Welcome to The Hummingbird Centre

Directed by local Psychologists Dr Rickie Elliott and Alikki Russell, The Hummingbird Centre is a multi-disciplinary team, comprised of Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Accredited Social Workers, Occupational Therapy, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist, and Administrative Support staff who help adults, children, teenagers and families to create positive changes in their lives.

We are passionate and down-to-earth independent practitioners who collaborate to provide high quality psychological interventions that are client-centred, goal-oriented, and holistic for everyone from infancy to adulthood. 

We provide services from multiple locations across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie to provide greater access to services for our clients, including Warners Bay, Redhead and Broadmeadow and New Lambton Heights.


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Our Mission

The Mission of The Hummingbird Centre is to create a supportive, collaborative and growth-oriented team environment from which our team of compassionate and dedicated clinicians are empowered to provide high quality mental health assessment, treatment, support and training to our clients, professionals and the community. We aim to continue to find evidence-based yet innovative ways to provide exceptional levels of service to our clients and professionals. We value connection, growth, fun, innovation, safety and contribution.

In ancient cultures, the hummingbird represents courage, joy, love, present moment awareness, endurance, infinite possibilities,  and healing from negativity. This unique bird reminds us to let our true colours shine and that life’s sweetest nectar comes from within.

Our therapists are trained in a variety of assessments and therapeutic approaches to support clients to achieve their goals and are able to tailor treatments to suit their clients needs. 

At The Hummingbird Centre, all of our clinicians are trauma and attachment - informed practitioners. In addition to traditional talk-therapies, we provide additional services such as group programs, Neurofeedback, The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Sensitive Trauma Centre Yoga (TCTSY), Attachment Therapy, Parenting Support, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Our Directors coordinate and provide a multitude of professional development opportunities for clinicians within our team and within the community to encourage collaboration and support between clinicians and reduce the time and costs associated with travelling away for training. 


Podcast: Rickie Elliott discusses how to avoid COVID Overwhelm 

March 2020

Alikki Russell interviews Kathy Steele on Dissociation

July 2019

Dr Rickie - Guest speaker on Mel Sarge's podcast "How to build self-esteem in your kids"

May 15th, 2019

Mother Jumpers

11th November 2018

Mother Jumpers

Dr Rickie jumped out of a plane with Mel "Sarge" Seargant to raise awareness for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression as part of COPE's Mother Jumpers fundraiser. 

The Newcastle Herald wrote about the important message behind the jump - read more.