Blaxland Health

Blaxland Health


Welcome to Blaxland Health, a multi-disciplinary health practice, providing
• Clinical consultation in psychology and social work
• Individual, Family and Group therapies
• Health Professionals’ Training

COVID-19 - We are offering Telehealth and Face to Face

During this phase of fluctuating restrictions, we are offering different modes of therapy, as appropriate, and as negotiated with your clinician prior to the appointment.

Regardless of the way in which you connect with your therapist, your referrals and rebates still apply.


Our receptionists, Geraldine and Jane are still available on the phone Monday to Friday in the afternoons (from 1:30pm).  Also, feel free to leave us a phone or webmail message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

About Us:

Cathy O’Brien
, Practice Principal, is a Psychologist and Family Therapist. She specialises in working with young people, as well as adults, and can see individuals, and families. She also supervises clinicians individually and as teams. She has extensive experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams, the not-for-profit sector, and private practice, and draws on Systemic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT, and EMDR. Above all, she aims to work collaboratively, flexibly and with good humour. Consultations: Mondays,Tuesday and Thursdays, with some after hours appointments. Medicare, PTS, Workcover and EAP. Ph: 02 4739 6464
Cathy currently accepts returning clients, but no new client referrals

Heena Raikar is a Clinical Social Worker excelling in therapy for those with complex problems. She has extensive experience within public and private mental health services with all age groups, but specialising in treating aged care patients living in residential Aged Care. She works with issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and other chronic disease management. Her firm grounding in medical settings is balanced by her holistic approach in her therapy, using Cognitive / Dialectic Behaviour Therapies, Hypnotherapy and mindfulness practices. Consultations: Mondays and Wednesdays. Medicare, PTS, Work Cover, EAP, and NDIS. Mobile: 0410 288 511

Ann Morris is a Clinical Social Worker (AASW accredited) with a wealth of experience in Community Health and in Private Practice. She is passionate in her work with people who have suffered all types of trauma (sexual, physical, & emotional abuse in childhood & in adulthood), and with concerns related to sexuality, sexual functioning, sexual orientation & gender identity. She sees people for anxiety, depression, acute and chronic illness, ageing, grief & loss. She provides EMDR (EMDRAA member), and is skilled in Narrative Therapy, ACT, Mindfulness practices, hypnotherapy & CBT. Ann provides clinical supervision. Consultations: Thursdays. Medicare, PTS. Mobile: 0419 279 983. Ann currently accepts returning clients, but no new client referrals.

Christine Prentice is a Clinical Social Worker (Syd Uni) who has been in practice for 26 years, in Public Health and Private Practice. She is known for her skills in working closely with those who have experienced trauma, Complex PTS or Dissociation. She assists clients working through the impact of grief, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic events sustained through life. Christine is trained in EMDR and TRTP. With warmth, Christine works from a Narrative Therapy model that incorporates ACT, Mindfulness and DBT. Consultations: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Victims of Crime, Medicare, and Workcover. Mobile: 0409 025 202. Christine currently accepts returning clients, but no new client referrals.

Kylie Grigg is a Psychologist who sees people across all ages of the lifespan. She has extensive experience working with children, young people and adults in community mental health and sexual assault services in the public health system. She is passionate about engaging people who have experienced traumatic events, with a special interest in working with adults who have endured complex trauma during childhood. She is skilled in CBT, DBT, ACT and narrative and sensorimotor therapies. Kylie enjoys working collaboratively to develop individualised treatment. Consultation: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, some late appointments. Medicare, PTS, Victims of Crime. Mobile: 0466679192. Kylie currently accepts returning clients, but no new client referrals.

Warwick Poulsen is a Psychologist and Counsellor. He has over twenty years experience working with adults and adolescents in community mental health teams. His holistic approach is informed by Transactional Analysis, Jungian Analytical Psychology, Logotherapy, and other humanistic approaches, as well as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. He has received formal training in both Gestalt and EMDR Therapy. Warwick's warm, down-to-earth style makes him a specialist in therapeutic relationship, and his extensive training and practice of Qi Gong and Tai Chi informs his knowledge of moving mindfulness. Consultations: Thursdays, some late appointments available. Medicare and PTS registered. Mobile: 0410 076 874

Josephine Lauria is a Psychologist with over ten years experience working with adults, children and families, and groups on a wide range of concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family/relationship issues and trauma-related difficulties. She is particularly passionate about treating the effects of childhood trauma and assisting women (and partners/families) who may be experiencing challenges during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Josephine has worked in both the private practice, as well as extensively in Community Health and Mental Health services. Josephine is skilled in using different treatment models and techniques according to the unique needs, goals and circumstances for individuals, including CBT, DBT, Schema-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-Focussed Therapy and Mindfulness approaches. Consultations: Tuesday, some late appointments. Medicare, PTS and EAP. Mobile: 0419 984 313.

Virginia Johnstone is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 25 years of experience as a counsellor in both Community Health and non-government. Respectful, thoughtful, and non-judgemental in her approach, she works with individuals, families and groups. She sees adults and children, for issues such as depression (including postnatal), anxiety, life transitions, improving relationships, grief, trauma, parenting and child behavioural concerns. Her extensive training includes CBT, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Therapy, emotion coaching, strength based and psychodynamic practice. She has a strong interest in working with survivors of complex trauma and with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Consultations: Fridays. Medicare, PTS and Victims referrals. Mobile: 0466 605 685. Virginia currently accepts returning clients, but no new client referrals. She will review her capacity each month.

Linda MacKay
is an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, accredited supervisor and adjunct lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. She provides clinical supervision and training in couple and family therapy to practitioners and teams (often in adolescent mental health). She also provides consultation and leadership training to individuals and non-clinical organisational and family business environments.  Linda, whose PhD in Critical Psychology, is the Associate Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. She has published peer reviewed articles on trauma, adolescents and their families, parenting and supervision. Linda utilises a Bowen family systems framework to understand managing conflict, issues related to sex and intimacy, affairs, violence and abuse, and parenting symptomatic children and young people (Parent Hope Project). For more information about Linda’s specialities and publications, go to
Alternate Tuesdays & Saturdays. Rebates: Private Health, Business Coaching. Mobile: 0425248348.

Geraldine Richardson is our part-time practice receptionist. Geraldine is experienced in general and health practice administration, and with enterprises both large and small. She is now enjoying working back in her local community.

Jane Hansen has joined us as a part time practice receptionist. Jane has a wealth of business administration experience, and is thrilled to be working now within our mountains community.

FEES: these vary depending on the clinician, and your type of referral. Clinicians generally charge between $150 and $220 per session. Medicare rebates (with Mental Health Care Plan referral) give close to $88 (Psychology) and $77 (Social Work) rebates per session. Alternatively, private health funds can give rebates.
Also, many people can be eligible for referrals that allow them to access free therapy (such as those with Health Care Cards, Victims of Crimes, and other categories). Ask the therapist you want to see about this.

Training for Health Professionals: stay tuned for training coming up soon.

Group Therapies which are medicare subsidised and run by psychologists for people with anxiety and depression are held periodically, so please call us for information.

How To Get Here..

  We're opposite the Blaxland MacDonalds entrance. Ample Parking at the rear.

Blaxland Health

Phone: 02 4739 6464

Address: 8 Layton Avenue
Blaxland NSW 2774

Email: Click here to send an email

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