Our Psychologists

Dr. Ian Smith


Psychologist Dr. Ian Smith

A/Prof Ian Smith was the Director of Allied Health andPrincipal Clinical Psychologist at St John of God Health Care where he was responsible for providing psychological intervention both in group format andt o individual clients for a diversity of disorders. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Wollongong where his thesis was on Diversity in the workplace, looking at the Australian Corporate closet: Why it’s still so full(specifically looking at the well-being of GLBT employees in the Australian labour market). He trained as a clinical neuro and forensic psychologist in SouthAfrica and is registered as a clinical psychologist in Australia. 

He held a three year tenure as a clinical associate professor at ACU where he taught and supervised post graduates in the clinical master’s psychology program. He also presently supervisors psychologists completing the registrar program. He is an AHPRA board approved clinical supervisor and held the position of Senior Supervisor at Western Sydney University. He is also an honorary associate at Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Wollongong.  

Dr Smith has a private practice based at VictoriaTowers medical, where he specialises in teenagers and adults who experience substance use and other addictive disorders, personality disorders, acculturation issues, (religious order issues), sexuality disorders, sexual identity disorders, LGBT issues and gender dysphoria. He uses evidence based treatment protocols such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. All with a person centered approach and the recovery model. He promotes and fosters authenticity and individuality and a strong sense of self in his clients. He has vast experience in working with clients who self -harm. He also works with couples and does family therapy. 

He has practiced in Australia, the UK, Japan and SouthAfrica. He speaks four languages and is busy learning Arabic as he works with a large number of clients from Middle Eastern cultures where being LGBT is extremely difficult to navigate. 

He has published a number of peer reviewed articles (both in the LGBT arena and in mild traumatic brain injury in sports concussion. He was a triathlete and sports teacher before becoming a psychologist. He is also a gym instructor and promotes a holistic approach to health and well-being. He is presently writing a book entitled “The Australian Corporate Closet: Why it’s still so full, which will be published by Academic Press. He volunteers for thePinnacle Foundation as a mentor and advocate for the LGBT community. He is also involved in providing professional development to clinicians and also speaks at schools, with a primary view of breaking stigma and ensuring safety and respect are present and not simply ‘safe places in schools’.

Angela Vrankic


Psychologist Angela Vrankic

Angela Vrankic is a Health Psychologist with over 20 years experience providing one-to-one counselling treatment services for adults and corporate psychology services including coaching, mentoring and training.  She specialises in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, perinatal depression and anxiety, adjustment to injury, occupational stress and workplace bullying & harassment. Angela has an interest in helping individuals and organisations to enrich their lives/organisation and become resilient individuals and organisations. Her experience in the workers compensation system is extensive and involves the provision of medico-legal assessments, psychological treatment and advisory services to key stake holders. Angela utilises a number of therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive BehaviouralTherapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Solution Focused Therapy(SFT) and Clinical Hypnosis.  She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the APS College of Health Psychologists and the Australian Association of Cognitive BehaviourTherapy.

Ilona Gaudin


Psychologist Ilona Gaudin

Psychologist at Victoria Tower Medical.

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