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You can now choose

We are back working FACE to FACE from our consulting rooms.

You now have the choice. FACE to FACE, in our consulting rooms, or ONLINE sessions? After working online (only) for two months during the COVID-19 lockdown, we took the decision to move back to working from our rooms in Putney Village, Ryde, as from Monday, 1st June, 2020.

Be assured we are taking all required COVID-19 safety precautions, including 1.5 metre distancing, making hand sanitiser available, and providing contactless credit card payments, so that you don’t need to touch the machine to enter a pin.

We missed doing face to face sessions, and so did many of our clients. Yet we learned during the lockdown that, surprisingly, both ourselves and our clients adjusted to Telehealth sessions much quicker than we expected. There are indeed many advantages of online therapy sessions, such as convenience, no travel, easier on those who can’t find babysitters, and more flexibility. So we will continue to offer them for those who find them preferable. It will be your choice.

There has been excellent evidence from the past indicating that virtual therapy (Telehealth, or video conferencing) is effective and comparable to traditional face to face therapy (Alleman, 2002; Barak et al., 2008). Studies have even shown that “client satisfaction” with this mode of therapy has also been rated highly (Holmes & Foster, 2012; Murphy et al., 2009). 

Yet there is something special and more intimate about being in the same room, face to face, in a quiet space dedicated just for this purpose.

Our reception team can answer any of your questions about how to book in for either face to face or online sessions. Or you can simply book online with the Book Online button.

Some background on us

All of us at Open Sky Psychology do what we do because we love helping people change and grow to find a stronger, better version of themselves. In this uncertain COVID-19 world, the challenge is even greater, and we need to grow and adapt even more urgently. We need to pull together in a spirit of compassion, kindness and determination to do what we must, to meet this continuing challenge sensibly and carefully.

It has always been the case that the more personal problems we experience in life are simply varying degrees of what we might call “the human condition”. And now this time in history has tested our mettle as friends, colleagues and global citizens.

We can offer you expert assistance in how to cope during difficult times. As always, part of our work together is helping you to access and identify your most authentic inner values, because there can be great comfort when you connect with them.

Let us help you discover, draw upon, and maintain the strength within yourself to rise to your own particular personal and community challenges. It feels better when we “accept that” a problem is happening and act on it, rather than losing ourselves in worry.

In every challenge, personal or global, it helps for us to be aware, take care, and go kindly.

Meet Our Team

As you can see, we have a number of therapists, all of whom can help with the main “human condition” issues of anxiety, depression and various forms of complex stress. For full details on the specific range of issues each of our practitioners works with, please visit the Our Team page. And for a comprehensive list of all the issues we treat at our practice, visit the Services page. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to work towards a better quality of life.

Mark de Tullio

Psychologist, MAPS

Mathew Marchant

Clinical Director / Clinical Psychologist, MACPA

Emili Boschi

Psychologist, MAPS

Nathan Sakiris

Psychologist, AMACPA

Mercedes Moreno

Psychologist, MAPS

Petra Phipps

Counsellor, Psychotherapist

Sylvia Chen

Counsellor

Dr. Margo Orum

Principal Psychologist, MAPS

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Issues We Can Help With

Child Counselling

Children, just like adults, can sometimes experience mental health issues and distressing feelings, including sadness, anxiety, confusion, and anger. It is normal to experience these feelings from time to time.

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Anxiety

Anxiety takes many different forms, but always at the heart of anxiety is a feeling that “I can’t cope, or I can’t handle it!”. The antidote is to learn that you can indeed be flexible and resourceful in the face of uncertainty.

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Depression

Depression, like Anxiety, is a sign that “you are not happy with yourself or the way things are” (loss of interest, no meaning, what’s the point?). Throughout human history, a great many people have felt like this and recovered.

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Marriage Counselling

Being happily married or in a long-term couple relationship is not something that happens by good fortune, but rather, like most things of value, by effort and commitment. Our skilled counsellors can help you access strategies to navigate and negotiate this most important emotional territory of your life...

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Relationship Counselling

Relationships are your emotional home. When things are not feeling comfortable in your relationships, the quality of your life, work and play can be compromised. Come along by yourself, or with others.

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Trauma

Traumatic experiences are those that have disrupted our sense of safety in the world or relationships, eg. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual abuse, bullying, war.

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Bipolar Disorder

If you have Bipolar Disorder, you have come to the right place, because at Ryde/Gladesville we understand this illness very well. We specialise in helping people with bipolar, and over the last 15 years have helped many hundreds of people to learn how to manage it,

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Stress

Stress is almost unavoidable these days. It is built into everything we do – the speed of work and home life, the pressures on relationships, and the seeming impossibility of taking sufficient time out to relax and unwind.

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What Motivates Us To Do This Work?

All of our team share in common a deep interest in what makes us all tick.  We know there is more to the human condition than the downsides. We just love being there to see the transformations!

We are privileged to witness the journeys that people make when they move out of the bad times and make a better life for themselves. It is rewarding to see people embracing change, and creating new paths in life with more satisfaction, vigor and inner peace.

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How We Work And What To Expect

We are well practiced at keeping an open mind as we listen to your story.  Our training (6+ years to become a psychologist) helps us recognise some of the things that may be contributing to, say, anxiety or depression or relationship problems, and we will join with you to help you find the best possible way out of those problems.

We help you test-run new ways of seeing, interpreting or “being” that honour your underlying sense of self.  Together we generate options for change that you may previously not have considered, and when you are ready, we encourage you to take the necessary steps to a more satisfying life. Our goal is to help you follow your dreams and act in accordance with your most cherished values.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Practice Opening Hours2018-07-05T06:34:44+00:00

Monday – Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturdays: 8am to 4pm

Phone Team Available Hours2018-07-05T06:32:49+00:00

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5.30 pm
Saturdays: 8.30am – 12.30pm

What types or modalities of Counselling and Therapy do you use?2018-07-05T06:29:49+00:00

Like many psychologists, we select from a range of therapeutic approaches, according to what mix seems best to serve the needs of each client.

This may include Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness techniques, and Motivational Interviewing.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2018-07-05T06:36:40+00:00

Yes. Our friendly Practice Manager will be happy to explain to you in plain English how rebates work. Ph 1300 739 531.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-07-05T06:28:40+00:00

Yes, absolutely, within the limits of the law. Exceptions are when a person may be an immediate risk to themselves or others. Talk with your psychologist about the limits of confidentiality if you have any concerns.

How to Find Us?2018-07-05T06:29:49+00:00

Suite 9, Level 1, Medical Centre, 227 Morrison Road, Ryde NSW 2112

We are part of the greater Ryde City Council region. See the Contact Us map.

Questions? Call us on (02) 9053 76212020-04-25T11:24:25+00:00

Most questions are better answered by our friendly phone team, who can give you more of the particular details you are after. Our phones are answered by a person (not an answering machine) during the following hours;

Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Saturdays: 8.30am to 12.30pm.

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