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Dr Katherine Hurrell


Katherine is a well-regarded psychologist who is known for her rapport and warmth.  


She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University, where she worked with internationally renowned researchers at Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health


She also completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology (with Distinction) at the University of Wollongong. There, she trained under experts in the field and gained extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a wide range of settings. Prior to this she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology (with Distinction) at the University of Western Sydney and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Macquarie University.


Katherine has worked across various settings, including university clinics, private practices, NSW Corrections and hospitals. 


At Macquarie University Katherine conducted research  into childhood anxiety disorders, emotion regulation and parenting. She has presented her research at both national and international conferences, including the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (Peru, 2013). Her work has also been published in peer reviewed journals.

She is currently working on the Impact of Crises on Higher Education Students and a Mental Health Insight Series in collaboration with Waverley Abbey College, UK. 

Professional Registrations, Memberships and Appointments
  • Registration with Medicare to provide Clinical Psychology services

  • Full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (endorsed area of practice: Clinical Psychology)

  • Honorary Associate at Macquarie University

  • Former Director of Graduate Studies & Senior Lecturer, Alphacrucis University-College

  • Fellow, Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists

  • Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)

  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL)

  • Member, Anxiety Practitioners Network

  • Former Senior Production Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Psychology

  • Registered provider of psychology services with NSW WorkCover

  • Approved practitioner in the Work and Development Order (WDO) Scheme to provide eligible people a non-monetary way to reduce their fine debt with the SDRO.


  • Recipient of the Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for PhD (2007)

  • Vice-Chancellors Commendation for Academic Excellence (Macquarie University, 2015)

  • Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award (Alphacrucis University College, 2022)


Treatment Approach

Whilst Katherine would describe herself as 'integrative', she commonly utilises Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This evidence-based approach is an effective treatment for most psychological disorders, as well as common life challenges. She also makes the most of technology by blending treatment with online therapy programs, such as This Way Up. As a registered provider, access to these programs is free to her patients. 


Those having worked with Katherine consider her to have a warm and compassionate approach and usually have little difficulty building a trusting therapetuic relationship with her.

To keep abreast of new developments in the field of psychology and to maintain high professional standards of practice, Katherine regularly engages in professional development activities, peer consultation and supervision with senior psychologists.

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