Caryn Hooge

Caryn Hooge

Caryn has over fifteen years experience as a psychologist working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in private practice and government service in New South Wales & Queensland. Caryn is enthusiastic about helping people improve their quality of life and enhancing connections with family and significant others.

Experienced in trauma and attachment related difficulties, Caryn is skilled in the areas of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, self harm and suicidality, workplace and relationship difficulties, pre and post natal issues and parenting support. She is an empathic and thoughtful therapist who is trained in EMDR, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as many other therapy modalities, With a gentle and practical approach she assists her clients towards a greater understanding of their experiences and provides a safe and collaborative space to explore solutions and opportunities for improved outcomes.

For as long as she can remember Caryn wanted to be a psychologist. Initially at the age of 12years  she decided she wanted to be a forensic psychologist and went about pursuing that goal with success. She began working with Youth Justice and has now had experience working in the community and custodial settings.

Whilst forensic work has remained an interest, it was important to her to develop a depth and breadth of skills through experience in a wide range of areas. She undertook 5 key areas to ensure she had sound industry direct experience in the areas of forensic, drug and alcohol, child and family systems work, disabilities and community mental health. She also gained experience working with people in urban, regional and remote Australia, including a proportion of that time spent working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in remote North-West Queensland. She went about systematically gaining experience in all of these areas before opening her own private practice in Queensland.

Family needs prompted a relocation back to Western Sydney, which is her home base now and historically. This move led her to be working again in child and youth mental health services and now she is very pleased to be working with the Riverlands team.

Caryn is located in our Penrith office on Mondays and Thursdays and our Blaxland office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.