Care, Compassion, Insight

At Sympatico Psychological Services, it is understood that taking that first important step in seeking psychological therapy is not easy and takes courage.

Therefore the most significant predictor of a positive outcome hinges on the rapport you have with your therapist. That’s why at Sympatico so much importance is placed on collaboration, education and empowerment.

Pride is taken in offering effective, evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment for a diverse range of issues provided by a clinically trained and experienced psychologist.

The goals are simple: the aim to help you to help yourself and the ultimate goal is for you to no longer need to attend therapy!


Whilst the goals appear simple enough, it is recognised that the difficulties that bring someone to therapy are often complex and distressing. Consequently, an empathic, humanistic, and emotion-focused approach is incorporated into therapy.

Sympatico appreciates the significant role attachment relationships in our early years has on our future interpersonal interactions, how this may impact the way we cope today, and that listening, understanding and validation are imperative in the therapeutic process.

Sylvia Niele

Psychologist – Clinical Psychology Registrar

Sylvia Niele is a registered psychologist with a Masters degree in clinical psychology. Whilst she has been working in private practice and public mental health with clients ranging in age from 4 to 95 years, she now focuses her work with adolescents, adults and older adults. Sylvia has worked with a diverse range of presentations including: depression, anxiety and phobias, abuse and trauma, parenting and family challenges, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), loss and bereavement, autism spectrum disorders, adjustment issues, self-esteem, ageing, chronic pain management, eating disorders, and a wide variety of clinical presentations including personality related issues.


When someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good!

Carl Rogers

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

Carl Rogers

In the first place, it dissolves alienation… I make sense to another human being. So I am in touch with, even in relationships with others. I am no longer an isolate.

Carl Rogers
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