Debra Sandford

B Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clinical)

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Debra uses a psychodynamic approach to therapy and in consultation with each client develops therapy to suit individual circumstances. Her training includes CBT, DBT, Mindfulness approaches, Parallel Parent Child Narrative, Circle of Security and also hypnotherapy techniques.

Debra’s past employment history includes working with CAMHS, an Early Childhood (0-5yrs) team, Adelaide Sleep Disorders Unit (Repatriation General Hospital), Glenside Hospital and in private practice.

Her approach is to work collaboratively with other health professionals to provide you with the best holistic care; she is also strongly committed to evidence based practice.

She has presented her research at international conferences, on radio and to interest groups.

Currently, Debra is enrolled at The University of Adelaide in the School of Medicine where she is working towards gaining a PhD. Her research is aimed at comprehensively looking at the psychological issues that affect people suffering with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) a rare lung disease.

Mia Charters
B Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clinical)
Psychologist (Clinical Registrar)
Andrea Garde
B Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clinical)
Psychologist (Clinical Registrar)
Sarah Austin
Practice Secretary

Mia has gained extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both private practice and private psychiatric hospital settings. 

Mia utilises several models of therapy to help the clients she works with to achieve the best possible outcomes, they include but are not restricted to CBT, DBT and Schema Therapy. Mia enjoys working with people suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders and other psychotic illnesses.

Mia has published several pieces of original research, where she was primary researcher, she continues to have ongoing research interests.

Andrea has worked across a range of settings including community mental health clinics and private practice. Her maturity and gentle nature ensure clients feel safe, and at ease throughout the therapeutic journey.

Andrea accepts referrals for adult and adolescent clients.

Andrea has extensive experience working with individuals suffering from mental health difficulties such as schizophrenia, bi-polar, drug and alcohol misuse, and personality disorders. Andrea also has experience assessing and treating issues such as depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and grief and adjustment difficulties.

She draws on evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness-based interventions and self-compassion teachings, depending on clients’ needs.

Sarah is our wonderful practice secretary, who helps keep all of us organised and on track. Sarah is likely to be the first voice you will hear when you call our practice and is also likely to be the first person you see when you come in for an appointment. Her friendly, helpful nature usually helps everyone feel comfortable and at ease. She will be able to answer most of your questions in regard to psychological services and is a wizzes when it comes to wrangling Medicare. 

If it is during football season, you may even be lucky enough to have a spirited conversation about who is going to win over the weekend.