Psychologists

Psychologists

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 autistic teens and adults.

Poh has over 12 years of 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 autistic children and their families in family-centred early intervention, autism diagnostic assessment and specialist positive behaviour support.

Poh firmly believes in the quote by Alexander Den Heijer, “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Grounded in the systemic approach, Poh often works with family members to understand the needs of the individuals and explore factors influencing the behaviour. She feels strongly about the need to support autistic people and ADHD-ers using non-pathologising, neurodiversity-affirming approaches. 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 (7 years and above), young people and adults to engage meaningfully and thrive in their lives.  Her areas of interest include the following but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment difficulties to major life transitions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Cultural identity

     

     Poh is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays

    Farah Gulamoydeen

    BA (Psych), MClinPsy, BBusMan, Psychologist

    Farah is a Masters-trained psychologist with just over a decade of experience working in Employee Assistance Programs and as a trainer. She is a warm, friendly, and authentic person who connects at a deep emotional level to walk alongside you in your journey.

    Farah approaches practice using Contextual Behavioural Science-informed approaches, mainly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the therapy room. This approach looks at behaviours differently. They are not thought of as problems by themselves, but rather they exist in context to help you have a more workable outcome consistent with the kind of life you want to have.

    Therapy then becomes about changing and influencing contexts, rather than fighting thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This approach de-emphasises diagnostic labels, which can at times function as barriers to living a full life.

    Outside the therapy room, Farah is an ardent trainer who loves to run workshops on mental health topics and training others therapists in ACT. She enjoys mentoring and supervising other mental health professionals to become ACT practitioners. She also volunteers on the board of the ANZ Chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science holding the President-Elect role.

    Farah works with adults and couples. Her areas of interest include the following but are not limited to:
    ● Anxiety & depression
    ● Work-related issues
    ● Relationship issues (for individuals and couples)
    ● Physical health issues
    ● Finding meaning and purpose in living

     

    Farah is not currently accepting appointments

     

     

     

    Dr Verity Litten

    BPsych, MPsych (Counselling), PhD, Counselling Psychologist

    Verity completed her studies at Curtin University in Western Australia whilst working as a sessional academic. Her PhD research focused on the development of empathy and the psychopathic personality.

    Since completing her studies, Verity has worked across a range of therapeutic settings in both the public and private sector, including youth mental health NGO’s and most recently managing the psychology team at a private hospital specialising in dual diagnosis.

    Verity has an interest in working with gender and sexually diverse people and is experienced working with complex trauma, addiction, personality and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism. Through her previous work with the Department of Justice, Verity is also skilled with complex forensic assessments and clinical interventions.

    Verity’s authentic, person-centred ability to connect with clients is informed by an interpersonal therapeutic approach and existentialist philosophy. As an AHPRA Board-Approved Supervisor, Verity also aims to provide a warm and open space which facilitates learning and development for future psychologists.

    Verity has appointments available on Mondays and Fridays

     

     

     

    Laurie Eveson

    BSc (Psych), PGradDip (Psychology), MPsych (Educational and Developmental) & Grad Dip in Education (Special Education)

     

    Laurie completed a Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at the University of Western Australia in 2009. She has experience working with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, and private practice. Laurie has a particular interest in conducting detailed educational assessments to assist young people to understand their cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses, identify any specific learning disorders, and recommend useful strategies to assist students to achieve their potential in the classroom.

     Areas of Interest:

    Diagnostic Assessments for children and adolescents

    • Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) in reading (dyslexia), mathematics (dyscalculia), and written expression (dysgraphia)
    • Intellectual giftedness
    • Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)

    Laurie is available for assessments only. Please contact reception for more information. 

     

     

    Customer Care

    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.