The Psychologists

Dr Janine Peckham, Clinical Psychologist & Owner

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Dr Janine is a trained Clinical Psychologist with a PhD in Psychology. Dr Janine is passionate about psychology and what it has to offer the community.

Her area of interest is adult mental health and she provides treatment for a range of areas including; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Depression, Post Natal depression, anxiety disorders and adjustment disorders relating to life stages and events.

Dr Janine uses a range of evidence-based treatments including cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).

You will find Dr Janine’s approach warm and friendly and she will endeavour to provide a safe environment for you to share your concerns and reach your therapeutic goals.


Dr Marija Naumoska, Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Marija Naumoska, Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science, joined the team of Clinical Psychologists at The Balmain Practice in June, 2011. For the past 10 years, she has been working in adult mental health services in various roles. In 2002, she began working on a mental health crisis team, providing practical support and counselling to individuals with moderate to severe mental health issues. In 2003, she joined a community mental health team, where, as a case manager, she was involved in the long-term therapeutic care and rehabilitation of individuals with moderate to severe mental health issues. She remained in this role until 2005, when she joined the team at The Counselling and Therapy Centre, St John of God Hospital, Burwood. At The Counselling and Therapy Centre, Dr Naumoska was primarily involved in conducting group therapy for depression, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Since joining the team at The Balmain Practice, she has been involved in providing individual therapy for various mental health issues. Her areas of interest are anxiety, depression and trauma-related emotional and interpersonal problems.


Monica Sekowski, Registered Psychologist

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Monica is a registered psychologist with a Masters Degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology; she has over 7 years experience providing psychological therapy and undertaking diagnostic assessments with children, adolescents and adults. Monica has a special interest in Paediatric Psychology and works across two public hospitals in Sydney in the areas of trauma and child and adolescent mental health. Monica uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to treat anxiety based disorders in children and adolescents (OCD, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety, sleep and feeding difficulties and School Refusal), eating disorder (CBT-E) and mood disorders. Monica is also trained in Trauma based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy used to treat children, adolescents and adults that have experienced a trauma or difficult life event. Monica is also experienced in delivering group and individual parenting support programs such as the Triple P, Positive Parenting Program and Tuning into Teens.


Alison Ramsay, Registered Psychologist

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Alison is a warm and empathetic Psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology. She has experience working with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds who have experienced anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, body image and self esteem issues, abuse, trauma, self-harm and a number of other issues. Her approach is hollistic and flexible, considering how every aspect of a person’s life contributes to their challenges and their wellbeing. She supports people to not only manage their presenting issues but also to recognise strengths and create meaning within their lives. She incorporates a range of evidence-based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to teach practical skills and flexibility in thinking. Alison is a Kiwi and gained her Psychology qualifications in New Zealand.


Emily Shaw, Registered Psychologist (& Clinical Psychology Registrar)

Emily is a Psychologist, Counsellor and the Education and Wellbeing Consultant at The Balmain Practice where she has individual therapy sessions with children, adolescents and adults. Emily teaches social skills programs such as ‘What’s the Buzz?’ and the ‘MindUP’ curriculum to children aged 4-16 years, and she also runs other group-based programs for adolescents and adults. Emily has a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours, both a Bachelor and Master of Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Master of Counselling Practice.

Emily has over fifteen years of teaching experience in a wide range of school settings in Adelaide, rural South Australia and London, in the United Kingdom. She was also a university lecturer for four years where she taught Childhood and Adolescent Development to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Emily was the Education and Wellbeing Consultant at Rose Park Psychology in Adelaide and she has had her own counselling practice since 2017. Emily is currently a psychologist and group therapist at a private psychiatric hospital in Sydney where she teaches group based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) programs for the treatment of depression, anxiety, anger, trauma and she also teaches Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programs.

Emily has an extensive knowledge base, and a wealth of experience that she brings to her therapy and counselling sessions. Emily is trained in and utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in her therapy sessions. Emily uses her knowledge and training in Attachment Theory when working with young children and adolescents as she is a trained Circle of Security facilitator. Emily is approachable and caring, relating to her patients with both professionalism and respect. Her aim is to allow all people to reach their full potential, through offering support and guidance.


Louise Gee, Registered Psychologist

Louise is a Registered Psychologist and has over 8 years’ experience in both the public and private sector, working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Louise provides a warm and safe space for clients to explore issues which impact on their health and wellbeing. She works collaboratively with clients in developing personal growth and resilience. 

Louise has a special interest in trauma and attachment, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, mood disorders, perinatal mental health, behaviour management and parenting. Louise is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focussed CBT, CBT for Eating Disorders, Circle of Security, Dialectical and Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Louise’s qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Post Graduate Diploma of Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is also an accredited Trauma Focussed CBT Supervisor. Louise is currently undertaking her Master of Clinical Psychology training.


Theona Bustos, Clinical Psychologist

Theona is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in public hospitals, community health and private practice. Her approach to therapy is person-centered and she adopts a systemic lens to understand her clients. Theona has worked at Karitane, Redbank House (Adolescent Unit) and USPACE. She is an accredited therapist in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy and has formal training in CBT. Theona has experience in working with couples and uses the Gottman Method to support couples with any difficulties. She also has extensive experience with delivering family therapy interventions. She is a clinical associate of several postgraduate psychology training programs and provides clinical supervision to junior clinical psychologists.

Theona’s interests and passions lie in working with people with anxiety, depression and psychosis. She has a particular interest in adolescent health and development, having worked extensively with young people. She is also skilled in supporting people who have experienced both acute and complex trauma.


Steve Bicknell, Registered Psychologist

Steve is a Registered Psychologist with 15 years’ experience working with adults, adolescents and children. Steve has a Bachelor of Psychology (Arts), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, and is a Board Approved Supervisor with AHPRA.

Steve has spent the last 10 years working with Juvenile Justice, and has also worked in educational, mental health and disability settings. Steve has worked in private practice in a part time capacity since early 2017.

Steve’s particular interests and skills include working with trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, behaviour management, acute stress, parenting, substance abuse and divorce and child custody disputes. Whilst much of his history is working with severe and complex presentations, Steve has vast experience with all wide array of clients, presenting with all manner of concerns. Steve’s friendly and easy going nature helps clients to feel comfortable and confident in a therapeutic environment.

Steve utilises cognitive behavioural therapy in his counselling, as well as psychodynamic principles, solution focussed, dialectical behaviour and acceptance and commitment therapy. He is also trained in trauma focussed cognitive behavioural therapy, has extensive experience in group therapy and training staff and parents.


Isabella Jacomb, Registered Psychologist

Isabella is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She holds a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University. Isabella has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various clinical settings in both the public and private sectors. Isabella has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of cognitive, developmental, behavioural, mood and anxiety difficulties. She is skilled in the diagnosis of disorders such Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Specific Learning Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. Isabella has a particular interest in the treatment of Depression and Anxiety. She utilises evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness. She is committed to working collaboratively with individuals and their families and values a strong empathic, supportive therapeutic relationship.


Elizabeth Henman, Registered Psychologist

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Liz is a registered psychologist and has worked in a variety of school settings with children, adolescents and their families. Liz has significant experience with diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents including cognitive, behavioural and mental health assessment and screening. She has also been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Solution focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Practice, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Her current therapeutic approach is based on Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), utilising components of other therapeutic techniques to create an eclectic, individualised experience. She has worked with anxiety and mood disorders.
Liz has a holistic, strengths-based philosophy of therapy that encompasses all aspects of people’s lives, including health and wellbeing. She is dedicated to creating collaborative therapeutic relationships, encouraging and teaching skills to help people build resilience and meaning in their lives.