Basten and Associates is a practice of clinical psychologists devoted to enhancing mental care in our community. We have been providing  psychological treatments since 1998 and now have three locations in Sydney – Sydney CBD, Chatswood and Westmead.
We are passionate about making a special contribution to mental health and emotional wellbeing.

We differ from other practices in several ways. At Basten and Associates:

  • we are all clinical psychologists with post-graduate clinical training.
  • We have enough specialists in different conditions, so you will find the right psychologist to work with you.
  • Our clinicians are committed to  staying up to date with research into the causes and treatments of common conditions.
  • We only use treatments that have a known basis of evidence showing them to be effective. We then adapt and tailor these treatments to each individual after a thorough assessment.

By creating a supportive and confidential environment we are able to work productively with every client to enable them to share their concerns, explore their issue and seek powerful solutions.


Our Staff

Dr INGERITH MARTIN    B.Sc.(Psychol.); M.Psychol.; PhD

Ingerith-Martin150x150Ingerith completed a combined PhD and Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of NSW.  Her research has been presented at conferences and published in a number of international journals. Ingerith has more than 10 years’ experience as a clinical psychologist and is a member of the Clicical College of the Australian Psychological Society. Prior to working in this practice, Ingerith was emplyed as the psychologist in the psychogeriatric service at Royal North Shore Hospital. During her six years in this practice, she has extended her expertise to include depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and adjustment to illness and chronic pain. Ingerith primarily uses cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) but also draws on recent advances in mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches in therapy.  Location: Ingerith sees clients at Chatswood.


ELIZABETH STANTON    B.Psych.(Hons); M.Psychol.

Elizabeth150x150Elizabeth has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Macquarie University and Masters degree in psychology from the University of NSW. She is a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists (APS), the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. Elizabeth has extensive experience working with a variety of health populations. She has worked at MS Australia for over four years and has also been involved in a large clinical research project with Macquarie University and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital focusing on the psychological welfare of people with cancer. She also currently works in Student Support Services at Sydney University. Elizabeth has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety and trauma, as well as grief and self-esteem issues. She has specialist training in family based treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents.   Location:  Elizabeth sees clients at Westmead.


CINDY TRAN    B.Psych.(Hons); M.Psychol.

cindy150x150Cindy is a clinical psychologist who has an undergraduate and Masters degree in psychology from the University of New South Wales. Her training included working at an anxiety disorders clinic. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT). Cindy has worked in a number of settings before joining the practice, including an inpatient eating disorders unit at The Hills Private Hospital, and the eating disorder services at Westmead Hospital.  She has undertaken specialist training in family based treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents. In addition to her expertise in recovery from eating disorders, Cindy has a strong interest in helping people achieve better outcomes with depression, anxiety disorders and self-esteem issues.  Location: Cindy sees clients at Westmead.


SAYEEDA GHANI   B.Sc.(Psych.)(Hons); M.Psychol.

Sayeeda150x150Sayeeda received her degrees in Psychology at the University of NSW in Sydney. She has worked in several settings, including child and family community mental health teams. She has experience in working with children, adolescents and families. She is particularly intersted in working with children with anxiety, behavioural difficulties and ADHD. She also has ain interest in seeing adults with eating disorders, post-natal depression and anxiety.  She is a member of the child and family arm of the practice: www.psychstuff4kids.com.au.  Sayeeda has a passion for providing evidence based and compassionate therapies to the individuals and families that she works with. She is a member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  Location:  Sayeeda sees clients at Chatswood.


Dr MARIA MILIC    B.A.(Hons.); M.Psychol.

MariaMaria is our senior child and family psychologist and brings with her 20 years’ of clinical wisdom and training. She completed her Masters degree in clinical psychology and then spent many years in a tertiary referral child and family centre for mental health before joining the practice as a consultant. Maria specialises in Selective Mutism, which is an anxiety condition affecting children where they do not talk in front of most people. Maria has published in this area and continues to conduct clinical research into selective mutism. She employs a family therapy approach whenever this is indicated and also engages people in individual therapy when this is more appropriate. Maria mainly works with children but also brings many skills and compassion to her adult clients.    Location: Maria sees clients at Westmead.


Dr CHRIS BASTEN   B.A.(Hons); M.Psychol.; PhD

chris150x150Chris is the Principal Clinical Psychologist involved in the practice. He has completed degrees in psychology at the University of N.S.W. (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Sydney (Master of Arts, Master of Psychology, PhD). He was a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists (Australian Psychological Society) before becoming a founding member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). He is an active member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT). He has served on the executive committee of the AACBT, including roles as vice-president and treasurer. Chris has 20 years’ experience in clinical settings including private practice, vocational rehabilitation and public hospitals. Chris lectures post-graduate psychology students and runs training workshops for psychologists on topics such as treating eating disorders and helping people adjust to illness or disability. He has published research articles and presented at conferences.    Location: Chris sees clients at Westmead, Chatswood and City.


Dr AMY DATYNER   B.Sc.(Adv)(Hons)/B.A.; M.Psych.(Clin); PhD

amy photo2 Amy is a clinical psychologist and has been working professionally with children, adolescents and families since 2011. She completed her undergraduate studies and Master of Psychology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and is currently completing a PhD in social development in childhood at UNSW. Amy has worked in a variety of treatment settings including a university outpatient clinic, a child and adolescent community mental health team and a specialist university clinic treating children with behavioural problems and emotional difficulties. She has experience in treating a range of presentations including anxiety, low mood, behavioural problems, and social and emotional difficulties. Amy enjoys working alongside families to help them bring about change. She is committed to using an evidence based approach to support families, and is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.   Location: Amy sees clients at Westmead.


Dr DEBORAH MITCHISON   B.Psych.(Hons); M.Sc.; M.ClinPsych.; PhD

deb photo Deborah completed her PhD and Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Sydney. Deborah’s clinical specialisation has been in eating and anxiety disorders. Most recently she has been employed by University of Sydney to treat clients with anorexia nervosa as part of large international research trial of cognitive behavioural therapy. Other areas of practice have included specialised outpatient treatment of obsessive-compulsive and other anxiety disorders, inpatient treatment of acute mental health disorders, and the development a new day program for eating disorders. Deborah prefers a collaborative and active approach to therapy and draws primarily on cognitive behavioural and acceptance and commitment therapy models. Currently Deborah is also working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Macquarie University, where she enjoys conducting research and teaching psychology students. Location: Deborah is currently on maternity leave.


Dr SOPHIE BARKL    B.Ed., B.A.(Psych)(Hons); D Clin Psych; PhD

SB picSophie is a clinical psychologist who completed a combined Doctor of Clinical Psychology and PhD at the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT). Sophie has experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families in a range of hospital and community settings. In these settings she has worked to provide assessment and treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficulties with emotion regulation. Sophie takes care to develop tailored, flexible treatment plans that best support the client’s needs. She draws on evidence based treatment models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness based approaches. In her work with children, adolescents and families she employs a family therapy approach with a focus on attachment. In addition to her work in this practice, Sophie works in the NSW public health system. Location: Sophie sees clients at Westmead.


Dr JESSICA PODKOWKA   B.Psych.(Hons),M.Sc.,D.Psych.(Clin)

JP-Photo for Basten & Assoc website Jessica is a clinical psychologist who completed a combined Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science degree at the University of Sydney. Jessica is committed to providing evidence-based practice that is tailored to meet the specific needs of clients. Accordingly, she has additional training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Family Therapy, and Maudsley Family-Based Treatment. Jessica has experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults within a number of hospital, community and private practice settings. She works with children, adolescents, families and adults with a range of psychological difficulties, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-injurious behaviour, personality disorders, and clinical perfectionism. Her primary areas of expertise are eating disorders and trauma, and she has presented at conferences in the field of eating disorders. Jessica is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and the International Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and was awarded the Academy for Eating Disorders Clinician Scholarship in 2014. Location: Jessica sees clients in the City office.


JULIE REDICAN    B.Sc. (Psych)(Hons); M.Psychol. (Clinical); MAPS

julie2Julie is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience and training, including over 10 years at the Adolescent Service Prince of Wales Hospital, where she was involved in working with adolescents and their families with a wide range of challenges. She has also worked for many years in outpatient child and family mental health teams, in private practice, and on the Child and Family Team at Redbank House, Westmead Hospital. Julie enjoys working with young people and families experiencing struggles with anxiety, depression, emotional regulation,  difficulties with peer or  family relationships, and parenting children of all different temperaments. She has a strong commitment to providing the knowledge, insight, and skills to assist young people get ‘unstuck’ and move toward that which matters most to them; skills which they can then apply to times of change and challenge throughout their life.  Location: Julie sees clients in the Chatswood office.


DANIELA HO TAN   B. Psych (Hons), M. Psychol. (Clin)

daniela1Daniela is a clinical psychologist with an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of New South Wales and a Master’s degree from the University of Western Sydney. She has experience in both public health and private practice working mainly with adolescents and adults. She has a keen interest in early intervention for adolescents and has worked for the national youth mental health foundation Headspace. Daniela has a strong interest in anxiety disorders, childhood trauma, attachment difficulties, eating disorders, relationship and marriage problems, emotion dysregulation, and personality disorders. She draws on her diverse set of skills in formulating a treatment plan for her clients including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy. Location: Daniela sees clients in the Westmead office.