Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychologists

Our team of psychologists are improving the lives of others by providing the best service to our clients.

Mr Aaron Wallbank

  • BSc (Psych Hons) UNSW.
  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Aaron Wallbank (Psychologist)

Aaron has over 35 years of experience in clinical psychology work with children and families in both public and private services on the Gold Coast.

Aaron completed 11 years as a senior psychologist in the Gold Coast Hospital Child and Youth Mental Health Service, working with children with complex and severe mental health problems and their families.

He has experience in assessing and treating neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood, emotional and behavioural disorders, and problems with family functioning and parenting. Aaron has special interests in the impacts of complex trauma on children’s psychosocial development, attachment problems and family relationships, treating children with anxiety and depression and supporting children and families to manage autism spectrum disorder. Aaron is committed to a systemic approach to helping children with developmental and psychological problems by working closely with parents, teachers and other health professionals and services to assist and support them to support the child.

Mr Joshua O’Hara

  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Josh O’Hara (Psychologist)

Josh is a registered psychologist who began his career in Central West NSW, working in a primary school in Mudgee in 2016. His focus was on behavioural management, ADHD and ASD presentations. He moved to Bathurst in 2018 after transitioning into workplace rehabilitation, where much of his work revolved around PTSD, Adjustment Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. In 2020 he relocated to the Gold Coast to work as a clinician for headspace Early Psychosis in the Mobile Assessment and Treatment Team.

Josh has six years of experience in NSW and QLD school and community health settings. He studied psychology at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, graduating in 2016, before completing his honours and thesis on vicarious trauma at the University of New England.

Josh has a passion for working with people from all cultures and diverse backgrounds and utilises a variety of psychological and behavioural interventions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, among others, to assist people with their mental health concerns.

Josh has experience assessing and managing a range of mental health conditions for people of all ages, including Mood and Adjustment disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD and Trauma, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Psychosis, Personality Disorders, and substance-related disorders.

Josh is experienced in the formal assessment of Intelligence and cognitive functioning, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders and other psychological conditions for children, adolescents, and adults.

Ms Candice Aouad

  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist
  • Bpsych sci, Grad Dip psych, Adv Grad Dip Psych
Candice Aouad (Psychologist)

Candice is a generally registered psychologist who has worked with people from a broad range of backgrounds. Candice began her career working with children to develop social skills through play. Candice has worked with people who use substances in both residential and community settings, and then transitioned to working with young people with severe and complex mental health concerns.

Candice has previously worked as a Senior Clinician in the headspace Early Psychosis Program and has extensive experience working within the community services sector. During her time in the community services sector, Candice was able to develop an understanding of the need for a person-centred approach to care. Candice has an interest in neuroscience and loves talking about the brain and its functions! Candice has previously delivered trainings on substance use, the brain, and psychological interventions and enjoys utilising this knowledge to support her clients better understand themselves and their environment.

Candice has experience in formally assessing cognitive, adaptive, and neurodevelopmental functioning, and works to support clients and their families manage emotional, behavioural, and social concerns. Candice uses an evidence-based approach and is certified in a number of interventions including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance, Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Candice has experience working with people of neurodiverse backgrounds including people who have a diagnosis of ASD, ADHD, and Specific Learning Disorders. Candice enjoys working from a goal directed perspective using an integrated approach to interventions and works with the family and wider community in mind. Candice enjoys working with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds and is passionate about breaking the stigma around mental health within marginalised communities. Candice speaks both English and Arabic (Lebanese Dialect) fluently and has worked extensively with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Ms Sophie Kruger

  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Sophie Kruger - Psychologist
Sophie Kruger – Psychologist

Sophie is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with children and their families. Her career has primarily been in private practice, schools
and early intervention settings.

Sophie has a warm, holistic approach to therapy. She utilises an array of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. She enjoys incorporating play, movement and arts and crafts in her sessions. When working with parents and caregivers, Sophie draws on principles from neurobiological and attachment frameworks. She thoughtfully considers the system around the child and is committed to working alongside teachers, parents, and other health professionals to assist them in supporting the child.

Sophie works with children and families with a broad range of mental health and developmental concerns including; anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, ADHD, Autism, family dysfunction, parental separation, self-esteem, and grief and loss. Her special interest is in anxiety, trauma, parenting and assisting families with complex and system issues.

Sophie is also experienced in assessing for Autism and ADHD, and conducting learning and cognitive assessments

Ms Jamie Treanor

  • Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honours)
  • Masters of Mental Health (Psychotherapy major)
  • Mental Health Accredited Social Worker
Jamie Treanor
Jamie Treanor

Jamie is a mental health accredited social worker, who has extensive experience working with young people and their families. Jamie’s clinical experience has largely been with young people who have experienced early psychosis, and young people who have experienced complex trauma.

While Jamie’s career has primarily been in the area of early psychosis and complex trauma, she also has experience working with individuals presenting with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Jamie uses a number of evidence based approaches in her practice, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing. Jamie understands that therapy is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, therefore she also utilises creativity in sessions, including art based interventions, somatic interventions, and play based interventions.

Jamie is a qualified facilitator of Circle of Security and Drug and Alcohol First Aid. Jamie also provides external supervision and liaison to social work students through Griffith University and Southern Cross University. Outside of her role at Family Nurture, Jamie works in a community organisation working with young people who have a history of complex trauma.

Mrs Loretta Manuel

  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist
  • Loretta does not accept referrals for ongoing therapy sessions at this stage while continuing to provide psychological, educational and neurodevelopmental disorder assessments.
Loretta Manuel

Initially raised in rural NSW, Loretta then made a city change, spending her early 20s in Melbourne. She then backpacked through over ten countries before returning to Australia and settling on the Gold Coast to complete her bachelor of psychology with honours at Griffith university.

Loretta then gained experience in research within autism and suicide before completing her psychological internship within complex youth mental health. This work, combined with other roles (including private practice at headspace) provided experience working with people and their support networks with alcohol and other substance use, trauma, psychosis, depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, sexual assault, suicidality, non-suicidal self-injury, crisis intervention, somatic concerns, interpersonal difficulties, domestic and family violence, return to work or school, recovery planning, and grief and loss counselling with children, among others.

Loretta also has well-developed skills in completing thorough assessments and the administration and interpretation of a range of psychological tests.

Prior to taking time off to start her family, Loretta was the team leader of the Continuing Care and Functional Recovery Teams of an Early Psychosis program, strengthening her value for good clinical practice and evidence-based interventions combined with a person-centred approach to deliver the best outcomes.

Working through a holistic and systemic lens, Loretta utilises a range of modalities to inform her practice and values working within a multidisciplinary team. She is trained in DBT, CBT, trauma-informed care and a systemic family approach.

Driven to reduce the stigma that is sometimes experienced by people when accessing support, Loretta is passionate in supporting adolescents and their families from all walks of life as they navigate both the normal challenges of life and the more unexpected. Having both personal exposure and professional experiences with a range of mental health challenges, Loretta finds supporting people through such challenges with empathy/understanding and knowledge extremely fulfilling.