Serving the People of the Hunter Since 1996

We can plan the best way to work through any issues that you may wish to discuss so that you can own your life again. Hunter Psychology was set up in 1996 by Dr Maryann Gauci who has worked as a psychologist since 1993. Prior to working in private practice, Maryann worked at the Hunter Area Health Service and at Lingard private hospital. Since then Hunter Psychology has expanded and over the years we have had many psychologists and specialist counsellors join us.

What is Psychology

Psychology is the science of studying the mind and our behaviour. It is a medical profession and registered psychologists are qualified with advanced university degrees and many years experience working with clients. Psychologists attempt to understand and interpret the interactions of people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Every person is different and your psychologist uses all of their training, knowledge and experience to find the best way to help you achieve your desired outcomes. Psychology is different to psychiatry in that Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have undergone extensive additional training and are empowered to use pharmacological treatments (prescribe drugs) in addition to counselling and psychological processes.


There can often be some confusion between psychology, counselling and coaching. Psychology is the utilisation of many strategies and processes by a qualified psychologist. More


Counselling is a process of listening empathically to clients, and making suggestions about a wide range of life issues. Psychologists use counselling techniques all the time as part More …


Coaching is the process of working with a client to achieve specific life and personal goals. Many clients who initial come to us for help with a ‘mental health’ issue become coaching More …

Personal, dedicated and professional team

Dr Maryann Gauci
Clinical Psychologist

Maryann is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience. She will help you to consolidate new concepts and reflect on your resourcefulness at a deeper level so you can make change easy. Read More..

Tony Lawder
M Bus. Master Practitioner & Trainer of NLP & hypnosis

Tony specialises in Quit Cigarettes & Reach Your Ideal Weight through hypnosis and can also help people wanting to change habits and behaviours that impact their lives. Read More..

Diana Glovers
B Sc (Psych)

Diana is a registered psychologist with over 20 years postgraduate experience as a Psychologist in public and private practice. She provides psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and school-age children as well as couples and family therapy. Read More..

Debbie Carter
Reception and administration

Debbie handles all our reception and administration. She will normally be the first person you speak with when you call our office. Read More..