Our Staff 

 


 

 

Dr Gary K. Banks

PhD(Med)[UNSW], MClin Psych [UWA], MBA [Macq U], BA,BPsych [UWA], MAPS

Principal clinical psychologist and managing director, Dr Gary K. Banks. Dr Banks is a registered Psychologist under the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with specialist endorsements in Clinical Psychology and Forensic Psychology ((#AHPRA Registration No:PSY0000974896). He is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Forensic Psychologists.

Gary holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in Psychology and Clinical Psychology and a Fellowship in Medical Hypnosis. His Master of Clinical Psychology degree also included extended training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Neurosciences Institute in West Perth. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW which also included completion of the neuroanatomy course for neuropsychologists.

In addition to a number of other clinical positions, he is a member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Australian New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law (ANZAPPL). He provides graduate and post-graduate clinical supervision for a number of universities around Australia and internationally.

His interests include forensic assessments and evaluations of individuals before the Courts for clinical and neuropsychological purposes. These include criminal, personal injury, insurance, child protection and and custody matters. He is an approved provider for the Crown Solicitor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Legal Aid, Public Trustee and most insurance companies.

He has been appointed to the NSW Children's Court as an Authorised Clinician and is listed by the Family Court of Australia as an approved clinician for the preparation of Family Reports and Single Expert Reports, and as well as being an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Provider.

He is the founder of the Sydney Counselling Centre – an organisation he established to provide high quality psychological therapy and assessment services by well trained, experienced and credentialed professionals.

 


 

 

Patrick Bruneau

MPsych (Ed&Dev), MComm (IR&HR), PGDip Psych, BSc, MAPS, AHRI

Patrick is a registered Psychologist and healthcare provider. Patrick is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Patrick holds graduate and post graduate degrees in Science and Psychology and obtained his Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) from the University of Western Sydney. His Master’s thesis was on the various manifestations, theories and research regarding the relationship between impulsive and aggressive behaviour(s).

Patrick has experience working as an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with adults, children and families in private practice. In addition to this, Patrick has extensive experience providing psychological, psychometric and educational assessments, treatment, and interventions in corporate settings as both a psychologist and Human Resources Manager. Subsequently, Patrick has a Masters in Commerce of which he majored in Industrial relations, Human Resource Management and Workplace Learning and Development (HRD) strategies.

His professional interests in private practice include conducting psychometric assessments for all ages but preferably children and adolescents in regards to a wide range of concerns including intellectual/cognitive, educational, developmental, behavioural, social/ emotional and memory; the development of children; intellectual disabilities; diagnosis of childhood disorders and gifted children. Patrick also provides counselling and intervention to children and families including but not limited to: self esteem/confidence, anger management, behaviour management, family issues, general counselling, divorce issues, sibling rivalry, parenting skill/issues, attachment etc.

Patrick’s interest and expertise also extends to corporate settings in which he is able to provide services that include workplace mental health assessments, training and counselling, psychometric testing, vocational advice and training, learning and development strategies and programs, workers compensation, industrial relations, general HR advice/consultation, employee engagement and culture assessments and management training and mentoring programs.

 


 

Keith Kong

 B.A. (Hons), Master in Psychology (Educational and Developmental Psychology)

Keith is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist (AHPRA Registration No. PS 0001276664). He specialises in individual and family therapy. He has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement and family problems.

He believes that therapy is a collaborative relationship in which both client & therapist are involved in a journey of self-discovery. Therefore, client-therapist relationship is of paramount importance because it is the relationship that brings the healing. He promotes personal growth, self-awareness and help clients experience authentic existence through the process of therapy.

His treatment approaches include Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic therapy and Existential therapy.

Keith also does therapy in Cantonese and Mandarin.

 


 

Jun Mo Jeong

 BPsych(Hons) PGDip Psych

Jun is a registered Psychologist (AHPRA Registration No. PSY0001408626) and registered as a Medicare provider. He holds Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree from UNSW and Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology from Macquarie University.

Jun has experience working with adults, adolescents, and families to help them manage a wide range of psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and adolescent behavioural and emotional problems. He also has experience in conducting psychometric assessments including intelligence and memory function. Jun utilizes evidence-based psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Schema Therapy.

Jun speaks English and Korean in therapy. He is one of the few Korean psychologists in Sydney who completed professional training in Australia.

우울, 걱정, 분노, 극도의 긴장 상태등으로 얽매어서 현재의 삶을 제대로 누리지 못하고 계신 분들을 대상으로 정준모 호주 공인 심리치료사가 시드니 카운셀링 센터에서 정신 심리 검사 및 상담치료를 시행합니다. 갈등속의 부부와 삶의 정체성 문제로 번민하는 청소년들에게 생각과 행동의 변화를 모색합니다. 메디케어 벌크 빌링 가능합니다.

 


 

Malinda Guest

MClinPsych, BSc (HONS)(PSYCH) [USQ], MAPS

Malinda is a registered Psychologist and an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). She is also a registered Medicare provider.

Malinda has considerable experience providing psychological treatment and interventions to adolescents, adults, older persons, and couples/families. She implements therapies from evidence-based approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Over the years, Malinda has worked in both public health and private practice settings, as well as not-for-profit organisations. She has facilitated groups which focused on issues such as post natal depression, self help, and improving communication in the workplace. She has an interest in working with a large variety of psychological presentations, including depression, anxiety, trauma, work stress, relationship issues, grief and loss, alcohol and substance misuse, and personality difficulties.

 


 

Barrington Davis

MPsych (Sport), PGDip Psych, MAPS

Barrington is a registered Psychologist and healthcare provider and is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Barrington obtained his BA from Sydney University majoring in Psychology & Sociology. He also gained his Post Graduate degree and Masters degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Western Sydney, together with a continuing interest and ongoing research into Neuroplasticity.

Barrington has a special passion for Performance Enhancement Psychology. Prior to qualifying as a Psychologist, Barrington spent over 25 years in the entertainment industry as a singer, songwriter and actor and therefore has first-hand experience of some of the issues that all performers can face.

Barrington has not only assisted actors, singers and dancers to reach their optimal level he has also worked with clients in the corporate environment. Being able to engage in public speaking, updating colleagues at business meetings, giving a sales presentation, all require skills that come under the umbrella of Performance Enhancement Psychology.

As a psychologist, Barrington has a whole person approach and works with his clients to identify the best “tools” for them to reach a beneficial outcome. Barrington acknowledges there are real stresses and difficulties that exist in individuals lives that may need addressing but the intention is not always to look for what is wrong and fix it but also find what is right and enhance it.

Barrington has also had extensive experience working with clients to help them manage a wide range of psychological concerns including depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship issues, problems with self esteem/self confidence, stress management, alcohol and other drug issues.

His treatment approaches include Client Focussed Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Psychoeducation and Brain Based Therapy.

 


 

Peiling Kong

MClin Psych [ACAP], BPsych (Hons) [USyd], GDPsych [USyd], BA [USyd], MAPS

Pei is a clinical psychologist (AHPRA PSY0001687492) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in psychology and clinical psychology. Pei has published research on the prevalence of eating disorders in female elite athletes. She is currently conducting research alongside Dr Gary Banks on improving the efficacy of child protection interventions in clinical and forensic settings. Pei has presented her research at various state and national conferences.

Pei’s experience include working with children from 5 years of age to adolescents and adults who present with a range of complex presentations such as emotional and behaviour problems, anxiety and depression, bullying, self esteem, body image concerns, addiction and trauma. Pei has worked in Out of Home Care, whereby she provided behavioural support and assisted in case management of children, adolescents and families with disadvantaged backgrounds. She maintains ongoing interests working with victims of domestic violence.

Pei’s expertise and professional interests also extend to conducting psychological assessments with individuals of all ages, including cognitive functioning, emotional and social functioning, memory, learning, and behaviours. Additionally, Pei has facilitated performance enhancing group seminars for elite athletes, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based groups for children and adolescents focused on managing exam stress, as well as pre-employment job-readiness groups. She continues to mentor elite youth female athletes in New South Wales and Victoria.

 


 

Renee Morgan

MClin Psych [UWS], PGDip Psych [UWS], GDip Psych [USyd], BA [UWS], MAPS

Renee is a Clinical Psychologist (AHPRA Registration No. PSY0001295119), a member of the Australian Psychological Society, associate member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and she is registered as a Psychologist with Medicare. She has completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in psychology and clinical psychology including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy. Renee’s Master’s thesis examined the prevalence of pain and sleep disorders in young children with cerebral palsy and their association with emotional distress in parents or carers. She is currently continuing research on pain and sleep disorders in young children with cerebral palsy, and on cognition and executive functioning in children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Renee has presented her research findings at international conference.

Renee has significant experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families to assist them to address a range of problems including post-natal depression and anxiety, child sleep and feeding issues, school progress, emotional or behavioural concerns, stress, anxiety and depression, self-esteem and assertiveness concerns, chronic health and disability related issues, drug or alcohol addiction, separation, divorce and other relationship difficulties. She also has experience running parenting programs, and groups for post-natal issues, anxiety and depression, alcohol and drug use and personality disorders.

Renee’s professional interests include working with families, with individuals with disability or chronic health conditions and undertaking psychological and neuropsychological assessments with individuals of all ages to investigate a wide range of concerns including developmental, social and emotional functioning, academic performance, cognition and executive functioning, and memory.

 


 

Michelle Fisher

MPsych(Hons) [UNSW], MBA [Macq U], BSc(Hons) [ANU], MAPS

Michelle is a clinical psychologist and is registered under the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with specialist endorsements in Clinical Psychology (Registration No. PSY0001128057). She is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Michelle holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the Australian National University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of NSW. She has worked extensively in the public system and had a broad range of experience with mental health issues. Prior to commencing in private practice she served for 7 years as a clinical psychologist with the NSW Police Force where she assessed and treated police officers with a range of psychological disorders particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has more than 20 year’s clinical experience in hospitals, medical centres, community health centers and in corporate (EAP) and educational settings (TAFE and University). She aims to provide an empathic and supportive treatment environment where the focus is on teaching practical psychological strategies to overcome psychological problems such as anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, eating disorders and low self-esteem. Michelle has provided treatment within the modalities of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Hypnotherapy, Schema Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

 


 

Jennifer (Yen-Erh) Chu - returning to SCC 30th January 2017

BSc (Hons), MA, PGDipClinPsych, MAPS

Jennifer is a registered Clinical Psychologist (AHPRA Registration No. PSY0001172476) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is also registered as a Psychologist with Medicare. She holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Her master thesis was on the evaluation of binge eating behaviour and stress coping strategies, and she has experience with a broad range of mental health concerns with a broad range of populations.

Her clinical experiences enable her to help individuals with depression, bipolar, stress management, self-esteem issues, assertiveness issues, grief and loss, migration problems, panic attacks, Social Anxiety disorder, Specific Phobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, eating concerns, and affective disorders with psychotic features.

Jennifer is fluent in English, Chinese Mandarin and Taiwanese (Hokkienese), and able to communicate in Japanese. She has a good understanding of Asian cultures and common issues and pressures that migrants may have in the new country. Her sensitivity to cultural issues places her in a good position in assisting individuals facing cultural adjustment difficulties.

 

 朱妍爾擁有心理學學士及臨床心理學碩士學位,也是一位有政府Medicare執照的心理師。她的碩士論文研究飲食疾患及心理壓力之間的關係,她也有許多治療各類不同疾病患者的臨床經驗。她的專業範圍包含憂鬱症,躁鬱症,心理壓力,自信低落,喪親之痛,移民心理問題,恐慌症,社交障礙,恐懼症,廣泛性焦慮症,強迫症,創傷後壓力症候群,飲食疾患,帶有幻聽幻覺的情感性精神病等等。她能說流利的中文(普通話),台語以及英文,也能夠用日文溝通。她對於移民所可能帶來的壓力及挑戰有深切的認識,也因此能有效的幫助在這方面有困擾的人們。