
• Loss and grief
• Trauma and complex trauma

In her spare time Michelle enjoys reading, painting, visiting art galleries, spending time in nature and
sharing meals with family and friends.

Jessica Buster

Clinical Psychologist

Jessica Buster (M Clin Psych, Grad Dip Prof Psych, BA Psych Hons) is passionate about creating a caring and safe space to promote effective working relationships. Jessica applies evidence-based interventions in a client focused and collaborative manner to assist children, young people and their families move towards their goals of growth and wellbeing.

Jessica’s clinical training and experience has equipped her with skills in the assessment and treatment for mental health issues. She has gained experience working in roles across non-profit, hospital and private settings. This has included working as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapist and roles at Guardian Youth Care, Headspace, Westmead Children’s Hospital Psycho-Oncology, and Healthy Minds Happy Kids.

Across all her roles, Jessica has pursued her interest in working with children, adolescents and their families experiencing a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, emotion regulation difficulties, behavioural difficulties, social difficulties, and disability. She has been able to promote understanding and engagement with these clients by integrating a sense of fun and creativity into treatment.

Please note that Jessica will be  on maternity leave from July 2021.


Lauren Chee

Clinical Psychologist

Lauren Chee (M Clin Psych, BSc (Hons – First Class)) is a psychologist who understands the importance of forming a genuine and caring therapeutic relationship with each individual she sees. Her warm and supportive approach helps her clients feel comfortable exploring their concerns in order to develop practical strategies to reach their goals.

Lauren has experience working with both children and adults within schools, private clinics, and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Some of the issues she has helped her clients with include depression, anxiety, perfectionism, adjustment to significant life change, self-esteem, grief, learning difficulties, and school and work-related stress.


In her work, Lauren recognises the individuality of each person and their story, and provides uniquely tailored treatments to support her clients. By being committed to the latest psychological research, she is able to equip her clients with evidence-based skills and knowledge that can lead to positive and lasting change. Lauren is a dedicated and approachable psychologist with a passion for helping her clients live a life in line with their personal values.

Lauren has a special interest in:

•   Anxiety & mood disorders

•   Trauma

•   Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

•   Perfectionism

•   Self-Esteem

•   Self-Compassion

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time in nature, discovering new music, and sharing delicious meals with her friends and family.

Emily Bemmer


Emily Bemmer (M Clin Psych, BSc (Hons – First Class)) is a psychologist who understands the importance of forming a genuine and caring therapeutic relationship, and acknowledges the expertise and insight each client brings about their own lives and situation. She acknowledges therapy requires a collaborative and balanced approach, to utilise the warmth and support that sessions provide to explore difficult issues, tackle challenges, and implement strategies to work towards client goals.

Emily’s clinical training and experience has equipped her with skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health concerns for adults, children, and families, gaining experience across hospital, private practice, and research settings. Some of the areas she has worked with clients include depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, life transitions, social skills, and family dynamics.

In her work, Emily is committed to the use of evidence-based practices, in a way that is client-centred and modified to increase both engagement and tangible outcomes for clients. Emily is also committed to ongoing professional development through regular supervision, review of psychological literature and research to ensure her clients receive the highest level of care.

Emily has a special interest in:

• Anxiety Disorders e.g., Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Specific phobias
• Mood disorders
• Emotion regulation
• Autism in adults – Social skills and social anxiety
• Child and adolescent mental health
• Social skills and interpersonal effectiveness
• Parenting support
• Sleep difficulties

Outside of work. Emily enjoys going for bushwalks, exploring new places, and spending time with friends and family.

Monica Jacob


Monica Jacob (MPhil Clin Psych, MSc Clin Psych, BSc Psych) is a psychologist who values trust, empathy, respect, warmth and creativity in the therapy room and seeks to collaboratively help her
clients lead more meaningful, enriched lives.

Monica is passionate about understanding each individual’s unique journey and walking alongside them. She previously worked in a hospital as part of a multidisciplinary team and provided psychotherapy to clients with various mental health needs in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders and adjustment difficulties.

Monica is dedicated to improving her expertise and knowledge by receiving regular supervision and reviewing research to provide the best possible support to her clients.

Monica has a special interest in:

• Anxiety (social anxiety, generalised anxiety etc)
• Mood disorders
• Assertiveness and social skills
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Geriatric mental health
• Adjustment difficulties (e.g. cross-cultural)

She is also fluent in Malayalam and Hindi.

On weekends, Monica dabbles in faux calligraphy, painting, reading, trying to keep her plants alive and discovering new cuisines.


Michelle Dean

Clinical Psychologist

Michelle Dean (M Clin Psych, BA (Hons – First Class), brings her genuine care and compassion for people, along with her keen insight and analytical abilities to her work.

Proficient in her skills of clinical psychology, Michelle’s experience comes from working in both public and private settings. This includes working in roles at Westmead Children’s Hospital, Blacktown Mental Health, the Brain and Mind Research Institute, Headspace and The Hills Clinic.

Across all these roles, she has provided diagnostic assessments and individual therapy for mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Michelle enjoys working with anxiety disorders, self-concept and self-worth issues, and mood and affect regulation issues. Michelle has worked with both adolescents and adults facing these difficulties.

Through her various roles, she has developed a deep understanding of how these difficulties develop and impact on people in different life stages. Michelle has been able to assist her clients in developing skills to manage their anxiety and depression, along with enabling them to develop a healthy sense of self and greater self confidence.

Through her outpatient work experience, Michelle is interested in Anxiety Disorders and self-esteem work.  Michelle is a high calibre and compassionate professional and she is wonderful at being able to see the complexities of a clinical presentation and bring her therapeutic work down to a manageable and structured approach.

Michelle has a special interest in:

•  Anxiety disorders
•  Self-esteem
•  Work stress
•  Adolescent mental health
•  Men’s mental health


She is also an invited guest lecturer at Western Sydney University, having lectured in subjects on psychological disorders, assessment and treatment.

Michelle likes dogs, squash and relaxing on the weekend by buying a coffee and going for a walk.

Sarah Hindle

Clinical Psychologist

Sarah Hindle (M Psych (Clinical), B Psych Sci (Hons), Grad Dip Psych) brings her warmth,
wisdom and rapport to the individuals and families she sees; the knowledge that a strong
and collaborative therapeutic relationship is foundational to the successful outcome of any

Sarah’s clinical training has equipped her to diagnose, assess and treat psychological disorders and she has experience working in a variety of settings (private practice, inpatient facility, secondary school). Sarah is passionate about providing individualised evidence-
based treatment in a time-effective manner and uses a range of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Sarah has experience working with adolescents, adults and families facing a range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, attachment and parenting issues, eating disorders and the management of stressful life events and adjusting to change. As a former classical musician, Sarah also has a particular interest in the treatment of musical
performance-related anxiety, a topic on which she has delivered individual therapy and psycho-educational seminars. Sarah also has a particular interest in working with children/adolescents and families facing challenges related to learning difficulties and
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Psychological research projects conducted by Sarah have included an investigation of intensive parenting practices as they relate to attachment theory, and the lived experience of parenting a neuro-diverse child (e.g. managing own mental health, negotiating socio-
cultural messages about raising a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder, experience of

Sarah is committed to a variety of professional development activities such as reviewing the
psychological treatment literature, peer consultation, and regular supervision to make sure her clients receive the highest standard of treatment.

Sarah has a special interest in:

•   Adolescent mental health
•   Anxiety (e.g. excessive shyness or worry),
•   Clinical perfectionism (e.g. overworking and unrealistic standards),
•   Performance anxiety (e.g. musical performance anxiety),
•   School difficulties,
•   Parenting support for families of children/adolescents diagnosed with ADHD,
•   Adjustment and relocation (e.g. cross-cultural, Defence).

Although downtime as a mum of older children and teens is challenging, Sarah recharges by going on micro-dates with her partner, listening to classical music and Sunday morning walks with her labradoodle Reg.

Katelyn Tasker

Clinical Psychologist

Katelyn (M Clin Psych, BA (Hons – First Class), MAPS) has experience working at a leading university research clinic in the area of anxiety disorders, as a school counsellor and in private practice work for adult mental health in the the North Shore area of Sydney.  Katelyn is committed to establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients by providing them with a safe and secure space to share their story. As a mother of school aged children with a busy load herself, she is well positioned to understand the challenges faced in doing life, school and work.

Katelyn’s approach takes an evidence-based focus, while maintaining a flexible and collaborative manner, to ensure that treatment is in line with her clients’ needs. She uses a range of evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and supportive counselling with the overall aim of helping people of all ages utilise their strengths to achieve their desired outcomes and enhance their quality of life.

Katelyn is the wife of an Anglican Minister and has a particular interest in supporting clergy wives and families cope with the challenges that ministry can present.

Katelyn has a special interest in:

• Health Anxiety
• Sleep difficulties
• Work and life transition and stress
• Adult mental health
• Empty Nesters
• Grief and Loss
• Post Natal Depression
• Parenting support for behavioural management
• Supporting parents in school adjustment challenges

In her spare time Katelyn enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and bush walking.

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