We are the clinicians of the Heath Group Practice in Edgecliff. We work with individuals, couples and families treating a wide range of psychological difficulties. We all hold a firm belief that our work improves the quality of people’s lives, and understand how vital it is to develop and thrive. We treat anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, trauma, emotional aspects of physical conditions and disease, food related difficulties, relationship breakdown, conflict, infidelity, divorce and separation, fertility, parenting issues and more.
Lissy Abrahams – Individual and Couples Psychotherapist. Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
Lissy is the founder of the Heath Group Practice, where she works with individuals and couples providing therapy and family dispute resolution services. In therapy she helps clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bereavement or loss, childhood trauma, struggles with life transitions, relationship or family distress. In family dispute resolution, Lissy helps couples navigate the process of separation, ensuring the best interest of their children are always maintained. Lissy trained and worked as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the world renowned Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) in London. At the TCCR Lissy was a practising clinician and her roles also included: lecturing on attachment theory and managing conflict in couple relationships; tutoring and as seminar leader for Psychodynamic Counselling students; and assessing new clients as a member of the Clinical Services Committee. Lissy also maintained a private practice and worked at Sebright Children’s Centre (Hackney, London) with individuals and couples on parenting and relationship concerns. Lissy has held positions on the Executive Committee and the Membership Committee of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors. Currently was Vice President of the Couple and Family Psychotherapy Association of Australasia (CAFPAA). She has also held various other committee positions. As a family dispute resolution practitioner, Lissy co-mediates with Alarna Carlsson of Carlsson & Co.
- Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (Australian Institute for Relationship Studies)
- Master in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London, UK)
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Attachment, Psychoanalysis and Couple Relationships (Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London, UK)
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Hons) (University of NSW)
- Diploma of Teaching (University Of Technology, Sydney)
- Australian Mediation Association
- Member of Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW Inc.
- Member of Couple and Family Psychotherapy Association of Australasia
- Member of British Psychoanalytic Council
- Member of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors
Patricia Abrahams – Separation & Divorce Consultant
Patricia graduated in 1985 with a first class honours degree in law, having earlier been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in psychology. She has also trained as a mediator and collaborative lawyer. She has practiced as a family lawyer for over 30 years, including as a partner at Henry Davis York, and at the firm she co-founded in 1999, Broun Abrahams Burreket. Patricia now focuses on providing clients with guidance (rather than legal advice) on matters relating to separation and divorce. She uses her wealth of knowledge, gained as a family lawyer, to provide information and guidance about the family law process, the court system, alternative avenues for the resolution of disputes and the challenges people face in relation to their relationship breakdown.
Justin Harris – Psychologist
Justin is a Psychologist working predominantly with adults and adolescents. He also works in Camperdown with homeless people recently introduced to housing. He returned from the UK at the beginning of 2012. During his time in England he completed a Masters degree at the Tavistock Centre in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Over this period, Justin ran psychotherapy groups for adults with substance dependence and adult males on the autism spectrum often with co-morbid psychotic disorders. This work occurred at the Priory Hospital. Aside from this, he maintained a private practice, offering longer-term weekly psychotherapy to adults with more enduring concerns. Justin’s previous experiences abroad have deepened his understanding of the complexity of his clients and informs his work at the Heath Group Practice.
- Master of Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Tavistock Clinic
- Master of Health Science (Behavioural Science), University of Sydney
- Graduate Diploma in Psychology, University of Sydney
- Diploma of Arts (Philosophy), University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Arts (Communication Management), Deakin University
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals
Anne Lee-Lindsay – Psychotherapist
Anne has worked with individuals and group across a variety of public and private health care settings. She started her professional life as a registered nurse. Anne has also worked for many years in centres of addiction, eating disorder and psychiatric units, such as The Sydney Clinic, the Langton Centre, Wesley Hospital and Jarrah House. She has worked extensively with mothers struggling to adapt pre- and post-natally. Within these settings Anne has facilitated group treatment as well as providing individual therapy. She is also a candidate in the ANZAP Psychotherapy training. Anne’s vast healthcare expertise influences her work with clients at the Heath Group Practice.
- Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Charles Sturt University)
- Graduate Certificate of Counselling (University of New England)
- Graduate Diploma in Childbirth Education (Childbirth Education Association)
- Bachelor of Nursing (University of Sydney)
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- NSW Nurses and Midwives Association
- Drug and Alcohol Nurses Australia
- ANZAP (Associate)
Alison Lyons – Individual, Couple and Family Therapist
Alison has worked with individuals, couples and families in a wide range of treatment settings over the past sixteen years. She has extensive experience working with people experiencing high emotional distress. Alison has worked in the public health drug and alcohol setting for fifteen years as an individual and group therapist. She is also a family therapist and works with adolescents and their families on a wide range of issues such as: relationship conflict, parenting issues, child protection issues, separation and divorce, adolescent issues, drug and alcohol issues and mental health issues. Alison has facilitated a wide range of therapeutic groups for people with drug and alcohol issues and for men with anger and violence issues. Alison currently facilitates psychological educational groups for parents. She is a lecturer at Macquarie University within the Social Health program and she teaches on the Graduate Diploma of Couple and Family Therapy course at the Australian Institute for Relational Studies (AIRS). Alison’s many years of experience is an asset for clients receiving her help at the Heath Group Practice.
- Graduate Diploma in Couple and Family Therapy – Australian Institute for Relationship Studies
- Master of Cultural Psychologies (Narrative Studies) – University of Western Sydney
- Registered Midwife – St. Margaret’s Hospital, Sydney
- Registered Nurse, Mercer’s Hospital, Dublin
- Clinical Member of The Australian Association of Family therapy (AAFT)
- Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Registered Nurse
Bernard Macleod – Psychotherapist
Bernard has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families seeking psychotherapy and parental support for a range of issues ranging from separation anxiety, depression, self-harm, attachment issues and the impact of separated families. He has worked in both the UK and Australia in various mental health settings including hospitals, mental health clinics, schools and private practice. Bernard is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy whereby he seeks to find the root cause of his clients distress and work with them in finding easier and more productive ways of being. Bernard works in a multi-disciplinary manner where necessary, using his broad network of mental health professionals as required to treat all aspects of the problem being presented. He is the President of the Couples and Family Psychotherapy Association of Australia, and is a regular speaker in schools across Sydney on the subject of parenting children across the school years.
- PgD, Integrative Psychotherapy, Regents College
- Masters, Psychodynamic Counselling for Children and Adolescents, London University
- Couples and Family Psychotherapy Association of Australia (CAFPAA), President
Dr Samira Sidhwani – Clinical Psychologist
Samira specialises in the assessment and treatment of a range of psychological difficulties experienced by adults and adolescents including mood and anxiety disorders, grief/loss and adjustment issues, perfectionism, panic attacks and emotion regulation difficulties. Samira has a number of years of experience working with adults and teenagers in a wide range of locations throughout Sydney including hospital settings, community mental health and private practice. She treats adults and adolescents with low self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma and relationship difficulties, self-harm and personality disorders. Samira uses an eclectic approach in her clinical work with a blend of attachment, psychodynamic and systemic family therapeutic models to treat each individual’s needs.
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology (University of Sydney)
- Masters of Science (University of Sydney)
- Bachelor of Psychology – Honours (University of Sydney)
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Australian Clinical Psychology Association (MACPA)
Lori Shatenstein-Goodman – Clinical Social Worker
Lori is a Clinical Social Worker who works therapeutically with adolescents and adults with a range of difficulties affecting their psycho-social functioning, including depression and anxiety, substance dependence, relationship difficulties and past experiences of trauma. She worked for several years at the Child Protection Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards, providing counselling to children who had been abused and their families. For the past 12 years Lori has worked within a women’s drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation centre. Here, Jace and Lori designed and facilitated a six week residential treatment program for women with a history of substance dependence and past experiences of trauma. Lori’s work focuses on attachment issues, relationships, past trauma and parenting. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and has run DBT groups. All of this experience brings richness to Lori’s way of working as a therapist at the Heath Group Practice.
- BA Social Work (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
- MA (Psychodynamic) Counselling (Reading University, England)
- Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers
Shawn Stevenson – Psychotherapist
Shawn works with individuals at the Heath Group Practice and in the community sector. He fosters a collaborative relationship using evidence-based modalities as well as current Mindfulness research to engage with the whole person, not only their presenting symptoms. Shawn addresses concerns that potentially limit a client’s capacity to enjoy a meaningful relationship with their own self and with others. This may include issues related to self-esteem and self-acceptance, authenticity and boundaries, emotions and self-medication, uncertainty and loss, intimacy and attachment, cultural and sexual diversity, life purpose and age-related transitions. Shawn is also interested in men’s mental health and has spent the last twelve years volunteering with an internationally based men’s organisation.
- Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy (Jensen Newman Institute, Sydney)
- Graduate Diploma of Education (University of Sydney)
- Diploma of Japanese Studies (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
- Bachelor of Arts (University of Newcastle)
- Clinical Member of CAPA NSW (Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW)
- PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) registered.
Alison Riddell – Psychologist
Alison is a Psychologist who is trained in Family Systems Therapy. She has vast experience working with individuals and also has a special interest in working with couples and families. Additionally, Alison has trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and uses Mindfulness to help improve overall wellbeing and therapeutic outcomes. Alison has also facilitated seminars on ‘Making Step Families Work’ and has featured on ABC radio discussing clinical issues facing psychologists today. Alison is an accredited psychologist with the Department of Veteran’s affairs and has experience working with adults diagnosed with related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She trained at the Education Centre Against Violence for victims of sexual abuse. She has worked in both public and private clinical health settings including: Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Northside Clinic and Relationships Australia. During this time she has maintained her private practice, which has helped facilitate opportunities for long-term psychotherapy helping clients gain insight into their difficulties and work on developing strategies to cope more effectively in the future.