Psychologists specialise in different areas of practice. Our staff specialise in clinical or counselling psychology.
Successful psychology treatment is about establishing a trusting relationship with the psychologist. Both clinical and counselling psychologists are trained extensively in assessment, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of high prevalence mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders.
- Clinical psychology training tends to cover more low prevalence mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses, and developmental disorders such as Autism spectrum disorders. Both clinical and counselling psychologists are skilled in the treatment of mild, moderate, and severe mental illnesses including those of a chronic and complex nature.
- Counselling psychology training tends to focus more on psychotherapy theory and practice including various evidence-based models of intervention, and counselling psychologists are also trained in a variety of modalities including couple, group, mother-infant, and family therapy.
In practice, it is estimated that there is between 70 – 80% overlap between the two specialties. In real life, the “match” between therapist/psychologist and the client is the most important determinant of a successful treatment process.
Please discuss your needs and concerns with our office manager Colleen, who will establish which practitioner is right for you.
You can also download our PDF Presenting issues to see each practitioners' specialties.
Principal Psychologist; Clinical & Counselling Psychologist
BA (Psych) (Hons) M Psych (Clin Psych) PhD MAPS,M ASH, M EMDRAA
I am an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. I have a Master’s/PhD degree in Clinical Psychology and have worked in both public and private health settings providing clinical assessments, diagnosis and treatment for adolescents and adults. I see adults, couples, families and adolescents assisting them through a range of psychological and emotional issues such as trauma, personality disorders, depression and mood disorders, anxiety spectrum disorders, relationship difficulties, challenging behaviours in adolescents, social skills, grief and loss, and adjustment.
I work collaboratively with my clients to develop and achieve identified therapeutic goals and utilise a range of evidence-based therapeutic treatments including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, schema therapy, hypnotherapy and EMDR therapy. I continue to enhance my clinical skills and knowledge by attending conferences, lectures and workshops in order to keep up-to-date with current literature and research to ensure I provide the most effective treatment for my clients.
Dr Linda Troselj
BBSc (Hons), DPsych (Clinical)
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist. I hold a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. I have considerable experience working with a broad range of psychological issues including anxiety, depression, substance use, and relationship difficulties. I have specialist skills working with individuals with problematic drug and alcohol use, as well as with family members who find it difficult to cope with their loved one’s substance use. My approach to therapy is client-centred with a commitment to evidence-based practice. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and also work from other therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which includes the use of mindfulness strategies.
BSc (Psych), M.Psych (Counselling)
I am a counselling psychologist who has worked as a student counsellor at Holmesglen Vocational College and also in private practice for some years. I am also employed as a psychologist at ISIS Primary Care. I have worked with clients from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and find I have the ability to quickly establish rapport with clients. I am utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal therapy (IPT) in my counselling with clients. I am available two evenings per week at Psychology on Parade.
M. Psychology (Counselling)
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I have experience working with clients in private practice, university and community health settings to address a wide range of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, life adjustment, interpersonal difficulties and self-esteem. In my work, I use a collaborative, client-centered approach to tailor treatment to individual client needs. This involves use of a variety of interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, interpersonal therapy and solution-focused therapy.
M. Psychology (Counselling)
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I am passionate about working collaboratively with clients to identify and achieve their goals.
I have experience working with adults and young adults within community, tertiary, forensic and inpatient settings. I have experience working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, adjustment/life transitions and those experiencing distress and crisis. I use a a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Mindfulness strategies and Motivational Interviewing.
M. Psychology (Counselling)
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology and have experience working in community based, not-for-profit and tertiary education settings. I have worked with a range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, hoarding, grief and loss, managing major life transitions and stress. I am committed to working collaboratively with my clients, using a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness strategies and Solution Focused approaches.
M. Psychology (Counselling)
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I have experience working with adults, children and adolscents providing psychological assessment and counselling to clients in school, university and community health settings. This has included working on presenting issues such as grief and loss, trauma, major life transitions, depression, anxiety and stress.
In my work I use a collaborative, client-centred approach using a variety of evidence-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy.
ATAPS provider; Registered Psychologist
B. Ed. Grad Dip Child & Adol Psych
I have been a registered psychologist since 1996 and have worked with adolescents and their families as a school psychologist for many years. I have worked with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, school refusal, eating disorders, self harm, suicide ideation, grief and loss, self esteem and social skills deficits and chronic bullying. In private practice I work with both adults and adolescents and have a particular interest in anxiety disorders. I work with victims of crime and survivors of child sexual abuse as well as Workcover and TAC clients. I also supervise school counselors. I use the fundamental elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I enjoy working with clients in exploring what is important to them and assisting them in taking steps to a more rich and meaningful life.
BBSc, Grad Dip Psych, M. Clin. Psych
I am a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. I have experience working with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, adjustment issues, substance use, self harm, grief and loss as well as self esteem problems. I also have specialist training and experience in the assessment and treatment of Eating Disorders. In addition, I have received formal training and possess experience in providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness Based Therapies. I adopt a client-centered approach and enjoy establishing a collaborative working relationship with my clients and develop strategies to overcome personal barriers, and assisting them to achieve their goals and improve their wellbeing.
Dr Jessica Ross
Clinical & Counselling Psychologist
BA (Hons) D.Psych (Health)
I am a clinical and health psychologist. I have experience working in both private practice and public health. I have experience working with clients with a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment issues, as well as those managing chronic health conditions and attempting behaviour change (e.g. quitting smoking, changing eating habits). I also have a particular interest and experience in working with women experiencing antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, and their infants. I am committed to client-centred care and in my approach to therapy, I draw on a range of evidence based therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
Dr Sarah Valentine
B.Science (Hons), Post Grad Dip Clinical Psych, PhD
I am an endorsed clinical psychologist with expertise and experience working with adults. As well as working in private practice, I have also worked in forensic, inpatient and outpatient settings. I have experience working with a broad range of mental health issues including personality disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, grief, dissociation and trauma. I tend to utilise a variety of evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and mindfulness.
M. Psychology (Clinical)
I am a registered psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. My background includes work with government departments, private companies and Not for Profit Organisations in both the mental health and disability services sectors. I have worked with people to overcome issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, difficulties in personal and professional relationships and those in crisis. I have also worked with people who experience both Intellectual Disability and mental health problems.
I apply and integrate a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing, which I adapt to suit the individual needs of my clients.
Dr Louise Du Chesne
BSocSc (Psych) (Hons), D.Psych (Clinical)
I am an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and have worked extensively with adults and adolescents. I have worked with people who have experienced traumatic events, struggles with addiction, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. I have also worked with many clients facing cancer and other health problems and challenges. My approach to therapeutic work with clients is to focus on strengths and to appreciate that all our struggles make absolute sense when we understand our backgrounds and experiences. I work with clients to determine the best therapeutic approach for the individual or couple and the issue to be addressed.
I am experienced with several modalities including Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy. I work with couples using Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) which is a very respectful and helpful method. I am also a qualified Gestalt therapist and have been trained in clinical hypnosis by Michael Yapko, a world leader in the field.
Dr Filomena Bua
Grad Dip. Counselling, D.ClinScience, M.Education, B.BSc
Dr Filomena Bua has been practising as a Registered Psychologist for 27 years. She has extensive experience providing psychological recovery services, training and consultancy for individuals and organizations across the public, private and corporate sectors. Dr Bua is currently in private practice, is the consultant psychologist and service provider for the Western Private Hospital’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) staff support programs.
Over the past 17 years she has worked predominately in public health supporting, treating and teaching hospital staff in psychological trauma recovery and self-care. She is currently a member of the Australian Psychological Society, CIMA (Crisis Intervention Management Australasia) and ICISF (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). Dr Bua is also an approved instructor with CIMA and ICISF in individual and group crisis work.