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Psychology

At Brightwell Health, we provide a safe and supportive environment to listen, and help determine a plan that best suits you.  

Passionate about the connection of our body and how that impacts our mind, we have experienced psychologists trained to help you with the below:  

  • Chronic Pain 
  • Birth preparation 
  • Fertility and reproductive health concerns 
  • Birth trauma 
  • Miscarriage and perinatal loss 
  • Premature birth
  • Mood disorders in the peri and postpartum period, including depression and anxiety 
  • Parent – infant bonding and attachment 
  • Parenting 
  • Adjustment issues 
  • Distress relating to pregnancy symptoms 
  • Father and non-birthing partner related distress and adjustment 

Our Psychologists

Amanda Fletcher

Clinical Psychologist

Amanda (she/her) is a clinical psychologist with a warm and genuine therapeutic style. She has worked as a psychologist in Newcastle since 2010, and has experience supporting people through a range of mental health concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, stress, chronic pain, substance use, and relationship difficulties. 

Amanda is passionate about supporting individuals through life challenges and helping them achieve personal goals. She holds a special interest in perinatal and women’s health, bringing a nuanced understanding of the unique psychological aspects associated with various stages of a woman’s life. 

Amanda’s treatment approach is compassionate and personalised, tailoring therapeutic interventions to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. She uses a wide range of evidence-based therapy methods, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, DBT Skills, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques.  Amanda prioritises an inclusive, supportive, and safe therapy space with a focus on holistic and trauma-sensitive care. She acknowledges and respects the diverse neurological experiences of individuals. 

A graduate of the University of Newcastle, Amanda completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology with distinction, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Psychology), on un-ceded Awabakal Land. Amanda holds full registration with clinical endorsement from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and is a Board Approved Supervisor, with a commitment to professional development and mentorship within the field of psychology.  

Maz Jenkins

Clinical Psychologist

Maz (she/her) is a clinical psychologist who lives and works on Awabakal land. She is passionate about working alongside people as they overcome challenges and advocate for their wellbeing. She has worked in public multidisciplinary teams for seven years, with adults and young people experiencing difficulties with substance use, mood disorders, trauma, anxiety and with individuals presenting with chronic pain. She has a special interest in working with young people and adults presenting with chronic pain and substance use concerns, with a focus on developing greater awareness of the connection between the mind and the body. 

She is a collaborative, reflective and warm therapist who is trained in a number of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Enhanced CBT and Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy. She is committed to inclusive and safe practice that prioritises people finding meaning in their life and feeling more connected to their communities and themselves.  

Maz completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology from Curtin University in 2016 with high distinction, and Bachelor of Science with honours in psychology from UNSW. Maz holds full registration with clinical endorsement from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and is a Board Approved Supervisor. 

Melissa Cox

Psychologist

With a strong background in all aspects of developmental psychology, Melissa has more than 20 years experience working with individuals, couples and families presenting with a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma related distress, neurodivergence, grief and loss.  

More recently, she has also developed a special interest in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), a targeted evidence-based therapy for symptoms of PTSD, specific phobias and panic disorder. She is also a Gottman trained relationship therapist. When not working, Mel can be found walking her 2 doggies on the beach!