Marion Road Psychology, at 673 Marion Road, Ascot Park, is a dedicated psychology service on Marion Road at Ascot Park. There are a number of Clinical and General Psychologists, as well as an Educational and Developmental Psychologist practicing from these rooms:

Dr Alicia Ellis, Clinical Psychologist, has extensive experience in treating anxiety disorders, including PTSD, in adults and adolescents. Her training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, anger management, obesity and disordered eating, relationship concerns, study and educational issues, as well as performance enhancement and behaviour management. She also works with parents to assist with behaviour management techniques, and has a keen interest in interpersonal relationships and couples counseling. Dr Ellis had published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subjects of bullying and PTSD/trauma. Dr Ellis has experience in community mental health, offender treatment and rehabilitation, and child protection, and, having worked in public service, has been working in private practice since 2008, seeing a wide variety of people with a number of difficulties. Dr Ellis sees people who are referred under ReturntoWorkSA and Motor Accident Commission, as well as emergency services personnel. Dr Ellis is also an approved Australian Defence Force personnel provider. She is a current member and past President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, and held office on the committee of the South Australian Branch of the Australian Psychological Society. She is also a member of both the Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society.

In addition to having a passionate interest in providing therapeutic services, Dr Ellis is also registered with the Psychology Board of Australia to provide Supervision for Provisional Psychologists leading to registration, and those undertaking a Registrar Programme to gain endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.


Ms Kiaran Thorpe is an experienced clinical psychologist who works with people of all ages. She can assist with the management of a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, health problems, pain management, parenting, the effects of traumatic experiences, and emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties. Ms Thorpe draws on a wide range of therapies to individually tailor an approach to best suit each client. Ms Thorpe has a particular interest in assisting children, adolescents, adults and families of all forms to manage the effects of complex and developmental trauma, including problems with attachment, anxiety, developmental and behavioural issues, post-traumatic stress, emotional regulation and the challenges of parenting. Where appropriate, Ms Thorpe can also help parents and children process their shared traumas as part of working towards reunification. Ms Thorpe is registered to provide emotional/behavioural support to people as part of the NDIS and can conduct intellectual assessments.

Ms Marni Ahmer is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with people experiencing insomnia and other sleep disorders. Ms Ahmer also has experience working with children and families who are experiencing separation and parenting concerns, and has a keen interest in working with clients of all ages who experience depression and anxiety. In her private practice, Ms Ahmer has a number of clients who have experienced significant trauma in their lives, and works with them to address the impact of past trauma on current situations. Ms Ahmer has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, and is a member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society.

Ms Diana Reilly is a Clinical Psychologist, and Educational and Developmental Psychologist with particular interest in treating children and adolescents with depression, anxiety and behavioural problems. Ms Reilly is a registered provider with NDIS to provide support for psychological, emotional or behavioural difficulties including cognitive therapy and development of life skills. Ms Reilly has undergone training in the assessment and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and has particular expertise in assisting parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder with parenting strategies and behavioural and educational concerns. Ms Reilly has also worked with young people in schools, assisting them with social difficulties, depression and anxiety, as well as educational concerns. She also assists young persons from a number of local Boarding Schools manage a life away from home and family.

Ms Karolina Pasierbek is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience in the area of Educational and Developmental Psychology. She has over ten years of experience as a psychologist in both public and private education and specialises in identifying children’s individual learning needs. Karolina’s roles have included conducting cognitive, educational, behavoural and social-emotional assessments and providing counselling with primary and high school age children across a variety of issues. Karolina has experience working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental concerns, disabilities and specific learning difficulties. Karolina uses an eclectic approach in service delivery and integrates a variety of evidence-based interventions and frameworks to meet the needs of her clients including: Cognitive Behavoural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness and Solution Focused Approach. However, her work most often draws from Family Therapy. Karolina brings to her practice a passion for working collaboratively with families and other stakeholders involved (e.g. school staff) from a systemic perspective in order to influence change.

Karolina holds a Masters Degree of Psychology (Poland, 2005) and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Karolina’s areas of experience include:
– conducting cognitive (IQ testing) and educational assessments
– assessments of specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia
– assessments of Intellectual Disabilities
– Gifted and talented assessments

She can provide family counselling and help families develop parenting skills and work with children and adolescents who have ASD, behavoural problems, anxiety disorders, school issues (e.g. bullying, performance anxiety).