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ABOUT US

Hamilton Psychology Clinic

Hamilton Psychology Clinic is a boutique private psychology practice where we aim to provide a safe and comfortable space to tackle any psychological concerns you may have. At the clinic, we cater to a wide range of psychological struggles, whether mild, moderate, or severe. We believe that there should be a place where individuals have a chance to work through any issue, and we welcome people from all walks of life. Hamilton Psychology Clinic was an expansion from our existing clinic, Mood Disorders Clinic.

 

Mood Disorders Clinic

Our Mood Disorders Clinic focused predominantly on mood-related issues, which is now under the banner of our new clinic name, Hamilton Psychology Clinic. The expansion of the clinic was a natural progression based on the current needs of the public as we recognised the growing mental health needs in all areas of psychological concerns. Our psychologists remain well-trained in providing treatment for mood-related issues, amongst many other areas of mental health concerns.

Our Logo

Our logo depicts branches growing from the mind. We believe that just as branches of a tree grow indefinitely, we as humans can benefit from aiming for similar ongoing growth for our mental health and well-being.

The Team of Psychologists

Below is a list of the qualified psychologists contracting to Hamilton Psychology Clinic. All of them have undergone extensive training, including Masters and Doctorate level postgraduate degrees in psychology, each having their own areas of special interest. In order to find the best fit for your psychological needs, our dedicated admin team will do their best to find the best option for you based on what you are looking for. 

Please have a look at each of the psychologists below, their areas of treatment interests, and the types of therapy they provide

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Our Admin

Our admin team is dedicated to making sure you get the most suited psychologist for your needs. This is something we really care about at the clinic as we understand how important it is to feel that you have found the right fit for therapy. If you have any questions about which psychologist might have the right treatment approach for you, please speak with our caring admin team who will be happy to help you out.

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Ella Shinners

Clinical Psychologist

 
 
 
Areas I treat:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Adjustment Challenges
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Self-esteem Challenges
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Postnatal Depression 
  • Dysthymia
  • Bipolar
  • Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • ADHD
  • Autism
Ella Shinners is a clinical psychologist who has a special interest in working with fertility related challenges, adjustments to pregnancy and managing the postpartum period. Ella takes a trauma-informed approach, providing a safe and accepting therapeutic space for clients to feel comfortable in developing a better understanding of their experiences.
 
Ella draws from a broad range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches tailored to meet the client’s needs and assists in the facilitation of personal growth by building on client’s current coping strategies to facilitate change.
 
Ella has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults across private and public sectors. She has completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with Honours and a Master of Professional Psychology and a Master of Clinical Psychology. Ella is a registered health practitioner (AHPRA).
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
Days: Mondays and Fridays

Dr Elyse Williams

Clinical Psychologist

Areas I treat:
  • Depression (major, post-natal
  • Bipolar
  • Stress related mood issues
  • Dysthymia (persistent mild depression)
  • Overcoming social isolation
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Social anxiety
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • PTSD
  • Panic Disorder
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Difficult life transitions
  • Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Dr Elyse Williams is a clinical psychologist with experience working with adults experiencing mood and anxiety disorders in private practice. She creates a safe and compassionate space for her clients to open up about their difficulties and takes a trauma-informed approach. Elyse works collaboratively with her clients to explore the origins of their symptoms and develop skills for managing difficult emotions. She tailors her approach to each individual’s goals and needs.
 
Whilst working in community mental health, Elyse developed a passion for helping people to overcome social isolation, interpersonal difficulties, and experiences of stigma. She is the author and co-author of various academic papers on social identity and arts-based interventions for mental health recovery. Accordingly, Elyse takes a holistic approach to helping clients meet their psychological needs.
 
Elyse has undertaken training in a variety of evidence-based therapies. She has a PhD in psychology from the University of Queensland, a Master of Clinical Psychology from University of New South Wales, and has Clinical Endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Age Range: Adults
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Dr Jacob Sorbello

Clinical Psychologist

Areas I treat:
  • Major depression
  • Couples therapy
  • Stress-related mood issues
  • Dysthymia
  • Grief and loss
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Gambling disorders
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Specific phobias
  • OCD
  • PTSD/complex PTSD
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Difficult life transitions
Dr Jacob Sorbello is a Clinical Psychologist, having completed his PhD in the area of substance use.  Jacob is passionate about helping clients overcome and grow from psychological suffering. He has a warm, collaborative and genuine approach to help clients develop a shared understanding of their difficulties and develop adaptive responses to meet these challenges.
Jacob’s practice draws from a range of experience in public health settings, community clinics and non-government organisations. He has worked with people across the lifespan experiencing a range of mental health concerns and emotional struggles. He uses evidenced based frameworks of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to assist clients with their difficulties. 
Jacob’s Doctoral thesis examined the motivations underlying alcohol and substance preloading (also known as pre-gaming, pre-drinking or pre-partying) and the hazards associated with these behaviours in entertainment districts. During his field-based research, Jacob learned that many individuals who had experienced harm often consumed substances to comfort or enhance their mood before a night-out.  His clinical and research interests continue to align with substance use and the co-occurrence with psychological problems.
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
Days: Mondays and Tuesdays

Jaime Swan

Registered Psychologist

 
 
 
Areas I treat:
 
  • Academic performance
  • ADHD and ASD
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Anxiety related issues
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Interpersonal difficulties 
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Stress management
Jaime is a Registered Psychologist with a Master’s of Clinical Psychology and she is currently pursuing further study through a Clinical Registrar program, to gain Clinical endorsement.
Jaime takes a warm and empathetic approach to therapy, and bases her approach on collaboratively working with clients to employ evidence-based strategies to meet their therapeutic needs. She works with a variety of presentations, and has particular interest in working with young adults and adults experiencing a range of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, exploring identity, gender and sexuality, Autism and ADHD, managing stress, academic performance and stress management.
Jaime draws on a range of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness based approaches, attachment frameworks and trauma-informed theories. Jaime works with adolescents (age 14+) and adults.
Jaime is available on Monday’s, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, offering both face-to-face) and Telehealth sessions (via video).
Age Range:  Adolescents, Adults
Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Jennifer Apel

Registered Psychologist

Areas I treat:
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Low Mood
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Interpersonal Difficulties
  • Stress-related issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive
    Disorder (OCD)
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • ADHD
Jennifer is a registered Psychologist who has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology. Recognising the importance of trust and transparency within the client-practitioner relationship, Jennifer strives to provide an open, accepting, and supportive space for clients to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their ongoing challenges. 
 
Jennifer has experience supporting clients from across the lifespan, however, has a particular interest in working with young adults and adults experiencing a range of difficulties, including low mood and depression, stress and anxiety, OCD, adjustment difficulties, interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem and self-confidence difficulties, and coping with distress & overwhelm. 
 
She employs evidence-based therapies to support clients’ insight into past and current beliefs and behaviours, to promote lasting change supportive of living/ moving them toward a life meaningful and fulfilling to them. Jennifer is available on Mondays, offering face-to-face and telehealth sessions.
Age Range: Older Adolescents, Adults
Days: Mondays and Tuesdays

Laura Whelan

Registered Psychologist

 

Areas I treat:
 
  • Trauma/PTSD
     
  • Mood Disorders
     
  • Interpersonal difficulties
     
  • Psychosis
     
  • Family stressors/conflict
     
  • Adjustment difficulties
     
  • Personality vulnerabilities
Laura is a registered psychologist with a Master of Clinical Psychology, who takes a warm and empathetic approach to therapy. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship and safe space, from which she aims to support individuals to better understand themselves and important relationships in their lives.
Laura’s practice draws from the understanding that individual difficulties arise from various interpersonal experiences, including early childhood experiences or significant relational events throughout adolescence and adulthood. Laura’s practice draws from experience in community organisations, forensic psychiatric in-patient settings, child and youth public health services and private practice clinics. She has worked with people across the lifespan, with various clinical presentations and from differing cultural backgrounds. Laura implements evidence-based therapeutic interventions that draw from attachment-based and relational frameworks, with an emphasis on being trauma-informed and client-centred.
Laura works with older adolescents and adults. She is available on Thursday and Fridays, offering face-to-face and Telehealth sessions (both video and phone).
Age Range: Older Adolescents; Adults
Days: Thursday and Friday


Dr Miyuki Ono

Clinical Psychologist

 
 
Areas I treat:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety-Related Issues
  • PTSD/Trauma-related presentations
  • Gender & identity issues
  • Grief
  • Workplace related stress and burnout
  • Relationship issues (e.g., breakup),
  • Parenting issues
  • Perinatal disorders
  • Infertility issues (e.g., IVF etc)
  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorders (BPD, NPD etc.)
  • Health Issues
  • somatic disorders
  • Insomnia
Dr Miyuki Ono is a clinical psychologist holding a PhD in Clinical Psychology. With her Doctorate thesis focusing on the effects of childhood complex trauma to individuals’ cognition, memories, and mental health; her special interest is working with adults with a history of childhood complex trauma. Miyuki aims at helping her clients learn and grow from their experiences and she utilises evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as Schema Therapy. Miyuki has also done the advanced level training in EMDR.
 
Miyuki has experience in working with adults in a variety of settings, including private/public hospitals and the private sector, treating all age groups. Miyuki helps clients develop an understanding of their unhelpful coping styles and replace them with more helpful coping styles.
 
Miyuki a fully registered Psychologist with endorsement as a clinical psychologist; she is a member of the Psychology Board of Australia and Japanese Psychological Association. Miyuki is accredited as a board approved STAP supervisor (Clinical Psychology).
Age Range: Adults
Days: Tuesdays and Fridays
Other languages: Japanese

Naomi Hunt

Registered Psychologist

 
 
 
Areas I treat:
 
  • Anxiety related issues (including Generalised Anxiety, Performance)
  • Perfectionism
  • Interpersonal Difficulties
  • Family Stressors
  • Depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
Naomi is a warm and empathetic Registered Psychologist with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. With a personable and friendly demeanour, she creates a safe and welcoming space where clients feel comfortable to share and explore their experiences. Naomi values creating a strong connection with her clients as it forms the foundation for trust, collaboration, and a meaningful therapeutic process. She approaches each client with genuine curiosity, seeking to understand their unique challenges and experiences. 
Naomi facilitates her clients’ journey towards enhanced self-awareness and personal growth. She is devoted to supporting her clients to clarify their values, cultivate resilience, achieve goals and acquire strategies to navigate barriers effectively. She utilises evidence-based interventions tailored to each individual, ensuring that treatment is personalised and effective. Naomi draws from various evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.
Motivated by her genuine care for the wellbeing of her clients, Naomi takes a proactive stance in seeking client feedback, and demonstrates adaptability in sessions. She is currently completing the Clinical Psychology registrar program and is actively expanding her expertise in evidence-based practices to meet clients’ needs. These endeavours reflect her desire to foster meaningful change and to ultimately guide individuals towards becoming the person they aspire to be.
Naomi is available on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, offering both face-to-face) and Telehealth sessions (via phone or video).
Age Range:  Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults
Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Nicolette Bock

Registered Psychologist

Areas I treat:

 

  • Anxiety-related issues (Generalised, Social, Panic, Health, Phobias)
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Stress management
  • Major Depression
  • Depression in Adolescents
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Coping with career difficulties and transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Gender, sexuality and identity difficulties
  • Addiction difficulties, including alcohol, substance use and compulsive spending
  • Self-esteem difficulties
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Obsessive-compulsive issues
  • Autism
Nicolette is a registered Psychologist with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. Nicolette is passionate about adopting a client-centred, collaborative approach and facilitating a space where clients can feel safe, heard and valued. She engages in a holistic approach with her clients, drawing on the insight and support from allied health professionals in order to ensure that the client’s wellbeing is assisted from every perspective.  Nicolette makes it a priority to adopt a welcoming and sensitive approach for clients with diverse needs, backgrounds and cultures.
Nicolette has experience across sectors, including meeting the needs of clients in government organisations, hospital and community settings. Nicolette has helped enhance the wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan (including children and adults), and has a keen interest in working with presentations such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, gender and identity, stress management, workplace and career challenges, adjustment difficulties, Autism and self-esteem difficulties.
Nicolette values the importance of tailoring therapy to the needs of the client and meeting the client where they are at. Nicolette’s approach is warm, adaptable and responsive, and she integrates the notion that the client is the expert in their own life. Nicolette draws from a range of evidence-based psychological approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Positive Psychology, Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness based approaches, and systems and attachment frameworks.
She is eager to continuously develop as a clinician and is open to adopting emerging evidence-based approaches and techniques, where appropriate.
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
Days: Wednesdays

Tracy McLean

Clinical Psychologist

 
Areas I treat:

 

  • Couples therapy
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Gender/sexuality concerns
  • Anger issues
  • Working with emotions
  • Trauma
  • Adult survivors of abuse (sexual/emotional/physical)
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Postnatal depression
  • Anxiety (panic attacks/ social/generalised/phobias)
  • Attachment injuries/personal issues
  • Stress reduction & management
  • OCD & intrusive thoughts/worrying
  • ADHD & ADD
  • Addiction (drugs and alcohol)
Tracy is a Clinical Psychologist with a lifelong love of hearing the stories of people’s lives. She has considerable experience in working collaboratively with clients to achieve genuine and self-determined change. She celebrates diversity and takes a keen interest in current research findings to inform her practice to best meet the needs of her clients.  Her therapy style can be best described as warm, compassionate, and optimistic. 
 
Tracy’s qualifications include a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with endorsement as a clinical psychologist, and First Class honours in Psychology and Bachelor of Science (majoring in Psychology and Human Physiology). She is also trained in Schema-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based approaches and Gottman’s Couples Therapy – Level 1 and 2. She adopts other modes of therapies such as Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), Attachment-based approaches,  Narrative Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Imagery Rescripting for Trauma. 
 
Her combined training in physiology and psychology allows for a holistic approach in supporting and treating individuals. She is enthusiastic in supporting both individuals with serious concerns and those who are hindered by normal life events and challenges. She has since gained experience working in a community mental health setting, assessing, and treating adults with acute and chronic mental health and behavioural problems. Tracy also has over 7 years of experience working within a private practice setting supporting a broad range of people with their concerns.
Age Range: Adults
Days: Mondays (Telehealth only), Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Dr Vanessa Bruce

Clinical Psychologist

 
 
Areas I treat:

 

  • Anxiety-related Issues
  • Health-related issues
  • Grief & loss/ bereavement
  • Couples therapy
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Life transitions
  • Depression (major, postpartum)
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • PTSD/trauma
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Adjustment issues
  • Family therapy
  • Parenting issues
  • OCD and pure “O”
Dr Vanessa Bruce is a Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience working with clients adjusting to illness and other major life challenges, including; trauma, relationship issues and low self-esteem. Vanessa’s interest in working with the presentations listed above grew from more than 10 years experience working with people with cancer at all stages, from diagnosis, through to treatment and survivorship, as well as end of life and bereavement. 

In addition to working with individuals, couples and families, Vanessa is trained in the delivery of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and has been facilitating MBCT groups since 2007. Vanessa holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Griffith University and has a Clinical Endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Vanessa has also co-authored publications in the area of relationship outcomes for couples in stepfamilies. 
Age Range: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Brett Carter

Clinical Psychologist

 
 
 
Areas I treat:
 
  • Anxiety related issues 
  • Depression
  • Disordered Eating
  • Sports/Performance Related Issues
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Moral Injury
  • Relationship difficulties 
  • Stress management
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Substance Use Issues
Brett is an endorsed clinical psychologist who works with adults to understand and shift problematic automatic default patterns of behaviour and thinking. Example default patterns include self-criticism, self-sacrificing, taking offence, attacking others, shutting down, avoidance, using substances, perfectionism, needing control, and self- aggrandising. In the short-term, default patterns enable us to distract from/avoid distressing feelings and thoughts. In the long-term, they underpin issues such as post-traumatic stress, anger, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating and impact relationships and performance in pursuits such as employment, study, and sport. Brett has experience working with adults and adolescents from various backgrounds and special interests in post-traumatic stress, anger, moral injury, peak performance, and disordered eating.
Brett took a less conventional path to becoming a psychologist, commencing studies in his early thirties, after travelling and working extensively overseas and racing as a professional triathlete. Whilst completing his undergraduate and honours degrees in psychological science and masters in clinical psychology Brett was coaching elite swimmers and surf ironmen/women at Bond University and involved in numerous physiological and psychological research projects. In his spare time Brett loves running with his dog, racing marathons, and studying neuroscience, consciousness, and performance.
Brett draws on a range of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy and Prolonged Exposure. Brett works with adolescents (age 15+) and adults.
Brett is available on Thursday’s and Friday’s, offering both face-to-face and Telehealth sessions (via video or phone).
Age Range:  Adolescents (15+), Adults
Days: Thursday and Friday