Dr Robert Battisti | Clinical Psychologist | BPsych (Hons), PhD (Clinical Psychology) MACPA
Robert Battisti is a Clinical Director at Mind Plasticity and our Principal Psychologist, overseeing much of the shared mental health care for clients of the practice in collaboration with other Mind Plasticity clinicians. He is passionate about delivering evidence-based therapies and overcoming some of the traditional barriers that restrict people from accessing top quality care via team care arrangements.
Robert completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong and a postdoctoral position with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales in partnership with the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney. He has worked in and around Sydney for many years and has professional affiliations with organisations such as Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University, headspace, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Robert is additionally on the Board of Directors for the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). Robert has expertise in working with individuals and families with more complex needs and in multi-disciplinary care arrangements. His clinical background is in child, adolescent and young adult (AYA) psychology as well as parenting psychology, with an expertise in addiction, psychiatric comorbidity (i.e. multiple diagnoses), and chronic disease (e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, cancer).
In addition to his role at Mind Plasticity, Robert holds a position as a Clinical Psychologist and Researcher at the Cancer Centre for Children at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and provides workshops on addiction, paediatric and youth cancer, and sexual functioning.
Ms Dana Bassett | Clinical Psychologist | BASc (Hons), MA (Clin Psych)
Dana is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children and adults across a variety of settings. She has a keen interest in working with individuals experiencing anxiety (in particular, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), post-natal depression, adjustment difficulties, and child/teen behavioural management in the home.
Dana’s approach to treatment is influenced by her belief that everyone has a capacity beyond their knowledge to improve aspects of their life and that working together can help reveal those abilities.
Ms Jocelyn Elliott | Clinical Psychologist | BPsych (Hons), MA (Clinical Psychology) Assoc MACPA
Jocelyn is a Clinical Psychologist with a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of Wollongong.
Jocelyn has trained in a variety of settings including headspace, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Wesley Mission, The Albion Centre and Port Kembla Hospital. She currently also works with adolescents, young adults and their families at headspace Bondi Junction.
Jocelyn works using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework and has a particular interest in working with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with study-related stress including school work stress, HSC and exam performance anxiety. She also enjoys working with clients to help them manage emotional dysregulation, panic, social anxiety, self-esteem issues and interpersonal relationship difficulties.
A particular area of interest for Jocelyn is working with patients with chronic conditions, including major illnesses such as cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Pain disorders. Jocelyn strongly believes in utilising the skills of a multi-disciplinary team in overcoming psychological barriers and highlighting the important relationship between good mental health and healthy lifestyle behaviours such as the role of activity, sleep and self-care.
Sarah Jacek | Clinical Neuropsychologist | BPsych(Hons) M Clin Neuropsychology
Sarah is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with 12 years experience specialising in mental health. Sarah also has experience with clients with neurological (epilepsy, stroke), brain injury, neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as dementia. Sarah conducts Neuropsychological Assessments at Mind Plasticity for private fee paying clients as well as NDIS funded clients.
Dr Daniel Kimber | Clinical Psychologist | BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsych, MACPA
Daniel is a clinical psychologist and a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
He has experience working with adolescents and adults across a range of public and private settings, including hospitals, universities and community mental health services.
He has delivered individual and group treatment programs in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), across public and private hospital facilities.
Daniel is adept at assessing and treating anxiety and depressive disorders and is particularly interested in supporting individuals with difficulties related to complex trauma, emotion dysregulation and early-stage psychosis. He uses a collaborative, personalised and evidence-based approach to help individuals build understanding, overcome difficulties and reach their goals.
Daniel’s practice is grounded in the belief that everyone deserves access to high-quality, compassionate support and has the capacity to change. He completed his doctoral research on public attitudes, knowledge and beliefs about anxiety disorders, at the University of Sydney.
Jennifer Mackenzie | Clinical Psychologist | BA (Psych), PGDipPsych, MPsych(Clin), MACPA
Jennifer brings over 15 years of experience in the fields of human resources, organisational psychology, psychiatric research and clinical psychology. Jennifer has worked in both private and public hospitals in Sydney, providing workshops, program development, group facilitation and individual treatment.
She previously worked at the University of Sydney at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and the Brain and Mind Centre in the treatment and research of sleep and circadian disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, mood and anxiety disorders and neuropsychological functioning. She has also worked at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW in the area of drug and alcohol treatment and research.
Jennifer has developed and facilitated many group and individual inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in both public and private hospitals. Some groups that Jennifer has facilitated include Cognitive Remediation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Stress Management, Self-Esteem and Drug & Alcohol Issues. Jennifer has a keen interest and extensive experience in co-morbid and complex mental health issues.
Dr Angelique Ralph | Clinical Psychologist | BPsych(Hons), DClinPsych, PhD | MACPA
Angie is a Clinical Psychologist and member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. She holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and PhD from the University of Sydney.
Angie has research and clinical expertise in the relationship between mental health and chronic disease and has published academic articles and presented internationally on this topic. This is particularly in the areas of kidney disease and transplantation. She also has interest and expertise in the areas of disordered eating, gender identity and other chronic conditions (e.g. vestibular migraine, pain, chronic fatigue syndrome).
Angie works across the lifespan but primarily with teenagers, youth and adults. Angie advocates for a patient-centred approach to healthcare that is respectful of, and responsive to, the preferences, needs and values of clients. She thus takes a collaborative and compassionate approach with each client and values the importance of applying evidence-based principles to her clinical work.
In addition to her work at Mind Plasticity, Angie is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer in the School of Women and Children’s Health at the University of New South Wales and a Clinical Psychologist at the Heart Centre for Children at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. .
Ms Bridie Leonard | Registered Psychologist | Clinical Psychologist Registrar | BPsych(Hons)
Bridie is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar. She holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of New South Wales and is currently completing a combined Master of Clinical Psychology/PhD at The University of Sydney. She has had extensive experience in family-based therapy working with children, adolescents and families both as a clinician and researcher.
This is particularly in the areas of autism, conduct disorder, child/adolescent behaviour management and emotional regulation.
Bridie works with children, adolescents and adults and has an interest in supporting individuals with anxiety and depressive disorders, difficulties related to complex trauma and health-related disorders. She adopts a collaborative approach to treatment that addresses the individual needs of the patient through the application of evidence-based treatments.
Dr Alice Lo | Clinical Psychologist Registrar | BSc, PGDip (Psych), MSc, DClinPsych, PhD, Assoc MACPA
Alice is a Clinical Psychologist registrar and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Psychology, a Master of Science, and a combined Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
Alice has experience working with adults, adolescents, and families in hospital and community settings. She has expertise in providing clinical assessments and treatment to individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, adjustment difficulties, emotion regulation difficulties, and gambling. In addition, Alice has an avid interest in working with individuals whom are experiencing study-related difficulties (e.g., stress, poor time management, poor motivation, perfectionist standards, and procrastination) and has published a number of research articles in the area of academic perfectionism.
Alice utilises a warm and collaborative approach in therapy and employs a range of evidence-based psychological interventions to support her clients in achieving their treatment goals. Alice is fluent in English and Cantonese.
Esther Chan | Registered Psychologist | Ass. Member Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Esther is a Registered Psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the Australian National University and Master of Clinical Psychology with Distinction from the University of Newcastle. Esther also completed the Master of Brain and Mind Science at the University of Sydney.
Esther has worked in private and public hospitals as well as community settings in Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults and families from all backgrounds and cultures. Esther is dedicated in providing a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients in order to empower them to achieve their rich and meaningful goals. She is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has experience working with individuals with a range of
difficulties, including anxiety, depression, neurodevelopmental difficulties and adjustment issues. Esther also has
extensive research experience working with children and adults in Australia and overseas.
Esther has a special interest in working with individuals and families from culturally and linguistically diverse
communities. Esther is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Alice Yu | Registered Psychologist | Ass. Member Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Alice is a Clinical Psychology Registrar and an Associate Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology
Association (ACPA). Alice holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney and
Master of Clinical Psychology from Western Sydney University.
Alice has worked in children and adults in public and private settings including The Children’s Hospital at
Westmead and Karitane. She has a particular interest in chronic health conditions, perinatal mood disorders,
and complex trauma. Alice has experience employing a range of evidence-based psychological interventions
to support individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and adjustment difficulties.
Alice is fluent in English and Cantonese.