Practitioners

Our expert team comes from diverse psychology and mental health backgrounds including, child and family, counselling, neuropsychology, forensic and organisational. So no matter what your issues and goals, we’ll match you with a mental health practitioner who has the specific expertise you need.

All psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

VICTORIA ARKLIE

Provisional Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Victoria works with clients in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Eating Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Self-esteem
  • Emotional Regulation Skills
  • ASD
  • ADHD

APPROACH

Victoria takes a warm, person-centred approach to create a non-judgmental and supportive environment for clients. Victoria believes in meeting each individual where they are and draws on CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington

KATHY ASTRINAKIS

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Anxiety
  • Self esteem and body image
  • Self harming behaviours
  • School / Adjustment issues
  • Forensic risk assessments and rehabilitation
  • Sexual offending behaviours and intellectual disability
  • Anger management
  • Trauma and grief
  • Couples counselling
  • Parenting / Parental separation/family support
  • Emotional and behavioural issues
  • Bullying and work related stress

APPROACH

Kathy provides a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment. She has practised across a variety of settings including forensic, educational and private practice providing psychological assessment and intervention services.
Kathy's therapeutic approach is Client centered catering to meet the individual needs of clients through the use of evidence based practices including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Kathy has completed a Master of Psychology (Counselling) at La Trobe University. She is bilingual and provides services in English and Greek.

Location

Telehealth
Oakleigh

CATHERINE CABALLERO

Organisational Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Career counselling
  • Career development
  • Coaching
  • Work stress and burnout
  • Life transition issues

APPROACH

Catherine is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and also uses a Positive Psychology strengths based approach.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Catherine has completed a Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational) and is a lecturer at Deakin University. She is bilingual and also provides counselling services in Spanish.

Location

Mt Eliza
Mornington

DR DEBRA CAMPBELL

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Individual Counselling
  • Couples Therapy
  • Anxiety, panic and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Building self-compassion and self-esteem
  • Life coaching and life design
  • Workshops, groups and training for living your best life

APPROACH

Debra uses an integrative approach, always adapting the therapy to suit the person and their circumstances. Her approach draws upon psychodynamic and attachment principles, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Approaches, traditional mindfulness practices, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Debra is also a personal growth author, blogger and podcaster via www.drdebracampbell.com. Her book Lovelands became an Amazon best-seller about turning your hurts into your strengths, and becoming the hero of your own life.

Location

Telehealth

DR JASMINE CHARLES

Clinical Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Depression
  • Anxiety (social anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety/worry, perfectionism, health related anxiety, needle phobia, separation anxiety, school refusal)
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • LGBTIQA + affirmative
  • Parenting and behaviour management
  • Chronic pain and illness (especially diabetes)
  • Sleep problems
  • Life transition & adjustment issues
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Building resilience
  • Relationship issues (couples, parent-child)
  • Identity issues

APPROACH

Jasmine enjoys working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. Jasmine’s strength is in engaging her clients and building rapport to create a safe space and a trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate positive change, increased knowledge and understanding. Jasmine draws on a number of therapeutic approaches in working with her clients, tailoring her approach to fit the individual and their concerns, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Family Therapy, Attachment Theory and Motivational Interviewing.

AVAILABILITY

Monday, Wednesday

OTHER

Jasmine is a registered Clinical Psychologist. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Deakin University. She has over fifteen years of clinical experience working within inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, outreach, schools, community and private clinics with children, youth, families and adults.

Location

Mornington

NELL CHEN

Mental Health Social Worker

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Behavioural development
  • Self esteem and self development
  • Shyness and social skills
  • Bullying
  • School issues
  • Career counselling
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Cross cultural issues
  • Social media/networking addictions
  • Health related problems
  • Weight management
  • Memory
  • Mental illness and trauma

APPROACH

Nell is a passionate about changing behaviour. Using a combination of Mindfulness, CBT, motivational interviewing, music and play therapy, Nell loves working with children and adolescents, and preparing additional psychoeducation for carers.

Nell uses evidence-based approaches to deliver practical and results driven outcomes.

AVAILABILITY

Saturdays

OTHER

She speaks fluent Mandarin and is also an Australian Association of Social Workers accredited member.

Location

Mornington

REBECCA CHENEY

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Grief and loss
  • Self esteem and self development
  • Shyness and social skills
  • Bullying
  • Life transition
  • Separation and divorce
  • Career and vocational assessments
  • Mental illness

APPROACH

Rebecca is committed to high levels of clinical and client focused care. She is able to evaluate presenting symptoms and ensure that best practice interventions are incorporated into working with clients.

Rebecca uses interventions such as Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and risk assessment. She has experience working in psychology with clients from a diverse range of ages and cultural backgrounds.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Rebecca has a Master of Professional Psychology from Monash University.

Location

Mornington
Mt Eliza

AAVI DESAI

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Aavi works with children (6 years and above), adolescents and adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma
  • Neurodiversity
  • Self-esteem and self-development
  • Assessments
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • LGBTIQA+ affirmative
  • Life transition & adjustment concerns
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Work related stress
  • Body image concerns

APPROACH

Aavi utilises strength-based collaborative approaches to support individuals and families through their mental health journey. Aavi is trained in CBT, ACT, DBT and mindfulness based psychotherapy. She also supports individuals with diagnostic clarification, consultations and assessments.

AVAILABILITY

Thursday

OTHER

Aavi provides services in English, Hindi, Gujarati and Urdu languages.

Location

Oakleigh

CAM DOAN

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Works with adults in areas of:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Panic disorder and phobias
  • Relationship issues (individual)
  • Stress management and relaxation
  • Life transition and adjustment issues
  • Self-esteem and self-development
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Work stress and workplace bullying
  • Alcohol, drug & other addictions

APPROACH

Cam draws on evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy and practices from a trauma- and attachment-informed lens to achieve positive client outcomes.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Oakleigh

PUCHI DUNNE

Mental Health Social Worker

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Working with adolescents from a strength based perspective
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Health related problems
  • School refusal and school issues
  • Panic and phobias
  • Self-esteem and self-development
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Gender identity and transgender
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Sleep issues
  • Suicide ideation and self harm
  • Addictions
  • Work stress and life adjustment

APPROACH

Puchi has a warm and friendly style who loves working with adolescents, families, couples and adults. Each person is an individual.

Puchi’s warm and supportive approach aims to use the strengths of the client to help them navigate challenges and facilitate change and treatment is tailored to the client’s own needs. She uses a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Play Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington

DR ILVANA DZAFIC

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Psychosis
  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Emotional and behavioural problems
  • Complex trauma and PTSD
  • Grief and loss
  • Personality, Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessments
  • QEEG brain mapping

APPROACH

Ilvana has an empathetic and supportive approach and draws on techniques from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and Person-Centered therapy. Ilvana knows that personalised treatment is best and will endeavour to tailor interventions based on individual needs.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Ilvana holds a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience, her work focuses on the brain mechanisms underlying psychosis and other mental health conditions.
Ilvana is bilingual and can provide counselling in English, and conversational Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.

Location

Oakleigh

ALYCE GIANNAKIS

Provisional Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Alyce works with adults and children in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work and study stress
  • Self-harm and suicidality
  • ASD and ADHD
  • Assessments: WISC-V, WAIS-IV, CBCL, PAI
  • Mindfulness

APPROACH

Through a warm, supportive and empathic approach, Alyce collaboratively assist clients in working through unique experiences and individualised personal goals. Alyce draws on CBT strategies and techniques to facilitate change and increase self-knowledge and understanding.
Alyce has experience in conducting cognitive, behavioural and personality assessments such as WISC-V, WAIS-IV, PAI, and CBCL.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington
Oakleigh

KATHRYN HAYES

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Kathryn works with children, adolescents, and adults in the following areas:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Disrupted interpersonal relationships
  • Family problems

APPROACH

Kathryn aims to provide her clients with a safe space where they may explore uncomfortable thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. Kathryn believes in exploring psychological skills and strategies with her clients to complement their natural motivation to meet needs and improve daily functioning. Kathryn draws on a range of therapeutic techniques and theories including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Schema Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Mindfulness Meditation.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington

GEORGIA HUBBLE

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Georgia works with adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • OCD
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Panic
  • Phobia
  • ADHD
  • Personality Disorders

APPROACH

Georgia utilises a range of different approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Comittment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Schema therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
Georgia ensures she provides a client-centred approach to treatment, whereby she is guided by the clients focus areas and goals.

AVAILABILITY

Monday

OTHER

Georgia is a Clinical Psychology Registrar.

Location

Telehealth

ROWAN JOHNSTON

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Depression
  • Anger management
  • Behavioural problems
  • Addictions
  • Grief and loss
  • OCD
  • Anxiety, phobias and panic disorders
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Self harm and suicide ideation
  • Sexual abuse

APPROACH

Rowan has a warm and supportive style and is able to provide counselling to individuals in crisis.

Rowan has experience in diagnosing and treating individuals with mental health problems using a blend of DBT, CBT and Mindfulness approaches.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington
Oakleigh

STEVEN KENT

Clinical Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Mood and anxiety‐related disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • School issues
  • Personality assessments
  • Court reports
  • Lifespan transition

APPROACH

Steven uses a warm and gentle approach in treatment while engaging clients with evidence based therapies.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays
Saturdays

OTHER

Steven was involved in the implementation of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with a large population of Borderline Personality Disorder cases. He has experience in clinical, forensic and school settings.

Location

Mornington

DR PETER KYRIAKOULIS

Clinical Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Peter works in the following areas, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Complex trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Couples therapy
  • Medico-legal assessments
  • Clinical hypnosis
  • Clinical supervision
  • Workshops, groups and training
  • Cognitive, Educational, ADHD, ASD, Personality and Diagnostic Psychological Assessments.

APPROACH

Peter uses an integrative approach, combining neuropsychotherapy and positive psychology principles, as well as Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Internal Family Systems.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays and Saturdays

OTHER

Peter has completed his Doctoral research in panic disorder.

Location

Oakleigh
Mornington

JULIE LAGERWEY

Provisional Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Child, adolescent, and family therapy
  • School psychology
  • Assessments
  • Behaviour
  • Personality
  • Self harm and suicidality
  • Interpersonal and relationships
  • Existential
  • Life transitions
  • Career planning
  • Organisational consultancy
  • Group programs for parents

APPROACH

Julie’s work and experience is underpinned by positive, existential, phenomenological, psychodynamic, and humanistic approaches where the focus is on each individual and their unique experiences and context, letting this guide the course of intervention collaboratively.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays and Saturday

OTHER

Julie has completed up to a Master of Professional Psychology and is currently completing her 5+1 internship to obtain general registration.

Location

Mornington
School-based
Telehealth

MIRIAM LATIF

Senior Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Victims of crime
  • Offender rehabilitation
  • Court assessments and reports
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders

APPROACH

Miriam has had vast experience working with clinical and forensic populations across different settings – including prisons, psychiatric hospitals and private practice.

With a Master of Psychology (Forensic), Miriam has also worked with Victims of Crime and in the area offender rehabilitation (including cases of substance abuse, sexual offending and court ordered psychological treatment).

Also specialising in court assessments and reports, Miriam practises cognitive behaviour therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mt Eliza

HANNAH LIM

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Hannah works with clients in the following areas:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Self-esteem and self-development
  • Work stress and bullying
  • Child and adolescent mental health

APPROACH

Hannah values utilising a client-centred approach to enable anyone she meets to be able to share their experiences in a safe and non-judgmental space. She has experience with evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), play therapy, and motivational interviewing.

AVAILABILITY

Wednesdays and Fridays

Location

Mornington

ANDREA MARCU

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Andrea works with individuals in the following areas:

  • Developmental and Educational assessments
  • ASD assessments
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Anxiety Disorders and Depression
  • ASD
  • School Refusal and School Issues
  • Parenting
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Career Counselling
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Development

APPROACH

Andrea is passionate in delivering a person-centred approach, creating a supportive and safe environment for her clients. She utilises CBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based therapies when working with clients.
Andrea has a strong interest in conducting assessments and working with children and their families to navigate the outcomes of these. Andrea takes on a psycho-educational approach and believes in supporting children and their families through new diagnoses with behavioural and practical strategies.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington
Oakleigh

ANDREW MARTY

Provisional Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Andrew works with adults and adolescents in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social, school and work issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Cognitive Assessment

APPROACH

Andrew employs a detail-oriented, caring and collaborative person-centred style, bringing broad life experience and education to meet client needs through evidence-based therapies and non-judgmental encouragement of personal expression and growth.

AVAILABILITY

Monday & Tuesday

Location

Mornington

DANIJELA MASIC

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Danijela works with teens and adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • EMDR
  • Stress management
  • Emotional and behavioural problems
  • Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Phobias
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem and self-development
  • Assessments

APPROACH

Danijela draws from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and an overall integrative and client centred treatment approach. Danijela will tailor interventions based on client need and comfort level.

AVAILABILITY

Tuesday to Thursday

OTHER

Danijela is bilingual and provides services in English and conversational Serbo-Croatian.

Location

Oakleigh

SCOTT MORGAN

Provisional Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Scott works with adults and adolescents in the following areas:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Alcohol, drugs and other addictions
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Self Esteem and Self Development

APPROACH

Using evidence-based practices, Scott’s client-centred therapeutic approach is shaped in collaboration with the individual, with the primary importance being the client’s comfortability and needs. Scott brings extensive life experience and education to all client relationships.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington

SAM MORKA

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma, grief and loss
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Career counselling
  • Work stress and workplace bulling
  • Gender
  • Panic disorders
  • Anger management
  • Phobias
  • Bipolar
  • OCD
  • Terminal Illness
  • Dementia
  • Relationships, Divorce and separation
  • Self harm and suicide ideation

APPROACH

Sam is a passionate and caring psychologist who’s interpersonal style works best with adults.
Sam uses a range of therapeutic approaches including ACT, CBT, and Mindfulness.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays and Saturday

OTHER

Sam completed her Masters of Psychology (Clinical) at Cairnmillar Institute.

Location

Mt Eliza, Mornington

JESS MYLES

Clinical Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Jess works with people aged 15+ years in the following areas:

  • Trauma
  • Health at Every Size approach
  • LGBTIQA+ affirming
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship, attachment and interpersonal concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Work and life stress
  • Psychosis

APPROACH

Jess aims to create a safe, friendly and non-judgmental space where people can explore issues and learn new skills and ways of coping.
Jess uses different therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, DBT and mindfulness. She has a special interest in providing support for the LGBTIQA+ community. This includes minority stress, sexuality, gender and related concerns.

AVAILABILITY

Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

OTHER

Jess is looking forward to offering the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) assessment and letters for gender affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and gender affirming surgery in mid to late 2024.

Location

Mt Eliza,
Mornington,
Telehealth

SHAMLA NAQEBULLAH

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem and self-development
  • Social skills
  • Life transition
  • Separation and divorce
  • Career and vocational assessments
  • Mental illness

APPROACH

Shamla fosters an accepting and supportive environment for her clients of all ages and background, personalising sessions to their specific requirements. She accomplishes this by utilising an integrative approach that incorporates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, and DBT.

Shamla has a Master of Professional Psychology and a Master of Professional Psychology Practice at Cairnmillar Institute.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Shamla is multilingual and provides counselling in English, Dari, Farsi and Hindi/Urdu.

Location

Oakleigh
Mornington
Telehealth

JENNIFER NG

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Jennifer works with groups, adults and older adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • Cancer Support
  • Career Counselling
  • Disability related issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transition, Adjustment and Relationship issues
  • PTSD, trauma and stress-related disorders
  • Workplace Bullying

APPROACH

Jennifer uses a collaborative approach with her clients whilst providing a safe and nurturing environment to explore client's concerns. She uses a variety of evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness and Partswork.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Jennifer has completed a Master of Professional Psychology, MBA and BSc (Hons in IT). She has worked in various settings such as profit and not-for-profit organisations. She is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc and Trauma Recovery Network Australia. She is EMDRAA accredited EMDR practitioner and is EMDR Institute trained.

Location

Mt Eliza

ISABELLE O'BRIEN

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Isabelle works with adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Emotional and behavioural problems
  • Adjustment issues
  • Self-esteem and self-development
  • Work and study stress
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Emotion regulation skills

APPROACH

Isabelle takes a warm, collaborative, and holistic approach to therapy. With exceptional interpersonal skills, and a fresh up-to-date education, she hopes to enhance the lives of others collaboratively and empathically.

Isabelle has experience in conducting assessments and has a special interest cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based interventions. She will tailor intervention based on client needs and draw from a variety of evidence-based interventions.

AVAILABILITY

Mondays, Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays

Location

Mornington

DR KATELYN O'DONOHUE

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Anxiety 
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 
  • Autism/Asperger’s syndrome 
  • Behavioural problems 
  • Career counselling and life personal coaching 
  • Depression 
  • Dyslexia 
  • Grief and Loss 
  • Intellectual disability 
  • Learning difficulties 
  • Parenting 
  • Self-esteem and self-development 
  • Social skills deficits

APPROACH

Katelyn has a keen interest in the holistic wellbeing of all people, particularly the psychological health of children, adolescents and young adults.

Katelyn has experience working as a behavioural therapist with children and has worked in school settings conducting counselling and psychoeducational assessments. Katelyn uses a warm therapeutic approach drawing from a range of therapies including CBT, ACT and mindfulness-based approaches.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington

NASIA OUTSIKAS

Provisional Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Nasia has experience in working with adolescents and adults, as well as individuals who access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). She has a particular interest in working with issues relating to trauma, depression, anxiety related disorders and self-esteem.

APPROACH

Nasia encourages authentic sharing and discussion of current challenges, taking an open and flexible approach when considering ways in which concerns may be addressed for each individual client. She draws on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness. She also administers psychological assessments and provides practical strategies and techniques to better manage challenging behaviours.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Nasia is bilingual and provides services in English and conversational Greek.

Location

Mornington
Oakleigh

ARI PATRIKIS

Senior Counselling Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Ari works with children, adolescents and families to diagnose and treat:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Adjustment and transitional stress
  • Couples therapy
  • Complex care
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Chronic disease management

APPROACH

Ari focuses on psychological treatment and offers intensive support to complex care and dual diagnosis clients.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington

VALENTINA PINZON MAYOR

Provisional Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Valentina works with people of all ages in the following areas:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Work and study stress

APPROACH

Valentina aims to provide a safe and empathetic space for people of all ages and diverse backgrounds to explore their concerns and experiences. Valentina brings a person-centred and collaborative approach and is passionate about helping her clients reach their therapeutic goals.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington,
Mt Eliza

VANESA PUHOVAC

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Vanesa works with all ages in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Work stress and bullying
  • Self-esteem
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Behavioural problems
  • Adolescent development
  • ASD and ADHD

APPROACH

A holistic approach that is tailored towards each individual client and provides a supportive and non-judgemental environment for her clients. Vanesa has experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family/Systems Therapy, Mindfulness based stress reduction, Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy, Motivational interviewing, and Play Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Vanesa has completed her Master of Professional Psychology at The Cairnmillar Institute.

Location

Mornington

ALAN RODRIGUES

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Organisational Psychology
  • Personality assessment
  • Career planning
  • Coaching
  • Workplace counselling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

APPROACH

Alan combines more than three decades of industry experience in Australia and overseas with evidence-based approaches to help people improve their everyday experience of work.

Additionally, Alan uses his experience and skillset to help organisations build happier, more cohesive and effective teams.

Alan takes a client-centred approach, investing time in understanding a client’s unique perspective, experience and goals.

AVAILABILITY

Monday to Saturday

OTHER

Alan has completed a Master of Organisational Psychology and is currently completing his registrar program.

Location

Mornington
Oakleigh
Telehealth

ALINA ROZENSTEIN

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Alina works with adolescents and adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Panic disorder and phobias
  • Resilience and self-esteem
  • OCD
  • Stress management
  • Work and study issues
  • Anger management and assertiveness skills
  • Career counselling

APPROACH

Alina provides a supportive and caring environment, using a treatment approach that is focused on working collaboratively with her clients to meet their individual needs. Alina draws on elements from evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

On extended leave

OTHER

Alina has completed a Master of Professional Psychology at Cairnmillar Institute. She is bilingual and provides services in English and conversational Russian.

Location

Oakleigh

NISHA SHARMA

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Anxiety, mood and bipolar disorders

Emotional and behavioural problems

OCD

Self-esteem and self-development

Positive Psychology and ‘flourishing’

Child and adolescent development

APPROACH

Nisha draws from cogniIve behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and an overall integrative and client centred treatment approach.
Nisha will tailor interventions based on client need and comfort level.
Nisha prioritises the therapeutic relationship and provides a safe and non-judgemental environment for her clients. She is open to working with children, adolescents and adults from all walks of life.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Nisha has completed her masters of professional psychology from The Cairnmillar Institute. She is multilingual, speaking Hindi, Kannada, Marwadi and understands Punjabi and GujraI apart from speaking English. She identIfies herself as a person of colour.

Location

Oakleigh
Mt Eliza

ANTONIA STEFANOU

Provisional Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Antonia works with clients in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Social, school and work concerns
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Cognitive assessments

APPROACH

Antonia embraces a warm, caring approach, fostering a non-judgemental and supportive environment. Valuing each individual’s unique path, Antonia actively collaborates to achieve individualised client goals.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington, Oakleigh

Charlene Tan

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Charlene Tan works with both Children and Adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management and Relaxation
  • Assertiveness Training
  • School / Adjustment Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting
  • Family Support
  • Bullying and Work-Related Stress
  • Cross Cultural Issues
  • Self-esteem Development
  • Behavioural Management
  • Sleep Problems
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Social Skills
  • Cognitive Assessments

APPROACH

Charlene is caring, open-minded, client-oriented, and empathetic. She employs a collaborative approach to create a safe and supportive space to assist clients in working towards their therapeutic goals and facilitating well-being in line with their needs. She is passionate about working with individuals experiencing disability and school related difficulties as well as other various issues such as anxiety, depression, anger management, etc. Her intervention approaches incorporate a wide range of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art and Play Therapy, Trauma-Informed Practice, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Schema Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Mondays and Fridays

Location

Oakleigh

PAULINA TRAGARZ

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Stress and burnout
  • Depression
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness training
  • Life transition and adjustment
  • Self-development

APPROACH

Paulina is passionate about working with adults and adolescents from all walks of life. She aims to facilitate improvements in individual’s lives by exploring unconscious automatic patterns and uncovering new ways of responding. She understands that it can sometimes be difficult to talk about certain topics, and therefore works to create an open, honest, and non-judgemental environment for her clients. Paulina draws from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and an overall integrative and client centred treatment approach.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mt Eliza
Mornington

GRACE TUNKS

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Grace works with adolescents and adults in the following areas:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety – social anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety/worry, perfectionism.
  • Self-esteem and self-development
  • Relationship issues (singles and couples)
  • Sleep problems
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Sexual abuse
  • LGBTIQA + affirmative

APPROACH

Grace works with adolescents and adults from varied backgrounds. Grace is solution-focused and works on creating positive change for her clients by building rapport to create a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship.
Grace draws on a number of therapeutic approaches in working with her clients, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Theory and Motivational Interviewing.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington

CARLA WARDLAW

Psychologist

INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

Carla works with adults and older teens in the following areas:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Self-development
  • Life transition and adjustment
  • Rehabilitation/Injury counselling
  • Relationships
  • Couples therapy – Gottman method
  • Neurodevelopmental/neurodegenerative disorders
  • Acquired brain injuries

APPROACH

Carla provides a warm and welcoming space where clients can safely navigate issues of concern through collaborative, evidence-based strategies. She uses a strengths-based approach and champions empowerment and enhanced well-being through the development of self-awareness and positive change.

AVAILABILITY

Tuesday to Friday

OTHER

Carla has completed a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne and completed her research in Psychological Resilience following Traumatic Brain Injury, and in Social Cognition in Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury. Carla speaks fluent Spanish.

Location

Mt Eliza