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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 Pavan, Psychologist

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.

 

Jody Kerr, Psychologist

Jody is a registered psychologist with over 18 years experience as a counsellor.  She obtained undergraduate psychology qualifications at The University of Newcastle and Queens University of Belfast and went on to complete postgraduate qualifications at the University of New England.  Jody has been registered with AHPRA   and the Psychology Board of Australia since 2004.

Before working with CatholicCare, Jody gained valuable experience both therapeutically and in management / clinical supervisory roles, working in a range of organisations including private practice, occupational rehabilitation,  multidisciplinary pain clinics, and a not for profit suicide crisis intervention and prevention agency. She has also worked as an accredited Mental Health First Aid trainer running corporate and public training in this area.  She is a registered provider of Medicare, private health funds, and WorkCover services.

Jody’s therapeutic approach is client centred, and she draws on various modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT),  Brief Solution Focussed Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy to tailor an individualized treatment program to meet the needs of her clients. She has experience working with youth, adults and couples with various presentations including depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking, grief & loss, relationship difficulties, workplace conflict, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence victims, and victims of crime.

 

Tanya Russell, Assistant Director

Tanya Russell is a registered psychologist with over ten years experience and is also the manager of the Counselling and Clinical Services team. Tanya completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle and went on to obtain her Honours degree through the University of New England.

Tanya has worked as a generalist psychologist with training and experience across a wide variety of client presentations including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, work-related concerns and managing the ordinary and extraordinary stresses of life. Additionally, to support the growing needs of specialist assessment services, Tanya now provides autism assessment services for children and adults.

Tanya works with an eclectic approach and prefers to tailor the therapy to suit her clients’ presenting issues as well as their personalities. She is experienced in therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy, among others.

Before working at CatholicCare, Tanya worked in the occupational rehabilitation industry, where her passion for improving workplace cultures was cultivated. Tanya gained a great deal of understanding and experience in the skills required to lead teams successfully with emotionally intelligent leadership. Tanya now uses this experience, in addition to training, in her current work as an executive coach. Tanya provides consultancy services to a number of organisations in the health and education sectors, providing manager and team support within an executive coaching framework. To complement her coaching work, Tanya also presents workshops on a variety of workplace and mental health-related topics.

Tanya continues to share her passion for personal wellbeing by writing a monthly column for Aurora magazine, which is distributed monthly in local newspapers including the Newcastle Herald. She is a psychology board-approved supervisor for provisional psychologists and also provides professional supervision to employees from other allied health backgrounds.

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, Provisional 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.

Erwin Webb, Wellbeing Counsellor

Erwin is a registered Counsellor and functions as wellbeing counsellor and Fatherhood worker. Erwin graduated with a Diploma of professional counselling in 2011, Cert IV Training and Assessment in 2013 and is registered with the Australian Counsellors Association at Level 2.

Erwin has experience working therapeutically with adolescents, couples and adults in ‘one on one’ and group and residential clinical settings. Erwin has experience with most presenting problems, including mood disorders, self-esteem issues, interpersonal challenges, stress, life transitions, complex trauma, grief and loss, self-harm, cyber addiction and carers support counselling. Due to his experience as the senior counsellor of a residential crisis centre, he has particular experience in acute anxiety, suicide intervention and stabilisation areas.