Our Psychologists:

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

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.



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 an grow with Waratah Psychology and to build trust and confidence in all of our clients.