All of the psychologists at the Selective Mutism Clinic have a Masters or Doctorate Degree, and are Registered with AHPRA (the national governing body) and Medicare. We also have a speech therapist who is registered with Speech Therapy Australia. All therapists have extensive training and experience in the treatment of Selective Mutism. Our Psychologists also provide general psychological treatment to children through our general psychology clinic – MindBox Psychology.​ ​

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons); Masters of Clinical Psychology; MACPA

Jelena is a Clinical Psychologist who completed an Honours degree (First Class) at Macquarie University and a Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney. Jelena believes that childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, are particularly important times for emotional, social, and cognitive development. Jelena values the collaborative nature of therapy and is passionate about providing evidence-based therapy that empowers and assists clients to work toward meaningful goals and enhance their resilience.

Jelena provides assessment and treatment for a range of difficulties in children, adolescents, and young adults, including anxiety (e.g., selective mutism, generalised anxiety, specific phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder), obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress, mood disorders, oppositional behaviour, and parent-child relationship difficulties. Jelena has worked in university, non-government, private hospital, and public outpatient and community mental health settings.  

Jelena draws on a range of evidence-based therapies to meet individual’s needs and has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and parent management interventions for child behavioural issues. Jelena is an accredited facilitator of the Tuning in to Kids parenting program which focuses on building stronger parent-child relationships using the positive parenting approach of emotion coaching. Jelena also conducts psychometric assessments to assess cognitive ability, Specific Learning Disorders, and ADHD. Concurrent to her work at MindBox Psychology, Jelena works as part of the Sydney Local Health District Getting on Track in Time (Got It!) team, at Thomas Walker Hospital. She is involved in running an early intervention social and emotional wellbeing program with families of children in K-2 who present with behavioural and emotional problems.

Jelena is an Associate Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), a registered medicare provider, and holds full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg. No: PSY0002102218), with endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.

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.

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.

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.

B Soc Sci (Psych) (Hons), MA (Clin Psych)

Milka is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of  Australia. She holds  a Masters of Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Hons) from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) from the University of Sydney.

Milka has experience working with clients of all ages in a variety of health settings including specialist university clinics, paediatric development organisations, virtual school counselling, forensic settings and private practice. Her approach to therapy is empathetic, trauma informed and collaborative with an emphasis on working with a client’s strengths to bring about meaningful change.

Milka is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of mental health concerns across the lifespan and has particular expertise with anxiety disorders in children and adults. Milka is also an accredited Cool Kids Program Provider. She is passionate about helping parents develop strategies and confidence in emotionally connecting with their children as well as managing challenging child behaviour.

Milka uses evidence-based psychological treatments grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and draws strategies from attachment-based therapies, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. She holds full registration as a psychologist with AHPRA with endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist (Reg #: PSY0002024819 ).

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

Elizabeth is the Director and principal Clinical Psychologist within the clinic and has 20 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 provides individual supervision for other clinicians in selective mutism.

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).

Speech Pathologist, CPSP, MSLP

Rosy obtained a Master of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney. Since graduation she has worked for over ten years in private practice in Sydney. She has extensive experience working with children and teens with a multitude of challenges, including those with speech disorders, language delays, social skill difficulties, stuttering, literacy difficulties, intellectual disability and those on the autism spectrum.

Rosy has worked across many settings including preschools, primary schools, high schools and workplaces. She has undertaken extensive training at the Selective Mutism Clinic in the evidence-based therapy strategies used to treat Selective Mutism.

Rosy has also worked for many years with NSW Justice as a Witness Intermediary facilitating communication for children and teenagers giving evidence. In 2017 she furthered her studies obtaining a graduate certificate in Youth Mental Health from Melbourne University.

Rosy is passionate about social skills communication. She is an accredited PEERS® social skills course provider for teenagers and young adults and has extensive knowledge and training in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® therapies.  Rosy Is also an accredited provider of the Cool Kids / Chilled Macquarie University Anxiety Program. Cool Kids is a program to help kids (ages 7-17 years) and their parents manage anxiety. It is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and focuses on teaching practical skills.  

Rosy loves working with children and teens and collaborating with their families to bring them the best level of care. She uses drawing and creative ideas in therapy to make therapy fun and relevant.

Rosy is a certified practicing speech pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She actively continues her professional development and has attended multiple workshops, seminars and conferences. Rosy is also a registered Medicare provider. Provider no.:  4529744A.

B.A (Hons) Psych; MA (Perf Studs); Dip Creative Arts (Dance)

Evelyn is a Psychologist fully registered with AHPRA. She completed her Psychology degree at the University of New South Wales, her Masters degree at the University of Sydney, and her Diploma at Excelsia College.

Evelyn has had two professions, one in psychology and one in the arts and, at times in her career, the two have merged. She has consequently worked as a Dance-Movement therapist as well as lecturing in Dance Therapy/Psychology within the private tertiary education sector.

Evelyn has experience working with people of all ages and across a variety of areas/organisations, including developmental disabilities (children and adults) in community health, aged care in nursing homes and hospitals, psychiatric institutions (adults), eating disorders within inpatient programs, pre-diabetic/diabetic outpatient care at St Vincent’s hospital, and in the last 14 years, has worked as a School Counsellor/Psychologist within a primary school setting. Her career has spanned over 30 years. Evelyn has received extensive training with the Selective Mutism Clinic in their evidence-based techniques for Selective Mutism.

Overlapping her career, Evelyn has at times worked in private practice seeing adults within the community for a variety of life issues and challenges.

Evelyn uses evidence-based methodologies, giving prominence to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She also uses other therapeutic strategies to complement that framework in order to provide a tailored approach to address the needs of the individual client.

Evelyn is a Christian, who has had many years in pastoral counselling, and has seen people through her previous private practice who desired Christian counselling and treatment approaches.

Evelyn is a registered Medicare provider and holds full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PSY0001136474).