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.

KATHY ASTRINAKIS

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • 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

Oakleigh

GEORGIA BAILEY

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

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

  • Parenting and family support
  • Individual counselling
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Emotional and behavioural problems
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Psychological assessment (cognitive and educational)
  • Self-esteem and body image

APPROACH

Georgia provides a warm, safe and nurturing environment to explore the concerns of both adults and young people. Her treatment approach is focused on finding the right fit for the client by drawing on aspects of evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Georgia has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology and is currently working towards endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.

Location

Oakleigh

CATHERINE CABALLERO

Organisational Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • 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
Saturdays

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

Frankston
Mornington

DR DEBRA CAMPBELL

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • 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

Mornington

MARIA CASSAR

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Play therapy
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Trauma and grief
  • Stress and burnout
  • Court reports/expert witnessing
  • Violence and abuse

APPROACH

Maria sees all ages and uses an eclectic supportive approach in therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Mornington

VIVIANA CAVUOTO

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

Viviana works with adolescents and adults in the following areas:

  • Career counselling
  • Career development
  • Work/study stress and burnout
  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Emotional and behavioural issues
  • Wellbeing enhancement and resilience
  • Self-esteem

APPROACH

Viviana’s approach is based on building an effective therapeutic relationship with her clients, which is essential for positive outcomes. She aims to foster a trusting relationship by providing her clients with a safe, supportive, respectful and collaborative environment.
Viviana is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses client centered and strengths based approaches with her clients.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Viviana has completed a Master of Psychology (Organisational) and is currently working towards endorsement as an Organisational Psychologist.
She is also a Registered Nurse currently working in acute adolescent and adult mental health inpatient units.
She is bilingual and provides services in English and Italian.

Location

Frankston

DR JASMINE CHARLES

Clinical Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • 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
  • 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

Weekdays

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

CAROL CRAIGIE

Counselling Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Stress and adjustment
  • Grief
  • School issues
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and family violence
  • Relationship issues
  • Gerontology
  • Perinatal/postnatal
  • Chronic pain

APPROACH

Carol draws on a range of techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Child-Centred Play therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation. She has a supportive and caring approach

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Carol has completed a Master of Psychology (Counselling) at Monash University.

Location

Mornington

TIMOTHY DEITZ

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Mood difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain and illness
  • Wellbeing enhancement & coaching
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorders

APPROACH

Tim works with his clients in a climate of warmth, acceptance and respect. He draws on approaches according to each person’s needs, preferences and life circumstances. Tim has practiced in diverse hospital and community settings, assisting individuals with a wide range of concerns and environmental challenges. He has a strong background in mindfulness and meditation.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Tim has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking the registrar program for endorsement in Clinical Psychology. He adopts an active interest in research and in developing novel systems and tools for psychological assessment and treatment planning.

Tim provides psychological services in English and French.

Location

Mornington

ANASTASIA FOSTER

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Individual counselling
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Career counselling

APPROACH

Stacey uses an integrative approach, drawing on evidence based principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Mindfulness. Stacey provides and environment of support and care and tailors her therapy approach to suit the individual needs of the person.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Stacey has completed a Masters of Professional Psychology at Australian Catholic University

Location

Oakleigh

DR KIM GILLBEE (CURRENTLY ON LEAVE)

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

Kim works with clients in the following areas:

  • Child and adolescent development
  • Parenting and family support
  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Trauma

APPROACH

Working with children, adolescents and adults, Kim believes that true healing can occur when we are guided to look beyond the story we tell ourselves of who we are.

Kim offers skills to help you break through familiar stories, ingrained patterns and persistent concerns with a warm and collaborative approach. She uses a variety of techniques from cognitive restructuring and behavioural modification to creative and experiential transpersonal techniques.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Kim has completed a Masters in Psychology (Counselling) and a PhD at Monash University. Her research looked into factors that contribute to a healing therapeutic relationship and effective psychotherapy outcomes.

Location

Frankston

STEVEN KENT

Clinical psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • 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

BRYCE KIDD

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Development across the lifespan
  • Developmental and learning disorders
  • Psycho-educational assessments
  • Behavioural management
  • Autism across the life span
  • Social skills training
  • Parenting and family support
  • Complex trauma
  • Personality disorders

APPROACH

Bryce provides a safe, sensitive, and calm environment for clients and uses a strengths-based approach to address the needs of the individual. He has experience adopting a trauma-informed, cross-cultural approach in both clinical and community settings. Bryce uses an integrative approach to intervention and utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and mindfulness strategies.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Bryce has completed a Masters in Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University.

Location

Oakleigh
Frankston

ASTRID KIESEKOMS

Clinical Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

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

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental assessments
  • Play therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Behavioural management
  • Stress management
  • Grief and loss

APPROACH

Astrid provides a supportive and accepting environment for her clients, tailoring sessions to meet their individual needs. Hereby, she uses an integrative approach, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Motivational interviewing, Person-centred therapy and Solution-focused therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Astrid has completed a Master of Educational Sciences and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) and is currently working towards endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.
Astrid is bilingual and provides counselling in English and Dutch.

Location

Mornington

JOVANA KRAGULJ

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

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

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Psychological assessments (Cognitive, Vocational and Personality)

APPROACH

Jovana is well-tuned to creating a safe, supportive environment in order to understand the challenges young people and adults may face. Her treatment is focused on guiding clients through individually tailored approaches to suit clients' needs by drawing from evidence based principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Frankston

PETER KYRIAKOULIS

Clinical Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Complex trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Couples therapy
  • Medico-legal assessments
  • Clinical hypnosis
  • Clinical supervision
  • Workshops, groups and training

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 Saturday

OTHER

Peter is currently completing his Doctoral research in panic disorder.

Location

Oakleigh
Mornington

MIRIAM LATIF

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • 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

Frankston

DR MELISSA MAROT

Clinical Neuropsychologist & Organisational Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Neuropsychological assessments and reports
  • Cognitive assessments
  • Individual counselling
  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Executive coaching
  • Organisational health, wellbeing and resilience
  • Leadership development
  • Consulting and training for organisations
  • Coaching and organisational change

APPROACH

Melissa conducts various cognitive and neuropsychological assessments. As an Organisational Psychologist she also works with adults of all ages.

AVAILABILITY

Appointment only

OTHER

Melissa has completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology).

Location

Assessments conducted at Frankston, Oakleigh and Mornington

JENNIFER NG

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

Jennifer works with groups, seniors, adults, adolescents and children in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Carers support
  • Cross-cultural and intergenerational issues
  • Disability related issues
  • Emotional and behavioural issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transition and adjustment issues
  • Stress management and work related issues

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 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Solution-focused Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Jennifer has completed a Master of Professional Psychology as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Hons). She has worked in clinical practice, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Community Support Frankston, Monash University and other organisations.

Location

Frankston

DR PASCALE PARADIS

Educational & Developmental Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

Pascale works with children, adolescents, families and adults supporting them in the following areas:

  • Educational, socio-emotional and cognitive assessments (including Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties)
  • Developmental needs and disabilities
  • School adaptation, learning adjustments, exam stress and school issues
  • Behaviour, parenting/family support and parental well-being
  • Early intervention
  • Transitions (school and life events)
  • Well-being of teachers and educational leaders
  • Support in schools/educational settings (workshops and presentations)
  • Global migration and related issues
  • Strengths, dreams and aspirations
  • Mentoring, coaching and support to allied health professionals

APPROACH

Pascale provides a warm, caring and supportive environment and works using child-centred/person-centred, play therapy, cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, systemic, strengths-based and positive psychology approaches.

AVAILABILITY

Fridays
Saturdays

OTHER

Pascale writes about global migration issues via her website pascaleparadis.org and in web based journals.

She completed a Masters in Psychology and Education at the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology at the Institute of Education, London. Her research projects (Masters and Doctorate) were on transition to primary school, risk and protective factors, resilience and children living in army families.

Pascale is bilingual and delivers services in French and English.

Location

Mornington

ARI PATRIKIS

Senior Counselling Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

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
Saturdays

Location

Mornington
Oakleigh

EMILY PATRIKIS

Clinical Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Women’s mental health
  • Perinatal counselling
  • Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder
  • Complex developmental trauma
  • Addiction
  • Self-esteem and identity issues
  • Mood and anxiety conditions
  • Personality difficulties
  • Psychological assessment (cognitive, personality, behavioural)

APPROACH

Emily provides her clients with a welcoming, hopeful, empathic, strength-based, and family inclusive service, using the treatment that best meets the needs of her individual clients. Emily has experience using a number of evidence-based therapeutic interventions and Neuroscientifically-based therapies including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Emily Patrikis is a Clinical Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. She has previously consulted at the Psychological Trauma and Recovery Service (PTRS) and the Health Psychology Department at the Austin Hospital. She has been on a Mobile Support Treatment Team (MSTT) and provided psychological services at Headspace and a community treatment service for addiction.

Location

Mornington

AMY PRAUSE

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

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

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Panic and post-traumatic stress disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Parenting and family support
  • School issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma

APPROACH

Amy uses a warm, client-centred approach. She calls upon a range of evidence-based therapies, personalising treatment to the needs of each client.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Amy has completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University.

Location

Mornington

STACEY RABBA

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Child and adolescent development
  • Parenting and family support
  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Self-esteem and assertiveness
  • Emotional and behavioural problems
  • Cognitive/academic assessments (i.e., learning difficulties)
  • Developmental assessments
  • School assessments (i.e., support for funding applications)

APPROACH

Stacey provides a supportive, respectful and non-judgmental environment for her clients. She believes in a client-centred approach and uses a range of therapeutic strategies tailored to suit individual needs. Stacey draws on a range of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Family Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Stacey is completing her Doctoral research in Autism, and speaks Greek fluently.

Location

Oakleigh

AISHA SEEDAT-TIMOL (CURRENTLY ON LEAVE)

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Adolescents, and adults of all ages
  • Couples and relationship issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Perinatal
  • Drug & alcohol
  • Phobias

APPROACH

Working with adolescents, adults, couples and families, Aisha has friendly, flexible and caring approach.

Aisha has practised in various countries and settings – including private practice, hospitals, community health service and non-governmental organisations. She is experienced in a wide range of issues and always and chooses the treatment that best suits her client.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Aisha is bilingual and provides counselling in English and French.

Location

Frankston
Mornington

DANIEL SOLOMON

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

Dan works with adults and adolescents in the following areas:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Panic and posttraumatic stress disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment issues
  • Anger and behaviour management
  • Self esteem and identity

APPROACH

Dan provides a warm, safe, and accepting environment where his clients can comfortably express themselves. Each person is an individual and treatment is tailored to the client’s own needs. Dan draws upon an integrated therapeutic approach utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Theory and Schema Therapy.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Dan has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology and is currently working towards his endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.

Location

Mornington

NINA STEVANOVIC

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

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

  • Child and adolescent development
  • Educational assessments and reports
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Trauma and grief
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Social Relationships
  • Offender rehabilitation
  • Forensic risk assessments and reports

APPROACH

Nina has had experience working in educational and forensic settings. She applies a person centered approach in individual and group based treatment. Nina delivers an integrative approach to therapy, primarily practicing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and Positive Psychology.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Nina has completed her Master of Psychology (Educational) at the University of Melbourne. She also fluent in Croatian.

Location

Mornington

ELLA WALKER

Psychotherapist & Mental Health Social Worker

SPECIALISATIONS

Ella works with individuals in the following areas:

  • Mood disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • History of trauma
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Children and adolescents

APPROACH

Person-centred, humanistic approach, strengths based, client led, advocacy focus. Meets the client where they are with warmth and a strong non-judgemental attitude. Believes from experience that with a strong therapeutic alliance comes the possibility for great change for the client.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Ella is registered as a Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers

Location

Frankston
Mornington

CHEN XU (CURRENTLY ON LEAVE)

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

Chen works with children, adolescents, adults in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Cognitive and diagnostic assessment
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Learning difficulties
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Relationship and couples counselling
  • Migrant mental health

APPROACH

Chen believes that good therapy is authentic, client-centered and personalised. She draws on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy. When working with children, she engages them in a playful, nurturing environment, and connects their families, schools and communities.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

OTHER

Chen has completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) and is currently completing the registrar program for endorsement in Clinical Psychology.

Chen is bilingual and provides counselling in English and Chinese.

Location

Oakleigh

PHILL YOUNG

Psychologist

SPECIALISATIONS

Phill works with children, adolescents, adults in the following areas:

  • Relationships
  • Couples Counselling
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Coaching
  • Careers
  • Assertiveness
  • Anger management
  • Parenting
  • Workshops and training

APPROACH

Phill has 30 years experience in a variety of psychology settings including educational, organisational and counselling. His therapeutic approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
He has also worked as a School Counsellor and has worked as a corporate coach for 24 years in England, the USA, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

AVAILABILITY

Weekdays

Location

Frankston
Mornington