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Meet the team

Candice Graham

Clinical Psychologist / Founder / Director

Candice is a Clinical Psychologist and the Founder/Director of Sage of Mind. She is client-entered and provides gender affirming care. Candice is in the process of applying for Advanced Accreditation with The International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) for both Individual and Group Schema Therapy. She is also a full member of the ISST. She has a keen interest in treating Complex Trauma and searching for the deeper level healing to improve her client’s quality of life. She is also a Clinical Supervisor for all streams of gaining full registration and provides Individual and Group Supervision.

Areas of special interest

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD

  • Anxiety Disorders / Panic Attacks

  • Borderline Personality Disorder and other Personality Disorders

  • Managing Deliberate Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation

  • Depressive Disorders and Bipolar/Psychotic Disorders

  • Sleep Disturbance, Dreams and Nightmares

  • Family and Parenting Support

  • Grief, Loss and Palliative / End of Life Therapy

  • Diagnostic and Psychological Assessment

Modalities / Approach 

  • Schema Therapy

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) - specific treatment of trauma which focuses on treating intrusive memories.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Mindfulness-Based CBT/Meditation

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Smrity Sharma

Registered Psychologist

Smrity is a Registered Psychologist and sees children, adolescents and adults for therapy. She has experience in helping those struggling with mild or severe mental illness (such as Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), adjustment to medical illness as well as difficulties such as financial hardship, exam anxiety, gaming addiction; and also has experience in working with victims of domestic violence. Smrity has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders, treating and experience in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) also has a reputation for thorough and skilled
psychological assessments, and of being knowledgeable, professional, and above all, genuine and caring.

Areas of special interest

  • Anxiety Disorders / Panic Attacks

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability

  • Deliberate Self Harm / Suicidal Ideation

  • Family and Parenting Support

  • Grief and loss

  • Psychological Assessment

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Depressive / Mood Disorders

  • Domestic Violence

Modalities / Approach 

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Mindfulness-Based CBT/Meditation

  • Solution-Focused/Brief Therapy

  • Psychometric testing for children and adults

Jessica Cooper

Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar)

Jessica is a Registered Psychologist who has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology and is undertaking the Clinical Psychology Registrar program to become endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist.

Jessica has had experience working with children, adolescents, and adults both in private practice and inpatient hospital settings. She has worked with people with a range of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety disorders (e.g., OCD, social anxiety), anger, ADHD, PTSD/trauma, body image concerns, substance use, low self-esteem, perfectionism, suicidal ideation/self-harm, and other life issues. Jessica can also offer cognitive assessments (e.g., intelligence and achievement tests such as the WIAT, WAIS, and WISC).

Jessica is an attentive and empathic listener who places emphasis on meeting the client where they are at and working collaboratively to help them meet their goals, start living a more meaningful life, and stop feeling stuck. Jessica uses a range of therapeutic modalities which she tailors to each client’s individual needs.

Jessica is available to see clients at the Picton office or via Zoom (telehealth).

Areas of special interest

  • Anxiety disorders (e.g., panic attacks, OCD, phobias, social anxiety)

  • Mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder)

  • Trauma (e.g., PTSD)

  • Managing suicidal ideation/self-harm

  • Anger management

  • Self-esteem & body image concerns

  • Perfectionism

Modalities / Approach 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

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Tierell Graham

Practise Manager

Meet Tierell, our passionate and dedicated Practise Manager who joined our team in January 2023.

 

With a robust background in IT and customer service, Tierell brings a perfect blend of technical expertise and exceptional interpersonal skills to ensure the seamless functioning of our practise. His commitment to providing top-notch patient care and streamlining operational processes is evident in his daily endeavours.

 

With Tierell at the helm, our team is confident in delivering the highest standards of service, fostering a welcoming environment for both staff and patients alike.

Jack Hudson

Registered Psychologist

"There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it’s just a matter of finding it”.

– Capt. Jean-Luc Picard

Jack is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA. He works with clients aged 5 and above, from any cultural background or gender identity. Jack is motivated to provide a supportive environment for all of his clients and believes it is important that he work alongside you in achieving your goals. 


Jack is a believer in individualised treatment plans based on the latest research and affirming care. Jack has experience with evidence-based approaches such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He blends skills from treatment methods to support clients struggling with a range of mental health and behavioural concerns such as anxiety, depression, complex trauma, personality disorders and developmental disorders such as ADHD and ASD. Jack also has an interest in assisting young people achieve balance between technology and IRL experiences. 


In addition to treatment, Jack has experience in the assessment and diagnosis of developmental disorders and mental health conditions. He enjoys working in a holistic support network to provide robust assessments to clients aged 7 and up.


Jack is available to see clients privately, as well as under Medicare, NDIS (self-managed) and other referral schemes. 

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Joel Volker

Registered Psychologist, Sage of Mind - Telehealth

The modern world can be difficult to make sense of with so many competing demands and complicated situations. Joel is passionate about helping you find a balance between the complexities of modernity and your true self.

 

Joel is a registered Psychologist with years of experience working with adolescents and adults from 12 to 65 years old using a customised approach tailored to your own personal style.

Areas of special interest

  • Anxiety & Depressive Disorders

  • Adjustment Disorder

  • Self-Esteem

  • Assertiveness Training

  • Workplace Stress

  • Pain Management / Rehabilitation

  • SIRA (Workcover NSW)

Modalities / Approach 

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Solution-Focused/Brief Therapy

Courtney Russell

Registered Psychologist

Courtney is a warm and compassionate registered psychologist (AHPRA) who is committed to helping her clients feel supported and confident throughout their journey. She works collaboratively with clients, assisting them to make meaningful changes and achieve their goals.

 

Courtney has a special interest in supporting children and young people (up to age 25) with a wide range of presentations such as anxiety; school-related and exam stress; depression; grief; PTSD/trauma; ADHD; adjustment to change; and also assists their families with relationship and parenting concerns.

 

She has experience as a school psychologist, as a child, adolescent and family counsellor in the non-for-profit sector, with children in out of home care, and with running parenting groups (including Circle of Security, 123 Magic and RAP-A). Courtney utilises techniques from various evidence-based therapies (CBT, DBT, ACT, SFBT, MI) and tailors the therapy to best fit the individual.

 

She is enthusiastic about empowering her clients with self-belief and curiosity, to help grow their understanding of their unique skills to cope and thrive. Courtney is available to provide cognitive, behavioural and adaptive skills assessments. Medicare, Private Health Insurance, NDIS and private referrals accepted.

 

Working with children, adolescents and young adults.

 

Courtney works Fridays and Saturdays.

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Catherine Tesoriero

Clinical Psychologist, Sage of Mind - available at Picton

Catherine is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor with 14 years’ experience, including 10 years in private practice. Catherine has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing individual, couple, family and group therapy and interventions. She has worked in hospital, community and educational settings, including psychiatric inpatient units, disability support services, neuropsychological rehabilitation, older adult’s mental health, juvenile justice, young offender programs, metabolic rehabilitation and delivered psychology coursework to students at University of Wollongong.

Areas of special interest

  • Depressive Disorders / Anxiety Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Trauma

  • Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder

  • Bipolar Affective Disorder

  • Support for Older adults and their carers

  • Support for people with a disability and their carers

  • Grief and loss

  • Pain management

  • Weight loss and management

  • Provision of Clinical Supervision to student psychologists

Modalities / Approach 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Behavioural interventions and support

  • Multisystemic Family Therapy

  • Couple Therapy

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • Motivational counselling

  • Brief solutions focussed therapy

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