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.
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.
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 IPC health. 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 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.
(currently on 12-month sabbatical)
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 Silva
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.
Provisionally Registered Psychologist
BA (Psych), Grad Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Professional Psych)
I am a provisionally registered psychologist with a Masters in Professional Psychology. My professional experience includes working with disadvantaged children in the community services sector; ABA therapist for children with a diagnosis of Autism; and most recently, working with clients from varied age groups and socio economic backgrounds, who are experiencing mental illness and undertake Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a form of treatment. I have a humanistic, solution focused, and collaborative approach to the work that I do. In therapy, I use a range of evidenced-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamics, and Mindfulness strategies. /p>
BA Psych, GradDipCouns, M.ProfPsych
Whitney Shamu (BA Psych, GradDipCouns, M.ProfPsych) I am currently a Provisional Psychologist with a Masters in Professional Psychology from Monash University. I am motivated to help every client learn healthy means of dealing with mental and emotional difficulties. I am dedicated to providing compassionate, results-orientated and solution-focused care.
I have experience working with children with special needs as well as adolescents and adults, and people from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. I like to take an integrated approach to suit the needs of my clients. I have a particular interests include play therapy and working with children
M Psych (Counselling), GradDipPsych, BA(Psych)
BA (Psych) (Hons), Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology)
I am a registered psychologist with a doctorate in clinical and forensic psychology. I have provided therapeutic services in a number of correctional and community settings and worked with a range of clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I work collaboratively with my clients and employ different therapeutic approaches, such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behaviour therapy, schema therapy and acceptance commitment therapy.
Dr Ashima Soni
BA (Psych) Hons, Master of Arts (Psych) Doctorate of Philosophy (Psych)
(Currently on Maternity Leave)
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.
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.
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.
BSci (Psych) (Hons), MPsych(Prof Psych)
BA (Psych), Grad Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Professional Psych), MAPS
Naomi is a registered psychologist with a Masters in Professional Psychology. She has worked in a variety of settings including primary schools, Switchboard Victoria, the not-for-profit sector, community and private practice settings. She has experience in counselling individuals across the lifespan, from the LGBTIQ+ community and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She works with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, sexuality, family breakdown, adjustment issues, trauma and disrupted attachments, grief and loss, social, emotional and behavioural issues, and gender questioning.
Naomi adopts a client-centered approach using evidence-based practice and a range of psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Process Therapy (CPT), Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Sand-Play (EMDR) and Mindfulness.
Andreas (Andy) Demetriou
Endorsed Sport and Performance Psychologist
MApp Psych (Sports Psych), BA Psych (Hons)
Andreas (Andy) is a general psychologist who works with adults, adolescents and children to help them overcome life challenges, build resilience and lead a more happy, healthy and connected life. He also provides general counselling for personal issues such as life transitions, interpersonal relationships, identity, stress management, anxiety and depression. He has experience with a number of treatment modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), hypnosis and psychodynamic therapy. His therapeutic style is collaborative and focuses on the individual needs of his clients as he understands that no two people are the same. Andy is also an endorsed sport psychologist working with all levels of athlete and sport performance.
M Psych (Clin Psych), BA Psych Sc, MAPS
I work with young people from preschool to upper secondary school who have difficulties with anxiety, low mood, schooling, and personal/ family relationships. I collaborate with the young person and their family to facilitate a team approach which best overcomes problems and restores confidences and enthusiasm for the young person. The young people I see are often having difficulty engaging with their schoolwork, managing stress, understanding social nuances, or regulating difficult emotions. This may be due to factors related to mental health, and/or cognitive (learning) problems. I ensure to assess thoroughly so that therapeutic support and home guidance is tailored to the families I see. This may include a comprehensive cognitive assessment to understand how each young person’s unique learning style impacts their capacity to get the most out of life and relationships. My therapeutic style is warm, patient and optimistic. I have worked with young people (preschool to lower secondary) who have ‘low supports needs’ ASD, I have conducted assessment and modified therapy for young people with cognitive and/ or sensory challenges, and supported families to manage ongoing behavioural problems at home.
M Psych (Clin Psych), GradDipPsych
I have had a great deal of experience in the public sector and taken on various roles which included management, case management and counselling. Much of my earlier career was in Child Protection and family services, where I learned to work with individuals and families using a trauma informed lens. My more recent experience in the Domestic Violence sector has also provided me with another perspective on the impact of violence and trauma on families. My counselling experience included working in community health in both a general, and forensic drug and alcohol counselling roles. I have also worked in private psychology clinics and enjoy working with the strengths and uniqueness of each person’s situation. My style is to work holistically, and to provide clients with a safe, respectful and supportive space, to think about their presenting issues. I strongly believe in building on resilience by exploring strengths and empowering individuals to be proactive by establishing specific goals and strategies. Together with the individual I also explore the underlying factors which can contribute to the presenting challenges. My areas of expertise include anxiety, stress, anger management, self-esteem and relational issues, drug and alcohol, well domestic violence, life transitions, grief and loss. I work with adolescents and older age groups. [Please note that I am not trained to work with children, families or couples]
BA (Psychology), GradDip (Psychology), M.Psych (Professional Psychology)
I have a Masters in Professional Psychology and experience working with adults and children from different cultural and social economic backgrounds. Over the last couple of years, I have worked in schools and in counselling services, and have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, relationship issues and grief, collaborating with clients to improve their well-being. By taking a warm, empathetic and client-centred approach, I utilise a range of evidence-based treatments that are suited to the client. These include interventions, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy to help the client be the best version of themselves.
BAppS c (Psych), Grad Dip (Psych), M. Couns, M. Psych (Professional Psych)
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Professional Psychology. I have a passion for providing individualised support to my clients in assisting them to improve their mental health and overall quality of life. I have particular interest and experience in working with youth and adults with various presentations, including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, trauma, autism, intellectual disabilities, personality disorders, acquired brain injuries, as well as relationship and family therapy. I apply a person-centred, strengths-based approach to my support and aim to empower each of my clients.
Dieticians & Other Therapists
Natasha is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), that loves cooking and eating. She educates and counsels clients to feel empowered and confident make food and lifestyle choices that support their health goals. Natasha has developed a special interest in sensory processing and how it contributes to food aversion and restriction, especially in the neurodiverse.
Natasha can provide support to clients that are looking for guidance on healthy eating for individuals and families, including fussy eating. She can also assist in dietary management of chronic diseases, gastrointestinal conditions, allergies and intolerances. E.g. Diabetes, heart disease, chronic liver disease, coeliac disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), including the low FODMAP diet and food chemical elimination diet.
Natasha is a professional member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and she has completed the Monash FODMAP Training course for Dietitians and the STAR Institute, Sensory Oral Sequential (SOS) training for children that have sensory processing problems relating to food and eating, as well as children that have oral-motor skill development.
Dip. Trans Art Therapy, Cert. Sandtray Therapy, Dip. Graphic Art, Design & Communication
I am a qualified Art Therapist and Sandtray Therapist. I have a Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, a Certificate in Sandtray Therapy and a Diploma in Graphic Art, Design and Communication. I have been facilitating both group and private sessions for 10 years. I am currently working at ‘The Living Centre’ for breast cancer support and here at Psychology on Parade. I have also worked with primary aged children, mild intellectual disability (children and adults) and seniors. My approach is client centered, focusing on and nurturing the whole self through a therapeutic sensory experience.
Art Therapy is a counselling process that works towards communicating difficulties or issues by encouraging awareness and understanding of thoughts, feelings and emotions around day-to-day life (suitable for children and adults). Sandtray Therapy is a kinesthetic counselling process using sand and miniature life symbols to help bring about insight around an issue/problem (suitable for children and adults).
Sarah Boykett APD
Master of Dietetics (Deakin University), Bachelor of Applied Science (Victoria University)
Sarah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who believes that eating well does not have to be confusing or complicated. She enjoys working with clients to translate the endless supply of nutrition information into simple individualised steps to achieve their health goals. Sarah works with clients with general healthy eating advice, or for advice about the management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), (including additional training from Monash University in the low FODMAP diet), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and coeliac disease as well as food allergies and intolerances, sports nutrition and disordered eating.
Registered Yoga Teacher
Christina specialises in teaching small group and individualised yoga therapy classes for anxiety and depression.
Her interest in yoga developed after the practice helped her own recovery from burnout, deep seated anxiety and depression in 2010 – 2011. She uses her professional skills to engage her clients’ body, breath and mind; teaching self care strategies for optimal health and wellbeing
Christina has completed over 500 hours of yoga therapy studies with Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda in New Zealand, Amsterdam, Bali and Melbourne. Christina has over 5 years of professional teaching experience in both Thailand and Australia. She presented at the 2018 Australia and New Zealand Cognitive Analytical Therapy conference on the benefits of yoga practice and yoga psychology for mental health
Christina is registered with Yoga Australia and lives and works in Melbourne’s West.