About Us

We are based in the Sydney CBD between Circular Quay and Martin Place. The principal clinical psychologist, Louise Shepherd, set up the private practice aspect in 2001. Over the years Louise has also gained a reputation as an excellent supervisor and trainer, most recently in ACT.

Our Team

We know that it can be hard to make the initial contact to see a clinical psychologist. You will be treated with privacy and dignity. We believe that you deserve an experience which is respectful and beneficial, and that you feel understood during your time seeing one of us.

Louise Shepherd

Louise is a clinical psychologist with 20 years experience in a variety of settings covering public and private hospitals, mental and physical health. She has worked with individuals and groups throughout her career in  metropolitan, rural and regional areas. Her training and early career was very much based in traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a strong background in treating anxiety and mood disorders. Since 2006 she has specialised in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

She has trained extensively in ACT both here and overseas. She is also trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and teaches mindfulness skills to anyone willing to give it a go! She loves training and supervising colleagues in ACT. In 2012 she was accepted as an ACBS peer reviewed ACT trainer by the main ACT organisation, the Association for Contextual Behaiovural Science. This trainer status is recognised around the world.

Louise has extensive experience working with anxiety and mood disorders as well as working with people who wish to address relationship issues. She is passionate about working with women who face struggles related to different life phases, particularly fertility, pregnancy and motherhood.

She is a member of The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and The Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) and is registered to provide Medicare services.

Louise spent three years 2010-2012 as a board member of the Australian / New Zealand ACT organisation – see www.anzact.com for details. She also spent time as a board member of Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT NSW).

Janine Clarke

Janine is a warm and empathic Clinical Psychologist who works with individuals and couples to help them address a range of life challenges including relationship and parenting issues, chronic illness, stress, depression, anxiety and sleep difficulties.

Janine has trained extensively in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Her approach is pragmatic and client-centred, and aims to help people clarify what matters to them and actively pursue lives and relationships that are personally meaningful, rewarding and gratifying.

In addition to ACT, Janine is experienced in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Positive Psychology and Gottman Marital Therapy techniques.   She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA; PSY0001283637) and Medicare to provide clinical psychology services.

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The Sydney ACT Centre is located at:

Suite 202, Level 2, 139 Macquarie St Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: +61 2 92516222 Fax: +61 2 85691728

Email: admin@sydneyactcentre.com.au

We moved in June 2018! We are located at Domain House, 139 Macquarie St between Bridge and Bent streets. It is a 5-7 minute walk from Circular Quay railway station / wharfs and a 8-10 minute walk from Wynyard railway station. It is also approximately 7 minute walk from top of Martin Place (further from George st end). Parking is available in parking stations nearby (and is very expensive!). Public transport is recommended for you to arrive on time.

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