Consulting Rooms – Practitioners

Our aim at Capital Clinical Psychology is to provide the community of the Canberra Region with access to quality psychological services. We are achieving this by offering our consulting rooms to like-minded, highly professional and qualified psychologists to run their own private practices (click here or scroll down for details of our current practitioners).

All practitioners are dedicated to delivering an evidence based, best practice service. All psychologists hold general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) and AHPRA. Clinical psychologists hold an Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology in addition to general registration. All psychologists are registered with Medicare to provide services under a GP Mental Health Care Plan.

Each practitioner runs their own private practice, so individual availability and fees may vary. Please contact the relevant practitioner directly with any enquiries. If you have a general enquiry, please contact our Practice Manager, Emily, at the Deakin clinic on 02 6282 1002.

Capital Clinical Psychology Consulting Rooms are located in both Deakin and Phillip. For location details, click here or go to ‘Contact Us’.

Our Practitioners (scroll down for more details about for each practitioner):


DEAKIN Availability Contact
Dr Cristian Torres Clinical Psychologist / Director Monday – Friday 02 6282 1002
Dr Paul Ruefli Clinical Psychologist Monday – Wednesday 0438 283 560
Dr Alison Christie Clinical Psychologist Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 0403 755 113
Ms Thali Bower-Williams Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar Wednesday and Friday 0478 597 190
Mr Mike Corke Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar Tuesday – Friday 0411 461 492
Ms Vendra Begonja Coaching Practitioner Monday 0412 830 386
Mr Lingdi Zhou Provisionally Registered Psychologist Tuesday – Thursday 0444 504 948
PHILLIP Availability Contact
Dr Mike Barry Clinical Psychologist Tuesday – Thursday 0402 676 369
Ms Angela Patch Clinical Psychologist Tuesday – Wednesday 0407 195 005
Mr Rex D’Cruz Clinical Psychologist Friday 0404 072 149
Dr Isobel Turner Clinical Psychologist Tuesday 0421 285 660
Dr Danielle Clout Clinical Psychologist Thursday 0424 553 566
Ms Ghizala Jafri Psychologist Monday and Friday 0426 498 574
Ms Beth Sinclair Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar Wednesday – Thursday 0420 344 842
Ms Anne Develin Health-Life Coach/Quit Smoking Specialist Monday 0439 258 805


DEAKIN – Phone 02 6282 1002


Dr Cristian Torres, DPsych (Clinical), Bsc (Hons), FCCLP

Clinical Psychologist / Director Capital Clinical Psychology

  • Medicare Provider Number: 2877704T
  • AHPRA / PsyBA Reg: PSY0001407002
  • Availability: Mon – Fri, 9am – 3:30pm

Cristian Torres is the Founding Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist of Capital Clinical Psychology.

For more details about his experience, qualifications and specialisation, see the ‘About Dr Torres’ page on this site.

P: 02 6282 1002



Dr Paul Ruefli

Clinical Psychologist

  • Medicare Provider Number:2816655L

M: 0438 283 560


Paul Ruefli is a clinical psychologist with twenty five years of experience working with high functioning people across many disciplines both in Australia and overseas.

Paul is also a Zurich trained Jungian Analyst. During his studies and real life experiences with clients, he became curious about how the human mind became entrapped by its own machinations resulting in a range of mental conditions starting with anxiety, worry, depression and avoidance. These conditions then resulting in loss of function and sometimes ending in mental breakdown. To find answers Paul enrolled in and graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and subsequently completed a doctorate in applying cognitive intentionality to clinical psychology practice.

Earlier in his professional career, and underpinning his experience as a clinical psychologist, Paul trained as an engineer and scientist. He became CEO of a major international American aerospace company and over more than 20 years he developed extensive experience in leadership, management and coaching/mentoring. He then founded his own successful high technology marketing company which provided essential high technology infrastructure systems to many countries including Australia.

Based on his experience with thousands of clients Dr Ruefli takes the view that most of our mental problems are challenges which can be used to guide us through personal growth toward a richer more fulfilling life when worked with in psychotherapy. Issues of depression, anxiety, worry, grief, social anxiety, sadness etc. and the full gamut of troublesome mental formations, contain within them the keys to an enhanced life. Paul firmly believes that an eclectic, or wide ranging experience-based perspective is essential to harvesting and nurturing the potential toward enriching growth contained within the often troublesome mental contents of the human mind.

Paul is highly competent in using all the tools of modern evidence based psychology, which include amongst others:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT),
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
  • Schema Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy,
  • Jungian Analysis, Depth Psychology, Psychoanalysis,
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT),
  • Developmental Theory. Circles of Security Parenting.

Personal treatment objectives and a plan are developed and agreed with each client. Currently Medicare provides coverage for up to ten therapy sessions per calendar year. Within this framework substantial progress to complete resolution is often possible.

Paul is a registered clinical psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).


Dr Allison Christie 

Clinical Psychologist

  • Availability: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 

M: 0403 755 113



Alison is a clinical psychologist who completed her clinical training at the Australian National University.

While she tailors her interventions to the needs and preferences of her clients, she favours solution-focused cognitive behavioural interventions, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Alison’s key areas of experience are in anxiety-based issues (e.g social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder), depression, perinatal depression and adjustment to parenthood, infertility issues, relationship issues, and stress inoculation and resilience training. She is also interested in issues related to personal meaning, faith and spiritual or religious experience.

Alison also also works in organisational and educational settings running workshops to enhance well-being, resilience and mindfulness in the work place and completed her PhD in clinical psychology with a focus on mindfulness and values based therapies.

She is a member of the Australian Psychological Association, Association for Contextual Behavioural Science and the Australian Clinical Psychologist Association.


Ms Thali Bower-Williams

Psychologist / Clinical Psychology Registrar

  • Availability: Wednesday and Friday (some outside business hours availability)

M: 0478 597 190


Thali is a registered psychologist, holding Masters-level qualifications in both clinical & analytical psychology.  Thali offers therapy to adults, both short and longer term.  Thali emphasises the therapeutic relationship as a key agent of change and takes an experience-informed, emotion-oriented approach.  She has an empathic, warm, caring & respectful manner, & encourages self –compassion.  This permits gentle curiosity to replace self-judgment, allowing a kinder relationship with your self.

As a psychologist with a wealth of life experience, Thali feels particularly drawn to assisting those aged 35 – 60 years to navigate midlife issues.  Midlife can bring feelings of loss, confusion around life direction and life’s meaning, anxiety around change, intimate relationship distress, and post-separation or parenting adjustment issues.  It is a time when long standing unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling and relating – often formed in childhood – can be successfully worked through, offering deeper insight and self-acceptance.   This can provide a more resilient sense of well-being, both physically and emotionally, promoting a sense of liberation in the second half of life.

With a research background in emotion regulation, anger and shame, Thali is familiar with adults battling low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness and emptiness.  Thali views many mental health symptoms as being understandable (yet outmoded) coping responses to a sense of ‘self’ that feels fragile, unreliable or unable to cope.  Yet each client has different needs.  As such, Thali uses a broad range of evidence-based perspectives, tailored to a patient’s treatment goals.  Her therapeutic tool-kit is varied:  using psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and other approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassionate mindfulness, and emotion-oriented, schema and strength-based modalities.

Client issues Thali will work with include:  Anxiety (e.g. generalised, social, panic); depression (including post-natal); bi-polar, relationship difficulties; shame, self-esteem and self-development; life transition and adjustment difficulties; developmental trauma and adult survivors of sexual abuse; terminal illness and palliative care; grief and loss; stress management and work stressors; and religious and spiritual issues.


Mr Mike Corke

Psychologist / Clinical Psychology Registrar

  • Availability: Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

P: 0411 461 492



Mike is a registered psychologist who works with adults and young people (over 12 years-old) and focuses on the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder and sleep-problems.

He uses evidence-based therapies, particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).  He also adapts elements of other therapies into his treatment approach when they suit his client’s situation.

Mike combines his compassionate treatment approach with a warm sense of humour to help his clients manage their own mental health long term.

Before becoming a psychologist Mike had a corporate career as a senior executive.

Mike is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.  He is a clinical psychology registrar and is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association.  He completed his clinical psychology training at the Australian National University.


Ms Vendra Begonja 

Coaching Practitioner (Life and Behavioural)

  • Availability: Monday, 9am to 12 noon

M: 0412 830 386



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Vendra is a life coach, who holds a Diploma in Life Coaching, Graduate Certificate in Health (Health Service Management) and currently completing counselling qualifications.

Her goal is to help her clients learn how to effectively respond to life, manage stressors and realise their capability to generate solutions and take action. Since she established her coaching practice in 2015, she has helped her clients create clarity and positively influence behaviours and responsiveness to achieve life and wellbeing goals.

Vendra’s coaching style utilises a multidisciplinary approach, based on modern coaching and client centred approaches. With over 20 years experience in the community and health care sectors, Vendra supports this coaching with a specialised professional skillset. This includes an educational background in Health Service Management and Clinical and Surgical Research and Audit. Vendra also understands the importance of meeting the needs of clients to a high standard and with continuing professional development in areas such as psychology, counselling, mental health and wellbeing she is well placed to support individuals from all walks of life.

She provides coaching for private clients, people living with a disability (NDIS Service Provider – Innovative Community Participation incl. core supports) and group coaching.

She also currently offers the following programs:

  • The Don’t Make Me Think Series. These evenings bring together a panel of clinical experts, community leaders and everyday individuals with shared lived experiences on range of social issues like judgement.
  • The Master Your Life program is designed to support individuals to work at their own pace to develop their life skills and wellbeing goals. It is a 12 week to 12-month program, making a visible difference to the lives of those that participate and the lives of those around them.


Mr Lingdi Zhou

Provisionally Registered Psychologist

  • Availability: from 19 July 2018, Tuesday – Thursday (some after hours appointments available)

P:  0444 504 948


Lingdi is a provisionally registered psychologist, undertaking his final placement as part of his PhD (Clinical Psychology) at ANU. Prior to commencing his PhD, Lingdi pursued a career in marketing, and also ran his own business.

Clinically, Lingdi has experience working with clients across the lifespan experiencing a range of mental health difficulties including depressive and anxiety-related disorders, OCD, specific phobias, eating disorders, interpersonal difficulties, and general distress. He has also worked with adolescents experiencing mental health difficulties.

Lingdi’s primary therapeutic background is in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). He also has experience working with other therapy modalities such as Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, as well as training in elements of DBT-informed treatment.

Lingdi is on placement under the supervision of Clinical Psychologist, Dr Cristian Torres.

As Lingdi is a provisional psychologist, he is not able to see clients who wish to claim private health insurance or Medicare rebates. As such, he offers consultations at a reduced fee of $50 per 50-60 minute consultation, or $25 for those with a valid concession (eg clients who are secondary or tertiary students, pensioners, unemployed, or on government benefits).


PHILLIP – Phone 02 6282 1002


Dr Mike Barry 
PhD (Clin Psych), MAPS, FCCLP

Clinical Psychologist

  • Medicare Provider Number: 4132852K
  • Availability: Tuesday & Wednesday, 8am – 5pm

M: 0402 676 369



Mike is a clinical psychologist who is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Trauma Focussed CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). He provides treatment for depression, anxiety and stress, phobias and personality disorders, but specialises in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related illness.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, he served for a number of years as an officer in the Australian Army, and in his clinical practice he focuses on the treatment of adults and has broad experience working with military, veterans and emergency service personnel.


Ms Angela Patch

Clinical Psychologist

  • Availability: Monday & Tuesday, 9am – 5pm

M: 0407 195 005



Angela is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA), and also holds PBA Area of Practice Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.  Angela is a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Angela has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for over 21 years. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Psychology) from the University of Southern Queensland, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Clinical Psychology from Charles Sturt University.

Angela is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Trauma Focussed CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

She provides treatment for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, chronic pain, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related issues.

She has worked across a variety of settings including community mental health, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, private hospitals, vocational rehabilitation, employee assistance programs, and private practice.


Mr Rex D’Cruz

Clinical Psychologist

  • Availability: Fridays, 9am – 5pm

M: 0404 072 149



Rex has been a teacher and school counsellor/psychologist for many years before retraining to qualify as a Clinical Psychologist. He is an active member of the APS, the APS Clinical College of Psychologists, the EMDR Association of Australia, the International association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and Restorative Practices International.

Being passionate about ongoing professional learning, and the scientist-practitioner model, he has presented Workshops/Papers on topics related to his clinical work, both, nationally and internationally.

Rex works with Children, Adolescents and Adults. He offers individual, couples, family and group treatment using a range of therapies, including: CBT, ACT, EMDR, DBT, EFT and IPT.

He can also undertake a range of assessments, including, for example, Autism, Learning Difficulties, Gifted & Talented and Behavioural Issues (i.e. ADD/ADHD), amongst others.


Dr Isobel Turner DPsych (Clinical)

Clinical Psychologist

  • Medicare Provider Number: 4847851H
  • Availability: Tuesdays, 8am – 5pm

M: 0421 285 660


Isobel is a registered psychologist and holds area of practice endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Honours and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Australian National University.

Isobel primarily works with children, adolescents and young adults in the treatment of anxiety and phobias, depression, stress, self-esteem, anger, emotion regulation difficulties, sleep problems and behavioural issues.

She predominantly works from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. However at times she may draw upon other evidence-based treatment and theory approaches such as Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Attachment Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focussed CBT, and Motivational Interviewing, dependent on the client’s individuals needs.

Isobel recognizes the importance of liaising with school teachers and other treating health professionals (e.g. GP’s, Psychiatrists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, etc.) to promote a joint understanding and a united treatment approach to the clients needs.


Dr Danielle Clout

Clinical Psychologist

  • Availability: Thursday 9am – 5pm

M: 0424 553 566



Ms Ghizala Jafri


  • Availability: Monday and Friday 9am – 5pm

M: 0426 498 574



Ghizala is a Registered Psychologist and an associate member of Australian Psychological Society.

Ghizala provides counseling/psychological intervention, with a special interest in mental health, adolescence, relationships and cross cultural issues. She is from a Pakistani background and has been in Australia for over 40 years. In addition to English, she speaks Urdu, Hindi and Fiji Indian and has an in-depth knowledge of collectivist cultures. 

Her training, completed in Australia, includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Schema Focus Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CALD and Indigenous Specific Therapy, Couple and Family Therapy (to name a few) . 

Ghizala has extensive experience in mental health, and has a specific interest in PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, Drug and Alcohol Issues, Borderline Structures, and Relationship/Family Issues. She takes a holistic approach and focuses on psycho-education, symptoms management, re-framing perspectives, sleep hygiene, skills development, breathing exercises, mindfulness, self care and nurturing connections.

She accepts Worker Compensation Clients, LGBT Clients and Critical Incident debriefing.


Ms Beth Sinclair


  • Availability: Wednesday and Thursday

M:  0420 344 842



Beth Sinclair is a registered psychologist and a PhD (Clinical Psychology) candidate. She has experience working with a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, psychosis, general distress and difficulty coping.

She enjoys working with people across the age spectrum, from children through to older adults.

Her primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), however she also has experience with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, trauma-focused CBT and CBT for psychosis. Beth works with her clients to select the treatment option that is most appropriate for them, given their presentation and the evidence base available.


Ms Anne Develin

Health-Life Coach – Pharmacist – Quit Smoking Specialist

  • Availability: Monday 8am to 6pm

M:  0439 258 805


Anne is a trained health-life coach and a registered pharmacist with a wealth of experience. Anne’s focus is to empower others to enhance their health and well-being, define and reach their goals, and discover life-purpose. Anne offers health-focused coaching, personal coaching and career coaching. These areas are often interdependent, and her coaching encourages people to find strategies that will bring about harmony and eliminate tensions across different aspects of life.

Health coaching and Tobacco Treatment Specialist:

  • As a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Anne assists clients to find strategies to successfully quit smoking and address other addictions. Her unique blend of skills as a pharmacist and as a life-coach allows Anne to work with clients to achieve lasting results. Her services are holistic, scientifically sound and evidence based.
  • Consultations are tailored to the individual and delivered in a non-judgemental manner.
  • Anne offers a 3 month evidence-based program of dedicated support to quit smoking. There is flexibility to incorporate and/or extend this program to also focus on life goals and purpose. In addition, Anne offers casual quit smoking sessions to individuals and groups, on an as-needs basis. Please contact Anne directly to discuss your needs.
  • Anne also assists in the prevention and self-management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. She supports people and carers to manage medications and to develop a better understanding of the impact of lifestyle on health and well-being.
  • Where appropriate and based on clients’ consent, Anne collaborates with GPs, pharmacists and other health professionals, to ensure consistency and continuity of health-care.

Personal and career coaching: 

  • Anne has a special interest in supporting people through life transitions by building resilience and maximising mental and physical well-being in the face of change. She helps people identify opportunities that change often brings and how to manage and navigate challenging circumstances.