Meet Our Team

Our psychologists adhere to strict ethical guidelines and stay up to date with the most current research and treatments.

Our psychologists also have special interest areas, such as working with children, trauma, health and illness, eating concerns, ADHD, gambling, self harm, addictions, OCD, PTSD and autism spectrum disorder.

We will spend time with you on the phone to match you with the best psychologist for your needs.

Natalie Glaser

Clinical Psychologist and Founder

Natalie is the Director of Sydney City Psychology and has over 20 years’ experience working with adults, adolescents, and couples. She works with a broad range of psychological challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and relationship issues. Natalie has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including drug and alcohol rehabilitation, child and adolescent psychiatry, The University of New South Wales, the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia, and The Victims of Crime Tribunal.

Dr Aspasia Karageorge

Clinical Psychologist and Manager

Aspasia holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science from the University of Sydney, and a Masters degree in forensic psychology from the University of Otago. She is also a Research Associate at the University of Sydney, with a research career of 15+ years.

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Aspasia works with adults and couples using a predominantly intensive psychodynamic approach called ISTDP, meaning that she focuses on underlying feelings, motivations, and life experiences that sit at the heart of people’s suffering and symptoms. Aspasia focuses on helping the individual re-connect with core aspects of themselves, acknowledging that it is the client who needs to be in the driver’s seat, not the therapist. She is trained in many other approaches (some wielding long and complicated names) such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, trauma-informed therapies, sensorimotor psychology, and ADHD coaching. Aspasia has a special interest in working with longstanding difficulties related to early life trauma, and attachment theory influences all of her work.

I am interested in the transformation that can take place during times of difficulty, challenge, and uncertainty. My experience has been that people can emerge from chaos with new perspectives, an enriched sense of wellbeing, and a clearer understanding of their guiding values. My goal is to help you navigate that process with compassion and curiosity, and just the right amount of pressure, no matter what the precipitating factor. Let’s work together to achieve vital and meaningful change.

Dr Brittany Ager

Clinical Psychologist & Project Manager

Brittany completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney. Brittany has experience working in private practice in addition to hospital and community mental health settings. Brittany primarily works with adolescents and adults experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, complicated grief, complex trauma, problem gambling, and psychosis. Brittany also has an interest in health psychology and helping people cope with the demands of chronic illness. Brittany has a background in psycho-oncology research and also has experience working in cancer and diabetes services. Brittany works from different treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

Alan Hely

Alan has over 30 years’ experience working with individuals and teams. Alan’s areas of interest and experience include sport & performance psychology, the psychology of bullying, working with elite athletes and veterans. Alan works with individuals from high school age and above through focused individualised evidence-based modalities such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Activation Therapy (BAT) and Performance Psychology.

Alan’s particular interests include men’s mental health, relationships, alcohol and substance use, pain management, bullying and sport and performance. Alan is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Disaster Response Network assisting after national disasters.

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Alan has a unique combination of knowledge and experience in both psychology and the real world workforce. He has an extensive background in psychology gained through his experience in applied practical psychology, research, teaching and counselling. Alan’s 30 year career has included two private practices in sport/performance psychology, stress management and clinical psychology. Further experience was gained while working in the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service and also in Jail Corrections psychology where Alan provided individual and group training in anger management, stress management and personal development.

Additional knowledge, experience and expertise in psychology was gained while teaching psychology and rehabilitation at Charles Sturt University, working in the Australian Public Service in Canberra, and providing EAP services and case management in the rehabilitation industry.

Men’s mental health

Alan’s professional interests in performance psychology and CBT allow him to provide a focused treatment in men’s mental health areas including work, life, stress and personal issues. Considerable experience was gained over four years when Alan provided psychological services to veterans and current serving military personnel through the Department of Veterans Affairs “Open Arms” counselling service. Veterans and current serving military and their families provided considerable insight into the experiences of PTSD and adjustment to civilian life.
Men like the opportunity to vent their issues in a safe, confidential, objective professional space.

Life stress, life accidents and personal development

The demands of work, relationships, school and university can all take their toll and produce significant stress reactions which can emerge as anxiety, depression and suicidal ideas. Unexpected life accidents and personal circumstances can produce a crisis situation unique to each individual.

Individuals and couples can benefit from brief interventions for their uniquely individual personal circumstances. Teens and young adults also benefit through counselling for school, life stress and personal issues.

Alan’s understanding of the large knowledge base in the psychological sciences provides for focused interventions for each person’s personal circumstances. Alan applied his knowledge when working with individuals affected by the 2020 bushfires in the NSW highlands.

Performance Psychology

Alan has a particular interest in sport performance psychology and has conducted considerable research within Sport, Exercise and Performance psychology and has developed an expertise in Performance Psychology within a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework which includes the principles and practice of Motivational Interviewing and skill acquisition.

12 Years in private practice in Sport Psychology and Stress management saw Alan working with an Americas’ Cup Yacht Crew, Olympic Cross Country (Nordic) Skiers, Thredbo Ski School, the Phil Dent Tennis Academy, an “18 Foot” sailing team, South Sydney Rugby League club, professional players in tennis and golf and many others.

Workplace accident and disaster support

Alan is registered with the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) as an accredited provider of psychological treatment to Work Cover clients.
Alan is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Disaster Response Network which provides support to individuals and communities affected by disasters and emergencies in Australia.

Therapeutic preferences

Through the practice of CBT and its applied disciplines of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Behavioural Activation Therapy (BAT) and Performance Psychology Alan assists individuals to develop their knowledge and skills to work through:

  • Personal issues
  • Men’s mental health
  • Stress, grief, depression, anxiety, grief, suicidality
  • Performance
  • PTSD
  • Sport issues – Motivation, confidence, emotional control, concentration, yips, choking
  • Workplace performance, bullying/conflict/stress
  • Relationships
  • Highschool and early work years- Anxiety, performance, personal issues/stress
  • Alcohol, drugs.

Alexander McLennan

Alexander completed his Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has a broad range of experience, including work in mental health assertive outreach, addiction, and the Australian Army. Alexander is skilled in a range of effective therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT), Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness. Alexander takes an individualised approach in his work, explaining the therapy options for each individual and tailoring a program accordingly. Alexander’s areas of special interest are Anxiety, Trauma and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has experience assisting with a wide range of concerns, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anger issues, various phobias, insomnia, depression and psychosis. He also works with ADHD and runs regular group programs for adult ADHD.

Angel Lee-Aube

Angel completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Australian Catholic University. She also has a Master of Science in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology and over 13 years of experience as a psychologist. Angel has spent the last decade working with young people of all ages and their families, both in private practice and in the criminal justice system. She also has a special interest in perinatal and infant mental health, and is passionate about supporting women who have experienced pregnancy complications and loss, birth trauma or have post-natal depression and anxiety. Angel is a warm and compassionate psychologist. She has extensive experience delivering evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety, addiction, complex trauma and personality disorders. She uses the modalities of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectic Behavioural Therapy in her practice. She is also informed by psychodynamic approaches and has a special interest in attachment and its impact on child and adult mental well-being. Angel is bilingual and can provide therapy in Cantonese.

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Angel has been a practicing registered psychologist since 2008. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Modalities and Therapeutic Approach

Angel utilises modalities of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in her psychological practice. She understands the importance of flexibility when working with different individuals and is able to tailor her approach to work with clients in the most effective way. Her overall therapeutic approach is best described as relaxed, compassionate, non-judgemental and conversational.

She also offers extensive experience in clinical and forensic assessment for diagnostic and court purposes.

Professional / Educational Background

Angel started her professional journey as a youth worker, working with at-risk children and young people in Hong Kong and the UK. While training to be a psychologist she worked at an NGO as an adolescent and family counsellor, working mainly with refugees and humanitarian entrants in Western Sydney.

For the past 12 years, Angel has been working at NSW Youth Justice, Department of Communities and Justice where she is currently a Senior Psychologist. In this role, she conducts clinical and forensic assessments and provides psychological intervention to young people and their families.

Angel also has experience in group therapy and has facilitated a number of groups including an emotional regulation group at Reiby Youth Justice Centre and the personality disorders group at St John of God Hospital.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong, a Master of Science in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from University College London, and a Master of Clinical Psychology from Australian Catholic University.

Interests and Expertise

Adolescent and developmental psychology, criminal behaviour, perinatal mental health, attachment, emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety and complex trauma.

A little bit more about Angel…

She is a parent to two boys, and is a self-professed psychology nerd.

Carly O’Sullivan

Carly completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University. Her interests and clinical experiences include working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing difficulties with work or study, depression, anxiety, body image, gender, sexuality, and relationships. Her approach is holistic and compassion-focused. Carly utilises evidence-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy. Her work is supported by a social justice framework, which has informed her work with individuals from diverse backgrounds including individuals with diverse cultural, linguistic, neurological and social needs.

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Carly completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University. Her interests and clinical experiences include working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing difficulties with work or study, depression, anxiety, body image, gender, sexuality, and relationships. Her approach is holistic and compassion-focused. Carly utilises evidence-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy. Her work is supported by a social justice framework, which has informed her work with individuals from diverse backgrounds including individuals with diverse cultural, linguistic, neurological and social needs.

Areas of interest and experience:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Work and study stress
  • Body image
  • Relationships and sexual health
  • LGBTQIA+ issues
  • ADHD, Autism, and other forms of Neurodiversity
Therapy approaches:
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Informed
  • Attachment Therapy Informed
  • Trauma Informed
  • ADHD Coaching

Carly is happy to deliver services face-to-face or via Telehealth services (Zoom or phone call).

Gabriela Piper

Gaby has 17 years’ experience working with adults, adolescents, children and their families. Gaby has worked with people of all ages struggling with addictions, ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders such as depression, PTSD, phobias, social skills difficulties, school refusal, risk taking, oppositional and difficult behaviours and sleep difficulties. 

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Gaby is passionate about providing her clients with a safe and supportive environment in which to heal and grow. Gaby is highly skilled at integrating a range of evidence based therapies to meet the individual needs of her clients. Therapies include ADHD coaching, cognitive behaviour therapy, attachment based family systems, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprograming (EMDR), Internal Family Systems, parent coaching and skills training. Gaby is a qualified facilitator of a range of parenting groups including; Reparative Parenting Program for foster and kinship carers, Tuning into kids: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting and Bringing up Great Kids.

Gaby’s work is client centred, family focused and holistic. She understands the value of working together with her clients’ wider system including parents, carers, teachers and relevant professionals to ensure best outcomes. Gaby provides sessions in English and Spanish.

Dr Veena Sothieson

Veena completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand. Veena has worked in Australia and New Zealand and has experience in private practice and community mental health settings.

Veena works primarily with adults 18-65 years. Her experience and areas of interest include anxiety, depression, PTSD, perfectionism, disordered eating and body image concerns, stress and burnout, adjustment to life changes, grief and loss.

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Veena is warm, caring and compassionate. She focuses on what each person would like to achieve in therapy and uses a collaborative and holistic approach to best suit their needs. She supports individuals to create meaningful change in their lives and reduce their suffering.  

Veena draws on different evidence-based treatments to work with each person in the most effective way. Treatment modalities include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), mindfulness-based interventions, and behavioural therapies.

Dr Mikaela Tracy

Mikaela holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology Sydney and a PhD from The University of Sydney. Mikaela has a broad range of clinical experience practicing across acute inpatient, outpatient community, and university mental healthcare settings. She supports individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, behaviour and emotion regulation difficulties, relationship challenges, trauma, and personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder.

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She utilises a person-centred, trauma-informed approach and draws on evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy. Mikaela values warmth and authenticity in her practice, and endeavours to provide a safe and open space for exploration and growth.

Alongside her clinical work, Mikaela’s PhD focussed on improving how personality disorders are conceptualised and diagnosed. Mikaela has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published her work in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Mikaela also conducts comprehensive psychological assessments and expert witness reports for use in legal proceedings in areas of general psychopathology and personality.

Dr Melanie Brookes

Dr Melanie Brookes holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and a Masters of Science from The University of Sydney. She enjoys working with individual adults and couples. Melanie works with a broad range of psychological challenges, with an interest in perinatal psychology and fertility, anxiety, mood and adjustment disorders. Melanie works within the modalities of CBT, ACT and Schema therapy, whilst also being informed by psychodynamic approaches. Melanie is also a trained couples therapist, working within The Gottman Method framework. She has a warm, compassionate approach to her work.

Laura Mobbs

Laura completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University and a Bachelor of Psychology with first class honours at Macquarie University. Laura has a wide range of clinical experience ranging from acute inpatient settings, private practice, school based interventions, specialised child services and university mental health clinics.

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Laura is a warm and compassionate psychologist who works with a diverse range of presenting concerns in children and adults including; ADHD, anxiety, depression, study and work stress, burnout, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, relationship difficulties, and grief. Laura has a special interest in working with children aged 5 years to 12 years experiencing anxiety, adjustment issues such as family changes and loss, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and behaviours such as non-compliance, aggression and temper tantrums.

Laura utilises evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She also has experience in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, a specialised therapy for children with behavioural problems that focuses on establishing a warm and secure relationship between child and parent and strategies to increase compliance and prosocial behaviour. Laura is also an accredited Cool Kids provider, a structured program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage childhood anxiety.

Laura offers comprehensive assessments for children and adults in the areas of ADHD, learning and academic abilities, memory, and intellectual assessment. She offers in-person and telehealth options.

Laura recognises the importance of adapting her approach to suit the specific needs and values of the client, and she aims to connect authentically with each individual to work on their specific goals.

Dr Amir Esmaeili

General Practitioner & Psychotherapist

Dr Esmaeili is an experienced General Practitioner with a special interest in Psychological Medicine. He provides General Practitioner services, as well as psychological counselling. He can provide diagnoses, medication advice and prescriptions, mental health care plans, and psychological therapy. He can provide services in English or Farsi.

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Dr Esmaeili’s clinical experience includes addressing chronic pain, chronic and end-stage disease management, workplace bullying and harassment, depression and anxiety, grief, caring for children with disabilities, and adjustment to challenging life events.

He grounds his therapy in General Practice and Psychological Medicine, considering the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the person. He delivers an outcome-oriented, evidence-based approach to his clients as well as enabling them to explore their empowering and positive traits, recognise the roots of their inner conflicts, and improve their functionality and satisfaction in life. He uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions, including guided imagery, relaxation and stress management, skills training (including social skills, problem solving, communication) and anger management.

Dr Esmaeili is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and a Member of the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine, an accredited provider of Focused Psychological Strategies with RACGP and Medicare. He is also a Member of the RACGP Special Interest Group for Mental Health, which provides ongoing education and peer support to GP psychotherapists.

Dan Urquhart

Couples Therapist and Psychotherapist

Dan studied a Masters of Psychotherapy and Counselling, as well as a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of NSW. He works with individuals and couples, including a focus on supporting neurodiverse adults (including autism and ADHD), LGBTIQ+ adolescents and adults, men’s mental health, and drug and alcohol use issues. He provides online therapy and coaching on Saturdays, Sundays, and early mornings to make it easier for you to find the time.

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With couples, Dan works to increase connection and satisfaction by focussing on the unique dynamic established between two people, exploring the patterns that build up over time and how each individual experiences the relationship. From this understanding, he guides the couple along a path that is in line with their particular goals for therapy – this is sometimes to co-parent more effectively, to find a way to separate respectfully that facilitates closure, or to explore a breach of trust. But commonly, couples come and see Dan to improve their connection and intimacy, with the goal of re-discovering the potential of the relationship through new eyes, and possibly after a period of disconnection or breakdown in the dynamic.

Dan uses his knowledge of systemic therapy, neurodiversity-affirming therapy, ADHD coaching, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), narrative therapy, imago relationships therapy and solution-focused therapy to tailor his work to your precise needs. He is warm and supportive, and experienced at providing a space for careful, considered reflection and change. He is a member of PACFA.

Emily

Administration Officer

Emily has over 2 years experience in administration, reception and client services. She has a kind and caring nature with a compassionate and empathetic approach in supporting clients’ needs. Emily is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology with a goal of becoming a psychologist. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, music and baking.