'There is no such thing as a baby, there is a baby and someone'
Lifespan Psychology Centre has a growing team of clinicians, each with their own unique set of experiences and specialist skills.
All our clinicians describe their work with families and organisations in their brief biography, found below. For more information, you can contact an individual clinician, or send a general enquiry, using the details listed on the Contact Us page.
Dr. Lynn Priddis, PhD. Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
Dr. Matt Ruggiero, PhD. Counselling Psychologist
Dr. Raffaella Salvo, PhD. Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Dr. Shannon Byrne, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Stephanie O'Toole, Clinical Psychologist
Brooke Harvey, Clinical Psychologist
Lynsey Wood, Clinical Psychologist
Brooke Maddestra, Clinical Psychology Registrar
Jasmine Kieft, Clinical Psychologist Registrar
Lisa Haines, Senior Occupational Therapist on maternity leave
Kylin Woon, Senior Occupational Therapist
Mr. Andrew MacKinnon, Psychotherapist & Senior Occupational Therapist
Angela Bitney, Provisional Psychologist
DR. LYNN PRIDDIS PH.D.
My professional work covers many contexts; clinical psychology practice, training and speaking engagements for organisations and professional bodies, supervision for both individuals and groups as well as academic teaching, consultancy and research. My work is consistently underpinned by evidence-based frameworks: Attachment Theory, Mentalizing Based Treatment (MBT), as well as the relational framework of Infant – Early Childhood Mental Health. My central areas of expertise are in working with caregivers/parents and their infants, and in MBT. I have extensive expertise in these areas and am internationally accredited as a practitioner and supervisor in Mentalizing Based Treatment (MBT), and as a trainer in diagnosis in infants and young children using the international DC: 0-5 classification system.
In my clinical practice as well as caregiver-infant relationship therapy, I provide counselling and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families and have done so for several decades. I train and supervise other professionals working in these fields and consult with agencies in the area of perinatal and infant-early childhood mental health and in MBT.
DR. MATT RUGGIERO PH.D.
I completed my PhD in Counselling Psychology at Curtin University. In my clinical work I support children, adolescents, and adults who experience emotional instability, behave impulsively or aggressively, or experience significant difficulties in relationships. I am an internationally accredited practitioner and supervisor in Mentalizing Based Treatment (MBT), and have additional training in Attachment Theory and Psychodynamic approaches to intervention.
At Lifespan Psychology Centre I provide individual, family, and group intervention with a focus on treating adolescents with emerging personality disorder and parents/children engaging with Child Protection services. I supervise several clinical teams implementing MBT across Australia and was an external consultant for the implementation of MBT as a model of practice at the Perth Children’s Hospital Mental Health Inpatient unit.
I have taught developmental psychology and currently offer training and supervision for clinicians who wish to build their capacity to utilise a developmental, relational, and mentalizing-based framework in their work. In my teaching and supervision, I try to help clinicians to look beyond people's behaviour to see the underlying motivations, hopes, feelings and fears that produce the actions and responses that we all see. I am a current member of the WA Health Department Personality Disorder steering committee.
DR. RAFFAELLA SALVO PH.D.
I have 25 years experience as a clinical psychologist and psychodynamic psychotherapist specialised in working with parent-infants, children and adolescents. I work also with adult clients who seek support to get a deeper understanding of their personality and their way of relating to others. I hold a doctorate from the University of Padua - Italy and completed part of my doctoral studies at the Anna Freud Centre in London - UK. I am a senior lecturer in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health and Clinical Psychology postgraduate courses at Edith Cowan University.
I bring into my practice my experience as a clinician, consultant, supervisor and lecturer/trainer of other professionals/students as well as my dedication to the well being of my young patients and their families. I strive to offer an attachment and trauma informed practice based on deep listening and commitment to my clients and their emotional needs.
I am fully bilingual (Italian and English).
DR. SHANNON BYRNE
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist with a PhD and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. My intention in clinical work is to help people make sense of difficult and painful experiences in a way that feels safe and supported. I help people to understand why they think, feel and behave in the ways that they do and to find ways to navigate life difficulties.
I have worked in public and private hospital and community settings with parents and infants, adults and groups. I am an internationally accredited Infant Mental Health Practitioner. I have focused my attention in this area for the past ten years, working with people who experience difficulties relating to pregnancy and the postnatal period. The theoretical models that inform my work include parent-infant psychotherapy, attachment theory, mentalization based treatment, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness.
I am an AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor and provide supervision in private practice and university settings. I have worked on research projects across several settings, primarily to develop screening measures to facilitate prevention and early intervention and evaluate the effectiveness of group, dyadic and individual therapy.
I come to Lifespan with experience across both the private and public sectors, specifically in the fields of child development and early trauma. My practice draws from a relational and trauma-informed therapeutic approach, and I am increasingly implementing mentalization-based treatment in my work with children and families.
I offer play therapy, which provides young children with a space to share and organise their inner world of complex feelings. I can also help parents/carers to explore their own experiences and the impact this may be having on their children (termed Reflective Parenting).
I have completed training in trauma processing therapy (EMDR) specifically for children (both using the standard protocol and also interwoven with play-therapy), and utilise this approach to support clients who have experienced preverbal trauma
I began my career working with adolescents and other vulnerable people in crisis support and accommodation services. After working in the environment sector, I realised that person-focused work is where I thrive. I have joined Lifespan Psychology Centre as a Clinical Psychology Registrar to offer individualised support to people across the lifespan.
My interest and special skills lie in working with parents and families - navigating antenatal, perinatal, and infant mental health. My work is relational and trauma-informed. I think each person and every family must be understood uniquely and deeply for this is the first essential step if we are to meet your individually-tailored treatment needs.
I am a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with over 10 years of experience working therapeutically with children and adolescents. I have worked in government, drug and alcohol, hospital, not for profit, and private practice settings. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy, and Group Therapy. I also conduct research into Emotion.
At Lifespan Psychology Centre I work across the lifespan; infant-mother dyads, children, adolescents, adults, and families. I work interpersonally and provide a warm and empathic approach to therapy. I believe that everyone is a unique individual and I seek to deeply understand people and their circumstances in order to adapt to meet their therapeutic needs.
(on maternity leave) I am a Senior Occupational Therapist with experience in disability service provision, hospitals, schools, day cares, and private practice. Having decided to specialise in work with young children and their families, I completed a Masters in Infant Mental Health at Edith Cowan University.
Now, I largely work with families experiencing relational upset caused by child social or emotional problems, gross and fine motor delays, sensory processing differences, sleep disturbances, mealtime battles, toileting troubles, or difficulty feeling close with one another. I work with a relational focus, understanding that the well being of a child and the well being of the family go hand-in-hand. I am also a paediatric massage consultant.
My clients are eligible for Medicare, private health fund, and/or NDIS rebates for services (self managed plans).
I have extensive experience in working in private, government and not for profit settings, with a particular interest in working with children and families affected by relational and developmental trauma. I strive to maintain an attachment and trauma-informed approach, and seek to deeply understand the experience of the children and families I meet.
Much of my work is centered on supporting children (particularly school-aged) and families who experience functional difficulties in areas including school engagement, interacting with friends and family, or participating in daily routines. I also bring consideration of the impact of the child’s experience, including that of motor development, sensory processing, social emotional skills, and relational experiences within this.
My clients are eligible for Medicare rebates (Enhanced Primary Care and/or Better Access to Mental Health), NDIS funding (self-managed plans only), or private health rebates.
MR. ANDREW MACKINNON
I am a Psycho-analytic Psychotherapist (Group Analyst) and Occupational Therapist with 20 years of experience of supporting people to live lives that have meaning and purpose in the context of mental health issues. I understand that each patient is unique and equipped with their own strengths that have helped them navigate life. I aim to build on these strengths and foster a reflective capacity in my patients that means that their lives and relationships run more smoothly and they are able to obtain more of what it is they desire from life.
I have specialised in supporting patients who have experienced a difficult start in life in some way. This includes attachment disruptions such as separation, loss or inconsistencies from attachment figures or trauma such as abuse and neglect.
My therapeutic stance is characterised by a warm, empathic and compassionate curiosity to get to know and understand my patients.
Through my work I am able to offer a reparative experience through which an understanding can be arrived at together about how the events of one’s early life can shape our lives today, even in ways we may not be consciously aware. It is through the development of this reflective capacity that change is possible.