Our Certified Team

Dr Samir Benjamin

Dr Benjamin is a senior consultant psychiatrist with more than 30 years’ experience. He is bilingual and he speaks Arabic language fluently. Besides treating Anxiety, Mood and Psychotic Disorders, Dr Benjamin has special interest in Attention Deficit Disorder. He also has an extensive experience in Medicolegal Psychiatry, including Civil and Criminal Litigation. He is an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine. He has admission rights to The Hills Private Hospital, Baulkham Hills.

Ms Irene Dohne

Irene is a registered psychologist and accredited Sex Therapist. She provides a safe place to discuss sensitive and intimate issues to enhance mental health, sexual identity and interpersonal relationships. The treatment is tailored to the unique needs of individuals and couples to improve understanding and facilitate communication. Irene has special interest in Complex Trauma, Personality Development, Sex Addiction, Sexual Dysfunction and Mismatched Desire.

Ms Lydia Ghaly

Lydia is a registered psychologist and an Associate Member of the APS. With a special interest in children, she has exceptional experience in treating childhood disorders. She conducts IQ and academic assessments for Cognitive and Learning Disorders for all ages. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other modalities, she also helps adults who experience difficulties with managing thoughts and emotions such as anxiety, depression and anger. She is also a WorkCover Health Provider.

Ms Lillian Mawad

Lillian is a registered psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience. She is bilingual and she speaks Lebanese fluently. She helps people who experience Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Childhood Trauma, Family Conflict and Adolescent Psychological Disorders. She is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Mr Don Coles

Don is a Social Worker, Counsellor and Family Therapist with 35 years’ experience in these fields. He recently completed three years with the Counselling Team at the Child Abuse Royal Commission, supporting individuals who experienced child sexual abuse. He also has interest in managing psychological trauma, addiction and coping with disability. He is an approved counsellor for NSW Victim Services, State Insurance Regulatory Authority, NSW Workers Compensation and National Carers Counselling Program.

Ms Meray Tahan

Meray Tahan is a highly motivated and compassionate psychologist. She works with individuals experiencing mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression and trauma. Meray has a  special interest in treating individuals diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive disorder, (OCD). She  provides  evidence-based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, (ACT) and Schema Therapy. Her main goal in therapy is to help individuals alleviate their suffering and to obtain a sense of empowerment. 


Ms Mary Salama

Mary is a Clinical Psychologist who has an open and collaborative therapeutic style. She is a dedicated clinician who is committed to improving an individuals overall well-being and quality of life by ensuring that an individual is not defined and limited by their mental health diagnosis.

Mary has previous clinical experience in private practice and community hospital settings. She has worked with a range of clinical presentations and implements a range of evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).


Mary has obtained a Masters of Clinical Psychology and is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Our Admin Team


I’m a certified Medical Secretary and a vital link in our Allied Healthcare team that delivers superior client care.  I’m passionate about assisting clients and creating a comfortable experience for them. I look forward to helping clients with any questions or concerns they may have about our practice. I joined Sydney Centre for Psychological Medicine in 2014. I have 15 years of experience in various administrative roles. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology degree and I wish to become a Clinical Psychologist in the future.