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Melbourne CBD
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343 Little Collins Street

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294-296 High Street

St Albans
Suite 3, Level 1
332 Main Road East (corner of Alfrieda St)

Hillcrest Health Centre
50-52 Bamburgh Street

Point Cook
Point Cook Health Centre
17 Dunnings Road

Reservoir Medical Clinic
4 Edwardes St

Acupuncture and Wellness Centre
19 Village Ave

Thomastown Consulting Rooms
113 High St


Our Team – Psychologists

All psychologists are registered to provide services under Medicare, private health insurance, TAC, Workcover, Victims of Crime and EAP. Most psychologists are also registered to provide services under ATAPS, DVA, VACP and VVCS.


Dr Vivienne Sullivan

B.Sc., B.Sc.- Honours (Psychology), Dip. Ed., Ph.D.

Vivienne has completed her PhD in Psychology focusing on mood disturbance, social engagement, disordered eating, weight management and occupational issues. She has worked in private practice since 2007 providing individual counselling to adults and children. In her role she has worked extensively with people presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain and trauma-related issues. Prior to private practice Vivienne worked in a community setting providing individual counselling to people with multiple and complex psychological and situational issues. Vivienne has also developed and conducted group-based therapeutic interventions to address issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and anger-management. Her current and previous roles have also included providing cognitive, behavioural and vocational assessments. Vivienne believes strongly in a client-led approach to psychology and incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Emotion-Focussed Therapy (EFT) strategies into her practice.


Beatriz Pon

B.Sc., Post Grad. Dip. (Psychology), Masters of Counselling Psychology (Current)

Beatriz has been a registered Psychologist since 1999. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults around issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss and relationships difficulties. Beatriz has run a number of programs for individuals with depression and anxiety and has a particular interest in anxiety. Her prior workplaces and experiences include community health, vocational rehabilitation, return to work, EAP and consultancy roles to schools. Beatriz’s therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed Therapy (SFT), Family Systems and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Lara Sullivan

B.A., Post Grad. Dip. (Psychology), Masters of Applied Psychology (Health)

Lara completed postgraduate qualifications in behavioural psychology before completing a Masters in Applied Psychology (Health). She has worked in a number of community organisations and in private practice since 2000. Lara has worked with people to address a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, pain management, drug and alcohol and sport psychology. Lara works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) perspective but also incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) perspectives into her practice. Lara has represented Australia at the Olympic Games and has a keen interest in performance psychology.


Melissa Donati

B.A., Post Grad. Dip. (Psychology), Masters of Counselling Psychology

Melissa is a registered psychologist who has completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in all settings.  Her experience includes assessment and treatment of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, and addictions.  In 2004 Melissa commenced full-time private practice and is registered to provide services under Medicare, VOCAT (Victims of Crime), TAC, and DVA.


Rebecca Sullivan

B.Sc., Post Grad. Dip. (Psychology), Masters of Applied Psychology (Health)

Rebecca completed postgraduate qualifications in behavioural psychology before completing a Masters of Applied Psychology (Health). She has worked in a variety of community organisations and private companies offering assessment and counselling services to both individuals and groups. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults and has worked in private practice since 2002. Rebecca provides counselling for a wide range of presenting issues including stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, pain management and trauma and works from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) approaches. Rebecca is a former National level athlete who competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.


David Xuereb

B.A., Grad. Dip. (Psychology), Grad. Dip. (Education), Cert. Clinical Hypnosis

David has experience in a range of settings including education, occupational rehabilitation, emergency housing and disability services working in capacities such as psychologist, registered teacher, and counselor. His special interests include vocational assessment and the management of a range of anxiety and mood disorders.


Ashleigh Fisher

B.A., B.A. – Honours (Psychology), Masters of Psychology (Forensic)

Ashleigh has completed her honours in the area of neuropsychology before completing her Masters in Forensic Psychology. Ashleigh has had experience in a range of settings including private practice, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and prison. Ashleigh has practiced as a psychologist since 2010 and utilises a combination of psychological approaches (e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy) in her practice.


Amanda Fahim

B. Psychology

Amanda has been a registered psychologist since 2009. She has primarily worked in the child protection field, but also has practiced in mental health settings, counselling (problem gambling and unplanned pregnancy) and educational psychology. Amanda’s particular areas of interest are bonding and attachment, child development and parenting. She also has experiencing working with a range of adult presentations including anxiety, panic, depression and trauma.


Michael Gate

B.A., B.A.- Honours (Psychology), Masters of Psychology (Clinical)

Michael has completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology. He provides counselling for adults, adolescents and children and has experience working with a wide range of presenting issues, including depression and mood difficulties, anxiety and stress, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, adjustment difficulties, pain management, and substance use issues. Michael tailors his therapeutic approach to each client, with his primary approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Laura Krause

B.A., B.A. – Honours, Grad. Dip. (Psychology), Masters of Psychology (Clinical)

Laura is a registered psychologist who completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She has worked across a range of settings including public and private hospitals, schools, and consultancy services. Laura utilises various evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy. She works primarily with anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder, as well as helping clients find meaning and direction in their lives.


Belinda Sudano

B. App. Sci. (Psychology), Honours, 
Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Belinda is a registered psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. When working predominately with adults, her areas of interest include grief and loss, adjustments and transitions, depression, anxiety, stress management, personal development and stresses resulting from infertility and assisted reproductive technologies. Belinda therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), however a range modalities are drawn upon including mindfulness and positive psychology. Belinda also has experience conducting cognitive assessments, providing professional development to teachers and presenting parenting education at school information nights.


Jodie Kink

B. Psych., Masters of Psychology (Clinical)

Jodie is a Registered Psychologist with experience working within a variety of mental health contexts including private practice, community mental health, support services, and school settings. She provides counselling for clients of diverse cultural backgrounds and various life stages to address issues including depression, stress/anxiety, trauma, self-esteem/body image, weight management, pain management and relationship issues. Jodie draws upon a variety of evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing. Jodie has a genuine interest in her clients and enjoys working collaboratively towards therapeutic goals, helping each person feel empowered to manage both current and future problems and live a hopeful and meaningful life.


Devyani Rangnekar

M.Psychology (Counselling), MA (Psychology)

Devyani holds two Masters degrees in Psychology, one of which was completed at Monash University. She specialises in counselling psychology. Her ongoing work experience focuses on children with autism spectrum disorder, behavioural and emotional concerns, cognitive and academic assessment, and treatment of other psychological conditions in children. Devyani is also adept at providing counselling to adults for anxiety, panic, depression and trauma. She has a special interest in working with people from different cultural backgrounds.


Alex Wynd

B.A. (Psychology), B.A. (Psychology)(Honours), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)(Honours)

Current Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Monash University.
Alex has worked at numerous health organisations, assessing and treating a range of issues, primarily among adults. Alex currently works at the Austin Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, assessing for long-term patient outcomes after neurosurgery, and providing supportive counselling and referral to other health providers as required viagra australia. Prior to this, Alex practiced at the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.
Although his interests are broad, Alex is particularly interested in and skilled at treating mood disorders, including depressive and bipolar disorders, with therapy being an adjunct to medication in the latter; and alcohol and other drug use disorders. He is also interested in anxiety disorders and headaches. He is experienced and interested in working with older adults.
Alex primarily uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as an intervention, although he often utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and aspects of Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. However, the primary focus is using diverse skills to develop an effective therapeutic relationship.


Ben Simon

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies, Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Master of Professional Psychology Practice

Ben has an array of experience working with people of all ages for a variety of difficulties including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, anxiety, anger difficulties, eating disorders, relationship difficulties and identity difficulties. Ben practices with an emphasis on empathy and non-judgement towards his clients. Ben is passionate about his work and works collaboratively with his clients. Ben uses a number of psychological approaches including (but not limited) to Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and narrative therapy, tailored to each individual client.


Rosemarie Vella

B.Psy, Post Grad. Dip. (Psychology), Masters Counselling Psychology

I am a fully registered psychologist with a Post graduate Diploma in Psychology, and two Masters, one of Counselling and another of Counselling Psychology. I have extensive experience working with families and children from diverse cultural backgrounds, and currently also work for the Department of Education and training as a school psychologist. I specialize in clinical assessments. I adopt an Interpersonal Process Therapy approach towards social and behavioural interventions. My goal in therapy is to develop strong therapeutic alliances and I design my clinical formulations and treatment mostly from a Psychodynamic base. My professional development interests have included Cognitive therapy,  ACT Mindfulness/Acceptance Therapy training and Interpersonal Process therapy training.  I also have trained in the Sign Post Program and training parents through to manage children with intellectual disability. I have training in the SKIPS program.  I am proficient in administering cognitive assessments and other psychological assessments that comprise of detecting Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and other mental health conditions. I apply Motivational interviewing for adult client work.  In addition, I complement this work with my knowledge in dealing with family difficulties and by adapting Family Systems theories to support families.


Joanna Godden

B.A., B.App.Sci (Psychology) (Honours), Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Joanna has experience providing psychological treatment in a range of private and public settings. Joanna employs Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Schema Therapy techniques and principles when supporting clients. Joanna works with a number of psychological disorders and conducts cognitive and medicolegal assessments. Joanna has particular interests working with trauma, family violence, attachment issues, chronic pain, anxiety, and difficulties managing or regulating emotions. Joanna is adept with a variety of client concerns and works collaboratively with her clients to make positive changes in his or her life.


Manuela Barichello

B.Psych, Grad.Dip. Psych, Grad.Dip Prof Psych, Master of Professional Psychology Practice

Manuela is a registered psychologist and has worked in clinical, community health and education settings (Primary and Secondary). She uses an empathic client-centered approach to promote the therapeutic relationship. She helps her clients to resolve issues, and works collaboratively with them to help empower and improve their wellbeing.

Manuela has treated clients with a broad range of issues including, anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders, relationship issues, grief and loss, complex trauma, PTSD, and gambling addiction.

She uses Cognitive Behaviour therapy as well as other evidence based therapies such as IPT, Mindfulness, ACT, SFT, Brief Psychodynamic therapy, Systems Theory and Motivational Interviewing. She ensures each client is treated sensitively and respectfully, tailoring the treatment to suit their individual needs. She also assists children and adolescents with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, school refusal, and bullying. She also has experience in psychoeducational assessment and testing (cognitive (IQ) and educational), working closely with the child’s family, and school to achieve the best outcome for the child.


Support staff

Kiara Scott-Thompson

Lisa Hogan
Accounts Officer

Gabriel Watkin
Finance Manager