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Meet the Team

Vicki de Prazer (Senior Psychologist)

Vicki has an interest in performance excellence in demanding environments. Her practice is informed by her experience in integrating coaching psychology, clinical experience and expertise to collaboratively work with clients to optimise performance and wellbeing. Vicki can work with you addressing stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues, confidence building, moving towards self actualisation. Vicki also offers hypnosis for mental health and performance concerns.

An interest in the mind- body philosophies and cognitive science has seen Vicki achieve high regard as an expert in performance psychology; having contributed to three Australian Olympic Games and one New Zealand campaign, also establishing a successful national and International consultancy. Vicki seeks to be innovative and inspirational in supporting excellence, wellness and resilience so that individuals are happy and healthy in the pursuit of their goals.

Vicki is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Stuart Cathcart

Stuart has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (University of Wollongong), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (University of Adelaide), and a PhD in Psychology (University of South Australia). He is a Registered Psychologist and a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. 
Stuart has over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, university teaching and research, community mental health, vocational rehabilitation, elite sport institutes, and private practice. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications on topics of clinical and sport psychology.
Stuart’s counselling techniques include Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.

Stuart is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Jessica Chiu

Jessica Chiu is a clinical psychologist with experience in both public and private sectors.  She has worked in mental health settings with young people and has additional experience in private practice with young people and adults.  Jessica recognises the importance of providing a person-centred approach.  She works collaboratively with clients to better understand their difficulties, draw on existing strengths and develop strategies to cope effectively with on-going challenges.  She has a keen interest in supporting students to adjust to challenges associated with university study. Jessica uses a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Jessica is available for appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Xuelian Chen

Xuelian is a clinical psychologist and a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society with a background in liberal arts and lived experience in different cultures and societies. She loves working with young people and clients who are linguistically and culturally diverse and gender diverse. Her working style is genuine, warm and collaborative and her approach combines evidence based therapies with clients' strengths and feedback.

Xuelian works in a range of evidence-based therapeutic frameworks including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. She is able to work in English and Chinese Mandarin.

Xuelian is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ross Sutherland

Ross has been providing welfare and psychological services in ACT independent and government schools to young people, staff and parents/carers for more than a decade. He is committed to inclusion in the education space and is neurodiversity affirming – working with people to discover their strengths, show self-compassion, and build great lives. A generally registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society, Ross is committed to evidence-based practice to support clients. He uses frameworks such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and mixed modalities to support client needs. Ross can help with procrastination and goal-setting, anxiety and depression, family and friendship difficulties, managing stress, and many other difficulties. Ross is approachable, fun and collaborative as he encourages his clients to flourish.

Ross completed a Bachelor of Psychology and a Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling at Monash University, and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours at ANU. He is currently completing a Master of Education (Special Education) to better support students with accessibility needs. He is keenly concerned with living sustainably, including with mental wellness.

Ross is available for appointments Mon-Fri.

Maggie Riggs

Maggie is a registered psychologist with clinical endorsement, holding qualifications in a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honours and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has undertaken specialist training in major evidence-based psychotherapies, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Schema Therapy. Maggie's areas of interest and specialist services involve the provision of psychotherapy for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, stress, substance disorders and personality vulnerabilities. Maggie cares about the students she works with and believes in creating strong connections and working relationships with students. She is dedicated to providing practical, individualised treatment. Maggie also hopes to help her students to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their relationships with other people to achieve symptom relief. She also aims to help students experiencing mental health issues to achieve their goals, experience more happiness, and work towards living a life full of personal value and meaning.

Alicia Piper

Alicia is a clinical psychologist with experience working with clients across the lifespan within a range of different settings. Alicia has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) from University of Wollongong and earned a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Alicia works predominantly with youth and adult clients and takes a collaborative, change-focussed approach in her clinical work to support clients to achieve their goals. In her work, Alicia focuses on utilising client’s individual strengths in combination with evidence-based interventions in order to make meaningful, sustainable change. She works primarily within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy framework, supporting clients with a diverse range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, issues of adolescence and managing stress and adversity.

Alicia is currently on extended leave.

Sophy Greenwood

Sophy has over 15 years’ experience working in the community and youth sector, Headspace Canberra and UC. She works from a person-centred and solution-focused approach with an emphasis on the individual’s own strengths and resources. Sophy’s passion is working with young people on a range of issues including mental health problems, social and interpersonal problems, trauma, drug and alcohol use, situational stress, procrastination and time management.
Sophy has adopted a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.
Sophy believes that the client-therapist relationship and collaborative goal-setting is paramount to successful outcomes.

Sophy is currently on extended leave.


Disclaimer: The above information is for information purposes only, and is not designed to replace medical or counselling services. If you need further assistance or information, please contact the University Medical and Counselling Service on (02) 6201 2351.