Insight Psychology Group

Sava Tsolis

Sava Tsolis is the founder and principal Clinical Psychologist at Insight Psychology Group with several years experience working in public and private settings. His qualifications are a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from Macquarie University and a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales.

Sava works with a range of issues in adults across the life span including

  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders (social anxiety, specific phobias, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder) ,
  • Depression
  •  Bipolar disorder
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  •  Relationship issues
  • Stress and stress management
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem
  • Separation and divorce
  • Adult survivors of abuse
  •  Gambling problems
  •  Bullying and victimisation
  • Coping and communication

Sava also has had experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, behavioural problems and social skills deficits. He has run group programs in the past that focus specifically on anxiety disorders and social skills training in younger children. Sava also works on issues associated with parenting including parent retraining.

Sava has received specialist training and experience working with Anxiety Disorders at the Anxiety Research Unit and Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, a leading anxiety treatment and research centre. The anxiety disorders and issues that Sava works with include social anxiety, panic attacks and panic disorder, generalised anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, public speaking fears and other anxiety-related difficulties.

In addition to private practice, Sava currently holds the position of principal Clinical Psychologist of the Oncology and Colorectal units at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital. Sava also has extensive experience in the area of Chronic Pain Management as a result of his work in the Concord Pain Clinic. This highly challenging area continues to be a major interest for him.

As a therapist Sava seeks to work sensitively with his clients, embedding his therapeutic approaches in a relationship of trust and support.

 In therapy, Sava draws on a broad range of evidence-based psychological treatments including

*      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

*      Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

*      Schema Focused Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.

His experience with an extensive range of therapeutic modalities allows Sava to adopt an integrative approach to therapy that is flexible and relevant. Sava tailors his treatments to suit each person and their goals, in order to cultivate a personalised service that resonates with the individual and their unique needs.

Sava is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, and has specialist endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. Sava is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science Network.

 

 

 

Ellen Nolan

Ellen’s qualifications are a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, from the University of Western Sydney, and a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from the University of New England. In addition to her academic qualifications, Ellen has specific training and experience working with eating disorders, and she has a number of years experience as a hospital-based group therapist working with eating disorders and comorbid issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, perfectionism and low self-esteem.

Ellen’s areas of expertise and interest include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Adjustment to life events
  • Challenges and change
  • Relationship issues such as relationships with partners, friends, colleagues, or family;
  • Adolescent issues
  • Depression and other mood difficulties
  • Grief and bereavement; parenting issue
  • Body dysmorphic concerns;
  • Alcohol, drug and gambling problems;
  • Stress management and life balance;
  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders;
  • Life enhancement/values related work.

Ellen is an insightful and supportive therapist, skilled at adapting her therapeutic approach to each individual’s needs and objectives. She works to empower clients to better deal with their stresses and difficulties and is committed to ongoing professional development in order to consistently provide benchmark treatments for her clients.

Ellen is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. She works primarily within a cognitive behavioural framework, and also has expertise in acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational enhancement therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy.


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