The CatholicCare team
CatholicCare Hunter-Manning employs a variety of clinicians including psychologists, provisional psychologists, social workers and counsellors. We can match you with the most suitable counsellor or you may request to see a particular counsellor.
Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology hons.) from the University of Newcastle in 2002 and started her career providing behaviour management support for children and young people in out of home care on the Central Coast and in Sydney before moving to the UK in 2004 to join a children and families assessment service in a culturally diverse, inner-city London borough. While overseas, Kelly undertook assessments and counselling in a child protection and court context, going on to manage the team for several years, while completing studies in attachment-based therapy at the Tavistock Clinic. For the last eight years, Kelly worked across Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter areas as a Psychologist and Health Services Manager for a private organisation with Job Services, Department of Immigration and Employee Assistance Programs, providing counselling, assessment and group work to a demographic ranging from the vulnerable, long-term unemployed with complex needs, to highly functioning executives.
Kelly joined Catholic Care in 2018 as a Psychologist and Counselling and Clinical Services Manager. Across these roles, Kelly has managed mood disorders, trauma, personality disorders, domestic violence, family and relationships, work related issues and the challenges of managing the daily complexities of modern, everyday life. Kelly uses a range of treatment models tailored to client need, personality and preference; including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and has extensive experience in vocational coaching.
Kelly is passionate about working collaboratively with clients to support them to fulfill their potential in all aspects of their lives.
Chloe Marshall, Psychologist
Chloe obtained her psychology degree at the University of Newcastle, gaining registration with AHPRA in 2012. Since then, she has developed experience in occupational rehabilitation, counselling and clinical practice. Chloe is accredited to provide counselling under both the Medicare Better Access Scheme and the NSW Workers Compensation System.
Chloe uses a range of treatment modalities, tailored to client needs, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness-based approaches. She also uses elements of Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy. Chloe is experienced in helping people overcome a range of problems including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues and workplace stress.
Chloe enjoys helping clients of all ages to make sense of their situation and emotions. She is passionate about health and wellbeing in all its forms and aims to assist people in living fulfilling lives.
Cheryl Brown, Psychologist
Cheryl’s career began in Primary Teaching with a Diploma in Teaching from Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education (now known as Southern Cross University) and then a Bachelor of Education from University of New England. Later, this led to work in the Early Childhood environment and then Early Intervention for Special Needs. After a period as a foster carer she returned to study, completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies (with Distinction) and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (with Distinction) at the University of Western Sydney. She has experience in assessments, counselling and clinical practice.
Cheryl uses a range of treatment modalities, tailored to client needs, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches. She also uses elements of Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy.
While Cheryl has a passion for working with children and adolescents she is experienced in helping all age groups to overcome a range of problems including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues and workplace stress.
Jessica Smith, Psychologist
Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2014. Jessica is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is a committee member of the Newcastle APS branch.
Jessica has experience working therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults in one on one and group settings. Jessica has experience with most presenting problems including mood disorders, self-esteem issues, interpersonal challenges, stress, life transitions, complex trauma and challenging behaviours.
Jessica is trained in the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Radical Exposure Tapping, Narrative Therapy and Child Centred Play Therapy. Jessica also enjoys conducting assessments relating to cognitive and learning abilities, living skills, emotional and mental health status and behavioural profiles.
Jessica is a trained facilitator of the Tuning into Teens parenting program. Jessica also has experience running the Bringing up Great Kids-parenting program. Jessica is passionate about assisting parents to become more mindful and attuned to the needs of their children and their own needs. Jessica is a strong advocate of self-care. Jessica, furthermore, enjoys the collaboration involved in developing, writing and implementing trauma-informed behaviour support plans.
Sara Adams, Psychologist
Sara has completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) and a Master’s Degree in Counselling.
Sara is experienced in providing assessments and treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Sara has worked in child protection for six years, during which time she worked with families with complex needs and emotional difficulties. She has also worked with trauma victims and adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
Sara is experienced in working with work-related issues, depression, anxiety, social phobia, complex childhood trauma, self-esteem issues, family relationship issues, attachment and family of origin issues and behavioural issues. Sara’s work is eclectic, and she is trained and skilled in using various treatment approaches and therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, EMDR, Schema Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. She also has experience in assisting with relationship issues to strengthen relationships.
Sara has a special interest in working with couples and families and helping clients find a way of living a more rewarding and meaningful life.
Julianna Colton, Psychologist
Julianna completed a Bachelor of Psychology in 2014, from the University of Newcastle. Julianna is accredited to provide services under the Medicare Better Access Initiative and the Employee Assistance Program.
Julianna has experience in providing assessments and treatment to children, adolescents and adults; in individual and group settings. Before working at Catholic Care, Julianna worked in residential and non-residential settings with individuals struggling with both alcohol and/or substance misuse and mental health issues.
Julianna has experience in working with a range of different mental health problems including, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, addiction, schizophrenia, personality disorders, self-esteem issues, interpersonal challenges, life transitions, complex trauma and work-related issues.
Julianna uses a range of treatment modalities including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Remediation Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused and Mindfulness-based approaches.
Julianna enjoys working with people of all age groups. Julianna embraces the uniqueness of each client. She is passionate about helping her clients recognise their potential, achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
Gail MacDonell, Psychologist
Gail completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and then went on to complete her PhD (Psychology). Gail is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). Gail is also a registered nurse.
She has worked for approximately 20 years with Combat Veterans and their families where there were complex emotional and psychological needs, and dealing with intergenerational effects of trauma.
Gail is experienced in working with people who have experienced trauma and their relevant other; those with depression; anxiety; work-related issues, Carers’ issues; those struggling with self-esteem issues; behavioural issues; interpersonal challenges as well as grief and loss.
Gail has a person-centred approach for all her clients as she believes that everyone is unique. She is experienced in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Gail has a special interest in working with those who have experienced trauma and their families; she has a great understanding of the needs of Carers and loves to help empower those who have faced misfortune in their life.
Katrina Sweeny, Provisional Psychologist
Katrina completed her Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology-Honours) in 2014, is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and extends her professional links through groups such as the Mental Health Practitioner’s Network.
Experiences across the lifespan − from toddlers in foster families, to teenagers negotiating adolescence, adults struggling with unemployment, or, the challenges of physical and psychological health in later life – have developed Katrina’s ability to meet clients where they are and offer real options to support their wellbeing and growth.
She draws on a range of methods across Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and, has a special interest in creative therapies such as child-centred play therapy and sand tray work. Katrina is also qualified to present ‘1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching’ training to parents or teachers and enjoys sharing techniques to improve mindfulness, stress reduction and relaxation. She is also available for assessments related to schooling, developmental challenges and emotional health.
Katrina is passionate about empowering her clients to make changes and equipping them with the tools needed to face challenging situations in the future. Her person-centred approach will ensure you are feeling heard and supported throughout your treatment.
Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Newcastle and has recently returned to undertake further study and complete his Master of Clinical Psychology. He is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Robert has worked therapeutically with a diverse range of people including adults, children and adolescents. His experience extends to relationship issues, depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties and challenging behaviours.
He draws from a variety of treatment approaches including acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and mindfulness and solution-focused therapy. Robert also has experience conducting autism, cognitive and behavioural assessments.
He is passionate about helping his clients make changes that will help them to face challenging situations and enrich their life.
Gerard completed his Psychology undergraduate and Fourth-Year Psychology qualifications at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. He then pursued and completed a Master of Professional Psychology Degree at Federation University in Ballarat, Victoria, in 2019.
He has well-developed interpersonal skills and loves nothing more than being able to connect with individuals and helping them recognise their value and worth, and to realise their potential. He has a warm and relational-oriented style. Gerard is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and currently holds Provisional Psychologist status with AHPRA.
Gerard has an extensive corporate background having worked in senior roles for several multinational companies. As such, he has the skills to not only interact on a personal level but is equally comfortable in a larger more business-style setting. He has also completed a Business Degree.
Gerard is an avid musician and sports lover, and in his spare time he enjoys live concerts or a game of footy or cricket.
Ros has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Master of Clinical Psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
She enjoys working with people of all ages to identify strengths and devise strategies that will allow them to manage the challenges they face. This includes helping people with life issues and changes, personal development, parenting, and interpersonal relationships as well as with anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, and grief and loss.
Her approach is client-focused and tailored to the individual, aiming to maximise well-being and working towards change in a supportive and collaborative environment. She uses a range of evidence-based therapies depending on client preference that include cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy.
In her spare time Ros enjoys spending time with family and friends and the natural world, especially hiking adventures.
Claire began her career teaching, both primary schools and in high schools. Following this, Claire retrained as a school counsellor/registered psychologist and worked in several communities across regional and remote NSW. In 2005 Claire transitioned to private practice, working in Dubbo as a generalist psychologist where she assisted adults with a range of presentations including mood and personality disorders, addictions, eating disorders, schizophrenia and family and relationship discord.
During her time in private practice, Claire developed a concern for child and adolescent trauma including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress and Adjustment Disorders. She embraces Janina Fischer’s work and has completed modules within the “Working with the neurobiological legacy of trauma” framework. Her work in private practice also included an interest in assessment and therapeutic work with children and adolescents; particularly neurodevelopmental disorders (Intellectual disability, Autism spectrum (ASD), (Attention deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) and Learning disorders. She is a member of ASPECT and the Australian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID). Claire has completed assessments for FACs and the courts.
Therapeutically, Claire concentrates on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) when working with clients. However, she also utilises other treatment modalities depending on client presentation and need. These incorporate Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MCBT).