• At Nature & Nurture Child Psychologists we treat a broad range of common childhood difficulties using creative solutions

  • Welcome to Nature & Nurture Child Psychologists

    Nature & Nurture Child Psychologists is a private psychology practice in the heart of Earlwood. We are passionate about providing the best evidence-based psychological intervention for children, adolescents and their families using creative therapy tools. We are committed to providing a warm, friendly and caring environment whilst providing the highest quality care to your child and family.

  • At Nature & Nurture we believe in:

    • Professionalism: We seek to provide the highest quality, scientifically proven psychological approaches.
    • Child centred approach: We seek to take on the child’s perspective and tailor treatment according to your child’s needs.
    • Education: Parents are informed about their child’s functioning so they can understand their needs and provide for their future.
    • Wellbeing: Our treatment approaches aim to empower children and their families towards healthier functioning and promote independence.
    • Commitment: We are committed to providing a warm, friendly and caring environment whilst providing the highest quality care to your child and family.

    Confidentiality

    All personal information gathered by the psychologist during the provision of the psychological service will remain confidential and secure except where:

    • It is subpoenaed by a court, or
    • Failure to disclose the information would place you or another person at serious and imminent risk; or
    • Your prior approval has been obtained to a) provide a written report to another professional or agency, eg. a GP or a lawyer; or b) discuss the material with another person, eg. a parent or employer; or if disclosure is otherwise required or authorised by law
  • Meet Our Psychologists

    • Dr Simonne Cohen
      Clinical Psychologist

      Dr Simonne Cohen

      Clinical Psychologist

      Simonne is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with both private and public sector experience in providing assessments and therapy for children, adolescents and their families. Simonne provides a fun and energetic approach to therapy, and is passionate about helping children reach their full potential improving the lives of children and adolescents. She enjoys working collaboratively with parents, teachers and other professionals to ensure the child’s wellbeing and needs are constantly met.

      She works as a general clinician but has a passion in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Simonne completed her PhD through collaboration between Harvard University in the USA and Monash University in Australia, where she is investigated the relationship between sleep and behaviour in children and adolescents with autism.Whilst she has a specific interest and deep knowledge in treating sleep disorders in children with severe behavioural difficulties, Simonne is experienced at assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of childhood difficulties including developmental, learning, emotional, behavioural, and attention difficulties.

      In particular, Simonne is experienced in treating a range of childhood disorders such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional behaviour, emotion regulation difficulties, sleep difficulties, trichotillomania, anger management and social skills difficulties. She is also experienced in conducting psychometric assessments to assess for Autism, ADHD, learning difficulties and giftedness.Simonne is skilled in a range of therapeutic techniques and parenting programs. She has had experience providing individual, group and family-based interventions and has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT).  Simonne is also trained in other evidence based programs such as “Triple P Parenting”, “Secret Agent Society”, “Tuning into Kids” and the “Cool Kids” anxiety program.

      Personal Information:

      • Bachelor of Psychology (Honors class 1) (UNSW)
      • Masters of Clinical Psychology (Honors) (UNSW)
      • Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) (Monash University/ Harvard Medical School)
      • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
      • Board Approved Psychology Supervisor

      Simonne is currently available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (via telehealth)

    • Dr Hester MacMillan
      Clinical Psychologist

      Dr Hester MacMillan

      Clinical Psychologist

      Hester is an endorsed clinical psychologist who trained at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and has worked for nearly 18 years in Sydney. She is experienced in supporting families through difficult times, helping them to understand their child’s individual needs and behaviour, and empowering parents to meet the challenges of parenting. She believes that every child deserves to have a safe and happy life and is passionate about helping young people achieve their potential. As a mother of two teenage boys she understands the highs and lows of family life, and has great empathy with the job of parenting in an increasingly stressful and complex world!

      Hester has worked in the public and NGO sectors, and has a strong interest in the assessment of complex psychological and developmental problems (including comprehensive autism assessment). She is experienced in helping children with a range of issues including attention and learning problems, negative thinking, anxiety, sleep issues, fussy eating, bullying, social skills difficulties, and oppositional behaviour. She uses a number of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and has undertaken training in a number of intervention programs including Triple P, Tuning into Kids/Teens, Cool Kids, and Early Start Denver Model (for autism). She enjoys seeing children with autism and other developmental difficulties and providing behavior support options, working with families and teachers to facilitate positive outcomes.

      Hester also offers individual therapy to parents dealing with their own issues including stress, anxiety, depression, or grief/adjustment issues.

      Personal Information:

      • Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists
      • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
      • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology – Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London
      • BSc Hons Psychology – Open University, UK (1st class)
      • BA Hons Modern History – University of Oxford

      Hester is available to consult Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please note Hester is retiring in 2023 and will no longer be taking on new clients.

    • Caitlin Lord
      Clinical Psychologist

      Caitlin Lord

      Clinical Psychologist

      Caitlin is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with experience and a passion for helping children and adolescents build coping skills and achieve goals, and uplifting their support systems.

      Caitlin provides specialised assessment and tailored intervention plans and recommendations for a variety of presentations, including Autism Spectrum differences, ADHD and ODD, specific learning challenges, intellectual disabilities, and giftedness, as well as emotional diagnoses. She endeavours to take an affirming approach to neurodiversity, helping families advocate for their child, and understand and celebrate their unique qualities. She aims to help children, adolescents, and their support systems make informed decisions with how they interact with the world around them.

      Caitlin is trained in evidence-based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is a trained provider of the Secret Agent Society group program, including the new digital format. Caitlin also has training in evidence-based frameworks including the DNA-V model (ACT and positive psychology), Mindfulness, Superflex, and the Zones of Regulation. Caitlin offers individual and group-based interventions using these frameworks and techniques to identify a child’s strengths, and support them through challenges including social-communication and social skills difficulties, anxiety, depression, and anger, and challenges with problem-solving and flexible thinking.

      Caitlin also offers parenting sessions using frameworks including Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Collaborative Proactive Solutions, and Positive Behaviour Support. Caitlin takes a holistic approach to interventions, including understanding attachment dynamics, and the impact of life events on a child’s development. Caitlin strives to ensure parents she works with receive compassion, empathy, and flexibility when supporting their children through their development.

      Caitlin obtained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Macquarie University and a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She is a registered service provider under the Australian Government’s Better Outcomes for Mental Health Care program (Medicare).

      Personal Information:

      • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours Class 2:1) (Macquarie University)
      • Masters of Clinical Psychology (ACAP)
      • Member of the Australian Psychological Society

      Caitlin is available to consult with clients on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays.

    • Roanna Chan
      Clinical Psychologist

      Roanna Chan

      Clinical Psychologist

      Roanna is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist who provides a warm and collaborative space for children and families to explore challenges and develop new skills. She has a particular interest in enriching parent-child relationships and working with the whole family.

       Roanna has experience working with children, teens, and families in assessment and treatment of anxiety (OCD, social anxiety, generalised worry, phobias), depression, emotion regulation, oppositional behaviours, attention and adjustment difficulties. She draws on a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Roanna has a particular interest in childhood anxiety and runs the ‘Cool Kids for Anxiety’ program after training at Sydney Children’s Hospital. In addition, Roanna is certified to conduct developmental assessments for neuro-diverse populations, including Autism and ADHD.

      Roanna also offers individual therapy to older adolescents and parents who may be experiencing their own life stressors such as depression, anxiety or adjustment issues.

      Roanna has a Masters of Clinical Psychology from Sydney University as well as a Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Hons) from the University of New South Wales. She has worked at headspace and within NSW Health Community settings. Roanna is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA).

      Personal Information:

      • Masters of Clinical Psychology (USYD)
      • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours Class 1), UNSW
      • Member of the Australian Psychological Society

      Roanna is available to consult on Mondays and Tuesdays. She currently runs the Cool Kids Program for kids with anxiety.
    • Madeleine Urquhart
      Provisional Psychologist

      Madeleine Urquhart

      Provisional Psychologist

      Madeleine is a Provisional Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Madeleine obtained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Macquarie University, graduating with first class honours. Madeleine is currently completing a Master of Professional Psychology through Macquarie Uni and is working towards general registration. Madeleine is passionate about helping children develop positive coping skills and supporting the family system.

      Madeleine is interested in anxiety-related disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, behavioural management, and parenting style management. Madeleine employs evidence-based frameworks and techniques to create individualised treatment plans. Madeleine is trained in providing therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Madeleine also runs the Lego Club, a social skills program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

      Personal Information:

      •  Bachelor of Psychology (Honours Class 1), Macquarie University.
      •  MA, Professional Psychology – Macquarie University

      Madeleine consults in the clinic on Thursdays and Saturdays and is under the supervision of Dr Simonne Cohen.  She is the primary facilitator of the Lego therapy program.

    • Isaac Dunn
      Provisional Psychologist

      Isaac Dunn

      Provisional Psychologist

      Isaac is a warm and friendly Provisional Psychologist who keeps an empathetic space for children and adolescents to explore difficulties and learn new skills. Isaac takes a collaborative approach and is passionate about helping children and families reach their goals. Isaac is completing the Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Macquarie University.

      Isaac has an interest in working with anxiety, social difficulties, and ADHD in groups, as well as supporting parents and teachers. Isaac has trained to deliver comprehensive cognitive assessments for ADHD and learning difficulties and is passionate about group-based work. Isaac runs Lego Club, an affirming social group for autistic children, and is trained in the Secret Agent Society (SAS).

       Isaac has completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and trauma-informed practice and is fully registered as a rehabilitation counsellor (MARSC). Isaac has experience working with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and adjustment-related difficulties. He has worked in specialist anxiety services, health and rehabilitation psychology, and with young people and students. Isaac’s current research focuses on providing CBT for various difficulties, including anxiety (generalised worry, OCD, social anxiety, phobias), depression, and emotion regulation.

      Personal Information:

      • Master of Clinical Psychology Candidate (UTS)
      • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Macquarie University)
      • Full Member of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC)
      • Associate Member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS)
      • Student Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)

      Isaac consults on a Saturday and school holidays.

    • Nicola Dillenbeck
      Provisional Psychologist

      Nicola Dillenbeck

      Provisional Psychologist

      Nicola is a Provisional Psychologist who has warm, trusting and collaborative relationship with her clients. She is passionate about supporting young people and their families to overcome any difficulties they face to help foster a rich and fulfilling life.

      Nicola has worked in the mental health sector for the last 8 years across a range of populations and in varying job roles. She has particular experience working with the LGBTQIA+ population and disordered eating and has worked supporting clients with a range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol misuse.

      Nicola uses a range of evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Her approach is client centred ensuring all clients receive a service that is tailored to their individual needs, history, and goals.

      Nicola is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) as a provisional psychologist and has completed her Master of Professional Psychology at Macquarie University.

      Personal Information:

      • Master of Professional Psychology (Macquarie University)
      • B.A. (Psychology, Gender Studies)
      • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)
      • Associate Member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS)

      Nicola consults via Tele-health on a Wednesdays and is under the supervision of Dr Simonne Cohen.