Psychologists for

Paramedics, Police and Emergency Services / First Responders

Allie Mackay with a client

We help the Helpers.

People who work in emergency services, doctors, nurses, paramedics, fire brigade, police officers and call centre operators for emergency services are exposed to the worst of humanity’s suffering.

When we experience horrific circumstances, a few things help – knowing that your feelings are normal, having time and capacity to emotionally process the experience, and knowing that you did a good job and it is over now.

Unfortunately, for most emergency workers, as well as frequent exposure to the effects of human violence or other suffering, there is a culture of expectation that you have to ‘tough it out’ and ‘put up with it’.

So you don’t know if others feel the same as you. 

Added to that, you usually don’t have time to emotionally process it because you are called out to another job;

And on top of that, you rarely know the outcome for the patient and  are not able to talk about what you saw or experienced with your family or friends, or you don’t want to because you don’t want them to be upset, like you are

Often Emergency workers start to believe that in order to stay in the job they have to shut off their feelings to survive. This can have a longer lasting effect on emotional regulation and cause even more distress when ‘breakthrough’ feelings occur.

Room interior of Due North Psychology

How can therapy help?

Therapy addresses several of the key causes of distress for Emergency Workers.

Which of our Psychologists
Should You See?

Allie Mackay

Allie Mackay

Principal Psychologist and Founder, AHPRA

Natalie Vivas

Natalie Vivas

Psychologist, AHPRA

  • Clinical Psychologist Registrar AHPRA
  • Masters Clinical Health/Psychology
  • Spanish speaking Therapist
  • Complex trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar affective disorder (BAD)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Grief
  • Acute or chronic stress
  • Relationship breakdown. 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Mindfulness
Athena Cranston

Athena Cranston

Psychologist, AHPRA

  • BA (Psychology) (Hons)
  • Diploma of Psychological Practice
  • Member of APS
Kaoru Sato

Kaoru Sato

Provisional Psychologist, AHPRA

  • B. Psych (Hons), M. Couns & PsychTh
  • Grad. Dip Couns&PsychoTh
  • M.Phil (USyd)
  • Accredited Counsellor ( PACFA)?
  • EMDR trained therapist
  • Work Cover Accredited
  • Victims services Accredited
  • Japanese speaking Therapist

Meet our founder, Allie Mackay

Passionate about guiding individuals through various challenges, Allie Mackay, founder of Due North Psychology (by Allie Mackay Psychology), brings extensive experience as a Registered Psychologist.

Allie’s impactful research, published in peer-reviewed journals, demonstrates the effectiveness of her interventions in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, particularly in conditions like multiple sclerosis and migraines. As an AHPRA Board-Approved supervisor, she actively contributes to advancing the field, offering knowledge in Attachment Informed and IFS informed EMDR therapy Supervision. Allie’s special interest lies in the transformative potential of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for various conditions and traumas.

In her practice, Allie often encounters clients with physical symptoms signaling underlying stress, emphasizing the importance of understanding the connection between emotions and physical well-being. Beyond addressing symptoms, Allie delves into the profound impact of self-talk on relationships, including those with oneself. Drawing on her personal transformation through compassion-focused therapy, she guides others toward cultivating kinder internal dialogues and fostering healthier relationships.

Allie Mackay

We help you thrive
during difficult times

Helping you find and re-align with your due north

If you’re ready to find your way back to yourself with caring psychologists that provide evidence-based and authentic values based therapy practices, reach out today and we’ll aim to get back to you same day to make an appointment via your preferred contact method.