Meet the Team

Allie Mackay is a Sydney based Psychologist and Director of a group practice. Her research interests in biofeedback and mindfulness for people living with chronic illness led her to a curiosity about what the body is trying to say, and what it attempts to solve, when in pain.  Seeking evidence-based interventions that go beyond finding peace in the moment naturally led her to explore a variety of trauma-focused therapies.  Since discovering EMDR and more recently, IFS, she combines these with compassion focussed therapy and mindfulness.  Allie now works predominantly with people who have experienced recent as well as past trauma, and people whose lives have become disrupted by pain.   In her spare time, Allie can be found chatting or reading in her favourite cafe or walking her dog along the beach.

  • Allie Mackay, Director – Allie Mackay Psychology
  • Registered Psychologist, AHPRA
  • Assoc Member Australian Psychological Society
  • Board Approved Supervisor, Australian Psychological Society
  • Accredited Practitioner, EMDRAA
  • Facilitator, EMDR Insight
  • Facilitator, EMDR Focus UK
  • Allie’s webpage is here.

Dr Dave Howsam is a GP based in Leichhardt, Sydney. He is an EMDR Consultant and IFS Level 2 trained.

He works with clients experiencing Trauma, Attachment & Developmental neglect, deprivation and abuse, Complex PTSD, Unexplained Medical Symptoms.

He is open to referrals on a case-by-case basis.

Specialities: EMDR, Hypnosis, EFT,  EgoState Therapy, DNMS, NLP

MBBS: FSPsychMed

Claire van den Bosch trained as a transpersonal psychotherapist at the same college in London (CCPE) as Annabel. She specialises in treating complex trauma, addiction, and addictive and dissociative processes. You read more about her here.

Claire is an EMDR Practitioner and has completed the IFS institute Part 1 & 2 trainings. Claire is UKCP registered, she runs a thriving full-time EMDR and IFS psychotherapy practice online, in-person in Central London and from her home in Surrey, as well as working one day a week in the outpatient clinic of a private treatment centre. She has been working in addiction recovery settings since 2004.

Claire has a Masters degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from the University of Oxford. As well as being a Facilitator for EMDR Focus and EMDR Insight she also assists on the Gestalt training module at CCPE.

Claire has been in private practice since 2014, active in both the public and corporate sector as a workshop facilitator, trainer and educator since 1996.

In her spare time, Claire is to be found outdoors either open water swimming or enjoying being on my motorbike.

Kristina Sandstrom is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist; an EMDR Consultant and Supervisor; a certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, and a Lifespan Integration Advanced practitioner. You can view her webpage here.

Kristina trained with EMDR Focus and Laurel Parnell in attachment informed EMDR, incorporating Janina Fisher’s Working with Parts, and later established an IFS/attachment informed practice.  She has been an EMDR Focus training course Facilitator since 2017.

Kristina has worked in an NHS  tertiary specialist trauma clinic; the Ministry Of Defense, and two private outpatient and residential trauma clinics where she was a supervisor for the clinical team. On two separate occasions, Kristina moved to Kurdistan and worked with the Free Yezidi Foundation. She specializes in treating complex trauma and has a particular interest in early attachment.

Dee Cooper is a clinical psychologist based in Launceston Tasmania, read more about her here. She is the director of Synapse Psychology, a group practice of experienced psychologists. Dee is an EMDRAA Accredited EMDR Consultant plus a Psychology Board-approved supervisor. She is passionate about supporting early career professionals in the field of mental health.

Dee originally hails from Zimbabwe and later South Africa working in the Military Hospital where she gained her experience in dealing with war-based trauma. She has subsequently developed a specific interest in working with first responders. Since undergoing further training in Attachment-Informed EMDR with Mark Brayne and Annabel McGoldrick in 2020, Dee’s clinical work has become much more focussed on the importance of recognising the impact of attachment and ways to incorporate IFS therapy.

Dee also co-directs EMDR Integrative, a training company inviting leading EMDR researchers and practitioners to present their approaches for the benefit of the EMDR community.

In her spare time, Dee likes either to play the tenor saxophone; to get absorbed in a painting or else take her dogs Sigmund Floyd and Kalulu for long walks along the Tamar River.

Priscilla Short is an accredited EMDR practitioner, a chartered counselling psychologist, and a relationship therapist. She is HCPC accredited and a member of the BPS, Association of Family Therapists and BACP and works with adults, young adults, couples, parents and families. Her specialisms include relationship issues (with individuals, couples and families), attachment trauma, complex trauma and anxiety disorders. Priscilla has also taken an IFS Part 1 training. Her webpage is here.

Priscilla’s approach is pluralistic, drawing on many different influences such as systemic theory, psychodynamic / attachment theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, compassion-based therapy, polyvagal theory, CBT, RLT, IFS and the AIP theory of trauma that underpins EMDR therapy.

 Her hobbies include running and playing with her gorgeous little working cocker spaniel, spending time in France and voraciously reading.