What is ACT?

ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is a cognitive behavioural therapy that incorporates mindfulness and behaviour change techniques. ACT offers the client an opportunity to start living the life they want to live, rather than having to constantly battle unpleasant thoughts and feelings.

Our Psychologists provide a confidential, high quality service for all age groups, including mothers and babies, children, adolescents, and adults.

The ACT Centre is a psychology practice in Adelaide located 3 minutes from the CBD

Our Psychologists have experience in many areas, including:

Trauma and abuse
Relationship difficulties and marriage counselling
Drug and alcohol issues

Gambling addictions
Parenting difficulties
Antenatal and postnatal depression

Child and adolescent school, emotional, and health difficulties
Chronic pain and health issues
Refugee and migrant mental health
Aboriginal mental health

Adelaide Psychology Services

Throughout our lives we face personal and professional situations that are difficult to manage on our own. These situations can lead us to struggle with how we function day to day, our relationships, along with our own thoughts and feelings.

Our psychologists hold at least a Masters or Doctorate level of postgraduate University studies (6-8 years of training) to assist people in managing these situations. They work with consumers and families to develop strategies that apply to their everyday lives. The outcome of this work is for a client to create a life that has meaning, fulfillment, and value.

This work is different to simply receiving counselling. A psychologist will help you step back and explore the issues you are facing, and then assist you in applying evidence based techniques to manage these difficulties.

It is a compassionate, collaborative, and productive process that will help you with whatever challenge you are facing.


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CALD Clients

The ACT Centre is committed to providing a service for all consumers, including those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. The ACT Centre staff continue to undergo professional development and training in this area, and maintain contact with key services and stakeholders from the CALD community.

For resources specific to the CALD community see:


Our Team

All of our Registered Psychologists hold at least a Masters or Doctorate level of postgraduate University studies (6-8 years of training).

Dr Emma Towers (nee Hanieh)

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Emma has worked in mental health for over 15 years, and sees patients of all ages, she has a particular interest in:

  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • School stress and school refusal
  • Antenatal and postnatal mental health issues
  • Aboriginal mental health
  • Paediatric pain and chronic health issues
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Relationship issues

Ms Minette Emery

Clinical Psychologist

Minette has 20 years of experience in mental health and sees adult clients, holding a particular interest in:

  • Living with chronic illness or injury
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Trauma work related stress

Mr Shane Curley

Clinical Psychologist

Shane has worked in counselling and health for over 16 years, he sees patients of all ages and has particular interests in:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Addictive behaviour (including gambling, gaming, and substance use)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
  • Men’s health
  • Parenting challenging behaviour of children and adolescents

Ms Lei Huang

Registered Psychologist

Lei has worked in mental health for 5 years. Having lived and studied in both China and Australia, Lei is multilingual. She sees adult clients and has a particular interest in:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Adjustment difficulties and stress management
  • Emotion regulation difficulties
  • Migrant and refugee mental health
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Trauma

Ms Caitlin Bentley

Registered Psychologist

Caitlin has worked in mental health for 5 years across hospital and education settings. She has experience working with clients 12yrs and older, and has a particular interest in:

  • Living with chronic illnesses such as cancer
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Challenges faced by adolescents and young adults
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Parenting after a separation
  • Parental alienation

Mr Matthew Ferber

Registered Psychologist

Matthew has worked in mental health and family support roles for over 9 years in non-government, government, and private settings. He works with children, youth, adults and families and has a particular interest in:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Parenting challenges and child-caregiver relationships
  • Youth with complex needs
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Parental Alienation
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
  • Personality disorders and clients impacted by trauma

Ms Pradhayini Rajabalendran

Registered Psychologist

Pradhayini has worked in mental health for over 11 years in hospital, non-government and private practise settings.

Pradhayini has an interest in working with children, adolescents, adults and their families. She has a particular interest in:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Genetic conditions such a Down Syndrome
  • Coping with chronic illness such as Type 2 Diabetes
  • The perinatal period and parenthood
  • Challenges with attending, enjoying and prospering in school, university and work
  • Cross cultural challenges faced by immigrants and refugees
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander mental health

Pradhayini is currently working out of our mental health outreach site at Aboriginal Community Connect, Prospect.