Amanda Sie

B.Psych.(Hons), M.Psychol.(Clinical)

Amanda is a Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with selective mutism from various backgrounds and levels of severity. Amanda is keen to share her knowledge with other professionals and her current role at the clinic is devoted to providing individual phone supervision and training for professionals throughout Australia in selective mutism.

Amanda is an accredited ‘Tuning Into Kids’ coordinator, a program that helps parents use ’emotion coaching’ strategies to teach their children to manage feelings. Amanda is experienced with individual and group interventions, having worked in diverse settings such as an anxiety treatment and research unit, community mental health centre, an inpatient child and family unit for adolescents with complex mental health problems, a university clinic, and interstate at a rehabilitation centre. Alongside working at the practice, Amanda works as part of the Program for Early Intervention and Prevention of Disability at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of NSW. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is registered with AHPRA as a psychologist with endorsement as a clinical psychologist (Reg. #: PSY0001220578).

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 has over 16 years experience 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, and attachment problems. 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, psychologists, speech therapists, 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 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 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 Ran Shi

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons); Masters of Clinical Psychology; PhD, MAPS

Ran Shi is an empathic and warm psychologist who is passionate about providing the best evidence-based psychological care to children, adolescents and families of all backgrounds. Ran enjoys providing a safe and compassionate space where clients feel heard and understood, collaboratively developing achievable goals in therapy, and working to create long-term positive change. 

Ran has a Bachelor of Psychology, a PhD and Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney. Ran’s experience spans from hospital to community health settings, where she has provided assessments and treatments for a range of learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties. She has worked with children and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders (including worry, social anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobias and panic attacks), young people with obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, adjustment to change, procrastination, family difficulties, emotional regulation difficulties and chronic health conditions and with parents with anxious and emotional toddlers. She has experience providing individual, family and group-based interventions in a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Family Therapy. She also has experience providing evidence based programs such as the “Cool Kids” and “Cool Little Kids” anxiety programs. From 2011, Ran has been working as a Lecturer of undergraduate psychology at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), teaching topics such as cognitive psychology and behavioural science. Ran receives ongoing training and supervision through the Selective Mutism Clinic in the “Triple P” parenting program as well as the assessment and treatment of children with selective mutism. Ran’s PhD research was about how people understand different written languages, and she has a special interest in working with children and families from multi-cultural and multi-lingual backgrounds. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and can explain treatment strategies to children and families who feel more comfortable with Mandarin.

Ran is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar and has endorsement as a General Psychologist. She is a member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is registered with AHPRA (Reg. #: PSY 0001965999).

Dr Ruth Kinniburgh-White

B A (Hons, First Class), DClinPsy

Ruth is a Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Auckland and has since gained experience in a variety of settings in New Zealand, Canada and Australia. Ruth enjoys using evidence-based therapies to help children, adolescents and families to deal with many difficulties that can often occur over the course of life, including anxiety, mood disorders, interpersonal problems, and difficulty with emotion regulation. 

Ruth has worked extensively in outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents and families. She has training in a variety of evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behaviour therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. Ruth’s doctoral thesis focused on stepfamily relationships, and Ruth particularly values helping families to navigate through difficult times and to feel empowered in supporting children and young people. Ruth has been part of a team delivering a comprehensive DBT program to adolescents and their families, including running skills groups to help with distress tolerance and emotion regulation, and she has seen the benefits that this approach can deliver. Ruth receives ongoing training from the selective mutism clinic in the latest and most innovative techniques for children with selective mutism and is also highly experienced with assessment for a variety of developmental and cognitive difficulties that can present in childhood and adolescence such as ADHD and Learning Disorders.

Before relocating to Sydney with her family, Ruth worked in remote Australia for five years, and gained valuable experience in coordinating services, as well as additional experience working with children and families dealing with developmental difficulties.

Ruth is an empathic and compassionate psychologist who believes in working alongside people to help them develop an understanding of the difficulties they are facing.

Ruth holds full registration with AHPRA (Reg #: PSY0001768745) with an endorsement in Clinical Psychology.