Our Program Facilitators
Simone Isemann is a clinical psychologist who has Masters in both Clinical Psychology and Coaching Psychology. Simone works at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in their face-to-face counselling and bulk billing services, and also in private practice. Simone works in the areas of depression, anxiety and life transitions and adjustments and 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, she co-facilitates the R.E.A.C.H mood disorder group. Simone strongly believes that groups provide a positive environment for learning and connecting with others. Simone hopes that the REACH program will help each participant on his or her journey towards increased well-being.
Megan Andriessen is a provisionally registered psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Megan has been working as a face to face counsellor at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury for 3 years, seeing clients with issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment issues, dependency and addiction as well as parenting and relationship issues. Megan has completed training in a range of focused psychological strategies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Anger Management, and Suicide Intervention. Megan also provides problem gambling counselling for problem gamblers and their families under the NSW Gambling Help service and has co-facilitated the Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Anger Management Group since 2013. Core to Megan’s therapeutic practise is the desire to create an empathic, non-judgmental and compassion-filled atmosphere where clients can learn skills to improve their wellbeing and feel empowered to set goals and develop workable strategies for achieving them.
Peter Foster is a personal and relationship counsellor at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury. He is registered to provide problem gambling counselling under Gambling Help, a NSW government service that assists problem gamblers and their families.
Peter has extensive experience working with clients whose concerns are complicated by the action of strong and troubling emotions. Peter’s qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, a Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling, and a Master of Applied Social Science (Counselling).
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.
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.
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.
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.