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We speak English, Spanish / Español, Cantonese / 廣東話, and Farsi.

We’re a team of experienced and approachable mental health professionals who help people to live their lives well, in alignment with what truly matters to them, even when life isn’t going according to plan. 

Natalie Glaser

Clinical Psychologist and Founder


Natalie is the founder of Sydney City Psychology, has over 20 years experience and works with adolescents, adults and couples. In your sessions with Natalie you will learn about yourself, your emotions, your relationships, your strengths and challenges. Together you will explore what deeply matters to you which will guide your therapeutic journey. Natalie’s therapeutic approach is embedded in attachment theory, acknowledges the importance of early life experiences and is trauma informed, including from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), ADHD Coaching, mindfulness, EMDR,  Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), The Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), and The Gottman Method.

If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self esteem, ADHD, trauma, negative thoughts as well as other challenges, you will learn skills to reduce the impact and influence of these difficulties, which will then allow you to do what most matters to you. If needed, we will also address behaviours which may be causing problems for you such as avoidance, worry, rumination, perfectionism, procrastination, excessive screen time, working too much, drug and alcohol use etc. Working with Natalie means you will be cared about, understood, challenged and supported to grow and thrive.

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. She works with adults and couples using a predominantly psychodynamic approach called ISTDP (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy), meaning that she focuses on underlying feelings, motivations, and life experiences that sit at the heart of people’s suffering and symptoms. She can also provide EMDR therapy.

She 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 much of the time, not the therapist. She is trained in many other approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), schema therapy, trauma-informed therapies, sensorimotor psychology, and she provides ADHD coaching. Aspasia’s special interest area is working with longstanding difficulties related to early life trauma, and attachment theory influences all of her work.

Dr Brittany Ager



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 as a psychologist with individuals and teams. Alan’s areas of interest and experience include sport & performance psychology, the psychology of bullying and workplace stress, working with elite athletes and veterans, alcohol and substance use, life stress events and personal development, workplace accident and disaster support, and PTSD. Alan is trauma-informed and can use EMDR therapy. With sportspeople, he works to address skill acquisition, behaviour change, motivation, confidence, emotional control, concentration, yips, choking, and overall performance.

Alan has a unique combination of knowledge and experience in both psychology and the real world workforce. He is registered with the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) as an accredited provider to Work Cover clients, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Disaster Response Network.

Alan works with individuals from high school age and above through focused individualised evidence-based modalities.His particular interest in sport performance psychology is informed by 12 years experience in Sport Psychology private practice where he worked 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, as well as many professional players in tennis and golf to improve their performance. He has also conducted research within Sport, Exercise and Performance psychology. Alan’s career also includes working in the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, Corrections psychology, the provision of psychological services to veterans and current serving military personnel through the Department of Veterans Affairs “Open Arms” counselling service, working with individuals affected by the 2020 NSW bushfires, as well as research.

Alexander McLennan



Alexander completed his Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has a broad range of experience as a psychologist, 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, ADHD and Autism. He has experience assisting with a wide range of concerns, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anger issues, various phobias, insomnia, depression and psychosis

Angel Lee-Aube

Speaks English and Cantonese / 廣東話


Angel is a clinical psychologist. She holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from Australian Catholic University and a Master of Science in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from the University of London. Angel has been a practising psychologist since 2008, across public, forensic and private settings. Her experience and interests include ADHD and Autism evaluation and treatment, perinatal mental health, complex trauma, and personality disorders. Angel uses the modalities of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), EMDR, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), attachment theory and psychodynamic psychotherapy in her practice. Angel also provides psychological testing and assessment for diagnostic and forensic purposes.

Angel’s therapeutic approach is best described as conversational, informal and non-judgemental. Combined with her clinical knowledge in evidence-based models of psychological assessment and therapy, Angel uses the psychodynamics in session to model empathy, mindfulness, effective communication, self-compassion and curiosity – values that she helps clients expand beyond the therapy room into everyday life. Angel can provide assessments and therapy in Cantonese.

Special interest areas include: Neurocognitive and psychometric evaluations, ADHD, autism and neurodiversity; Working therapeutically with neurodivergent folk; Mental health in the Asian diaspora; Attachment in children and adults; Complex trauma; Personality disorders; Depression and anxiety; Perinatal mental health.

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 and study stress, depression, anxiety, body image, relationships and sexual health, LGBTQIA+ issues, ADHD, Autism, and other forms of neurodiversity. Her approach is holistic and compassion-focused. Carly utilises evidence-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and EMDR.

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. Her work can also informed by Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), trauma approaches, attachment theory, and ADHD coaching, based on the needs of the client.

Carly is happy to deliver services face-to-face or via Telehealth services (Zoom or phone call). She also runs a 10-week group teaching mindful self-compassion skills to address anxiety, stress, overwhelm and to increase resilience and mitigate burnout and other mental health concerns.

Gabriella Piper

Gabriela Piper

Speaks English and Español


Gaby has over 20 years’ experience in assessment and therapy with adults, adolescents, children and their families, and can provide support in English and Spanish / Español. She is experienced in supporting people to address relationship difficulties, sexual problems, addictions, ADHD, depression and anxiety, phobias, trauma and complex trauma, and social skills challenges. She uses CBT, attachment-based family systems, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprograming (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), ADHD coaching, parenting supports and coaching, and skills training approaches. Gaby is a qualified facilitator of a range of parenting groups, including in foster care contexts. Her family and parenting work includes support for school refusal, risk taking, oppositional and challenging behaviours, relationship and conflict management, substance use, intellectual difficulties, neurodiversity support, sleep concerns, and parenting more generally.

Gaby provides her clients with a safe and supportive environment in which to heal and grow. She is highly skilled at integrating a range of evidence-based therapies to meet the individual needs of her clients. 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 has extensive experience providing independent expert family reports in family law parenting matters as well as assessments for the diagnosis, treatment and management of Court Diversion Programs of the Drug Court of NSW.  As part of the assessment team for the Community Paediatric Clinics for Vulnerable children, Gaby also has over 10 years’ clinical experience providing diagnostic assessments for at risk children, family assessments of children and young people with complex health and behavioural needs.

Gaby can provide sessions in English and Spanish.

Dr Veena Sothieson

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 and complex trauma, perfectionism, disordered eating, body image concerns, stress and burnout, adjustment to life changes, grief and loss.

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 – putting your preferences at the heart of the work. 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), EMDR, 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. She utilises a person-centred, trauma-informed approach and draws on evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), 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.

Melanie Brookes

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, EMDR, and Schema therapy, whilst also being informed by psychodynamic approaches such as ISTDP. Melanie is also a trained couples therapist, working within the 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 is a warm and compassionate psychologist who conducts therapy and assessments. She 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. She uses evidence-based modalities including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and is an accredited Cool Kids provider. Laura offers comprehensive assessments for children and adults in the areas of ADHD, learning and academic abilities, memory, and intellectual assessment.

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. 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. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is 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 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. She offers in-person and telehealth options.

Dr Amir Esmaeili

General Practitioner & Psychotherapist
Speaks English and Farsi


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, chronic pain and chronic illness management, end-stage disease management, mental health care plans, and psychological therapy. He can provide services in English or Farsi.

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.

Dr Esmaeili uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions, including guided imagery, relaxation and stress management, skills training (including social skills, problem solving, communication) and anger management. He 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.

Daniel Urquhart

Couples Therapist and Psychotherapist


Dan studied his Bachelor of Psychological Science at University of NSW and a Masters of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Western Sydney University. He has experience working with couples to address disconnection and dissatisfaction in their relationship, as well as with individuals to address men’s mental health, post-separation parenting, drug and alcohol use, and supporting autistic and ADHD adults.

In his work with couples, Dan’s first step is to work with the couple to help them learn about themselves and uncover the patterns and behaviours holding them back from having a loving relationship. From this understanding he will guide the couple along a path to renewed connection and intimacy, or whatever the specific shared goal of the couple may be. Dan may draw on a range of techniques in his sessions including systemic therapy, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), narrative therapy, imago relationship therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

Dan also has experience in running post-separation parenting groups, men’s behaviour change programs, and psychoeducation group therapy to build insight and empower behaviour change.

Cassandra

Practice Manager


Cassandra, affectionately known as Cass, boasts an extensive career spanning over 15 years in the health sector, primarily excelling in the role of Office Manager. Her wealth of experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge and a remarkable ability to provide invaluable assistance. Cass stands out for her professional expertise, her warm and calming demeanor and genuine interest in people, taking the time to build connections and establish rapport.

One of Cass’s notable strengths lies in her genuine willingness to go the extra mile for those she works with. Recognizing the importance of understanding and meeting the unique needs of individuals, she devotes time to ensure you have all the information you require. Cass’s commitment to being approachable and helpful fosters a positive and collaborative atmosphere, making her a trusted and reliable part of our team

Emily Rose

Emily Viler

Administration Support


Emily has 5+ years experience in administration, reception and client services, as well as an educational background in psychology. She is kind and caring, supporting the needs of clients to navigate the mental health system with compassion, patience, and a focus on being genuinely helpful. Emily is currently studying a psychology at Masters level, with a goal of becoming a psychologist.

Eryn

Administration Support


Eryn has several years’ experience in client services and administrative capacities in the healthcare setting, as well as undertaking psychology studies. She is helpful, detail-oriented, and takes time to understand the specific needs of each client.