At MindMovers Psychology, we understand the most important part of change is feeling supported while experiencing a genuine connection with your therapist. We believe that behind every client is a huge network of people who are equally important and necessary pieces to the puzzle of change. We treat each client as part of our family, truly care about their outcomes and will always go the extra mile to support our clients in feeling empowered in their own therapeutic journey. Our clinicians have their own skills and expertise which is why we ensure our clients are matched to the right clinician.
Meet The TeamOur Experts
J Jaimie Bloch
Clinical Director and Founder
B.A Psych (Hons.), PGDip Psych, PGDip ProfPsych, M.Psych (Clinical)
Jaimie Bloch is a Clinical Psychologist, Behavioural Expert, Researcher and Program Developer.
She is passionate about working with youth and adults in understanding, developing and managing the human experience. Jaimie has been working with youth and adults within a range of contexts since 2007. She is an expert behavioural consultant for children and adolescents and has a special interest in the treatment, creation and management of interventions both in individual, group, school and online forums for children, adolescents, adults and families.
Jaimie has spent years studying and perfecting her craft with a Bachelor of Psychological Science, a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), a Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and a Master’s of Psychology (Clinical).
Jaimie uses her flair for creativity to encompass both holistic and evidence-based approaches when developing group therapy, school-based or individual and corporate programs. She is passionate about creating comprehensive intervention plans, setting up support systems for individuals and families, motivated to bridge the gap between Psychology, Science and Human understanding. Her greatest passions include teaching, researching, developing programs and writing articles that meld Western Psychology, Philosophy, Human Social Psychology and the neuroscience behind the brain that is both palatable and enjoyable to engage with and understand.
Jaimie’s philosophy is that knowledge is power. She believes that the knowledge we can learn and gather about ourselves, our brains and others can empower us to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. She believes minds move better together, and that with the support of a guiding light, whether that be through a mentor, coach or information, we can feel more connected and enlightened, and ultimately empowered in our own life journeys.
Jaimie is a leading psychologist in Sydney and is creative, energetic and grounding in her approach with children, youth and families, making a special effort to instil a sense of self-efficacy and hopeful curiosity towards life’s journey in each person she encounters.
G Gail Zinn
Educational, Developmental and Counselling Psychologist
BSc; Dip Ed; MEd and Counselling Psychology; MAPS
Gail is a dedicated and highly experienced psychologist who has worked in private and public school settings for over 20 years. She has a calm and engaging approach to her therapeutic work with school age children, adolescents and their families, and aims to support them to enhance and develop their own unique strengths, knowledge and capabilities to promote enhanced wellbeing.
Gail’s special area of interest lies in supporting students and parents to negotiate the challenges of social, developmental and educational transitions. Her in-depth working knowledge of schools enables her to advocate and help build effective connections between families and welfare and education teams. This includes the development of Individualised Education Support Plans in relation to issues such as school readiness, curriculum outcomes for students with additional needs, years 5-7 transition, and pathways towards and beyond the HSC.
Gail’s practice incorporates an Interpersonal Therapeutic focus, as well as Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Psychotherapy.
In her therapeutic work with children and young people, Gail’s areas of interest include anxiety, emotional regulation, sensory motor challenges, bullying, healthy screen time, separation and divorce, grief and loss and the complexities of emerging mental health difficulties.
Gail’s Master’s thesis focused on Anxiety and Coping in Senior High School Students. She contributed to the development of the Adolescents Coping with Emotions (ACE) CBT program at Macquarie University, conducting pilot group programs. Gail was a recipient of the Anika Premier’s Teaching Award Scholarship, which enabled her to attend training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents at Columbia University, New York.
Gail currently combines her role as a Senior Psychologist for the NSW Department of Education with her role as a Psychologist at the MindMovers Psychology practice. She has recently delivered the Youth Mental Health First Aid program extensively across a range of NSW public schools. Gail is also a Psychology Board approved supervisor.
K Kerry Gordon
B. Psy (Hons.)
Kerry is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with children and families to provide support for social, behavioural and developmental challenges. She strives to empower individuals to overcome their challenges. Kerry works with children, adolescents and families to manage and understand anxiety, self-regulation, concentration difficulties, sibling rivalry, aggression, behavioural difficulties, social skills development, and grief and loss. Kerry works from a strengths-based approach and is driven to help people shift their negative thinking, feeling and behavioural patterns and become more productive and positively engaged in their own lives.
She is also particularly skilled in self-regulation and helping children, parents and schools learn how to implement effective strategies to help promote a calm mind and body when a person may be feeling emotionally overwhelmed.
Kerry’s approach to therapy is collaborative, working with all the relevant people involved, such as parents, carers, teachers and siblings. She enjoys working creatively and draws on elements of play and narrative therapy, as well as implementing aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Kerry is also specifically trained in Mindfulness for children through the MindUp course, as well as various family and parenting courses.
L Leigh Wallas
B.A Psych Sci (Hons.), M.Psych (Counselling)
Leigh is a curious, empathetic and passionate psychologist who works with young people, adolescents and adults to help create positive and lasting psychological change and growth. She strives to create a safe and connected space for young people to explore their vulnerability. Leigh has assisted adolescent and adult clients who have experienced a range of psychological concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, family and relationship difficulties, eating disorders and self-harm. She has a special interest in working with people who have lived through trauma and/or are dealing with complex issues. Leigh works holistically with other helpers, including GP’s, allied health and schools to provide the most effective and supportive care for her clients.
Leigh has a wealth of clinical experience working in Australia, the UK and Europe. She has worked in a number of different settings including private clinics, the public health system, charities, NGO’s and management consultancies. She has been formally trained in a number of techniques that are supported by evidence, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Leigh is a certified Yoga instructor and she incorporates her experience of calming the body and mind into her work and life.
Leigh has extensive experience running workshops and developing group therapy and training for organisations. She has designed and hosted yoga courses for mental health, including trauma-informed yoga.
Leigh is kind, empathetic and warm. She works in partnership with families, young people and adults; developing strategies for managing unhelpful or intrusive psychological issues. Leigh is passionate about identifying and harnessing a person’s already-existing strengths and she is committed to helping connect her clients to a deeper understanding of who they are.
Y Yalda Salameh
B. Psy (Hons.)
Yalda is a Registered Psychologist who has a passion for working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Yalda has a warm and empathic approach. She works in a supportive and collaborative way to understand their difficulties, ensuring that she tailors the therapy to improve her client’s overall well-being.
Yalda has had extensive training and experience working with adults, children and families in public and private health services. She has experience working in national youth mental health organisations for children and families dealing with trauma and early and emerging mental health challenges, such as anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD and psychosis.
She draws on various evidence-based therapeutic approaches, some of which include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Play and Art Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Yalda is trained in various parenting programs, such as 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching, Engaging Adolescents and Bringing up Great Kids.
Yalda has a special interest in utilising creative and engaging methods to support her clients in connecting to the process of change. She is dedicated to creating a safe, non-judgmental space that allows for empowerment and transformation. Yalda is practical in her approach, and sees the benefit and need for all children and parents to possess a toolbox of skills to take with them through all of life's stages.
A Amy Hersch
Office Manager and Registered Art Therapist
B.A Fine Arts, AdvDip Transpersonal Art Therapy
Amy is an integral part of the MindMovers Team. Amy helps support our lovely community, Tuesday to Friday, with appointments and all client and clinic related inquiries.
Amy is also an Artist and a tertiary qualified Art Therapist. Exploring metaphor, story and meaning, Art Therapy provides a creative alternative to verbal communication and typical counselling in a nurturing and creative way. Using the visual arts, including drawing, painting, clay and sand play, Amy supports clients of all ages, from children to adults, guiding them through self-discovery and finding creative ways to unlock emotional blocks, support skill development and personal growth. Amy is warm and supportive in her approach. She is dedicated to creating a safe, non-judgmental space that allows for change and transformation through connection and kindness. Amy enjoys connecting with her clients through their journey, as she gently guides through life's obstacles.
J Jodie Rosenberg
MindCoach and Administration Assistant
Jodie is a Psychologist in training and recent graduate of the Psychology Honours program at the University of Sydney. Jodie supports the clinic on Mondays as our administration assistant. She is also our head trainer in our coaching program. The MindMovers coaching program is a tailored program that is run individually and in groups. Its main remediation focus is to support skill development of executive function, planning, organisation, emotional well-being and management skills for school and university students. Jodie strives to support her clients actualise their full potential with evidence-based strategies that increase productivity and efficiency whilst decreasing stress. She is passionate, kind and patient, aiming to uplift her clients to live a more balanced life.
Y Yuli Dar
The Right Match
Find The Right Psychologist
At MindMovers Psychology, we know how important it is to find the right fit to support our clients. We have a specialised system during our phone intakes to support you in finding the right clinician. This process involves our trained reception staff asking a series of questions about you or your child’s current challenges, your child’s temperament, past experiences in therapy and your own thoughts around what you are looking for in a therapist. At MindMovers Psychology, our level of care for our clients is of the uttermost importance. Our attention and focus is always the client/clinician relationship and finding your right match.
Things to keep in mind
*Statistics via the seven year Youth Mental Health Report – 2012-2018 by Mission Australia in association with Black Dog Institute