Alison Nipperess – Principal Psychologist
An honours graduate from the University of NSW, Alison has been working as a psychologist for the past 12 years. She is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society and is also currently undertaking her Clinical Masters degree.
Over the years Alison has worked in many fields of psychology, including psychological assessment and counselling, organisational consulting and training, as well as working with children and families.
In 2006, Alison co-founded the International Resilience Institute of Sydney (IRIS), and has developed and run a number resilience programs for individuals and corporations across Australia and the Asia Pacific. Alison is still involved in IRIS, albeit from a distance, following her tree change to beautiful Mudgee.
In her private practice Alison offers a practical and compassionate approach, with a proven capability to facilitate powerful changes in others, and to enable people to confront and manage life’s challenges in a positive and calm way. Alison is skilled in clinical assessment of both adults and children and adopts a therapeutic approach that will best suit the individual and this may include cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, interpersonal therapy, behaviour activation therapy, psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy.
Working with children and adolescents is also an area that Alison is passionate about. She works with children who are suffering with anxiety or depression, children who have been traumatised, or children with disorders such as ADHD, Autism/Aspergers, OCD, ODD and attachment disorders. Alison is able to offer assessment as well as therapy services.
Alison is also able to work with parents in developing strategies for managing children with difficult behaviours or emotion regulation difficulties.
Amy Penney – Psychologist
Amy began working with Mudgee Psychology in 2012 after completing her honours degree in psychology at Charles Sturt University. Amy started off on a very different career path, she initially worked in event management which gave her the opportunity to work on some exciting major sporting events such as Olympic games and worlds cups both here and overseas. After a move to Mudgee in 2004 to start a family Amy revaluated her career path and her interest in psychology prompted formal study in this area.
Since beginning her internship with Mudgee Psychology Amy has worked with many clients with a range of mental health issues under the ATAPS funded program for psychological treatment. Amy has specific training in cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Amy also works with couples in counselling and is able to achieve positive relationship changes and develop individual skills for better communication and relationship functioning.
Cas Taylor – Psychologist
Cas is a Psychologist with 13 years experience working in correctional services and community mental health settings in metropolitan, rural and remote areas of NSW.
Cas is experienced in assessing individuals who have found themselves in contact with the criminal justice system. She is highly regarded in this field and has written reports for parole boards, courts, serious offender review council, various tribunals, and consultancy reports for a range of government agencies.
Cas is able to build rapport with a variety of client populations and is experienced in dealing with difficult and complex client presentations, in both assessment and treatment contexts.
Cas has dealt extensively with offenders in treatment programs in relation to drug and alcohol abuse, violence treatment programs, behaviour modification programs, and issues with anger and aggression. Cas is also experienced in treatment maladaptive behaviours, suicidal ideation, personality disorders, and challenging presentations.
Joanne Ratcliffe – Clinical Psychologist
Joanne is a skilled and empathic clinician with over 20 years experience working with adults, children and adolescents and their families in public mental health teams. She has also worked in private practice and as a clinical supervisor at Macquarie University Psychology Clinic.
Joanne works in a variety of ways, tailoring treatment to the client and the difficulties they present with. She is committed to providing clients with evidence-based treatment and consulting with clients about their needs and expectations of therapy. Joanne is trained in CBT; ACT; DBT; IPT; family therapy and couple therapy.
Neville Shackleton – Provisional Psychologist
Neville recently joined Mudgee Psychology as a registered counsellor and is now registered as provisional Psychologist. Neville has completed his honours degree in psychology, academic training as a counsellor and currently in candidature for a graduate diploma in counselling for health and social care. He enjoys working with those experiencing relationship, workplace and general concerns and has experience working in crisis intervention, loss & grief, and supporting healthy lifestyle change. Neville is experienced in using teleconferencing (skype and adobe connect) for training, supervision and reaching those in remote areas or who are unable to access local services.
Prior to re-training in 2009, Neville has worked with individuals and groups in the fitness industry and has over 25 years’ experience in the ICT sector. Being an active athlete and coach when living in Sydney, he continues to have an interest in health and sports psychology with a focus towards weight management and supporting healthy lifestyle change.
Rachel Hart – Psychologist
Rachel is a registered psychologist with 17 years experience and has recently started at Mudgee Psychology. She has a forensic masters degree and has worked with adults, children and young people.
Rachel specialises in challenging and complex presentations including drug and alcohol abuse, personality disorders, anger and aggression, trauma, stress and coping. Rachel also has experience with family assessments and counselling, and healthy relationship skills.
Phillipa (Pip) Purkiss – Receptionist / Administration
Pip started working with Mudgee Psychology in 2014 and is involved in booking in client appointments, coordinating referrals, responding to enquiries about our services and general administration. Pip has extensive administration experience and customer service and she offers a professional, confidential and empathic approach to the administration of our practice.
Terrence Jennings – Receptionist / Administration
Terrence joined the practise early in 2015 and is involved in booking client appointments, coordinating referrals, responding to enquiries about our services and general administration. Terrence has over 15 years experience working in a variety of administration roles, such as events co-ordination, governance, project management and as an executive assistant. Terrence has qualifications in adult training, business administration and WHS. Terrence is a also a qualified educator with 25 years experience in both independent and public schools.
Matthew Nipperess – Practice Manager
Matthew and Alison took over Mudgee Psychology back in 2010 after making a tree-change from the Sydney. Matthew has a degree in Aerospace Engineering and has 13 years experience in software development, systems engineering. Mudgee Psychology benefits from Matthew’s lateral thinking, IT skills, business management and systems approach.
Matthew’s role with Mudgee Psychology sees him working behind the scenes on business management and on the frontline answering phones and managing our referral contracts. Matthew has implemented improved electronic practice systems and is currently working to develop new online services to enhance our ability to reach clients who are unable to travel.
Matthew was the key driver behind Mudgee Psychology’s successful application for funding under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program, which will allow Mudgee Psychology to expand the practice and deliver more comprehensive services in the near future.