MA (Counselling), BA Dip Ed (Macquarie University) Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), Member of College of Health Psychology; Doctoral candidate (UTS School of Clinical Psychology).
As an experienced psychologist, Julie has worked extensively with creative people. Also through her doctoral research into creativity and mental health, she is at the forefront of our understanding of how to be both healthy and creative.
Her work encompasses both private practice and consultancy. In her practice, she regularly sees creative artists and their partners who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship and related issues. From this experience, she has developed the successful Building Mental Resilience group program for Creative Artists. Through Zebra Collective, she trains, advises and mentors creative organisations. Julie also advises organisations that want to attract a creative workforce, as to how to retain and foster a healthy creative environment.
This work with creative people draws on over 27 years experience as a psychologist in both private practice and organisations. Julie was the first to develop and establish a hold up support program in a major Australian bank. In addition to this ground-breaking work, she established relocation programs and stress management training for bank staff. She then moved to the NSW health system and worked as a staff psychologist for a major hospital in Sydney as well as psychologist within the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, establishing her credentials as an experienced practitioner of trauma related injury.
Since then Julie has been involved in EAP work for a number of organizations and specialised in issues of trauma, loss and organisational change. From there she moved on to establish an accredited training college and was for 15 years its Principal, where she developed and delivered training in community services and counselling – focusing on communication training and interpersonal skills. This is where her passion for understanding the creative mind fully developed as she was frequently providing services for creative artists in training.
Currently Julie is a director of Zebra Collective, which aims to assist those in the creative industries and businesses to work for innovation and longevity. She is co-author of the book Living With A Creative Mind. Her private psychology practice is currently located at Suite 14-185 Military Road, Neutral Bay.
BA (Psych) Dip Counselling MAPS
Mitchell is a psychologist with more than thirty years of counselling experience working with younger and older adults as well as couples. He is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Mitchell’s early experience was with Lifeline in a variety of roles including as a counsellor trainer and eventually in a management role.
In 1987 he was appointed as one of the first state funded counsellors working with people with gambling problems and their families. He is well known for developing the ‘Cycle of Problem Gambling’ which is used widely in assessment and treatment for problem gambling.
Mitchell spent fourteen years working in the problem gambling field as a counsellor, counsellor trainer and community educator. With a strong media presence and as president of the NSW Council on Problem Gambling he worked to bring about a greater community awareness, recognition and understanding of problem gambling.
In 2001 Mitchell commenced in private practice as a psychologist in Eastwood, more recently in Epping, and now with Zebra Psychology in Neutral Bay.
Mitchell works with people with a wide range of needs and issues including anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, grief, PTSD, and relationship issues. He has a particular interest in work related issues including workplace stress, bullying, burnout and work related psychological injuries.
Mitchell uses a range of evidence based psychological approaches which includes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence-based therapy used for treating posttraumatic stress.
And yes, he bought a Jeep!
BA (Psych), Masters (Psych), Dip Clin Psych, MACA
Keren is a Registered Psychologist and Counsellor. She works with clients across a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, work-related stress, self-esteem issues and trauma. She has a particularinterest in working with grief and loss.
Since qualifying as a Psychologist over twenty years ago, she has been involved in a range of roles. She has been in private practice for the past seven years, working with both self-referred and GP-referred clients with a wide range of issues. She has also worked in the public mental health system, with children, adolescents and adults, and for Centrecare Relationship and Family Counselling Services.
As a counsellor, she uses a range of ideas and techniques, working creatively, and in a way that is flexible and respectful. Her therapeutic approach addresses both thought patterns and emotional processes. She draws on aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focussed Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focussed Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in order to achieve the best outcome for clients.
Keren has been teaching both first and second year of the Diploma in Counselling for the past seven years, and is passionate about helping people learn how to listen in a way that brings healing. She is also involved in conducting Anxiety Workshops for adolescents.
Her qualifications are Masters in Psychology and Diploma of Clinical Psychology. She has registration as a Psychologist (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and as a Counsellor (MACA, Australian Counselling Association). She is also a qualified Assessor and Trainer within the VET Education Sector.
Keren lives on the northern beaches of Sydney and loves the beach and down-time with her family. She is passionate about bringing her skills, knowledge and life experience to the journey into wellness.
BA (Performance), Theatre Nepean, BA Psychology (Hons), Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (M.A.P.S).
As a provisional psychologist, Shannon has therapeutically worked with creative people experiencing performance anxiety and mood disturbance. In group contexts Shannon assists in the facilitation of the ‘Living with a Creative Mind: Building Mental Resilience’ program developed by Julie. She also has experience in co-facilitating resilience based groups for children and adolescents, and the Get Lost Mr Scary anxiety program for 5 to 7 year olds. Shannon assists Julie with her doctoral research into creativity and mental health and has experience with the current literature. With a background in the professional acting industry, she has a particular affinity with, and compassion for, creative artists.
Shannon has experience with interventions for Performance Anxiety such as
- Relaxation and mindfulness techniques
- Breathing training
- Behavioural techniques such as graded exposure
- Helpful thinking styles around preparation, performance and aftermath
- Performance routines and lifestyle
She can also assist with developing Creative Resilience through
- Psychoeducation around the creative process
- Exploring creative identity
- Enhancing creative thinking
- Examining negative imagination in anxiety
- Looking at strengths and vulnerabilities
- Managing and benefitting from a healthy creative lifestyle
Shannon is based at Zebra Psychology at Suite 14 – 185 Military Road, Neutral Bay.