Meet Our Team of Psychologists
Meet Sherisse Cohen
Sherisse trained at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and The University of South Africa (UNISA) in South Africa. She also completed an internship at The Sydney Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered with the NSW Psychologists’ Registration Board. Sherisse has been in private practice since 2005 and works with adults and adolescents (14+) experiencing the following issues:
- Career, work and study issues
- Eating disorders (including compulsive overeating)
- Emotional instability
- Panic attacks
- Self-esteem and assertiveness issues
- Self-harm behaviours
- Stress and anxiety
- Relationship and parenting issues
Sherisse works with clients both individually and in groups, offering engaging experiential, mindfulness-based workshops based on ‘Mindful Living’. This treatment helps those who need to manage stress, anxiety, depression and improve general well being. It can also help those struggling with compulsive eating, bulimia and body image issues.
Sherisse uses a range of therapeutic approaches tailored to her clients’ needs. Her primary goal is to provide a non-judgmental, safe and nurturing environment where clients can develop awareness, enhance their coping skills and recover. She believes the fit between therapist and client is important and her clients describe her as approachable and easy to connect with.
Learn more at www.mindfulthinking.com.au
Meet Tal Schlosser
Tal is the founder and principal psychologist at myLife Psychologists, and her qualifications include seven years of university training: a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Psychology from Macquarie University, and a Masters of Clinical Psychology Degree, with 1st Class Honours, from the University of New South Wales.
With over 18 years of professional experience, Tal has enjoyed helping individuals and couples in a wide variety of settings. She underwent her training at the Anxiety Disorders Unit at Westmead Hospital, the Department of Neuropsychology at Royal North Shore Hospital, and the Mental Health Service in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She then worked at the Community Mental Health team at St Vincent’s Hospital including their inpatient psychiatric unit. Following this she worked for many years in a large private practice in Sydney as a senior clinical psychologist, supervisor and manager of experienced therapists.
Tal sees adults and couples at Sydney Doctors and at myLife Psychologists’ Alexandria consultation rooms. Her areas of particular interest include:
- Perinatal and postnatal anxiety and depression
- Couples and marital therapy
- Excessive worry and rumination
- Social anxiety
Tal is skilled in using the following therapeutic approaches:
- Schema Therapy
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness based interventions
- Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples
Learn more at www.mylifepsychologists.com.au
Meet Alexandra Sheffield
Alex is a specialist in treating eating disorders and weight-related difficulties, and at myLife Psychologists, she enjoys working with both adults and adolescents presenting with a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, stress, and difficulties related to self-esteem and managing emotions. She has expertise in working with adolescents and is skilled at engaging young people and involving their families when required. She has expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy, an area in which she has published a number of research papers (see below). She is skilled at putting her clients at ease and building a collaborative therapeutic relationship to achieve the best outcomes.
Learn more at www.mylifepsychologists.com.au
Meet Alexander Svenson
Alex is passionate about helping people get through difficult periods in their lives and sharing in their journey of self-discovery. He works from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) perspective that he tailors to the individual, and incorporates techniques from other approaches to improve his treatment outcomes.
Alex completed his psychology training at the University of Wollongong, including a 4-year Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours, and a 2-year Master of Psychology (Clinical).
He has experience working in public health, private practice, and not-for-profit. He has helped individuals across the lifespan from adolescents to older adults experiencing a range of psychological difficulties. These have included depression, chronic mood disorders, interpersonal challenges, personal loss, insomnia, emotional dysregulation, and various types of anxiety (generalised anxiety, worry, panic, phobias, health anxiety, social anxiety and OCD). Alex finds it especially rewarding to help people overcome their anxiety conditions, and he is happy to conduct sessions outside of the office to ensure graded exposure treatments are as effective as possible.
Alex has called Sydney home for the past 10 years, however prior to this he lived in his birth country of Norway. As well as being fluent in English he also speaks Norwegian and intermediate level Greek.
In addition to his work with myLife, Alex is employed as a clinical psychologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital with the Older Persons’ Mental Health Service. Concurrently, he is undertaking a post-graduate degree in Economic Analysis with the University of Sydney, and he hopes to progress to a PhD and to eventually combine his interests in psychology and economics.
Alex offers after-hours appointments at our Alexandria office on Thursdays. Learn more at www.mylifepsychologists.com.au