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Joel Curtis

Psychologist at Miranda and Double Bay

Joel Curtis is the owner and Principal Psychologist of Endeavour Wellness. Joel enjoys listening to people and is passionate about helping others. His counselling style is non-directive; he doesn’t like telling people what he thinks they should do. His goal is to help people understand themselves so they have the skills to be able to help themselves.

Joel works with people to help them achieve what they want to achieve in their life. As a Psychologist, he is dedicated to understanding your story and tailoring an approach which will work best for you. Joel has a client centred approach to counselling and works in a non-judgemental environment.

Joel provides support for people experiencing depression, anxiety and phobias. He has a strong interest in men’s health as well as working to support teenage boys. Joel works with couples to provide support for relationship and marriage issues.

Joel is also a registered Sport Psychologist and works with a range of athletes and teams to help support their performance needs. Joel also works with business owners, managers and sales staff to help improve business performance, as well as helping those people work more effectively with their teams and customers.

Joel holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychology from Western Sydney University. His therapeutic styles include CBT, Mindfulness, ACT and Solutions Focused Therapy.

Videsha Samarawickrama

Psychologist at Blacktown

Videsha is a Registered Psychologist who has a positive, warm, collaborative and client centred approach to counselling. Videsha’s focus is on ensuring that any treatment is individualised to suit the client which is aimed to promote functional, psychological and social independence for the individual within all aspects of their life.

Videsha has worked in various private, community and non-profit organisations. Videsha’s experience has enabled her to work with wide range of clientele from various backgrounds with varied presenting problems. She is non-judgmental, kind, caring, empathic and honest in her approach. Videsha utilises a wide range of treatment methodologies that range from cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, motivational and solution focused. Some of her areas of expertise are in the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment issues, anger management, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, family conflict, loss and grief, workplace conflict and vocational redirection.

Julieanne Lowe

Psychologist at Blacktown and Miranda

Julieanne is a registered psychologist who has a warm, open, and collaborative style. Julieanne adopts a client-centered approach to therapy, tailoring her methods and approach to suit the needs of those she works with. She believes that everyone can grow, and is passionate about utilizing peoples unique strengths and values to help achieve their individual goals.

Julieanne strives to create a safe and open space for those she works with, where people can explore what they want to at their own pace. It is important to Julieanne that the individuals she works with feel heard, respected, and walk away feeling like they achieved something. For this reason, she encourages and fosters client-feedback, likening therapy to a ‘partnership’ with the aim of achieving your goals.

Julieanne completed her psychology degree at the University of Wollongong, graduating with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology. She went on to work within a community setting, working with both groups and individuals of varying ages and presentations. She has experience in working with family members of those with mental health difficulties and suicide bereavement, as well as working with individuals with mood, anxiety, stress, addiction, psychosis, grief, relationship, and self-esteem issues. Julieanne also has experience in mentoring individuals to achieve their goals in both personal and work-life arenas.

Julieanne is eclectic in her approach utilizing strengths, values, creative arts, skills training, and motivational interviewing in combination with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Gestalt techniques to help individuals achieve their goals.

Melinda Myers

Psychologist at Miranda

Melinda is a warm, approachable Registered Psychologist who is committed to working alongside her clients to assist them to achieve an improved sense of wellbeing. With a clear focus on the working relationship with each client, Melinda seeks to ensure that each individual she works with feels heard, valuable and validated.

Melinda has training and expertise in a range of therapeutic interventions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Melinda’s previous work roles include crisis counselling, perinatal mental health, and older adults’ mental health.

Melinda has expertise in working with clients of all ages experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss and adjustment difficulties. She will work with you to identify the areas you wish to address, and collaborate with you to formulate an appropriate treatment plan. As a result, each client is very much in control of his or her own therapy journey.

Prior to moving into private practice, Melinda’s role as a child and family clinician in the disability sector allowed her the opportunity to refine her skills in child and family work. She enjoys working with children and their families to address issues that prevent them from enjoying life to the fullest, including mental health conditions, social exclusion, school reluctance/refusal and challenges in establishing boundaries and routines at home. Melinda works from a strengths-based, family-centred perspective, and treatment is designed to meet the unique needs of each child and their caregivers.

Melinda completed her training as a mature-aged student, and believes that her extensive life experience enriches her professional practice. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of New England, and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology from the University of Wollongong. A committed lifelong learner, Melinda is currently enrolled in a Master of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University, to further expand her knowledge and skillset.

Theo Simos

Psychologist at Miranda

Theo is a registered psychologist who is passionate about helping people overcome barriers by heightening internal motivation towards achieving long-term and sustainable changes in outlook and behaviour. He tailors his approach to be specific to you and is well versed in many therapy approaches.

His counselling style is adaptable; where your goals and expected outcomes are the primary focus. Theo has many practical strategies that can be used straight away from the very first session and will work with you to assist in bringing about new perspectives and ways of thinking.

Theo has direct experience in providing psychological interventions for presenting issues such as: depression and anxiety disorders, trauma and stressor related disorders, substance related and addictive disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and grief and loss.

Before entering private practice, Theo had worked in the disability and rehabilitation sectors. As part of these roles he effectively developed and delivered evidence based professional development and psychotherapeutic training packages on Motivational Interviewing, Understanding Mental Health, Grief and Loss and Depression and Anxiety to both professionals and clients.

Theo had completed his studies at Western Sydney University and the College of Professional Psychology attaining a Bachelor of Psychology and a Diploma of Psychological Practice.

George Wang

Psychologist at Blacktown

George is a registered psychologist who adopts an open and transparent, client-centred practice to counselling. He is keen to promote and build an open and collaborative therapeutic relationship with his clients, and help them independently achieve positive results.

George has graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Western Sydney. Since then, he has worked in the not-for-profit child and adolescent field, working with both groups and individuals with varying clinical issues such as anxiety, depression, social skills and grief.

He also has experience working with adults in the community setting who live with a range of issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.

George is humble and transparent in his approach to working with his clients. He offers practical solutions and aims to develop a trusting professional relationship with his clients.

George is experienced in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness based therapies, Play Therapy, Brief Solution Focused therapy and motivational interviewing to assist clients in making positive changes in their lives.

He aims to help clients understand their own potential by guiding them through their issues or difficulties and providing practical and therapeutic strategies to achieving their goals.

Farzana Rita

Psychologist at Blacktown

Farzana has an open, warm, non-judgmental and client focused approach to counselling and intervention. Farzana is passionate about helping and listening to you, dedicated to building a collaborative therapeutic relationship and ensures that you feel heard, validated and respected. She believes that people have their own unique strengths and abilities to grow.

To ensure that you are very much in control of your own therapeutic journey, she will work with you to identify the areas you wish to focus on, collaborate with you to prepare a treatment plan that will suit you best, and work alongside you to achieve your goals.

Farzana completed her education at Western Sydney University, graduating with a Bachelor of Psychology. She has extensive experience with a range of therapeutic interventions including cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, motivational, and narrative therapy to assist clients in making positive changes in their lives.

Before entering private practice, Farzana helped children, adolescents, and their families with a range of issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviours, school refusal, anger management and social skills in the educational and developmental settings. When working with children and adolescents, Farzana utilises elements of cognitive behavioural, play and narrative therapies.

Farzana has also gained many years of experience working with adult clients. Personal, rewarding achievements include working with the disability and rehabilitation sectors, and also in the community setting with clients who live with a range of issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.

Farzana has also worked with elderly clients in a range of issues including depression, anxiety, dementia, loss and grief. Also familiar with Muslim religion and can speak English and Bengali while she understand Hindi and Urdu.

Winnie Chong

Psychologist at Blacktown

Winnie is a registered psychologist who is passionate in empowering people to move towards and achieve their goals through listening, counselling and support. She adopts a collaborative working style and believes in meeting people where they are at. Winnie recognises people come from different cultural and/or religious backgrounds and appreciates individual strengths and values they bring into their sessions as a way of providing a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Prior to private practice, Winnie has an extensive experience working in community and not-for-profit organisations which gave her opportunities to work with people from all walks of life including, but not limited to, parents with younger children who have behavioural and/or developmental issues in playgroup settings, teenagers and older people who are homeless, people who experience acute and chronic mental health issues, people living with disabilities and mature-aged clients. These working experiences not only enrich Winnie's professional practice but also humble her interaction with others.

Winnie has worked in a variety of settings including telephone and face to face counselling, practical support and case management, group facilitating and training as well as in consultancy roles. She specialises in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, behavioural intervention support management, relationship issues and perinatal counselling, vocational counselling, training and coaching.

Winnie utilises a wide range of therapeutic styles including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing techniques. Furthermore, she is a registered Circle of Security parent educator which is based on Attachment Theory.

Winnie holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from University of Tasmania, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Macquarie University, a Diploma in Psychological Practice from College of Professional Psychology and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is proficient in English and Mandarin and understands Cantonese, Hakka and Malay well.

Tracey Westwood

Client Services Manager

In 2009, Tracey began her career in the health and medical industry working as a Medical Receptionist in a family practice where she stayed until moving on to Endeavour Wellness in March 2016 as our Practice Manager. Over the past 6 years she has also worked at Kareena After Hours General Practice and St George After Hours General Practice with many of the local GPs in the Sutherland Shire and St George areas.

Tracey has worked in a variety of customer service and management roles over the past 25yrs which has given her a lot of experience dealing with different people and their varying needs.

Tracey is the mother of three daughters, works full-time across two jobs and is all too familiar with the stress and anxiety related to trying to have a good work life balance. This allows her the ability to understand and empathise with our clients and their needs.

Tracey manages the day to day running of all three of our offices, Miranda, Blacktown and Double Bay. Based in Miranda and travelling out to Blacktown and Double Bay when the need arises.

Tracey enjoys helping clients and seeing their smile get bigger each time she sees them. If you would like to feel better and get mentally fit, please give Tracey a call and she will make an appointment for you to see the most suitable psychologist for you.

Mechelen D'Souza

Junior Client Services Manager

Mechelen is on her way to becoming a registered psychologist and is about to enter her honours year program within the bachelor of psychology she is studying. She studies full time and also working at Endeavour Wellness one day a week as a junior client manager. Currently she is partnering with Endeavour Wellness to create a program that focuses on goal setting and motivation.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and staying fit as well as being a big live music enthusiast. Mechelen is always willing to be of help to clients and staff at Endeavour Wellness.

Kiara Cox

Kiara is a Sutherland Shire local with a warm and vivacious personality. She holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education.

Kiara has had over 5 years experience in both performing and teaching piano, vocals and guitar. She has also completed all piano grade exams, including Level 8 and her Performance Diploma. Throughout her teaching she has had experiences with all ages, catering her approach to each individual student. Kiara has also worked in the childcare sector for over 6 years. She is passionate about music, and the role it can play in creating positive social experiences, self worth and self expression. She also desires to see people (especially children) find self confidence in their individual identities.

As well as listening to, and playing music, Kiara loves to socialize with friends and family, and meet new people. She loves playing soccer, hiking and scuba diving.

Gené Bekker

Gené is a registered psychologist with a down-to-earth and genuine positive regard for her clients. She adopts a strengths-based approach to counseling, that is, she assists people in identifying and working to their strengths, abilities and potential rather than focusing on problems, deficits and pathologies.

Gené has experience working across a range of sectors including education, mental health, corporate psychology, corrections and occupational rehabilitation. She possesses extensive experience providing diverse psychological services addressing a wide range of presenting issues to adolescents, adults, individuals and groups. She is eclectic in her approach, utilising evidence-based elements from a range of therapeutic techniques, with the goal of establishing a program that is personally tailored to her client.

Gené has a postgraduate qualification in Organisational Psychology and works with business owners, leaders and teams to help them achieve immediate and longer-term organisational goals. Prior to returning to private practice Gené applied her psychological knowledge to CEO-level leadership positions in the private and public sectors in New Zealand and the UK.

Gené holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from London Guildhall University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support.

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