Dr Eryn Davies
Clinical Psychologist | Director
Dr Eryn Davies began her psychology studies with an interest in neurodiversity and went on to complete her doctoral studies through the University of Southern Queensland with a specialisation and thesis focusing on attachment in the early toddler/preschool years and parents mental health. While further pursuing her passion and training within the neurodiverse field, Eryn was able to combine her knowledge and skills in neurodiverse assessment, therapy and family support with her doctoral training in attachment and trauma theory, including exposure therapy. This has led to Eryn providing comprehensive assessment and therapeutic support to children, adolescents and adults who identify as being Autistic, ADHDer's or a lovely combination, while maintaining her therapeutic trauma work with children and adults.
Dr Davies also currently provides developmental trauma, cognitive and neurodiverse assessments for government and private agencies. This focus has developed not only from her original studies, but 17 years experience in the public and private sectors of mental health, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams, Paediatric Community teams and Care and Protection and Canberra Hospital teams.
Dr Davies initially expanded her established practice from Corinna Chambers Psychologists to be the co-director of Canberra Psychology Centre for Children and Families. However Dr Davies soon developed a focus on community commitment and psychological assessment and care that lead to the new team of Capital Psychology Clinic with co-director Jenna Keen. Eryn is very excited to be able to provide a high level of community support and involvement through the new practice while still maintaining her commitment to comprehensive assessment and care. Dr Davies also enjoys presenting at mental health forums and conferences to support her colleagues and providing supervision and learning opportunities for her team to advance their skills.
While not in the office, you may see Eryn skiing or cycling in the mountains or hanging out with her family and mini Poodle.
Clinical Psychologist | Director
After completing her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, Jenna has focused her passion of early intervention into a career working with children and their families. She went on to gain clinical endorsement, with an emphasis on developmental delays and behavioural issues.
Jenna has worked in hospital, community health and private practice settings, across a range of psychological difficulties, for over 10 years. She enjoys working in a cross spectrum multi discipline environments and continues to engage with paediatricians, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and dieticians to ensure a holistic approach to client health.
Jenna's strengths are working with families in the assessment and diagnosis of developmental delays, learning disorders and attention difficulties (ADHD), conducting and reporting on cognitive, learning, behaviour and adaptive assessments. Jenna prides herself on the establishment of best-practice, evidenced-based assessments and treatment approaches at Capital Psychology Clinic. Jenna has a recent special interest in giftedness and intellectual delay assessments.
Therapeutically, Jenna is very experienced in the support of perinatal and infant issues, such as post-natal depression, preparation and adjustment to parenting, sleep and settling, attachment and bonding. Jenna is also skilled in various evidence-based therapeutic individual and group approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution Focused approaches, and programs such as Circle of Security and Cool Kids.
Jenna’s academic research has been published in the journal “Mental Health and Substance Use” on “Personality factors as predictors of programme completion of drug therapeutic communities”.
In 2016 Jenna realised her goal of providing a family focused psychology service to the Canberra region by engaging with Dr Eryn Davies and creating Capital Psychology Clinic. Jenna is a mother and wife to a growing family who enjoys working within the community.
Registered Psychologist (Ph.D Candidate)Rebecca has a heart for working with children, adolescents and adults with neurodevelopmental differences, such as autism spectrum conditions, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD, to grow positive identity and build strong relationships. She is also passionate about helping gifted kids and adults understand themselves and find their ‘place’ in life.
Rebecca can assist with a range of psychological challenges, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, interpersonal and family problems, trauma, and eating problems. Rebecca works with a number of therapeutic approaches, such as Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), parent training, and social skills training. Rebecca is currently a Registered Psychologist undertaking her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the ANU. Her research focuses on the ‘Neurocognitive factors underpinning resilience’.
Dr Megan Hansford
Megan enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of psychological and social difficulties. She provides a warm and welcoming environment and works collaboratively with clients to build on existing strengths and address areas of difficulty. Megan also engages with a young persons’ support system including family, school and other treating professionals to provide coordinated and holistic care. Her experience in public mental health services has refined her skills in assisting people with difficulties around mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, school refusal, interpersonal difficulties, building social skills, improving emotional regulation and problem solving skills. Megan uses a range of evidence based treatment modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness approaches.
Through her research in cross-cultural differences in psychosocial support resources following trauma she has developed a passion for working with people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. She enjoys working with people from a range of cultural backgrounds and with clients who identify as LGBTI.
Senior Registered PsychologistTess enjoys working with adults, young adults and adolescents, offering a collaborative approach to health care. She engages with the persons support network to provide collaborative care. Tess uses a range of evidenced based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy informed approaches. She has a background of working in universities and schools.
Tess has a master’s degree with a focus on Counselling Psychology and holds an Endorsement in Counselling Psychology with AHPRA. Tess also enjoys facilitating group programs. These include Tuning in to Teen’s, a group program with an emotion coaching focus for parents and Making Friends with Yourself, a program to teach mindful self-compassion to adolescents. When she is not in the office Tess enjoys spending time with her family, making ceramics, regular exercise and meditation.
Kate completed her Master degree in Clinical Psychology at Edith Cowan University, and has attained endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia. Kate believes that therapy should be a collaborative engagement wherein the client identifies their values and goals, while the therapist provides support by drawing upon their knowledge of evidence-based therapy.
Kate enjoys working with adults and has a keen clinical interest in eating disorders and trauma. Kate has experience working in a range of settings including private practice, hospitals and rehabilitation for chronic pain.
In session, she utilises a range of evidence-based therapies including · Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and CBT-Enhanced for eating disorders, · Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), · Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy · Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Kate seeks to integrate the ever-evolving body of psychological knowledge with a warm, client-centered approach to therapy.
Senior Registered PsychologistSamantha enjoys working with individuals throughout their lives, with a particular interest in supporting young people. Most of Samantha’s experience comes from her time in the education setting. She has experience in providing therapy for children and families with behavioural concerns including emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, adjustment issues, school-based difficulties, as well as interpersonal difficulties. Samantha takes an integrated approach involving parents, the school and other support services (if applicable). She has a special interest in cognitive, academic, and behavioural assessments and assessments for ADHD.
With a focus on evidence-based therapies, she utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy most regularly in her therapeutic work.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys skiing, bouldering and spending time with her family.
Danielle enjoys working teens and adults, but more recently has been working with the 12-25 population at headspace. Through her experience at headspace Danielle has supported clients with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression and mood disorders, OCD, emotion dysregulation, ADHD, interpersonal difficulties and those questioning their gender or sexuality.
Danielle has experience providing evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and is informed in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her current goal is to expand her practice to include Cognitive Processing Therapy and support clients with PTSD presentations. Danielle enjoys all aspects of her work but is especially passionate about the therapeutic relationship with her clients and empowering them to live a more fulfilling life.
Out of session Danielle enjoys social sports, being a plant-mum and baking.
Senior Registered PsychologistLaura is an experienced psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults around a range of issues including mood disorders, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, school issues and interpersonal difficulties. She is also able to provide support to families around parenting, attachment and family issues.
Laura has a special interest working with mothers and their families during the perinatal period who are experiencing perinatal anxiety and depression, birth trauma, issues with parent-infant bonding and attachment, adjustment to parenting and perinatal grief and loss. Her prior clinical experience has been across a range of services including various government and non-government programs and within private practice. Most recently she was employed at headspace and within an education setting.
Laura utilises a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She is also trained in the Circle of Security and Tuning into Teens parenting programs.
Candice has over 15 years experience in working with families and children in child protection, as a family therapist, and most recently as a registered psychologist. Candice started her career working with families and children in crisis with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and spent over a decade at Barnardos Australia working with children and their families in Out-of-Home Care who experience developmental trauma.
Candice most recently was the school psychologist for a private high school in Canberra and has extensive experience and interest in children, young people and families. Her interest in young people and their families lead Candice to be part of the therapeutic team in the WOKE program led by University of Canberra, assisting young people with early symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. She also has experience working with adults living with disordered eating. She has experience in providing therapy for children and families with behavioural concerns including emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, adjustment issues, school-based difficulties, disordered eating in young people and adults, as well as interpersonal difficulties. She works with a number of therapeutic approaches, such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), image therapy, parent training and group training such as Cool Kids.
Candice spent six months after graduating from Sydney University volunteering in Western Samoa to support families with mental health disorders. She has three school aged children and is a keen skier and likes running with her Groodle to keep fit.
Maddie is a warm and friendly person who believes in a collaborative, client-centred and trauma informed approach to therapy. She is passionate about early intervention and improving quality of life for all her clients. Creating connection and understanding of your experience is the foundation for Maddie’s approach, as she strives to create a safe and non judgemental space to help clients reach their goals.
Maddie has experience working with a range of clients and presentations, including depression, anxiety, ASD, ADHD and people with disability. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults. She also has experience working in multidisciplinary teams to coordinate the best care for clients across services.
Maddie has training in psychological techniques such as CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. Maddie understands that no single approach to therapy fits everyone and tailors sessions to meet the needs of each client.
Joannah is a skilled and compassionate registered psychologist dedicated to supporting children and families in their journey toward mental well-being. With a particular interest in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders, Joannah strives to create a warm and nurturing environment where clients can feel comfortable and empowered. Joannah believes in a holistic approach to therapy, recognizing the importance of addressing not only the individual's needs but also the needs within the family system. Joannah values collaboration and actively involves parents and caregivers in the therapeutic process to enhance the overall well-being of their clients.
With a solid foundation in evidence-based practices, Joannah is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. They draw upon these therapeutic modalities to tailor interventions that suit the unique needs and goals of each individual and family they work with. Joannah strongly believes in utilising a strengths based approach and equipping clients with practical skills and strategies to navigate life's challenges successfully.
Outside of the sessions, Joannah enjoys cooking, and spending time with her dog Steve.
Emilia is passionate about helping clients to better understand themselves and live fulfilling lives. Emilia takes a warm, compassionate and collaborative approach to therapy. With the focus on creating a safe environment, Emilia supports clients to feel respected, understood and empowered. With a range of experience, Emilia's interests include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, stress, trauma related disorders, and interpersonal difficulties.
Emilia is experienced and trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy. Drawing on these techniques, Emilia is committed to tailoring treatment to meet the needs of each individual and make positive and lasting changes.
In her free time, Emilia enjoys being active and spending time with her dog, Jack.
Senior Registered PsychologistVanessa has worked with adults in a variety of settings including private practice and community based agencies. She values establishing a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship that encourages a collaborative exploration of symptoms and causes of psychological distress. She has over 20 years experience in the effective treatment of depression, anxiety (including OCD), trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, grief and loss, and stress management.
She has worked extensively with victims of childhood sexual assault and domestic violence. She can assist with the management of adult ADHD and psychotic illnesses.
Senior Registered PsychologistStephanie’s work is guided by her belief that all people are valuable and capable. She works within a positive psychology perspective and is passionate about empowering individuals and families, helping them work through their current difficulties and reach their full potential. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families and has worked in the public, educational and private sectors.
Stephanie supports people experiencing a wide range of psychological difficulties, including current and past trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, learning and behavioural difficulties, and life change. Stephanie also has qualifications in teaching and nursing.
Therapy DogBailey is a three year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Having a Therapy dog in the room often makes a room feel more friendly and helps clients who are comfortable with dogs relax. Bailey can often work as a nice distraction making it easier for clients to participate in sessions. He is also wonderful at reading emotions and providing unconditional emotional support, he is a great listener and it is often easier to navigate difficult emotions whilst interacting and talking with Bailey during sessions.
Bailey did his training at 7 months old and has been with us since then (2 and a half years). Bailey's favourite things are people, ice cream, playing ball and visiting the beach. He also won't ever say no to a tummy rub and he also has the best tail wag ever!
Senior Registered Psychologist
Raechel is currently on extended leave. Raechel enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan, with particular interest in supporting children. Raechel has a long working history in roles within education, occupational rehabilitation and chronic pain settings. For the last four years, Raechel has worked with children and young people within the education sector with a particular focus on primary school aged children.
She has experience working with a range of mental health conditions including mood and anxiety concerns, ADHD, Autism, emotional regulation, chronic pain and workplace issues. When working with children, Raechel ensures there is a wholistic approach with seeking involvement from parents, the school and other supports (as appropriate). She has a special interest in cognitive, academic and behavioural assessments and assessments for Autism.
Raechel uses evidence based therapeutic interventions including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Play Therapy. She employs a strengths based approach and tailors the therapeutic intervention to reflect the values and needs of her clients.
Raechel is trained in the Zones of Regulation program for emotional regulation.