Clinical Psychology Services

Summers Clinical Psychology Services offers assessment, diagnosis, and treatment using evidence based approaches.


This service works with adults, older adults, and adolescents (16+) to address a range of psychological concerns including:

  • Anxiety (generalised worry, phobias, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, & panic)
  • Mood Disorders (depression, low mood, postnatal adjustment & Bipolar Disorder)
  • Acute Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief, loss & other life transition adjustments
  • Problem use of alcohol & other substances
  • Chronic Pain conditions; &
  • Performance Enhancement in career, work, study, & relationships.

Treatment Approaches

Summers Clinical Psychology Services utilises evidence-based psychological therapies that are tailored to individual client needs. Annette Summers has extensive training and practice in the following psychological therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Gold standard trauma focused therapies including Prolonged Exposure (PE) & Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

Accessing Services

The practice accepts referrals under the following programs:

  • Medicare
  • WorkCover
  • DVA (limited number of places available)

Self or private referrals are also welcome.

 Please note: with a Medicare referral rebates are available, however bulk billing is strictly not offered.  


Annette Summers


Annette Summers is a Clinical Psychologist who commenced her career working with children and adolescents in mental health and school settings. Following on from this Annette spent over a decade working in an organisational setting selecting personnel for aviation careers in the Australian Defence Force. Annette subsequently established her private practice career in Coffs Harbour during 2017.

Annette is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP).

Annette is also a Board approved supervisor for provisionally registered psychologists.

Annette has contributed to research in the discipline of psychology and published the following articles internal to Defence.

  1. McIvor, D., & Summers, A., (2011). A review of work sample tests. Directorate of Occupational Psychology & Health Analysis; Department of Defence; Canberra.
  1. Summers, A.(2017) Psychologist Operations Manual: Australian Defence Force Pilot Selection Flight – Pilot Officer Selection Board. Directorate of Occupational Psychology & Health Analysis; Department of Defence; Canberra.
  1. Summers, A., Latimer, S. L., & Mortimer, J., (2016). Post-deployment screening: Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Kessler 10 using Rasch analysis. Directorate of Occupational Psychology & Health Analysis; Department of Defence; Canberra.

Summers Clinical Psychology Services works alongside people to define their values. We assist people to connect to values through adapting or changing the way they think about and approach situations. Use of best practice evidence-based psychological therapies is aimed at teaching skills so that people have the tools to cope outside of the therapy setting, and the gains made in therapy are long lasting.

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