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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.

Candice's area 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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Catherine Sheekey

Registered Psychologist

Catherine is a Registered Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working in a range of public and private settings. She has throughout this time worked with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families. She has had further experience working with issues pertaining to mental illness, crisis case management, eating disorders, trauma/grief and loss, rehabilitation, substance use and systematic family issues.

She is a client-focused therapist and is passionate about her work. Catherine individually caters therapeutic styles to meet her client’s needs. Therapy can be provided via face-to-face therapy at the Picton office and/or phone/FaceTime sessions.

Catherine is also a Board Approved Supervisor.

Catherine's area of special interest

- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
- Anxiety Disorders / Panic Attacks
- Suicidal Ideation
- Depressive Disorders
- Family and Parenting Support
- Pain Management / Rehabilitation / Adjustment Disorder
- Grief and Loss

Modalities / Approach 

- Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness-Based CBT/Meditation
- Solution-Focused/Brief Therapy
- Systemic Family Therapy

Lisa Wilson

Registered Psychologist

Lisa is a registered psychologist, an accredited neuropsychotherapy practitioner and has a master’s in counselling and psychotherapy

She works within the private sector providing individual and group counselling in a range of areas.

Lisa believes that the core therapeutic values of empathy, validation and a safe space to process emotions are integral to the healing process. Lisa works on meeting the client ‘where they are’ using a client centred and neuroscience based approach. Lisa is aware of the complexities that life events can bring and the importance of having a safe space to talk about our feelings so they can be expressed and validated.

Lisa also works as a retreat counsellor at “QUEST”. She is passionate about, and grateful for this role because she is able to incorporate QUEST philosophies to provide an empathic and compassionate environment to facilitate healing.

Lisa's area of special interest

- Anxiety & Depressive Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex / Developmental Trauma
- Deliberate Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation
- Grief and Loss
- Self-Esteem
- Resentment & Forgiveness
- Peri/Post Natal Depression
- Communication and Boundaries

Modalities / Approach 

- 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 Meditation & Relaxation
- Schema Therapy
- Solution-Focused/Brief Therapy
- Neuro psycho therapy
- Person centred psychotherapy
- Compassion focused and strength based therapy
- Adult chair and inner child therapy

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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.

Smrity's area 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

Cara Nicita

Registered Psychologist, Sage of Mind - available at Picton

Cara has a passion for helping people achieve their goals and overcome life’s challenges. She is guided by a person-centred approach to therapy and uses evidence-based techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.  

On working with each unique “whole person”, Cara uses psychological strategies and tools as well as empowering people to improve their health and wellbeing with Therapeutic Lifestyle Interventions that aid in managing stress and mood throughout life.

Cara draws on experience working collaboratively with NDIS clients in the disability sector and has previously worked to support those with complex needs, such as people with mood disorders, schizophrenia and domestic violence and trauma backgrounds. 

Cara also performs psychometric testing of children and adults. 

Cara adheres to core principles of compassion, respect and dignity, and brings her experience from her previous working life in the creative sector to her passion for understanding and supporting people to reach their potential. 
 

Cara's area of special interest

- Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD
- Depression
- Positive psychology and growth through life’s transitions and change
- Health psychology and behaviour change
- Connection to companion animals, loneliness and grief
- Psychometric testing

Modalities / Approach 

- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Schema Therapy 

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Linda Muir

Registered Psychologist, Sage of Mind 

Linda has been a practicing registered psychologist for over 15 years. She has practiced both in the public and private sector. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients in a warm, safe, confidential and supportive environment. She likes to help her clients to identify important goals they wish to achieve, and/or barriers needed to be identified and overcome. She provides assessment, education and skills to ensure her clients achieve their goals and treatment desires, safely and effectively.

 

Her approach is eclectic and tailored to the needs of each specific client/couple. There are many reasons individuals and couples seek treatment and all are treated with respect, compassion and empathy.

 

She works with individuals and couples from 18 years to 65 and upwards to support and facilitate their treatment and recovery across a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, personality vulnerabilities, grief and loss, eating disorders, drug and alcohol problems, trauma, PTSD, mood disorders and relationship issues.

 

She aims to provide the necessary skills to enable and empower clients and couples to become their own therapist and am always open and willing to provide top up sessions post completion of treatment to reinforce the skills and learning if and when needed.

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.

Catherine's area 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

Alma Muratovic

Registered Psychologist, Sage of Mind

Alma is a client-centered therapist, dedicated to providing individualised treatment to her clients in a supportive, emphatic and non-judgemental manner. 

She draws upon a variety of interventions incorporating a wide range of therapy approaches including: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Approach, Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She believes in the importance of engaging her clients in the therapy process whilst empowering them on their journey to overcome obstacles and improve their quality of life. Her aim is to enhance the client’s ability to cope by drawing on their strengths and helping them to attain a sense of fulfilment.

She have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples in various settings and from diverse cultural backgrounds. She gained her experience through working in different private practices, pain clinic, not for profit organisation, workers compensation/rehabilitation, and EAP counseling.

Fluent in Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, and Macedonian and can provide therapy in these languages as well.
 

Alma's area of special interest

- Depression/Mood Disorders/Postnatal Depression
- Anxiety / Panic Attacks
- Borderline Personality / Personality Disorders
- Relationship / Family Issues
- Self-Injury / Suicidal Feelings
- Grief and Loss
- Adjustment Disorder
- Domestic Violence
- Childhood Abuse
- Developmental Issues and Trauma
- Workplace Issues / Harassment and Bullying / Workplace Injuries
- Pain Management / Rehabilitation

Modalities / Approach 

She works from a model of evidence-based practice and provide individualised treatment to meet the client’s need based on their presenting issues. She can treat by using a number of models including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Approach, Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

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.

Joel's area 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