Clinicians

Dr Sunita Gurnasinghani - Paediatrician

Dr Sunita Gurnasinghani graduated in medicine from the University of Mumbai, India in 2000. Dr Gurnasinghani subsequently trained as a General Paediatrician in India and Australia. She has been recognised as Fellow of Royal Australian college of child health and paediatrics. She has worked in NSW hospitals in paediatrics for last 11 years.  She has extensive general paediatrics experience and subspecialty experience in NICU, developmental and community paediatrics, clinical genetics, etc. Dr Gurnasinghani has vast experience with Neuro-diverse presentations such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Currently, she is also working as consultant paediatrician at Hornsby Hospital and teaching and research-based activities hold special interest for her. She has publication in American Journal Of Clinical Genetics to her name.  

Dr Gurnasinghani's goal is to provide holistic quality of life to children with various needs and to provide support to their families. She is also passionate about taking a systemic and multidisciplinary approach to the care and health goals of her clients.

When she is not working, she travels, reads ,enjoys classical music and traditional dance forms.

Dr Sunita consults on Thursdays

Lianne Kady - Clinical Psychologist

Lianne is a clinical psychologist with experience and training in the assessment and treatment of children presenting with developmental, learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties. Lianne is committed to establishing warm and collaborative therapeutic relationships with her clients, working together within an evidence-based framework to achieve positive change. Lianne uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and also draws on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other mindfulness-based techniques as appropriate. Lianne also offers cognitive and academic assessment of children and adolescents to explore learning, attention and behavioural concerns as well as developmental issues such as ADHD and Autism. Lianne has a strong interest in child development and very much enjoys working together with families to help them reach their goals.

Lianne is excitingly expecting her 4th child, and will be taking a break from CDSA from the end of Feb 2019, to return later in the year.  As such, Lianne is not taking on any new treatment clients at present, focussing on providing discrete assessment services for Autism, ADHD, behavioural disorders and learning issues.

Please note that Lianne is taking maternity leave from March 2019

Megan Andriessen-Registered Psychologist

Megan is a Registered Psychologist who loves connecting people to the skills they need to live well.

With a particular interest in treating anxiety, depression and stress disorders,  Megan works with children, adolescents and adults and strives to create an empathic, non-judgemental space where clients feel safe to identify goals and develop workable strategies to achieve them.  Megan is qualified to deliver focused psychological strategies including cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation and mindfulness skills, as well as stress and anger management skills.  Megan is currently engaged in postgraduate studies in Brain and Mind Sciences (Sydney University).

Megan is available for appointment on Saturdays

Deborah Admoni - Registered Psychologist

Debbie is a Registered Psychologist with vast experience within the community, hospital and education sector. She is passionate about working with children and their families presenting with mental health issues and disabilities. 


In terms of mental health support, Debbie’s skills focus on working with children, young people and adults presenting with issues such as anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, school refusal, sleep issues, ADHD, depression and other mood disorders.  Debbie tailors her approach to suit the individual, drawing from a number of evidenced based treatment modalities.

 

Working with people with disabilities and their families or carers is a passion for Debbie. She has strong skills in behaviour management, empowering parents to work with children with challenging behaviours. Debbie takes a positive behaviour support approach to responding to difficult behaviours and works collaboratively with families, other health practitioners and educational organisations.  She believes that a systemic approach to supporting child development will lead to the best outcomes. Through her community work, Debbie has developed niche skills in supporting children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy and Downs Syndrome.

Deborah is available Mondays and Monday & Tuesday from November 2019

Maria Morte-Sanorjo - Registered Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar

Maria is a registered psychologist who has Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University (WSU). She is a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Award at WSU for academic excellence in her postgraduate studies and completed her undergraduate training at Macquarie University and received first class honours for her empirical thesis on women’s reactions to infant crying. 

Maria is a warm and compassionate therapist who has a special interest in perinatal mental health and early childhood development. She has received training in assessment and treatment of perinatal anxiety and depression and incorporates attachment-based relational approaches to help clients work through the transition to parenthood.  She is committed to establishing a collaborative therapeutic relationship with her clients and provides a supportive environment for her client’s to work through their difficulties and cultivate resilience.

Maria has worked in a range of mental health settings including inpatient acute care, non-government organisations and community based private practice. She delivers evidence-based treatments and utilises modalities such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. Maria can also offer comprehensive psychometric assessments to explore an individual’s level of functioning and support needs. She also has experience developing behaviour support plans and can provide parent management training to support parents with managing challenging child behaviours.

Maria is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons/evenings

Dr Katie Chung - Registered Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar

Katie is a registered psychologist and a clinical psychology registrar. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a PhD investigating the cognitive processes underlying vulnerability to depression recurrence at the University of New South Wales. She subsequently completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney.

 

Katie is an empathic, genuine, and collaborative clinician who has experience delivering evidence-based programs for anxiety disorders in children - facilitating change through both individual therapy sessions and group programs. On the basis of a holistic understanding of the presenting concerns, she has delivered parent management training to address issues such as tantrums, difficulties with bedtime routines, low self-esteem, and school refusal. Katie also has experience conducting cognitive and academic assessments to assess for giftedness, intellectual disability, specific learning disorders, and ADHD.

 

Katie delivers individualised treatment plans using evidence-based approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). She has experience working together with adults to understand and manage a range of psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, stress, low self-esteem, and relationship problems, as well as more pervasive, chronic patterns of problematic thoughts and behaviours. Her goals are to help clients develop the insight and skills they need to overcome their difficulties and to help them build more meaningful and fulfilled lives.

Katie is available for appointments Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon and evenings

Tanu Joshi - Registered Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar

Tanu is a registered psychologist who has completed her Masters in clinical psychology from Macquarie University.  She has worked in mental health for eight years across a range of different fields including; working with children and families, supporting rural communities and diverse cultures, drug and alcohol case management, and trauma recovery. Tanu has training and experience as a Senior ABA Therapist, conducting therapy sessions with children with autism and their families to implemented behavioural intervention and developmental programs.  As a certified Senior ABA therapist she was responsible for leading early intervention programs for young children diagnosed with emotional or behavioural difficulties, as well as, supporting and guiding families through the process of diagnosis and recommending treatments for their specific needs.

Tanu also has a number of years experience working in an acute mental health hospital. During this time she was responsible for case managing clients presenting with trauma, and drug and alcohol abuse. In addition Tanu has extensive experience in running children’s social skills groups, conducting diagnostic assessment and one on one treatment planning and intervention.

Tanu has a special interest in working with children and teenagers, and their families, including working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety and Adjustment Disorder. Tanu also has a special interest in working with families from different cultural backgrounds. She provides 1:1 therapy, group therapy and complex diagnostic assessment and cognitive assessment at CDSA. 

Tanu's availability is Monday and Tuesday afternoon and evenings

Jacqui Cheyne - Provisionally Registered Psychologist

Jacqui is a provisional psychologist who has completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and is eagerly awaiting her application for General Registration to be approved. She has a special interest in Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours and undertook studies in Trichotillomania for both her Honours and Masters theses. Jacqui also has an interest in anxiety, mood disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders as they present in children and adolescents.

Jacqui has previously worked as an ABA therapist providing support and therapeutic interventions for children with Autism and their families, and she currently volunteers as a mentor and counsellor for a charity which aims to help children and adolescents process and learn how to effectively deal with grief following the loss of a loved one. Jacqui has worked with people across the lifespan, although she has a special spot for working with children and young people. She has experience conducting cognitive and psychometric assessments, facilitating groups, and running individual sessions. Her overall aim is to help kids and young people live the best lives they possibly can.  

Jacqui is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Abigail Cohen - Speech Pathologist

Abigail has over 10 years of experience working as a speech pathologist. She has worked in a variety of service deliveries in private practice and in non-for profit organisations. Abigail has extensive experience assessing and delivering therapy to children from 0-18 years in the areas of speech (i.e. phonological disorders, articulation, Childhood Apraxia of speech), language (i.e. receptive and expressive language), fluency (i.e. stuttering) and literacy. Abigail has experience working with children with special needs, preschool-age and school-age children. She has professional and vast life experience working with children from multicultural backgrounds. Abigail is also fluent in Spanish and Hebrew. Abigail believes working with the parents is paramount to achieve the child’s communication goals.

Abigail is available on site Monday and Tuesday and also offers onsite appointments at school

Lindi Stein - Paediatric Nutritionist

Lindi is a nutritionist with a specific interest in children’s nutrition.  Dealing with children (from newborns through to teens) requires a mother’s touch, which Lindi certainly has. She has looked at issues spanning all ends of children’s nutrition from introducing solids, fussy eaters, healthy lunchboxes, allergies, reactions to digestion and bowel problems.  Lindi is also particularly interested in pain management through nutrition and diet.  Lindi will work together with you and your family to develop an overview tailored specifically for your families circumstances, including how to balance today’s fast pace life and still be able to provide the nutritional needs that your kids require within the time constraints that all parents have.

Contact us to discuss an appointment with Lindi as her days are flexible

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