Our Clinical Psychologists

Our clinical psychologists have expertise in adult, adolescent and child disorders. They are all trained in treating depression and anxiety disorders and specialise in a variety of other areas.

All our clinical psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and endorsed for clinical psychology as an approved area of practice.

Furthermore, as members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) our psychologists follow guidelines regarding professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality that are set and monitored by the Society in the APS Code of Ethics.

Our approach is to work with clients by setting goals and working towards them by actively reviewing treatment for the best results. This means clients are moved through therapy in a time-effective manner that is both appropriate and rewarding for them.

We practise in a relaxed, non-clinical atmosphere, which clients say helps them to feel comfortable and confident in sharing their personal experiences.

All clinical psychologists at the Centre are registered with Medicare.

Our Clinical Psychologists

Tamara Kitson

Tamara Kitson has over 30 years experience as a clinical psychologist in adult mental health, built on senior government appointments – senior clinical psychologist in the NSW Health Department and the head psychologist of an area health service.

She specialises in the treatment of trauma-related disorders, especially psychological disorders arising from adverse childhoods including childhood abuse, as well as adult trauma. She utilises an evidence-based trauma treatment EMDR as well as CBT and ACT strategies where appropriate.

George Turnure

George Turnure is a clinical psychologist with a broad range of experience informed by his work in both the public health and private sectors. He has experience treating adolescents and adults with a variety of clinical presentations including anxiety, depression, bipolar, complex trauma/PTSD and psychosis.

George uses a variety of evidenced-based treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and mindfulness. He has particular experience and interest with anxiety disorders, depression, psychosis (with concurrent anxiety or depression) and complex trauma.

Nick Cocco

Nick Cocco has over 25 years experience as a clinical psychologist and specializes in the treatment of trauma related conditions ranging from single incident PTSD through to the more complex presentations of personality, dissociative and other disorders which result from repetitive child based trauma and neglect.

Nick utilises various psychological therapies which are extensions of and/or consistent with basic CBT such as Schema Therapy and IRRT, which are necessary in the successful treatment of clients who are referred with more complex issues.

Dr Claudia Sannibale

Dr Claudia has more than 25 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in a variety of clinical settings, both public and private. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, motivational and adapted to individual needs. Claudia’s areas of interest and expertise include Addictions, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (both complex and single-event trauma), Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, difficulties with emotional regulation, and interpersonal problems. Her therapeutic approach includes: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness based CBT.

Claudia has a long-standing interest in clinical research and has conducted several studies evaluating the efficacy of therapies. She has co-authored journal articles and a book chapter and conducted training workshops, seminars and lectures for psychologists and other health professionals. Claudia has held academic positions as Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW, and as guest Lecturer at USyd, at UWS and MqU.

Claudia also offers psychological services in Italian.

Sally Carter

Sally Carter specialises in providing psychological assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, parents and families across a range of emotional, behavioural and cognitive difficulties including anxiety, mood disorders, trauma-related difficulties, behavioural problems, stress and adjustment difficulties.

Sally has worked in community and hospital settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, and has also worked as a Clinical Psychologist in developing countries training other professionals and providing psychological assessment and treatment.

Dr Amy Oswald

Dr Amy Oswald, who holds a Doctorate of Clinical and Health Psychology, has more than 9 years' experience in the assessment and treatment of a range of mental health issues affecting children, adolescents, and adults in both public and private treatment settings. Amy has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders across the lifespan.

She also has a specific interest and expertise in the treatment of psychological aspects of chronic health conditions. In addition to her work at the CBT Centre, she also works as a Clinical Psychologist in a major public teaching hospital, where she provides clinical assessment and interventions to cancer services patients.

Amy practices several different therapeutic approaches with her primary therapeutic orientation being Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She also utilises Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

Tracey Perry

Tracey has extensive experience working with children, young people, and parents assisting them with a range of emotional, behavioural, developmental, learning and interpersonal difficulties. She has many years’ experience in the education sector as both an educator in leadership roles and a school psychologist.

Private clinical practice for over fifteen years has included adult work as well as children and youth, with a focus on the management of stress, anxiety and depression across the lifespan. As a clinical psychologist Tracey is committed to providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions to assist her clients with the difficulties that they are facing and tends to utilise CBT and ACT based approaches.

Clinicians also practising at the CBT Centre are:

Corinne Roberts, Assoc Prof Sunny Lah, Dr Anna Mandalis and Louise Parry – Neuropsychologists

Judy Finnigan and Mark Griffiths – Psychologists