Meet The Core Psychology Team

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Current Clients

You can now book your appointments online. Just find your Psychologist below and book in a time that suits you.

Our Psychologists are highly trained and experienced in treating adults and adolescents with a wide range of presentations including: anxiety, depression, stress and burnout, self-esteem issues, sleep disorders, bereavement, relationship issues and trauma. Members of our team also specialise in working with children and their parents.

Tracey Feltham

TRACEY FELTHAM

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Director & Principal Clinical Psychologist

BA (Psychology), MA (Psychology), MPsy (ClinPsy)

Special interest in:

  • Supervision & Mentoring
  • Accredited Supervisor with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board

I opened Core Psychology in 2007 with the vision of creating a warm, and welcoming practice where our clients can access expert help with highly qualified and trained Clinical Psychologists. With over two decades of experience working as a Clinical Psychologist within the public health system, University research settings, and in private practice I am now specialising in supervising and mentoring our highly qualified team. I am passionate about helping the next generation of Clinical Psychologists grow their expertise so that our clients can not only get well and stay well, but live a life more fulfilling than they could have imagined.

I am no longer taking on new clients as I focus on the supervision and training of our fantastic team, implementing Feedback Informed Treatment so we can track the gains our clients are making, and developing ways to improve the way we deliver treatment. I have also been engaged by the University of Technology to work as a Clinical Supervisor for its Masters of Psychology students.

Marianne Restifo

MARIANNE RESTIFO

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Registered Psychologist

B. Psychology

Special interest in:

  • Self-esteem issues
  • Relationship/family issues
  • Children and Adolescent mental health
  • Transitioning to early adulthood
  • Anxiety and mood disorders

I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Western Sydney and have experience in various areas of psychology within different settings. These include the provision of therapy in private practice, working in Occupational Rehabilitation, and providing health and vocational counselling to a number of Government agencies.

I have experience providing psychological treatment across a widespread of clientele from pre-school aged children to adolescents and right through to clients in late adulthood. I am passionate about providing warm and empathic support, and working collaboratively with my clients to help them achieve their therapy goals.

I use a variety of therapeutic models and tailor these to assist with my client’s presenting issues. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Relaxation Therapy, Play and Art Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I like to be creative in my therapeutic approach and think outside the norm to ensure my clients become resilient and obtain the best possible outcome from their therapy experience.

Leah Plunkett

LEAH PLUNKETT

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Registered Psychologist

BPsych (Honours)

Special interest in:

  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Attachment issues
  • Family and interpersonal relationships

I have worked in psychology since graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of Western Sydney.

I have experience providing psychological support to adults, adolescents and children, utilising a range of interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, family-based therapy (including structural, systemic and narrative approaches), parent management training and an understanding of relationships informed by attachment theory. I have provided these interventions in a variety of formats including individually, within family units, and through facilitation of group sessions.

I am committed to continuing professional development and am currently studying to complete a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). My work at Core Psychology will enable me to satisfy the practical requirements of the course.

I am excited to engage genuinely and collaboratively with clients, and to provide interventions guided by evidence-based practises.

Chynna Foster

CHYNNA FOSTER

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Clinical Psychology Registrar

M.Psy (Clin Psy), B. Sc. Honours (Psy) 

Special interest in:

  • Adjustment disorder
  • Relationship and family issues
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Sexuality and Gender issues
  • Complex Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Vicarious Trauma

I acquired a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. I am interested in working with individuals throughout the lifespan and have experience working across both the private and non-government sectors. My therapeutic approach is warm, collaborative, and individualised in response to each person’s unique needs. I have experience in various evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Somatic approaches. In addition to my role in private practice I am currently working as both a trauma counsellor and professional trainer in a non-government organisation.

Dominic Oen

Dominic Oen

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Clinical Psychology Registrar

MClinPsy, BPsych(Hons) 

Special interest in:

  • Mental health across the lifespan
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment difficulties, including physical health
  • Transitioning to early adulthood

I graduated with a Master of Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University. My therapeutic style is influenced by evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), genuine curiosity, warmth, collaboration, and the importance of valuing the stories of each person I have the opportunity to work with.

I have experience in both private and not-for-profit sectors, working with people across the lifespan experiencing a range of psychological difficulties, including anxiety and mood disorders, bereavement, cancer-related distress, and substance use. In addition to my private practice role, I work in the public health sector, providing psychological intervention to people diagnosed with cancer and haematological disorders, their families and carers.

Courtney Smith

COURTNEY SMITH

Clinical Psychologist

M.Psy (Clin Psy), B. Sc. Honours (Psy)

Special interest in:

  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • Long-standing relationship issues with partner, family or friends
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychological approaches to weight concerns
  • Body Image Disorders

I obtained my Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland and have worked in a variety of settings including government agencies, private practice and as a school counsellor. I am passionate about helping people improve their wellbeing and psychological health. I utilise strategies based in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and have undergone extensive training in Schema Therapy.

I have a special interest in working with people with a complex mix of issues within their relationships or with themselves. This includes unhealthy relationships with food and I work with my clients to help them understand the psychological aspects and causes of their eating, hunger or body image difficulties, and look at how we can make lasting changes to interrupt these patterns.

Working in partnership with my clients we aim to build self-awareness, enhance confidence and bring back a sense of direction on the road to achieving long term fulfillment.

As well as being on the team at Core Psychology I run group programs at the Northside Clinic in the Eating Disorder Unit.

 (Courtney is not currently taking on new clients.)

Ashling Isik

ASHLING ISIK

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Clinical Psychologist

M.ClinPsych, B.Psych (Honours)

Special interest in:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Transitioning from high school into early adulthood
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Gender Identity & LGBTQIA+ issues

I hold a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology and have worked in non-government agencies and university and community health settings, in both clinical and research roles, which has given me extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of adults, adolescents and families.

I have a supportive and non-judgemental approach and enjoy working collaboratively with clients to improve psychological health and wellbeing. I use various therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). My aim in treatment is to equip my clients with relevant resources, skills and information, and provide guidance and support through difficult periods of life.

In addition to my clinical work in private practice I hold a research position at the University of Sydney and volunteer my time in a managerial role with the Australian Refugee Volunteers.

 (Ashling is not currently taking on new clients.)

Emma Champion

EMMA CHAMPION

Practice Manager

BA (Psych) LLB

After a career in the legal profession I have worked in managerial positions in the mental health sector for 10 years. I joined Core Psychology in 2014 and am responsible for the general management of the practice, the implementation of strategies to improve the care and experiences of our clients, as well as business development.

MARIAM YOUNAN

Administrative Assistant

B.Advanced Sc. (Psych Honours Class 1), MPsych(Forensic)/PHD candidate

CLARA DE TORRES

Administrative Assistant

B.Psych (Honours), MPsych(Forensic) candidate