Dr Ly Hart-Smith

BA (Hons) MPsychol (Clinical) PhD MAPS

Ly is a Clinical Psychologist who has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She also has training and experience in other evidence-based treatment approaches, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based therapies. Ly’s treatment approach is based on providing a supportive, safe, and structured environment, tailoring evidence-based treatments to the individual needs of her clients, and working collaboratively with clients to help them develop skills and self-knowledge to bring about meaningful and lasting change.


Ly has experience across a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, clinical perfectionism, and adjustment difficulties. She has a particular interest in emotion dysregulation, and is passionate about helping clients across disorders to develop more helpful ways of managing negative emotions.

Ly has experience across public, university, and private practice settings. She has worked with adults and adolescents in a previous role as a group therapist at the Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University, and with adolescents and their parents at the Lower North Shore Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at Royal North Shore Hospital. She has also worked in clinical research in the area of refugee mental health at The University of New South Wales.


Ly completed her postgraduate clinical training at The University of New South Wales, which investigated the relationship between mood, imagery, and repetitive thinking. Ly has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences.