Principal Psychologist – Engage 1 on 1 Psychology
Amanda Cotta (High St, Northcote; Blackburn South) [Please note: Amanda is not accepting new clients at present]
Amanda is a psychologist whose empathy, warmth and compassion aims to create a respectful and non-judgemental environment, allowing clients to safely explore and work through emotional and psychological distress. Amanda has extensive experience across community and private settings and working with adolescents (including within School settings), adults, couples, and groups. Amanda works therapeutically and collaboratively with clients to sensitively explore early formative years and their impact on current functioning.
Amanda believes in incorporating the cognitive and affective parts of the self in order to assist clients in achieving their goals. Amanda utilises a person-centred, emotion-focused approach through the use of Mindfulness, Compassion Based Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Amanda has also completed Gottman Level 2 Couple Training. Through the use of this evidence-based approach, Amanda helps couples recognise the strength in their relationship and work on building a stronger union.
Amanda is currently undertaking a Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration) at the Cairnmillar Institute.
Alison Chew (Westgarth St, Northcote; Blackburn South) [Please note: Alison is not accepting new clients at present]
Alison is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Alison has experience working in educational settings and private practice. Alison has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mild Intellectual Disability (ID). Alison has experience supporting children and adolescents presenting with a range of concerns, including anxiety, behavioural challenges, peer issues, social difficulties, learning difficulties, school refusal, low self-esteem and emotion regulation. Alison also has an interest in providing comprehensive cognitive and educational assessments and understands the importance of tailoring strategies and recommendations to meet the needs of an individual.
Alison employs an approachable, warm and person-centred approach to therapy and utilises evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, when working with clients. Alison recognises the value of working with families, parents, schools and other professionals to achieve client goals.
Brigitte Dupe (Westgarth St, Northcote) [Please note: Brigitte is not accepting new clients at present]
Brigitte is a Provisional Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) completing her final year of supervised practice. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Brigitte will provide therapy to primary school students, within school settings, to aid their social, emotional and academic wellbeing. She will also work primarily with adolescents and young adults at the clinic.
Brigitte believes in a person-centred and collaborative approach that focuses on building rapport with clients through the use of empathy, patience and respect. Brigitte uses a number of evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), play therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Chaille Perrett (100% Telehealth only until end of 2021 (Federal Govt has currently approved telehealth to 31st Dec 2021))
Chaille is experienced in providing therapy to individuals ranging in age from younger children to older adults with mild to moderate mental health disorders. Common issues include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and developmental issues including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Previously Chaille has worked in both community mental health and clinic settings.
Chaille is a registered psychologist with full AHPRA registration. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Association (APS).
Chaille uses a combination of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Narrative therapy. Chaille also has an interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy and a keen interest in Positive Psychology including the use of a strengths based approach to improve well-being.
Christine Tillig (Westgarth St, Northcote)
Christine is a fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and the Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
She provides individual therapy to adults, adolescents, and school-aged children. Christine offers treatment for a wide range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD and trauma (including sexual assault and family violence), sleep difficulties, grief and loss, addiction, personality disorder, interpersonal difficulties and separation.
Christine has trained in a range of evidence-based treatments. These include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness strategies and trauma-based therapies. Christine adopts a compassionate and strengths based approach when collaborating with clients to relieve psychological distress.
Connie Harris (School-based)
Dedicated primary school and early adolescent school psychologist, skilled at providing positive direction for students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing. Works effectively with children with ADHD and with multicultural and diverse populations. She uses worksheets and play therapy to help children to be able to move forward and reach their potential.
She has also experience with counselling adults and older adults with a range of issues such as health, child rearing, divorce, grief, family difficulties, self-esteem, refugee and migrant experiences, anxiety and depression.
She uses a client centred approach and as she has a nursing background, she has a great deal of experience in the health medical and wellbeing field. She uses a number of diverse therapies such as CBT, ACT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Somatic, Schema and Play Therapy for Children.
Cristian Acciarito (Blackburn South; Telehealth only to Dec 2021 (Federal Govt has currently approved telehealth to 31st Dec 2021)) [Please note: Cristian is not accepting new clients at present]
Cristian Acciarito is a general psychologist who is registered with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has completed his studies at Monash University, and has a degree in psychology as well as a major in behavioural neuroscience.
He has a warm, compassionate, and respectful style which incorporates a variety of techniques and approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPT and IPSRT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Attachment Theory, and Schema Therapy.
Cristian has experience working with a variety of presentations, and has worked with adults and adolescents on issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, resilience, assertiveness, coping, drug and alcohol issues, and gambling addiction. Cristian also has a special interest in video game addiction.
In therapy, Cristian aims to support the client by helping them identify their goals and values, and working to draw on their strengths to achieve their intentions. He also helps clients to develop insight into their behaviour, and gain an understanding of where their problems come from, and the purpose that they serve.
He is curious and patient, and focuses on going at a comfortable pace for the client, helping them to grow and develop without feeling overwhelmed.
Donald Pan (Westgarth St, Northcote) [Note - unable to accept new clients at present]
Donald works with a wide range of presentations and with people from various backgrounds. He has worked in many different settings and has been a registered psychologist since 2011.
Whilst he has a wealth of experience working with adolescents and works particularly well with ‘non-conformist’ boys struggling with identity, self-image or peer group pressure, Donald also sees adults with various presentations whom require assistance getting through difficult times. His relaxed, easygoing and empathetic approach to therapy focuses on building good rapport to help people better understand themselves.
Elishia Harding (Westgarth St, Northcote) [Please note: Elishia is not accepting new clients at present]
Elishia is a registered (general) psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).
Elishia has a warm and collaborative approach to therapy and draws on a range of approaches in her work with clients. These include cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy and the interpersonal process approach. She draws upon aspects of these approaches as is best suited to the client’s presenting issues and concerns. Elishia also has a particular interest in strengths-based approaches and positive psychology, including factors that contribute to an individual’s resilience.
Some of the presentations Elishia can help with include depression, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, adjustment disorders, family and other interpersonal relationships, alcohol and other drug use, career and life choices, and transition to parenthood.
Elishia works with adult clients and children in the preschool and primary school age groups.
In her work with children, Elishia works closely with parents to determine the best modality in which to work with their child, based on the child’s stage of development and environmental factors. Elishia practises both directive (therapist-led) and non-directive (child-led) approaches to play-based therapy. She has a particular affiliation with Child-Centred Play Therapy, a non-directive relationship-based approach to play therapy, in which she has recently completed a program of clinical training.
Finn McAsey (High St, Northcote)
Finn is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He is experienced in working with children, adolescents and young adults in school and clinic settings through issues encompassing depression, anxiety, stress, school and social engagement, sleep, low self-esteem and confidence. Finn also has experience working with adults (25-65 y.o) with substance use issues, relationship issues and mental health concerns.
Finn prides himself on being a warm and empathetic practitioner that adopts a client-centred approach and strives to ensure that his clients can feel supported and make progress towards achieving their goals. His practice utilises a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.
Finn also completed his Master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology and has worked with professional and casual athletes and sporting teams (tennis, soccer, volleyball, softball, twirling) to assist with performance anxiety, performance routines, imagery and goal setting.
Garry Byrne (Blackburn South; Telehealth only to Dec 2021 (Federal Govt has currently approved telehealth to 31st Dec 2021))
Living and working in Ireland for many years, Garry has worked in various settings, including child and adolescent residential accommodations, youth and adult homeless facilities, palliative / hospice care, and psycho-oncology services. Since returning to Australia (2009) he has worked predominantly in schools, pertaining to government, religious denominal and independent/private sectors. With over 12 years of experience, he has witnessed the increased complexities attached to youth and adolescent mental health presentations, and is a key supporter for early intervention when it comes to managing such issues.
Garry’s qualifications include a BA (Psychology) from the Dublin Business School, and a MS.c in Counselling Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin. He is also currently completing a Master of Suicidology degree through Griffith University (Qld).
With a specific attention placed on youth, adolescent and early adult mental health presentations, Garry’s key focus areas include: suicidality (including non-suicidal self-injury [self-harming]), anxiety and depression, eating issues/disorders, gender dysphoria and sexuality/gender identity, personality disorders, early-onset psychosis, and sexual assault trauma. Garry also has a keen interest in matters relating to school refusal/disengagement, adjustment issues, motivation and academic performance and assessment. With the work Garry has done with schools, he has been a key member of a team that was a recent recipient of an Excellence Award for Best Student Well-being Program, as part of the Australian Education Awards (2020).
Recently, due to COVID-19, Garry has been able to successfully refine his counselling expertise via secure online Telehealth platforms, to be able to continue to offer a consistent and sustainable online therapeutic presence, particularly during the difficulties of managing extended, and repeated, periods of lockdown.
Using a number of therapeutic approaches, most predominantly a humanistic, person-centred approach, underlined with psychodynamic and existential principles, Garry believes his work can only be as successful as the relationships he develops with his clients and families, as well as other external providers in the promotion of well-being, and positive and adaptive mental health.
Heather Fox (High St, Northcote (currently on leave until April 2022)) [Please note: Heather is not accepting new clients at present]
Heather is a compassion-focused therapist who takes a collaborative and tailored approach to working with her clients. Her therapeutic practice draws on a range of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.
Heather works with her clients to facilitate change, through meaningful conversation. She enjoys helping them to build rich and meaningful lives by working towards their goals.
Heather has experience in public health, private practice and not-for-profit settings. She works with adolescents and adults in a range of areas including, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, adjustment difficulties, anger management and substance use.
Hollie Ardana (School-based)
Hollie is a registered Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with adolescents in an educational setting. Hollie has worked with teens with number of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, peer issues, low self-esteem, identity issues, trauma and grief and loss. She takes a holistic and personalised approach to therapy employing modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. Hollie believes that building rapport with young people is an essential part of therapy and so a focus on getting to know the individual is a key component of her work.
Dr James van Cuylenburg (100% Telehealth only until end of 2021 (Federal Govt has currently approved telehealth to 31st Dec 2021))
Dr James van Cuylenburg is a warm and engaging psychologist with a gently probing style to help men get to the root cause of concerns. James helps men develop practical and effective strategies, together with new skills, for overcoming complex challenges.
Jedda Graham (High St, Northcote) [Please note: Jedda is not accepting new clients at present]
Jedda works with children, adolescents, young people and their families. The methods she uses depend on the needs of the individual but draws on therapeutic modalities such as: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Play Therapy, art based therapy, Psycho-Dynamic psychotherapy, Family Therapy and parent support. Jedda has specific knowledge and expertise in working with children and families who have experienced trauma.
Julie Thompson (High St, Northcote)
Julie a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Julie has experience working in both the public and private sectors, within a hospital setting, as well as in the Community. Julie has experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD), Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety and Emotional Dysregulation.
Julie believes in a person-centred collaborative approach to wellbeing, focusing on building rapport with honesty, integrity, empathy, patience and respect. Julie has also worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 30 years, and has a vast array of health and wellbeing experience.
Julie uses a number of diverse therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Kathy Astrinakis (School-based)
Kathy works with both children and adolescents and provides a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment. She has practised across a variety of settings including forensic, educational and private practice providing 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.
Keera Anand (High St, Northcote)
Keera is a Provisional Psychologist, completing her Master of Professional Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute. She has experience working with individuals experiencing a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, anger, grief, self-esteem, and attachment problems.
Keera has worked in community health settings and in the disability sector under NDIS with clients from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She aims to help clients understand and recognise patterns in their behaviour so that they may progress towards developing a better relationship with their emotions. She brings a holistic and person-centred approach to her work, and strongly values developing a nuanced understanding of her clients’ experience.
Keera utilises an eclectic therapeutic approach which draws on evidence-based treatment modalities like Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing, as well as elements of mindfulness, Schema Therapy and Solution-focused work.
Linda Fonte (High St, Northcote) [Note - unable to accept new clients at present]
Linda is a registered psychologist who works primarily with children and adolescents. Linda has previously worked within the educational sector across various settings including Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Linda has a warm and engaging approach, working collaboratively with clients and their families. Linda utilises a variety of evidence based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to support clients with a range of concerns including depression, stress, anxiety, social skills issues, and exam and study stress.
Lindy Leitner (Blackburn South)
Lindy is a registered psychologist with an Honors degree in Applied Science Psychology. She has 13 years experience working with children, adolescents and adult clients in telehealth, private practice and primary/high school settings.
Lindy has experience with trauma and abuse, anxiety and depression, domestic violence against women and children, homelessness and crisis intervention, personality disorders, dissociative disorders, grief and loss, attachment disorders, life transition and change and chronic pain management (having managed Fibromyalgia herself for past 5 years).
Lindy has been trained in a variety of evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Lindy is empathetic, warm and compassionate in her care of client. She aims to equip her clients with individualised psychological skills and provide relevant psycho-education. Her passion lies in helping her clients in the alleviation or management of their individual psychological symptomology.
Lindy is available on Wednesdays and Fridays (during school hours).
Mitchell Stroicz (High St, Northcote) [Note - unable to accept new clients at present]
Mitchell is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who works mainly with adolescents (16 years and older), young adults and adults. He has experience with clients from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds, having worked and volunteered in both private practice and public health, and in regional, inner and outer city settings. Mitchell adopts a warm and straightforward approach, aiming to put his clients at ease and work closely with them to address whatever might bring them to the clinic.
In his therapy, Mitchell primarily draws on techniques and strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing. He is experienced and comfortable working with clients who have Depression (and related issues of low motivation, low self-esteem and self-worth), Anxiety (including excessive worry, social anxiety, health anxiety, specific phobias and panic), Adjustment issues (such as those relating to health, work and life changes), Stress and Coping Skills, Grief and Loss, Trauma (including PTSD), Obssessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Emotion Regulation difficulties.
Ruby Beer (Westgarth St, Northcote) [Please note: Ruby is not accepting new clients at present]
Ruby is a registered psychologist who is passionate about supporting children, adolescents and young adults to address their mental health barriers through early intervention. Ruby strives to adopt a warm and compassionate approach to ensure that young people feel safe and supported. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients, utilising creative and playful approaches to engage young people in a meaningful and enjoyable way. Ruby tailors her approach to meet the client’s needs, utilising evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is experienced in working with a range of presentations including anxiety, phobias, depression, interpersonal difficulties, stress, identity and self esteem issues.
Additionally, Ruby has an interest in working with clients from the LGBTQ+ community, using an affirmative therapeutic approach to provide a safe space for clients to explore their concerns.
Sally Blight (100% Telehealth only until end of 2021 (Federal Govt has currently approved telehealth to 31st Dec 2021))
An experienced psychologist who works with adults, adolescents and children.
Uses a range of therapeutic techniques including CBT and mindfulness. She has had extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, loss, serious mental illness, at risk clients, low self-esteem, anger management, behavioural issues, drug and alcohol and with the long term unemployed.
Has worked both in the public and private sectors a special interest in child and adolescent development, the overall wellbeing of her clients and the impact that nutrition can have on mental health.
A registered provider with Medicare and ATAPS.
Sallyann Kempler (High St, Northcote)
Sallyann has over 20 years’ experience providing therapy to individuals ranging in age from children to older adults. Sallyann has broad and extensive experience across a range of presentations including, but not limited to, trauma, sexual assault and/or or family violence, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship challenges, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, stress management/affect regulation, conflict/anger issues, confidence & self-esteem, bullying/school related issues, protective behaviours for children and has also facilitated many trauma groups (including online).
Sallyann has had a long career in Sexual Assault and Family Violence services, having specialised skills in addressing sexual assault, family violence (both male and female) and children who demonstrate sexualised behaviours. As a trauma informed psychologist, Sallyann established and facilitated groups (both long and short term) in particular a psychodynamic group for women managing impacts of trauma and group work for affect regulation and mindfulness.
Previously Sallyann has worked in both community mental health and clinic settings. Sallyann is a registered psychologist with full AHPRA registration, and is a down to earth, warm, empathic and insightful clinician who has always worked within the healing professions. Sallyann is deeply committed to ethical, culturally sensitive, humanist trauma informed therapeutic short, medium and long term safe psychological practice.
Sallyann uses a combination of therapeutic techniques and modalities including trauma Informed therapy; exposure therapy; mindfulness; emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Sam Warren (High St, Northcote) [Please note: Sam is not accepting new clients at present]
Sam is a Doctor of Counselling Psychology who has extensive experience working with young people and adults on a wide range of issues, including anxiety and depression, alcohol and other substance use issues, grief and loss, stress management, trauma and life transition.
Stephen Yau (School-based)
Stephen is a fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and EMDR Association of Australia.
Stephen has worked as a school-based psychologist in Hong Kong for 9 years with multicultural and diverse backgrounds. He also works effectively with children and adolescents with special educational needs. He helps students maximize the learning potential by using a mixture of education, learning and psychological strategies.
He adopts a combination of techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic approach, Object Relations, Motivation Interview, and Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) in his practice. He speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Dr Zahra Noori (100% Telehealth only until end of 2021 (Federal Govt has currently approved telehealth to 31st Dec 2021))
Dr Zahra is a psychologist working in both the private and public sector in Victoria. She works with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety in its many forms (e.g., generalised anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder), marriage and relationship issues, stress, anger, life transitions, loss and adjustment, just to name a few.
These concerns can impact important aspects of life including self -esteem, reaching personal goals, assertiveness, ability to enjoy life, be calm and present, navigate difficult periods in life and feeling connected to the world around us.
She works with patients in an empathetic, compassionate, respectful and collaborative style to address their concerns, realise personal growth and move forward in a meaningful direction in life using a range of therapeutic modalities with an emphasis on individual tailoring to suit a client’s needs. Dr Zahra is also fluent in English and Persian (Farsi).