Our Team

Director and Psychologist

Lizzie Sulikowski  

Not taking new clients


Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology.

Leading the team is Lizzie Sulikowski who is a registered child psychologist. She loves helping both children and families to reach lasting results. For over 8 years she has been working with children with Autism spectrum disorder, selective mutism, challenging behaviours, anxiety, depression and learning difficulties.

Her expertise in comprehensive cognitive/psycho-educational assessments combined with her caring nature, provides help and guidance to those in need. She has experience working with children through to adults needing an ASD Diagnosis, ADD/ADHD and Learning Difficulties among other assessments.

Lizzie believes in the importance of strong rapport and making sessions engaging which is demonstrated using games, activities, role plays, imagination and art therapy techniques. 


  • Assessments
  • Interventions
  • Selective mutism
  • Therapy in the areas of autism
  • Attention difficulties
  • Diagnosis disclosure
  • Learning disorders in particular dyslexia
  • Giftedness
  • Anxiety disorders



Phoebe Detering


  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Masters of Professional Psychology

Phoebe is a registered psychologist who has a warm, empathetic and collaborative approach to treatment. She seeks to gain an in-depth understanding of each client and focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship. Phoebe uses a client-centered approach and applies a variety of evidence based interventions to facilitate positive change. Phoebe has experience working with clients across the lifespan and from diverse backgrounds. She has expertise in Assessments and Interventions for a wide variety of disorders and difficulties including, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, social difficulties, ADHD and addictive behaviours.



Phoebe’s experience includes working with both children and adult clients. The range of therapies used include:

  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Social Skills Training
  • Supportive Psychotherapy


Dr Esther Chan (Man Ching)

Going on maternity leave end of August 2022


  • PhD (Educational Psychology)
  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Science (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology).

Esther is a registered psychologist and a registrar in educational and developmental psychology. Ever since she volunteered in a paediatric ward in a Hong Kong hospital at a young age, she has been passionate about helping children and families to feel connected to the community. She takes a strength-based and client-focused approach in her practice. She is excited to be apart of Silverlinings as a psychologist and she looks forward to supporting children and families and learning together.


Esther’s experience includes working with children, adolescents and their families in the areas of managing anxiety, emotional regulation, developing social skills, and school learning. The approaches used will depend on the client’s needs and preferences. These could include:

– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
– Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
– Play therapy
– Guided visualisation
– Social skills training
– Psychoeducational/cognitive assessments


Bernadette Coles-Janess


  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Bernadette is a registered psychologist and qualified teacher who enjoys working with people from across the lifespan. She offers a safe, supportive space for her clients to explore how to best make changes that will leave them feeling better about themselves, and their life. She works respectfully with clients to develop an understanding of their experiences, supporting them to more effectively manage their: emotions, relationships, life and learning challenges. When formulating interventions, she draws on a range of evidence-based practices, and is guided by her clients’ age, preferences, resources, and needs.


Bernadette has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in both public and private settings. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches and assessments to help clients meet their therapy goals, for instance:

  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Skills Training (including: relaxation and stress management techniques, problem solving skills, anger management techniques, communication and social skills)



and counsellor(phone or online consult)

Imre Veszely


  • Grad. Dip in Education
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Diploma of Liberal Arts
  • Diploma Counselling
Imre is a qualified teacher with six years experience mainly working with students with disabilities and currently works in an alternative school setting. He has a heart to see others thrive in their life despite setbacks, working as a support worker for two years and now running some of our social skills programs on Saturday.
His counselling training has been in the area of CBT.
Imre currently volunteers with a not-for-profit Careline Connections providing a listening ear, care and a referral service to those seeking such.


Mark Sulikowski  


Diploma of counselling

Mark is the Practice Manager of the Silverlinings Psychology. He has had previous management experience in various sectors, as well as having the opportunity to work with children through Berry street. Furthermore, he really values his current role working in a field that helps and supports children and families to experience positive outcomes.

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