Our team - here to guide you to your wellbeing.

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Dr Charise Deveney: DPsych (Clinical); BPsych (Hons); AMAPS

Dr Charise Deveney is the founder of Let’s Talk Psychology Practice. She is a qualified clinical psychologist from Macquarie University.

Charise specialises in the treatment of antenatal and postnatal distress including:

  • pregnancy concerns
  • adjustments to parenthood
  • pre- and post-natal emotional difficulties

Charise works closely with a number of Obstetricians on Sydney’s North Shore.  Charise is currently evaluating her group program, Managing Motherhood, that supports women in their transition into Motherhood.  Charise also lectures the Sydney University medical students who complete their obstetrics and gynaecological training at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.  Charise lectures on perinatal mood disorders.

Charise has received specialist training in working with perinatal mood disorders and working with couples dealing with perinatal loss and grief.  Please take a look at the ‘Perinatal Services’ tab for a more full description on the perinatal services provided at Let’s Talk Psychology Practice.  Charise is currently completing specialised studies at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry on Perinatal and Infant Mental Health.

Charise also specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with a particular emphasis on children and adolescents.

She completed her Doctoral research at the Macquarie University Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic.

Charise has a vast range of experience in the public and private sectors helping children, adolescents, and adults manage

  • depression,
  • adjustment disorders,
  • self-esteem,
  • life stressors,
  • school and HSC stress,
  • communication and assertiveness skills.

Charise is a warm and compassionate therapist with a genuine interest in people and a desire to help her clients live the life they want. Charise is a member of the Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Psychological Society, and an Honorary Associate of the Macquarie University Psychology Department and the Center for Emotional Health.

Charise offers weekday and Saturday appointments.

Dr Lara Winten: DPsych (Clinical) BSc(Hons, Psych), MAPS

Dr Lara Winten is a qualified Clinical Psychologist.  She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Sydney and her Doctorate of Psychology degree at Charles Sturt University, where she was awarded the Australia Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize for coming top of her postgraduate cohort. 

Lara specialises in the treatment of children and adults presenting with anxiety disorders,  eating disorders, and mood disorders. She also specializes in working with adults and adolescents to address common life stressors, including relationship and health stressors, and problems relating to self-esteem and interpersonal communication.

Lara is a member of the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA), the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). Lara has nine years of clinical experience working in both the public and private sectors helping children, adolescents, and adults to make self-directed changes which improve their quality of life and attain individually set goals. She has also been employed at the University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University in a number of teaching roles. 

Lara is a warm, compassionate and skilled therapist who is dedicated to the profession.

Lara offers weekday and Saturday appointments.

Sally Freedman: BA Psych, GDip Science (Psych), GCert (Child & ado mental health), MAPS

Sally Freedman is a registered Psychologist with over 15 years experience working with a wide range of mental health issues. Sally provides psychological interventions to children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Sally also conducts educational assessments and provides consultation to staff in a leading not for profit out of home care organisation.

Sally is a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She obtained her Bachelor degree from Macquarie University and post-graduate qualifications from The University of Sydney. She has completed training in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry and has undertaken intensive training with Play Therapy International. Sally is committed to attending ongoing professional development and training and adheres to the APS guidelines for clinical supervision.

Over the course of her career Sally has worked with some of Sydney and London’s most vulnerable children and families.  Sally’s strong interest in child and family psychology is the result of her work and life experience. Her areas of expertise include assisting families to develop positive parenting skills to manage challenging behaviours, the treatment of complex trauma and bonding and attachment difficulties.  As a working mother Sally firmly believes that all families need support to navigate the pressures and challenges that arise as we adjust to our rapidly changing world.

Sally is a warm, relaxed, and non-judgmental therapist who likes to work creatively with clients to make therapy as engaging as possible.  Sally’s strength is in building strong therapeutic relationships with children, young people, families and adults from diverse backgrounds.

Sally is available for weekday and after hours appointments.


Anna Waddington: BA, BSc(Psy), PGDipPsy, PGDipAppPsy

Anna is a warm and caring psychologist with experience working with children, young people and adults from culturally-diverse backgrounds.   Anna is skilled in helping individuals navigate through anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship issues.  

She has a genuine interest in people and their stories and in guiding them towards a more positive and empowered life. She works from a range of different psychological approaches, and tailors these to individual needs. She draws from contemporary research to provide a holistic framework for understanding the mind, body and relationships.

Anna is a registered psychologist with AHPRA, a medicare provider of psychological services, and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Anna offers weekday and Saturday appointments. 

Karina Alouisa: Psych (Hons); BArts

Karina is a caring and approachable psychologist with more than a decades experience in the field of counselling and mental health.  She has experience working with a variety of problems including depression, anxiety, workplace issues, grief, pain management, drug and alcohol issues, adjustment and relationship stressors.  

Karina holds registration with Medicare for both the Better Access to Mental Health Care scheme and Benefits for Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling Services.  She is also a WorkCover approved Psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. 

Karina uses an integrative treatment approach, specifically tailored to meet individual needs.  Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, and relaxation strategies are some of the treatment approaches she uses.  

Karina obtained her qualifications at the Australian National University and is committed to keeping up to date with research to ensure her clients receive the most effective evidence-based interventions.  

Appointments with Karina are available Saturdays and after hours. 


Lauren Winney: M Clin Psych, B Psych (Hons), MACPA

Lauren is a warm and compassionate Psychologist who has worked in both private and public settings with children, adolescents, and adults. She is experienced at providing treatment for various problems including anxiety, depression, school/work-related stress, low self-esteem, substance use problems, emotion regulation difficulties, body image issues, child behaviour problems, and parenting stress. Lauren has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents.

Lauren acknowledges the courage it takes to reach out and seek help amidst difficulties, and aims to create a safe, accepting, and supportive therapeutic environment for each individual.   

Lauren is fully registered with AHPRA and Medicare, and is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She completed her undergraduate training at Macquarie University, where she graduated with First Class Honours. She completed her postgraduate training at the University of Technology Sydney, and is currently completing her Clinical Psychology Registrar program. 

Lauren draws on each individual’s strengths and interests, as well as evidence-based strategies, in order to facilitate positive change. Lauren is skilled in the implementation of various treatment approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI), tailoring interventions to suit each individual’s needs. Lauren has conducted research in the areas of childhood anxiety and bullying.   

Lauren offers weekday appointments including after hours appointments. 

                                                 Dr Lisa Hodges: BPsych (Hons), DPsych (Clinical), MAPS


Dr Lisa Hodges is a warm, non-judgemental and compassionate Clinical Psychologist with experience in community, private and hospital settings. Lisa helps adults to manage a range of challenges. These include anxiety and mood disorders, anger and stress management issues, sleep concerns, grief, alcohol and substance addiction, trauma, adjustment difficulties, interpersonal and communication issues and difficulties related to the autism spectrum. 

Lisa also specialises in supporting mothers and families in relation to difficulties arising during the antenatal and postnatal periods.

Lisa seeks to build a therapeutic relationship with each of her clients based on empathy, respect and mutual trust. She is passionate about supporting people and families during times of vulnerability and is committed to facilitating opportunities for her clients to increase their functioning and enjoyment of life.

Lisa obtained her doctoral and honours degrees from Macquarie University and is a member of the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. 

Lisa offers weekday, evening and Saturday appointments.



Jen: Practice Manager

Jen is the Let's Talk Psychology Practice Manager and is responsible for the day to day running of the practice.  Jen is caring and compassionate and will answer all initial phone calls and queries regarding the range of services offered at Let's Talk Psychology Practice.  With a background in social work Jen has a working knowledge of the clinical presentations and referrals made to Let's Talk Psychology Practice.  At the time that you are ready to book an appointment with a Psychologist at Let's Talk Psychology Practice Jen will conduct an intake assessment to ensure that you are matched with the best suited psychologist.