The Provisional Psychologist Hub was founded by Leza Sullivan and Susie Upton in 2018. Having both completed the 4+2 program themselves they understand how challenging it can be to obtain valuable experience and how anxiety-provoking it can be in your early career. The Provisional Psychologist Hub has grown to a team of highly experienced Board Approved Supervisors that offer our supervisees a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon.
At Provisional Psychologist Hub we are passionate about developing provisional psychologists skills, knowledge and confidence to allow them to meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and ultimately obtain full registration. The Provisional Psychologist Hub aims to provide a supportive environment, minimising the barriers of finding supervision, suitable professional development and access to psychometric assessments.
The Provisional Psychologist Hub provides all-inclusive memberships to ensure provisional psychologists meet the minimum PsychBA requirements of professional development and supervision. We are able to guide you from the beginning steps of writing your Internship Program Plan for the PsyBA all the way through your internship to Assessment of Competence for your application for general registration.
Depending on your needs we also provide short-term access to supervision or professional development. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss further. We look forward to assisting you to reach your goal of becoming a psychologist!
Meet our team
Co-Founder and Practice Owner
Leza is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Leza has over 14 years of experience working with children, adolescents, parents, families and adults across the private, non profit and government sectors. Leza is also a Board Approved Supervisor and has extensive experience supervising provisional psychologists, registered psychologists, other health professionals (support workers, social workers) and large teams.
Leza commenced her career in 2004 working as a provisional psychologist under the 4+2 program. Her first role was for a non-profit organisation where she was tasked with the entire set up and operation of a community counselling service. This job, which was the steepest learning curve in her career set her up to go onto manage large teams and eventually co-own a large group practice in Brisbane that has over 30 team members across 3 locations. Leza has had a varied career working therapeutically with clients across the lifespan and has held positions within a private paediatric practice conducting diagnostic assessments, within a trauma focused organisation, in work rehabilitation, as a school counsellor, and has held many senior management positions including National Operations Manager before opening Child Aware in 2013.
Leza is passionate about ethical and evidence based practice but equally about supporting those in the early stages of their careers to feel supported whilst learning the skills, and knowledge to become fully registered psychologist. Leza recalls her own experience of being a provisional psychologist to ensure that adequate support and guidance is provided. Leza has a special interest in trauma informed treatment and psychometric assessment, including for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorder, Intellectual Disability and other difficulties affecting children.Contact Leza
B.Psych (Hons), MAPS
Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Co-Founder and Practice Owner
Susie Upton is a generally registered Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. A graduate from Griffith University holding a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours, Susie chose to undertake the 4+2 pathway to achieve general registration. Susie’s motivation and passion lead her to undertake 2 years of supervised psychological practice developing competence and confidence working with children, young people, parents, adults and families.
Commencing her psychology career in a vocational rehabilitation role Susie learnt the importance of time management and communication skills when working with adults experiencing a mental illness. Following this, Susie challenged herself working with homeless young parents and their children in inner Brisbane. She had many invaluable experiences in rapport building, working alongside the child protection system, working with young people affect by trauma and experiencing substance abuse. During this role Susie leant the importance of boundaries, teamwork and supportive supervision. Throughout her career Susie has practiced within the private and non-for-profit sectors first undertaking private practice in 2010 - 2012 specialising in children and adolescent counselling intervention. In 2012, a move back into the non-for-profit sector enabled Susie to work specifically with children, adolescents and adults affected by child sexual assault. As a Practice Supervisor and then Manager of south-east Queensland therapeutic services her role was to oversee and supervise counsellors, social workers, provisional psychologists and psychologists within 3 counselling services.
Susie’s passion has been to provide counselling intervention and training services within the child mental health sector as well as provide a bridge between the public and private sectors. In 2013 Susie co-founded Child Aware, a counselling and psychology service working with children, adolescents, parents and families. Susie, now the Clinical and Operations Manager of Child Aware, oversees the Brisbane based counselling service, which has 2 office locations and provides psychology services to over 160 clients each week.
Awards and Recognition
B. Behav. Sc (Hons Psych), MAPS
Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Vanessa is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a Board Approved Supervisor. Vanessa is a General Psychologist with over 10 year’s experience, working with children, adults, couples and families in a range of areas; including anxiety, depression, crisis/trauma, cancer care, confidence/self-esteem and adjustment difficulties, to assist with improving health and wellbeing. Vanessa assists parents with developing their parenting skills, including support with the management of social and behavioural difficulties with their children, family counselling and relationship counselling. Vanessa also has a background in working with veterans, long term unemployed and disability, employee assistance programs and work rehabilitation. Vanessa also enjoys providing supervision and development opportunities for psychologists, and manages provisional psychologists spanning the entire Country, to gain full registration.Contact Vanessa
Clinical Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Lauren is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a Board Approved Supervisor. With over 8 years experience, Lauren achieved full registration in 2013 and clinical endorsement in 2016. Lauren is also a certified practitioner of Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and a member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.
Lauren has a wide range of experience in a variety of roles that have included teaching, training, assessment, case management, clinical therapy, and advocacy. These roles have included worker’s compensation and vocational rehabilitation, adult mental health, trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault, child psychology, disability, weight management and chronic disease. Lauren’s passion lies in the overlap between traumatic stress issues and health psychology, and the factors involved in helping children and adults live their most successful life. As a result, Lauren currently works with individuals to assist with symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and trauma, family of origin/childhood trauma issues, chronic health or disability, family distress, workplace stress, and health behaviour change. Lauren utilises an eclectic blend of cognitive therapies and body based strategies to assist her clients to achieve positive outcomes.
Lauren was very lucky to receive a variety of great supervision during her training across all environments (university, workplaces, private practitioners) and as a result models the same support and guidance. Recently returned from Maternity Leave, Lauren currently works in Private Practice and provides supervision through the Provisional Psychologist Hub.Contact Lauren
B.Psych (Hons), MAppPsych
Counselling Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Jasmin is passionate about providing early intervention to children and young people, and believes that therapy works best when grounded by a sense of safety with a focus on the needs of the client. She has a special interest in trauma-focused therapy, neuropsychotherapy and expressive therapies. Jasmin presented her post-graduate research on the neuroscience behind detecting emotional disturbance in children’s drawings at the International Congress of Applied Psychology. This research was published in the International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy.
Jasmin is also a Board Approved supervisor and is passionate about supporting early career psychologists to reach their full potential.Contact Jasmin
Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Tanya Nasr is a generally registered Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. Tanya has almost eight years working with physically and psychologically injured workers full time and almost five years working with school aged children and adolescents on a part time basis (one on one interventions, behavioural management support and group based counselling). Tanya’s passion lies in working with childhood and adult trauma.
During her work in the rehabilitation space, Tanya has assisted a variety of clients including; Police officers, Australian Defence Force staff members, hospital officers, ambulance workers, educators, blue collar workers and white-collar workers suffering from a variety of physical and psychological workplace injuries. She has provided these clients with counselling and coaching with a focus on Adjustment to injury counselling, vocational counselling and Health Coaching (within a CBT and ACT framework), providing clients with the practical skills and techniques to challenge their thinking styles, positively impact their recovery and approach to daily functioning. Tanya has also works with various organisations to development and deliver spoke mental health workshops.
Tanya currently consults and volunteers with Youth Insearch Foundation who run Therapeutic programs across Australia for adolescence between 14 and 20 years old in a group based setting for those that are impacted by; poverty, broken/dysfunctional homes, domestic violence, sexual, physical/emotional abuse, death, grief and other traumatic events. Through Youth Insearch, Tanya co-established and facilitates a weekly support group for young people in Castle Hill, NSW.
Tanya currently also works in a private practise on a part-time basis working with children and adolescence through the NDIS.Contact Tanya
Katie is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, and endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. Katie is experienced in neuropsychological assessment for a range of presentations, including neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, neurological, and neurodegenerative. She also has clinical experience with varied presentations across the lifespan, such as anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, parenting, dementia, palliative care, and chronic pain. Katie has been fortunate to work across a number of settings, including correctional centres, hospitals, outpatient, and private practice. She is passionate about the diagnostic power of neuropsychological assessment, and empowering her patients to live well.
Katie is also a Board Approved supervisor and has experience facilitating training. She is currently working within a hospital setting in neuropsychology and clinical psychology, providing services to patients with complex conditions, such as dementia, and stroke, and patients at the end of life.
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
Dr Storm Cory is a clinical and forensic psychologist. Storm has completed a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) and a Masters of Forensic Psychology. Storm is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
Storm has experience within both the public and private sectors in a range of settings including hospitals and acute mental health, community mental health, corrective services, and adolescent forensic mental health. As a clinical psychologist, Storm works with clients presenting with a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties and emotional regulation, substance abuse, and gambling. Storm also has a specialist interest in working with veterans and their families through her role as a contractor with Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling.
In the forensic field, Storm has experience in the assessment, treatment and management of general, violent and sexual offenders. She can provide pre-sentence, parole, and risk management reports as well as child protection, youth justice or family court reports.
Storm works with both adolescent and adult clients and utilises treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
Storm is a Board Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. Storm has experience providing supervision for provisional psychologists, psychologists completing their registrar program, or other psychologists or mental health professionals seeking supervision as part of their professional development.Contact Storm
Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Kate is a registered psychologist and board-approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia, as well as a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society. With over 11 years experience across both not-for-profit and government sectors, Kate is highly experienced in counselling and case management with children, adolescents, parents, foster carers, and families.
Holding a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, Kate specialises in supporting clients impacted by trauma and attachment issues from experiences of abuse and neglect. She has extensive experience providing counselling and case management with such clients, and working systemically with the child protection system and a broad range of stakeholders including schools, support workers, and other health professionals to provide holistic therapeutic support for her clients. Kate also has a depth of experience supporting clients with complex presentations, experiencing a range of psychosocial difficulties compounding their mental health and wellbeing difficulties.
Throughout her career, Kate has also worked extensively providing counselling and psychoeducation with children, young people, and their parents or carers to address a broader range of issues including anxiety, depression, challenging behaviours, self esteem, sexualised behaviours, bullying, school difficulties, relationship issues, family conflict and family breakdown.
Kate utilizes a range of therapeutic approaches in her own work including CBT, narrative therapy, play therapy, solution-focused therapy, and family systems approaches, as well as providing psychoeducation for parents, carers, and other stakeholders. .
Kate is passionate about supporting children and families to improve their futures, as well as supporting fellow psychologists, particularly those early in their careers, with opportunities for learning and reflection and building their skills to maximise their potential as a psychologist. Kate is a strong advocate for self-care for her supervisees and colleagues.Contact Kate
B.Sci (Psych), B.Sci (Hons), MPsych (Clinical)
Clinical Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Jenny has over twelve years’ experience in practicing therapy with adolescents, adults and older populations. She has experience working with people who have psychological conditions related to health conditions, dealing with unemployment, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, trauma and adjustment. Jenny has also worked in university and school settings as a counsellor. Jenny is also experienced in psychometric assessments and often conducts testing in relation to NDIS and school support.Contact Jenny
B Arts, Post Grad Dip Ed Studies (Psych ), MEdPsych; GCPH, MAPS
Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Eva Fritz is a generally registered Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Eva has seventeen years of experience spanning a variety of roles including therapy, supervision, training, academic, and management. These roles have included university student counsellor, manager of wellness, university lecturer and course co-ordinator, primary and high school guidance counsellor, private practitioner and training facilitator. Eva has provided supervision to both teams of psychologists and social workers whilst in the roles of Manager and Education Officer, as well as for provisional psychologists during their placement at universities, headspace, and primary and high schools. Eva has publications in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, the Queensland Journal of Educational Research, and with Disability Services Queensland. She is also a Level 1 certified yoga teacher.Contact Eva
Jaya is a registered psychologist and Board approved supervisor. Born in the UK, she came to Australia after having completed her degree in Sports Psychology. She went on to gain her registration through the 4 + 2 pathway and also completed a Masters in Forensic Mental Health.
Jaya has worked in the welfare sector with over a decade of experience working as a psychologist. She currently works as a psychologist within Corrections specialising in drug and alcohol treatment for male offenders and is part of a program that builds strong therapeutic alliances and works therapeutically with men who offend and have drug and alcohol issues to aid them to re-integrate successfully back into the community. She has developed a passion for group therapy and runs groups that target drug and alcohol issues as well as offending behaviour using evidence based treatment approaches including CBT and DBT. Jaya uses a person-centred approach in all the work she does. She has also worked in other settings in the public sector as well as the non-government sector and also has some experience in private practice. She has worked with young people, children and families and also has extensive experience in the disability sector. Jaya understands the importance of supervision within the mental health profession and feels it is time to give back professionally and be a part of shaping psychologists in training and as well as expanding on her supervision skills particularly using reflective practices to develop intern psychologists to become psychologists within their own rights. She has experience in a Senior Psychologist role working with intern psychologists in various capacities.
In her spare time, she also provides free counselling sessions once a month to people at her local temple to try and break barriers around accessing mental health services and also to provide services to those who do not have access to psychology services.Contact Jaya
Jacqueline obtained her psychology qualifications in Germany in 2005 and became a registered psychologist in Australia (AHPRA) in 2009 and is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is the principal psychologist and practice owner at Present Mind Psychology in Perth, WA and has 10 years of clinical experience. She offers therapy in multiple languages including English, German, and Dutch. She has a special interest in helping children, adolescents and their families with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, family and life transitions, anger, ADHD, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress, family violence, stress, self-harm, body image and identity.
She is a compassion-and mindfulness-based therapist and is a certified mindfulness trainer for children, adolescents, and adults. In her leisure time, she also guides an informal mindfulness meditation class for beginning meditators.
She takes great inspiration from the children and adolescents she serves and believes in helping young people develop more self-compassion and self-kindness to strengthen their sense of self-worth.
Jacqueline has experience supervising provisional psychologists in the 5+1 and 4+2 pathway. She is dedicated to providing reflective supervision practice and empowering provisional psychologists to grow in their chosen direction.
Advanced therapeutic skills:
• child therapies (expressive, creative, art and play)
• attachment-based therapy for parenting
• mindfulness-based therapy (MBCT, MBSR)
• positive psychology and strength-based interventions
• ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy)
• CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
• Compassion-based therapy
Laura has 10 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist and is an AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor. Laura has managed teams of psychologists and provided supervision to provisional psychologists throughout their career.
Laura worked with employers and insurers providing treatment to employees and injured workers. She has consulted extensively with businesses and insurers regarding psychological services such as mediation, training, cultural interventions, team values alignment, critical incident response, manager training, leadership development, coaching, assessments and surveys. Laura has worked across Australia in metropolitan and regional locations including WA, NSW, VIC, SA and QLD.
The treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an area Laura specialises in, having worked extensively with emergency responders. Her career commenced in a Not for Profit organisation working with children, adolescents and families who had been impacted by child trauma and abuse. This led Laura to work in schools, with child protection services and manage a regional child sexual abuse treatment service. Laura can help you learn the circle of security and neurosequential model of trauma and abuse. Laura is a strong believer in the relationship between the body and the brain, and the neurological impact of developmental trauma.
Laura can provide supervision regarding Metacognitive and Schema Therapies for more complex and long-term mental health challenges for clients. Laura is qualified in Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) for the treatment of PTSD. Laura is experienced in providing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Gottman Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Laura has travelled widely, to 54 countries and is passionate about working in a cross-cultural context. Laura has experience working with Aboriginal Australians, clients in regional locations and refugee communities facing challenges of integration to Australia.
Laura is passionate about helping the helpers, and about supporting psychologists to gain confidence in their work. Every psychologist has a unique style to bring to their clients and Laura will support you to develop this.
Courtney is a registered Psychologist and a Board Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is a general psychologist and a graduate of the Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Courtney has over 10 years experience working in a range of fields. Currently, she is employed as a Guidance Counsellor in a secondary school, however prior to this she worked in private practice and a child therapist for a non-profit organisation specialising in child protection, children and families experiencing domestic/family violence.
In her years of working as a psychologist, Courtney is vastly experienced in working with multiple presentations including anxiety, depression, Complex Trauma and attachment issues, eating issues/disordered eating, body image, self-esteem, identity issues that present throughout the adolescent journey. Additionally, Courtney is well versed in cognitive assessments such as WISC 5, WAIS, and other behavioural screeners. She is adept at working with parents and is trained as a Circle of Security Facilitator.
As a board-approved supervisor, Courtney has supervised numerous supervisees in the 4+2 pathway ensuring that they enjoy a positive supervisory relationship on the journey to full registration.
She has a passion for the area of body image, eating issues and perinatal mental health and looks forward to getting to know you as you embark on the supervision journey.Contact Courtney
Educational & Developmental Psychologist
Melissa is an Educational & Developmental Psychologist with over 12 years' experience working predominantly with children, adolescents and families. Melissa has worked in a range of roles, including in an intensive child protection family support service, residential care and child and youth tertiary mental health setting. Melissa currently works in a primary school and in a private practice setting, in which she works with both adults and children. Melissa has experience working with anxiety/depression, disabilities, behavioural difficulties, learning and cognitive issues. As an Educational & Developmental Psychologist, Melissa is proficient in providing psychometric assessments to assess and monitor issues such as cognitive and academic profiles, ADHD, ASD, social skills, depression and anxiety.
Melissa's area of passion is working from an attachment framework, within a systems approach to improving empathy, understanding, communication and co-regulation within families. Melissa enjoys parenting approaches and working with families with a background of trauma and vulnerability. In this particular area, Melissa has learned the absolute importance of building a therapeutic relationship based on the person-centered principles of empathy, acceptance and unconditional positive regard.
Melissa uses an integrative approach to intervention and therapy in her work. She regularly implements the following approaches:
Melissa aims to provide a supervision experience that is both safe and supportive but also challenging. Melissa uses reflective supervision frameworks to assist the Provisional Psychologist to build understanding and compassion for themselves and thus continually grow and improve as a practitioner.
Melissa is a mum of two children and enjoys reading, camping, walking and reality TV.
Psychologist, Hypnotherapist & Meditation Teacher
Jeannet is a compassionate registered psychologist and hypnotherapist committed to helping people (re) discover wellbeing. She works within a holistic framework incorporating mental, emotional, physical, neurological and spiritual aspects of wellness.
Jeannet is extensively trained in many therapies and brings a range of diverse skills to the session. She has a passion for mind-body and neurological integration models. She uses a range of neuro-regulation therapies including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) and Brain Spotting as well as hypnotherapy and somatic techniques. She works extensively with trauma and PTSD as well as depression and anxiety, life transitions such as grief or change, and personal and spiritual development.
For many years Jeannet was a Beyondblue Workplace educator sharing depression and anxiety prevention strategies. She also consults and facilitates leadership and professional development skills. She is an assessor for the STAP supervision program.
Jeannet is an avid meditator and faciltates meditation and other spiritual groups and workshops. She enjoys helping others fulfil spiritual aspirations.
Kara is a psychologist with 9 years of experience in clinical practice and has worked with clients managing complex mental health needs including workplace stress, motivational deficits, limited vocational direction, relationship concerns, substance use (AOD addictions), adjustment and transition concerns, emotional dysregulation and diagnosed mental health disorders (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, the spectrum of Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, Adjustment Disorder, Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia and Binge-eating Disorder.
Kara typically practices from a Cognitive Behavioural Framework (CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, and CBT-E), however, is proficient in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and therapy relating to Eating Disorders. In addition, Kara has demonstrated experience in working with clients who are at risk of suicide, self-harm and harm towards others and has effectively navigated many challenging ethical dilemmas due to the nature of her work roles.
Historically, Kara’s experience ranges across the lifespan as well as in various fields of psychology and health settings including education, University, unemployment, hospital, defence and private practice. Currently, she is working part-time in the field of Bariatric Psychology developing a special interest in managing weight-related concerns and body image issues. In addition, she works as an on-base psychologist with the Australia Defence Force treating a range of mental health conditions affecting Defence Veterans. In addition to therapy experience, Kara is currently completing a PhD in the field of concussion assessment and has experience delivering cognitive assessments both with children and adults.Contact Kara