Our Team

PsychCentral staff are experienced in delivering a professional and culturally-competent psychological, allied health, and disability services to children, adults, couples, and families.

Psychiatrists

Dr. Sangeetha Makielan

Dr. Sangeetha Makielan

Infant, Child & Family Psychiatrist

MD (Hons), FRANZCP, Cert. Child Adolescent Psych.

Dr Sangeetha Makielan is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Pyschiatrists (FRANZCP) with over 10 years of professional experience in psychiatry. She has undertaken specialist training in children and adolescents. She has worked with women and their families from pre-conception to pregnancy and the postnatal period, completing mental health assessments and individually tailored treatment options for them.

Dr Makielan is passionate about working with Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds including those from remote indigenous communities. Her special interests include psychotherapy (individual, parent-child), family therapy, Transcultural psychiatry, perinatal and infant psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, adjustment difficulties with pregnancy or parenting, grief associated with fertility or perinatal loss, mental health disorders during pregnancy and postpartum period, parent-child relationship difficulties and psychotropic medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Psychologists

Hanan Dover

Hanan Dover

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Hanan Dover has completed four degrees in psychology and is completing her PhD in psychological medicine. She is a clinical and forensic psychologist with special interests in trauma, mood and anxiety related disorders, sexual difficulties in relationships, complex presentations, chronic pain, narcissism / psychopathy, deception, parenting, autism, and challenging behaviours. She is also a certified EMDR practitioner and can conduct neurofeedback, and clinical hypnotherapies. As a forensic psychologist, Hanan can conduct forensic psychological assessments and write reports relevant for court.

Hanan maintains that she is multilingual because she speaks Arabic as well as the language of coffee-lovers.

Hanan enjoys laughing, a lot.

Nezihe Ali

Nezihe Ali

Psychologist

B. Behavioural Health Sci., Graduate Diploma Psych, Graduate Diploma  Counselling, M. Health Sci

Nezihe works with adolescents 14+, adults and couples. She adopts a client centred approach, working with her clients’ strengths and utilizes a number of modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment therapy & Solution focused therapy. Her key areas of work include: anxiety, depression, domestic violence, personal growth and development, self esteem & confidence building, couples counselling, post-separation parenting, restoration orders, and drug & alcohol abuse. Nezihe is a Workcover and CTP approved psychologist. Nezi is bilingual and also speaks Turkish.

Nezihe enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, while fuelling her love for interior styling/decorating with a side of coffee & chocolate.

Nurul Praharso

Nurul Praharso

Clinical Psychologist Registrar

Additional Languages Spoken: Indonesian

Noosha Anzab

Noosha Anzab

Psychologist

B. Arts (Psych), B. Psychology, and M. Counselling and Psychotherapy

Noosha’s areas of focus include but are not limited to anxiety and depression, intrapersonal intelligence, mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Noosha is bilingual and also speaks Farsi.

In her spare time, Noosha enjoys spending time with her partner and son, as well as watching or listening to documentaries. Noosha loves cheese, patisseries and a dreamy cup of coffee.

Moustafa El-Gashingi

Moustafa El-Gashingi

Psychologist

Mostafa Elgashingi is a psychologist that comes with experience working the most difficult of client groups having worked in the prisons for a few years. Areas of expertise include, but not limited to: post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol issues, depression, anxiety, acute psychosis, crisis management and risk intervention, personality disorders, youth & gang-related issues, anger management, at-risk behaviour, and youth mental health issues. Mostafa is bilingual and can speak Arabic.

Mostafa’s interests are everything related to Star Wars, he is an avid Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs supporter, and often makes people laugh.

Farzana Rita

Farzana Rita

Psychologist

Additional Languages Spoken: Bengali, Hindi, Urdu

Amra Sehic

Amra Sehic

Psychologist

B. Psych, Post Graduate Diploma Applied Psych

Amra has extensive experience in Work Place Issues, Brief Solution Therapy & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In addition Amra is a Work Cover and CTP approved psychologist. Amra’s areas of focus include Anxiety Disorders, Trauma & PTSD, Depression, Mood Related Disorders and many more. Amra is also multilingual and can speak Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

Amra enjoys spending time with her family and sipping on a fine cup of coffee.

Nancy Sokarno

Nancy Sokarno

Psychologist

B. Psych, MAPS

Nancy focuses on adolescent/ young adult anxiety, depression, body image/self esteem issues as well as working with couples and families. Nancy is also bilingual and speaks Arabic.

Nancy is a gym enthusiast, love animals, loves crime podcasts and is a foodie.

Kanwal Ali

Kanwal Ali

Psychologist

Kanwal has experience working with young children and adults from various cultural backgrounds. Kanwal specializes in the areas of Depression, Anxiety, Stress management, Low self-esteem and Anger management.

Kanwal also has experience in conducting psychometric assessments such as Intelligence (IQ), Academic and memory assessments.  In her free time Kanwal enjoys spending time with her family and going shopping.

Kanwal is also multilingual and in addition to English can speak Urdu, Hindi, Hindko and Punjabi.

Hawra Alzagharni

Hawra Alzagharni

Provisional Psychologist & Disability Support Co-Ordinator

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic, Persian

Amila Trako

Amila Trako

Clinical Psychologist

B.Psych, PGDipPsy, MPsych(Clin)

Amila is passionate about working collaboratively with adults and couples from diverse backgrounds to help them manage and overcome their difficulties to make positive changes in their lives. Amila is committed to finding evidence based solutions to improve her client’s psychological wellbeing.

Amila’s specialist areas of interest includes mood and anxiety disorders, chronic pain management, anger management, problematic perfectionism, adjustment difficulties, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, stress management and assertiveness training.

Amina Ahmed

Amina Ahmed

Forensic Psychologist

B. Psych and a M. of Psych (Forensic)

Amina focuses on adult forensic and clinical clients. She has expertise in working with clients of culturally and linguistically diverse clients, and  refugee backgrounds. Amina also has experience working with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, couples, Domestic Violence, Probation and Parole, Court assessments and reports, Anger Management, and  Drug and Alcohol issues.

Amina is multilingual and also speaks Urdu and Hindi. Amina enjoys spending time with her children and two cats. She enjoys meeting friends  for coffee and baking.

Rene Delimanis

Rene Delimanis

Clinical Psychologist

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

Rene is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Psychologist with Endorsement in Clinical Psychology. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and a Fellow Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists (FMCCLIN).

Through her Greek family background, and extensive experience dealing with patients from varying ethnicities, she has experience in understanding the cultural variations when treating mental health issues. She has extensive training and experience in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Mood Disorders such as OCD, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and frequently treat complex mental health presentations. I further specialize in Couples Therapy, Grief Counseling, and Trauma Therapy.

Treatment modalities that she has experience in includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Dr Fayza Alshamali

Dr Fayza Alshamali

Psychologist

Diploma Hypnotherapy B. Psych, M. (Psych), PhD (Psych). AHPRA, MAPS

Fayza has been working as a psychologist for over 25 years. She has a wealth of experience in treatment of many mental health areas with Arabic speaking clients both in Australia and in the Middle-East. She has also presented at over 100 workshops internationally and locally since 1999. Her special interests are in NLP, EFT, emotional intelligence, law of attraction, time line therapy, parenting, communication skills, the change starts within and more psychological topics). She has also published three books exhibited on book exhibitions in both Dubai and Egypt. Fayza is also bilingual and can speak Arabic.

Christine El-Baini

Christine El-Baini

Psychologist

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Ramsey Andrews

Ramsey Andrews

Psychologist

B. Art (Psych) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psych

Ramsey is a psychologist with extensive experience in the provision of various psychological therapies in working with people with various mental health conditions and complex psychosocial issues. Ramsey has a particular expertise in transcultural mental health, whereby he has extensive experience working with people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, particularly using counselling and therapeutic skills with people of a non–English speaking background.

As well as working in Private Practice with clients presenting with a broad range of mental health issues, Ramsey is also employed an Area Psychologist with the Salvation Army Employment Plus where he provides psychological interventions to individuals, as well as running groups with disadvantaged members of society. Ramsey is also bilingual and speaks Arabic.

Mariam Mourtada

Mariam Mourtada

Psychologist

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Sarah Mohamadin

Sarah Mohamadin

Psychologist

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Basmah Kahil

Basmah Kahil

Provisional Psychologist

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Billel Rababi

Billel Rababi

Provisional Psychologist

Billel has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is currently a registered Provisional Psychologist. Billel completed his thesis on Masculinity from a Middle Eastern perspective and grew up as a cultural minority and utilises his education and experience in teaching and motivating other young men dealing with similar experiences. He believes in positivity and the power of change and has a passion for helping individuals in building the framework for a brighter future. Billel loves the NFL and supports the Green Bay Packers.

Fatima Masri

Fatima Masri

Social Worker

B. Social Work

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic, Persian

Speech & Behaviour Therapists

Rayyan Hares-Helou

Rayyan Hares-Helou

Speech Pathologist

B. Speech Therapy

Rayyan is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She enjoys working with children as young as 2 years of age through to their teenage years. She is passionate about working collaboratively with children and their support networks to meet their goals. She also makes an extra effort to educate parents in the tools necessary to support their child’s development.  

Rayyan has experience working with children with complex communication needs and diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly and Down Syndrome. She particularly has an interest in ASD, speech sound disorders, language delays, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and literacy difficulties. She has experience working in a range of settings including private practice, school, childcare and social skills group. Rayyan is proactive in communicating with school teachers, providing them necessary tools, training and strategies in the class room to facilitate a child’s communication and learning.

Rayyan is a board member of Global Smile Foundation (GSF) Australia. GSF is a not-for-profit organisation that provides comprehensive care to alleviate the suffering in patients with congenital facial deformities including cleft lip and palate in developing countries. She travels with GSF to countries including Ecuador and Lebanon to provide Speech Pathology intervention.

When not at work, Rayyan is a foodie and coffee enthusiast who enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Reem Allouche

Reem Allouche

Speech Pathologist

B. Speech Therapy

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Ahlam Hussein

Ahlam Hussein

Speech Pathology

B. Heath Sciences (Hearing and Speech), M. Speech and Language Pathology (ongoing)

Ahlam Hussein is a Speech Pathology post-graduate student currently completely her final year of her Masters of Speech and Language Pathology. Speech Pathology involves assessing and treating children with stutters and speech, language, voice, and social communication disorders. Ahlam has experience working with a wide range of children aged between 3-13. If you find that your child is experiencing difficulties with speech being clear to understand, stuttering, reading, language delay, frustration from not being understood, poor listening skills, or unable to grasp letter-sound relationships, then speech therapy can help in those areas of development.

Ahlam is bilingual and can speak Arabic. Ahlam also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, binge reading unputdownable books and taking photos. Lots of photos.

Roane Ardati

Roane Ardati

Speech Pathologist

B. Speech Therapy

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Nada Elsayed

Nada Elsayed

Support Co-ordinator and Behaviour Therapist

Physiotherapists & Physiologists

Samah Assem

Samah Assem

Physiotherapist

B. Physiotherapy

Samah graduated from her Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree with a distinction average and has a unique combination of professional experience in the private sector and public hospital field. She treats a variety of acute and chronic conditions including sports and musculoskeletal injuries, post operative rehabilitation, neurological conditions and a range of physical disabilities. Samah is particularly interested in working with the paediatric population (i.e children) including but not limited to cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental delay, plagiocephaly and cystic fibrosis. She finds that achieving positive outcomes in a patient’s physical and functional capabilities the most rewarding aspect of her work. Samah is also a qualified Pilates instructor and integrates the use of therapeutic exercises in her physiotherapy practice.

Samah enjoys bike riding, swimming and playing with the many children in her extended family.

Mohamad Mansi

Mohamad Mansi

Exercise Physiologist

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Haifa Abbas

Haifa Abbas

Physiotherapist

Haifa Abbas has extensive experience working as a physiotherapist and has an active approach to injury management and exercise based rehabilitation. She can diagnose, treat and prevent a wide variety of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neurological conditions to optimise maximal physical potential. 
Using a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, education, lifestyle advice, soft tissue modalities and dry needling, Haifa can assist you to reach your maximum function and desired goals.

Some of the  conditions Haifa can treat include: Spine & joint conditions (disabilities & injuries), back & neck pain, injuries from motor vehicle accidents, sports related injuries, sprains & strains, work related injuries, post surgical rehabilitation, physical pacing for chronic pain management.

Additional language competency: Arabic

Rookaya Abboud

Rookaya Abboud

Provisional Physiologist

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic, Persian

Occupational Therapists

Rashid Al Dhaibi

Rashid Al Dhaibi

Occupational Therapist

B. HealthSci, M. (Occupational Therapy)

Rashid previously worked as a Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy assistant for 4 years while completing his Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy. Rashid brings a unique combination of experience as he has worked closely with therapists from all over NSW. Rashid currently works with children, adolescents and young adults with disability and is extremely passionate about his role.

Rashid can design and implement interventions for sensory processing/integration difficulties, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, play/social skills, assistive technology needs, wheelchair prescription, functional equipment prescription and so much more.

Rashid is bilingual and can speak Arabic. Rashid loves sports, literally any food and making people laugh.

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

Nadine Salama

Nadine Salama

Occupational Therapist

B. HealthSci, M. (Occupational Therapy)

Nadine is an Occupational Therapist with experience working in the NSW Health hospital system through placements during her studies in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Nadine has experience working with clients in a mental health setting in areas such as; anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Nadine also has experience with clients in stroke rehabilitation and palliative care.

Nadine is extremely passionate about working closely with clients of all ages and their families/carers to set personalised goals to achieve independence and engagement in all daily activities. She is also experienced in prescribing simple and complex equipment, and recommending minor and major home modifications.

Nadine is also bilingual and can speak Arabic. Nadine has a creative streak and enjoys making cakes, drawing, and photography.

Nora Chami

Nora Chami

Occupational Therapist

B. HealthSci, M. (Occupational Heath Therapy)

Additional Languages Spoken: Arabic

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About PsychCentral

PsychCentral is a professional psychological and allied  health service tailored to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. We conduct assessments, treatment plans and interventions for individuals, couples, and families in a variety of clinical, forensic, school, disability, and work-related settings.

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Bankstown
Civic Tower Suite 3, Level 8
66-72 Rickard Rd, Bankstown 2200
Telephone: (02) 9793 7762
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