The Psychologists

Dr Janine Peckham, Clinical Psychologist & Owner


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


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.

Sian Khuman, Registered Psychologist


Sian is a Registered Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with adults, families, couples and children. Sian has extensive experience in key psychological areas such as anxiety, depression, adjustment to life changes, trauma and grief. Sian uses a combination of therapies to assist people to reach their treatment goals including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis.
Sian also has extensive experience working with couples and has a Masters of Couple and Family Therapy from the University of New South Wales.
You will find Sian’s approach warm and engaging and she will endeavour to work with you to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.

Justine Goldin, Clinical Psychologist


Justine is a Clinical Psychologist who has over 15 years of therapeutic experience working with adults with a broad range of difficulties. She has worked in many different settings, from adult psychiatry to community organisations to postnatal clinics.

Justine has an integrative and creative approach to therapy, applying evidence-based strategic therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, as well as evidence-based psychodynamic therapies to inform and add a deeper level of understanding to problems.

Her particular area of interest is in adult psychotherapy and perinatal mental health. She has experience providing therapy to parents (particularly mothers) who are finding the transition to parenthood challenging and she supports parents to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their baby.

Justine is able to offer both short-term and long-term therapy depending on the issues and needs of the client. She welcomes those who are struggling with severe problems that deeply disturb their functioning as well as those with everyday anxieties and less acute problems.

She has gained valuable experience in helping clients to deal with problems such as: depression, anxiety, postnatal depression, mother-infant attachment issues, parenting problems, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, adjustment difficulties, substance abuse issues, and unexplained physical problems that reflect psychological distress.

Justine provides a warm and sincere approach, working closely with her clients in order to provide insight and skills for self-development and psychological growth.

Monica Sekowski, Registered Psychologist


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.

Kristina De Palo, Registered Psychologist


Kristina is a registered psychologist with over 7 years experience working with adults, families and children. She has worked with couples in the private and public health setting also for a number of years. Her interests include perinatal mental health in particular post natal depression and mother-infant attachment.
Kristina has had valuable experience with individuals who have experienced trauma or difficult life events who are suffering depression, anxiety, panic or PTSD.
Kristina incorporates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help individuals achieve their therapeutic goals. Mindfullness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy has also been a huge part of Kristina’s practice to allow individuals to feel safe with their emotions giving them a sense of empowerment.
Currently, Kristina works in adult mental health working with individuals, children and adolescents who have severe and persistent mental health issues.
Kristina is also experienced and trained in Cool Kids Anxiety Program, Circle of Security Parenting Program and Schema Therapy.
Kristina provides a warm and nurturing therapeutic space for her clients with her friendly nature and shared goals for her patients to develop skills needed for self-growth and healthy living.

Alison Ramsay, Registered Psychologist


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, Education & Wellbeing Consultant

Emily has over thirteen years of teaching experience in a wide range of school settings from Morgan Primary School in the South Australian Riverland to St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School in London, in the United Kingdom.

Emily has been a Years 3-5 Classroom Teacher at a variety of different schools around Adelaide and has a Bachelor of Psychology. Emily has owned and directed her private counselling practice ‘Emily Shaw Consulting’ and was also a Education and Wellbeing Consultant in Adelaide. She is currently studying her Master of Clinical Psychology at The University of Sydney.

Emily is approachable and caring, relating to her clients and children with both professionalism and respect. Her aim is to allow young people to reach their full potential, through offering support to children and guidance to their families and carers. She is also available for one-on-one consultations with children, and or parents and caregivers in relation to educational and counselling-based matters.

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.