Niyara Gunewardena – Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons Psych) MClinPysch

Niyara is a warm and compassionate Clinical Psychologist with experience working with clients of all ages, in both public and private settings. Niyara has a special interest in working with children, young people and families. She has worked with children for over 12 years, and as a psychologist treating young people with severe and complex mental health difficulties for over 8 years.
Some of the issues she treats include:

  • anxiety disorders
  • mood disorders
  • self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • aggression
  • school difficulties
  • parent-child relationship issues
  • behavioural issues
  • adjustment difficulties
  • developmental difficulties
  • grief and loss
  • posttraumatic stress
  • complex trauma

Niyara believes that a safe and comfortable therapeutic relationship is fundamental in helping individuals and families to discover their ‘key’ to living a full and meaningful life. She works collaboratively with each individual or family to build understanding, and to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs.

In addition to completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology, Niyara has trained with leading experts in the field of complex trauma and attachment, and is also accredited in the Circle of Security and Triple P parenting programs.  She practices from a family-focused and relationship-focused approach, incorporating strategies from ACT, CBT, DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy), Expressive therapies, and Attachment-based therapies.

Niyara is a clinical supervisor (STAP-accredited) and has experience supervising provisional psychologists, as well as clinical psychology and psychiatry registrars. She is passionate about providing high-quality and supportive supervision, tailored to a supervisee’s developmental needs.

AHPRA Registration number: PSY0001628286

Ivannia Mena - Consulting Psychologist
EMDR Accredited Practitioner
STAP Accredited and Board-Approved Supervisor

Ivannia is a gentle-natured and empathic Psychologist, who has devoted the past 12 years to working alongside adolescents and adults of the wider community to improve their overall well-being and coping, as well as to inspire hope.  Recognising that therapy can quite often be such a difficult step for some to take, Ivannia aims to create from the outset, a safe therapeutic space for clients to discuss the struggles and challenges they face in any area of life.  Believing that one approach does not fit all, Ivannia is committed to developing a collaborative and supportive therapeutic relationship with her clients, where a combination of modalities will be considered to fit the presenting issues.

Ivannia emphasises the need to resolve past and present struggles, as well as to develop awareness and resilience to assist clients’ coping and adjustment during times of impasse or transition.  She respects the uniqueness in every individual and believes every one’s story ought to be heard and respected.  Her primary aim is to facilitate insight and assist with the development of skills needed to change recurrent patterns of unhelpful behaviour, thinking and relating that can often result in distress and dissatisfaction.

Originally from a Hispanic background, Ivannia welcomes clients from diverse multicultural and multinational backgrounds, and is able to offer her services to Spanish-speaking clients.

Having worked in Senior roles in both the private and public sectors, Ivannia’s expertise extends across a broad range of issues and can provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting Support
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Addictive Behaviours
  • Self-harm/Suicidality
  • Communication Skills
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Difficult Life Transitions
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Personality Disorders (including Borderline and Histrionic)
  • Mood Disorders (including Major Depression, Bipolar)
  • Anxiety Disorders (including Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
  • Trauma-related Disorders (including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Trauma)

In her clinical practice, Ivannia employs only the latest best evidence-based practice when working with clients.  Treatments include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness.

AHPRA Registration No. PSY0001623368

Maxine Clayton – General Psychologist
BScience (Major Psych) BPsychology Honours, Master of Professional Psychology

Maxine is a warm and empathic general psychologist who has experience working with children, teens and adults. She has extensive experience working within the disability sector with people who have a disability, family members, carers, schools and service providers.  With 23 years’ experience in the disability field Maxine has a thorough understanding of the daily aspects of disabilities and the impact upon family and carers.  Maxine has substantial experience supporting people with mental health and suicide and self-harm.  Maxine also has experience working with gender diverse people relating to identity formation and transitions.

Maxine welcomes LGBTI, multicultural and deaf clients and is interpreter friendly.

Some of the issues she treats include:

  • Parenting support
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • School difficulties and transitions
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Gender diversity
  • Disabilities

In collaboration and consideration of individual client goals Maxine works from a strengths based approach using the latest evidence –based practice. She has training and experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Developmental, Individual-differences and Relationships ( DIR) Floortime.

AHPRA Registration No. PSY0001912728