About Us

Our psychologists offer a diverse range of therapies, and our staff include endorsed clinical and counselling psychologists.

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 endorsements. 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 Amy, who will establish which practitioner is right for you.
You can also download our PDF Presenting issues to see each practitioners' areas of focus.

Dr Kerry GemmelKerry Gemmell

Principal Psychologist; Clinical 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.

Rob-MackinnonRobert MacKinnon

Counselling Psychologist

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.

Sarah-BranchflowerSarah Branchflower

Registered Psychologist

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.

Lisa BartelsLisa Bartels

Registered Psychologist

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.

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(currently on 12-month sabbatical)

Registered Psychologist
M. Psychology (Counselling)

I am a registered Psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I have a friendly and down to earth approach focusing on developing a positive and trusting working relationship.

I have experience working with adolescents and adults in community health, education, private practice and with not for profit organisations. I have particular interests helping people with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress management, disabilities (particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder) and the GLBTI community.

Treatment is developed in collaboration, utilising a variety of evidence-based approaches including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Strategies.

Diyani de SilvaDiyani de Silva

Registered Psychologist

BA Psychology & History, PG DIP Arts, MA Psychology, PG DIP PsychPrac

I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Psychology, and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice. My background includes working with young adults and adults in primary health care and tertiary education settings, in both individual and group therapy formats. My areas of interest include working with anxiety, stress, and depression as well as managing difficult emotions. I work with evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy strategies. I also use Mindfulness strategies and Sensory modulation. I am committed to working collaboratively with clients, to help reach therapeutic goals and maintain good self-care.

Kim-Michelle GilsonKim-Michelle Gilson

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Psych)(Hons) MPsych(Clin Psych) PhD

I am a Clinical Psychologist with a Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne. I have worked in a diverse range of public and private clinical settings with adolescents and adults, as well as with couples and families.

I have a particular interest in parents of children with chronic illness and neurodevelopmental disabilities. I currently work as a clinical psychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Department of Neurodevelopment and Disability and have an Honorary Research Fellow appointment at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute where I continue to consult.

I take a client-centred, sensitive and collaborative approach to working with clients, assisting them to work towards their treatment goals in a safe and comfortable space. I use various evidence based approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Jenny Furey

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.

jessica-rossDr Jessica Ross
(currently on Maternity Leave)

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 Louise Du ChesneDr Louise Du Chesne

Clinical Psychologist

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.

Marie HirstMarie Hirst

Registered Psychologist

MSc(EdPsych)

Marie is a registered psychologist with a Masters in educational and developmental psychology. She is passionate about working with children of all ages, young people and families to support their mental health and wellbeing. She also works with couples to help them strengthen their relationships, reduce conflict and build intimacy (using the Gottman method couples therapy). She uses client-centred, strengths based approaches and encourages clients to collaborate with her to determine their goals and how they want to achieve them. She works with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma and disrupted attachments, social, emotional and behavioural issues, parenting challenges and family relationships. She has a playful approach when working with children and uses creative ways to engage them in the therapeutic process. She uses a range of evidence based approaches depending on what fits for the client including cognitive behaviour therapy, EMDR, parent-child interaction therapy, behaviour management, attachment based interventions and play therapy. She can also provide learning and cognitive assessments on request.

Marie Hirst works with children from infancy to 25 years of age. She is available on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Kylie TrimbleKylie Trimble

Registered Psychologist

BSocSc (Psych), PGradDip (Psych), GDipPsych, MAPS

I am a registered psychologist with a Bachelor of Social Science, a Postgraduate Diploma and a Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology. I have worked in a variety of settings including MensLine Australia, Suicide Call Back Service and Beyond Blue, as well as schools, the not-for-profit sector, community and private practice settings. I have worked with a variety of different client populations, from children and adolescents, through to adults.

I work with clients experiencing a range of different life problems including stress, anxiety, depression, family breakdown, social skills issues, bullying, anger management, parental separation, relationship or family problems, parenting skills, life adjustment issues, grief and loss, however, have a special interest in working with individuals suffering relationship and anger management issues.

I tailor treatment in collaboration with the client and apply evidence-based approaches including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Kim HarrisonKim Harrison

Registered Psychologist

BAppSC (Psyc), MInd&Org Psyc, MAPS

I am a registered psychologist with a background in Organisational Psychology and am currently completing the Masters in Clinical Psychology through Charles Sturt University. I have extensive experience working within organisations, most recently doing proactive, preventative work. I have been involved in many facets of psychological work including one to one counselling, critical incident response, management consultation/ coaching and crisis interventions.

In my clinical work I am passionate about supporting individuals to achieve their treatment goals and work collaboratively with clients to achieve this. I place a high emphasis on building rapport with clients and understanding their needs. I predominately work within a Cognitive Behavioural framework but also use EMDR and mindfulness strategies.

I have worked with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma reactions and stress. I have also worked with people who require support through difficult transitions such as a new career, change in personal circumstances or individual growth and development. In my work I use a strengths-based approach and tailor interventions to suit the client’s needs.

I am also committed to developing my own skills; valuing and prioritising professional development, peer consultation and individual supervision.

Kristy RileyKristy Riley

Registered Psychologist

B Psych (Hons), M. Psych (Community)

I am a community psychologist with experience working in community health and private practice. I have worked with a range of presenting issues including grief and loss, anxiety, depression, stress, post natal depression, trauma and more.

My approach is warm and understanding of the many challenges that people may face. I work together with clients to use a variety of therapeutic approaches including Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I can also offer supervision to psychology students.