Kellie Knapton Director and Psychologist
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology), University of Western Sydney
Postgraduate Diploma (Psychology), University of Western Sydney
Kellie has been working in the field for over fifteen years and holds degrees from The University of Western Sydney. She has an extensive background in implementing early intervention programs for children with developmental delays such as Autism, Asperger’s and PDD-NOS. As a proud mum of three, Kellie understands the demands of a modern family – her passion lies in collaborating with families to provide flexible and tailored programs for children.
Kellie created Cherished Minds from a strong value system and desire to create a safe and happy place for clients and their families to talk about their struggles, share their successes and learn how to improve their overall health and well-being through creating long lasting change in their lives.
Tanu Sharma Psychologist
Masters of Arts in Psychology at Panjab, University
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology, Panjab University
Tanu has completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology and then went on to complete a Master’s of Arts in Psychology. She is registered with AHPRA and has over 7 years’ experience working with a very diverse range of clients and presentations. Tanu has worked in a variety of settings, providing individual and group therapies and has experience working with people from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Tanu is passionate about working with children, adolescents and families and places great importance on building strong and caring therapeutic partnerships. She has particular interest in working with children and families with developmental disabilities, and has a specific interest in early intervention. She also enjoys working with children who experience anxiety and low moods and uses a variety of evidence -based therapeutic interventions.
Neenu Karim Psychologist
Master of Science in Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Medical Psychology
Neenu is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience in working with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, in all age groups. She is multi-lingual and has great ability to establish and maintain a positive working alliance with clients.
Neenu has keen interest in working with young people. She has experience in working with children and adolescents in different clinical and school settings across Sydney in conducting psychological and academic assessments and providing intervention for children’s social, emotional and behavioural issues.
Anil Kaushik Psychologist
Diploma of Applied Hypnosis, College of Medical Hypnosis, Westmead NSW
Anil has 27 years’ experience as a psychologist. He completed his psychology degree from the University of Newcastle. Anil has experience working in NSW Health in both Mental Health and Community Health. In the Community Health setting, Anil worked in Child and Family teams and has much experience and a special interest in this area of psychology.
While he works in a thoroughly professional and ethical manner, he engages well with clients and is quick to develop rapport and establish a connection with people that enhances the therapy process.
Anil is a popular psychologist amongst his peers and his warm nature and sense of humour make him the perfect choice as a counsellor. He understands very well the experiences people have on their journey through life and he can help add clarity to situations based not only on evidence-based theory, but through practical experience as well.
Jelena Djukic Psychologist
Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Western Sydney
Diploma of Community Services from the Welfare institute of TAFE
Jelena speaks four languages including English, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian
Jelena’s passion since the beginning of her career has been developmental and educational psychology. Jelena has extensive experience in early intervention and assessment. Jelena has facilitated paediatrics clinics in partnership with NSW area Health across Liverpool, Bankstown, Campbelltown and Alexandria areas for over 6 years.
Jelena enjoys working with children who present with anxiety and/or behavioural difficulties, and has extensive experience on how to work collaboratively with parents to ensure good relationships are established for the whole family.
Victoria Do Psychologist
Bachelor of Psychology from University of Western Sydney
Victoria is a warm and empathetic clinician with a strong passion in working with children of all ages, supporting them with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. She has experience working in clinic settings as well as in numerous schools across Sydney, in a way that is evidence-based yet also tailored to the individual. Victoria also has extensive experience in administering psychometric assessments and facilitating group programs for social skills (3+ years) and anxiety management.
Victoria has a special interest in early intervention, working with children with developmental delays such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is trained in ABA therapy and is able to guide parents with strategies to achieving expected milestones in learning, behaviour and play. She is skilled in working with varying levels of expressive language including non-verbal children, and is able to support development in functional communication.
Jini Varghese Psychologist
Jini completed her Post Graduate qualifications in Psychology and began her psychotherapeutic work in 2007 and since then she has worked, both internationally and nationally, in the diverse field of health services including both adults and children. The years of experience has enabled Jini to become equipped to various psychotherapeutic skills which are crucial to building an effective therapeutic relationship and creating safety.
Jini gives a lot of emphasis on the evidence based therapeutic modalities and utilise relevant skills and expertise to promote change. With the core belief in humanistic psychology, Jini looks at an individual holistically and recognises the innate goodness in everyone which is critical to building personal agency. This philosophy motivates Jini to attain a strength-based attitude, making the therapeutic work, with both children and adults, more effective. Trauma work has been a significant part of Jini’s diverse work profile. Jini utilises the trauma informed approach in assisting individuals to regulate their emotions and to deal with its cognitive and psychological impacts. Jini is passionate about working with various complexities that arise in her work with children and adults.
Patrick El-Kazzi Psychologist
Diploma in Psychology from Western Sydney
Patrick’s passion working with children and adolescents started at a young age. Whether this be a member of his School Representative Counsel to help the student body or tailoring his career to best serve children and adolescents, he knew he wanted to help children and their families from the very start.
Through a warm and collaborative approach, Patrick help’s his clients find a healthy perception of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can take responsibility of their life. He acknowledges that there is no single approach for every individual. He prioritizes building a healthy and professional rapport with all clients in order to administer a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Patrick’s educational background includes a Diploma in Psychology from Western Sydney University and more than two years practical experience in the field. He has furthered his knowledge through a range of accredited courses and has extensive experience in individual and group therapy (PALS, Secret Agents Society, Take Actions and Zones of Regulation) alongside psychometric assessments. He has a special interest in working with children with depression, anxiety, developmental delays and Autism.
Patrick speaks fluent Arabic and welcomes clients who may require therapy delivered in this language.
Dayanna Grageda Provisional Psychologist
Dayanna is a Provisional Psychologist undertaking her 5th year of study and training in psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at UNSW and is currently undertaking her Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Dayanna is passionate about taking a client-centered approach to therapy. Her colleagues describe her as enthusiastic, warm, and caring in nature, with a natural connection with children.
During her placement at the UTS Psychology Training Clinic, she conducted mental health, cognitive and learning assessments on adult and child clients using evidence-based tools. She also developed and delivered parent training services for child/family clients.