Our Team

Director and Psychologist

Lizzie Sulikowski  

Qualification:

Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology.

Leading the team is Lizzie Sulikowski who is a registered child psychologist. She loves helping both children and families to reach lasting results. For over 8 years she has been working with children with Autism spectrum disorder, selective mutism, challenging behaviours, anxiety, depression and learning difficulties.

Her expertise in comprehensive cognitive/psycho-educational assessments combined with her caring nature, provides help and guidance to those in need. She has experience working with children through to adults needing an ASD Diagnosis, ADD/ADHD and Learning Difficulties among other assessments.

Lizzie believes in the importance of strong rapport and making sessions engaging which is demonstrated using games, activities, role plays, imagination and art therapy techniques. 

Expertise:

  • Assessments
  • Interventions
  • Selective mutism
  • Therapy in the areas of autism
  • Attention difficulties
  • Diagnosis disclosure
  • Learning disorders in particular dyslexia
  • Giftedness
  • Anxiety disorders 

Psychologist

Phoebe Detering

Qualification:

  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Masters of Professional Psychology

Phoebe is a registered psychologist who has a warm, empathetic and collaborative approach to treatment. She seeks to gain an in-depth understanding of each client and focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship. Phoebe uses a client-centered approach and applies a variety of evidence based interventions to facilitate positive change. Phoebe has experience working with clients across the lifespan and from diverse backgrounds. She has expertise in Assessments and Interventions for a wide variety of disorders and difficulties including, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, social difficulties, ADHD and addictive behaviours.

 

Expertise:

Phoebe’s experience includes working with both children and adult clients. The range of therapies used include:

  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Social Skills Training
  • Supportive Psychotherapy

Psychologist

Dr Esther Chan (Man Ching)

Qualification:

  • PhD (Educational Psychology)
  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Science (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology).

Expertise:

Ever since Esther volunteered in a paediatric ward in a Hong Kong hospital at a young age, she has been passionate about helping children and families to feel connected to the community. As a  registered psychologist trained in educational and developmental psychology, Esther takes a holistic and systems approach in her practice, with a particular interest in early childhood literacy (her PhD research area). She loves supporting children and families and learning together.

Psychologist

Shiu Sum (Esther) Chan

Qualification;

  • Master of Educational Psychology

 

Shiu Sum enjoys working with children and their parents. She has 13 years of experience working as a special education teacher for children with autism and is passionate about supporting neurodiverse individuals. As a registered psychologist Shiu Sum has experience in comprehensive psycho-educational assessments and interventions for children with learning difficulties, anxiety, and emotional regulation difficulties. She draws on a variety of evidence-based interventions to assist children in reaching their full potential and build on their strengths to overcome challenges.

Esther can speak fluent Mandarin and Cantonese and has experience working with families from diverse cultural backgrounds.

 

Expertise:

  • Assessments
  • Interventions
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Selective mutism
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Emotional regulation difficulties

Adminstration Support AND SOCIAL SKILLS INSTRUCTOR

Amy Davis

Qualification;

  • Honours of Psychology

Amy is currently finishing her last honour’s semester and hopes to pursue a Master of Clinical Psychology next year. Amy currently runs the social skills groups on Saturday and works on our administration team through the week.

She has numerous volunteering experience:

  • school mentor
  • Leader in holiday programs and camps
  • Summer art director
  • Music director
  • Core team support
  • Youth worker and creche leader.

Amy loves to work  with children, adolescence, and adults, helping to unlock their potential, build resilience, and improve their wellbeing.

Counsellor and SOCIAL SKILLS INSTRUCTOR

Imre Veszely

Qualification;

  • Grad. Dip in Education
  • BA Social Science
  • Dip. Counselling

Imre is a qualified teacher with 6 years experience and a further 2 years working as a support worker. He has worked with extended families as a support worker and currently counsels and runs socials skills programs on Saturday’s.

Imre’s primary passion is to seek former, reserved and reluctant individuals to embrace change and to thrive

Volunteering experience:

  • Careline connections

 

Adminstration Support

Jessica Schmidt

Qualification;

  • Bachelors and Honours in Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma in family counselling.Jess has just joined Silverlinings working on our Administration team and hopes to pursue a Master of Psychology next year.

    Jess also works for a non-profit organisation facilitating family discussions around emotional resilience and the challenges kids face when growing up.

    Volunteering experience:

    • Counselling for women and young people in crisis
    • Social skills support
    • Disability support

    Jess loves getting to know kids, teenagers and adults and supporting them in finding their strongest, most courageous and resilient self.

PRACTICE Manager

Mark Sulikowski  

Qualification:

Diploma of counselling

Mark is the Practice Manager of the Silverlinings Psychology. He has had previous management experience in various sectors, as well as having the opportunity to work with children through Berry street. Furthermore, he really values his current role working in a field that helps and supports children and families to experience positive outcomes.