Meet 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 are qualified in their specialised area of allied health and are registered with AHPRA or regulator authorities according to their professional practice. All our psychologist, are fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. They all engage in regular supervision and professional development to ensure we are up to date with best practice and resources available.  Let us help match you to the right psychologist or allied health professional to suit you and your family’s situation and needs.

Edele Bignell
Director/Registered Psychologist

BA (Hons) App. Psych.  Dip. Ed. (Paeds. Nursing), R.N., PG. Dip. (Couns. Psych)

Mrs Edele Bignell is a female psychologist with expertise in:

  • academic performance,

  • adolescents,

  • affective disorders,

  • anger management, 

  • anxiety,

  • attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),

  • autism spectrum disorders,

  • behaviour problems,

  • bullying,

  • child psychology,

  • conduct disorders,

  • conduct disorders,

  • developmental disorders,

  • intellectual assessments,

  • intellectual disabilities,

  • learning difficulties,

  • learning disabilities,

  • mental health,

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD),

  • parenting,

  • school issues and

  • trauma.

 

​Edele specialises in helping families and children on the Autism Spectrum to understand their diagnosis and to reach their full potential.​

Beth Marsh
Registered Psychologist

BA (Psychology) (Hons)  MAPS

Beth is a Registered Psychologist with over 12 years of clinical experience, working in both private practice as part of a multi-disciplinary team and within the school environment as a School Psychologist. Beth is passionate about improving and nurturing the mental health of our young people and ensuring this is a priority in their lives going forward. She currently shares her time between Central Coast Family Psychology and working in schools on the Central Coast, which affords her a thorough understanding of the myriad of challenges children and adolescents face in their world today.

 

Beth has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with a broad range of issues, such as:

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Behavioural issues

  • Trauma and abuse

  • Parental separation, grief/loss and life transition issues

  • Social difficulties and bullying

 

Beth has also undertaken specialist training in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), intellectual, and developmental disorders. She is competent in the use of “Gold Standard” assessment tools in this area and is dedicated to supporting families with evidence-based intervention to assist their child to reach their potential. She has a particular interest in children with ASD, and also girls and women with anxiety. 

 

Beth works within the broad frameworks of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Her focus is on providing a caring approach whilst empowering children and their families to develop the psychological skills they need to build a fulfilling and meaningful life. Having 3 young children of her own, Beth has a good understanding of the stresses and pressure that come with family life. With this in mind, she endeavours to provide children and their parents with support and practical strategies that can be applied in real life.

Dr Kymbra Clayton
Clinical Psychologist MAPS, MACPA

BFA, BSC Psych (Hons), PGDip App Psych, MPsych (Clinical), PhD 

Kymbra is a Clinical Psychologist who has been working in the field for 15 years.

 

Special interest areas include trauma, depression and anxiety, autism, learning issues, gender and sexuality, grief and loss, personality disorders. She works with all age groups (children, teens and adults).

Kymbra obtained her PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University focusing on the effects of childhood trauma and dissociative disorders. Kymbra obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Charles Sturt University.

 

Kymbra is a registered provider for Victims Service at an alternative practice and also has formal training in Family Therapy, Self Psychology, EMDR and Clinical Hypnosis.

 

Kymbra is a Registered Supervisor for Interns and Masters Students and Graduates.

Julianne Avery
Registered Psychologist

B Psychology (Hons)

Julianne is a registered psychologist who completed her psychology degree with honours at the University of Newcastle. Julianne has worked in Non-Government and in private practice across a diverse client-base. She has engaged in training for a variety of therapeutic techniques including: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindfulness Strategies; Schema Therapy; Good Lives Model & Offender Rehabilitation; Stepping Stones Program (emotional regulation for intellectual disabilities); as well as parenting styles and techniques, Julianne's training and work experience with a diverse client base allows a flexible therapeutic approach across a wide range of clients and support needs. Julianne's style is down to earth and optimistic. She is enthusiastic about building self awareness, motivation and empowering individuals and carers to gain the skills they require to problem solve through difficult situations and feel more confident in their daily life. Julianne is a mother of three adult children and also understands the stressors of life in general and raising a family. She aims to keep her therapeutic strategies simple and focused on goals to encourage a feeling of achievement and positivity in her clients.

Evette Barden
Occupational Therapist

B Applied Sc. Occupational Therapy

Specialising in children's occupational therapy

Helen Cole
Occupational Therapist

Specialising in adult occupational therapy

Roz McKenzie
Business Manager/Credentialed Mental Health Nurse/Counsellor

M Counselling (CBT), M Nursing, Grad Dip Child & Adolescent Health, Cert Gestalt, Cert Midwifery, Cert Nursing

Roz has an extensive background in counselling and nursing. She is a certified credentialed mental health nurse working for many years in the community. Roz's experience includes working with individuals, couples and families to achieve safe and sound mental health and improve general well being. Her main focus areas include:

  • anxiety disorders

  • depression

  • parenting

  • relationships

  • pregnancy

  • trauma

  • chronic disease managment

  • mental health 

  • pain management

In addition to her experience as a counsellor and a nurse, Roz has worked as a manager within the community, health and general practice.

Stephanie Hayes
Play Therapist
Therapy Assistants
We have two very experienced Therapy Assistants

Janell: Who has a background in teaching

Tiana: Who is in her final years as a Occupational Therapy student

Admin Staff

We have 3 Wonderful Administrative Assistants

Our Admin Staff are the heart of our organisation and are there to help you navigate the process of referrals, appointments, payments, Medicare rebates and the NDIS system.

Julie

Janell 

Charlene 

Coming Soon: More Psychologists, Behaviour Support Practitioner, Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist