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.


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.


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.


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 Caroline McGrory aa square a13 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.


Jeanette Svehla is a caring and compassionate psychologist with over 10 years experience at Lifeline H2H. Jeanette manages the Gambling Help service at Lifeline H2H and sees clients with a diverse range of issues within the free bulk-billing service. Those issues include depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, substance misuse (including gambling), life transitions and adjustment issues. She has a special interest in clients struggling with hoarding disorder and related issues. She enjoys working with clients to build resilience and create change.

Jeanette is trained in focused psychological strategies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy. She has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

As well as seeing clients individually, Jeanette co-facilitates the Hoarding Disorder Treatment group, Family as Motivators (FAMS) group and the Manage Your Mood group.


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.


Judy Dalgarno has a background in performance and personal coaching and has been a volunteer at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury for over 9 years as a telephone crisis supporter, supervisor and training facilitator. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Counselling (Coaching) and has assisted as co-facilitator on the Hoarding Treatment Group and the R.E.A.C.H. Wellbeing Group Program. She is currently co-facilitating the Wellbeing Support Group and The Hoarding Support Group.

Judy is passionate about her work within Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury and supports clients experiencing anxiety, depression, hoarding disorder and suicide ideation. Her focus is building on the client’s existing strengths and fostering goal attainment through a person-centered and strength-based approach to counselling using techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology. Judy’s approach prioritizes the creation of a trusting, caring and safe therapeutic ‘space’ for the client to enhance their optimal wellbeing.


Jennifer Gripton-Corbett is a counsellor who has a Masters in Counselling and applied Psychotherapy and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Jennifer coordinates the clinical services at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury and sees clients both individually with a wide range on mental health issues and couples. Jennifer’s therapy style is integrative in approach drawing on a wide range of modalities including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy and the Psychodynamic approach.

Jennifer is also a gambling help counsellor and facilitates the Gambling Help Support Group, a 6-week psycho-educational and support group which runs twice a year. Jennifer is compassionate in her approach to counselling, valuing each clients uniqueness and facilitates ability to change to increase personal well-being.


Peter Foster has been working as a personal- and relationship counsellor at Lifeline since 2008, has facilitated anger management groups, and now co-facilitates the Black Dog REACH program. Peter is also a trainer for DV-alert, a program which trains allied health and community frontline workers to recognise and respond to domestic and family violence under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.

He has a Masters in Social Science (Counselling) and Graduate Diplomas in Counselling and Relationship Counselling, and is a clinical member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA).