Our Program Facilitators
Simone Isemann is a psychologist who has Masters in both Clinical Psychology and Coaching Psychology. Simone manages the clinical services at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury and also sees clients within the bulk billing service. Simone works with clients who may have a wide range of issues including Hoarding Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and life transitions and adjustments. Simone draws on her knowledge of Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy ( DBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients work towards increased resilience and well-being. As well as seeing individual clients, Simone co-facilitates the Hoarding Treatment Program and the 16 week psychological skills group, “Managing your Mood”. Simone strongly believes that groups provide a positive environment for learning and connecting with others. Simone hopes that the group programs will help each participant on his or her journey towards increased well-being.
Rhona Barker is a registered psychologist and an associate member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS).
Rhona engages in a range of focused psychological strategies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and parenting programs including Circle of Security.
In her practice Rhona sees clients for general psychological issues, anxiety and depression, but perinatal and infant psychology is her special interest. Rhona is passionate about assisting parents to develop a warm, positive and responsive relationship with their child, thereby providing that child with a foundation that is safe and solid, which is important in shaping the adult they will become.
Jane Dartanian is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist who has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Psychology. She has completed numerous training programs in a wide range of subject areas including Intellectual Disability and Mental Health, Self Harm, Anxiety and Distress Tolerance, Grief and Traumatic Loss, and Bi-Polar Disorder. She sees clients of various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, including adults and adolescents.
Jane’s areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, grief & loss, anger management, relationship issues, addiction, personality disorders and complex trauma. She has strong interpersonal and counselling skills, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and a variety of therapeutic approaches.
Amy Dyson is a Provisional Psychologist in the final stages of her training. She has completed a Bachelor of Psychology and Masters of Professional Psychology, both at Macquarie University. While Amy has trained in a range of therapeutic approaches (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), her focus is understanding and responding to the particular needs of each client, and adjusting her approach accordingly.
Amy has worked with clients with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, trauma, relationships, and problem gambling. She is aware that things can get in the way of a person living a fulfilling life and is dedicated to helping her clients thrive despite whatever challenges they may face.
Linda Eliott is a Clinical Psychologist who works mainly in private practice. Linda has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, and is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based therapies, Hypnosis and Narrative Therapy.
Linda has facilitated the ‘Being Mums’ group in Mona Vale for the past ten years, and has a passion for working with mothers and fathers in their adjustment to parenting. Over the years, Linda has seen the benefits that mums and their families gain from the supportive environment of sharing with others, and learning skills together in the group.
David Hollier is a counsellor with a Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a BA in Philosophy. Trained in a range of therapy techniques, including Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Narrative and Gestalt Therapy, as well as being a Problem Gambling counsellor, David has been on the personal counselling team since 2013. Along with Jeanette Svehla, he runs Lifeline’s Problem Gambling Support Groups. David specialises in dealing with anxiety, trauma, addictions, sexuality, eating disorders and depression. While he works with clients of all ages, David has worked extensively with clients aged 18-30. Rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach, he adapts the therapeutic technique to each individual client and his/her particular needs. All David’s counselling seeks to empower clients to independently take charge of their lives.
Katherine Lam is a registered nurse and midwife, currently working in a long-established family medical practice, and also for the Asthma Foundation. She is advancing towards certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
From working closely in General Practice with mothers-to-be and new mothers, it was a natural progression to become a Group Facilitator – initially of ante-natal and midwifery classes, and now ‘Being Mums’ for Lifeline.
For Katherine, connecting one-on-one is the key to supporting new mums who are finding it hard to cope. Even in a group context, she believes in really getting to know each participant individually, so that she can respond to their particular needs and communications styles, and can help them get the most out of the support group experience.
Ceiny Maybury delivers training in Suicide Prevention and Mental Health,
to student Telephone Crisis Supporters at both Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury and Lifeline Northern Beaches. She also delivers training to other tertiary and corporate organisations. As a face to face counsellor with many years’ experience in the area of suicide bereavement, Ceiny believes that everyone has the right to be heard and given the opportunity to share their grief. Group members, with the lived experience of suicide bereavement, are the experts in this area and Ceiny believes that those bereaved by suicide, benefit by sharing their grief with those who “really get it”.
Caroline McGrory has been working at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury on the 13 11 14 line for thirteen years as a telephone crisis supporter and supervisor. She has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care. She has been a personal counsellor and group co-facilitator for two years, and is currently co-facilitating the Suicide Bereavement Support Group. Caroline uses a person-centred approach and has professional experience dealing with Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention. She believes in encouraging and empowering our clients to reach their own personal goals.
Michelle Meyer has a Masters in Occupational Therapy and has over 25 years’ experience of working in mental health settings with adults and older adolescents. Her main focus during the past 20 years has been working with clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Michelle enjoys working with clients to improve their lives through building skills in the areas of mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal skills, stress management, relaxation, improved sleep, and self-care.
Olivia Saxon has a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy and has been working as a face to face counsellor at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury for 2 years, seeing a diverse range of clients, with issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship and work issues, and trauma. She practices using a range of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Positive Psychology and Psychodynamic Therapy and works at the client’s own pace to provide a safe nurturing environment in which to explore the client’s journey forward.
Olivia has recently also taken on facilitation for the Black Dog REACH program, and she is also currently facilitating the support group for the Hoarding program run by Lifeline. Olivia strongly believes that groups provide a nurturing, positive and safe environment for learning and connecting with others, giving participants an increased sense of hope as well as providing them with invaluable new skills.
Margaret Shonk is a Registered Psychologist who completed her Post Graduate Diploma at Macquarie University. Much of her training took place at Mosman Private Hospital and Wesley Hospital Ashfield. She was employed as a Group Therapist working with people with eating disorders, and then with patients with mood disorders.
Margaret has been involved with Lifeline since 2009. Initially on the phone lines, she went on to become a face-to-face counsellor and then a group co-facilitator. Margaret’s approach is a compassionate and collaborative one, aimed at enabling the client to overcome the obstacles they face and to live a balanced and fulfilled life.
Jeanette Svehla is a registered psychologist who has a Bachelor of Arts-Psychology (Honours) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology. Jeanette works at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in their face-to-face counselling and bulk billing services. She is also coordinator of the RGF problem gambling service, funded by the NSW government to provide counselling and support services for problem gamblers, their families and others. Jeanette has experience in dealing with a wide range of clients. She works with clients experiencing depression and mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse disorders, sleep problems, stress and anger, life transitions & adjustment issues. Jeanette is trained in Focused Psychological Strategies including Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Jeanette enjoys working with clients to develop skills and strategies for a positive and healthy lifestyle. She looks forward to working with participants in the R.E.A.C.H mood disorder group to help them develop skills and strategies for a healthy lifestyle.
Sophie Walker is a Psychotherapist and Counsellor and has been providing individual, couple and group therapeutic services to clients since 2003. Sophie completed a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology) at Sydney University in 1993 and a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Jansen Newman Institute in 2004. Sophie is passionate about empowering clients to overcome challenges and create opportunities in which to thrive. She believes the REACH Wellbeing Group is a great vehicle to help participants build upon their strengths, gain greater awareness and understanding, develop helpful perspectives, and learn practical strategies and techniques to help manage their mood disorder.
Alison Wallace is a Clinical Social Worker with postgraduate studies in Couple and Family Therapy. Alison has studied, and applies, the appropriate interventions for her clients, drawing on strategies from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment theory, Trauma Model, a Family Systems Approach and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Alison works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple and family therapy. She has been active in the development and delivery of a range of group programmes and seminars, and has worked in many Mental Health Care settings, in both the Public Health System and in Private Practice.
Helen Welch is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist and Gambling Help Counsellor, with a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours). Helen has completed training in a number of modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Therapy.
Helen works as a face-to-face counsellor with clients with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, problem gambling, grief and loss, life transitions and hoarding disorder. Helen has an empathic and compassionate approach to counselling combined with a passion for equipping clients with the knowledge and skills needed to overcome their difficulties and create a better life