At Hobart ADHD Consultants we feel strongly about the importance of using a neurodiversity-affirming approach. We respect and value the perspectives of people with lived experience of ADHD, and ensure that these perspectives inform all aspects of our work.
Guided by the most-up-to-date research available, we support people with ADHD to reach their full potential. We aim to assist people with ADHD to face challenges with confidence, and to make the absolute most of their full set of strengths. We aim to support them in developing and maintaining a strong sense of wellbeing and self-worth. We aim to assist their loved ones to feel confident in understanding and supporting them, and in encouraging them and cheering them on. We aim to assist everyone to enjoy positive and nurturing relationships.
DR MADDI DERRICK - DIRECTOR, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Maddi is a nationally registered and endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Psychology Board-approved supervisor. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health concerns, having spent her early career years working across a range of non-government services. She has since developed extensive knowledge and expertise in helping individuals, couples and families to overcome the challenges that ADHD can create, and to make the most of the opportunities that are waiting to be uncovered.
Maddi is a very active member of the Australian ADHD Professionals Association, and she was a member of the development group for the Australian Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for ADHD (approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council and released in 2022). Maddi is also an active member of the Australian Psychological Society, and provides training on the assessment and treatment of ADHD to psychologists right around the country.
Maddi has lived experience of ADHD herself and advocates strongly for the rights and wellbeing of all in the ADHD community. In 2018 she co-founded 'Parents for ADHD Advocacy Australia' - a national community group working towards improving outcomes for children with ADHD. In more recent years she has focussed her advocacy efforts on stakeholder consultation and research initiatives, and her regular contributions to media.
When she's not deep-diving into all things ADHD, Maddi likes upcycling jewellery and furniture, singing and dancing with her dog (he is particularly talented in the disco genre), and chipping away at 1000-piece puzzles with her family.
AMELIA VANDERNIET - PSYCHOLOGIST (she/they)
Amelia is a nationally registered psychologist who shares her time between working in schools and at Hobart ADHD Consultants. ADHD is a special interest area for Amelia. She enjoys working with adults, families and educators. Amelia creates a comfortable space to help people make sense of their experiences and discover how to use their strengths to improve their quality of life. Amelia likes to wind down by tinkering in the woodshop or heading out for a bushwalk in the Tassie wilderness.
SARAH COLEMAN - PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Sarah is a nationally registered psychologist with experience in providing mental health treatment to people of all ages. She is passionate about early intervention, and helping individuals and families improve their relationships, build resilience and utilise their strengths. Sarah enjoys a flexible and creative approach to therapy, ensuring her clients feel comfortable and engaged throughout their experience. Sarah loves exploring new cultures and being in the outdoors with her family.
ANNA READ - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Anna is a nationally registered and endorsed Clinical Psychologist, and currently shares her time between working in schools and private practice. Anna thinks the brain is pretty fascinating - from reading other people's emotions or doing a complex maths problem, through to preparing our bodies to act on survival responses like our early ancestors did. She loves how it helps her to do the things she loves most, like going on outdoor adventures and enjoying good food! Anna likes working with people of all ages and ensures her clients have the opportunity to make sense of their experiences, and to know that they are heard and understood in therapy.
SHARON GARRO - PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Sharon is a nationally registered psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with people of all ages on all sorts of wellbeing concerns, including gathering up extensive experience working in school settings. She is passionate about helping people uncover their strengths and talents. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to use her additional training in coaching and positive psychology when her clients are ready to move towards their goals and living their best lives.
Sharon provides telehealth services from regional Victoria, where she lives with her four children and one gorgeous border collie. She loves devouring books, and laughing and spending time with people. Sharon has a lived experience of ADHD, through both her children’s and her own personal journey.
LUCY JOHNSTONE - PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Lucy is a registered Psychologist and clinical registrar. She has training and experience in a range of areas including depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, issues related to LGBTIQA+, and neurodivergence.
Lucy uses an evidence based and integrative approach, primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness/Compassion-focused Therapy.
Lucy has an interest in child and adolescent mental health, recently completing training in Schema Therapy (CA) for Child & Adolescents. She takes a strengths-based approach to therapy, and often draws upon Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) in working with the young people and their parents.
Above all, Lucy strives to create a safe space in the therapy room and understands the courage it takes to be there. She has a warm and attentive approach and encourages change and growth at the clients pace.
GEORGIE DRAXLER - PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Georgie is a nationally registered psychologist working via telehealth. She has experience providing neurodevelopmental assessments (to people of all ages), and mental health intervention with young people (children, teens, and their parents) and young adults. Georgie is passionate about helping people explore and embrace their neurodiversity. She is dedicated to helping people have a better understanding of themselves and enhance quality of life. Georgie takes a non-judgmental and neuro-affirming approach to help clients feel secure and heard while they explore their concerns.
Georgie is an avid traveller, and in her spare time you will find her out in nature with her beloved border collie.
SUMMER GUO - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Summer is a nationally registered and endorsed Clinical Psychologist. She enjoys working with adults and young people on a range of mental health issues, and has special interest in ADHD. She adopts a compassionate, family-inclusive, and neuro-affirming approach in her practice. Summer aspires to facilitate an individual’s discovery and fostering of their strengths. When Summer is not practicing psychology, she loves road-tripping and hiking her way across the great outdoors.
TAMZIN BARBER -PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Tamzin is a nationally registered psychologist helping people and animals to improve their health and welfare. She has worked in general practice since 2006 helping people across the lifespan as well as in health and organisational psychology and applied animal behaviour. Tamzin has lived experience of the journey, challenges and strengths that ADHD brings. This drives her passion to help individuals and families seeking support and/or assessment related to ADHD. Tamzin provides telehealth services from Queensland where she lives with her family including two cats. She loves animals and nature and studies wild dolphins in her spare time, sharing what she finds through art and science.
STEPHANIE DUNBAR - PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Stephanie is a nationally registered psychologist with a passion for working with people with ADHD and those that suspect they may have ADHD. She enjoys working with children, families and adults and has experience in conducting assessments and providing counselling. Stephanie is passionate about supporting people to identify their own strengths and capabilities.
Outside of work, Stephanie loves spending time with her dogs, out in nature or reading a book.
ELLIE DUGGAN - PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Ellie is a provisional psychologist, happily bounding up the home straight of her psychology training at UTAS. She has discovered her passion for working with children and their families. and her compassion and sense of fun shine through in the safe and supportive environment she creates.
In her spare time Ellie enjoys the good life relaxing at the beach, walking her cavoodle puppy Lenny, and catching up with friends over coffee and almond croissants.
MARIELLE PRAZAK - PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
KATE AGG - PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST (she/her)
Kate is a provisional psychologist, completing the final placement in her clinical psychology degree at UTAS. She has a strong passion for connecting with people from all walks of life, helping them to understand their own unique qualities and complexities, and supporting them to thrive.
Kate has a warm, open, and collaborative approach. She enjoys working with adults, children, and their families, and understands the importance of considering a family systems approach to neurodiversity.
In her spare time, you will find Kate outdoors climbing mountains, running half marathons, exploring the globe, and spending quality time with her young family and two dogs
ALESHA - ADMINISTRATOR
Alesha brings a warm, professional and approachable presence to our practice. Running her own family business on the side makes her organisational skills and attention to detail next level. As a proud mum of two, her special skills include cuddles, taxi driver, conflict resolution, and underappreciated chef.
JANE - ADMINISTRATOR
Jane joined us after 25 years in the travel industry. She feels a special connection to our practice due to parenting a child with ADHD herself, and she understands the highs and lows that can crop up in family life for our clients. Jane is super bubbly, a little bit fancy, and always up for a chat (reality TV being her category of choice).
THERE IS ROOM FOR MORE...
Is this sounding like you?
1. You are qualified as a psychologist or other allied health professional, a medical practitioner, a nurse practitioner or mental health nurse, a social worker, a counsellor, or an ADHD coach (with ICF-accredited training)
2. You are interested in being able to provide evidence-based neurodiversity-affirming services to individuals, couples and/or families seeking support related to ADHD
3. You are interested in working either onsite at our Bellerive practice, or via telehealth from wherever around the country you call home
If yes, yes and yes, then please do get in touch to arrange a confidential chat with Maddi Derrick (director). Send your CV with a short covering email through to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling.