Psychologists – Parramatta – Hills District – Carlingford

Find the best psychologist for your mental health support

  • Are you at the point where your distress is impacting on your life or the lives of those around you?
  • Are you worried about your ability to cope when life gets stressful?
  • Are you dissatisfied with where your life is heading?

Our team of 14 psychologists and mental health counsellors serve the area surrounding Parramatta, the Hills District, Norwest and Carlingford.

Easy booking process

1 Free consultation

On calling us, we make the process simple and easy for you. Our experienced Intake Counsellor will chat with you for up to 15 minutes free of charge.

2 Choice of psychologists

The Intake Counsellor will listen and answer all your questions. This will help you make a well-informed decision about who is most suited for your situation.

3 Flexible hours and fees

Choose a time that suits you, including after hours. Choose face to face or skype. We offer generous concessions if there are financial difficulties.

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Our areas of practice

Anxiety and depression counselling

Depression and anxiety symptoms can be quit debilitating if left untreated. 1 in 8 people experience anxiety and depression every day in Australia. Sometimes these feelings last a little while, and sometimes they are more long term. (Read more about anxiety and depression counselling).

Trauma / grief counselling

Grief and trauma can be difficult experiences to come to terms with and process. Expert help can help you to make sense of your experiences. Learning skills to deal with tough emotions is part of therapy. You don’t need to go through this alone. (Read more about trauma counselling or grief counselling).

Child and family counselling

Children will not respond to therapy the same way that an adult will. They require creativity and play to learn. Such expressive therapies enable them to externalise their issues. Our therapists can help to explore their issues and develop solutions. (Read more about child and family therapy).

Adolescent and family counselling

Sometimes a teenager can feel overwhelmed and not know how to communicate this. Counselling helps them learn how to cope with stressors in their life. Also, counselling with the whole family can improve communication and connections. (Read more about adolescent and family counselling).

Teens and youth counselling

Youth, or young adults, face unique issues. Our therapists understand the complex issues happening in this time. Social, emotional and biological changes are complex in these years. This can make life hard to navigate. (Read more about teens and youth counselling).

Women’s issues

Sexuality, fertility issues, relationship issues, motherhood issues, workplace-related issues, emotional issues. Our counsellors can support you in a variety of women’s issues. (Read more about counselling for women’s issues).

Abuse counselling

Abuse can take lots of different forms. It can come from someone you are close with, from a colleague or stranger. It can take the form of verbal, physical or sexual assaults. Or controlling behaviours or domestic violence. (Read more about abuse counselling).


You may need support or assessment with regard to traumatic experiences at work. Coping with the stress and changes following an injury is hard. So too, is dealing with emotional trauma’s that can happen in the workplace. (Read more about workcover counselling).

Psychological assessments

Psychological assessments are used for educational, employment or legal purposes. Or they may be used for funding assessments such as disability support. They usually consist of tests administered in the counselling room or via questionnaires. (Read more about psychological assessments).

Skype counselling

Sometimes, for whatever reason, face to face counselling is not possible. You may have time constraints or live in a remote area. Skype counselling provides an alternative pathway to therapy. We can offer online counselling for individuals or for couples. (Read more about Skype video counselling).

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Medicare and private health rebates may be available.
Concessions and bulk billing may be available. Please enquire.

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Don Coles

Mental Health Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor

23Master of Social Work
$175 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Elize Olivier

Registered Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

23Master of Psychology
$175 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Lynley Yeo

Registered Psychologist

23Master of Psychology
$175 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
May Shum

Registered Psychologist

23 Bachelor of Psychology
$175 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Amy Stubbs

Registered Psychologist

23Bachelor of Psychology
$175 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Click a calendar from our registered counsellors

Rebates and concessions may be available. Please enquire.

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David Bridges

Director, Clinical Registered Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor

23Master of Counselling
$175 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Ralph Holwerda

Clinical Registered Counsellor and Supervisor

23Master of Counselling
$140-160 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
William Fernandes

Clinical Registered Counsellor

23Master of Counselling
$130 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Rochelle Dawson

Clinical Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$130 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Jenny FitzGerald

Clinical Registered Counsellor

23Grad Dip EF Therapy
$130-150 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Christina Jonkhoff

Clinical Registered Counsellor

23Master of Counselling
$130-150 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Jessica Joseph

Clinical Registered Counsellor

23Master of Counselling
$110-120 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Delinda Lau

On maternity leave

Master of Counselling
$90 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444
Enid Choong

Student Intern Counsellor

Master of Counselling (Cand)
$0 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Medicare rebates under your Mental Health Care Plan

Can I claim a rebate from Medicare?

For more information see this fact sheet.

If you see a psychologist or mental health social worker for mental health support, your GP can write a Mental Health Care Plan. This entitles you to a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions per calendar year. The gap payment after the rebate is $85 per hour session for psychologists.

Medicare rebates do not apply for counsellors. However, counsellors may offer generous concessions for financial difficulties. Also Private Health rebates may apply.

Couples counselling is not covered under Medicare. “Relationship problems are not considered to be a mental health disorder and therefore are not an allowable focus of treatment under Better Access.” (APS, 2013) If you want couples counselling, visit our Relationship Counselling page.

What is the official list of what Medicare covers?

  • ADHD for adults
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bereavement disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Co-occurring anxiety and depression
  • Depression
  • Dissociative identity disorder
  • Drug use disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sleep problems

What else does Medicare cover?

Enhanced Primary Care Plan

Children and people with Chronic Health Issues may be eligible for this rebate for up to 5 sessions only per calendar year. This can only be given by a GP managing your health issues. This provides a rebate of $52 per session.

Pregnancy Support Plan

Women who have pregnancy related conditions or concerns are for up to 3 sessions per pregnancy, during pregnancy and up to 12 months after the birth of their child. GP’s only can refer for this service. The rebate for this service is $76.60.

Helping Children with Autism Plan

This can come from either a paediatrician or psychiatrist where there is suspected of diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder. This entitles a child up to 12 years old to access 4 assessment, and 20 treatment sessions once in their lifetime.

Mental health concerns are very common. One in five Australians aged between 16 and 85 suffer from a mental illness in any one year.

Questions about our psychological services

Are there any age limits?

Emotional difficulties can happen to anyone and may arise at any age. There is no such thing as being too old or too young to seek treatment. Our therapists work with clients of all ages from young children through to older adults.

Do I need to see a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are GP’s who have completed extensive training to specialise in medications. Psychiatrists prescribe medication, whereas psychologist and counsellors don’t.

Keep in mind that few psychiatrists are trained in counselling or therapy. If you are wondering if you should see a psychiatrist, your regular GP is the best place to start for a referral.

What are the issues you work with?

  • Addictions
  • ADHD
  • Adult mental health issues
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Alcohol and drug use issues
  • Anxiety, OCD, panic attacks and phobias
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Depression and depressive disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • Gambling addictions
  • Impulse control difficulties
  • Peri and post natal depression
  • Personality disorders
  • PTSD
  • Rape and adult sexual assault
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-harm
  • Sex addictions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Trauma, past and present

What if I just want better coping strategies?

You don’t have to be suffering from a mental health concern to seek counselling. Coping skills learnt in therapy can empower you to better manage life challenges, such as:

  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness, boundaries, aommunication
  • Chronic pain management
  • Coping with emotions
  • Career counselling
  • Disability
  • Grief and loss
  • Life coaching
  • Life and work transition
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Student issues
  • Transcultural issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Workplace-related issues

What are your centre’s therapeutic approaches?

People are complex. The emphasis of our work is client focused. Therapy is respectfully, collaboratively and sensitively tailored to each client whether individual, couple or family.

Your psychologist or counsellor will aim to truly understand your issues, and walk beside you. They seek to inspire hope with the goal of a more meaningful life.

We treat you as a person, not as a diagnosis to be treated. We draw upon a wide range of evidence-based approaches used in the profession:

  • ACT – Acceptance and Commitment therapy
  • Attachment Theory
  • CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – including it’s many variations
  • DBT – Dialectical behaviour therapy
  • EFT – Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • EFTC – Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Family Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • IPT – Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Systems Theory including Bowen Family Systems Theory
  • Trauma-informed Therapy

Do you specialise in ‘Emotionally Focused Therapy’?

Yes, a model used by many in the team is Emotionally Focused Therapy. EFT is a well established, evidence based modality to work with emotion (heart) and meaning, to create a shift in thinking and behaviour.

At times, various team members use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as appropriate for the client. CBT focuses on the creation of shifts in thinking and behaviour.