Robyn Yaxley

Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director & PhD Candidate
MPsych (Clin. Psych.), MAPS, FCCLP

Robyn is a friendly, down to earth clinical psychologist with 20+ years of experience treating a wide range of presenting problems in group and individual therapy. She prides herself on adjusting her approach to help her clients gain the skills and knowledge they need to overcome their personal and mental health difficulties whatever they may be, and achieve their personal goals. She has trained extensively in a wide range of evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy but these days primarily uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) due to it’s proven effectiveness in treating a wide range of conditions. She does her best work when assisting her clients to overcome the legacy of negative life experiences or trauma that has left them feeling frightened, worthless, inadequate, or unloveable and engaging in self-limiting thoughts and behaviours.

Prior to entering private practice, Robyn practised in correctional, private psychiatric hospital, and employment settings. Robyn was awarded the Australian Psychological Society Clinical College Utas student of the year for 2017. She has published and presented her research findings nationally and internationally and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Tasmania.

If you are looking for someone who seeks to understand you and the challenges you face, who will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to change things for the better and will hold you accountable for improving your mental health and wellbeing then Robyn could be a great fit for you. She works exclusively with adults and is currently available Tuesday to Thursday.

Lesli Hokanson MacKinnon

Clinical Psychologist
BPsych, MPsych (Clin), MAPS

Lesli works with adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship difficulties, grief and loss. Lesli provides therapy and assessment services and utilises a range of evidence based therapies including CBT, DBT, and EMDR. She can assist with stress management, emotional regulation, adjustment to change, and other common mental health problems and life challenges including issues regarding gender, sexuality, pregnancy and birth preparation. Lesli is approachable and strives to create a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients. She invites clients to work as equal partners in a client-focused process that empowers them to bring about change.

Lesli is currently available Tuesdays & Fridays.

Lesli Hokanson MacKinnon
Portrait of Val Ranson

Dr Val Ranson

Clinical Psychology Registrar
BA(Hons), MPsych(Clin), PhD, MAPS

Val works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families on a broad range of mental health issues, including anxiety-related conditions, depressive illnesses, grief and loss, traumatic experiences, sexual abuse, family violence, relationship difficulties, and general life challenges. Val has a particular interest in psychotic illness and in the challenges that sometimes come with ageing. Val can also provide non-directive pregnancy counselling, and is a member of the Disaster Response Network, and the Ally Network at the University of Tasmania.

Val is a compassionate and thoughtful psychologist. Val will use evidence-based techniques to help you to clarify a problem that is causing you distress or worry, and will work within your values and experiences to help you find a way forward.

Val is currently available Monday to Wednesday and every second Saturday morning.

Emily Goss

Clinical Psychology Registrar
BA/BSc(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS

Emily is a Registered Psychologist who completed a Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Tasmania and a Master of Positive Psychology degree at the University of Melbourne. She is currently completing her Clinical Registrar Program to become a Clinical Psychologist. Emily has experience working with people of all ages in individual and group settings, and has previously worked at specialist youth mental health services in both Hobart and Melbourne.

Emily has a gentle and empathic approach, and above all aims to create a warm and safe environment for clients to work towards their therapeutic goals. She works collaboratively with her clients to understand their problems, and uses evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Emily mostly works with clients aged 18 and above who are experiencing anxiety and/or mood disorders, life stressors, and adjustment issues. She has a special interest in working with people experiencing emotion regulation difficulties, and relationship challenges.

Emily is currently available Thursdays and Fridays. Unfortunately, Charlie the dog (pictured) isn’t included in sessions, however Emily encourages clients to bring along their own dogs (or other pets – she doesn’t discriminate).


Photo of Emily with her pet dog, Charlie

Dr Michael G Quinn

Registered Psychologist
PhD(ClinPsych), MAPS

Michael is a compassionate psychologist who values creating safe, open, and honest therapeutic relationships with his clients. He understands that there is never a one-size-fits-all solution, and will work collaboratively with you to find solutions that meet your psychological needs.

Michael provides therapy services mainly with adults and high-school aged adolescents, across a broad range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and trauma. He has experience working with people with disabilities and their carers, as well as older adults. Michael provides therapy services using a range of evidence-based therapies in his practice, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, (ACT), Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR).

Michael also offers assessment services in a wide range of areas, but has extensive training and experience in assessment of children and adolescents with learning difficulties.

Michael has a particular interest in finding better ways to help family members who care for people with chronic health conditions, disabilities, and mental health problems. He is involved in several research projects in these areas, as an Adjunct at the University of Tasmania, and has published research in these areas over the past decade. Prior to entering private practice Michael worked in the education and disability sectors, and trained Master of Clinical Psychology students at the University of Tasmania.

Michael is available Monday to Wednesday.

Lucy Johnstone

Registered Psychologist
BA(Psych), GradDipPsych(Ad), MPsych(Clin)

Lucy works with adolescents and adults, and has experience working with depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment difficulties, and sleep problems. Lucy uses a compassionate, collaborative, and evidence-based approach to therapy with the aim of providing space where clients feel heard, respected, and can bring their full selves.

Lucy has experience in both individual and group-based therapy, with therapeutic interventions grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness and Compassion based approaches.

Lucy has a particular interest in self-compassion theory and completed her masters research in this area. Lucy is also passionate about supporting people within the LGBTIQA+ community and strives to provide a practice that is inclusive of all identities.

Lucy is currently available Thursdays & Fridays.

Rebecca Hodge

Registered Psychologist
BBehSc, GDipPsych(Adv), MPsychClin, MAPS

Rebecca is a Registered Psychologist who completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at The University of Queensland. She has experience in providing psychological services to people across the lifespan in individual and group settings. Rebecca is empathetic and takes a collaborative problem-solving approach to helping people achieve their therapeutic goals. She works with people with a range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as people who have experienced trauma or grief and loss. Rebecca can also assist with adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, clinical perfectionism, emotion dysregulation, and interpersonal difficulties. She has a particular interest in working with people from diverse sociocultural backgrounds.

Rebecca employs evidenced-based interventions and tailors them to match the therapeutic goals of her clients. Rebecca’s primary intervention approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, often complemented by elements of other evidence-based therapies.

Rebecca is available to provide therapy services to adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays.