Dr Rudi Črnčec
BPysch (Hons), Doctor of Clinical
Rudi is clinical director of the Penrith Therapy Centre. His work focuses on the assessment and treatment of psychological and learning difficulties affecting children, adolescents, and their families, including autism spectrum disorder and Tourette syndrome. Rudi also sees adults experiencing anxiety and depression. His approach is client-centred, friendly, and built around evidence-based practices. Rudi is a board approved supervisor.
Rudi holds a conjoint senior lecturer position in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and is active in conducting and publishing research in the field of child and adolescent mental health. He is a supervisor of trainee psychologists at Western Sydney University.
B.A. (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology
Necia is a clinical psychologist who established the Penrith Therapy Centre twenty years ago. Necia works with adults and adolescents, couples and families. She has experience in the area of anxiety and mood disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder and recovery from sexual assault.
Necia has post-graduate training in hypnosis, family therapy and EMDR. Her approach to therapy is collaborative and informed by cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and transactional analysis. Her interest is in working with clients to build upon their strengths. Necia views therapy as a chance for clients to reflect and become active in shaping the lifelong journey we are all embarked upon.
B.A., Dip.Ed., Master of Arts (Psychology), Dip.Counselling, Dip.Clin.Hypnosis
Wendy is a counselling psychologist who joined Penrith Therapy Centre in 2000. She has over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Presently, Wendy works mainly with adults, providing therapy for a range of psychological problems including mood and anxiety disorders, and relationship difficulties. Particular areas of interest are bereavement and loss, recovery from trauma and abuse, and management of chronic pain.
Wendy has post-graduate training in hypnosis, EMDR, emotional freedom techniques, family and narrative therapies; and is a board approved supervisor. Wendy views therapy as a creative, collaborative and confidence-enriching process, informed by research, and tailored to meet individual needs and goals.
B.A. (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology
Heather is a clinical psychology registrar with a passion for working with children, adolescents, and their families. She provides assessment and therapy for a range of behavioural, emotional, and learning difficulties affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosis. Particular areas of interest include intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. Heather also works with adults experiencing mood difficulties.
Heather works collaboratively with her clients toward achieving their goals. Her therapeutic approach is warm and informed by evidence-based interventions including cognitive behaviour therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Heather has previously worked at headspace and in children’s hospital clinical and research settings.
Sarah Francese Goonniah
BPsych (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology
Sarah is a clinical psychologist who works with children and adolescents experiencing a range of anxiety and behavioural difficulties. Areas of particular interest include social anxiety, separation anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks and ADHD. Sarah has experience in the psychometric assessment of intelligence and learning across the lifespan, including the assessment of specific learning disorders. She also enjoys working with clients to assess for ADHD.
Sarah was previously the manager of the learning assessment team at the Sydney Developmental Clinic. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, and informed by evidence-based interventions including cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness.
B.A.-Psych (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology
Katherine is a clinical psychologist who joined Penrith Therapy Centre in 2011. Katherine enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She provides assessment and therapy for a range of psychological and behavioural difficulties that affect children and their families. She also works with adolescents and adults experiencing mood, anxiety and adjustment difficulties.
Katherine has a warm and collaborative approach to therapy. She is committed to providing evidence-based interventions, in particular cognitive behaviour therapy. Katherine has experience working in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and in working with families with complex needs.
B.A. (Hons), Master of Science (Clinical Psychology)
Sheila is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience who joined Penrith Therapy Centre in 2002. She works with adults and adolescents aged 16 years and over. Sheila provides assessment and therapy for a range of psychological problems including mood and anxiety disorders, recovery from trauma and abuse, and relationship difficulties. Particular areas of interest are eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychological problems related to physical illness including brain injury. Her approach to therapy is collaborative and focused on evidence-based practice.
Sheila has previously held senior positions in community mental health and in psychiatric and general hospital settings. She is a board approved supervisor.
B.A. (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology, Master of Couple and Family Therapy
Nicola is a clinical psychologist and couple and family therapist with over twenty years experience. She works with children, adolescents and families, adults and couples across a range of areas including anxiety, depression, and parenting and family issues. Particular interests are helping couples resolve relationship difficulties, optimal recovery from trauma and abuse, loss and grief, and assisting people experiencing adjustment or life direction issues. Nicola has post-graduate training in mindfulness based therapies, family systems therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy and EMDR.
Nicola is a warm, empathic, and person-centred therapist who assists her clients to gain clarity and confidence in their journey towards their desired therapeutic outcomes.
B.A. (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology
Michelle is a clinical psychologist with over twenty years experience. She sees adults and adolescents experiencing a range of anxiety, mood and trauma-related disorders. Michelle enjoys working with people at all life stages, including those navigating the complexity of parenting and family life, and has a particular interest in working with people who are experiencing the effects of trauma and abuse. Michelle’s approach to therapy is collaborative, and supports self-management and making informed choices about evidence-based treatments.
Michelle is also involved in writing and teaching courses in adult mental health and complex trauma for a variety of professional and community audiences, and is a board approved supervisor.
B.Sc.Psych (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology
Mary is a clinical psychologist who has been practising for over 15 years. She works with children and adults in the assessment and treatment of a range of mental health difficulties. Mary has experience in the management of post-natal depression, early parenting concerns and challenges, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, and child behavioural and emotional problems.
Mary takes a holistic approach to her clinical work that is guided by her client's desired goals. At its foundation, her therapeutic approach is informed by an understanding of attachment and relationship styles, and is guided by evidence-based therapies including cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and schema therapy.
Dr Ritu Wadhawan
B.A. (Hons), M.A., Master of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology), PhD
Ritu is a clinical psychologist who has experience in the management of anxiety and mood difficulties in adults, older adults, and adolescents. She has particular interest in working with clients experiencing obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic and depression. Ritu also provides relaxation techniques, including in groups. Her therapeutic approach is respectful and collaborative, and revolves around evidence-based practices including cognitive behaviour therapy.
Ritu was previously an Assistant Professor of psychology in India, where she managed a clinical training program and clinic. Ritu continues to enjoy academia, with her major areas of interest being depression in later life and conversion disorder
B.Soc.Sc. PG Dip. Master of Clinical Psychology
Karen is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, families and adults. She sees clients experiencing a range of difficulties, and has particular interest in the management of anxiety and mood disorders including social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. Karen also works with young people who have behavioural and emotional difficulties. Karen's therapeutic approach is warm, collaborative and client-focused, and is guided by evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behaviour therapy.
Karen also oversees the Western Sydney University post-graduate psychology clinic and is a board approved supervisor. She has worked in university settings and conducted and published mental health related research.