Dr. Duska’s Experience

I have 12 years experience working as a psychologist in Sydney and Newcastle, NSW Australia.

Most of my experience is in private practice in Australia, working with individuals, families and couples. I have experience working with children and adults. I have also worked in hospitals, universities and community settings. These roles have been clinical, research as well as teaching roles.

I have experience in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, phobias, self-esteem, substance abuse, stress management and many other conditions. I have attended additional training and regularly help couples who are encountering relationship issues.

I also have experience working with high-performing executives. Through personalized strategies and evidence-based techniques, I help executives navigate stress, enhance decision-making abilities, and foster a harmonious work-life integration. Whether it’s managing pressure, refining communication styles, or boosting productivity, my goal is to empower professionals to thrive both personally and professionally. I offer a confidential space to explore and optimize their mental resilience, and overall performance.

As well as working one-on-one with individuals I have also run many group therapy programs, including the world-renowned gold standard program for child anxiety, The Cool Kids Program. This program teaches children and their parents how to manage and overcome many common childhood worries and fears. I have also taught distress-tolerance and mindfulness groups, as well as taught in classrooms at schools in Sydney to teach teenage girls emotional resilience skills.

Listed below are some of the organisations I have worked for:

Life Matters Psychologists – Private practice

I provided assessment and treatment to hundreds of clients, children, adolescents, adults and couples over a 4 year period.

The presenting issues I assisted clients with included:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Anxiety (general worry, panic disorder, trauma, OCD)
  • Stress
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Workplace issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Sleep disorders
  • Pain management
  • Drug, alcohol and gambling addiction
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Body image issues and body dysmorphic disorder
  • Emotion regulation, including anger management

For more about Life Matters Psychologists click here.

Macquarie University – Centre for Emotional Health

I worked extensively in the Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University. The majority of clients who presented to the clinic were families and children as the clinic is world renowned for its development of the child and adolescents anxiety programs “Cool Kids” and “Cool Teens”.

Macquarie University
Macquarie University

At the clinic I was involved in:

  • Running the child and parent anxiety groups
  •  Running the adults “social phobia” group
  • Seeing individual child and adult clients with a range of issues, mostly anxiety and mood disorders
  • Conducting research on child and adult anxiety
  • Going into 2 sydney private schools and conducting a prevention program with year 9 girls to teach them coping skills to prevent anxiety and depression.

As Macquarie university I was also involved in teaching psychological assessment skills to undergraduate students.

For more information about the centre please click here.

St John of God Private Hospital, Burwood Sydney

At this hospital I worked on a number of different wards providing psychological group and individual treatment. These ward included

St. John of God Burwood Hospital
St. John of God, Burwood Hospital
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Perinatal
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychogeriatric Disorders and
  • Psychotic Disorders

Focus was on providing education and support to inpatients to improve their wellbeing.

I implemented a lot of dialectical behavior therapy and mindfulness skills.

I also facilitated the drug and alcohol after care group program.

For more information about the hospital please click here.

Euroa Centre Aged Care Psychiatry Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick

I worked with the geriatric population conducting cognitive assessments and providing inpatient and outpatient therapy.

I mostly provided used cognitive behavioural therapy to improve individual’s mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders.

For more information on the unit please click here.

Centacare Children’s Services, Newcastle

Particiapted in the supervision of children in out of home care with their parents. In this role I was required to document visits and provide detailed reports to the Department of Community Services.

I also conducted assessment interviews with foster care applicants, assisted in the decision making during the approval process and liaised with applicants and other stakeholders.


In addition to my clinical experience I have also published research articles and presented at conferences.

Conference Presentations

I have presented at a number of national conferences in Australia including the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy and Psychology an Ageing Interest Group Conference (2011) as well as at the international World Congress in Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Lima Peru (2013)…see below.

Tadic, D., Wuthrich, V.M., Rapee, R.M., & Kangas, M. (2013). Age differences in emotion regulation in anxiety and depression: A multimodal investigation. Paper presented at the World Congress in Behavioral and Cognitive therapies, Lima, Peru.

Tadic, D., Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R.M. (2011). The Role of Emotion Regulation in Anxiety and Depression Symptoms in Older Adults. Poster presented at the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), Sydney, Australia.

Tadic, D., Wuthrich, V.M., Rapee., & Kangas, M. (2011). The role of emotion regulation in anxiety and depression. An age comparison. Paper presented at the Psychology an Ageing Interest Group Conference, Melbourne, Australia.


My research has been published in esteemed peer reviewed journals.

Tadic, D., MacLeod, Cabeliera, C., Wuthrich, V.M., Rapee, R., & Bucks, R. (2017). Age Differences in Negative and Positive Expectancy Bias in Comorbid Depression and Anxiety. Cognition and Emotion.

Tadic, D. Wuthrich, V.M., & Rapee, R. (2015). Age Differences In Interpretation Bias in Community and Comorbid Depressed and Anxious Samples. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Johnco, C., Knight, A., Tadic, D., & Wuthrich, V.M. (2014). Psychometric properties of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) and short-form (GAI-SF) in a clinical and non-clinical sample of older adults. International Psychogeriatrics.