Allie Mackay

Psychology Services

Providing evidence based solutions when Anxiety is getting in the way of living to the full

about us

About Us

AM PS uses evidence based treatment for people of all ages to improve coping during stressful life situations, increase resources to deal with trauma, to manage anxiety and chronic health conditions. We endorse and include evidence based Mindfulness strategies into many of our treatment types.

We hear a lot of talk about Anxiety and Depression on social media and from health professionals - but what does it mean if my doctor tells me that I need treatment for it?

For most of us, it's a daunting idea to go and talk to a Psychologist and there's still some stigma around the idea of mental health.

What to expect: At your first appointment your Psychologist will ask you to complete some brief questionnaires to determine whether you meet criteria for a specific type of Anxiety and talk to you about when you first noticed symptoms, what you have tried to do about it and what has worked and what hasn't. You will be asked about your goal for treatment - what your Anxiety stops you doing and what you want to be doing differently when your treatment is complete.

Peace of mind: Your Psychologist has completed a 6 year course of study and 2 years of supervised practice, passed a National Examination, is registered in Australia with Medicare, and annually renews registration with AHPRA, the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Board. They have agreed to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics that ensures the protection of your rights to privacy and confidentiality and that you will be treated with Evidence Based treatments (this means that the treatment chosen works for many people with your symptoms and this has been rigorously studied and proven over time and is significantly superior to getting no treatment). Your individual preferences form a part of your personalised treatment planning so feel free to tell your Psychologist about all aspects of yourself - diversity is embraced!

Choice: At the end of the first session you should have some idea of the condition that you are being treated for, what the treatment plan will be - approximately how long it will take, and whether or not you think you would like to continue to work with that Psychologist. There is no obligation for you to continue with that Psychologist if you don't feel that it is a good fit. Sometimes it takes meeting a couple of people and it's always going to be ok to tell the Psychologist that you would like to try treatment with someone else. We won't be offended, and your wellbeing is paramount.

Accountability: Your Psychologist will stay in touch with your referring doctor from commencement through to conclusion of your treatment. This high standard of care within a team approach is an advantage for you allowing you treatment choice and charting of progress.

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Introducing ourselves

Allie Mackay, Director

BA (Psychology) (Child and Family), BSocSci (Psychology), (Hons), Assoc MAPS

Allie is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Allie personalises her treatment to meet the unique needs of each individual. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to achieve their treatment goals with a special interest in helping people of all ages manage Stress and Anxiety so that they can get on with living a rich, full life.

Treatment modalities include:

CBT - Cognitive behavioural therapy (with Relaxation and Mindfulness)

Biofeedback - Heart rate variability, skin conductance and breathing

MBSR - Mindfulness based Stress Reduction

MBSC - Mindfulness based Self Compassion

ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (a practical, Mindful, values based) approach, which fits well with people of all types of anxiety disorders and is suitable for those for whom a spiritual faith is a central value in their life.

EMDR - Allie has completed advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing. EMDR is a gold standard trauma treatment, useful for resolving many types of anxiety, phobia, health/ hospital related trauma, treatment of trauma in first responders and for those who have longstanding childhood origin trauma. She undertakes regular supervision and training in this area. She is currently training towards certification in Schema Therapy.

Background: When she worked in the community health sector, Allie was trained by World Vision to facilitate Kids Hope, a school and community based mentoring program for children at social and emotional risk.

She was the facilitator for and ran the Support after Suicide group in Sutherland Shire. Allie ran groups for Childhood Anxiety in the community assisting children with diagnosed anxiety disorders to live more satisfying, independent lives.

Allie worked in a Neurology practice in Kogarah NSW for many years running a Biofeedback clinic. She enjoyed providing psychological strategies for patients who experienced anxiety and stress in the context of neurological conditions or somatising disorders (such as gastro-intestinal disorders, IBS, migraine and tension headache, muscle twitches). Cognitive therapy with Relaxation and Mindfulness has the strongest evidence base for treatment and this was borne out by her research and clinical experience.

Alexis Hudson

BSocSci (Psychology),(PostGrad Dip, Psych), Assoc MAPS

Alexis is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Alexis first began working as an intern-psychologist in 2004, practicing as a fully Registered Psychologist from 2006.

Alexis has previously worked within an educational setting where she was able to work with and provide solutions for young people presenting with challenges such as Interpersonal Stress, Anxiety, Behavioural issues, Drug & Alcohol dependance, School problems, Social and Interpersonal difficulties, confidence & self-esteem.

She has experience in assisting adults with diagnosed mental health disorders such as Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder to live more independent lives.

As a private practitioner, Alexis has a special interest in helping people manage stress and anxiety as well helping clients build confidence and assertiveness.

Alexis enjoys helping clients with sleep difficulties (delayed onset, waking during the night or waking early). She is equipped to provide families with support and evidence based strategies to manage parenting and family conflict.

Alexis takes a client-centred approach, applying a therapeutic framework of evidence- based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), solution and strengths- based approaches, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.

Alexis enjoys working with young people and adults from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds, and personalises her treatment to meet the unique needs of each individual. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to achieve their treatment goals.

Dr Mike Martin

PhD, MA, BAppSci (Human Movement), BA, DipEd

Dr Mike Martin, is the founder of Bloke Therapy, one of the only few mens mental health specialists worldwide that uses the new, next-generation, scientifically proven Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to dealing with tough times. This insures that you effectively deal with your issues and get back to living the life you love.

Mike has an extensive background as a teacher, scientist, coach and performance psychologist and this education has convinced him that when it comes to the mind and life – "simple is best." His simple, step-by-step thinking strategies soak deep into your mind allowing you to take control and live the life you want to live.

Publications

Research conducted by Allie Mackay


Headache:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967586814004238

Multiple Sclerosis
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4455862/

Further reading
Allie's research was included in a large Meta Analysis on the effectiveness of psychological intervention in MS published in April 2018
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5893652/

Recent articles/tv shows that explore the effectiveness of Mindfulness based stress reduction
The Conversation
https://theconversation.com/mindfulness-meditation-offers-help-with-the-travails-of-chronic-illness-1197

ABC Catalyst program The Mindfulness Experiment
https://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/

Towards Change, a radio station for the public about how to address mental health challenges
https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Toward-Change

Services

Please contact us to discuss your needs and all the Services and Treatments we provide.

 

Who Benefits From Treatment?

People who have been having trouble with sleep, appetite, racing thoughts and tense muscles (headaches, jaw clenching, etc);

People who have been through a tough time with loss - either recently or a while ago;

People who have witnessed traumatic events and/or been living with people who are currently living with mental illness;

People given a life- changing diagnosis;

People who are under work pressure and have found that they can’t “switch off”;

Workers Compensation claimants;

Chronic Pain

Exhausted? Tired but wired? Can't get your mind to stop? Walking around in a Fog?

Having a few of these symptoms together may signal the presence of anxiety. Left untreated, it usually does not get 'better with time' but in face can become more entrenched.

Brief psychological treatment, particularly relaxation and mindfulness, has been shown to increase resilience for chronic health conditions, reduce stress and anxiety, and bring back the joy to life.

Childhood Anxiety

Does your child ask LOTS of questions, have trouble sleeping on their own, say they have a 'sore tummy' or refuse to go somewhere new?

Having one of those symptoms may mean they have worries or anxiety. We can help.

We provide brief effective treatment for children and will include the family so you know how to support your child through treatment.

Contact Us

Allie Mackay Psychology Services, Miranda

Rheumatology Specialist Care, Kogarah


Allie Mackay is accredited by Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health to use the Cool Kids program. The intellectual property rights, including copyright, in the Program are owned by Macquarie University. Macquarie University does not endorse any particular provider of the program and their other services.