We offer a range of psychological services for adults, children, families and other agencies.

forPsych provides services across Northern Tasmania, with outreach into the North West and North East, and other areas or states by arrangement. Additionally, most services are also available by secure telehealth, removing most geographic restrictions to access.

Strong clinical skills underpin all of our psychological services, whether forensic, general psychology or disability.  Clinical and forensic assessment, interviewing, report writing, strong verbal communication skills (especially as an expert witness in court) and case presentation are vital elements of our practice of forensic and wider psychology.

With these skills, we effectively perform such tasks as: competence & capacity; psychological impact assessments; family and parenting assessments; psychological diagnoses; criminal & other forensic assessments; NDIS / disability services*; cognitive, achievement and functional assessments; supervision and training programs for psychologists, and services to veterans.

We pride ourselves in all aspects of our work, and strive to provide a non-confrontational, relatable service, where our clients feel comfortable, heard and safe.

Our People

Samantha van der Wijngaart

Principal Psychologist
MPsych (Forensic) | BSci (Hons) | BFurtherEdTrg | PGCert (Ed) | GradCert (Crime Analysis)

Sam started forPsych in 2011, when her family moved from Adelaide to Launceston, a coming home of sorts. She is an endorsed Forensic Psychologist with a breadth of experience working across forensic and general psychology, with a lived experience of Autism and neuro-divergence.

Sam is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychologists, and is currently on the national executive. She is a past president of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. She has active memberships with several professional organisations related to aspects of forensic psychology practice, and is very active in pursuing professional development opportunities.

Sam provides assessments, reports and expert witness testimony for the courts. She has a particular interest in forensic matters pertaining to families and young people. Her master’s thesis considered Fitness to Stand Trial and was published in Psychology, Psychiatry and Law in 2012.

Her working life started with 12 years service in the Airforce, followed by employment in related industries. With this career experience came expertise and training in Information Technology, which culminated in qualifications in further education, and a second career as a training professional. Sam is a proud veteran.

Sam’s passion for training continues through providing seminars, workshops, training and supervision to psychologists. She is a Professional Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development.

When she finds time to relax, Sam loves to get out into the bush, camping, fishing and sitting by the fire. She’s an avid Geocacher and enjoys travelling the world.

Tammy Fidler

Provisional Psychologist
BPsychSci (Hons)

Tammy joined the team in 2019 and is based in St Helens on the North East Coast. Tammy works with adults, children and families. For Tammy, the right support comes from a client-focused and person-centred framework.

Tammy integrates a variety of therapy solutions to help her clients and believes in providing them with psychoeducation and strategies they can use throughout their daily life. These enable Tammy’s clients to face everyday challenges and live the best life they can.

In her spare time, Tammy enjoys keeping active by spending time with her family and her fitness buddies. As a provisional psychologist, Tammy is continuously building on her knowledge and skill base and moving towards general psychologist registration.

Annie Morton

Provisional Psychologist BArts (Criminology & Psychology) | 4+2

Snowy Schnauzer

Psychology Dog
BPats (Hons) | Director of Treats

Snowy is the newest member of our team. Born in January 2020, Snowy has a lot of training to go before she is fully qualified as an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. Snowy’s role will be to participate in sessions and to help everyone feel comfortable. By far the cutest and friendliest member of the team, Snowy is already an expert toy chaser, treat tester and door greeter.

Outside of her intensive training, Snowy likes to annoy her older sister, Schnapps the Schnauzer, and sleep in the sunlight.

Kim Mitchell

Administration Support

Kim has been with forPsych for approximately four years, and enjoys dealing directly with our clients and referrers. Kim has long been the friendly voice on the phone when arranging our appointments. Kim works one day a week in our practice, and is also an audiometrist!

When not working, Kim enjoys camping, fishing and most of all chasing her grandchildren.