B. Sci (Psych), PG Dip (Psych); M. Psych (Clinical)
Clinical Director/Clinical Psychologist
Simone Chartres is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Mrs Chartres completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University and holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Wollongong. Simone has had over 10 years of clinical experience working with young people and adults with complex presentations.
Before commencing her practice at SCPC, Simone worked in inpatient mental health hospitals, including St Vincent’s Hospital, as part of the Young Adult Mental Health Unit (USPACE), leading group and individual therapy. Mrs Chartres has also worked at Manly Drug Education and Counselling Centre (MDECC), Mosman Private Hospital, and directed early intervention programs in high schools.
Mrs. Chartres has conducted research with Professor Rocco Crino examining Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the role of family members. Mrs Chartres also has experience in treating clients with specific phobias, having worked at the Sydney Phobia Clinic which incorporates virtual reality for exposure therapy. Mrs Chartres has completed training at the MJC Pain Management and Research Centre (Royal North Shore Hospital), working within a multidisciplinary team to assist clients in the treatment of chronic pain.
Mrs Chartres is passionate about working with adolescents, adults and families, with extensive clinical experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance use disorders and eating disorders. She has received specialised training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and EMDR for processing traumatic memories.
BA (Psych) PGDip Psych MPsych (Clinical)
Nicole is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a full member of the APS and an Associate Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and their families. She works collaboratively with all of her clients in order to improve their wellbeing and help them reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives. Nicole has a special interest in ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and behavioural problems in children. Nicole strives to provide a holistic, empathic and caring service that is both personal and highly professional, utilising interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Brief Solution Focused therapy. Nicole has also developed a social skills group aimed at helping children build or improve their social skills and friendships.
Kim Shortridge MAPS
BA (Hons), BHlthSc (RC)
Kim is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She has undertaken tertiary studies at the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University, and Central Queensland University. For over 5 years Kim has worked across both the public and private sectors, providing both assessment and therapy services in child and family mental health settings. Prior to her work in psychology, Kim worked in the occupational rehabilitation sector for 10 years.
Kim is a certified facilitator for the Circle of Security parenting program, Triple P parenting program, Cool Kids Anxiety Program and Tuning in to Kids parenting program. Kim is, therefore, able to incorporate attachment based, cognitive behavioural and emotion coaching therapeutic techniques. Kim has a extensive knowledge in sensory processing issues and enjoys early intervention work.
Kim applies a client-centred strength-based approach to assist children and families move towards their goals for positive mental health. Kim adopts evidence-based approaches using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Play Therapy to assist children and families manage a range of issues. She is committed to assisting families in becoming more connected, resilient and content.
BSc; Grad Dip Sci (Psych); MsSocH
Jessica is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and Medicare. She is also currently undertaking further study, a Master of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University.
Jessica has over 13 years of experience both in Australia and the UK across various sectors, including community mental health services, non-government services, schools, hospital settings, and private practice. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults in these various roles. She is passionate about supporting people of all ages experiencing various challenges including depression, various anxiety conditions, behavioural concerns, and relationship issues.
Jessica has also worked with various health providers supporting her clients and is committed to working collaboratively to achieve best outcomes for her clients. Jessica aims to create a safe space for her clients where they can share their current difficulties and work together to come to a shared understanding of these difficulties from which they develop and practice strategies to alleviate these difficulties.
Jessica’s has much experience in working with children and young people with varying difficulties including depression, anxiety and OCD, as well as family and relationships difficulties. Jessica is trained in and uses a variety of evidence based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and is trained in various parenting programs, including Triple P.
Jessica is experienced in administering various psychometric assessments to assess for intellectual ability and learning issues, as well the screening and assessment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
BPsych (Hons), MClinPsych, LLB(Hons), BAppFin
Clinical Psychology Registrar/Registered Psychologist
Tim is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA), having completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour therapy (AACBT).
Tim has clinical experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in public and private settings. He worked with young people and their families at the Child and Youth Mental Health Service in Queensland. He has also provided treatment at the Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and at the the University of Queensland Psychology Clinic.
Tim has experience providing treatment in relation to a range of presentations, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavioural difficulties, social skills, self-esteem, and parenting skills. Tim’s primary treatment approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), though his practice is also informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), narrative therapy, and family therapy. Tim also has experience in assessment of ADHD, specific learning disorders, and giftedness.
Tim is a warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental psychologist. He is passionate about building a strong therapeutic alliance with his clients, believing that this and other relationships can be powerful agents of change and improve overall well-being.
Dr. Zoë Wheeler
Psychology (Hons), MSc (Health Psychology), PhD (Developmental Psychology), PG Dip Professional Psychology
Dr. Zoë Wheeler is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and has a Masters and PhD in Psychology from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Dr. Wheeler has previously worked in a high school as the Senior School Counsellor, in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and has also lectured in Early Childhood at Macquarie University.
Dr. Wheeler has a passion for working with teenagers and young adults, in addition to supporting parents. She has trained extensively in mood difficulties, behaviour change, and health behaviours, and believes in an empathic, emotion focused approach which fosters a strong therapeutic alliance.
Dr. Wheeler tailors her approach to each individual client and draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness. Dr. Wheeler conducts intellectual and educational assessments, in addition to assessing and treating a range of mood, situational, and behavioural difficulties. She has also worked with disadvantaged adolescents and in early intervention supporting families where a child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Michal Shoham Polonsky
Michal is a fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Michal was trained overseas and holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Tel- Aviv University.
Michal is a warm and dedicated therapist, who is passionate about supporting her clients through all stages of life. Michal has been working with children, adolescents, adults and families with various mental health presentations such as anxiety, depression and mood disorders for over nine years.
Before commencing her practice at Sydney Psychology Centre, Michal worked in an NGO in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, working with disadvantaged youth and families, providing therapy, school counselling, and facilitating parenting courses and school programs.
In her therapeutic work, Michal likes to draw on eclectic therapy models such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Systemic Family Therapy, as suited to clients’ needs. Michal is also trained in WorkCover.