Our Team

At The Hummingbird Centre we have a team of world class Psychologists and Social Workers who are passionate about their jobs.

Dr Rickie Elliott

Dr Rickie Elliott

Clinical Psychologist and Director
B.Psych(Hons), D.Psych(Clin) AMAPS

Rickie is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Hummingbird Centre, with over 15 years of  training and experience in assessing and treating a wide variety of adult, child and adolescent mental health conditions. Rickie is dedicated to providing a relaxed and down-to-earth atmosphere for her clients to feel comfortable and reach their goals. Rickie has previously worked at Newcastle Adult Mental Health Service; drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services; Coral Tree Family Service (a state-wide, tertiary, inpatient family therapy service for children and their families with severe behavioural and emotional disorders); Perinatal Psychiatry Service; Parent and Infant Mental Health Service; First Steps Parenting Service; and private practice.

Whilst Rickie has diverse experience in many areas, she has particular expertise in Antenatal and postnatal mental health, attachment and bonding concerns and developmental trauma. Rickie completed her Clinical Doctorate in the area of maternal mental health and mother-infant attachment, published in the Infant Journal of Mental Health. Rickie also holds practising rights at Newcastle Private Hospital maternity unit, where patients are seen for these early parenting and mental health concerns.

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship

- Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Alikki Russell

Alikki Russell

Psychologist and Director

Alikki Russell is the Director of The Hummingbird Centre.
Alikki has over 15 years training and experience in psychological assessment and treatment of a range of mental health and disability presentations, and has a particular interest in trauma and dissociation. Alikki takes a multi-modal treatment approach with her clients, based on their needs, including Trauma Model Therapy, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neurofeedback, body-based therapies, and elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Alikki's work with children, families and systems is inspired by the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework.

Alikki is a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) practitioner with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), is a Board Approved Mentor in Neurofeedback for the BCIA-A, is on the membership committee for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), is a member of the EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA) and is the coordinator of the Newcastle Complex Trauma Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN). 

Alikki is motivated to find innovative and effective ways to support the clinicians working with The Hummingbird Centre and in the community, and is passionate about providing a great team environment. 

Not everyday is a good day, live anyway.
Not all you love will love you back, love anyway. 
Not everyone will tell you the truth, be honest anyway. 
Not all deals are fair, play fair anyway. 

- unknown


Allira SAllira Sazdanoff

Registered Psychologist

Allira is a registered psychologist, who has experience in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. Allira has worked extensively with non-government organisations in the out of home care sector; supporting individuals presenting with complex childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, autism, and behavioural concerns to improve their mental health and strengthen their relationships. This has included delivery of individual and group work, as well as therapeutic parenting programs and positive behaviour support.

Allira is passionate about making therapy an accepting, enjoyable and safe experience for her clients. She takes on a holistic and flexible approach, employing evidence-based practices, determined by individual client goals. This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, trauma-informed interventions, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Allira also utilises elements of body-based therapies, including yoga and mindfulness, as well as play-based activities to engage her clients in the therapeutic process.

There is a tendency to doubt your growth in the midst of a big leap forward; hold steady and allow yourself to bloom.

- Yung Pueblo

Maddy BMadeleine Berryman

Registered Psychologist

Madeleine Berryman is a registered psychologist who is experienced working with people across the lifespan, from toddlers through to the elderly. Madeleine has a warm and friendly personality and enjoys working within an evidence-based framework, providing therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Having previously worked in both the disability and general populations, she has treated a variety of mental health issues. Madeleine has gained experience in the use of a range of assessments to help informed treatment of mental health concerns, including cognitive assessments. Madeleine enjoys working collaboratively with each person and their family to reach their goals and achieve positive outcomes.

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

- William Shakespeare

Greta HGreta Hundley

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Greta Hundley is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 30 years experience in the Mental Health field. Greta has an interest in working therapeutically with trauma and dissociation, including survivors of abuse, family violence and other trauma, parents and young people experiencing anxiety, depression, body image issues, eating disorders and grief.

Greta has co-written and implemented two parenting programs, including the Hey Dad! program for fathers and the Partners in Parenting Program delivered through family day care and preschools. She has also co-partnered the development of an educational program for Young Parents on the Central Coast.

Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you'll be doing what you thought was impossible.

- Francis Assisi

Stacey HStacey Hosking

Clinical Psychologist

Stacey is a Clinical Psychologist with 10 years experience providing psychological assessment and treatment in government, non-government and private organisations.

Stacey has experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of emotional and behavioural conditions. Stacey has extensive experience in developmental trauma, attachment disorders, developmental disorders (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder) and child and adolescent mental health. She also has a particular interest in anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, parenting support, health related difficulties and the promotion of positive lifestyle changes. Stacey strives to develop holistic individualised therapy plans using a range of approaches.

Stacey enjoys supporting psychologists in training and is an APHRA approved supervisor. 

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction your choose.

- Dr Seuss

Renae YRenae Yarnold

Registered Psychologist

Renae is a Registered Psychologist who has experience working with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities across the lifespan; providing assessment, behaviour support, and counselling services for people with a disability. Renae considers the role of parents, schools, and services in promoting the wellbeing of an individual, and liaises where appropriate. With experience working in a multidisciplinary team, Renae acknowledges the importance of a collaborative approach with other allied health professionals for a holistic approach to an individual’s care.

Renae enjoys working across the lifespan, being mindful of specific issues that can present at each life stage. Renae has experience with working with behavioural, anxiety, and mood disorders, personality and developmental disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Developmental Trauma.

Renae uses various therapeutic techniques based on her clients needs, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neurofeedback and Trauma Model Therapy.

It is the honest connection between two human beings, that, in the end, makes what we endured together understandable and meaningful

- Lynn I. Wilson

Nimra BNimra Bilgrami

Registered Psychologist

Nimra Bilgrami is a registered psychologist who works with people from across the lifespan, from children through to older adults. Nimra is experienced in assessment and treatment of various mental health presentations, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, childhood behavioural concerns, anger management issues, workplace stress, suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviour. Nimra has a warm and friendly interpersonal style and is committed to providing a client-focused service that supports individual needs. Nimra also provides psychological assessments for intellectual ability, learning difficulties, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

- Maria Robinson

Phil BPhil Bird

Registered Psychologist

Phil is a Registered Psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of challenges including complex developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, bullying, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, aggressive behaviours, attachment difficulties and complex behaviour problems.

Phil has a particular interest in helping people who have experienced trauma and recovering from early childhood trauma and attachment difficulties. He utilises a range of treatment approaches to meet the specific needs of his clients including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neuropsychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neurofeedback, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Phil is also passionate about utilising trauma informed interventions to assist children and adolescents to regulate their emotions, build resilience and overcome a range of complex difficulties. He is also trained in a range of psychometric assessments including behavioural, memory, personality and cognitive assessments.

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne

Ash FAshleigh Fitzgerald

Social Worker

Ashleigh is a highly experienced mental health Social Worker, who's passion is in the area of perinatal mental health, including antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression and grief and loss surrounding stillbirth and miscarriage. Supporting families through these tough times in their lives is crucial. Ashleigh has worked within NSW health in inpatient and community teams in this area for many years. Ashleigh believes in providing holistic treatment to families with a mental health and attachment focus on relationships between parents and children.

Ashleigh fits extremely well into the Hummingbird team due to her warm and friendly personality and passion and commitment to her clients.

Don't dilute yourself for any person or any reason. You are enough! Be unapologetically you.

- Dr Steve Maraboli

Renee BRenee Butler

Consultant Psychologist

Renee works therapeutically with children, adolescents, adults, carers and couples. Renee has experience working with a range of presenting problems, including anxiety, mood disorders, stress, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), work-related issues, autism spectrum disorders, challenging behaviours, interpersonal challenges, grief and relationship issues.

Renee is an eclectic psychologist, therefore she individualises her therapy based on the needs and wants of the client. Renee uses a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches, Neurofeedback, and Brief Psychodynamic Therapy. She also uses elements of Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy.

Renee is trained in a range of assessments including Autism Assessments. Renee also conducts personality, mental health, behavioural, cognitive and other developmental assessments.

Words can break someone into a million pieces, but they can also put them back together.

- Taylor Swift

Chris BChris Butler

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Chris Butler is a social worker who is experienced in working with people of all ages, from children to older adults. Chris has a warm personable approach and is passionate about utilising evidence-based and trauma-informed interventions, these include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Chris has a strong interest in helping people who have experienced trauma, grief and loss and people with other mental health presentations. His experience in working with children with developmental trauma and people in their support networks has seen him work with people from an array of backgrounds and with a variety of mental health presentations. Chris recognises the importance of using a holistic approach working with people and their support networks.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.

- Kübler-Ross

MerelMerel Van Emmerik

Registered Psychologist

Merel is a Registered Psychologist with experience in assessing and treating a variety of mental health and disability presentations across the lifespan. She has previously worked in private practice, non-government disability and out of home care services, as well as occupational rehabilitation.

Merel has experience working with a range of presentations including autism, challenging behaviours, mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain, stress, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and work-related issues.

Merel has a particular interest in therapeutic parenting, positive behavioural support and trauma recovery. She is passionate about collaborating with relevant others including health professionals, family, schools. Through a variety of mediums and evidence-based practices, she seeks to assist people to meet their goals. Such practices include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

- Albert Einstein

Anna Mansfield

Yoga Instructor

Anna is a certified yoga teacher with over 1000hrs of teaching experience, having guided group classes and individuals since 2014. She has completed 900hrs of training and is currently completing her post graduate studies in Yoga Therapy.

Yoga classes with Anna are nourishing, authentic, warm and accessible. Her classes are designed to create space, strength and inner integrity, while learning to develop a compassionate and intuitive sense of individual boundaries. She aspires to make yoga accessible to the wider community and offers guidance to people recovering from illness and injury.

Don't wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.

- Eckhart Tolle

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NicNicole Smith

Practice Manager

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

- Stephen Covey

SimoneSimone Winter

Administration

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.

- Anne Frank

BronBronwyn Hallin

Administration/Accounts

Be kind wherever possible. It is always possible.

- Dalai Lama

ReneeRenee Davies

Digital solutions

Family is not an important thing; it is everything.

- Michael J. Fox