Clinical Psychology services at NLC Psychology area provided by Dr Neralie Cain, Ms Emma Hunt, Mr Patrick Carson, and Ms Alyssa Nikolaidis. Our psychologists are supported by the lovely Move for Better Health admin team.

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DR NERALIE CAIN

Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications:  Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Master of Psychology (Clinical), PhD

Professional Memberships: Australian Psychological Society, Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, Australasian Sleep Association

Neralie first obtained her general registration as a psychologist in 2009, and has worked in a variety of private and public settings over the past 10 years. This has allowed her to build experience working with children, teens, and adults whose lives were affected by a range of psychological difficulties including depression and anxiety disorders. She has also developed a passion for helping individuals with chronic health conditions (such as chronic pain, Ehler's-Danlos Syndrome, hypermobility spectrum disorder, and rheumatological conditions) to live a rich, full, and meaningful life.


Neralie uses a variety of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing.

As well as working in general clinical psychology, Neralie has also developed specialist knowledge and experience in psychological treatments for insomnia and other sleep problems. She has previously worked with the Canberra Sleep Clinic, the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health (Repatriation General Hospital), and the Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic (Flinders University). She received her training in sleep from Emeritus Professor Leon Lack and Professor Michael Gradisar, who are world-renowned experts in adult and paediatric sleep (respectively).

Neralie has given presentations at local, interstate, and international conferences and workshops, and has authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the areas of child and adolescent sleep. She has recently completed her PhD, investigating the use of sleep restriction therapy as a transdiagnostic intervention for insomnia and anxiety in middle childhood (6-14yrs).

Neralie is currently consulting on Wednesdays and Fridays at Magill, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Malvern, with a short waiting list of 2-3 months for an initial appointment.

Bookings can be made online (for subsequent consultations) or by calling 8373 5655.

 
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EMMA HUNT

Clinical Psychologist

***NOT CURRENTLY TAKING ON NEW CLIENTS***

Qualifications:  Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Professional Memberships: Australian Psychological Society

Emma has experience working with individuals whose lives have been impacted by a variety of psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders (including borderline personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder), disordered eating, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and sleep disorders.

Emma uses a variety of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (for PTSD), and skill development through a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy  framework. She has a wide range of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and their families, having also worked within public Youth Mental Health and Youth Justice teams.

As well as working in general clinical psychology, Emma has also developed specialist knowledge and experience in psychological treatments for insomnia and other sleep problems. She completed her Masters research investigating the mechanisms underpinning the link between insomnia and anxiety in middle childhood wth the Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic, supervised by Professor Michael Gradisar (a world-renowned expert in paediatric sleep). Emma presented the findings from her research at the AACBT National Conference in Brisbane (October, 2018) and was involved in the development of a presentation at the European Sleep Research Society Congress in Switzerland (September, 2018).

Emma will be taking extended leave this year but will be back on deck with us in 2023.

 
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PATRICK CARSON

Psychologist

Qualifications:  Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Master of Psychology (Clinical)


Patrick is a Psychologist with experience with trauma therapy, chronic pain, and sleep issues, in addition to a wide variety of psychological conditions including depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorders and more.

Patrick completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honors) as well as a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) at Flinders University, and is currently undertaking the Clinical Registrar program to become a Clinical Psychologist. Patrick uses a variety of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Processing therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Patrick has a range of experience working with adolescents and young adults, having worked within public Youth Mental Health teams. He also has experience working with adults experiencing chronic or persistent pain, or general psychological difficulties.


Due to the importance of sleep, and the significant impact the lack of sleep can have on our physical and mental health, Patrick particularly enjoys working with those experiencing sleep issues, like insomnia, waking during the night, or difficulty staying asleep.

Patrick is currently consulting on Mondays at Malvern, with appointments available immediately. 

Bookings can be made by calling 8373 5655.

 
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ALYSSA NIKOLAIDIS

Psychologist

Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Alyssa has experience treating anxiety disorders, depression, traumatic stress, disordered eating, emotion dysregulation and borderline personality disorder. She uses a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). To build expertise and clinical mastery in the application of DBT, Alyssa recently completed the internationally accredited DBT Foundational/Intensive Course, which included consultation with DBT experts.


Alyssa completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science degree at the University of Adelaide, Honours at Flinders University, and Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Southern Queensland. Alyssa is currently undertaking the Clinical Registrar program to become a Clinical Psychologist.

Alyssa sees clients across the lifespan, and has a particular interest in working with children and young people (and their families). Her work has a strong focus on recovery, maximising wellbeing, assisting stabilisation of mental health, and building functional capacity for self-management.

As well as working with clients individually, Alyssa also has experience in delivering group therapy programs for clients who experience moderate to severe difficulties in regulating their emotions, focusing on improving emotional coping and building resilience. 


Alyssa is currently consulting on Thursdays at Magill, and on Fridays and Saturday mornings at Malvern.

Bookings can be made by calling 8373 5655 (Malvern) or 7078 0303 (Magill).