Our Team

Our Team

James Paisley

B.A. (Hons.), M.App.Psych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist

James completed his studies at Murdoch University in Western Australia, where he also worked as a sessional academic. James’s studies focused on clinical concepts such as identifying burnout in Education Assistants and identifying psychological factors that impact on treatment compliance for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. James completed his Masters dissertation in collaboration with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

After completing his studies James worked for the Department of Corrective Services. He provided therapeutic supports and assessment to the Pilbara, as well as to several metropolitan locations. 

James moved to the Department for Child Protection, where he worked with vulnerable young people and complex families. James worked side by side with case workers, NGOs and young people to help reduce the impact of trauma and the care system. James also spent time working in residential care, supporting workers and young people in group home environments.

While working in the public sector James developed his knowledge of forensic and clinical assessments. He provided supervision to students and other psychologists on these topics, as well as complex risk assessment, firelighting, trauma, burnout, anxiety, attachment problems, behavioural disorders and diagnosed mental health conditions.  

James uses warmth, humour and empathy to help connect to patients who have struggled with psychological intervention in the past. He has had success working with people who have complex histories including diagnosed personality disorders, significant trauma backgrounds and other issues. 

 

 

James is available on Thursdays and Fridays 

Jamie Stanton

B.Psych., M.Psych. (Counselling), Counselling Psychologist

Jamie completed his studies at Curtin University in Western Australia while working in the public sector for an after-hours crisis response service. As part of his Masters degree, Jamie conducted research into coping and burnout experienced by Child Protection Workers.

Jamie has worked in a range of therapeutic settings focused on addiction and domestic violence. For nearly a decade Jamie worked within the welfare sector, providing support and assistance to vulnerable and at-risk clients.

Existentialism and Ontology inform Jamie’s therapeutic approach. His gentle and empathic style encourages the trust and emotional safety that are vital to all good psycho-therapeutic processes. Jamie is particularly interested in the neurobiological basis of childhood trauma and attachment, and working with adults to manage chronic conditions.

 

 

Jamie is available on Monday through Friday

Tiffany Rochester

B.Psych., M.App.Psych (clinical), MAPS, Clinical Psychologist

Tiffany Rochester is an AHPRA endorsed Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working systemically with children, adults and families in a range of settings, including separation, divorce and Family Court issues; children involved in the justice system; families raising children with complex needs; trauma; perinatal mental health; and anxiety, stress, depression and grief across childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Tiff is passionate about the application of evidenced-based practice, and her clinical approach is informed heavily by Contextual Behavioural Science (CBS), including Behaviour Analysis, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).  

Tiff supports families through behavioural interventions for children; adolescents; family therapy; couples therapy; and individual work.  She enjoys opportunities to run workshops and work collaboratively with schools and organisations; presents at national and international conferences; and has had articles published in professional magazines such as InPsych©. Committed to contributing to the science that underpins psychological practice, Tiff has also served as an Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute, conducting an ACT research trial for parents raising kids with Autism. Tiff has been serving on the Board of the ANZ Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science since 2015 and is currently Immediate Past President.  When she has time, she authors thesamemountain.com to provide free, accessible resources to families.

Tiffany has also developed and launched this incredible resource for co-parenting:

https://thesamemountain.com/2021/06/23/co-parenting-companion-a-resource-for-separated-parents/?fbclid=IwAR3m9SEeDEHX5E0EnNoPJTONsYsI3VGge4t5VBYJismuCEhXoqUFWSYnU_k

Tiff is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Poh Gan

BSc (Hons), MPsych (Applied Developmental) & Grad Dip in Education, MAPS, FCEDP, Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Poh completed her studies at the University of Western Australia while employed as a support worker for teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Her Masters research was on internalizing and externalising behaviours in teenagers with mild intellectual disabilities.

Poh has over 12 years’ experience in both public and private sectors, working with clients experiencing a range of developmental and mental health concerns. She spent the early years of her career working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families in contemporary Applied Behaviour Analysis -based early intervention, autism assessment and specialist positive behaviour support. This extensive experience has built her ability to engage individuals with ASD in counselling. Known for her empathic and down-to-earth character, Poh can easily connect with individuals of different ages. She is also fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Poh blends principles of contextual behavioural science (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), mindfulness, compassion-focused therapy, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory in her practice in order to support young people and adults to develop awareness and deal with life challenges differently.

Poh is passionate about supporting children (5 years and above), young people and adults with neuro-diversities (e.g., ASD, ADHD, giftedness) to engage meaningfully and thrive in their lives.  Her areas of interest include the following but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment problems to major life transitions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Parent-child relationships
  • School-related distress 

 

 Poh is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Joanne Collyer

BSc, BPsych, MPsych (Counselling) Counselling Psychologist

Jo completed her studies at Curtin University in Western Australia. Jo has worked in the human services field for the past 25 years. After completing her studies Jo worked in youth and family counselling roles before moving to Corrective Services where she has provided therapeutic interventions and assessments for a range of regional and metropolitan locations. This work allowed for an opportunity for development of skills working across a variety of presenting problems and situational factors. Jo has also provided clinical supervision throughout her career and finds this a rewarding role to see the potential and growth of supervisees  as they flourish.

 

In 2015 Jo became interested in yoga and mindfulness and co-designed and ran mindfulness meditation groups in the community. She simultaneously commenced working as a private practitioner providing individual interventions in the community with adults and young people.

 

In addition to assessment skills for complex risk issues, Jo has developed skill in interventions for a range of  presentations including anxiety, depression, parenting difficulties and behaviour change for alcohol, drug and risk taking behaviours. Jo works with young people and adults. Jo has warmth, empathy and a capacity to focus on solutions that are unique and specifically designed to match the individual.

 

Jo is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays

 

 

 

Chrystal Santoro

Admin Officer

Chrystal is an administrative officer with management experience. She previously worked in theatre management at John Curtin College of the Arts prior to taking up her current position. Chrys helps clients feel at home with her warm and friendly manner, and does a great job taking care of the Three Waters team.