Our team - here to guide you to your wellbeing.
Dr Charise Deveney: DPsych (Clinical); BPsych (Hons); PGDip Perinatal and infant mental health; PhD candidate UNSW Medical Sciences; 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:
conception and pregnancy concerns
adjustments to parenthood
pregnancy complications and perinatal loss
pre- and post-natal emotional difficulties (e.g. depression and anxiety)
infant mental health
attachment relationship difficulties
Charise works closely with a number of Obstetricians on Sydney’s North Shore. Charise facilitates a 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 training in The First Touch Program: Baby massage, and is an accredited facilitator of this group-based baby massage program. Charise is a member of the Centre For Perinatal Psychology and the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH).
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 has completed a Graduate Diploma in Perinatal and Infant Mental at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry. To stay abreast of the most recent research on perinatal mood disorders, Charise is conducting PhD research with the Australasian Research Institute and The University of NSW examining the the various factors that contribute to the development of perinatal anxiety and depression in otherwise healthy women.
She completed her first Doctorate of Clinical Psychology degree at Macquarie University. In addition to her special interest in supporting individuals contemplating conception, throughout pregnancy, and into the postpartum period, Charise also has a vast range of experience in the public and private sectors helping children, adolescents, and adults manage
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 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 20 years experience working with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, complicated grief, trauma and addiction. Sally provides psychological interventions to families, children, adolescents, and adults. Sally has a special interest in supporting women and men to navigate through their adjustment to pregnancy and into parenthood.
Over the course of her career Sally has worked with some of Sydney and London’s most vulnerable children and families. Her areas of expertise include assisting families to develop positive parenting skills to manage challenging behaviour and the treatment of complex trauma and attachment disruption.
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. Sally is a trained facilitator of the Circle Of Security, Reparative Parenting and Tuning into Teens parenting programs.
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 registered psychologist with over 10 years experience working across community and not-for-profit sectors, as well as in private practice. Anna has been at Let’s Talk Psychology Practice since 2015. Anna is skilled in helping young people and adults cope with anxiety, depression, life transitions and relationship issues. Anna understands the many challenges couples face as they try to conceive and also the challenges that exist during pregnancy and into parenthood. Anna has a special interest in working with individuals in the perinatal period and understands how crucial it is to have maximum support during this major life event. Anna enjoys working with parents to achieve work/life balance and to enhance their general well-being.
Anna has a genuine interest in people and their stories and in guiding them towards a more positive and empowered life. She adopts a strengths-based approach in her work and uses a range of different psychological approaches and tailors these to individual needs; these include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and attachment-focused interventions including Circle of Security and Watch, Wait and Wonder.
Anna is a registered psychologist with AHPRA, a Medicare provider of psychological services and a member of the APS (Australian Psychological Society) and the APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group.
Available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Alison Lumsden, Psychologist: B Psych, Dip Ed, MPH, MAPS
Alison is a warm and compassionate psychologist with 15 years of experience providing psychological interventions to children, young people and their families.
Alison is a full member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS) she has worked in private practice, and as a school psychologist in Australia and overseas. Alison completed her bachelor’s degree at The University of Western Australia, and postgraduate qualifications at University of New South Wales. Alison has completed further training in child and adolescent mental health, treatment of child anxiety, play therapy techniques, social skills training, emotion coaching for children and social-emotional learning for children.
Alison works with a range of presentations including: anxiety, mood disorders, low self-esteem, trauma, grief, behavioural difficulties and emotional dysregulation in children. Alison also works with children and families experiencing parent-child relationship difficulties, adjustment issues and school and HSC stress. Alison has completed suicide prevention training and is experienced at completing risk assessments and safety planning with clients who present at risk of self-harm.
Alison uses a strength-based approach with clients to enhance their understanding of presenting issues and develop new coping skills. she uses evidence-based treatment approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based practice.
Available Fridays, Tuesday and Wednesday after hours
Lauren Winney: M Clin Psych, 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.
Kristina Le Marne MPsych(Clin); BPsych(Hons); MAPS
Kristina Le Marne is a warm and approachable Clinical Psychologist Registrar. She has completed postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology and is completing her registrar program. Kristina has experience working in both private and public health sectors with adolescent and adult clients. Kristina aims to create a safe space for clients to feel heard, valued, and supported. She is experienced at providing individually-tailored, evidence-based treatment for a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, adjustment difficulties, study skills, self-esteem, emotion regulation difficulties, and trauma.
Kristina has specific interest and experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and body image concerns including disordered eating. She is passionate about building strong therapeutic relationships, the greatest predictor of therapy outcome. She strives to improve the quality of life of all who walk through her door and values working collaboratively with her clients to improve their overall wellbeing.
Kristina is available for appointments on weekdays, after-hours, and Saturdays.
Olivia Boyle BAPsych(Hons); MProfPsych
Olivia is a warm and caring Psychologist who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is experienced at providing treatment for various presentations including anxiety, depression, academic or work-related stress, low self-esteem, panic symptoms, child behaviour problems, and parenting stress. Olivia has a particular interest in working with children, adolescents and young adults. Olivia also has an interest in working with the psychological impacts of chronic pain and chronic health conditions, having contributed to research within this area.
Olivia completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training at Macquarie University. Olivia utilises evidence-based strategies and facilitates positive changed using a client-centred approach. Olivia is skilled in the implementation of various treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness based practice. Olivia offers weekday appointments including after hours appointments.
Amanda Percy B.A. (Psychology), P.G. Dip(Psychology)
Amanda is a kind and compassionate psychologist with over 9 years experience in a variety of settings, including: the private tertiary education sector; medical centres; not-for-profit mental health organisations and crisis counselling services. Amanda currently also works in a private psychiatric hospital treating inpatients who struggle with eating disorders, mood disorders and general mental health issues.
Amanda works with adolescents and adults, specialising in eating disorders and body image concerns, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, school/work related stress, emotion regulation difficulties, communication and interpersonal skills. Amanda also has an interest in working with parents struggling with depression and anxiety and/or adjustment to parenthood.
Amanda is a registered psychologist with AHPRA and an accredited Work Cover and Medicare provider.
Amanda believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in positive change and that every individual she sees is unique, therefore, needs an individualised and tailored treatment approach. Amanda is trained in the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET).
Amanda offers weekday appointments including after hours 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.