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Meet the Wellness HQ team

At Wellness HQ we understand finding the right counsellor for you is important in your therapy journey. Click on our friendly faces below to get to know us more!

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Julieanne Ryan - Principal Psychologist and Director

 

Julieanne is a registered psychologist with over 12 years’ experience counselling in primary and secondary public-school settings and in private practice. Originally a High School teacher for 20 years, Julieanne has a sound understanding of the challenges children, adolescents, and families encounter. 

Julieanne is an empathic and compassionate person who recognises that all people have strengths, and a right to be heard and to experience respect and safety.  

With extensive clinical training in a range of evidenced based therapies, Julieanne collaborates with clients to find what may be helpful for them.  

In her spare time, Julieanne loves spending time with her sons, family and friends, and walking the family border collie. Julieanne enjoys reading fiction novels and researching latest scientific findings on the impacts of trauma on the brain and evolving effective strategies that assist people to heal and to live full and valued lives.

 

Qualifications:​

Bachelor of Social Science, Psychology Honours, Charles Sturt University, (BSC, Psy Hons); Bachelor of Arts, Majors in English and History, Diploma of Education, University of New South Wales, (BA, Dip Ed).

 

Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)  

Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Registration Number: PSY 0001809153

Currently Julieanne is not seeing new clients. Any changes to Julieanne’s availability will be placed on website.

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Elisa Ajuria - Wellness HQ Intern

Elisa is a Graduate Diploma in Counselling student at ACAP, completing her internship with Wellness HQ. 

 

Elisa is kind, gentle, respectful, and passionate about helping people reach their most profound emotional well-being. Elisa is curious about all humans and their diversity and aims to assist clients in moving in their valued directions. She draws her inspiration from Stephen Porges’ assertion that “safety is much more than the absence of threat; it is the presence of connection”.

 

Elisa has training in various approaches to counselling with a particular interest in a person-centred approach in which the core conditions of therapy are imbued with empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard. She also aims to assist clients using a trauma and polyvagal-informed approach. 

 

Education

Graduate Diploma in Counselling – Australian College of Applied Professionals due for completion 2024

Master of Teaching (Primary) - University of Sydney - 2010

Bachelor of Arts -Major in Spanish and Latin American Studies & Sub-major in French - University of NSW -1995

Certificate in Migration Practice - Migration Agents Registration Course - (2001)

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Lucy Barrett - Wellness HQ Intern

 

Lucy Barrett is a counselling intern at Wellness HQ, completing her final qualifications with the Australian College of Applied Psychology. 

 

Her passion for counselling stems from understanding the significance of creating a safe, non-judgemental, trusted, and compassionate space for clients to explore their internal world.  

 

Most of us, at one time or another will experience difficulties with our thoughts and emotions, our behaviours, or our relationships.  

 

In working together we’ll build a therapeutic approach to understand, explore, and navigate your life. I will provide emotional support, insight, and self- reflection. Further we’ll seek to understand the various parts of you and offer space and meaning to those often ‘hidden aspects’ of self.

 

Lucy works with clients to build a therapeutic relationship that is based on developing a personalised approach for each client.  As an integrative therapist she will apply various models of therapy underpinned by a person-centred approach.  In this way you lead the change you are seeking.  You’re supported to develop new insight, self-acceptance, hope, healing, and empowerment to manage life’s challenges and create new possibilities. 

 

Warm and open-minded, Lucy enjoys being in nature, time with family and friends and a good book.  

 

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma Counselling (Completion 2024), Australian College of Applied Psychology; BA Honours Business Studies, University of Brighton, UK; Cert IV Doula Support Services 

Location

Wellness HQ is located in the heart of Double Bay at 15 Cross Street.

Walk through the Oasis and up the stairs.

Contact
Counselling Hours

Wednesdays

9:00am - 5:00pm

Julieanne is available during

business hours only (9:00am-5:00pm)

Emails and phone calls to her will be accessed during these hours.

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