Meet our Psychologists Team
Alena is a caring and empathetic counsellor who is equally at home working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Issues treated (but not limited to) include; anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, grief, work related issues and relationship matters. She is also experienced in undertaking assessments to determine intelligence levels and areas of strength and weakness in learning. Alena can provide recommendations to support a client’s optimal learning long term. Special areas of interest are children and adolescents with emotional, academic, study skills, social and behavioural difficulties in addition to mothers experiencing antenatal and postnatal depression and parenting issues.
Alena is a psychologist whose approach to counselling is holistic and strengths based tailored to each individual’s needs. She always strives to uphold integrity with her clients and acknowledges the importance of building a solid connection with each person in a confidential and ethical manner.
Qualifications include a Master of Professional Psychology, Bachelor of Social Science Psychology (Honours), Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Counselling. Alena is a Registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. She employs key evidence based therapies including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person Centred, Mindfulness, Solution Focussed Therapies, Narrative and Sandplay Therapy.
Alena has a wealth of other work and life experiences. In her early career she worked as a senior marketer both here and overseas. From there she has worked with children, parents and teachers as a school counsellor. Alena has travelled extensively overseas and while there training in somatic therapies and meditation both in India and the US.
On a personal level, Alena loves to spend time with her family, travel, listen to music and read in addition to keeping healthy and active through yoga, meditation, walking and eating fresh produce from her garden.
As a Psychologist Southern Sydney (PSS) therapist, Irene shares our values of providing an empathetic, caring and professional approach to her counselling sessions, valuing the importance of building rapport and tailoring sessions according to the unique goals of each individual. She collaboratively assists clients with developing the necessary skills to achieve their personal goals, generating helpful perspectives and ways of thinking and practical strategies to enhance satisfaction and well-being. Irene encourages an exploratory approach with clients and enjoys building inner resilience, life balance and contentment.
Irene is a Registered Psychologist with over 10 years of experience in counselling and clinical psychology. In that time she has gained a wealth of specialist skills and experience in working with adolescents and adults of a broad age range and backgrounds.
Currently, she works with clients on a large variety of emotional and behavioural issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief/bereavement, relationships, substance abuse, workplace issues, chronic pain and self-esteem.
Her training includes a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) Honours and specialised evidence based therapy training, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution Focussed Therapy.
Irene also has experience in employee assistance (EAP) counselling, vocational and rehabilitation assessment. She is knowledgeable in supporting individuals with intellectual, learning and physical disabilities in sustaining employment and managing related issues, such as performance anxiety. She is also skilled in using psychometric tools to assess IQ levels and explore learning limitations to assist with managing long term functioning. Irene has worked extensively with government and corporate organisations, with particular focus on employment and vocational psychology and holds a Diploma qualification in Business and Human Resource Management.
Irene also speaks Greek for non-English speaking clients.
As an individual, Irene has strong family values, is well-travelled and has undertaken volunteer work. To balance her personal and work life, Irene believes in healthy eating and fitness and enjoys relaxation through music and her interest in visual arts.
Jennifer Henderson is a Registered Psychologist who has worked as a Professional Counsellor and Psychologist since 2000. She provides psychotherapy to young and older adults experiencing many of today’s mental health and wellness and lifestyle issues.
Jennifer is a caring, empathic and patient therapist, who works with people to overcome depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment disorders, personal growth and career development, and much more. As a counselling psychologist Jennifer works by allowing clients to share their experience, then facilitating them to develop powerful strategies to overcome the issues that are holding them back. Jennifer uses solution focused and evidence-based therapies amongst others. She works collaboratively and sensitively with her clients to achieve a positive change in their well-being, life and relationships.
On top of her professional experience Jennifer brings with her extensive life experience. Born in England, Jennifer has lived in Zimbabwe and South Africa before moving to Australia over 18 years ago. She has three adult children who live around the world with their families. Her journey has included working with neglected and abused children, women experiencing domestic abuse and people experiencing many forms of relationship issues.
More recently she has enjoyed working with clients in Retirement Villages and continues to have a special interest in healthy ageing. She also has a special interest in Trauma counselling and continues with her personal knowledge development by studying Trauma Response and Counselling. In 2014 she published a book ‘Write to Wellness’ while working with an adult group which encouraged members to use writing as therapy via self-expression.
John’s caring, professional approach, combined with 17 years’ experience as a counselling psychologist gives John the ability to quickly build a trusting rapport with his clients to help them achieve the outcomes they are seeking. He also has a wide range of life experiences that gives him a deeper empathy and understanding of the challenges men and women face in today’s society at home and work.
In therapy John supports his Psychologists Southern Sydney clients by helping them master the skills to overcome issues that are holding them back. He has a considerable experience in utilising positive psychology techniques through building resilience in a safe and supportive environment. He works with his clients to develop the management strategies to deal with a wide range of issues including depression, stress anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, aggression and domestic violence, work related issues, addictions, smoking cessation, weight loss and other issues that might be holding you back. Therapies employed by John include (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment therapy, (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy and is registered with WorkCover.
John is also trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of psychological stress or trauma. EMDR incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches and has helped millions of people of all ages, throughout Australia and across the world, relieve many types of psychological stress.
Workplace Health, Career Development and Coaching
John has extensive experience of working within organisations including the military one on one, in groups and at an organisational level. John employs a large array of individual and group psychometric assessment tools and can provide thorough reports.
John is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the College of Organisational Psychologists so can work with people as a psychologist, as a coach or both which can be very empowering to reach individual and group goals. In Coaching sessions John helps people excel in their work and other parts of their life. John also provides assessments for career direction, life or work transition and personal development.
Janice has a wealth of experience and training, holding a Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Master of Arts (Counselling), Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy (ASH) and is a Registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Janice has over 19 years’ experience counselling a broad range of individuals, couples, families and groups.
Janice’s approach is supportive and collaborative, aimed at raising awareness and thus recovery through personal growth. Areas of expertise include child and adolescent issues, couple counselling, post-natal depression, parenting issues, anxiety, depression, anger management, drug and alcohol and other addictions, mindfulness and hypnosis. Work place stress, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and workers compensation are other areas of Janice’s counselling expertise, as is Career, Executive and Life Coaching. In 2015 Janice qualified as a Nationally Accredited Dispute Resolutions Mediator.
As our principal Psychologist at Psychologists Southern Sydney (PSS) Janice sets high professional standards for all the team to follow. She employs fellow psychologists that have a commitment to integrity, confidentiality, excellence in counselling techniques and client care.
As someone who has raised a family and built PSS business in the St George and Sutherland Shire with her husband Mark, Janice provides clients with a wealth of counselling and therapeutic experience plus an understanding and maturity that comes from extensive life experiences.