Hamish is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has been working with parents, carers, children and young people since 2009. Prior to joining the team at Beacon House, he held positions within specialist child and adolescent teams in Australia and in the UK.

Hamish has experience supporting families with a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress reactions, OCD, neurodevelopmental conditions (ADHD and ASC), chronic pain, psychosis, and complex trauma. In addition to his roles within child and adolescent mental health services, Hamish has previously worked in an adult mental health team, an organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers, a telephone crisis line and a family support team.

When working with families, Hamish first seeks to develop a shared understanding of the concerns they bring to therapy, as well as agreeing on the goals and tasks of the work. In the context of a safe therapeutic relationship, children, young people and their families are able to reconnect with their own capacities and strengths, as well as make use of ideas, practices and skills from evidence-based treatments. Hamish’s aim is to help families create and sustain the conditions which allow children and young people to recover and thrive. To this end, while he often offers a confidential therapeutic space for young people, Hamish sees his role as involving parents and other supportive adults wherever possible.

Hamish draws on a range of therapeutic models in his work with families, including Mentalization-Based Treatment, Attachment-Focussed Family Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also has an interest in practices that integrate psychotherapy with contemporary knowledge about the brain.

Hamish is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (registration number PYL33168) and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (member number 431819).

  • Clinical Psychology Registrar Program
    2-year programme of post-qualification supervised practice and training leading to endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist, completed at St George Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency /,St George CAMHS, Sydney, Australia, Jan 2014 – Jan 2016
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
    2-year clinical training program leading to registration as a practitioner psychologist; University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, Feb 2012 – Dec 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours
    1-year research degree satisfying requirements to enter clinical psychology training; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Feb – Dec 2011
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
    3-year undergraduate psychology course; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2008-2010
  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling
    Counselling diploma completed at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney, Australia, 2007-2010
  • Bachelor of Arts (Languages): History and French Studies
    Sydney University, Sydney, Australia and University of Provence Aix-Marseille I, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2003-2007
  • EMDR Virtual Conference
    Prof. Ad de Jongh, Dr Suzy Matthijssen, Dr Arne Hoffman, Sonny Provetto, Robyn Logie, Alexandra Dent, Alison Russell and Michael O’Connor, June 2020 (2 days)
  • EMDR in the treatment of OCD and trichotillomania
    Dr Karsten Bohm, one day, 25th January 2020
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    Child Training Level 1: Susan Darker-Smith: Londond, UK, July 2019 (2 days)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    Part 3: Sandi Richman: London, UK, July 2019 (3 days)
  • Advanced Safeguarding Training
    High Speed Training, May 2019
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)
  • Attachment and Psychopathology: Special Topics
    Dr Patricia Crittenden: Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust December 2018 (3 days)
  • Attachment and Psychopathology Conference
    Patricia Crittenden; Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, December 2017 (3 days)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
    Part 1: Sandi Richman; London, UK, October 2017 (4 days)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
    Part 2: Sandi Richman; London, UK, July 2018 (1 day)
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP Level 1)
    Dan Hughes, Penpont, UK, May 2017 (4 days)
  • Mentalization-Based Therapy for Adolescents (MBT-A)
    Peter Fonagy and Trudie Rossouw, Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families, London, UK, April 2017 (3 days)
  • Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People
    David Trickey; Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, February 2017 (2 days)
  • Exploring Together training for school-based early intervention program
    South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, June 2015 (3 days)
  • Circle of Security-Parenting training – attachment-focused reflective parenting model.
    Glenn Cooper, Sydney, Australia, February 2014 (4 days)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Workshop
    Specialist Psychological Services, Wollongong, Australia, December 2013 (1 day)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) workshop
    Russ Harris, Sydney, Australia, June 2012 (2 days)
  • Training for the parenting program Confident Carers, Cooperative Kids
    Mark Donovan, Wollongong, Australia, April 2012 (2 days)
  • Working with Refugee Communities; From Horror to Hope – Domestic Violence in Refugee Communities.
    University of New South Wales Centre for Refugee Research, Sydney, Australia, February 2010 (2 days)
  • Lifeline telephone crisis counselling training including ASIST suicide intervention training
    Lifeline, Sydney, Australia, February 2009 (10 days)
  • Gonsalvez, C. J., Brockman, R. and Hill, H., Video feedback in CBT supervision: review and illustration of 2 specific techniques. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.
    (Published online Oct 2016). DOI:10.1017/S1754470X1500029X.
  • Hill, H. R. M., Crowe, T. P., Gonsalvez, C. J. (2015). Reflective dialogue in clinical supervision: A pilot study involving collaborative review of supervision videos.
    Psychotherapy Research, DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2014.996795
  • Hill, H. R. M. (2014). Transitions to systemic practice for a clinical psychology trainee. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy,
    (35:3), 277-290. DOI: 10.1002/anzf.1064
  • Rosen, A., McGorry, P. D., Hill, H. R. M., Rosenberg, S. P. (2012). The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and mental health services: It is not a case of “one size fits all”,
    Medical Journal of Australia, 196(11), 675-677. DOI: 10.5694/mja12.10564
  • Mental Health Coordinating Council (2012). Implementing supervision practices in mental health community managed organisations in NSW.
    Lilyfield: Author.
  • Hill, H. R. M., Yasin, N. (2011). Controlling behaviour in intimate partnerships: Associations with trauma symptoms, romantic self-efficacy and romantic satisfaction.
    Unpublished Psychology Honours Thesis, Macquarie University.