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About Us

Voxus is here to support individuals experiencing mental health issues, concerns or distress. We are an easily accessible clinic with immediate online booking solutions, and our therapy and services are confidential, relevant, and shaped to be able to add to your everyday routine, providing genuine benefit to the individual.

Meet Our Team!

Our team of psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists are highly experienced and we believe that we have the right people with the right experience and knowledge to help you overcome or manage whatever you’re going through. Our team is dedicated to understanding, supporting and delivering solutions to our clients, through a warm and caring manner with a client-centred approach

Please note all prices listed below refer to individual counselling sessions only. If you are interested in couples counselling, assessments or legacy therapy please contact our friendly team today (02 8028 4045).

Grant Brecht

Head of Clinical & Consulting Services

Bio

Grant has an Honours Degree in Psychology from Flinders University in South Australia and completed his Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Sydney University. Grant is an Australian registered Psychologist with APHRA and a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists with the Australian Psychological Association. He has been recognised with 3 lifetime awards for his contribution to mental health across various settings. Grant has some 30 plus years applying psychological based solutions to individuals, couples, teams and organisations.

Grant uses an eclectic approach in his counselling and interventions with clients drawing from a range of well researched evidence based psychological approaches to mental health and well-being. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness based approaches, Transactional Analysis, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Psycho education and client centered approaches.

The approach used by Grant to assist clients to grow and develop and often move from striving to thriving is the triple A model of personal transformation (AAA). This model follows a process of Awareness – Acceptance – Actions so that people gain insights and acceptance into what is happening and what they would like to happen, and then institute the appropriate actions focused on; attitudinal, behavioural and emotional regulation techniques. Grant’s approach is not one of rescuing people but helping them to help themselves and so take ownership of their own journey forward and build a high level of self-efficacy in the process. This approach has a real focus on building sustainable mental health and a general high level of well-being in clients.

Grant is very passionate about helping others to help themselves and grow towards developing peace of mind knowing they are working towards being as successful in life as they are capable of becoming. He has a firm belief that developing a high sustainable level of self-efficacy is the key to living a fulfilling and meaningful life and in helping others develop this we are indeed giving a very valuable gift.

Price: $350.00 with Medicare Rebate of $129.55 (Head/Senior Clinician)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology Degree
  • Australian Registered Psychologist with APHRA
  • Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists with the Australian Psychological Association

Andrew Wong

Psychologist (Clinical Registrar)

Bio

Andrew is a multi-disciplined professional. He is a solicitor, mediator and psychologist. He completed his Bachelor of Arts-Psychology (First Class Honours) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Macquarie University, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law, and a Master of Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University. He has previously practised as a lawyer in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation. He currently serves as the Co-President of the Australian Dispute Resolution Association and Secretary of the APS Dispute Resolution and Psychology Interest Group. He specialises in matters where psychology intersects with the law, especially because the legal system often sees the pointy end of our mental health system.
 
He employs an integrated therapeutic approach from a variety of models in order to best suit the client, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). He can work therapeutically with individuals of a wide age range.
 
Andrew is interested in facilitating preventative changes in clients as well as early intervention. He wishes to educate clients that regularly seeing a psychologist for a check-up should be as ordinary as seeing their GP for an annual body check-up.
 
Andrew is passionate about mental health because of the complexity in assessing and treating it. Mental disorders are often hidden unless self-reported or observed in their behaviours, and Andrew is most interested in assisting their journey of obtaining diagnostic clarity and evidence-based treatment.

Price: $220.00 with Medicare Rebate of $88.25 (Senior Psychologist)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Psychologist (Clinical Registrar)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts-Psychology (First Class Honours)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Co-President of the Australian Dispute Resolution Association
  • Secretary of the APS Dispute Resolution and Psychology Interest Group
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Anthea Cottee

Registered Psychologist

Bio

Anthea is a Registered Psychologist with a background in peak performance and the performing arts. She is experienced in assisting individuals and couples across a range of ages and presentations using a flexible range of cognitive and behavioural approaches. Anthea takes a strengths and solution focused approached to assist people to manage difficulty and distress, and help them develop skills to thrive. She has a particular interest helping people to overcome their internal barriers and develop a supportive relationship with themselves that will enable them to flourish and achieve their full potential in their personal and professional lives.  Additionally, Anthea has extensive knowledge and experience with supporting individuals with chronic pain and other mental health issues caused by physical injury or impairment.

Anthea studied psychology at University of Sydney. Her honours project was developing an adaptation of a sports psychology program, The Mindfulness Acceptance Commitment Approach, for reducing anxiety and improving performance confidence with musicians. She completed a Diploma of Psychological Practice through the College of Professional Psychology, with placements at Headspace, Northside Hospital and Veretis Performance Psychology.  

Alongside her work as a psychologist,  Anthea is a renowned classical cellist, working with a variety of ensembles. She was initially drawn to psychology through a fascination with the powerful role of psychology in assisting individuals to perform at their peak in high pressure situations.

Price: $190.00 with Medicare Rebate of $88.25 ( Psychologist)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Diploma of Psychological Practice

Arshia Morad

Provisional Psychologist

Bio

Ash completed his Master of Professional Psychology at Western Sydney University. He has experience providing psychological support services to adults presenting with a range of social, emotional, occupational, and behavioural concerns. He also has experience working as an Employee Assistance counsellor, working with adults experiencing a range of concerns in the workplace and personal lives. Ash has assisted clients presenting with anxiety, burnout, depression, grief, family and relationship issues, workplace conflict, and communication issues.

Ash employs an integrated therapeutic approach tailored to the needs of his client, employing techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in his practice. He enjoys working in collaboration with his clients using a client-centred approach, with a strong focus on achieving practical and action-oriented outcomes for his clients. Ash’s practice is also grounded in developing and enhancing meaning in his clients’ lives.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, Ash practiced as a lawyer primarily in civil litigation and dispute resolution where he developed his passion of engaging with people to bring about practical solutions to their problems. As a psychologist, Ash is passionate about reducing the stigma of accessing and engaging with mental health services among men. In addition to male mental health, his interests also include lawyer mental health, death anxiety, and existential psychology.

Price: $170.00 (Provisional Psychologist)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Master of Professional Psychology
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Honours – First Class)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Laws

Fiona Griffiths

Counsellor

Bio

Fiona studied Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and is a Provisional Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Fiona has experience working with individuals, couples, families and youth across private practice, EAP, bereavement support and the tertiary education sector.  Her experience entails many different scenarios such as loss and grief, workplace and life stress, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. 

Fiona’s approach to her work is to provide empathetic, non-judgemental counselling with the view that a client knows themselves best. She uses a number of counselling modalities such as Person Centred, Solution Focused and Grief Therapy to assist clients to achieve their desired outcomes. Through collaboration, space and encouragement Fiona seeks to guide her clients towards greater awareness of their experience, acceptance of their situation, and empower them in making changes and improvements that they believe will suit them and their lifestyle most.

Fiona is passionate about mental health and wellness because, just like the health of our bodies, she believes it is critical to a person’s existence. Many things can influence how we respond to life and how we are able to support those close to us effectively. Fiona believes that the pursuit of mental health is not selfish or indulgent, it is our responsibility and she feels it is a privilege to be a part of her client’s journey towards their optimum mental wellbeing.

Price: $170.00 (Senior Counsellor)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Provisional Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
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Kate Nelson

Provisional Psychologist

Bio

Kate completed her Bachelor of Psychology at Western Sydney University, graduating with honours. She has experience working as a provisional psychologist with a diverse client background to provide psychological support services to children, adolescents and adults presenting with a range of developmental, academic, social, emotional, and behavioural concerns. She is experienced in teaching social and emotional skill development in children with autism spectrum disorder and providing support to families of individuals with ASD and disability. She has gained experience in assessment and treatment of anxiety and depression. Kate has experience working as a volunteer crisis supporter at Lifeline, providing crisis support and suicide prevention services. Kate has further experience working as an Employee Assistance counsellor, aiding adults in the workplace with a range of concerns from anxiety, depression, workplace stress and burnout, performance, family and relationship issues, and self-esteem.

Kate values taking a relatable, compassionate, supportive, client-centred approach. She aims to help individuals unlock their capabilities through evidence-based modalities to facilitate real change, while feeling heard and understood. She works towards empowering individuals toward short-term wins and maintaining long-term gains.
Kate is passionate about working in mental health to play a role in reducing the stigma of accessing mental health support by working towards breaking down barriers and facilitating positive change. She is passionate about supporting individuals to learn how to get the best out of themselves and live a more fulfilled life.

Price: $170.00 (Provisional Psychologist)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
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Kathryn Cordier

Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Bio

Kathryn is a highly skilled, personally engaging counsellor and psychotherapist, with many years of professional counselling experience. She is a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. In addition to her private practice, Kathryn has worked in financial services, corporate, government and non-for-profit sectors and has extensive experience in working with a diverse array of clients. She specialises in providing effective therapeutic counselling to help young people and adults move through challenges such as stress, relationship breakdowns, family dysfunction, grief and loss and mental health issues including anxiety, depression.

Kathryn is passionate about providing counselling that helps clients to think and feel more positively about themselves and to develop a better connection with those who are important to them. Kathryn is client focussed, insightful and supportive and provides effective strategies and practical guidance so clients develop greater awareness and resilience. Through their counselling with Kathryn, clients develop a deeper understanding of their circumstances and a sense of empowerment in their ability to create positive change in their lives.

Kathryn understands that each person’s emotional response to a situation is unique, based on their individual perspectives and life experiences. She incorporates a number of counselling techniques into her practice to be flexible in responding to individual therapeutic needs. Modalities that Kathryn uses include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Resource Therapy, Trauma – Informed Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Narrative Therapy.

Price: $180.00 (Senior Counsellor/Psychotherapist)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
  • Master of Laws (International Business Law)
  • Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Mitchell Ackerly

Provisional Psychologist

Bio

Mitchell completed his Masters of Professional Psychology at Macquarie University and his undergraduate degree at the University of Tasmania. He is a Provisional Psychologist who has previous experience working with both adults and children from diverse backgrounds. Mitchell uses evidence-based strategies and techniques to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals and overcome complex challenges that they might be facing. This includes modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). 

Mitchell has extensive experience as an Employee Assistance counsellor supporting adults overcome workplace challenges, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and burnout. In addition, he has experience working under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with clients who have a range of disabilities and acute mental health disorders. He also has a keen interest in a range of psychometric assessments such as intelligence and personality testing.

Mitchell prides himself on remaining open and empathetic when working with clients from all walks of life. He believes that clients should not feel judged or stigmatised for seeking mental health support. Instead, clients should feel supported to achieve positive change.

Price: $170.00 (Provisional Psychologist)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (First Class)
  • Masters of Professional Psychology

Mitchell McLean

Provisional Psychologist

Bio

Mitchell completed his Master of Professional Psychology at Macquarie University. Mitchell is a Provisional Psychologist and provides Psychological Support Services to individuals of widely differing backgrounds presenting with varied mental health concerns including depressive, anxiety, and substance use disorders.  Mitchell also has experience as an EAP counsellor supporting adults with personal (e.g., compassion fatigue, grief and loss, and relationship difficulties) and work-related matters (e.g., workplace bullying and harassment, and career transition). Additionally, Mitchell has experience as a Rehabilitation Consultant supporting adults with psychological injuries including adjustment disorders and PTSD. Also, he has experience working as a volunteer crisis supporter at Lifeline, providing crisis support and suicide prevention services. 

Mitchell employs therapeutic modalities and techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and plans his treatment around client values and preferences and evidence-based research. Further, Mitchell grounds his counselling in open and honest communication and encourages his clients provide feedback on what works best for them to maximise treatment outcomes. As a Provisional Psychologist, Mitchell is interested in chronic pain, substance-related and addictive disorders, and psychotic-related disorders.  

Price: $170.00 (Provisional Psychologist)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Master of Professional Psychology  
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)  
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology  
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Oliver Brecht

Managing Director and Registered Psychologist

Bio

Oliver is a psychologist with nearly 10 years experience helping people to overcome mental health challenges, achieve an enhanced level of purpose, motivation, and thrive. He believes that part of living a purposeful and value orientated life is being faced with challenges and set backs, and it’s best to try and learn from them and grow, rather than avoid, as this will ultimately cost us the opportunity to engage in what is most important to us.

Oliver has particular experience supporting individuals highly engaged in their professional careers, in particular those which require individuals to withstand high levels of pressure and expectation. Again Oliver’s approach is helping people to maintain their wellbeing in these environments and learn to balance their performance and well-being to create long term happiness and success. Oliver’s experience in this area includes helping elite professional athletes balance their mental health and performance.

In addition to working with Voxus Oliver is also the club psychologist for the Sydney Roosters NRL Men’s and Women’s sides, worked extensively with Cricket Australia, lead psychologist for NSW Jockeys, and worked with many summer and winter olympians.

Price: $300.00 with Medicare Rebate of $88.25 (Director/Senior Clinician)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Professional Psychology
  • Former-President of the Employee Assistance Professional Association of Australasia
  • Associate Member of the APS

Simon Hook

Senior Counsellor

Bio

Simon is a registered Counsellor and has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of New England. He is currently completing his Master of Counselling. He is a full member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Simon has trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and the Berry Street Education Model (Trauma). He has completed two levels of Gottman Therapy training (Relationships and Marriage) and is pursuing his certification to become a Gottman Therapist.

Simon has experience and training working with adolescents, young men and a range of clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties, life struggles, times of change and social and emotional difficulties. He has a particular interest in working with people in supporting them to identify maladaptive thought patterns, finding new and helpful ways of dealing with life’s stressors and identifying their individual strengths and values.

Simon also works with couples who are experiencing issues in their relationships or marriage. He is also a Symbis assessment pre marriage facilitator, helping couples navigate important conversations before they get married.

Simon is passionate about ‘holistic psychology’ – the connection between our mental health, and our emotional, physical and spiritual ‘wellness’. He also believes in a practical approach within counselling – supporting clients to experiment with practical ‘tools’ in sessions, that they can take away and apply to real life situations.

Price: $190.00 (Senior Counsellor)

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Level 2 Registered Counsellor with ACA (Australian Counselling Association)

Background of Voxus – Why did Voxus Choose Geese?

People who share a common direction and goal can achieve things quicker and with less effort when they are part of a group system. Geese achieve a 70% greater flying range as a flock than if each bird flew independently. Their V-formation supports an uplift from the wing flaps that reduces friction for the birds that follow.

Geese stay in formation and feel the extra drag and lack of efficiency if they drop out of the V flying shape. Similarly, when we work with others heading in the same direction as us, we forge a sense of team work and connectedness. This heightens efficiency through collective visibility of our surroundings. Additionally, people with the sense of a goose openly and confidently seek assistance when needed, and will try harder to keep up with the flock to achieve team goals.

Geese also encourage the leader and support others to lead. Geese honk to support others and stay connected. When we show as much sense as geese, we encourage leadership and those who put in effort. We will be quite noisy with our encouragement and supportive feedback to those others on a journey with us.

When a goose gets sick, two others drop out of formation and fly down with the sick individual to support it. Once again, when we exhibit as much sense as geese, we stand by each other when things get tough and challenging. We will also willingly take the support and guidance that’s on offer.

The lesson to learn here is to stay true to your team’s core values and purpose. Strategies, operational tactics, and products may change for an organisation to remain agile, but great teams always stick to their core purpose and values, and preserve them with vigour and pride. These cement a constructive, high performance culture.

The plan for the greater good needs to be more important than any individual plan! These lessons about geese instincts shows that humans still have much to learn from our feathered friends. It’s ultimately a series of lessons in what it means to be part of a high performing team, as individuals benefit from working as a unified part of a team. When we work together, we all benefit.

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