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We are Clinical Psychologists who have years of experience in the best evidence-based treatments for sleeping difficulties. And, importantly, we are also Mums who have had our share of lack of sleep and efforts at trying to improve our kid’s sleep over the years. We can also offer support with other issues that often come hand in hand with sleeping problems, such as anxiety, depression, behaviour problems, and many others.

Dr Hayley Dohnt

Clinical Psychologist
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • PhD (Clinical Psychology)

Hayley is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked for many years assessing, treating and researching sleeping problems. She completed all of her studies at Flinders University. She has completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the area of adolescent sleep at Flinders University, and has worked at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and the Flinders University Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic.

In addition to SOMNIA, she currently works part time at Adelaide Paediatrics, where she provides therapy to children/adolescents and their families who are having difficulties with issues such as anxiety, depression, behaviour and school problems.

Hayley has experience in providing supervision to other psychologists and trainee psychologists in their research theses and clinical training. She has presented on sleeping problems to a broad audience including schools, child cares, parents, medical professionals, and at conferences.

Most importantly, Hayley is a mum of two young boys who have had difficulties with their sleep at times, and knows very well of the impact that lack of sleep can have on your overall well-being.

Ms Karina Starkey

Clinical Psychologist
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Karina is a Clinical Psychologist who has 10 years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders (ranging from infancy through to adulthood). Karina completed her clinical studies at the Flinders University of South Australia, during which time she was trained as a therapist at the Flinders University Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic. Through her work in the sleep field, Karina appeared on Channel 9’s A Current Affair and on the ABC documentary “Whatever! The Science of Teens”.

Karina currently divides her time between private practice and providing therapy to at-risk children and teenagers at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). As part of her CAMHS role, Karina provides therapy to young people and their parents facing a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, deliberate self-harm, behavioural challenges, eating disorders and more. Karina has also been formally trained to provide Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa.

Karina has one toddler and another baby on the way. You would think that as a psychologist that specialises in sleep she would be blessed with a good sleeper, but she certainly has had her fair share of sleepless nights! Fortunately, through applying the various evidence-based techniques we use with clients in our clinic everyday, her family are now sleeping well.

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