Our Practitioners

Finding the Right Practitioner for You

Vicky Hamey

Individual and Couples Counsellor

Qualifications: Master of Counselling, Teaching Diploma, Clinical Supervisor Accreditation.

Vicky is a skilled counsellor with over 20 years’ experience. She partners with clients using person-centred and emotionally focused approaches, empowering clients to develop self-awareness and insight into their emotional world.

Vicky has a breadth of experience working with a diverse range of clients including individuals and couples across all age groups. In particular, Vicky works with many couples struggling with ongoing disagreements and poor communication which, in turn, result in perpetual cycles of hurt and disappointment. Once entrenched in this negative pattern of behaviour, many couples find it impossible to recover without professional help. Vicky relies on emotionally focused techniques and family systems concepts to support couples and help them to understand and address the key issues at the heart of their difficulties.

Vicky’s empathic approach enables her clients to deeply explore and recover from long-standing issues and impasses. The insights clients gain enables them to experience themselves more positively and to find deeper connections in their lives. Vicky is experienced in integrating spiritual considerations into her therapy and in working with issues such as addiction, anxiety, workplace difficulties, communication, assertiveness and parenting.

Vicky offers clinical, pastoral and work supervision.

Vicky is a Clinical Member and Supervisor of the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA) and  PACFA .

ONLINE COUNSELLING also available with Vicky!

For an appointment, contact Vicky at vicky@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0409 926 904.

Lyn Abery

Analytic Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Qualifications: Diploma of Adult Psychotherapy, Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Honours), Diploma of Adult Education, Mental Health Certificate.

Lyn is a highly qualified analytic psychotherapist with over 25 years’ experience working with individuals and couples in therapy. Lyn has a unique ability to reach people who feel very lonely and isolated and struggle to find and maintain fulfilling and safe relationships. She has a wonderful way of helping everyone feel at ease with her gentle, caring and empathic approach. Lyn provides her clients with the encouragement they need to effect positive change in their lives, often well beyond what they thought themselves capable of.

Analytic psychotherapy involves helping people explore deeper emotional places, where the roots of many psychological problems exist, in order to address ongoing struggles at their core. Lyn likens the process to constantly plucking at a problem weed in your garden which, frustratingly, continues to grow back, inhibiting the growth of the surrounding flowers. It takes more effort to dig up the weed at its roots but the results are permanent and allow the rest of the garden to heal and flourish.

Lyn has a lifetime of experience in health care and the corporate sector, having worked with many different types of people from different backgrounds. In addition to her role as a psychotherapist, Lyn has worked as an adult educator, trainer, mentor and manager, bringing a wealth of knowledge, patience and understanding to her work.

Lyn is a Clinical Member of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists (Australia).

ONLINE COUNSELLING also available with Lyn!

For an appointment, contact Lyn at lyn@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0402 087 127.

Ros Knight

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist 

Qualifications: Master of Clinical Psychology, Diploma of Hypnosis, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

With over 25 years of clinical and counselling psychology experience, Ros assists clients with a range of mental illness and counselling needs. Working with a broad range of clients, including adolescents and young adults through to couples and older adults, Ros has a particular interest in helping clients with anxiety, depression and trauma.

She has a passion for helping people develop the skills and strategies to grow and to interact with their worlds more confidently and effectively. Ros is also highly skilled at helping clients set and work towards long term goals as a coaching psychologist.

Ros is endorsed as a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist and an approved Supervisor for Psychology.

For an appointment, contact Ros at ros@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0411 152 999.

Derek Leung

Individual and Couples Counsellor

Qualifications: Master of Counselling, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Advanced Diploma in Christian Counselling and Family Therapy.

Combining an empathetic approach with a strong scientific and clinical background, Derek employs an evidence-based approach when developing actionable and achievable strategies for his clients. Derek began his 20-year career in primary health care in Pharmacy before following his true passion for helping people at an emotional level and transitioning to counselling.

Derek works with many clients who integrate faith into their counselling journey and those from diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on Asian males and the specific issues they may face. He is experienced in assisting clients to manage and overcome anxiety, familial and relationship challenges and obsessive-compulsive disorders. For more information go to https://khayachristiancounselling.com/

Derek is a Clinical member of PACFA and the  Christian Counselling Association of Australia (CCAA)

ONLINE COUNSELLING also available with Derek!

For an appointment, contact Derek at derek@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0416 059 457.

Meredith Wagstaff

Individual and Couples Counsellor

I provide tailored, caring and discrete counselling services with a particular interest in supporting adults, university students (and parents), professionals and corporate workers and couples.

We all get stuck at times, especially when life overwhelms us, and we find ourselves not feeling or living as we would wish.​ I help people address concerns including: ​problematic stress and burnout, anxiety and depression, difficult and painful emotions and thoughts, overthinking things, dealing with the traumatic past ,procrastination and time management concerns, disconnecting from who and what matters to you, behaving in ways that do not reflect how you would like to be​, transitions especially career and family related, grief and loss, relationship issues including managing differences and conflict, dealing with past hurts, loneliness, boundaries, complex people and situations, spirituality issues.

​​​I integrate appropriate evidence-based psychological strategies and interventions including trauma informed approaches to achieve a personalised and holistic approach to your mental health and wellbeing.

Private insurance rebates may apply.

Meredith is a Clinical Member of PACFA and CCAA

ONLINE COUNSELLING also available with Meredith!

For an appointment, contact Meredith at meredith@solutionschatswood.com.au call/text 0407079335

Choon-Hwa Lim

Psychologist 

Qualifications: PhD (Culture and Communication);  MA, ist class Honours (Psychology);  Bachelor of Commerce.

Choon-Hwa is a psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. She has been in private practice on Sydney’s North Shore since 2011. Prior to private practice, she enjoyed a corporate career including in executive recruitment, outplacement and career counselling.

She is experienced in treating and providing strategies and practical skills for responding to stress, anxiety, depression, burnout including having unrealistically high expectations of self and others, being perfectionistic and being overly driven, grief and loss, singleness, and/or trauma whether historical, recent or current – such as childhood abuse, generational trauma, being bullied or discriminated against, not having a voice at home or in the workplace.

If you are over 18 years old, and these issues are interfering with your health and well-being, your relationships, and your performance and achievements at work or in your studies, Choon-Hwa will walk alongside you to encourage, help and guide you to believe in your potential to find your way out of your situation or dilemma. She will teach you to become resourceful, share knowledge on evidenced-based psychological strategies and equip you with skills to become confident in your own ability and worth again. Her goal is to help you recover and be resourceful and sustainably resiliance.

Choon-Hwa is a Medicare provider of Focused Psychological Strategies and applies them in a way that is sensitive to a client’s stage of life, culture and faith. These include CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), IPT (Interpersonal Therapy), cognitive and behavioural strategies, psycho-education, motivational interviewing, and skills-training including for mindfulness, relaxation strategies, stress management and cross-cultural communication. Her services in mental health, mentoring and career support is grounded in her education, training and corporate experiences in New Zealand and Australia. She currently lectures in Abnormal Psychology at the Sydney campus of CAPA, The Global Education Network, Boston, USA. She is registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency), and is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc. Sessions are conducted in English only. For more information go to https://www.peopleinvest.com.au/

ONLINE COUNSELLING, including Telehealth consultations, also available with Choon-Hwa!

For an appointment, you can contact Choon-Hwa at choon-hwa@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0411 308 996.

Erin Mitchell

Adolescent Counsellor and  Parent Coach

Qualifications: B.Mus; Grad Dip Counselling; member ACA

Erin is an adolescent counsellor, parent coach and family therapist. She believes in the value of learning healthy coping skills early in life; children who are able to cope in healthy ways will be more resilient and manage stress better as adults.

Erin’s first degree was a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatorium of Sydney. Her later counselling studies included majors in Child Development, Effective Parenting, Conflict Resolution and Family Therapy.

She  have been influenced by John Gottman’s work on Emotional Intelligence, the field of Positive Psychology and the pioneering work of Haim Ginott. As well as working in private practice, she is an accredited facilitator of Tuning into Kids, an emotion coaching program designed for parents to create better interpersonal relationships with their children. She runs weekly children’s group workshops and is a private children’s coach for Resilience in Kids. Erin regularly facilitates small group parenting workshops and  presents parenting  seminars in schools all around Sydney. For more information go to https://www.erinmitchell.com.au/

ONLINE COUNSELLING also available with Erin!

For an appointment, contact Erin at erin@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0400089902.

Jackie Schatz

Individual Counsellor – offering lower cost counselling to make counselling more accessible to the community

Qualifications: Master of Counselling, Cert IV Telephone Counselling, Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing).

Jackie is a warm and insightful Intern Counsellor. Jackie has a lived experience of what it is to balance raising a family, running her own business and studying in this busy world. Jackie understands the personal and financial stress of “trying to make ends meet” and is pleased to support clients by offering low cost counselling. She has practiced as a face-to-face and telephone counsellor and completed her Master of Counselling in 2018.

Jackie practices person centred therapy to offer a welcoming, trusted, safe space for clients to share their stories and concerns. She has worked together with higher education students transitioning into adult life; adults experiencing relationship dilemmas, bereavement; grief and loss; chronic illness and carers’ issues. Jackie uses the principles of identifying personal values and accepting unchangeable circumstances to move towards a full and meaningful life. Jackie passionately uses creative therapies to unlock her clients’ deep emotions to enable greater self-understanding and reveal their true selves. Jackie incorporates spirituality into therapy as requested. Jackie has over 20 years of client services experience in government, corporate, small business and community settings. For more information go to https://beheardcounselling.com.au/

Jackie is a Provisional member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) and Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA)

ONLINE COUNSELLING also available with Jackie!

For an appointment, contact Jackie at jackie@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0412 180 935 .

Grace Foo

Individual and Couples Counsellor

Qualifications: Master of Counselling, Bachelor of Business (Accounting),

Grace values each individual’s unique journey and is dedicated to empowering her clients to make a difference in their lives. She works with a wide range of issues from anxiety and depression, grief and loss, life’s adjustments and transitions, the exploration of self-identities and with a special interest in psychological traumas and relationship matters.

Grace’s warm and empathic approach provide a safe space in promoting personal growth and development in her clients. Grace emphasises on the whole person, working from a client-centered and emotionally focused approach. She collaborates with her client in an active process of self-discovery, whilst also utilizing a variety of research validated therapies that best suit her client’s needs. Grace is also genuinely interested in helping couples grow deep soulful relationships, journeying with them through the challenges from premarital through to the different stages of family life.

Grace has worked for many years in the corporate world and understands the demands and challenges one faces in high pressured work environments. She also has vast experiences in pastoral care and ministry leadership.

Grace is a provisional member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

ONLINE COUNSELLING also available with Grace!

For an appointment, contact Grace at grace@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0424805778

Wendy Schuster

Individual Counsellor

Qualifications: Master of Counselling. Clinical Counsellor, CCAA

Wendy has considerable experience working with a wide variety of clients and always brings a flexible approach to her counselling, tailoring solutions to the needs of each individual. She is skilled at seamlessly combining proven approaches and believes many clients respond better and progress further when multiple counselling techniques are employed. Alongside traditional talk therapy, Wendy offers her clients body focus and written or visual expression therapies to put them at ease during their healing process.

In providing her counselling services, Wendy’s focus is on creating a safe space in which clients feel free to explore their issues. She believes empathy, and listening in a non-judgemental way, are vital to creating that sense of safety. Wendy is experienced helping clients struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief and loss, addiction, recovery from abuse or trauma and relationship issues. She provides both short and long-term counselling. For more information go to https://wendyschus.wixsite.com/counselling-therapy

ONLINE COUNSELLING only available with Wendy!

For an appointment, contact Wendy at wendy@solutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0416 541 157.

Chris Ling

Career Counsellor

Qualifications: Master of Science, Master of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Chris brings a wealth of counselling, business and life experience to his practice and specialises in giving clients the information, tools and confidence they need to achieve success and happiness from their careers.

For many people wanting to better their career prospects, or perhaps change careers altogether, the path forward can seem too daunting, often leading to inaction and unhappiness. Chris is passionate about seeing people accomplish their career and life goals and he employs integrated coaching, counselling and career direction techniques, as well as relevant psychometric career guidance instruments, to help every client realise their ambitions. He provides his services with maturity, professionalism and cultural sensitivity, having worked with a vast range of clients from many different countries and backgrounds.

Chris also provides practical solutions to the worries that might accompany a career change, from job search strategies and resumes through to interview coaching and anxiety minimisation strategies. He is also the Director of Career Solutions Chatswood and a member of the Career Development Association of Australia.

For an appointment, contact Chris at chris@careersolutionschatswood.com.au or call/text 0451 074 501.

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