Rank #1: #31 - Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy & The Art of Teaching with Clinical Psychologist Dr Rebecca Sng
Dr Rebecca Sng is a Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist and the Deputy Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong, NSW. Alongside her university commitments she works in private practice, seeing Families in the Illawarra area.
Rebecca completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2006, and a family therapy internship at the 'Calgary Family Therapy Centre' in Canada, in 2010.
Some of her previous work includes as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at MacKillip Family Services and as the Unit Head at the Alternative Care Clinic, Redbank House. Much of her early work involved working wth children in out-of-home-care who presented with emotional, behavioural and relational difficulties due to complex trauma and attachment disruption.
Rebecca is influenced by and work from various therapeutic approaches including Narrative Therapy, Post-Milan Systemic Family Therapy, Bowen, and Intervention Interviewing.
She is also closely involved with the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.
As a university lecturer, Rebecca is considered by many of her students as inspiring, engaging, and thought provoking - always encouraging curiosity, and for each person to find their authentic voice and style as practitioners.
So let's see how we all wear it differently with Dr Rebecca Sng
Jul 24 2016
Rank #2: #2 - Clinical Psychologist and Trauma Therapist - Sarah Joyce
Sarah Joyce is a clinical psychologist and trauma therapist with close to 20 years experience in the field. She currently works in her own private practice and as a consultant clinician for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program for war veterans at the Geelong Clinic.
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology and Criminology at Melbourne University, and her Master of Clinical Psychology at Latrobe University in Melbourne. She began her career in psychology in trainee roles at Heidelberg Repatriation General Hospital, Forensic Psychiatry Services, Brunswick Road Clinic, and at the East Bentleigh Community Health Centre. It is here that she stayed for five years and developed a strong interest in working with victims of trauma. Sarah has continued to work in this area as a Sessional Consultant Psychologist and as a Senior Psychologist and clinician at the the well known Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA).
Sarah has experience supervising post-graduate students, has been a member of the Human Ethics Committee at Latrobe University and is a member of the Australian Psychological Societies Working group on Ethical Guidelines for Recovered memories. Sarah also happened to be my clinical supervisor whilst I was doing my masters at Deakin University, and it is an absolute gift to have her on the show.
Apr 26 2015
Rank #3: # 43 - Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Big Feelings with Dr Suzanne Barret and Dr Fiona Zandt
Dr Suzanne Barrett and Dr Fiona Zandt are both clinical psychologists with over 30 years experience combined working with children, adolescents, parents and families.
In addition to their clinical work, Suzanne and Fiona run popular Creative Child Therapy Workshops including: 1) Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Emotions & Playful; 2) Practical and Purposeful Approaches to Childhood Anxiety.
More recently they published their first book, Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Big Feelings: A Therapist's Guide to Working with Preschool and Primary Children. The essence of the book is about using play to introduce therapeutic concepts to children and provide a space in which they can explore these ideas.
May 09 2017
Rank #4: # 55 - Forensic Psychologist and Adult Parole Board Member Dr David Curnow
Dr David Curnow is a Forensic Psychologist, expert on White Collar Crime and full time member of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria. He is the first Forensic Psychologist to sit on the board which is populated by Lawyers and community members.
Dr Curnow also provides consultancy services and training to corporations on such topics as embezzlement and employee theft. His PhD examined both personality and decision making of incarcerated embezzlers who took from 100k to 25 million dollars from their organisations. Other specialist training programs he presents include Violence Treatment, Forensic Interviewing and Offence Mapping.
Earlier in his career David worked at the Department of Justice as the Regional Manager of Offending Behaviour Programs. Prior to this he was a senior clinician for Corrections Victoria.
David also has a strong interest in Chronic Pain. One of his great loves is group work and he strongly encourages psychologists to consider management roles, enabling them to effect change at a systematic level!
For more information on Dr Curnow check out the show notes!
Feb 09 2018
Rank #5: #22 - Clinical Neuropsychology in Mental Health Settings with Bedrija Parsons
Bedrija Parsons is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who currently works at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. Bedrija's role is diverse and includes covering the Mental Health Assessment Unit, Mental Health Consultation Liaison, Youth Mental Health and the Mother and Baby Unit.
Bedrija completed her Master of Clinical Neuropsychology at Latrobe University, Melbourne Australia in 2012. She has since worked at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre's Acquired Brain Injury Unit, the Royal Melbourne Hospital including working with inpatients and outpatients, and at Eastern Health in a community based rehabilitation program.
Bedrija is an early career Clinical Neuropsychologist currently in her 4th year of working. She discussed with me how the role of Clinical Neurospychology is still fairly new in mental health settings, and how much of her current role at Fiona Stanley Hospital has been about flying the flag for Neuropsychology and educating other practitioners about her role and purpose.
I was inspired by our conversation.
Feb 28 2016
Rank #6: #29 - Working with young people on the Autism Spectrum with Dr Marie Karakis
Dr Marie Karakis is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist with experience working in schools, community and clinical settings.
She is the owner and director of private practice Young Minds Psychology. She has specialist training in assessment, counselling and behavior management for a range of developmental issues, such as: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioural difficulties, grief and learning issues. She has extensive experience working with young people diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s syndrome and has a special interest working in the area of early intervention and school readiness.
In the interview Marie talks in depth about the complexities of such a diverse and large spectrum, and why each individual case, requires careful assessment, formulation and treatment planning. She also discusses the critical role that families and schools, play in the treatment of children with Autism, and the challenges that this often presents.
One of the most important tips Marie give those in this line of work is to be playful. During the interview, I could see in the background of her office a large castle filled with superheroes - so I guess she means literally, be playful.
So, lets see how we all wear it differently, with Marie Karakis.
Jun 26 2016
Rank #7: #35 – The Art of Investigative Interviewing with Dr Kimberlee Burrows
Dr Kimberlee Burrows is a Research Fellow and lecturer at Deakin University, and a Research Fellow with the Centre For Investigative Interviewing. Dr Burrows has a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Psychology (Hons) and a background in law and child protection. In 2014 she was awarded a PhD for her thesis entitled Improving the Evidential Quality of Child Witness Interviews about Abuse.
Dr Burrows research role involves working closely with police and legal professionals in Australia and overseas to both (a) incorporate legal requirements into child witness investigative interviewing protocol,and (b) provide legal professionals with professional development around principles of child development and trauma so as to minimise systemic abuse of child witnesses and maximise the quality of their evidence.
In addition to her research, Dr Burrows currently chairs the undergraduate unit Child & Adolescent Development (currently undertaken by approximately 1100 students) and teaches across a variety of Psychology undergraduate units including Psychology in the Criminal Justice System and Individual and Social Development.
In this interview Dr Burrows opens our eyes to the complexity of investigative interviewing, and her passion and energy for researching, developing and supporting the implementation of best practice interviewing in legal systems around the world is inspiring. A quick note - everything Dr Burrows has said in this interview is based on her own views and are not representative of Deakin University.
Oct 03 2016
Rank #8: #17 - Part 1: ACT for Psychosis with Clinical Psychologist Dr Eric Morris
Dr Eric Morris is a clinical psychologist and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. He currently works as the Director of the La Trobe University Psychology Clinic. Previously he worked as a consultant clinical psychologist and the psychology lead for early intervention for psychosis, at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
Eric trained as a clinical psychologist in 1994-1995 at Murdoch University, specialising in psychological interventions for psychosis. On qualifying he worked in a pioneering service for early intervention for psychosis in Perth, Western Australia, before moving to the UK in 1999 to work for the National Health Service in Hampshire and South London. His clinical experience is in providing cognitive-behavioural and family interventions for people recovering from serious mental illness (psychosis, bipolar disorder) and their families.
Eric has been practising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for 15 years, including supervising and training therapists in this area. He is a founding member and a former chair of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Special Interest Group (ACTSIG) of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
In 2013 Eric completed his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, researching psychological flexibility and auditory hallucinations. He also researched ACT as a group-based intervention for people recovering from psychosis, and as a workplace resilience training for mental health workers.
Eric is a co-editor of the cutting-edge new textbook, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis.
Nov 22 2015
Rank #9: #27 - Part 1: Family and Couples Therapist, Author & Teacher Moshe Lang
Welcome to episode 27 of We All Wear it Differently, a podcast for early career psychologists. This is Part 1 of a 3 part episode, because I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with my guest Moshe Lang, for over 2 hours in his private rooms where he’s practiced psycho-therapy for over 36 years. We discussed his 52 years of experience, as a therapist, author, and teacher. So, i’ve split this into 3 episodes so you too can pour yourself a cup of tea, and enjoy the journey with one of Australia Best known psychologists Moshe lang.
Moshe is currently the Director of the Williams Road Psychotherapy Centre, formerly the Williams Road Family Therapy Centre, which he founded in 1979 and was the first independent family therapy centre in Australia.
Moshe was born in Israel, and migrated to Australia as a young man in 1961 to study psychology at the University of Melbourne. Between 1965 and 1979 he was senior psychologist at the Bouverie Clinic and Director of Training.
Moshe was the Foundation President of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (1979-1988) and is a Past-President of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists (1982-1984). He has published extensively in the professional literature, and has been a regular commentator on issues associated with clinical psychology and family therapy.
Moshe has is co-authored numerous books on family therapy and developed the Children's Depression Scale (CDS).
Moshe is a naturally gifted storyteller, and chatting with him in his office over green tea was truly enlightening.
So lets see how we all wear it differently with Moshe Lang.
May 24 2016
Rank #10: #48 - Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 1 - Jim Smith
This episode is the first of a series of five chapters with early career psychologists. They're either completing their training, or are in their early years of working, and come from all different backgrounds with vastly different life experiences.
I love how in this small sample of seven people, you get a sense of the diversity of individuals that come to this profession. Each person reminded me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving, regularly!
Chatting to this special seven also normalises the up and downs of early career life!!
In this episode I'm chatting to Jim Smith. Jim is 54 years old, lives in Canberra, and is in his first year of the Clinical Master’s Program at the University of Canberra.
Jim was born in Michigan, USA. He met his wife (Jenny) in Munich, Germany and came to Australia in 1987. He has 3 grownup children. Jim has been working since he was 14 years old in some capacity or other, and has had A LOT of different jobs. However he considers Psychology to be his first career.
Jim wanted to do this interview to let people know that becoming who you are meant to be, isn’t always a straight road, and that finding the true you can take time. Jim Says "Be patient." So have a listen and see how we all wear it differently with Jim Smith.
Jul 23 2017
Rank #11: #40 - ACT with Author, Trainer and Therapist Dr Russ Harris
Russ Harris, author of the international best-selling self-help book 'The Happiness Trap', is an world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Russ's background is in medicine. As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions. Ultimately this interest led to a total career change - from medicine to therapy and coaching.
Since 2005, Russ has run over 500 workshops and provided ACT training for over 22,000 health professionals, including therapists, coaches, counselors, doctors, and psychologists. He has authored two ACT textbooks (including ACT Made Simple), and four ACT-based self-help books (including The Reality Slap). The Happiness Trap, is now the most widely-translated ACT book in the world, with over half a million copies sold worldwide, and editions in over 30 languages.
Feb 14 2017
Rank #12: #26 - Educational and Development Psychologist Dr Chelsea Eacott
Dr Chelsea Eacott is an Educational and Developmental
Psychologist with over ten years experience working as a
psychologist within the education system and private sector
organisations in Victoria and Queensland.
Chelsea is currently the Director of Student Services at Eltham
College, Victoria, and lectures in the Masters of Educational
Psychology program at Melbourne University. Some of her previous
roles include: Director of Student Wellbeing at Rockhampton Girls
Grammar School; Psychologist at Autism Queensland Rockhampton Early
Intervention Centre; and Junior School Psychologist at Yarra Valley
Chelsea has multiple research publications examining the
effectiveness of psychological interventions in school settings,
and in particular the challenges for youth living in rural
She has extensive experience running group interventions in
- Whole school approaches to bullying, behaviour management and
- Experience with kidsmatter, MindMatters, Restorative Practices,
and Social Emotional Learning initiatives
- ASIST suicide prevention training Training in responding to
self harm in schools
- Experience in delivery of; Tuning into Teens, Peer Mediation,
Peer Support, MPower Girls, Protective Behaviours, the ‘Best of
Coping’ and Social Skills programs.
Whilst very experienced in the field, Chelsea is just starting
out her career as an academic, so it will be fabulous to keep in
touch with her and see where her research journey ventures!
the website to check out all the links that Chelsea spoke
about and her best self-care tip for early career
May 01 2016
Rank #13: #30 - Lead Psychologist at the Centre for Paediatric Eating Disorders, Texas, Dr Kelsey Latimer
Dr Kelsey Latimer is the Lead psychologist in the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders of the Children’s Medical Center Plano, Texas. She is also an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Kelsey works in all levels of care, including inpatient and partial hospitalization, and leads the intensive outpatient program, where she develops and implements programs. Her research is focused on eating disorder prevention and intervention, and clinical outcomes of eating disorder programs. Kelsey has presented at over 40 regional/national/international conferences on topics of eating disorder treatment, body image and supervision/training. She has also been featured as a media expert source on Fox 4, Cosmopolitan.com, The Washington Post, Gurze Books Newsletter, Brit & Co, yahoo style, and several podcasts. This is a long episode - and for very good reason- Kelsey is an absolute gift to the field of psychology and specifically the field of paediatric eating disorders. She is not only clinically active but her awareness of and commitment to building community awareness for an issue that is so laden with socio-cultural factors is both impressive and inspiring. So let's see how we all wear it differently with Dr Kelsey Latimer.
Jul 10 2016
Rank #14: #39 - Mindfulness Meditation with Dr Richard Chambers
Dr Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist and internationally-recognised expert in mindfulness. He has authored books on the topic including The Art Of Mindful Origami and co-authored Mindful Learning and Mindful Relationships. Richard was also one of the developers of Smiling Mind (mindfulness app), and co-founder of Recharge.
Richard provides clinical psychology sessions in his private practice for individuals and couples. These emphasise the transformative effects of mindfulness combined with a range of other effective, evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT and Gottman Couple’s Therapy.
Richard provides mindfulness presentations, workshops and courses for organisations and the general public that are designed to teach you how to be more present and engaged in every area of your life. His goal is to teach mindfulness in a practical evidence-based way so it can be easily grasped and seamlessly integrated it into one's personal life or workplace.
At Monash University, Richards is leading an initiative to create the world’s first mindful university, embedding mindfulness in the core curriculum for all students.
For over 15 years Richard has helped a growing number of individuals, educational institutions, businesses, professional sporting teams and community organisations use mindfulness to improve their wellbeing and performance.
He regularly features in mainstream TV, radio and print media, discussing how mindfulness, wellbeing, productivity and positive psychology can enhance our lives.
Dec 06 2016
Rank #15: #34 - Perinatal Mental Health with Dr Nicole Highet
Dr Nicole Highet is a clinical psychologist and the Founder & Executive Director at COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence. Previously Nicole worked at Beyond Blue as the Deputy CEO and National Perinatal Advisor.
Nicole has a Doctorate in clinical psychology specialising in community approaches to treating postnatal depression. After her training she moved from Perth to Melbourne, and detoured into the world of marketing and advertising.
The combination her clinical and marketing skills ended up being the perfect stepping stone for her to join Beyondblue in 2001, just after the Initiative began.
Beyond Blue is an Australian, independent non-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related mental disorders. Nicole worked with beyond Blue fore 12 years.
One of her most passionate endeavours at Beyond Blue was the success of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative. In response to this issue and the need for a dedicated focus in perinatal mental health, Nicole established COPE, Centre of Perinatal Excellence.
In this episode we discuss iCOPE - an interactive, digital screening platform that facilitates efficient and effective screening in the perinatal period (during pregnancy and year following birth).
Nicole's passion is contagious, and she encourages us to think big picture and follow our passions. So let's see how we all wear it differently with Nicole Highet.
Sep 18 2016
Rank #16: #19 - Clinical Psychologist and Creator of Happi Habbits Dr Rebecca Ray
Dr Rebecca Ray is a Clinical Psychologist and the creator of a 12 week e-book and online program on positive psychology techniques to help people boost their well-being and learn how to get their happy on!
Rebecca began working as a psychologist intern in 2003 at a private psychiatric hospital in the small NSW coastal town of Taree. In her early career she was exposed to a variety of clients and clinical presentations and began treating trauma through running groups programs for veterans.
Rebecca completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2006 and her thesis was on examining the effectiveness of a Group-Based Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) Program for combat veterans with PTSD.
On completion of her doctoral studies Rebecca returned home to the Gold coast where she worked for a year as a Clinical Psychologist for the Veterans’ & Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS) before starting her own private practice where she continued to specialise in trauma, particularly with military and police personnel.
At the beginning of 2015 Rebecca closed her private practice to have a break from clinical work. Not being able to sit still she wrote Happi Habits, a 12 week e-book and online program on positive psychology techniques to help people boost their well-being!
Rebecca plans to continue developing digital products and is currently working on a self-worth program.
Let's see how we all wear it differently with Dr Rebecca Ray!
Dec 20 2015
Rank #17: #18 - Psychologist and Owner of Private Practice Mind Body Well, Janet Lowndes
Janet Lowndes is a psychologist with over 20 years experience. Her professional practice includes psychological counselling, meditation training, and yoga therapy.
Janet's private practice Mind Body Well focusses on working with people addressing aspects of their lives affecting health and wellbeing. This includes Eating Disorders, weight management and body image concerns, depression, and anxiety.
Janet has provided counselling to assist people with Eating Disorders for over 15 years. Her interest in the psychology of food, eating and weight management began when she was working in the youth health field, and she started to learn about Eating Disorders from many of her clients. She also worked closely for a few years with Dr. Rick Kausman, the author of ‘If Not Dieting then What’, assisting in his training programs for Health Professionals about a non-dieting approach to healthy weight management.
After university studies in Psychology and Philosophy Janet’s early professional experience was in the areas of youth, community, and women's health, the prison system, and with young offenders. She then moved into private practice and continued to work with adolescents and adults, particularly those with eating disorders, weight management concerns, and behavioural difficulties.
After 10 years practicing psychology Janet travelled to India to explore her personal studies of Yoga. While in India she spent time in a Yoga ashram, and also taught English to Buddhist monks. These experiences were life-changing, exposing Janet to philosophies of integrative wisdom which assist people to live in harmony with the world around them.
Janet’s work is motivated by a fundamental interest in people, and a belief in the innate strength and wisdom we all all share. Janet’s approach treats the individual as a whole, rather than focusing merely on conditions or symptoms they may be experiencing. This approach is health-enhancing, aimed at promoting wellbeing in different areas of life.
Dec 06 2015
Rank #18: #52 – Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 5 – Emily Green
This episode is the fifth and final chapter of the early career psychologist series, showcasing early career psychologists who are either completing their training, or in their early years of working.
These psychologists have come from all different backgrounds and have vastly different life experiences. I love how in this small sample of seven, you get a sense of the diversity of individuals that come to this profession. Each interviewee reminded me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving regularly!
In this episode I chatted to Emily Green, a 27 year old from Brooklyn, New York. Emily graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in May 2016 from Yeshiva University in the Bronx, NY.
In the US, to obtain a license to practice, you are required to pass the EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology) after you've received your degree. Emily completed hers in April 2017. She is currently completing her doctoral training (a years worth of supervised clinical hours) at a community mental health centre. This role involves working with children, adults and families from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic communities. She described her clients as representing the "whole gamut of pathology" from depression and anxiety, to substance abuse disorders, and psychotic-spectrum disorders.
It was fabulous to chat to an early career psychologist from overseas!
To check out the website head to
Oct 08 2017
Rank #19: #44 - Compassion Focussed Therapy with Dr Dennis Tirch
Dr. Tirch is the Founder of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the first clinical training centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the USA. He is also the President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation USA – the North American wing of the training, research and development community for CFT.
Dr. Tirch has been described as one of the country's foremost experts on CFT and the contextual psychology of compassion. He has dedicated his research and scholarship to bettering our understanding of how therapies like ACT and CBT can be strengthened and further developed by bringing a compassion focus to our work.
May 25 2017
Rank #20: #47 - Sex Therapy with Dr Janet Hall
Dr. Janet Hall is a psychologist, hypnotherapist, sex therapist, author, professional speaker, trainer, and media consultant.
Dr Jan founded the Richmond Hill Psychology clinic which provides services to: 1) Adults (Specializing in Success Coaching, Relationships and Sex Therapy) and 2) Children/Families (Specializing in Confidence, Self-esteem and Bedwetting)
Dr Jan consults regularly with print media and is a frequent guest on talk-back radio and current affairs shows. She was a regular for two years on the Sex Life television program in Australia.
In this interview we chat about sex therapy.
Jul 09 2017