Meet the team

Sarah Gellatley
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

I see clients of all ages, down to primary school aged children. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, stress, goal setting, motivation.

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"You are capable of more than you know." 

 

(Available in Wollongong on Tues, Wed, Thurs)
 
 
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

I began my career in corporate psychology where I gained experience in team dynamics, workplace stress & grievances and performance management. Making a move to a more personal setting, I joined a team of experts from different fields looking to support and educate people wanting to improve their overall health, both physical and mental. This experience inspired me to view mental health treatment more holistically and brought me to Walk Different.

I strongly believe in the benefits of outdoor therapy and the opportunities to let go, learn & connect that come with it. The feeling of openness, the fresh air, the smells, the colours, the sounds - there is so much to appreciate and be inspired by in the outdoors.

I love seeing the courage it takes for people to open up about their worries & fears, to ask for help and then the smiles that appear when they realise they are stronger than they thought and there is hope for positive change in their lives.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I have been exposed to many different scenarios & approaches to helping people grow and change. The workplace setting can be very structured whereas personal therapy can be more free-flowing and conversational which I love. Most recently I have used Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness techniques. This approach is both simple and effective in its ability to improve awareness, focus & clarity. I’m a big fan.
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Adrian Comensoli
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

I have a special interest in substance use disorders, anger issues, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, stress, relationship issues, and life adjustment issues. I see teenage clients and older. 

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"Awareness precedes choice, and choice precedes results." 

 
(Available in Wollongong on Tuesday)
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

I gained a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Since then, I have worked with a wide range of client problems using multiple approaches. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. I have previously worked with clients presenting with substance use disorders in a residential setting, along with depression, anxiety, stress, anger issues, personality disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia and bipolar. I have worked with clients in both CBT and DBT group therapy and individual therapy sessions, where I have helped clients implement a range of evidence-based skills and strategies.

I like the fact that I can play a role in motivating someone to change. It's rewarding to see people make lots of gradual changes and recognising that every step is progress. I enjoy the diversity of the human experience and behaviour, and recognise that everyone holds a unique perspective of the world. I love being outside, the fresh air, its less confronting and that you can engage with the senses in a range of environments that can help shift one's perspective.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I am quite laid back, and I like to have a practical and hands on style that focuses on the solutions to the problem. Working with a wide range of mental health issues, I like to take a holistic approach and look at the client's problems within the context of their life circumstances.
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Mollie Snelling
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

I love seeing clients of all ages from 12 to over 100! I have a special interest in anxiety, depression and substance use disorders. I love travelling, the outdoors and (extra long) hikes.

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

-Louisa May Alcott

 

(Available in Wollongong on Mon, Tue, Thurs)

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

In recent years I have enjoyed working with teens and adults across a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, stress, gender issues, AD/HD, and PTSD. I love connecting with people and helping them to discover strengths they didn't know they had. I enjoy helping people learn how to better manage their mental health and transition from surviving to thriving.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I think what sets me apart is my love of reading and training focused on race, culture, and intergenerational trauma. I have also taken a less traditional route to psychology having started my studies overseas, and completing different Masters qualifications along the way.
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Michelle Wills
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

I love working with adults, teenagers and children! I have worked in Out of Home Care, Disabilities, Remote Indigenous Communities and Early Childhood Interventions. I love supporting people to set and work towards their goals. I also love the beach and birthday cake! 

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there."

-Rumi

 

(Available in Wollongong on Monday and Thursday)

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Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

I have been fortunate to work in Out of Home Care, with people with a disability, remote work in country NSW and early childhood intervention. Much of my experience is in working with people who are on the Autism spectrum. My favourite part about being a psychologist is supporting people to master areas of their lives that previously caused them concern. I love being outdoors because it is a better way to support the mind body connection, which is essential when we are focussing on our wellbeing.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I have worked extensively with adolescents who have anxiety and/or depression, ADHD and/or require social skills training. I am qualified to develop, run and review programs on sexuality and disability, the RAGE program for anger and CHILLAX program for ADHD.
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Hamish Simpson
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

I love the challenge of this profession. I like being able to make genuine connections with others. I've had experience with all ages from children to adults, as well as suicide and self-harm. I love all things sports...particularly F1 and Rugby league, as well as music, movies and travelling!

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"Just keep going. No feeling is final."

Rainer Maria Rilke

 

(Available in Wollongong on Monday and Friday)

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Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

I enjoy being able to visit the beautiful scenic locations that the Illawarra has to offer and spending time with friends outdoors. Being able to make genuine connections with others and feel that I am doing something to help is important to me in this profession. I have experience providing counselling to children, adolescents, and adults, and I have previously worked with young people at mild to moderate risk of suicide and self-harm. I have also provided behaviour support to NDIS participants previously. I have experience working with a range of mental health presentations, including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and ASD. I practice CBT and ACT interventions.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I have training in suicide prevention and behaviour support for challenging behaviours.
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Natasha Rodgers
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

Hi! I'm Natasha. My favourite part about being a psychologist is helping you make meaningful change in your life. I have extensive experience with adolescents and adults, especially in  the areas of trauma, PTSD,  anxiety disorders, mood and adjustment disorders. I love all things exercise, reading, and podcasts! Especially exploring new bushwalks, hikes or waterfalls.

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase."

Unknown

 

(Available in Wollongong on Tuesdays)

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Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

I love helping individuals create meaningful change in their lives and I enjoy being outside as it allows me to reset, exercise, relieve stress, ground to the present and makes me feel free. My experience extends across multiple presentations including trauma (PTSD/cPTSD), anxiety and related disorders, mood disorders, adjustment to life stressors, personality vulnerabilities and complex grief and loss. I have experience in both the public and private sector working individually and in groups.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I am trained in Cognitive processing therapy and have recieved extensive supervision in conducting imaginal and in-vivo exposure. I completed my Master of Clinical Psychology which had a strong foundation of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and taught skills across multiple presentations. Throughout masters I also developed skills in ACT and DBT treatment modalities which has been complimented through placement experiences and my work at South Coast Private for the last year. I have completed further professional development in DBT to facilitate my development in this treatment modality and have further learning goals to expand on ACT and Schema therapy over the next 12-months.
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Dr Martin Daly
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

I enjoy seeing clients aged from 16 and older. My primary areas of focus include depression, anxiety, stress, attachment issues, emotional difficulties, trauma-related disorders, and alternative relationship styles. 

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"To gain true control over your feelings you must be prepared to face yourself with compassion and care." 

 
 
 
(Available in Cronulla on Thursdays)

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Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

I find it an absolute privilege to be invited into people's inner world of thoughts and feelings.I have an academic background, having taught psychology at university since 2003. I began clinical work in 2014, working with a diverse range of clients in private practice. I have also had experience working in the aged care and disability sectors. Nature is where I relax and re-set. I've been a keen bushwalker for most of my life and feel a strong pull to get out into nature on a regular basis.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I have a particular interest in helping clients to better understand themselves, in supporting adults who experienced difficulties in their family life during childhood, and in assisting clients who are experiencing 'eco-anxiety'.I also approach therapy from a sex/kink-positive mindset and am open to working with clients exploring or engaged in alternative relationship forms (consentual non-monomany, monogamish, polyamory, etc).

I appreciate that while some people can move quickly through therapy, others need to take it slow. As such, I approach therapy with patience, and respect my clients' level of capacity for change. I also recognise that the therapeutic technique that works for one client may not work for another. I am dedicated to exploring treatment options with clients in order to identify the approach that will work best for them.
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Mollie Snelling
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

I love seeing clients of all ages from 12 to over 100! I have a special interest in anxiety, depression and substance use disorders. I love travelling, the outdoors and (extra long) hikes.

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

-Louisa May Alcott

 

(Available in Dapto on Fridays)

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

In recent years I have enjoyed working with teens and adults across a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, stress, gender issues, AD/HD, and PTSD. I love connecting with people and helping them to discover strengths they didn't know they had. I enjoy helping people learn how to better manage their mental health and transition from surviving to thriving.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I think what sets me apart is my love of reading and training focused on race, culture, and intergenerational trauma. I have also taken a less traditional route to psychology having started my studies overseas, and completing different Masters qualifications along the way.
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Michelle Wills
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

I love working with adults, teenagers and children! I have worked in Out of Home Care, Disabilities, Remote Indigenous Communities and Early Childhood Interventions. I love supporting people to set and work towards their goals. I also love the beach and birthday cake! 

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there."

-Rumi

 

 

(Available in Shellharbour on Tuesdays)

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

I have been fortunate to work in Out of Home Care, with people with a disability, remote work in country NSW and early childhood intervention. Much of my experience is in working with people who are on the Autism spectrum. My favourite part about being a psychologist is supporting people to master areas of their lives that previously caused them concern. I love being outdoors because it is a better way to support the mind body connection, which is essential when we are focussing on our wellbeing.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I have worked extensively with adolescents who have anxiety and/or depression, ADHD and/or require social skills training. I am qualified to develop, run and review programs on sexuality and disability, the RAGE program for anger and CHILLAX program for ADHD.
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Natasha Rodgers
Psychologist

Tell us a bit about you?

Hi! I'm Natasha. My favourite part about being a psychologist is helping you make meaningful change in your life. I have extensive experience with adolescents and adults, especially in  the areas of trauma, PTSD,  anxiety disorders, mood and adjustment disorders. I love all things exercise, reading, and podcasts! Especially exploring new bushwalks, hikes or waterfalls.

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

"Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase."

Unknown

 

(Available in Camden on Mondays)

Book Online
 
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what you love about the role?

I love helping individuals create meaningful change in their lives and I enjoy being outside as it allows me to reset, exercise, relieve stress, ground to the present and makes me feel free. My experience extends across multiple presentations including trauma (PTSD/cPTSD), anxiety and related disorders, mood disorders, adjustment to life stressors, personality vulnerabilities and complex grief and loss. I have experience in both the public and private sector working individually and in groups.

What about your training sets you apart from the rest?

I am trained in Cognitive processing therapy and have recieved extensive supervision in conducting imaginal and in-vivo exposure. I completed my Master of Clinical Psychology which had a strong foundation of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and taught skills across multiple presentations. Throughout masters I also developed skills in ACT and DBT treatment modalities which has been complimented through placement experiences and my work at South Coast Private for the last year. I have completed further professional development in DBT to facilitate my development in this treatment modality and have further learning goals to expand on ACT and Schema therapy over the next 12-months.
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