Our Team

Hunter Psychology has been helping the people of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley with professional psychological and psychiatric therapy since 1996. Our team uses a wide range of professionally proven techniques and strategies to help work through whatever issues you face so that you can feel in control of your own life and achieve your goals.

Dr Maryann Gauci

Clinical Psychologist

AHPRA Registration Number PSY0001140648 Clinical Psychologist
Medicare Provider Number 2579282L
Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) Number 21156
B Sc (Hons) Ph. D
B Sc (Psychology) (Hons 1st Class)
M Clin Psych

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.

Maryann has trained and worked with a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Sometimes hypnosis is included in the session to consolidate new concepts and reflect on your resourcefulness at a deeper level. Maryann invests over 100 hours a year in her professional development and learning new strategies and techniques that can help you. She has the knowledge and experience to plan and teach the strategies that are most likely to help you achieve the results you are looking for.

Maryann works with the assessment and treatment of adults who are experiencing clinical levels of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain as well as helping people to manage life issues such as grief, phobias, stress, self-esteem and relationship or sexual problems.

In particular, Maryann works in the assessment and treatment of:

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalised Personality Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Work-related stress and injuries
  • Dealing with chronic pain and adjusting to change
  • Relationship and personal issues
  • Sexual Issues
  • Grief and loss

More generally, Maryann works with people who want to become more self-aware and to clarify current issues in their lives, enhance their coping styles and improve their quality of life.

Ultimately the focus of the therapy is:

(1) to explore and clarify key heart-felt values

(2) explore the choices that will help you to achieve your goals and

(3) learn important skills to manage difficult and often overwhelming thoughts and feelings.

For over 20 years Maryann has helped many thousands of people. She is open minded and will listen to you without any judgement. She has worked with adults of all ages from school leavers onwards and as long as you genuinely want help she will do whatever it takes to help you achieve your goals in life.

Maryann is normally available Tuesday to Thursday.

Diana Golvers

B Sc (Psych)

AHPRA Registration Number PSY0001064917
Medicare Provider Number 4023614Y
Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) Number 039065
B Sc (Psychology)

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. Insurance, WorkCover and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and Victims of Crime are all covered.

Therapies include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Hypnotherapy. Clients are also taught self-management techniques incorporating breathing and stress reduction, visualization, mindfulness and meditation.

Clients are assisted with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, Victims of crime or violence, bi-polar symptoms, obsessive and compulsive disorder (OCD), grief and bereavement, relationship and marriage counselling. Strategies will also be provided for pain management, anger issues and for weight loss and to assist people with low confidence and self-esteem.

Children and adolescents are assisted with anxiety, depressive symptoms, phobias, OCD, school refusal and issues regarding bullying and intimidation. When a parent realises they need psychological help for their child they want to know the psychologist has a kind, caring and empathetic approach, is experienced and successful, and that they can see the psychologist quickly without having to wait 4-6 weeks or more.

Diana Golvers is just that person and she has 20 years professional experience helping children of school age and above deal with their life issues. Parents are happy and the children feel comfortable to open up and work with Diana’s suggestions.

  • Self Esteem
  • Anxiety, Insecurity, shyness
  • Self-harm, suicide behaviour
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual issues
  • Moral dilemmas
  • Hyperactivity
  • Conflict with parents or teachers or others
  • Handling parents separation or divorce
  • Grief from close family death
  • Grief from pets death
  • Homesickness
  • Phobias, anything from fear of travel, animals, heights etc
  • Coping with disability
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Victims of crime; childhood abuse, violence, sexual abuse
  • Puberty, adolescence, teenage issues

Diana is normally available Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tony Lawder - Hunter Psychology

Tony Lawder

MBus. 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. He also helps people with life and business coaching issues.

Over a long working lifetime Tony has gained qualifications and experience that can now help people make lasting change in their own lives. Over 30 years he has gained tertiary qualifications in Engineering, Marketing and Finance and has significant management experience in both large corporations and small business. Tony truly commenced his journey of personal change in 2003 and has since gained qualifications in coaching, change management, NLP and hypnosis. He has helped over 100 small business owners achieve outstanding results through making fine tuning adjustments to the way they think and do business.

Through his advanced hypnosis programs Tony personally helps over one hundred people every year to take control of their lives, to quit smoking, to reach their ideal weight and to eliminate other limiting behaviours and habits that control their lives. In addition, his public presentations allow him to reach out to thousands more, offering them solutions that allow them to own their lives again.

Jo Cronin

Reception and administration

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

Dr Joanna Barlow

Psychiatrist. MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP

Dr Barlow is currently not taking on any new patients.