Our Team

Reception Staff

Carolyn Fraser

Practice Administrator

Clare Stribbles

RECEPTIONIST

Kelly Heard

Receptionist

Our reception staff are caring, warm and approachable. Taking the first step to call and make an appointment can be a daunting process. Carolyn, Kelly and Clare understand that taking the time to consider the needs of our clients is important. They have created a light hearted and respectful reception space so you will feel at ease from the moment you come into the clinic.

Psychologists

Hita Mistry

Principal Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Hita is the Principal Clinical & Forensic Psychologist and has been practicing for over 18 years with many people in a variety of contexts. She is dedicated to providing specialist care to people and values a client-centered approach to assessment and treatment. Hita has been trained in a number of therapies and is experienced in treating a range of mental disorders both individually and in group contexts. Hita specialises in the assessment and treatment of complex presentations including personality disorder and trauma. She is trained in EMDR and uses a range of techniques and theoretical frameworks to help clients with long-standing psychological issues. Hita provides supervision to Provisional Psychologists and Clinical and Forensic Psychology Registrars. She also delivers training workshops, seminars and conferences both nationally and internationally.

Hita is a fully registered Psychologist and Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Clinical and Forensic Colleges with the Australian Psychological Society. Hita has worked with clients both in the UK and Australia and is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Forensic Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

 

Stuart Brinkworth

Psychologist

Stuart has been enjoying counselling Psychology for the past 18 years. He has specialised in the treatment of adults who are struggling with ‘common’ difficulties – depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, addiction, stress, grief and loss. Stuart is also experienced working with couples and workplace related issues.

Stuart values a client centred approach and integrates a range of treatment approaches (ie Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative, Existentialism, Short term Solution focused therapy and Positive Psychology) choosing what is most appropriate for the client. Stuart aims to develop a warm, genuine, empathetic and professional therapeutic alliance with his clients; with a committed approach to proactive communication with all appropriate health care providers and referring doctors.

Stuart is a fully registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the International Positive Psychology Association. Stuart worked as the Psychologist at the Warburton Health Resort.

Katerina Volny

Psychologist (no new referrals)

Katerina Volny is a Psychologist that has worked for 20 years in the public mental health sector, private practice and other settings.  She enjoys working with individuals, families and in groups.  Katerina works primarily with mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy approaches.  Katerina is interested in providing support to her clients to overcome obstacles to reach their goals.  This involves listening to each person’s unique story and using therapeutic techniques to clarify their own values, find meaning in their life experience, and use their strengths to reach their potential.  She has experience particularly working with people that have experienced mental illness, trauma, eating disorders, and personality disorder.

Katerina has commenced offering Hike Therapy, which is psychological treatment while walking in the forest.  This allows for the benefits of movement and nature in an alternative therapy environment.

Christine Steentjes

Psychologist (tele-health only)

Christine has over 20 years experience as a practitioner. She has worked with people who struggle with addictions and with families in crisis. Christine has also worked with pregnant women with high-risk behaviours and run mother-baby groups for mum’s with birthing and attachment issues. Along with the above, she has undergone training and has experience in Life Coaching. She has worked from counselling clinics, Royal Women’s Hospital, residential rehabilitation units and conducted home visits when working for not for profit organizations.

Christine is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. However, over the years she has developed an eclectic style that also incorporates a psychodynamic and highly client centred approach. Christine is highly committed to her work with her clients which mainly includes work with adults and couples. With a strong focus on client centred therapy she believes in fitting therapy to the client and developing an individual approach based on the person. The therapeutic alliance is of utmost importance to Christine and she takes the time to develop meaningful relationships with her clients as the basis from which to explore her clients’ needs. Christine is a fully registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and an Associate Member with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Christine’s areas of expertise include:

  • Peri-natal Depression and Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Personality Disorders
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Relationships and Domestic violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress Management and Relaxation
  • Life Transition
  • Trauma and Adjustment issues
  • Life/Personal Coaching, Conflict resolution and Self-Esteem
  • Substance Abuse and other Addictions
  • OCD
  • Anger management

Anjali Bapat-Pers - she/her

Clinical Psychologist

Anjali is a Clinical Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Anjali has experience working in hospital settings, schools, and with both youth and adult forensic populations in the community and in custody. She enjoys working with clients on both an individualised and group-therapy basis, as well as, within the parent-child relationship.

Anjali is interested in working with adolescents and adults with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, social and emotional problems, adjustment and transitional stress, trauma, self-harm, substance use difficulties, personality difficulties, bipolar disorders and psychotic disorders.

 

Anjali is motivated to work toward creating a safe, non-judgemental space for clients, where they are able to feel a sense of agency and be collaborative in working towards an improved sense of overall wellbeing. Anjali is especially passionate about supporting complex young people and adults to feel understood, heard and empowered within the therapeutic relationship and throughout the therapeutic process to encourage them to obtain a healthy sense of self and wellbeing.

 

Anjali has completed training in multiple evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Anjali tends to draw on a number of these to ensure that she takes a client-focused and individualised approach to treatment with each client. Anjali also tends to utilise mindfulness, strengths-based and trauma-informed practices with her clients to ensure that treatment is sensitive to individual needs. 

Monique Seymour

Psychologist

Monique Seymour is passionate about working with parents and children in the perinatal and early parenting period; supporting mums, dads and children with their mental health and wellbeing. She has a warm, caring, mature and easy-going nature and aims to create a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients. Monique is client-centered and draws on a variety of evidence-based theoretical approaches depending on her client’s needs. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and attachment frameworks.

Monique has worked with adults and children within educational, hospital, and community mental health settings. She works with adults and children experiencing a range of mental health challenges and presentations, including depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, sleep problems, parenting, child behavioural issues, school refusal, social anxiety, learning difficulties, and childhood developmental disorders.

Monique has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a fully registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and a Member with the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Monique is also part of the Intergenerational Health research team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, where her research focuses on parent and child mental health during the perinatal and early parenting period. Her research also has a focus on parenting through adversity, including family violence and parenting children with disabilities.

Brooke Langskaill

Forensic Psychologist (onleave)

Brooke is a registered Psychologist with an endorsement in Forensic Psychology. She is also a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).  Brooke has vast experience in matters relating to the criminal justice system as well as knowledge and experience working in not-for-profit organisations and private practice. Brooke’s expertise includes working with adults experiencing a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, stress and adjustment difficulties, substance use and grief and loss.  Brooke also has a keen interest in supporting individuals and communities affected by disasters and emergencies.

Brooke is committed to providing evidence-based psychological interventions that promote long-lasting change in her clients, including those incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  She works from a client-centred and strengths-based approach and aims to build a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship in which her clients can express themselves openly and without fear of judgement.  Brooke is appreciative of the opportunity to help you achieve your therapy goals and is passionate and dedicated about improving your well-being.

Stefany Klein

Psychologist (tele-health only)

Stefany is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and the Psychology Board of Australia. She has experience in providing psychological assessment and interventions to children, adolescents and adults.

Stefany provides counselling for a variety of presentations, such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, drug & alcohol dependency, social and emotional problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning difficulties, adjustment and transitional stress, grief and loss, trauma and other life stressors. She has experience in providing services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and social, emotional and behavioural issues within the home and education/work setting.

Stefany works within a person-centred approach and understands that therapy can sometimes be an overwhelming experience for some clients. Stefany aims to ensure that her clients feel safe, comfortable and understood throughout the therapeutic process. When working with children and young people she aims to provide an engaging and fun experience.

Stefany draws on a number of different therapeutic frameworks when working with clients to ensure that the most appropriate and focused treatment is offered to them. Some of these frameworks include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, Dialetical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, psycho-education, solution focused approaches and using trauma informed care approach to treatment. Stefany has experience in providing individual counselling, group therapy and Tele-health services.

Julie Wordsworth

Psychologist

Julie has been working as a psychologist for several years and is registered with National Psychology Registration Board, AHPRA. Julie has experience working with children and adolescents in a wide range of settings from pre-school age children to teenagers.  Julie is trained in Learn to Play therapy and in various Social Thinking programs. Julie provides therapy using a number of different theoretical frameworks to ensure that each child has their individual treatment needs met. She uses attachment theory to guide her work and other frameworks including Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Affective Therapy.  Julie is able to work with a variety of presentations, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, executive function concerns, Trauma, developmental delay and social and emotional concerns.

Julie focuses on creating a warm, fun and playful, yet safe environment to facilitate engagement in the therapeutic process for the children and teenagers she sees. Julie enjoys sharing the journey of watching a child’s confidence and self-belief build and grow.

Natalie Prochazka

Clinical psychology registrar

Natalie is a registered psychologist who enjoys working with clients across the lifespan from children to adults. Natalie has experience working within both school and private practice settings. She has a passion for working with children and families. Natalie is able to provide psychological interventions for children including anxiety, depression, anger, defiance issues, grief, trauma, phobias, emotional regulation issues, family and parenting issues, and school transition difficulties. Natalie has experience using multiple therapeutic frameworks with children including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Mindfulness interventions, and using art and creative tools.

Natalie also enjoys working with adults with a variety of presentations including anxiety, depression, phobias, trauma, anger issues, emotional regulation issues, relationship and family difficulties, adjustment and transitional stress. Natalie employs a client centred approach with clients, focusing on empathy, understanding, mutual respect, and collaboration between client and psychologist. She also provides a personalised approach to therapy including the use of multiple frameworks to ensure that the most appropriate treatment is selected for each client. These frameworks include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Mindfulness.

Cathy Charlton

Psychologist

Cathy is a Registered Psychologist with experience working in schools, community and government settings for over 20 years. She has extensive experience working with children, young people and their families and has worked in over 70 schools across Victoria providing cognitive assessments using the WPPSI-IV and WISC-V. Cathy is skilled in providing assessments and reports to access services through NDIS and the Program for Students with Disabilities and Disability Inclusion Program in schools.

Cathy also implements Vineland 3 Adaptive Behaviour Assessments, Parent and Teacher Interview Forms.

Cathy believes in working closely and honestly with children, adolescents and their families to provide support and the best possible outcomes. She is committed to helping people access the services that best meet their educational needs.

Elle Perry

Clinical Psychologist

Elle is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked for more than 10 years in both public mental health and private practice. She works with adults experiencing a broad range of mental health difficulties, supporting them to make meaningful change, and to recognize and manage long-term mental conditions.

Elle is also experienced in assessment for adult autism using a tailored approach to suit each individual. She enjoys supporting her clients through the assessment process, and post diagnosis. She is passionate about providing care to people who may be diagnosed in their adult life, embracing what that means for them, and identifying strategies that will help them with daily challenges. Elle is open to providing family support in this context if it is required.

Elle uses a variety of evidence based therapeutic frameworks, depending on the needs of the client, and will work to understand what may be most therapeutic for each individual. Usually she draws upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks. Elle is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist (AHPRA), a Registered Supervisor, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Elle’s areas of expertise include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Stress and relaxation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Grief and Loss
  • Single session family consultation

Counsellors

Vanessa Wylie

Counsellor

Vanessa is an experienced and fully registered Counsellor. Her therapeutic practice is compassionate, empathic and kind. Her aim is to support and empower her clients by offering them tailored and practical strategies to help with their concerns. Whilst she treats many general issues, her particular area of interest is working with those who are navigating mid- and later-life transitions.

Her approach begins by respectfully listening to her client’s story without judgement so she can gain a true insight into what they are going through. By creating a safe space, the aim is for her client to feel like they have “someone in their corner”. Drawing from a range of evidence-based practices the therapy is then tailored to suit her client’s individual needs. By taking a strengths-based, collaborative approach to treatment her intent is to successfully prepare the client for their next chapter.

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Work and career
  • Feeling ‘stuck’ and unmotivated
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Empty nesting
  • Caring for elderly parents
  • Retirement
  • Ageing
  • Grief and loss

Sarah McKenzie

Counsellor

Sarah McKenzie is a Counsellor with a background in community development and youth work. She works with both adults and teenagers. Her approach is collaborative, warm, non-judgemental, and empathic. She takes a holistic view of how individuals are shaped and influenced by their family, relationships, community, and the environment.

In her sessions, she uses evidence-based approaches, tools and techniques that help people process and understand their thoughts, emotions, interpersonal relationships, and past events. She then supports clients to take action and make progress towards their therapeutic goals – no matter how big or small. Sarah is passionate about supporting people to recognise their own strength and resilience during the therapy process. She has training and experience in many common concerns including depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, addiction, trauma and grief.

Provisional Psychologist's

Katie Sayers

Provisional Psychologist

Katie is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist currently completing her final year of supervised practice. She completed a Bachelor of Psychology with honours at Deakin University and recently completed a Master of Professional Psychology at The Cairnmillar Institute. 

Katie has experience working with adolescent clients in education settings, and with adult clients who experience a range of behavioural and emotional challenges including anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, and relationships issues. She adopts a warm and welcoming approach, aiming to create a respectful environment in which meaningful change can occur.

In therapy, Katie primarily employs various techniques and strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy and Mindfulness. She is interested in working with children, adolescents, and adult clients.

Monique Cadariu

Provisional Psychologist

Monique (she/her) is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist. She is currently undertaking her final year of her Masters of Clinical Psychology, in which she is completing a thesis focusing on Body Image Dissatisfaction. Monique particularly enjoys working with older adolescent and adult clients using a collaborative, empathic approach to deliver evidence based, client-focused interventions. Monique utilises multiple frameworks, depending on what is most suitable for the client’s needs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. Some of the areas she can provide psychological therapy for are anxiety, depression, emotional regulation assistance, interpersonal difficulties, stress, self-esteem issues and body-image related concerns. Monique is passionate about empowering people to understand and better their psychological wellbeing in a non-judgemental, holistic manner.

Hannah Fitchet

Provisional Psychologist

Hannah (she/her) is a friendly and dedicated Registered Provisional Psychologist completing her final year of Master in Clinical Psychology degree. She has experience working with a variety of presentations across the lifespan from children to adults, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief, stress, parenting and phobias. In particular, she has experience with trauma and is currently completing her master’s research thesis on childhood trauma and psychotic symptoms. She takes an evidence-based client-centred approach to therapy, tailoring intervention to each individual client and their needs. Some common frameworks she utilises are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Therapy and Mindfulness. She prides herself on practising in a respectful and non-judgemental way and continues to learn and grow every day.  

Bhavana Sistla

Provisional Psychologist

Bhavana is a Provisional Psychologist who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is currently in the final year of her Master of Clinical Psychology degree and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Bhavana’s background includes working with children, adolescents and adults and the elderly and she can work with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, stress, self-esteem issues and issues with emotion regulation.

Bhavana is currently researching the effects of specific therapy on psychosis, with a specific focus on schizophrenia. Previously, she has researched different methods of reducing anxiety, with a specific focus of how calorie restriction helps in reducing anxiety symptomology.

Bhavana uses an evidence-based approach and has experience in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness to clients. She provides emotional, cognitive, educational and behavioural support and assessments. In therapy, she works with her clients to achieve their individual goals and improve their wellbeing in a warm, welcoming and respectful environment.

Naomi Engelke

Provisional Psychologist

Naomi is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and is currently completing her final year of supervised practice. Naomi graduated from Deakin University with Honours in Psychology and Cairnmillar Institute with Master’s in Professional Psychology. Naomi is also a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Naomi has 6 years’ experience working within the emergency services sector and has had the opportunity to support a variety of individuals with personal and professional challenges. She also has experience working within a private practice with a variety of presentations across the lifespan and within a primary school supporting young people and their families. Some of the areas she can provide psychological therapy for are depression and low mood, anxiety, behavioural concerns, self-esteem issues, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder.

Naomi aims to develop a warm and genuine therapeutic relationship with each client and understands the importance of providing a safe and non-judgemental space to explore challenges that clients are facing. She is passionate about working within a client-centered approach, tailoring therapy towards the needs of a client, and working collaboratively to improve an individual’s situation, insight, and coping.

Naomi has been trained in and draws on a range of evidence-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy and using a trauma informed approach to treatment.

Poppy Saxton (she/her)

Counselling Intern

Poppy is a provisionally registered counsellor currently completing the final year of her Master of Counselling. She has a background in International Studies and Community Development. Poppy’s approach is empathic, collaborative and non-judgmental. She facilitates a safe counselling space that allows clients to deepen their understanding of themselves and the world around them. She strives to empower clients to assume agency over their lives, using evidence-based techniques that enhance self-awareness, bolster strengths, and harness motivation among other outcomes.

Poppy has experience working with adolescents and adults treating depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use disorders, personality disorders, and trauma among other emotional and behavioural concerns. She has a particular interest in helping people understand their attachments, navigate life transitions, and working with culturally diverse peoples and minorities.

Jacqueline Crimmins (she/her)

Counselling Intern

Jacqueline is a registered Counsellor and currently enrolled in the final year of a Masters of Counselling degree. Jacqueline has an extensive background in education, and particular interest and training in motivation and self-esteem. She is passionate about working with people to develop their self-knowledge and the skills and strategies to facilitate empowerment and positive change. 

Her areas of interest include working with people presenting with anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, interpersonal issues, trauma, loss and grief, and other life stressors.

Jacqueline offers a safe space to explore ways to live life more fully and with greater self-compassion and understanding. Her approach is warm and empathic, client centred and collaborative. She will listen to you and your desire for change and adopt evidence-based techniques suited to your needs.