About Us

Drummoyne Counselling is currently restructuring.
A new team of clinicians, doctors and specialists will be posted to this page soon.
Nese Sozen - Drummoyne Counselling Centre

Nese Sozen

Director of Drummoyne Counselling
Counselling Psychologist - MA(PsychFamilyTh), MA(HealthEd), BA(Soc), Dip(Psych), Grad Cert(ClinicalSup), MAPS, MCCOUNP

Nese is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and she is also a member of the Australian Psychology Society. Nese has a Masters in Psychology in Family Therapy, a Masters in Health Education and also a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision. Nese has 25 years of experience in individual, couple, family, and relationships therapy. She has worked in mental health, drug and alcohol, family/relationships and corporate organisations in the capacity of a psychologist, lecturer, consultant and supervisor. Nese has presented in national and international conferences and she has been in private practice for many years. She is committed to providing the highest quality service to her clients in order to assist them to reach their maximum potential. She will also train, mentor and provide clinical supervision to psychologists.

Dr Anna Ingram

Dr Anna Ingram

Clinical Neuropsychologist - BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD, MAPS, CCN

Dr Anna Ingram has over 15 years of experience as a clinical neuropsychologist. She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and a PhD from The University of Melbourne. She is a fully registered psychologist with AHPRA and holds endorsement as a neuropsychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Dr Ingram sees adults and older adults with known or suspected brain impairment and/or mental illness for detailed neuropsychological assessments. She has a particular interest and expertise in dementia diagnosis, including atypical and younger onset dementias. She also has substantial experience in decision making capacity assessments and in providing an opinion about return to work, study and driving. In addition, Dr Ingram is able to assist people with cognitive impairment to better manage their difficulties in everyday life. Dr Ingram also conducts intellectual and academic assessments for adults and children.

Natalie Vertoudakis

Natalie Vertoudakis

Registered Psychologist
BA Psych (Honours), Grad Dip Psych Science Registered Psychologist (MAPS) SIRA Accredited 

Natalie has completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sydney and Honours Degree at Western Sydney University. Following the completion of her Honours Degree, Natalie completed an AHPRA approved two-year internship involving practice in a private clinic. During this time, she gained extensive clinical experience and skills in diagnostics, assessment and treatment of various psychological conditions among individuals of all ages. Natalie has special interest in working with individuals suffering from various presenting issues from adolescence to late adulthood.

Natalie has experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of;

  • Anxiety Disorders, Specific Phobias, PTSD
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Disordered Eating
  • Mood Disorders including Grief/Bereavement
  • Personality Disorders
  • Workplace and Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries - including bullying/harassment.

Sandra Scott

Educational and Developmental Psychologist, MAPS

Sandra is a Board and Australian Psychological Society (APS) endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist who has a masters degree in Education and Counselling Psychology, with additional postgraduate qualifications in Nutritional Medicine for Mental Health. Sandra has interest in working with children and adults from an evidence-based, holistic and individualistic perspective. She has extensive experience working with students in special school settings, Primary Opportunity Classes, selective high schools and in psychometric assessment to diagnose and assist children with disabilities. She is accomplished in evidence-based counselling modalities incl. cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma focused CBT, mindfulness, acceptance an commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing and hypnotherapy to support people experiencing a wide rage of persistent and severe mental health issues.

Sandra provides assessment, counselling and management of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive and Tic Related Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Eating Disorder
  • Trauma (domestic violence, CSA survivors, emotional abuse)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorders
  • Paranoia
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • School – Learning difficulties, disabilities
  • Workplace Stress
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief and Loss Issues

Dr Keong Yap

Clinical Psychologist
DPsych, MAPS

Keong is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the ACU Strathfield campus. Keong has research interests in the area of clinical psychology and with a focus on obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, including hoarding disorder, OCD, and compulsive buying. He is also very interested in examining the application of mindfulness and acceptance based therapies for these conditions.


Erica Li

Accredited Practising Dietitian
M.NutrDiet; BSc Food & Nutritional Science

Erica completed her Master degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney and she is a member of Dietitians Australia. She has professional experience in providing dietary advice for various medical conditions such as weight management, diabetes, gastrointestinal and renal problems, PCOS, hyperlipidaemia/hypertension. Erica has genuine interest in nutritional care around disability including physical, psychosocial and intellectual disability and has experience in working with NDIS participants. Erica is also a mental health first aider and has extensive experience managing the physical conditions of people with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, disordered eating, etc. Erica believes in her strong ability to support and empower clients to take control of their wellbeing. She is dedicated to advocating how nutrition plays an important role in both physical and mental health.

Outside of work, Erica is a nature lover and has particular interest in water sports. She looks forward to working with you and assisting you in achieving life-changing goals.


Zuhal Hamidi

Centre Manager

Zuhal has undertaken a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science), with a major in Neuroscience at the University of Sydney. Zuhal has particular interest in biological and neural processing of the brain, and its connection with human behaviour. Zuhal has been working with Drummoyne Counselling as an Executive Assistant to Specialists, since 2017. She has become a valuable asset and is managing Drummoyne Counselling, since 2020. Zuhal shows great interpersonal and management skills to lead, develop, implement, oversee and manage the operations, and the future growth and development of the centre. 



Mental Health Emergencies

Please note that Drummoyne Counselling is NOT an acute emergency service. If you or a person you know is experienceing a mental health crisis call Emergency services on 000, or your local Mental Health Crisis Team (call 1800 011 511 within NSW) or go to your local hospital emergency department.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ensuring Drummoyne Counselling is a safe and welcoming space for patients and families is a priority. In light of concerns relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), staff at Drummoyne Counselling are taking the following precautions to help keep everyone safe.

All patients will be screened over the phone for COVID-19. Depending on the outcome of screening, all appointments are being held as either face-to-face, Telehealth or phone consultations.

For COVID-19 updates from the Australian government, please see the link below (information also available in other languages than English):