Dr Jodie Lowinger, Founder & Principal Clinical Psychologist
DClin Psych MSc (USyd) BSc Psych Hons 1 (University Medal) UNSW
Dr Jodie Lowinger is the CEO and Founder of the Sydney Anxiety Clinic. Jodie is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in organisational, hospital and community settings for more than 20 years. She holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science (University of Sydney) and was awarded the University Medal for Psychology (UNSW). Jodie combines a compassionate and engaging personal style with a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach.
Jodie developed her skills in anxiety treatment at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital, the Boston Children’s Hospital, Sutherland Hospital, The Child Behaviour Research Clinic in Randwick and other community settings.
Jodie is also a Management Consultant and highly experienced Performance and Mindset Coach. Alongside her work at the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, she is the CEO and Founder of Mind Strength Consulting where she coaches CEOs and Executives and speaks in organisations and schools on topics including: cyber safety and managing digital distraction; building mind strength and resilience; emotional intelligence; establishing a growth mindset; assertiveness and influence; and building effective relationships. She is passionately committed to working with the media and speaking at global events to raise anxiety awareness and help individuals with the skills and strategies to conquer anxiety.
Dr Jo-Elle Stein, Clinical Psychologist
DClin Psych MSc (Usyd) BA-Psych (Hons1) (MacqUni)
Jo-Elle has worked with children, adolescents and adults with a range of mental health difficulties in various hospital and private settings, including outpatient and inpatient units, private clinics, universities and schools. Jo-Elle is passionate about her work with children and adults. She is a creative and dedicated psychologist who uses an evidence-based and collaborative approach to treatment. Her interventions are tailored to the needs of her client, enabling them to reach their goals. Jo-Elle uses her warm and empathetic approach to deliver practical and effective treatment strategies.
Jo-Elle completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology/Masters of Science at the University of Sydney and is skilled in the Cool Kids Children’s Program from the Centre for Emotional Health and the Circle of Security parenting program.
Dr Nicole Sokol, Clinical Psychologist
MClin Psych PhD (MacqUni) BPsych Hons 1 University Medal (UNSW)
Nicole is passionate about her work as a Clinical Psychologist and is committed to delivering evidence-based and client-centred therapeutic interventions to clients of all ages. She draws upon significant clinical experience in both the public and private sectors as well as strong research training, including a PhD on school bullying.
Nicole has gained specialised experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, parents, and families while working at Headspace, in schools, and within several NSW Health Child and Family Teams. She has a special interest in supporting parents as they navigate the challenges of parenthood and believes this work is central to ensuring emotional wellbeing throughout the family system.
Nicole combines a warm, approachable style with a practical, strengths-based approach in order to empower her clients to become active change agents in their own lives. With adults and young people alike, Nicole works collaboratively with her clients to understand current problems in their context as a means of building awareness, cultivating self-compassion, and identifying avenues and opportunities for change in the client’s valued direction.
Dr Anuja Ng, Registered Psychologist
MPsych (Clinical), PhD (UNSW) BPsych Hons 1 University Medal (University of Sydney)
Anuja Ng holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of New South Wales and was awarded the University Medal for Psychology. Anuja brings a warm and empathetic approach to delivering evidence-based therapeutic interventions for a range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, addiction and eating disorders. Anuja is dedicated to working collaboratively with her clients to understand their goals and to develop and implement an effective treatment plan that is tailored to the client's needs and capitalises on their strengths.
Anuja has developed her skills in public and private settings, including the Black Dog Institute in Randwick and the Peter Beaumont Eating Disorders Day Program at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Trained in research, Anuja is completing a PhD on anxiety and self-efficacy and has published her work in international peer reviewed journals. She is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Dr Keri Diamond, Clinical Psychologist
DCN/MSc (University of Sydney), MCP (Charles Sturt University). BPsych (UNSW), SIRA, MAPS, FCCN
Dr Keri Diamond holds dual qualifications in Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. She has received two Deans Awards for excellence in Clinical Psychology and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. She works as a private practitioner, clinical researcher, lecturer, and clinical supervisor. She has worked in hospital, government, community, and private practice settings with adolescents, adults and older adults struggling with complex psychiatric and neurological difficulties. Her research at the Brain & Mind Centre focuses on developing and implementing non-drug treatments aimed at improving thinking, emotional wellbeing, and general functioning.
Her clinical interests are assessing and treating generalised anxiety, panic, social anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder depression, adjustment to chronic illnesses and adjustment to stressful life events. Her evidence-based practice is dedicated to collaboratively setting and reaching patients’ goals within a warm, empathic, and nurturing manner.
Anna Kellerman, Registered Art Therapist
B.Art Ed (COFA, UNSW), MART (La Trobe), Registered Art Therapist (AThR)
Anna is a trained art educator, with a Bachelor of Art Education, majoring in Educational Psychology, and a registered clinical art therapist with a Masters in Art Therapy. She has a published thesis about the benefits of working with clay for children with anxiety disorders. Anna has been working with families, children, adolescents with a range of emotional and behavioural presentations for the last 20 years.
The main themes Anna works with relate to safety, building trust and resilience, and ways to regulate their emotions. Anna uses a trauma-based approach to her art therapy work which focuses on empowering clients with supportive coping skills to help manage lifelong issues. Creative experiences can have a comforting and calming effect that decreases anxiety or fear. The first step is to introduce self-regulating techniques where the person can learn ways to soothe the mind and body in order to help build resilience. It is also important that these techniques are realistic for the person and their families to include in their daily lives. These can include working with expressive materials such as clay, paint and water, or more containing structured activities.
Judith Lissing, Psychotherapist & Mindfulness Trainer
BSc(hons) (UNSW), MPH (UNSW), AdvDipHypPsych (AICH)
Judith Lissing is a Scientist, Mindfulness Trainer and Wellness Coach with more than 20 years experience in teaching stress management, emotional resilience and positivity. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Immunology and a Masters degree in Public Health. She is an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW, Sydney.
Judith uses an evidence-based approach to guiding individuals and teams to improve mental fitness and develop emotional resilience using Positive Psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness. Judith holds a deep conviction and passion for sharing mindfulness skills, born from more than 35 years of personal meditation practice. In addition to conducting mindfulness courses, Judith offers individual Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy and teaches pain management to people with chronic and life-threatening illness.
In addition to working with individuals, Judith has worked with organisations both large and small including Sydney Children’s Hospital, Microsoft Australia, Mirvac, Commonwealth Bank and Nova Entertainment.
Ruth Kaplan, Perinatal and Early Childhood Specialist, Schools Liaison and Group Program Coordinator.
MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UNSW), BMid with distinction (UTS), Grad Cert Diab Ed with high distinction (UTS), International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant
Ruth Kaplan is Registered Midwife, Certified Health Informatician Australasia, Diabetes Educator, Circle of Security Facilitator.
Ruth has expertise in high-risk perinatal care gained over the past decade working at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick. She is an experienced educator, with a specialised focus in helping new parents adjust to the challenges of parenting in the perinatal and early childhood years and is a facilitator in the Circle of Security Program. Ruth is skilled in app design and the use of technology to support clients with challenging health conditions.
She also has a keen interest in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of school communities including teachers, early childhood educators and students. She is the mother of four children and has great empathy for children and parents navigating our fast-paced world.
Jessica McAusland, Practice Manager and Intake Specialist
Jessica is a trained Intake Specialist with a warm and compassionate manner that makes everyone feel welcome and at ease.
When you come to the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, you will be greeted by Jessica or our other Intake Specialist, Lynda.
join our team
We're now hiring Clinical Psychologists or Registrars who have a passionate interest in helping people with anxiety and other related issues.
If you are interested in joining our team, have a warm and compassionate personal style and are highly skilled in a range of evidence based therapies, please contact us on (02)9389-3339 or via our contact form.