Our Team and Locations

Eastern Suburbs

Principal: Dr. Anna Cohen, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Address:
269 Bronte Road, Waverley, NSW, 2024

Primary Phone: 02 95551168

Secondary Phone: 0404466360

Andrew Pring

Andrew Pring

Educational Consultant

M. Education, Grad. Dip (Special Education), B. Education

Andrew is an Educational Consultant with 28 years of experience as a teacher in the public school sector. He has worked as a class teacher in primary and secondary schools and special placement schools supporting children with specific behavioural and emotional needs, intellectual and physical disabilities and students with specific diagnoses such as Conduct disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Andrew has had extensive experience consulting and supporting classroom teachers to meet the needs and support students who experience difficulties at school. Andrew is committed to supporting all children to engage fully in their educational experience.

Anna Cohen

Dr. Anna Cohen

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Registration PSY1176554

Doc.Clin.Psych, M.Clin.Psych, B.Psych(Hons)

MAPS

Anna has worked with children, young people and families for over 20 years in both government and non-government organisations. She has strong skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and young people presenting with psychiatric, emotional and behavioural problems, and in assisting parents implement parent management strategies.

Anna is committed to supporting families with the difficult challenges they often face, and in doing so, helping children to re-engage with ordinary everyday childhood tasks.

Christina Riolo

Christina Riolo

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Registration PSY0001315685

B.A. (Psych), Grad.Dip.Psych., M.App.Psych (Counselling)

MAPS, AACBT

Christina is a Clinical Psychologist, an Honorary Associate of Macquarie University, and a Member of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT) NSW. She is also an Accredited Triple P provider who is able to facilitate both children and teenage positive parenting groups. Christina is a specialist in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders with children, adolescents and adults, with particular interests in the development and manifestation of anxiety across the life-span.

She trained and worked in a variety of settings both in England and Australia, including the corporate sector, public health, and not for profit organisations. Whilst working in England, Christina was supervised by clinicians specialising in Family Therapy in London. This influences her systemic family therapy approach to complex family dynamics alongside other evidence based approaches to treatment, particularly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Crista Wocadlo

Crista Wocadlo

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Registration PSY0001137777

PhD Clinical Psychology, B Arts (Multidisciplinary)

Crista is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience, having extensive knowledge in caring for families and children following newborn intensive care. Crista has substantial knowledge in the assessment and diagnosis of developmental difficulties that can challenge families and children. Her diagnostic expertise ranges across intellectual, academic, emotional and social domains.  Crista also has a special interest in understanding learning disorders. She is passionate about helping children get ready for school entry, and assisting families in making positive transitions throughout their child’s school life.

Whilst using evidence-based practice in her work with you, Crista actively explores and includes innovative concepts to aid treatment.  She has a deep commitment to ensuring that each child has both the support and the confidence to achieve their very best.

Dr Cindy Chapman

Dr Cindy Chapman

Clinical Psychologist

Registration PSY0001821431

Doc.Clin.Psych, B.Psych (Hons)

Cindy is dedicated to providing children, adolescents, and families with a safe and supportive environment in which to work collaboratively and help them through their difficulties. She has a warm, compassionate, and empathic approach, committed to tailoring evidence-based treatments to the needs of each individual and family.

Cindy holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree from Macquarie University, and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from The University of New South Wales. She has worked and had clinical training in a variety of public and private settings with adults and young people, including outpatient and inpatient units, private clinics, universities, and schools. Through these experiences, she has worked with a range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety and mood disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, trauma presentations, learning difficulties, self-esteem and confidence issues, behavioural problems, and parenting difficulties.

Cindy is passionate about developing a warm therapeutic relationship using her enthusiastic personality and where appropriate, a dash of fun.

Dr Holly McGovern

Dr Holly McGovern

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Registration PSY0001159976

DClinPsych, MClinPsych, BSc (Hons)

Holly is experienced in the treatment of children, young people and families who present with a variety of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in the context of complex family and environmental stressors. Holly studied and worked in the United Kingdom before immigrating to Australia in 2003. She has since worked at Westmead Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital in a range of adolescent focused programs.

Holly is committed to helping young people and their families understand and manage the challenging task of adolescence and is focused on developing effective and viable treatments for this purpose.

Fiona Cobain

Fiona Cobain

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Registration PSY0002100260

M.Clin.Psych, B.A.(Hons)Psych

Fiona is a Psychologist who is enthusiastic about working with children, adolescents and families who are experiencing a range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties. She offers a warm, nonjudgmental and collaborative approach informed by evidence based cognitive-behavioural assessment and treatment to help support the young person and their family. Fiona has experience working in both private and public health settings conducting individual and group therapy for individuals with a range of presentations, including schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and mental illness in the context of adjustment to chronic and acute physical illness.

Jessica Gengaroli

Jessica Gengaroli

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Registration PSY0002102138

BPsych (Hons)

Assoc MAPS

Jessica is a provisionally registered psychologist currently completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology. She is committed to working with children and young people who present with a range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties. Jessica adopts an evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment. She has experience offering individual and group treatment based on the cognitive-behavioural framework. She offers a warm and sensitive approach and is dedicated to collaborating with children and young people to support them in the management of various challenges.

Katherine McDowell

Katherine McDowell

Child and Adolescent Family Therapist

OCC0001722135

Ba.App.Sc. Occ.Therapy

Katherine is a senior family systems clinician specialising in family therapy, parenting, child and adolescent mental health disorders, family of origin coaching and parent-child attachment work.  Katherine is registered with AHPRA and Medicare. She is connected to the Family Systems Institute and has worked in child, adolescent and family mental health settings for the past 28 years.

Katherine’s special area of interest and experience is Family Therapy.  She has extensive knowledge and experience about what families need to navigate the many challenges life can present. Over the years she has worked in the Public Health System in both tertiary and outpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  Katherine has extensive knowledge in assessing and treating child and adolescent mental health disorders and has worked alongside some of Sydney’s most experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Psychologists . She is adept at working with separated families including those within the Family Court system.

During the past 10 years Katherine has developed her interest in working with parents and focusing on the attachment relationship between parent and child.   Katherine is very passionate about early intervention and the family unit.  Katherine is now available solely in private practice here at Kids & Co Clinical Psychology Balmain and Blue Mountains locations.

Melinda Clark

Melinda Clark

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Registration PSY0002032048

M.ClinPsych, B.Psych(Hons)

MAPS, ACPA

Melinda is passionate about working with young people and their families to support them in their growth and development as well as through the difficult challenges they may face. She is dedicated to providing a safe space for young people to share their experiences, develop lasting skills, gain confidence, and build resilience. Melinda is committed to providing assessments and interventions in an evidence-based, warm, and empathetic manner that focuses on client’s personal strengths.

Melinda’s clinical training in both the private and public sector has helped her to develop a greater awareness of a variety of complex mental health difficulties faced by children, adolescents, and adults to shape her clinical skills

Michal Fisher

Michal Fisher

Psychologist

Registration PSY1894894

M.Psych(Ed&Dev), B.Psych(Hons)

Michal has worked with children and adolescents in schools and private practice over the past 8 years. She studied at Monash University and obtained her Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology in 2016.  She is currently undertaking further specialist training and mentoring to receive endorsement in educational and developmental psychology.

Michal has extensive experience in assessing intellectual abilities, academic functioning, attentional capabilities, social skills, adaptive skills, behavioural and executive functioning.  She is committed to helping children, teens, their families and teachers to work collaboratively to develop intervention plans that will effect positive changes in their lives.

Narian Noory

Narian Noory

Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar

Registration PSY0002105684

BA (Honours) Psych. M Psych (Clin)

MACPA

Narian is a Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar who is passionate about working in collaboration with children, adolescents and their families in taking steps towards change.  Narian has prior experience as a behavioural therapist working in both home and school settings in managing challenging behaviour.  Her experience also extends to public mental health acute, sub-acute and community settings where she has developed skills within the multidisciplinary team based approach to treating complex mental health conditions.

Narian works from an evidence-based perspective, which means that all her clinical work will be supported by strong research. She has skills in the assessment and treatment of mental health and behavioural concerns, working from a holistic bio-psychosocial framework.

Nicholas Szafraniec

Nicholas Szafraniec

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Registration PSY0002105471

M.Clin.Psych, B.A(Hons), PG.Dip(Psych), B.Bus(OpMgt)

MAPS

Nik is a registered Psychologist with a passion for assessment and evidence-based psychological interventions with children, adolescents, and their families. Nik uses a warm, engaging approach, and draws on a cognitive-behavioural foundation to work collaboratively with young people and their families.

Nik has experience conducting individual and group psychotherapy across public and private health settings. He is particularly passionate about working with young people experiencing a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and behavioural difficulties. Nik is also experienced with administering a range of psychological assessments, including assessments relating to cognitive function and academic achievement. Nik brings a wealth of community based experience in working with child and adolescent populations, as well as with families. Nik grew up in the Blue Mountains and is committed to helping young people and their families in the area.