Shannan Connell (Director and Psychologist)

 

Shannan has been working as a psychologist since 2008, after graduating from Griffith University with First Class Honours. Shannan began working in the field of disability and supporting families with complex needs for the QLD government, before then moving to a behavioural intervention clinic. Shannan has always had a passion for working with individuals on the Autism spectrum and made this her area of focus when opening her own practice in 2013. Shannan has had extensive experience working in the home and school settings. Over the years of practice she has naturally evolved from working in the home setting physically to virtually, finding it to be more effective and flexible in many ways.

 

Shannan has experience in working with a diverse range of concerns including;

  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Parenting
  • Family therapy

Shannan is registered as a Board-Approved Supervisor, enabling her to mentor and provide supervision to psychologists and provisional psychologists.

Shannan is a dressage enthusiast, spending her time outside of psychology; training, coaching and competing. Shannan loves spending time at home with her family and animals.

 


Jonathan Shai (Psychologist)

 

Jonathan is a  registered psychologist with experience working with diverse population of clients. He has supported individuals experiencing Autism, depression, anxiety, mental health concerns and personality disorders. Jonathan believes that a key to effective therapy is having a genuine interest in the people he works with while offering a non-judgmental space. His approach is based in empathy, using principles from Acceptance Commitment Therapy, mindfulness and CBT. Jonathan completed his Bachelor of Psychological Science at Griffith University, and his Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science at Bond University. Jonathan has been working in the mental health public sector since June 2018, supporting people around their illness to improve their quality of life.

Jonathan is available for appointments at our Mullumbimby office, or via telehealth (any location), school and in home appointments from families located between tweed heads and Lismore.

 


Mark Simpson (Psychologist)

 

Mark completed his honours degree in Psychology at the University of Nottingham, England before doing his double Masters’ degrees in Sport Psychology in Germany and Sweden. Mark uses a combination of strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a focus on the individual person and their unique situation. He believes that therapy is most effective when it works both on a practical and cognitive level, giving strategies to cope with difficulties in the short-term while working on a longer-term improvement. Mark has lived and worked in different countries and works well with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. In addition to working with a range of concerns, Mark is experienced with performance psychology, helping athletes, musicians and other performers to improve their practice and performance.

Mark is available for telehealth (video call or phone call) appointments Monday to Friday. As well as home or school visits in the Armidale region.

 

Lewis Fry  (Speech Pathologist)

Lewis Fry – BA SPTH (Hons); CPSP – Speech PathologistLewis is a honours graduate from the University of Newcastle. He provides high level communication and swallowing management across a broad range of clinical areas and ages. Having worked in disability during his university years, Lewis brings an extra understanding of the specialised care required for the management of people living with complex disabilities. He has excellent skills providing evidence based communication assessment and intervention for NDIS participants, and particular skills working with Autism.Other areas of particular interest include neurodegenerative conditions, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and providing high level services to people living with these conditions. He further has a passion for voice, and is a LSVT certified practitioner. Lewis offers school or home appointments between Tweed and Lismore and office appointments from our office at Mullumbimby, Monday to Thursday.

 


Kate Dillon (Provisional Psychologist)

 

Kate is a provisionally registered psychologist who began with us in 2020, experienced with children of all ages. She has a keen interest in people from all walks of life, experiencing a range of mental health concerns, trauma, and those with developmental disorders. 

Kate completed her undergraduate degree at Griffith University in Mt Gravatt in QLD and honours year at the University of the Sunshine Coast, having two girls along the way. 

She grew up in the Northern NSW and has recently returned with her young family to the area. 

Kate offers unconditional positive regard to all her clients, and approaches the therapeutic relationship with empathy, care and a genuine interest in the lives of all of her clients. Her tools are based in ACT, CBT and mindfulness. She also has an interest in Narrative Exposure Therapy, Positive Psychology and the facilitation of group therapies and workshops. Kate is currently being supervised by Shannan Connell and Angela Morrison.

In her free time, Kate loves to attempt to garden, hang out with her young girls, husband and dog, cook new recipes, learn Auslan and walk on the beach. 

Kate is available for school and home visits in the Lismore area, and Telehealth appointments, Tuesdays,  Wednesdays and Thursdays.


 

Haylee Johnson (Provisional Psychologist)

Haylee is a provisionally registered psychologist having completed her Honours degree in Psychology at Monash University. She also holds a Bachelor of Communications from Macquarie University, Sydney. Prior to psychology, Haylee spent more than a decade in the corporate sector helping organisations and their employees embrace and adapt to transformational change. Haylee has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma and individuals experiencing addiction. She also enjoys working with children and young people to improve their mental health outcomes. She provides a compassionate, safe and confidential space to support each client in living healthy and meaningful lives. Haylee’s approach stems from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Originally from Sydney, Haylee has recently moved to Northern NSW. She enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter.

She is available for appointments at our Mullumbimby Office,  school, telehealth and home visits on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

Rulan Cadiogan (Provisional Psychologist)

Rulan is a provisionally registered psychologist, completing her honours year at Monash University. She enjoys working with all age groups and has experience coaching and working with younger aged children. Rulan takes a holistic approach to her practice, using a variety of evidence based modalities when working with clients. She encourage self-awareness in overcoming problems and working toward goals.Rulan works collaboratively with clients to underline their resilience and unique strengths. Rulan’s practice is supported by techniques such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, and motivational interviewing. She uses these to explore individual and environmental constraints to client wellbeing.Rulan values being part of the Northern Rivers community, and is an active member of several community organisations. Outside of work, Rulan enjoys playing and coaching soccer and exploring all that the Northern Rivers has to offer with her family.She is available for appointments from Monday – Wednesday.


 

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