Nicole Canin

Provisional Psychologist


Nicole Canin is a provisionally registered psychologist with AHPRA, with eighteen years of clinical experience. Nicole obtained her postgraduate qualifications in South Africa, where she worked as a fully registered psychologist with children and adolescents, adults, and families. Overseas psychology qualifications are only partially recognised in Australia, and therefore Nicole is required to undertake the transitional program for overseas qualified psychologists to gain full registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Association. During this transitional period, she will be working under the supervision of one of our senior clinical psychologists, who is a Psychology Board of Australia Board Approved Supervisor.

For the past ten years, Nicole has developed particular skills in supporting families with infants and young children. She knows how challenging taking care of young children can be, especially when they are struggling in some way.  She is excited about the potential for change during this stage of life, recognising that often if one can identify an issue earlier on, one can make significant long-lasting psychological shifts. Nicole’s extensive training enables her to address issues such as prenatal anxiety, postnatal depression, and challenges with bonding, as well as assisting with symptoms such as separation anxiety, enuresis and temper tantrums.

Nicole is also passionate about working with parents to support their children’s development. She offers tailored parental guidance, helping parents to understand their children and how often minor adjustments in parenting can promote self-esteem and emotional regulation. Nicole’s PhD focused on supporting parents with premature infants. Her knowledge and skills in this area allow her to promote sensitive caregiving by helping parents to understand the developmental capacities and vulnerabilities of these fragile infants. This guidance often allows infants to settle into their post-hospital environment a little easier.

In addition to her experience with young children and families, Nicole enjoys working with older children and adults; particularly for those who would like to facilitate change or overcome difficult situations in life.

In her work, Nicole draws on psychodynamic theory, systems theory, attachment theory, cognitive-behavioural techniques, as well as the latest neurodevelopmental, infant and child research. Nicole’s clients would describe her as insightful, caring, warm, authentic and dedicated.


Nicole’s special areas of interest: 

  • Adjustment and life transition challenges
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Anger and Impulsivity issues
  • Family stress, separation and divorce
  • Prenatal Anxiety
  • Postnatal depression, anxiety or trauma
  • Relationships
  • Sleep
  • Life transition challenge


Nicole is available for in person and Telehealth appointments in our McKinnon location on Wednesdays and Thursdays.