Servicing Newcastle, Maitland, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Upper Hunter and the Central Coast

Our Team

AusPsych is very proud of the exceptional people we are privileged to have in our team. Our people are the hallmark of our service and our reputation. In every area of our operation, we have highly qualified, talented, committed and enthusiastic employees.

Our experienced, professionally qualified counsellors hold formal University qualifications and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). They practice according to professional and ethical standards set out by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and AHPRA.

A commitment to continued professional development, sense of community and an overriding desire to improve clients' lives utilising recognised and proven practices are the core features of our counsellors.

A summary of each of our counsellors is as follows:

 

 Ron Farrell

  Director/Psychologist 

 

Qualifications:

  •   BA., Master of Applied Psychology

Experience:

Ron has over 27 years experience as a Counsellor working with disability, injury rehabilitation, critical incident services and psychological counselling. His interests are in medical psychology and working with the elderly. He has specalised in trauma counselling services in the coal industry, emergency services and veteran community. He has two grown up daughters and enjoys surfing and music.

 

 Ross Leembruggen

  Psychologist

 

 Qualifications:

  •   Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis
  •   Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) with Honours

 Experience:

Ross is our Principal Psychologist and has over 12 years experience providing clinical, organisation, sport and forensic psychological services to individuals, families and organisations. He is highly experienced in the provision of counselling, assessment, debriefing, mediation, training and coaching.

 

 Lesley Hills

  Psychologist

 

Qualifications:

  •   Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Honours
  •   Master of Human Resources Management with Merit
  •   Master of Business Administration
  •   Postgraduate studies in Clinical Psychology
  •   Graduate Diploma in Education

 Experience:

Lesley has over 20 years experience working as a psychologist, specialising in assessment, the promotion of mental health and rehabilitation in adults and adolescents.  She has previously worked as a trainer, liaison and co-coordinator between child and adolescent mental health services and within the education sector.  Her current interests include relationship counselling and trauma in the emergency services. She has a grown up daughter and enjoys music and travel.

 

 Donna Manning

  Psychologist

 

 Qualifications:

  •   Post graduate diploma in psycholog
  •   PTSD Training
  •   Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Honours
  •   Diploma in Education
  •   Bachelor of Arts

 Experience:

Donna has worked in counselling for 9 years. She worked for NSW Corrective Services for four years and was later a case worker in child protection. She has also had experience in residential care and education.

 

 Katherine Pacey

  Psychologist

 

Qualification:

  • Bachelor of Psychology with Honours

Experience:

Katherine has over 8 years experience as a counsellor providing a wide range of counselling services. Her previous roles have included coordinating emergency assistance, mentoring and counselling training program development.

    

 Jacqueline Davies

  Psychologist

 

 Qualifications:

  •   Bachelor of Psychology with Honours

 Experience:

Jacqueline has over 7 years experience as a Counsellor working with Youth's, Families and Individuals. Her previous roles have included working for the Mental Health and Association and Assistant Lecturer at Newcastle University.

  

 Caroline Wilson

  Social Worker

 

 Qualifications:

  •   Bachelor of Social Work

 Experience:

Caroline is a Clinical Social Workers. She has over 9 years experience as a Social Worker working with Individuals, Families and Youths. Caroline has specalised in crisis intervention for children and supporting families, as well as, facilitating and implementing groups and programs.

 

Alix Bilton

 Psychologist

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Social Science Psychology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Substance Use: Motivation interviewing, Relapse Prevention and Dual Diagnosis
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety
  • Certificate of Psychotherapy

Experience:

Alix has over 11 years experience as a Counsellor providing a range of counselling services. Alix is also experienced in recruitment assessment and community liaison.

 

 Diane Arnott

  Psychologist

 

 Qualifications:

  •   Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours)
  •   Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  •   Associate Diploma in Community Welfare
  •   Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Experience:

Diane worked for around 8 years as an academic psychologist in social and cognitive psychology. She has worked in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma and pain management.  She also offers couples/marital and family counselling. Her interests include close relationships, and working with children and adolescents.

 

 Eric Best

  Psychologist

 

 Qualification:

  •   Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  •   Diploma of Science
  •   Bachelor of Theology

 Experience:

Eric has over 26 years experience working as a Counsellor which includes experience as a Family Court Counsellor & Academic Tutor.

 

 

 Doug Calder

   Psychologist

 

 Qualification:

  •   Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)

 Experience:

Doug has over 15 years experience which includes providing psychological services to individual in acute and chronic stages of distress in corrections, hospital and community settings.

 Jenny West

  Social Worker

  Qualifications:

  •   Bachelor of Social Work
  •   Post Graduate studies in Family Mediation

 Experience:

Jenny is a Senior Social Worker with 13 years experience working in a variety of mental health settings, including development and implementation of improved mental health procedures for Hunter New England Mental Health and Northern Territory Health.

 

We are also proud to have with us, the following management team at AusPsych:

 

 Harry Parker

  Director

 

 Qualifications:

  •   Master of Business Administration

 Experience:

Harry has over 38 years of business experience in risk management, client relationships, management, marketing, business development, contract negotiation, ethics and corporate governance. He is a strong advocate for promoting the highest standards of professionalism and ethics within the EAP Industry particularly throughout the Asia Pacific Region. Currently, Harry is a Board Member and the Immediate Past President of The Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable (APEAR), Adjunct Director of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association International (EAPA), Treasurer of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association International (EAPA - Australian Branch) and International Officer of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association of Australia (EAPAA). He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

 

Lyndie Wallace

  Practice Manager

 

 Experience:

 Lyndie has over 10 years experience working as a practice manager and other various office positions in a number of different allied health providers.