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.
Please note: 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):
|Dr Cristian Torres||Clinical Psychologist / Director||Monday to 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||Clinical Psychologist||Wednesday and Friday||0478 597 190|
|Dr Mike Corke||Clinical Psychologist||Tuesday – Friday||0411 461 492|
|Ms Beth Gunningham||Clinical Psychologist||Tuesday and Thursday||0481 882 815|
|Ms Anita Miragaya||On leave|
|Ms Bianca Calabria||Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar||Tuesday||0429 000 741|
|Ms Karen Ely||Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar||Monday and Wednesday to Friday||0480 189 886|
|Ms Erin Parker||Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar||Friday||0457 056 431|
|Ms Lauren Fee||Psychologist/Clinical Psychology Registrar||Monday and Wednesday||0450 889 543|
|Dr Caroline Flynn||PSYCHIATRIST||Monday to Friday||Use email (see below)|
|Dr Mike Barry||Clinical Psychologist||Tuesday – Thursday||0402 676 369|
|Ms Angela Patch||Clinical Psychologist||Tuesday – Wednesday||0407 195 005|
|Dr Danielle Clout||Clinical Psychologist||Monday and Thursday||0424 553 566|
|Ms Vanessa Quigley||Psychologist||Thursday and Friday||
0413 702 142
|Ms Jean Xu||Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist||Monday and Saturday||0490 759 196|
|Dr Isobel Turner||On leave|
|Ms Beth Sinclair||On leave|
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: Monday to Friday, 9am – 3:30pm
P: 02 6282 1002
Dr Cristian Torres is the Founding Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Capital Clinical Psychology. He is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), and also holds PsyBA Area of Practice Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. He is a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Cristian completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University. He has worked as a psychologist in a broad range of organisations (eg. AFP, DFAT, ACT Mental Health, ACT Corrective Services, ACT Alcohol and Drug Program, among others). He is the former Chair of the Regional Board for ACT, Tasmania and Victoria of the Psychology Board of Australia (2010-2017). Prior to his psychology studies, he also served in the Australian Regular Army.
Therapeutically, Cristian is experienced in the delivery of the following evidence-based, psychological interventions: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Motivational Interviewing.
He sees adults, as well as some adolescents, and has a particular interest in working with military and emergency service personnel with PTSD. Cristian also works closely with the legal profession in the provision of legal / forensic psychological reports for the court.
In addition, Cristian also offers a range of training solutions via organisational seminars and workshops in the mental health and resilience space, and delivers supervision for clinical registrars and postgraduate clinical psychology students on placement in his clinics.
For more details about his experience, qualifications and specialisation, see the ‘About Dr Torres’ page on this site.
Dr Paul Ruefli
- Medicare Provider Number:2816655L
- Availability: Monday to Wednesday, 7am – 5:45pm (some 6am appointments may also be available on request)
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)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Dr Mike Corke
Clinical Psychologist – BOOKS ARE CLOSED
- Availability: Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
P: 0411 461 492
Mike is a clinical 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 psychologist and is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. He completed his clinical psychology training at the Australian National University.
Ms Beth Gunningham
- Availability: Tuesday and Thursday – 8:30 to 4.30pm
Beth is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. She completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Science(Psychology) with Honours and Law.
Prior to joining Capital Clinical Psychology, Beth has worked at Headspace, at the National Health Co-op, with the Next Step High-Intensity program, and delivering employee assistance programs.
Beth offers evidence-based psychological therapies to adults. She is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy approaches. She has a particular interest in working with clients with anxiety disorders (including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic, PTSD and obsessive-compulsive disorder), depression and bipolar disorder.
Ms Anita Miragaya
UNAVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Ms Bianca Calabria
Psychologist / Clinical Psychology Registrar
- Availability: Tuesday from 9:30am (some after hours appointments available)
P: 0429 000 741
Dr Bianca Calabria is a Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with the Psychology Board of Australia. Bianca has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology degree (ANU), a PhD (UNSW Australia) and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree (Macquarie University).
Bianca works compassionately and collaboratively with clients who are experiencing difficulties related to psychotic experiences, trauma, emotion dysregulation, depression, anxiety, hypomania/mania, substance misuse, interpersonal conflict and/or suicidality.
Bianca draws on evidence-based therapeutic approaches including, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She also has an emerging interest and is developing skills in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
In addition to working as a psychologist, Bianca works as a research academic at the Australian National University. She conducts research focused on improving health and wellbeing which recognises the importance of strengths-based social and cultural factors.
Ms Karen Ely
Psychologist / Clinical Psychology Registrar
- Availability: Mon and Wed: 10:30am – 6:30pm
Thurs and Fri: 8:30am – 4:30pm
P: 0480 189 886
Sees: – *Adolescents * Adults * Older Persons
Special Interests: – Anxiety * Mood disorders * Stress * Trauma * Workplace issues
Karen is a Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. She holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Canberra and is currently completing her Clinical Psychology endorsement. She is also an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Karen has experience working across the life span and particularly enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and older persons. Karen provides client-focused psychological therapy for those experiencing anxiety, depression or mood disturbance, stress related issues, adjustment issues, low self-esteem, school or workplace bullying.
She has experience in working within the workplace rehabilitation setting and is very interested in helping people with trauma-related issues. She believes that every client needs to have their unique story heard and understood in order to provide a tailored approach that meets their needs.
Karen primarily uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) including the DNA-V model, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) with her clients.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys working with youth in a voluntary capacity as a Girl Guide leader and also enjoys reading, crafting, and managing hockey teams.
Ms Erin Parker
Psychologist / Clinical Psychology Registrar
- Availability: Friday
P: 0457 056 431
Erin is a registered psychologist and is currently completing her registrar program for endorsement as a clinical psychologist. Erin completed her training at the Australian National University (ANU) and is enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology.
Erin works with adults and young people over the age of 12 years. She has experience working with a variety of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, general distress, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, problems managing emotion, and trauma.
Erin develops individualised treatment plans to suit the needs of each client. Treatment is based on evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Ms Lauren Fee
Psychologist / Clinical Psychology Registrar
- Availability: Monday and Wednesday between 9am and 5pm.
P: 0450 889 543
Lauren is a registered psychologist and clinical psychology registrar, who completed her clinical training at the ANU. She holds an undergraduate and honours degree in Psychology from the ANU and is currently working towards her research PhD in psychology.
Clinically, Lauren has experience working with adolescents and adults experiencing a range of mental health challenges. These include: depression, anxiety, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder, childhood trauma,suicidality and self-harm, and the social and emotional challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder.
Lauren prioritises empathy, respect and collaboration when working with clients. She has experience in the delivery of a range of evidence-based therapies, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour-informed Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She also has a budding interest in ‘deep work’ and is currently building her skills in psychodynamic therapy and schema therapy.
Dr Caroline Flynn – PSYCHIATRIST
Consultant Psychiatrist – Capital Psychiatry (BSc; MBBS; Grad Cert Public Health; FRANZCP)
Provider No: 2598779X
- Availability: Tuesday to Thursday – 9am to 4pm
P: 6282 1002 – for general enquiries only (for bookings etc, please email Dr Flynn directly)
Caroline received her medical degree at the University of NSW in 2002. She worked as an intern, RMO and first year registrar in Psychiatry at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital. Since then she completed her Psychiatry specialist training part-time in Canberra and Newcastle, working in a variety of locations in hospital and community settings and academic and teaching posts. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Health and currently studying to receive a Certificate in Sports Psychiatry (International Society of Sports Psychiatry).
Caroline has only recently opened her private practice after working with the City Mental Health Team, ACT Health in 2018.
Caroline is trained as a general adult psychiatrist, but has experience with young people aged 16 and above. She values using integrative and multi-modal treatment approaches to provide tailored holistic care to her patients. She is trained in a number of psychotherapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and a range of reflective, psychodynamic psychotherapies. Caroline endeavours to take a broad recovery approach incorporating any family systems, and other social, cultural, spiritual/existential aspects.
After a period of assessment, Caroline will provide feedback to patients and GPs about diagnoses and key areas to address. Personality vulnerabilities and strengths are explored. A collaborative approach with the patient is taken to formulate a management plan and recovery pathway. Medication, psychotherapy, co-morbid medical conditions, social, behavioural and lifestyle interventions will be considered.
Caroline’s interests are general adult psychiatry including mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders, PTSD. Caroline also has a special interest in the role of early attachment and chronic trauma/stress and the relationship these experiences have in later impacts and impairment. She is currently hoping to build a multi-disciplinary team to collaborate with in the private sector to optimise patient care and wellbeing.
Caroline is also a member of the International Society of Sports Psychiatry (ISSP) and is keen to work with athletes in managing their mental health.
PHILLIP – Phone 02 6282 1002
Dr Mike Barry PhD (Clin Psych), MAPS, FCCLP
- Medicare Provider Number: 4132852K
- Availability: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am – 4pm
M: 0402 676 369
Mike is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and holds PBA Area of Practice Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. He is a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, he served for 28 years as a soldier and officer in the Australian Army, and has broad experience working with military, veterans and emergency service personnel.
He 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 adults with depression, anxiety and stress, but specialises in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Trauma, including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Ms Angela Patch
- 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.
Dr Danielle Clout
- Availability: Thursday 9am – 5pm
M: 0424 553 566
Ms Vanessa Quigley
- Availability: Thursday and Friday
M: 0413 702 142
Ms Jean Xu
Registered Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist
- Availability: Monday 2 – 6pm & Saturday, 10am – 2pm
M: 0490 759 196
Jean is a registered psychologist with an area of practice endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is a board approved supervisor and provides supervision to provisional psychologists and registrars. Jean is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (FCCN).
Jean enjoys working with adults and adopts a personalised approach to suit each individual. She utilises a range of evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Metacognitive Therapy. Jean is also experienced in providing a range of other psychosocial interventions including cognitive remediation, social skills, communication and assertiveness training, social cognition training (for psychosis, autism, acquired brain injury).
Jean has worked in inpatient and community mental health, and forensic mental health settings for a number of years. She also has experience working with a range of other clinical populations.
Jean works with adults over the age of 18 years. She has a particular interest in the areas of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Other services offered include:
• Self-esteem & self development
• Stress management
• Social skills & Assertiveness training
• Life transition & adjustment issues
• Grief & loss
Jean also specialises in conducting cognitive assessments, neuropsychological assessments and treatments.
Dr Isobel Turner DPsych (Clinical)
UNAVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Ms Beth Sinclair
UNAVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE