The Ascending Team

Ascending Psychology has a team of passionate and experienced Psychologists to meet the needs of our clients and the community. Explore our page and find the right Psychologist for you. Otherwise our friendly reception team can make recommendations based on availability and experience.

Sarah Campbell

Director, Clinical Psychologist

Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist passionate about the treatment of complex and chronic conditions. She is a board approved supervisor. She started her career working in the forensic field, treating high risk clients who suffered from severe mental health difficulties, addiction, and who had committed serious offences. In this capacity, she served as an expert witness to the courts, preparing reports to assist in determining whether someone was fit to stand trial or a risk of re-offending.

Thereafter, she has worked in offshore processing and in remote indigenous contexts. Sarah therefore relies on various different therapy techniques and theories to meet the needs of her clients. This includes Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Practises, Narrative Approaches, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Most importantly, she passionately supports clients to identify the underlying difficulties that are contributing to their suffering and encourages them to move through this with a balance of acceptance and the need for change.

Sarah’s Workdays: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Dr Sierra van Wyk Find the right psychologist for you

Dr. Sierra van Wyk

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr Sierra van Wyk is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in public and private settings. Sierra draws from multiple approaches in her treatment including psychodynamic, attachment and relational work. She also integrates practical strategies as necessary, drawing on CBT and mindfulness-based approaches. Sierra’s treatment approach is focused on providing an emotionally supportive space for people to reflect on their own experiences and develop a deeper understanding of the patterns that are causing them to feel stuck within their lives. Through self-knowledge, clients will develop an increased capacity to identify their own experiences, care for themselves in a more adaptive way and develop new ways to engage with themselves and the world around them. This treatment approach can be adapted to best suit the needs of the individual.    

Sierra works across the lifespan and supports people with varied and complex presentations. Sierra is experienced in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, trauma, risk and self-harm. She is available to provide Medico-Legal AssessmentsParental Capacity and Cognitive Assessments.   

Sierra has a special interest in supporting families, parents and their children. Sierra works from an attachment informed, family systems approach to support people in their parenting journey. This work may include the transition to parenthood, managing the challenges of early parenting, or supporting parents to manage the behavioural and emotional needs of their children and adolescents.   

Sierra provides professional supervision and consultation to psychologists, provisional psychologists, and other health professionals. She is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and offers supervision for: 4 + 2 internship (primary and secondary supervisor), work in addition to higher degree training, higher degree programs, clinical psychology registrar program and peer supervision.

Sierra’s Workdays: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Dr. Christopher Zurawic

Clinical Psychologist

Christopher works with both individuals and couples. He helps clients struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, current and past trauma, grief and loss, major life transitions, and interpersonal difficulties. He is also experienced in supporting clients identifying as LGBTQ+ and non-binary.  In therapy, clients will expand their repertoires of self-care tools, understand the stuck beliefs that keep them repeating maladaptive patterns, and develop guiding insight to carry them toward healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Christopher believes that the most important element to any experience of psychotherapy is the relationship that is established. He provides a supportive and radically non-judgemental approach where clients can work through their difficulties and challenges. As we move through issues rather than around, clients learn to live in the moment and clear the way for new relationships – with themselves, their partner/friends/family, and their world.

Christopher draws from the most relevant areas of therapeutic care including ACT, Mindfulness-based, existential and psychoanalytic therapies – amongst others.  He does not believe psychotherapy to be a one-size-fits-all experience, and works with his clients to ensure the paths we take are effecting positive change.  The foundation of his work is a commitment to supporting health and hope based on the individual’s values.

Christopher’s Workday: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Kate McLisky

Clinical Psychologist

Kate is a registered Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about working with people of all ages to form meaningful connections and work collaboratively towards their goals. Kate has previously worked in a private setting in Brisbane with children, adolescents, parents, families and adults. She is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, trauma & abuse, relationship issues, behavioural issues and skills-building for neurodevelopmental diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Before becoming a registered psychologist, Kate had over 12 years’ experience working with children and families, as well as five years’ experience in mental health research and implementation. This has helped to inform her evidence-based approach which utilises the family system to effectively address any areas of difficulty for children.

Kate uses an integrative approach to therapy, finding the best way to work uniquely with each client collaboratively. She is comfortable working with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and trauma-focused approaches such as cognitive processing therapy (CPT). Kate also provides ASSESSMENTS of neurodevelopmental disorders, cognitive function, memory, attention and adaptive behaviour.

Kate’s Workdays: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Brigid Blanckenberg

Clinical Psychologist Registrar

Brigid is a warm, collaborative and non-judgmental psychologist who is passionate about empowering her clients to connect with values and to pursue purposeful lives.

She draws on a range of evidence based therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, DBT skills and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support her clients to explore life difficulties. As a former yoga teacher and longterm meditator, Brigid is also particularly interested in using mindfulness based approaches to deepen awareness of the mind, while strengthening self-compassion and acceptance.

Brigid has experience working with adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, work stress, complex personality, relationship issues, low self esteem, trauma, identity and body image concerns. She is also experienced working with members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Brigid has a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne and has completed research in mindful parenting and positive psychology. In addition to her clinical psychology training, Brigid has a professional background in law and secondary education, which has allowed her to work around the world in a range of private, government, NGO and community settings. These experiences allow Brigid to build authentic therapeutic relationships and to collaboratively develop therapeutic approaches to suit diverse client needs.

In her spare time Brigid loves getting her hands dirty as a ceramicist, taking long walks with her dog and getting into nature as often as she can


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Emma McMahon


Emma is a Registered Psychologist with experience working in vocational, clinical, and forensic settings. She started her career working in a correctional centre providing clients with both individual and group interventions, as well as undertaking various assessments. Due to the complex nature of this work, Emma has developed her assessment skills to examine the individual holistically, to gain a thorough understanding of underlying mechanisms driving behaviours.

Throughout her career she has developed a person-centred approach and utilises various modalities dependent on the client’s presenting issues and needs. These modalities include, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, communication and social skills training and anger management training. She has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds, with varied presenting issues, such as. mood disorders, personality disorders, separation and adjustment issues, behaviours impacting gaining or maintain employment, long-term incarceration concerns and reintegration issues. Emma approaches all her clients without judgment or assumptions and enjoys working with them to create positive change and progression with their mental health and their lives.

Emma’s Workdays: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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