OUR STAFF

We understand that you are coming to us at a time of vulnerability and trusting us with what you value most – your child and family. To honour this trust, we have carefully selected a team of child and adolescent-focused psychologists who are fully registered, experienced and passionate about what they do.

All clinical staff members have a master’s degree in their specialised area of psychology, are fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. We each engage in regular supervision and professional development to ensure we are up to date with best practice and resources available.  Our intake officer can help match you to the right psychologist to suit you and your family’s situation and needs.

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Edele Bignell, Director

M.A. in Social Work, Professional Certified Coach (ICF)

Founder & President, Life Coach, Corporate Adviser

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Debbie Haynes

Registered Provisional Psychologist, Gestalt Psychotherapist and Positive Behaviour Support

Previous to my working with Central Coast Family Psychology I have worked in areas including Autism Spectrum Australia, Private practice, training development and delivery, Family and Community Services (FACS) and Primary Health Care.

My work roles have involved specialist delivery of Gestalt Psychotherapeutic technique and theory. I have experience in a diverse range of therapeutic techniques such as Hypnosis, CBT, ACT, MI, Positive Behaviour Support, Art Therapy, Play Therapy and Family Constellation Therapy. I have worked with a diverse client base ranging from children to older adults, complex families and vulnerable children, adults who experience persistent and severe mental health diagnosis and group therapy.  Clients have presented with varied difficulties such as depression, anxiety, Personality Disorders, relationship difficulties and trauma and attachment complexities.

 

My training role involves developing, delivering and assessing courses on Psychology 101, Gestalt, Mandatory Reporting and Child Protection, Working with Culture with a focus on Australian Indigenous Culture, Working With Sexuality and Gender and Relationships with Children.

I am currently a Registered Provisional Psychologist with Aspect Spectrum Australia in the Hunter Region of NSW and I am committed to meaningful outcomes for people with ASD and their families.

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Joanna Newman, MA, CHHC

MA in Mental Health, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

​Life Coach, Career Counselor​

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