Dr Lauren Durkin

B. Arts (Psychology), M.Sc(Clinical Psychology), Ph.D (Clinical Psychology), MAPS

Lauren completed her psychology degrees and training in the United States and has been working clinically in Australia since 2009.  Over her career, she has specialised in working with children, adolescents, and families with a range of mental health and general life issues, including developmental, emotional, behavioural, attachment-based difficulties, and coping with life transitions.

Lauren has received intensive training from the Selective Mutism Clinic in the techniques used for Selective Mutism in preschoolers to high school children. In addition to providing treatment for Selective Mutism, Lauren provides treatment for a range of conditions in children and adolescents including anxiety (generalised anxiety, OCD, panic, PTSD, selective mutism, separation anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias), ADHD, behaviour problems, family issues, mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), and parenting.

Lauren provides clinical assessment and treatment using a range of evidence-based therapies and builds on the strengths of individuals and families to achieve positive change in their lives.  Lauren is trained in a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Structural Family Theory, and Family Systems.  She also uses expressive modalities with children and believes there is an “art” to therapy endeavouring to ensure the treatment approach is a good fit for and salient to the client. Lauren, like the other clinicians at the clinic uses evidence-based treatments for Selective Mutism which mostly includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and specific techniques such as “Sliding In”. 

Lauren also conducts psychometric and educational assessments to assess children and adolescents with queries related to Specific Learning Disorders, attention/concentration/ executive function difficulties, and giftedness.

Lauren is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist, is registered with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (PSY0001346820), is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and is registered as a Medicare Provider.

Dr Elizabeth Woodcock

B.Sc. (Psychol.)(Hons); M.Psychol.(Clinical); PhD, M.A.C.P.A.

Elizabeth is the principal Clinical Psychologist within the clinic and specialises in the assessment and treatment of a range of child and adult problems including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, stress, PTSD, sexual problems, and much more. She has worked in both private practice and the public sector, in both research and clinical settings for over fifteen years. Elizabeth has worked extensively with children and families and is an accredited ‘Triple P’ leader (Positive Parenting Program). For a number of years she worked at Redbank House at Westmead Hospital, which is a tertiary-level service for children with severe behavioural problems and other psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, attachment problems, and social skills deficits. Elizabeth also has extensive experience in the treatment of Selective Mutism and is the founder and director of the Selective Mutism Clinic. She runs regular training programs and seminars about Selective Mutism for parents, teachers, and other clinicians.

Elizabeth has a combined PhD and Masters of Clinical Psychology degree from the University of N.S.W, and is a member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She holds full registration as a psychologist with AHPRA with endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist (Reg #: PSY0001406292).

Dr Macy Chan

B.Psychol.(Hon 1), M.Psychol.(Clin.), PhD

Macy is a Clinical Psychologist dedicated to providing evidence-based psychological care in an empathic manner for people living with emotional difficulties or facing life adversities. She works collaboratively and flexibly with her clients to achieve optimal and meaningful treatment outcomes. She believes in the importance of enhancing clients’ resilience in addition to addressing their difficulties so as to truly empower them. She has expertise in working with clients to resolve a diverse range of emotional challenges including but not limited to selective mutism, anxiety, depression, behavioural problems, interpersonal difficulties, sleeping difficulties, and stress management.

Macy has clinical experience in various settings, including hospitals (the Kiloh Centre, a psychiatric unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit and Department of Psychology at Gosford Hospital) and private practices, servicing client populations from children to older adults with diverse needs.

Macy is trained as a clinical practitioner as well as a scientific researcher through over eight years of tertiary education at the University of New South Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree with First Class Honours and was awarded the University Medal. She completed PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical) degrees, during which she conducted and published research in the field of behavioural neuroscience that extended current understanding and treatment of anxiety. She holds full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg. #: PSY0001389847 – Registered as Wan Yee Macy Chan) with endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. Macy is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin and can provide treatment for children and families who speak these languages and are not confident English speakers.

Dr Andrew Sheridan

Psychology B Sc. DClinPsy, PGDip (Paediatric Neuropsychology)

Andrew has a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Royal Holloway University of London. He enjoys working with children, adolescents, and their families. His approach to working with clients is collaborative, compassionate, and understanding. Based on the idea that each family has its own unique strengths, challenges, and goals for what they wish to achieve Andrew acknowledges that change can be achieved partly by learning new skills but also partly by building on areas that are already working well. Andrew utilises evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, ACT, Solution Focused Therapy, Functional Analysis of Behaviour, and Systemic Therapy.

Having and worked at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, U.K. in conjunction with his private practice work Andrew has gained experience working with children and adolescents in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. He specialises in working with young people experiencing emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties but also those who are struggling with their academic skills and/or adjustment in the school setting. Examples of the conditions he treats include selective mutism, self-esteem and confidence, low mood, phobias and worries, OCD, compulsive behaviours, trichotillomania, problems with sleep and settling, and difficulty regulating behaviour and emotions in challenging situations. Andrew has received training and ongoing supervision through the selective mutism clinic in the assessment and treatment of children with selective mutism.

Andrew also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Neuropsychology from the University College London and is highly experienced with neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, tic disorders, and academic or learning difficulties. Andrew enjoys working with the child together with their parents, and also siblings and teachers where necessary, to ensure that change is supported and sustained across a range of settings that are important in the child’s development. Andrew is endorsed as a clinical psychologist and has full registration as a psychologist with AHPRA (Reg. #: PSY0001964051).

Dr Simonne Cohen

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons); Masters of Clinical Psychology (Hons);
DPhil in Psychology and Psychiatry.

Simonne has a Bachelor of Psychology and Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales and a PhD from Monash/Harvard University. She is passionate about improving the lives of children and adolescents and provides a fun and energetic approach to therapy.

Simonne has clinical experience from both the private and public sectors in providing assessment and treatment for a wide range of difficulties including developmental, learning, emotional, behavioural, and attention difficulties. Specifically, Simonne is experienced in treating a range of childhood problems such as selective mutism, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional behaviour, emotion regulation difficulties, sleep difficulties, trichotillomania, anger management and social skills difficulties. Simonne has a long held interest in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and her PhD focuses on understanding the relationship between sleep and behaviour in children and adolescents with low-functioning autism. Simonne has worked extensively in the field of ASD and has delivered treatment programs, which improve skills in non-verbal communication, social functioning and adaptive behaviour.

Simonne is skilled in a range of therapeutic techniques and parenting programs. She has had experience providing individual, group and family-based interventions and has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, as well as other evidence based programs such as “Triple P Parenting” and the “Cool Kids” anxiety program. Simonne has also received training and ongoing supervision through the selective mutism clinic in the assessment and treatment of children with selective mutism. She enjoys working collaboratively with parents, teachers and other professionals to ensure the child’s well-being and needs are constantly met. Simonne is also experienced in conducting psychometric assessments to assess for learning difficulties and giftedness.

Simonne is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered with AHPRA (Reg. #: PSY0001409690).