Imanadari was founded in 2011 to create a diversity-positive practice where all people could find respectful and affirming counselling services.
You can read about our current team below:
Please note: Monica's books are temporarily closed to new referrals until further notice.
I am a Registered Psychologist with ten years experience in counselling from a person-centred perspective. My pronouns are she/her and I’ve worked with both adults and young people (12-25yo), and have extensive experience in counselling with youth. After beginning in school counselling I spent about 6 years working with young people at Headspace, and had begun to build a reputation as being a diversity positive Psychologist in Canberra before coming to Sydney and Imanadari Counselling in 2017. I’ve worked with a wide range of ages and issues in my private practice and during my years working in university counselling services with students and staff. I'm also a Mental Health First Aid trainer, and I believe strongly in raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health issues.
My passion is helping young people and adults to identify what would enrich their lives, and to focus on what they want to work on. I’m flexible and creative in my approach, and while I work primarily from an evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy grounding, I have found it helpful to incorporate other intervention styles such as ACT and mindfulness strategies, and to work with the person to bring out their unique strengths and coping tools. While most appointments are a standard hour, I welcome 90 minute bookings for those who might prefer to spend more time on the day.
I am knowledgeable about gender diversity and aware of trans and non binary issues. I am polyamory, kink and sex worker knowledgeable as defined by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.
Monica is available for appointments in Sydney:
Thursdays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fridays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Please note: Janet's books are temporarily closed to new referrals until further notice.
I am a Clinical Psychologist, trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and also have experience working with Narrative Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. My pronouns are she/her.
I believe that all people have the right to feel safe, heard and respected. As such, I find it extremely important to work in a person-centred framework, with the understanding that people are the best experts about their own lives. My aim is to help people develop goals and work together to help them achieve the very best outcome, no matter what area of life the goal relates to.
I have experience supporting people of diverse gender, sexual, and cultural backgrounds and am poly, LGBTIQA+, and kink-knowledgeable (as defined by the NCSF kink awareness definitions).
Janet is available for appointments in Sydney and via videoconference Australia-wide:
Mondays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Please note: For couples counselling, Francis' books are temporarily closed to new referrals until further notice. For individual counselling, Francis may have limited capacity on Wednesdays.
Please note: As a clinical psychotherapist, Francis is not able to provide Medicare rebates through the Mental Health Care Plan. Please see the link below to Francis' rates sheet below for further details.
Hello, my name is Francis and my pronouns are he/him. I am a gay, cis-gendered, person of colour, born into culturally diverse South-East Asia. Having been raised in an international school environment, I migrated to Australia in my teens.
As a psychotherapist, I journey with people (individuals and couples) through change, relationship crises, questions of identity, soul (psyche) work, spirituality, culture, gender and sexuality. I work from a synthesis of person-centred (Rogerian), psychodynamic (Jungian), somatic (body-focussed) and existential therapies. I have previously worked in the Marriage Equality campaign, political activism, hospitals, charities, schools, and volunteered with Twenty10, ACON and communities of nonviolence and meditation.
I am diversity-friendly, and can provide support to people with experiences of polyamory and alternative sexual, relationship and family expressions. I support people on the Asperger and autistic spectrum. I am sex-worker positive. I believe strongly in our public education and health sectors, so I am grateful to provide support to university students, nurses and allied healthcare workers.
Many people visit therapists for short-term counselling, to work through sudden issues that life has thrown their way. After this stage, some people choose to continue further, to shift deep patterns, to grow and flourish. If this sounds like a journey that you have been searching for, I have a particular speciality in working with people interested in medium- to long-term psychotherapy, and I would love to hear from you.
Whatever you are needing at present, each person is unique, meaning that together we co-create a space for you to be, to become, to rest, to grow. I look forward to supporting you to be fully you.
Francis is available for appointments in Sydney:
Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
As a clinical psychotherapist, Francis is not able to provide Medicare rebates through the Mental Health Care Plan. Private Health Fund rebates may be available. Depending on your level of cover, eligible private health fund members may be entitled to a benefit; please click the link below for more details on Francis' rates:
Please note: Sunali's books are temporarily closed to new referrals until further notice.
I’m a Registered Psychologist currently undertaking the clinical registrar program. I have experience working with a range of ages and settings including conducting psychiatric inpatient groups, facilitating mindfulness and social anxiety programs for adolescents and adults, and facilitating a Hearing Voices group based on the program by Debra Lampshire. I have worked with addiction and mood disorders in an inpatient setting and with adolescents and young people at Headspace.
Sunali is available for appointments in Sydney:
Mondays: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm
Please note: Karishma's books are temporarily closed to new referrals until further notice.
I’m a Registered Psychologist, currently undertaking my Clinical Registrar program. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and trauma informed Schema Therapy. Having said that, I strongly believe that one size does NOT fit all and therefore, I am flexible to tailor to individual needs. My pronouns are she/her.
Visiting a psychologist can often be a daunting experience, which makes holding a safe space to listen to individual needs really important. I work primarily from this perspective and ensure that my journey and work with an individual is collaborative and non-judgmental.
I am knowledgeable about gender diversity, inclusivity and am LGBTQIA+, poly, kink and sex work friendly. I have experience working with a diverse range of issues across settings, including in-patient hospitals, facilitating group work for young people with anxiety and trauma at headspace, addiction and mood-related issues, behaviour management programs for children (2-10 years) and working with neurodiverse population, with extensive training in cognitive assessments.
I work with concerns related to anxiety, depression, panic, grief and loss, and complex trauma.
Karishma is available for appointments in Sydney:
Mondays: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesdays: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Please note: Kate's books are temporarily closed to new referrals until further notice.
I am a registered psychologist and am currently completing my clinical registrar program. My pronouns are she/her.
I am passionate about building strong connections with people and creating a safe place where people feel comfortable in exploring difficult experiences, thoughts, emotions and ways of being. I always place you at the centre of any therapeutic work. I consider you to be an expert of your own experiences and use a framework which draws on your strengths to nurture resilience, growth and fulfilment.
I have a particular passion for areas of psychology where individual wellbeing and social justice intersect and believe in the importance of advocating for change outside the therapy room as well as supporting individuals to make changes which enrich their lives. I have experience working with people of trans, non-binary and gender diverse experiences and am also kink, poly and sex worker friendly.
I am trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention Therapy and Metacognitive Therapy, and have assisted people confronting issues related to trauma, panic, anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions and grief. I have a wide range of experience in hospital and community settings as well as in research settings focussing on parenting interventions for children aged 2-10 years. I have experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and have recently returned from Alice Springs where I was working with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.
Kate is available for appointments in Sydney:
Wednesdays: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Jessica Hazzard-White (BSci (Psychology), GradDipPsych (Advanced), MProfPsych)
Hello, I’m Jessica. I’m a Provisional Psychologist and my pronouns are she/her. I am currently undertaking the 5+1 pathway towards becoming a Registered Psychologist. I work both with adults, with children (3+), young people and their parents/caregivers.
My therapeutic practice is centered around the philosophy and social-justice ethic of Narrative Therapy, which seeks to challenge dominant cultural narratives while supporting each person on their journey to write their own story by exploring their values and sense of personal meaning. I am also trained in and work with other more skills-based therapeutic approaches, including Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), as I believe that there are many right ways to help people, and what works for each person will be different.
I work with adults and young people to support them through a variety of experiences, including but not limited to: anger, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity issues, autism spectrum experiences, body image concerns, bullying, depression and low mood, chronic illness, disordered eating and complex food relationships, friendships and social skills, grief and loss, exploring their gender or sexuality, extreme emotional dysregulation (sometimes given the label borderline personality disorder), major life changes and transitions, obsessive-compulsive patterns, oppositional behaviour and conduct concerns, phobias, relationship problems, schooling difficulties, sleeping difficulties, stress, substance use, and trauma (including complex trauma).
I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and all walks of life, and I also put endeavour specifically to provide affirming and respectful care to people who:
are neurodiverse, or wondering whether they may be neurodiverse
are queer, lesbian, gay, bi/pansexual, asexual/aromatic, or seeking a deeper understanding of their sexual or romantic identify
are trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, or wishing to explore their experience of gender
practice kink/BDSM, ethical non-monogamy/polyamory, or sex work
Jessica is available for appointments in Sydney:
Fridays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
We are grateful for our team's past associates:
Dr Ulli Rosenkoetter (DPsych (Clin) / MSc)
Celeste Tripodi (B Psych Hons, PG Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS)
Nina Melksham (BPsych Hons, Grad Dip Psych Prac)
Jo MacDonald (BSc Hons, Postgrad Dip App Psych, MSocHlthCouns)