COVID-19 UPDATE As we all do our best to stop the spread of COVID-19, Torrens House has put further measures in place to keep you safe and cared for during this time of uncertainty and increased anxiety. Face-to-face therapy sessions are continuing, with strict safety precautions in place to keep you, the vulnerable in our community and us all safe. In short, we encourage you to maintain your appointments, unless you or anyone in your household has been placed in quarantine for coronavirus, returned from an overseas trip or cruise in the past 14 days, or is experiencing flu-like symptoms; fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. In these situations, we encourage you to call us so we can re-schedule or offer a telehealth or online session. Telehealth or online sessions are also available so you can maintain continuity of your therapy without physically coming to our rooms. Please call Torrens House on 8552 6697 to discuss your situation, as always, we are here to help and to accommodate your needs as we navigate challenges and work towards better mental health for all. From The Clinicians and staff at Torrens House

Staff at Torrens House

Christopher Wigg, Clinical Psychologist.
BSc (Hons) MPsych (Clinical) MAPS FCCP

Fellow College of Clinical Psychologists of Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (AACBT)
Australian Society for Trauma Stress Studies (ASTSS)
Southern Fleurieu Mental Health Professional Network (MHPN).

Clinical psychology services to adults with anxiety and depressive disorders, early psychosis and trauma. Registered psychologist with AHPRA with Clinical endorsement, Medicare approved, and contracted to DVA, Open Arms and RTW (SA). In addition to private practice, clinical experience through past and current public sector employment within community mental health, VVCS/Open Arms, DVA, The University of Adelaide, The Centre for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression, and Jamie Larcombe Centre (SALHN).

Weekends involve family activities, the Power Revolution, an ageing house, endless paperwork, sharing quality Fleurieu wine and cheese, and Sunday morning MAMIL.

Days at Torrens House: Tuesdays only


Simon Canny, Clinical Psychologist.
BA, Grad Dip Soc Sc (Rehab.), Grad Dip App Psych

Australian Psychological Society and member of the Clinical College
Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Australian & New Zealand Association for Psychiatry Psychology and Law


  • Adults, older adults and couples, war veterans
  • Evidenced based practice for treatment of anxiety and depression
  • Reducing traumatic stress reactions and PTSD
  • Relationship and communication skill building
  • Resolving sexual concerns and functioning issues with men and couples

Days at Torrens House:Wednesday to Friday, Fortnightly



Tim Upsdell, Clinical Psychologist.
Masters in Psychology (clinical), Masters in Psychology (organizational), Certificate in Family therapy from the Dulwich Centre.

Australian Psychology Society and Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.


  • Adults (18+)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Solution focussed therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Hypnosis and rapid eye movement desensitisation

Prior to starting private practice in 2003, Tim worked for 10 years with offending and homeless youth and then 13 years in the area of vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities, both physical and psychological. Tim also consults at Christies Beach, Goolwa, Aldinga, Seaford Meadows and Hallet Cove.

Days at Torrens House:Wednesdays fortnightly



Leanne McKenzie, Psychologist.
B.A. Honours (Psychology) M.A. (Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy)

Australian Psychological Society
Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Adolescents (16+) and Adults
Using techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for the treatment of adults and adolescents with:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Chronic Pain

Following completing her studies in 1996 Leanne worked in a public Mental Health Team for 5 years before moving to the UK and working as a Forensic Mental Health Care Practitioner for 4 years and a further 4 years in a Day Therapy Services team at a Private Psychiatric Hospital. Leanne has worked in Private Practice at Torrens House since 2009.

Referral types: Medicare, WorkCover, Private

I love enjoying the beach and outdoors with family and friends, walking the dog, kayaking, and staring out to sea.

Days at Torrens House: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday


Dr Ali Wallis - Clinical Psychologist
MPsych (Clinical), PhD, (MAPS, CCLIN)

Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society

Adolescents (13+ ) and Adults
Clinical psychology services for adolescents and their families, adults with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, health conerns.

Ali has returned to Torrens House, having previously worked there for 8 years. She has also worked at Calvary Hospital running an oncology program, for CAMHS as a Research Manager, and at Novita Children's Services. She has run workshops for school communities on managing anxiety in children.

Time off is spent riding long kilometers on the bike with friends, planning holidays, drinking coffee and reading.

Days at Torrens House:Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays

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Lisa (Practice Manager)

Extensive experience in both the medical and allied health sectors.

Wildlife and nature enthusiast, bush and beach walking, spending time with family & friends, gardening & reading

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Denika ( Reception )

Experience in medical and radiology administration.

Love spending time with my family and friends.


Rachel ( Reception )

Experienced in allied health and administration support.

I enjoy spending time with family, swimming at local beaches, going on holidays, camping and bushwalking.