Many people ask us why the name Nutricula. Nutricula is a small jellyfish that transfers its cells back to childhood once it reaches adulthood. It may do this process to live longer. Nutricula is synonymous to longevity. Research has proven that when we take care of our brain health, and are mentally well humans can live up to 140 years.


At Nutricula Psychology we strive to assist our clients to live a long and happy life by incorporating the newest research and delivering evidence based therapeutic interventions.  We help clients to understand what shaped them, understand their own behavioural patterns and give them the tools to change their lives from just existing into a healthy,  happy and meaningful life.






Paul Potgieter is a Psychologist at Nutricula Psychology, specialising in providing psychological services to individuals, couples and the resources industry.


Paul has 25 years experience in the mental health field and over 8 years as a psychologist in Australia, helping people with different forms of mental illness and trauma. He has worked across various industries including not for profit, government and private practice. In addition to his psychology qualifications,  he has a Masters degree in Business, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, allowing for a unique insight into the challenges faced by organisations. Paul incorporates this knowledge into his training and consulting services. His certification in Neuro-psychotherapy allows him to be at the forefront of research and treatment interventions.


Paul is an Associate member of The Australian Psychological Society and a member of the International Association of Clinical Neuro-psychotherapy and presented his brain based conflict resolution model at the International Neuro-psychotherapy Conference in May 2017.


Kelly Black


Kelly Black is a Psychologist at Nutricula Psychology with over 8 years experience in community mental health, government and not for profit sectors.


Kelly works with children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, self harming behaviours, attachment and family relationship concerns, poor self-esteem, autism and aspergers, addiction, skills training and challenging behaviours.


In addition to her qualifications in Psychology, Kelly has a certificate in attachment based family therapy for adolescents and positive behaviour support, allowing for a unique insight into difficulties experienced across the lifespan.


Kelly has experience working with peri and postnatal clients in pregnancy and clients engaged with the NDIS.

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Susan Murray


Susan is a registered psychologist with a gentle approach. She is client centered with vast experience working with children from 5 years of age, adolescents and adults who may experience symptoms of depression, anxiety/panic, anger, low self-esteem, poor impulse control, addiction and trauma. Susan can provide individual, couples and family therapy.


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Dr Raychelle Sidhu

Clinical Psychologist

I completed her First Class Honours and Doctoral degree in Psychology at the University of Queensland. She is registered with the Australian Board of Psychology and endorsed in the area of Clinic Psychology. She enjoys working with adults and older adolescents who are experiencing a broad range of psychological concerns to help identify their strengths and learn coping strategies to heal from past and present difficulties. She has undertaken extensive training in treating clients with trauma histories and significant expertise in treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addictions and managing major life transitions.  She utilises a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy. 

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Rayno Potgieter


Rayno is a psychologist with over 7 years experience working with individuals and couples. 

Having worked across variety of settings in Australia including experience with  complex presentations of mental illness and trauma. Rayno has a multimodal treatment approach with experience in CBT, ACT, EMDR, and Neuropsychotherapy and other areas. 

Rayno is passionate about working with individuals to help them overcome their challenges and help improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Admin Team

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Tertia is the director of Nutricula. She has more than 10 years experience in the mental health care industry and many years in financial and business management. Tertia is original from South Africa and has been in financial positions with international companies in Sydney before moving to Mackay 13 years ago. She enjoys the challenges of running a small business and the freedom her position offers to be creative and innovative. 


Alison Love

Practice Manager

Alison is the Practice Manager at Nutricula Psychology. With over 20 years’ experience in management roles, Alison understands the challenges associated with practice management principles and the needs of the business due to her previous extensive Practice Management in the UK. In her roles as Practice Manager, Alison develops and nurtures client relationships, while implementing strategies around the clinic’s management. Alison is experienced in areas such as business management & planning, client education, health & wellness, customer relations, account management and new business development.


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