Dr Sarah Lutkin

Sarah smiles at the camera standing in front of a green tree, she has long blonde hair

Lead Psychologist


  • Anxiety and stress management support
  • Behavioural support and advice
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Support with mental health
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

Seemingly a lifetime ago, Dr Sarah Lutkin was a car mechanic in England, fascinated by what went on under vehicles’ bonnets.

Fast forward more than 20 years and Sarah has become a highly respected clinical psychologist, leading mental health researcher, and an advocate for regional and remote health services.

She’s also raised a child with profound intellectual and psychiatric challenges.

Sarah is available to work with Therapy Pro clients of all ages who want to improve the way they feel, act, and behave, who want to enjoy better relationships with others or who want to get out and involved in community more easily.

She can carry out psychological assessments and develop personalised therapeutic interventions, including behavioural support plans and positive behaviour strategies.

Sarah’s career transition and progression began in Mount Isa when she and her husband became foster carers.

“Some of the kids had issues I didn’t feel skilled to deal with, so I sought to learn how best to support their needs,” she says.

Along the way, Sarah became a support worker, then a counsellor, and ultimately a clinical psychologist.

Sarah has particular professional expertise in working with children, adolescents and adults who have intellectual impairment and mental health issues.

She is known for her work with people affected by foetal alcohol syndrome.

Sarah’s professional doctorate examined ageing and anxiety.

She has many years’ experience working with members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

In her role at Therapy Pro, Sarah, a former James Cook University lecturer, will also serve as a professional mentor to some of our early career therapists.


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