About Us

Schema Therapy Sydney – is a cooperative practice of local, Independent Sydney-Based Schema Therapists working out of Liverpool (Western-Sydney) and Summer Hill (Inner-West) Locations.

Dr. Robert Brockman, Clinical Psychologist

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Robert is the founder and director of Schema Therapy Sydney and has extensive experience teaching and supervising on clinical psychology masters programs in Sydney since 2010. His clinical experience is drawn from both public (e.g. Hospitals, community mental health) and private health sector positions (e.g. private practice) in Sydney. Robert is accredited by the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST) as a schema therapist, supervisor, and trainer. Robert is an active academic (Honorary Teaching Fellow; University of Technology Sydney). He has a major clinical and research interest in formulation and intervention with complex presentations that prove difficult to treat via standard evidence-based protocols. He is currently engaged in clinical research focusing on extending the schema model into novel populations (e.g. GAD, Eating Disorders, HIV Sufferers, Problem Gamblers, Forensic Patients, and Psychosis). Rob is currently seeing patients from our Liverpool clinic. Rob’s rate for Individual Therapy is $250 per 50-60-minute session (Medicare Rebate of $129 applies to those that have a valid mental health care plan from their GP).

Dr. Andrew Phipps, Clinical Psychologist

Andrew has extensive experience in clinical practice, supervision and teaching. He is a Senior Andrew_010.jpgClinical Psychologist within the public mental health service in South Western Sydney. Andrew is a Clinic Supervisor and Lecturer within the Western Sydney University Clinical Psychology program. Andrew is an accredited Schema Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor with the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST). He has over 15-years experience as a clinician. Andrew’s main clinical interests include the application of Schema Therapy to people with personality disorders, dissociative disorders, and delusional disorders. He has published and presented papers in the field of: early intervention for trauma, self-help treatment for depression, and clinical outcomes in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Andrew is available for consultation at the new Inner West Clinic.

Nathan Sakiris – Registered Psychologist, MPsych (Clinical)

Nathan graduated from the Master of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is up to date with the latest advances and research across a range of mental health issues, including generalised anxiety, PTSD, health anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, assertiveness, anger management, complex trauma, personality disorders, interpersonal relationship problems, and life stressors (i.e. work). Nathan has experience working with adolescents, adults, and older adults, across inpatient psychiatric health, as well as public and university based clinic settings.

ns.jpegNathan has a warm and empathetic style, with a practical focus on collaboratively helping clients scaffold meaningful and achievable personal goals, in regards to their mental health. Nathan has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and is currently undergoing the process for certification in Schema Therapy with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). Nathan is available for consultation on Thursday at our Liverpool clinic. His standard fee is $160 business hours and $180 after hours (he takes after hours appointments for those with commitments). Medicare rebates will apply for those with mental health care plan.

Shashi Naidu, Clinical Psychologist

Shashi Naidu is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with more than 19 years of clinical experience. Shashi holds Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Master’s and Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS Clinical College. She has extensive experience of working in New Zealand and Australia. She has worked in Victoria as a consultant in the Maternal Child Health Centre, in their perinatal mental health initiative. She has also worked for Hunter Medicare Local and currently, she is with Westmead Hospital and is in private practice.

Shashi’s expertise is working with adults, children, adolescents and families. She has special interests in perinatal and infant mental health, orofacShashi.pngial pain management, attachment issues, stress management, emotional disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression, relationship and adjustment issues.

Shashi’s areas of expertise include infant mental health, child and family relationships, adolescent mental health, couple therapy, grief and trauma, acquired brain injury victims, stress and adjustment. Therapies offered include Schema Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Shashi is available Mondays and Thursdays at our Liverpool clinic. Shashi’s Standard Fee for Individuals is $200 – Medicare Rebate of $129).

Crystal Lee, Psychologist

Crystal is a registered Psychologist who offers face-to-face and online therapy for individuals aged 15 and above out of our Liverpool clinic. Crystal’s clients often describe her as client-centred, patient, nurturing and non-judgemental. They also appreciate her integrating different treatment approaches to meet their unique individual needs. In therapy sessions, Crystal’s clients receive both practical strategies for their personal needs and deeper experiential experiences for processing their emotions and memories.

Crystal currently works with individuals aged 15 years and above who experience mild to severe levels of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, sleep issues, intrusive and/or self-loathing thoughts, interpersonal issues, complicated grief, childhood trauma and personality disorders.Crystal Lee

Crystal incorporates a range of evidence-based treatments, including Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

Crystal can deliver therapy in English and Cantonese. She is also a devoted Christian and welcomes clients who prefer to seek treatment from a psychologist with a shared faith and worldview.

Ian Davidson, Clinical Psychologist

Ian is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has attained advanced level accreditation as a ian-outside-edit-1-2Schema Therapist with the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST). He is a friendly and caring clinician, with a special interest in the application of schema therapy to adults experiencing anxiety and depressive disorders, childhood trauma, and personality disorders. Ian has published research in the field of ‘health psychology’; investigating the link between healthy lifestyle choices and emotional well-being. Ian is available for consultation at our Inner West Clinic on a Thursday.

Claudia Mendez, Clinical Psychologist

Claudia is a clinical psychologist with experience working in both the government and downloadprivate settings. Claudia has worked in public mental health settings across the Hunter New England and South West Sydney Local Health Districts providing psychological interventions for complex mental health presentations. Claudia currently works for the Liverpool and Fairfield Mental Health Service working with adults who experience complex mental health, trauma and personality disorders and in the provision of supervision to clinicians. Recently, Claudia has been collaborating with Western Sydney University, on the Sydney site, of a multi-site trial of Group Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders. Claudia is currently available for clinical supervision and training only.


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