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

Our Psychologists

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 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.

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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.

Elizabeth O'CallaghanElizabeth O'Callaghan

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>

Whitney ShamuWhitney Shamu

Provisional Psychologist

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

Pelham WellspringPelham Wellspring

Registered Psychologist

M Psych (Counselling), GradDipPsych, BA(Psych)

I am a registered psychologist with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. For the past seventeen years I have worked in public and not-for-profit organizations with families. Most recently I have worked as a family consultant in the family law courts and prior to this I provided counselling services to children from separating families. I have extensive experience in assisting adults and children who have been exposed to conflict as a result of family separation and who present with issues such as grief and loss, anxiety, depression, stress, substance misuse and communication difficulties. I am trained in a number of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Interactive Drawing Therapy. When working with children I primarily use a play-therapy based approach.

Lorraine SkinnerLorraine Skinner

Registered Psychologist

M Psych (Clin Psych) BAppSc (Psych) (Hons)

Lorraine is passionate about working collaboratively with people to improve their quality of life and assist them reach their therapeutic goals. She is professional, mature, warm and empathetic, and aims to create a safe and non-judgmental space for people to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Lorraine uses a range of evidence based theoretical approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, emotion-focused therapy and compassion-focused therapy. These interventions are targeted to meet each individual’s unique needs and strengths. Lorraine has experience working within both hospital based and private settings in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and adults suffering from a range of disorders and concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, body image concerns and disorders, personality disorders, parenting, relationship difficulties, sleep disorders, and self-esteem and communication issues. Lorraine has a strong interest in assisting both men and women adjust to the demands of parenthood. She has worked with parents suffering from pre and postnatal depression and anxiety, birth trauma and associated relationship and attachment difficulties in both a hospital and private setting.

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
(Currently on Maternity Leave)

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.

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.

Isabella LayIsabella Lay

Provisional Psychologist

BSci (Psych) (Hons), MPsych(Prof Psych)

I am a Provisional Psychologist with a Masters in Professional Psychology. I have worked with clients from different age groups, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and with different presentations, such as depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD. I have a compassionate, warm and authentic interpersonal style. Accordingly, I like to work collaboratively with clients to improve their quality of life, gain new perspectives, feel heard, develop new skills and achieve therapeutic goals. To do this, I utilise evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

Naomi DorlingNaomi Dorling

Registered Psychologist

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 DemetriouAndreas (Andy) Demetriou

Registered Psychologist
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.

Beth AndrewBeth Andrew

Registered Psychologist

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.

Lucy RomanoLucy Romano

Registered Psychologist

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]

Dieticians & Other Therapists

Natasha LaneNatasha Lane

Dietician

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.

Jennie BendistintoJennie Bendistinto

Art Therapist

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 BoykettSarah Boykett APD

Dietician

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.