Our Psychologists

Jenni Nichols

Dr Jennifer Nichols

Director & Clinical Psychologist, PhD., Clin. Psych., MAPS, FCHP, FCCLP

Jenni completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tasmania in 1995 and has worked in private practice since that time. Jenni has a special interest in pain management and is a member of the Australian Pain Society, The International Association for the Study of Pain, and Pain Management Tasmania.

Jenni is also a member of the APS College of Health Psychologists, and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists Jenni’s experience in private practice has included the treatment of trauma, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and medico-legal assessments. She has also been involved in the development and facilitation of corporate programs, and does individual coaching on a regular basis. Jenni is skilled in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness skills, and Schema Therapy.

Andre Declerck

André Declerck

Director & Clinical Psychologist, B.A., M.Psych., MAPS, FCCLP

Member: APS College of Clinical Psychologists

André completed a Masters degree in Psychology in 1993. André worked in Tasmania’s DHHS, Mental Health Services for over 16 years and has been in private practice for over 15 years. André is also registered on the Psychology Board of Australia list of approved supervisors for supervision of provisional and general psychologists. André is a member of the APS Clinical College and The International Association for the Study of Pain.

André is skilled in the use of both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to assess and treat psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder and psychotic disorders. André provides assistance to adults, adolescents and children in overcoming a range of mental health and developmental problems.

André has an interest in men’s and youth health, health promotion, and early intervention.

Louise Dewis

Director & Clinical Psychologist, MPsych (Clinical) MAPS (CClin)

Member: APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Louise is a registered Clinical Psychologist with over 12 years experience in the public sector, including Alcohol and Drug, Disability and Mental Health. In addition she has over 2 years experience in private clinical practice. She completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology in 2004 whilst working part time as a Youth AOD Counsellor and developed a particular interest in providing psychological interventions for adolescents and adults presenting with substance use disorders and comorbid mental health issues including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, trauma, and deliberate self-harm. She is skilled in a variety of evidence-based therapies, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Louise is an experienced Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor for provisional and general psychologists including those wishing to gain clinical endorsement. Louise holds an honorary lecturer position with the School of Psychology, University of Tasmania. She is a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and APS Substance Use Disorders Interest Group.

Kerry Merse

Clinical Psychologist, B.A. (Hons), MAPS, FCHP, FCCLP

Member: APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Kerry has worked in private practice since 1984. She has experience in a range of clinical problems including anxiety, depression, marital problems, sleep disturbance and trauma management, and a special interest in the assessment and management of chronic pain.

Kerry has been instrumental in the establishment of multidisciplinary pain management within the state and was a past state director of the Australian Pain Society. In 1992, at the request of the Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB), Kerry designed and established the program for a residential chronic pain management unit.

Kerry is trained in medical hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and emotion focused therapy for the treatment of psychological disorders. Kerry is able to provide workshops for both public and private sector companies and plays an active role in clinical management for individuals and organisations.

Jacqueline Prichard

Clinical Psychologist, Master (Clinical Psych.), MAPS, FCCLP

Member: APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Jacqui completed her degree at the University of Tasmania in 1998. Her Master’s degree research focussed on the treatment of phobias. Jacqui spent seven years working in Tasmania and interstate in Disability Services, managing the assessment and treatment of mental health problems and dual diagnoses. Jacqui also worked in private practice on a part-time basis as an Employment Assistance Program provider and a trauma debriefing psychologist. Jacqui joined the PsychologyWorks team in 2009.

Jacqui is skilled in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness training, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to promote wellbeing and personal change. Since moving back to Tasmania in 2008, Jacqui has also completed assessment and suicide prevention initiatives among refugee populations in Tasmania.

Nicholas Rooke

Psychologist, B.Sc.(Hons), Assoc. MAPS

Nicholas has a special interest in the treatment of anxiety, including panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, workplace stress and generalized anxiety, as well as treating the problems these create in relationships, families, and the workplace.

Nicholas has worked for the last 12 years in the Forensic Mental Health Service, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this he worked at the Hobart Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital. He has worked in private practice throughout this time, both as a sole practitioner and for employee assistance providers.

Nicholas uses a solution-focused approach to treat individuals in private practice, drawing mainly on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. Nicholas is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Coaching Psychology interest group. He works with individuals and organizations to improve performance and wellbeing in a range of settings.

Murray Kirkwood

Psychologist, B.Sc(Hons), M. Psych, MAPS

Murray is a nationally registered psychologist and Medicare provider. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Applying his training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), he works with adults and older adults to manage mood, anxiety, loss and bereavement challenges. Having worked in the military, and across a broad range of industry sectors in both Australia and South Africa, Murray is aware of the importance of psychological wellbeing in the corporate environment, and is well placed to assist both employers and employees in this area. Murray is currently accepting new referrals for the clinical psychological treatment of adults and older adults.

Dr Emily White

Clinical Psychologist, B Psych., M Psych., PhD., ACPA

Emily is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her combined PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree in 2018 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Whilst completing her degree she worked for over two years in private psychiatric hospitals, applying her skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness in the treatment of anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, Borderline Personality Disorder, and eating disorders.

Emily is currently undergoing ISST (International Society of Schema Therapy) certification to become an accredited Schema Therapist. She has a special interest in how the experiences of childhood (including trauma) impact our cognitive, emotional, and behavioural functioning in adulthood.

Emily is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), and is passionate about using evidence-based treatments to foster stability and wellbeing. She works with people aged 18 years and older.

Claire Woolley

Clinical Psychologist, M.Psych (Clinical) MAPS (CClin)

Claire graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2006 with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA and is also a board approved supervisor. Claire has worked in a range of Tasmanian Government settings including the Department of Education, Disability Services and Adult Community Mental Health Services, giving her a broad range of experience with varying client presentations in children, adolescents and adults. Claire has worked in private practice on a part time basis whilst balancing her Government roles since 2010, providing services primarily to children and adolescents but also adults.

Claire is a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and has a particular interest and extensive experience in adapting evidence based psychological approaches for people with intellectual disability including those who have experienced trauma. Other areas of interest include anxiety disorders, management of non-suicidal self harm, and general emotion regulation strategies for children, adolescents and adults. Claire has training and experience in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and mindfulness skills.

Natalie Fitzgerald

Clinical Psychologist BAppSc (Hons.), MPsych (Clin.)

Natalie is a nationally registered Clinical Psychologist who uses a gentle and non-
judgmental approach. Natalie offers practical strategies and a safe space to people
wishing to understand themselves and reach their therapeutic goals.

Natalie works with the following concerns:
. Adjustment issues
. Bipolar disorder
. Body dysmorphic disorder
. Communication skills
. Depression
. Gender dysphoria
. Generalised anxiety disorder
. Grief and loss
. Lack of motivation for study or dissatisfaction with work
. Perfectionism
. Self-esteem issues
. Social anxiety

Natalie has a special interest in working with clients interested in exploring their
gender and welcomes referrals from the LGBTIQ+ community.
Natalie is experienced in a range of evidence-based psychological interventions,
including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment
Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and
Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Elizabeth Antel

Clinical Psychologist, Clin. Psych., AHPRA

Elizabeth (Liz) is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her Masters in Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Tasmania in 2010. She has also undertaken further education in the alcohol and drug field, completing her Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies for Health Professionals in 2015. Liz is an AHPRA endorsed Clinical Psychologist as well as a board approved supervisor. Liz has worked in a variety of areas across the public and private sector, including the areas of alcohol and drug addiction, disability, and vocational rehabilitation.

Liz is trained in a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She has an interest in working with adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, and who may have comorbid drug and alcohol addiction, trauma backgrounds, or mild intellectual disability.

Claire Goodall

Psychologist, B.A.(Hons), M.Psych, MAPS

Claire has been working as a psychologist for the last 12 years, since graduating from the University of Tasmania in 2007 with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.

Claire has worked primarily in the public sector working in the rehabilitation and organizational environment supporting individuals with an injury or illness back into the workforce. Claire has experience working with staff and management to support the return to work process and manage workers compensation matters. Having a passion for mental health in the workplace has seen her more recently design and facilitate workshops and forums related to workplace wellbeing, resilience, sleep management, and building positive workplace cultures. She works with leadership groups to prioritize staff engagement and design workplace wellbeing programs to support this.

Claire takes a strengths based approach using her training, skills and knowledge in positive psychology to support individuals to manage their psychological wellbeing, in particular those experiencing anxiety and depression. Claire also uses other therapeutic approaches including mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).

Michaela Young

Clinical Psychologist BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS

Michaela is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in a range of different psychological fields. She recently returned to Tasmania after working for two years in a school in Romania. She has worked in the fields of addictions, trauma, schools, mental health, and private practice. She has a particular interest in adolescent anxiety and depression, relationships, attachment, parenting, addictions, adjustment and trauma. Michaela works with adolescents and adults in group and individual modalities and uses a variety of approaches, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Hedwig Van Wijk

Psychologist BA, B Psych (Hons) (University of Johannesburg), MA, (Counselling Psychology), (University of Pretoria)

Hedwig has dual Australian and South African citizenship and worked extensively in both countries. She has an understanding of cross-cultural issues and dealing with change. She provides individual and couples counselling for a wide range of mental health issues, and believes in the ability and potential of people to grow and in their innate strength to find solutions to live a meaningful life. She particularly enjoys helping people recover from traumatic experiences, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stressors. Hedwig works exclusively with patients 18 years and older. She speaks English and Afrikaans, and is available for appointments Thursday and Fridays.

Dr Megan Laugher

Clinical Psychologist, DPsych (Clin)., MAPS

Megan is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctor in Psychology (Clinical) degree in 2010 at the University of Tasmania. Since 2009 Megan has worked in a variety of different settings in both the public and private sectors. In particular Megan has extensive experience and interest in working with adolescents and adults with a history of childhood or adult trauma. Megan also has experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of other mental health issues, including anxiety and mood disturbances.

Megan is skilled in a variety of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).