Emerge CPS was established in December, 2013.  We offer a comprehensive range of psychological services with a focus on psychological assessment and therapy.  We also engage in consulting, teaching, research and program development.

Our Mission

We assist people to recover from psychological difficulties and improve personal wellbeing by providing psychological services that reduce mental distress and improve personal functioning.  Importantly we provide therapy and counselling that supports a person's individuation and development such that they may attain their worthwhile life.  Our hope for our clients is that they make changes towards a fuller, more content life.

Our Team


Stephen Blackburn

B.A, Grad Dip Psych,  B.Sc (Psych Hons),  M.Psych (Clinical)

Psychological therapy for adolescents and adults with emotional, personality or anxiety difficulties.  Works with individuals, families or couples.

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Dr Jennifer Green

Psych PhD., M.Psych (Clinical), MAP

Therapy for children, adolescents and adults.  Works across all areas of psychological distress with particular interest in attachment and personality difficulties and distress caused by trauma.

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Suzanna Copp

B.A.(Hons), M.Psych (Counselling), MAPS

Psychology for adults with a broad range of distress including difficulties with emotions, mood, anxiety, grief and trauma.  Marriage /  Couples therapy an additional area of expertise.

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Tendai Chirawu

B.A. BPsych, GradDipPsych, MPsych, MAPS

Psychology for adults with emotional difficulties, anxieties and adjustment difficulties.

Sex Therapy additional area of expertise.

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John Lukies

Clinical Psychologist. MAPS

John is a clinical psychologist working part-time in private practice and part-time in public health at Jigsaw Young Person’s Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Service. He is particularly experienced in working with adolescents and young adults presenting with complex mental health needs.

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Sylvia Sefa

Clinical Psychologist, B.Sc (Psych Hons), M.Psych (Clinical)

Sylvia is a Clinical Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Sylvia has an interest in working with clients who are experiencing a range of difficulties including, anxiety, depression, adjustment related disorders, stress management, emotional dysregulation and personality difficulties. 

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Anisha Smith

GDipPsych, MA

Anisha is a registered Psychologist with a special interest in clients experiencing a range of different setbacks.

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Sandy Burnett

BA, MA, GDipPsych, PgDipPsych, MA Psych(Clin.Psych), FCCLP

Sandy is a Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological assessment and treatment with people across the lifespan. Sandy has a special interest working with young children.  

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Kaitlin McManus

B. Psych (Hons), M. Psych (Clinical), MAPS

Kaitlin is a Clinical Psychologist who has a particular interest in working with individuals (16 years +) who are experiencing difficulties including mood and anxiety disorders, body image issues, disordered eating, eating disorders, identity/personality difficulties, grief and loss, life transitions and adjustment issues.

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Stavroula Surdich

Stavroula is a registered psychologist.

Stavroula works with people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, self- esteem, relationships, grief and loss, time management and stress related issues. Stavroula has a special interest in working with mature clients and later life difficulties.

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Sabrina Abney 

Psych PhD., M.Psych (Clinical)

Sabrina provides therapy for individuals across the lifespan who have difficulties with emotions, mood, trauma, and relationships; she also works with couples and families. 

For the full profile: Sabrina is currently a provisional psychologist and holds a Masters and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Sabrina works from a holistic perspective, starting with understanding the client and their current struggles, while utilizing techniques from interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Sabrina has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, university, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient clinics. She has completed specialized placements in trauma, health psychology, addictions, and severe psychopathology/suicidality.

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