Meet Our Psychologists

We have a dedicated team of child specialist clinical psychologists ready to help you and your child. Read about them here.

Psychologists 

JOHN WARING 

John is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience working directly with children, teenagers and their families. John is a clinical masters graduate of the University of Newcastle. In his early career he worked in the area of paediatric developmental disabilities and child protection before opening his private practice in 1997. 

John has a particular passion for assisting children of all ages to improve their mental health and strengthen their family relationships. He is very experienced in helping parents manage difficult behaviours that are often present in a range of childhood disorders but sometimes simply present in children as a response to life or developmental changes.

John also enjoys assisting parents to make child focussed decisions around custody and contact when they are experiencing separation and divorce.
John's desire to assist children has seen the private practice grow into a team of ten child specialist clinical psychologists working across three locations in the Hunter Valley. (Lakelands, Maitland and Singleton).

DR SARAH WHITE 

Dr Sarah White is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and families since 2011. Following completion of her Bachelor of Psychology (University of Newcastle), she worked for the Department of Human Services for several years, before moving to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in 2011, and then to private practice in 2017.
Sarah completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology (University of Newcastle) in 2014 and her thesis examined positive and negative consequences for children of parents affected by mental ill health. 
Sarah is interested in working with children and adolescents who present with a range of anxiety, mood, eating, adjustment and trauma-related difficulties and deliberate self-injury, and working with families to improve communication and strengthen relationships. Sarah is married, has a two sons and a baby daughter. Sarah is currently on maternity leave.

 

DR JULIE CASEY  

Dr Julie Casey Phd, Factors Influencing Risk of Child Abuse to Improve Risk Assessment in Child Protective Services. Specialist in the area children, families, trauma and children who are experiencing their families parents and conflict due to family discord and separation. Utilities a range of therapeutic techniques such as play therapy techniques Play/Sand tray therapy with younger children, attachment based interventions, cognitive and behavioural interventions and narrative therapy. Areas of expertise attachment, trauma, risk Children Court Clinician as expert witness and experience in Family court. Paper submission in press focus on  Inter-generational abuse, attachment, psychopathology and trauma.

 

DR SARAH EDWARDS 

Dr. Sarah Edwards is a Clinical Psychologist who holds an Honours degree in Psychology, as well as a Doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology both from the University of Newcastle. Sarah helps children, adolescents and parents dealing with anxiety, depression, behavioural problems, learning difficulties, and peer and family relationship issues including parental separation. She also completes formal assessments including IQ tests, and Autism diagnostic assessments. Sarah has been with the practice for four years and remains passionate about helping children develop life skills and reach their full potential.

 

DR NATALIE SMITH 

Dr. Natalie Smith is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked at the practice for over 10 years. Natalie completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), as well as a Doctorate of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Natalie is a warm and engaging psychologist who is passionate about providing assistance to children, teenagers and their parents. She is experienced in a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, behavioural difficulties, social skills concerns, learning problems and relationship issues. Natalie is also skilled in the administration of cognitive and behavioural assessments and diagnostic assessments of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

EMMA MARTYN 

Emma is a Consultant Psychologist and Registered Teacher. Emma completed a double degree in teaching and psychology - Bachelor Social Science (psychology) and Bachelor Teaching (primary)  at Charles Sturt University.

Emma was a classroom and learning assistance support teacher for a number of years in a central school and primary school. She then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Wollongong and commenced working as a School Counsellor. Emma is experienced working with children from pre-school to older teenagers.

Emma enjoys the diversity of work as a psychologist and assisting families with a variety of concerns including grief and loss, anxiety, emotional regulation and social skills.

Emma finds that working with parents and families helps enhance their confidence and knowledge and this is particularly rewarding. 

Emma is an accredited facilitator of the Positive Parenting Program, Levels 4 and 5, and Stepping Stones, Level 3.

SOPHIE MOSS 

Sophie Moss is a Registered Psychologist, commencing with John Waring and Associates in East Maitland in 2020. She completed her studies at the University of Newcastle in 2012. 

Sophie has a kind, professional manner and is solution focused. She is passionate about the support she provides and working with young people and their families.

Sophie utilises evidence-based treatment models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Committment Therapy. Sophie has a strong young person focus and works compassionately, logically, and with a strong ethical foundation to help young people and their families improve their lives.

 

 

 

 

RACQUEL MASON

Racquel is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in the not for profit and private sector. After completing an undergraduate Psychology degree in 2000, Racquel has had a varied work history including Police Officer and Probation Officer and more recently working in child disability service for over 3 years and also having worked in private practice since 2018. 

Racquel completed her Clinical Masters at Newcastle University in 2017, her thesis investigated the link between traumatic brain injury and self-reported childhood trauma within a juvenile offender cohort.  

Experienced in supporting people with disability by providing therapeutic interventions to clients, autism assessments, as well as specialist behavioural support in designing and implementing behavioural support plans.

Competent in working with clients aged from early childhood to young adults, as well as providing support to parents on a range of presentations including trauma, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, obsessions and compulsions, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress, bipolar, personality disorders, drug and alcohol issues, and grief/loss issues and child behavioural issues.

Trained and practiced in using a range of interventions adapted specifically to work with children and adolescents including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Experienced in administering assessments including cognitive assessments (WAIS, WISC, WPPSI), and autism assessments (ADOS/ADIR).

Trained in the Secret Agent Society program designed to improve social skills for children with autism.  

Approved for providing services through NDIS, Medicare, Private health insurance, Workers Compensation and DVA.

Racquel is mum to 2 boys aged 9 and 11 and enjoys horse riding, bee keeping, kayaking and gardening.

 

DENISE MCCAW

Denise is a Registered Psychologist who completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2014. Denise completed the 4+2 internship working with children, adolescents and families. She has worked in the disability (NDIS) sector for several years and as a caseworker in Out of Home Care prior to this. 

Denise is passionate about supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, have other childhood or mental health disorders and those who have been impacted by adverse childhood experiences. Denise is passionate about the importance of play in children's development and is completing a Master of Child Play Therapy through Deakin University to develop further skills in this area. She currently uses play to facilitate learning and enjoyment in sessions and is trained in Autplay (a play therapy intervention for Autism and developmental conditions). 

Denise is also able to complete a range of assessments including autism assessments, as well as cognitive and learning assessments. 

Denise is trained to deliver group interventions such as the Westmead Feelings Program to build children's emotion regulation skills.

STEPHANIE CASSON

Stephanie Casson is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has recently joined our practice. Stephanie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at the University of Wollongong. She has also completed an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (Psychology) and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of New England. During her postgraduate studies, her research focus was on individual differences in attachment style.

Stephanie is a friendly and engaging psychologist who is passionate about assisting children, teenagers, and their families to work through a range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, emotional regulation, behavioural concerns, and social skills. She utilises evidence-based treatment models, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectic behavioural therapy (DBT). Stephanie is also looking to expand her therapeutic knowledge by undergoing further study in systemic and family therapy.

Stephanie is also skilled in the administration of a range of diagnostic assessments, including cognitive, learning, and developmental assessments to assess for autism, ADHD and ADD, specific learning disorders (including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia), and intellectual developmental delay.