Specialist Panel

 

The Law Society provides solicitors with access to an independent panel of specialists to be contacted independently for confidential consultation services.

Members are encouraged to make contact with any panel member to arrange a consultation. 

The following panel of specialists is available for solicitors and their families to contact directly to make an appointment for a consultation.

Clinical Psychologists have usually completed a six-year training programme at university and specialise in the assessment and diagnosis of major mental illnesses and psychological problems. Clinical psychologists are trained in the delivery of a range of techniques and therapies with demonstrated effectiveness in treating mental health disorders. 

Counsellors have varied training. They usually provide triaging, support and a certain amount of advice or education before referring people whom they see on to a Psychiatrist or Psychologist, if they determine that a more serious illness may be present. 

General Practitioners are capable of providing initial assessment, ordering tests and coming to a provisional diagnosis, as well as developing a management plan. 

Psychiatrists are trained medical practitioners who, after at least six years of undergraduate study, have spent another five to six years in specialist training. Psychiatrists are trained to provide a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment, and qualified to exclude organic causes of psychiatric illness, to understand medical and psychiatric co-morbidity dynamics, and to formulate a comprehensive plan of management. 

Psychologists study human behaviour in their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees before undertaking supervised experience and gaining registration. They assist people with everyday problems such as stress and relationship difficulties, and some specialise in treating people with a mental illness. 

Psychotherapists help people to overcome stress, emotional and relationship problems or troublesome habits. A psychotherapist may be a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional, who has had further specialist training in psychotherapy. 


 

Clinical Psychologists / Psychologists

Mary Arlington-Watt
MSSc (Counselling), BA-Psych (Hons), MAPS
Suite 301 Level 3
84 Pitt Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
T: 02 9223 6660
M: 0403 065 545
Mary is a bi-lingual (English/French) psychologist with international experience. She has practiced as a psychologist for the expatriate communities in France, Hong Kong and Singapore. Whilst abroad, she has dealt with a large variety of presenting issues of business and corporate staff and their families. Her psychological services include the full range of counselling and cognitive therapies for the management and treatment of Depression, Anxiety & Phobias, Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anger Management, Relationship issues and Bereavement.

Jeannene Chapman
BA (Psych) Grad Dip Sc (Psych) MAPS

Castlereagh Street Psychology
L3/Bvlgari Building
64 Castlereagh Street,
SYDNEY NSW 2000
P: 02 8018 6650
E: chapman@chapres.com
Psychologist in CBD private practice. Background in criminology (working in Criminal jurisdictions). Specialises in Cognitive Therapy for anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and other life issues in adults. Has specialised training in Critical Incident counselling & management and provides assessments of stress disorders.

Susie Danos
3 / 8 Bellevue Road
BELLEVUE HILL NSW 2023
Mob: 0424 745 004
P: 02 9389 5662
Susie is a psychologist with specialised training and experience in loss and grief, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, drug, alcohol and gambling addiction, parenting/blended families, separation/divorce, and sex therapy. Her work with the Family Court of Australia has brought her into frequent contact with members of the legal profession. She has also worked at the Marriage Guidance Council and coordinated a Bereavement Program, Parenting groups, Assertiveness training and Self-awareness courses.

Patricia Durning
BA Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clin) MAPS MAACBT
Mactherapy Clinical Psychology
Suite 48 Level 9
193 Macquarie Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
579 Darling Street
ROZELLE NSW 2039
P: 02 9221 3344
F: 02 9221 1161
E: reception@mactherapy.com.au
Areas of Specialty
Patricia Durning is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in depression, postnatal depression, anxiety, stress and family / relationship issues. She sees clients with complex backgrounds and is particularly interested in assisting people in adjusting in times of transition and high stress. High stress events include job changes, health issues, pregnancy, fertility and relationship issues amongst others. She is highly experienced in working with those who have had difficult childhood and family experiences. Patricia sees clients on both a short and long term basis.
Experience
Over the past fifteen years Patricia has taught at Macquarie University, worked in private practice for 12 years and was the mood disorders unit Program Coordinator for the private psychiatric hospital, The Northside Clinic. She is a member of The Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society, is the NSW Branch Chair of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT) and also holds a Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology.

David Goldman
BSc Hons, MA Hons (Clin)
Suite 17, Edgecliff Mews
201 New South Head Road
EDGECLIFF NSW 2027
P: 02 9328 1352
Trauma line: 1300 466 463
David is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Psychotherapist. He has over 30 years’ experience in many areas including trauma and bereavement counselling, critical incident stress, corporate psychology, preventative education, treatment for high risk individuals, anxiety, depression, stress and addiction management. In the year 2001 he became a founding member of BarCare, the equivalent service for barristers. He is on the panel of approved psychologists and psychiatrists for the DPP and is a member of both Clinical and Forensic Colleges of the Australian Psychological Society. He has extensive knowledge as to the pressures experienced by members of the legal profession and those who work in corporate environments.

Gillian Marcoolyn
BA (Hons), M. Psych (Clin)
Suite 5, Level 10
Park House
187 Macquarie Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
P: 02 9231 4180
F: 02 9231 4180
E: gillymarcoolyn@bigpond.com
Gillian has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for over twenty five years. She is a member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. She has been in private practice both in Hong Kong and Sydney for a total of twenty years. Her special interests are in relationships, sexual therapy and anxiety disorders but she treats a wide variety of problems in her practice. She has become increasingly involved in executive coaching and mediation work in recent years.

Louise Morrow
Clinical Psychologist
B.Sc Psych. Hons, M. Clinical Psych. Hons, M. Appl Sc. (Psychology of Coaching), Dip. Clin. Hypnosis
Suite 5, Level 10
Park House
187 Macquarie Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Mob: 0408 448 326
F: 02 9559 4179
Louise Morrow is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience providing treatment to those experiencing mental health difficulties. Louise brings to her treatment approach a strong sense of optimism that a way forward can be found for her clients to enable them to live a vital, full life. She has experience working with those in the legal and consulting professions so is aware of the particular stressors confronting those groups. Prior to opening her private practice 13 years ago Louise was a senior manager in one of Australia’s largest psychology consulting organisations.
Louise has an interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and panic attacks, Bipolar Disorder, depression, low self-esteem, chronic pain, anger management, work stress (including that arising from bullying and harassment), grief and relationship issues. Clients may also present with issues relating to concerns relating to their vocational choice, sexual orientation or direction in life. To keep abreast of the latest evidence-based approaches to treatment Louise regularly attends professional training workshops and conferences. She has advanced training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and specialty training in Schema Therapy. Louise provides both brief and longer term therapy depending on her client’s needs.
Louise’s qualifications include a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology (UNSW), a Masters degree in the Psychology of Coaching (USYD) and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (UNSW). Louise is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA with Practice Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Association of Contextual and Behavioural Science. Louise is also an accredited treatment provider under WorkCover NSW.

Counsellors

Bereavement Counsellors

Dr Geoffrey Glassock AM MAPS
Th.L, M.Ed, MA (Hons), D.Min, Ph.D
Life Change Management
Mob: 0408 436 676
A registered psychologist with many years’ experience in the areas of loss and grief – particularly traumatic loss. He is an accredited marriage and family counsellor and experienced in dealing with interpersonal and organisation conflict. He has worked for some time with people who have to deal with the loss and grief associated with organisational change. He has been involved with the National Association for Loss and Grief since its inception in 1977. He is one of a small group in Australia who pioneered education and training in loss and grief. He is known internationally for his work and has contributed to many national and international conferences.
In the late ‘80s Geoffrey was the first Australian to be invited to membership of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He has held senior academic appointments in education and nursing at the University of Sydney. He was awarded a PhD for his research on Australian Families of Missing People - Narrating their Lived Experience. He is Chairperson of the APS College of Counselling Psychology NSW.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counsellors

Dr Suzie Hudson
BSW, MSW, Cert. Addiction Specialist, Ph.D
Speak Listen Heal
Suite 302, 88-90 Foveaux Street
SURRY HILLS NSW 2010
Mob: 0410 708 670
Dr Suzie Hudson is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers with over 16 years’ experience providing therapeutic counselling with individuals and couples, and has Medicare Provider status. In addition, Suzie has provided counselling, groupwork and training specialising in psychostimulant misuse, having previously been the Manager of the Stimulant Treatment Program at St Vincent’s Hospital.
Suzie has experience in providing counselling for relationship and sexual issues, substance misuse and mental health concerns. Suzie is able to provide support and strategies to address stress, improve relaxation and assist in building on the strengths of each individual. Working from a strengths-based perspective, Suzie has the expertise of adapting counselling sessions to her clients’ needs with client-centred planning that helps focus the therapy for each individual and their external supports.

General Practitioners

Dr Ian M. Chung
M.B., B.S., MPsychiatry
LawCare Counsellor
141 Riley Street
DARLINGHURST NSW 2010
P: 02 9331 1534
F: 02 9361 6496
General Practitioner in Sydney, Australia since 1965
80% of practice time spent in psychological medicine
Previously Member of New South Wales Medical Board
Principal Counsellor of LawCare Program, The Law Society of New South Wales
General Practitioner educator and speaker in Australia and overseas
Clinician and a highly experienced practitioner

Dr Alan Skapinker
M.B.,B.CH
308 George Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
T: 02 9239 1677
F: 02 9222 1420
Dr Alan Skapinker is an experienced General Practitioner who has been in practice in the city for more than 25 years. Dr Skapinker specialises in Men’s Health, Travel Medicine, Back Pain, Work related injuries, Cardiovascular Health and Preventative Health.

Psychiatrists

Dr Michael Diamond
MB ChB, FRANZCP
1 Berry Road
ST LEONARDS NSW 2065
P: 02 9906 2333
F: 02 9438 5497
Dr Diamond’s expertise is general adult psychiatry and, in addition, he has considerable experience in assessing and treating professional practitioners in a number of disciplines who suffer psychiatric conditions that may impact upon their ability to practise safely. Dr Diamond has assisted many practitioners over the years to maintain their health and to continue their professional practice.

Dr Robert Fisher
MBBS, FRANZCP
Consultant Psychiatrist & Pain Management Specialist
Suite 702, Level 7
438 Victoria St.
DARLINGHURST NSW 2010
T: 02 8382 6744
F: 02 8382 6748
Dr Fisher has been in consultant practice for over 30 years. He has held various academic and College positions over that period of time. He is Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychological Services at St Vincent’s Clinic and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He is a Director of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation, and a Consultant to the Medical Board of New South Wales, and to BarCare. His areas of special interest include mood disorders, anorexia and bulimia nervosa, chronic pain, psychological complications of medical illnesses, drug and alcohol problems – especially affecting doctors and lawyers – as well as marital and family therapy and forensic psychiatry.

Dr Keith Roberts
Consultant Psychiatrist
MBChB M MedSc MRCPsych FRANZCP FAChAM
403 / 3 Waverley Street
BONDI JUNCTION NSW 2022
T: 02 9387 7050
F: 02 9386 4189
Dr Roberts is a general adult psychiatrist. He utilises the benefits of modern psychopharmcotherapy without losing track of the benefits of listening to the patient and counselling. Dr Roberts' psychotherapy is eclectic in nature with a leaning towards cognitive behaviour therapy. Dr Roberts was trained in medicine at The University of Leeds in England. He qualified in 1977. He trained in psychiatry also in Leeds. He worked in the professorial units at High Royds Hospital, The General Infirmary at Leeds and St James (University) Hospital. He obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of Leeds, and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Later he underwent further training at St Thomas Hospital in London. Here he was involved in teaching students from St Thomas Hospital Medical School, Guys Hospital Dental School, Goldsmith's College University of London and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing.
Dr Roberts came to Australia in 1986. He worked for 2 years as a Staff Psychiatrist and later for a number of years as a VMO in Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals. He has been in private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney since 1988. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1994. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Dr Roberts areas of interest are depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD, PTSD and drug misuse.
He has served on a number of committees for the New South Wales Department of Health and was chairman of the Methadone Sub Committee from 1994 to 1999. He has carried out research into the biological markers of depression, the mental health of junior hospital doctors and Rapid Opiate Detoxification.

Dr Vivienne Schnieden
MA (Cantab), MBBS, MRCPsych, FRANZCP
Certificate in working with Families of Individuals with Major Mental Illness
Certificate Health Service Management
Level 5, Edgecliff Centre
203 - 233 New South Head Road
EDGECLIFF NSW 2027
P: 0412 261 281
F: 02 9380 6820
Areas of Speciality
Anxiety Disorders, Social Anxiety and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Women’s Mental Health throughout the life cycle, Liaison Psychiatry, Pain Management, Mood, Eating and Personality Disorders, Psycho-oncology (Breast Cancer especially), Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual assault and abuse, Deliberate Self Harm, Psychotherapy (individual, family and couple), Mental Health of Professionals (medical, health, allied, legal, executive).
Treatment modalities
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychotherapy (supportive and psychodynamic) and Medication.
Dr Schnieden has been working in private practice for over 15 years.
Previous Experience
Consultant Psychiatrist in Liaison Psychiatry Prince of Wales Hospital
Conjoint Lecturer University of New South Wales
Director of Training for Psychiatry Registrars
Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders
Examiner of RANZCP and AMC
Speaker and Facilitator to Psychiatrists, GPs and Allied Health Professionals in small group settings and conferences.
Supervisor of trainee doctors and Psychiatrists, GPs, Social Workers, Nurses and Psychologists.
Publications
Book: Synthesis of Psychiatric Cases
Journal articles: Tourettes, Self Harm, Emergency Departments, Audits, Violence, Anxiety and Stress in Health Professionals, Personality Disorders and Pyscho-oncology (Breast Cancer).
NHMRC grants
Psychological impact of Genetic Testing of Women with Breast Cancer
Impact of genetic testing for breast cancer predisposition on psychological adjustment and related health behaviours
Membership of Societies
Australian Medical Association
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Fellow of the Royal and Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Perinatal Psychiatry Interest Group New South Wales
Liaison Psychiatry Section RANZCP New South Wales
Psychotherapy Section RANZCP New South Wales

Psychotherapists

Susan Hamilton
BA (Hons) Dip.Ed, Grad.Dip.Couns.
CMCAPA, RMPACFA
Level 5, Edgecliff Centre
203 - 233 New South Head Road
EDGECLIFF NSW 2027
Mob: 0424 426 110
P: 02 9238 1349
Susan offers an intelligent, collaborative process for fresh perspectives on professional and personal functioning, emotional intelligence, addictions, eating disorders and other harmful coping mechanisms. She is an experienced family and couples therapist. Research confirms that the warmth and strength of the client / therapist continues to be the major factor (40%) in successful therapeutic outcomes. Forming such relationships is Susan’s special strength.

Florence Thum
MCAP, LLM, BCom
Online and face-to-face therapy
E: fthum@transfiguretherapy.com
M: 0418 160 809
Florence has intimate knowledge and understanding of the stressful challenges confronting legal practitioners, having been a lawyer for 20 years.

She provides a safe and supportive space:
- to explore maladaptive narratives and reactivity that threaten professional functioning and personal relationships;
- to facilitate greater awareness and meaning-making in times of change, and
- for exploration of strengths and resources to attain an enriching life.

You will be empowered to take positive action, in the following areas:
- Stress and anxiety,
- Mental health issues
- Grief and loss
- Personal growth and development
- Communication and conflict
- Interpersonal relationships
- Existential or spiritual issues
- Mid-life questioning
 

The Specialist Panel are independent practitioners and are not employees, contractors, agents or representatives of The Law Society of New South Wales. The Law Society of New South Wales makes no representation or warranty with respect to the services offered by Specialist Panel, and to the extent permitted by law, liability for any injury, loss or damage however caused (and whether direct, indirect, consequential or economic) incurred by use of or on reliance on services offered by a Specialist Panel, is expressly disclaimed by the Law Society of New South Wales. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all implied conditions, representations, warranties and other terms are excluded.

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