About Us

We are based in the Sydney CBD across the road from Hyde Park, between Park St and Market St. We have been providing clinical psychology services since 2001. Our clinical psychologists have considerable experience and expertise in delivering ACT therapy and training.

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.

Dr Lara Winten

Lara is a warm and empathic clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience in the field of counselling and mental health treatment. Lara completed her Doctorate in 2014 and was awarded an Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize for her clinical skill and contribution to academic research. Lara has worked across a range of public and private health care settings. Currently she works with adult clients seeking treatment for a broad range of clinical presentations including anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, and eating disorders; as well as clients presenting with a range of workplace, health, and relationship centred issues.

Lara has participated in advanced training in the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) treatment modalities and works flexibly alongside clients to select the most effective and supportive therapeutic modality based on their presenting issues and treatment goals. Lara has previously worked at the Sydney ACT Centre and is excited to join the team again.

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The Sydney ACT Centre is located at:

Suite 607 / 185 Elizabeth St NSW , Australia.

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

Email: admin@sydneyactcentre.com.au

We moved in July 2021! We are located at Suite 607 / 185 Eliazabeth Street, close to Park street. You can also enter the building from 160 Castlereagh St. It is a 5 minute walk from either Town Hall, St James and Museum railway stations. Parking is available in parking stations nearby (and is very expensive!). Public transport is recommended for you to arrive on time. There is not waiting room so we kindly request that you wait downstairs in the foyer and take the lift to level 6 just in time for your scheduled appointment.

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