Clinical Team:

Tessa Alley

Tessa is a dedicated psychologist who embraces a holistic approach to her clients’ health and wellbeing. Utilising a person-centred, trauma-informed approach, she values the therapeutic relationship and focuses on fostering a sense of trust and safety.

Reflecting the social justice underpinnings of Tessa’s approach, her work is informed by the values of inclusivity, respect, empathy, and compassion. She has worked across a range of settings such as youth and adult mental health, community settings, private practice and within not-for-profit organisations – often with clients from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Tessa works in collaboration with her clients to establish an effective evidence-based therapeutic approach specifically tailored to their needs and goals. She predominantly utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational interviewing approaches. She also integrates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and solution-focused therapy.

Areas of interest:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family violence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress management and burnout
  • Substance use
  • Trauma and PTSD

Ruku Srivastava

Ruku is passionate about supporting clients from a diverse range of cultural, social, and economic backgrounds. Her practice is compassionate, culturally-responsive and trauma-informed. She prioritises creating a safe, empathetic and non-judgemental space.

With extensive experience in community and welfare settings, Ruku is able to provide psychological assessment and treatment for a wide range of issues.

Primarily grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Ruku tailors her therapeutic approach to the unique needs and goals of each individual. She frequently integrates complementary interventions such as Solution-focused therapy, Schema therapy, and Mindfulness-based techniques depending on the individuals situation and needs.

Ruku’s areas of interest are anxiety and trauma. This reflects her commitment to facilitating healing and personal growth for both individuals and communities.

Areas of Interest:

  • Anxiety and anxiety-related issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Cultural issues
  • Depression
  • ADHD support
  • Stress management and burnout
  • Self-Esteem/Self-confidence
  • Family/Domestic Violence

Ruku is fluent in both English and Hindi.

Deborah Stahmer

Deb is an experienced psychologist who focuses on building authentic relationships with her clients. She offers evidence-based assessment and support for a wide range of mental health concerns,

Deb has a particular interest in women’s and LGBTQI+ mental health issues. She has a background of working in both community settings and private practice with clients from diverse backgrounds. Deb uses a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Attachment-based therapy.

Deb takes a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approach. She is dedicated to creating an empathetic, safe and non-judgemental space to achieve positive outcomes with her clients.

Areas of interest:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress management and burnout
  • Depression
  • Perinatal issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Panic Disorder
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • ADHD
  • OCD

Marshmallow

Marshmallow, affectionately known as Marsha, is passionate about providing comfort and support to clients through her big smiles, wagging tail, and warm presence. Marsha is a 2-year-old Tibetan Spaniel, cross Pug. She is currently on her L’s with a provisional certification in animal-assisted therapy via Lead the Way.

Areas of interest:

  • Being a very good girl
  • Pats
  • Roast chicken
  • Mindful snoring

Studies have shown that interacting with therapy dogs during sessions can lead to reductions in anxiety, stress, and depressive symptoms. The presence of therapy dogs has also been associated with increased feelings of comfort, relaxation, and overall well-being amongst clients. Additionally, research suggests that therapy dogs can enhance social interaction and communication during therapy, leading to more positive therapeutic outcomes.

Marsha has been the proud recipient of the Team Member of the Month award, every month. She is available to attend sessions with Deb on request.

Admin Team:

CJ

CJ (short for Courtney-Jane) has over 15 years of customer service, allied health administration, and practice management experience. CJ has a warm, inviting approach to her work and thrives on customer satisfaction. For the most part, CJ will be who our clients, old and new, will be talking to when booking appointments and the go-to person for any and all enquiries. CJ has expressed how excited she is to learn and grow with Waratah Psychology and to build trust and confidence in all of our clients.