Meet the Psychologists at Psychology Associates Melbourne
DR RITA YOUNAN
Dr Younan has been working in the area of clinical psychology for almost 10 years. She works mainly with adults who suffer from chronic depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders and personality disorders; namely borderline, dependent, avoidant and narcissistic personality disorders. Her main style of evidence-based techniques used is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy. Dr Younan also has an interest in group therapy and was the director of the group schema therapy department at the Victoria Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital in Prahran, Victoria. Dr Younan is the co-founder of Psychology Associates Melbourne, and is the director and founder of The Schema Therapy Institute Australia.
Dr Younan is certified in schema therapy at the advanced level, which allows her to supervise psychologists wanting to learn this style of treatment and become an accredited Schema Therapist at the basic or advanced level.
Dr Younan is a member of the Group Schema Certification Committee for the International Society for Schema Therapists.
DR MATT COTTRELL
Dr Matt Cottrell is a Clinical Psychologist working in Melbourne primarily in the treatment of trauma-related anxiety and depression. He works at The Victoria Clinic as the Senior Clinical Psychologist managing outpatient services and providing group therapy treatment using schema-focus therapy and CBT. He trains and supervises post-graduate students on placement from the major Melbourne universities. He is the co-founder of Psychology Associates Melbourne.
Matt completed his doctorate examining the relationship between childhood trauma and the outcomes on mental health using a cognitive and attachment theory approach. He uses this knowledge today treating individual with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Schema-Focused Therapy approaches. He understands the impact early life experiences have on an individual and aims to work in a collaborative way to help individuals better manage the psychological difficulties they face. Matt is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist. He is currently undertaking advanced level training in schema therapy. He has been a member of the APS since 2004 and is a Medicare provider. Matt also does work with the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Worksafe clients and TAC.
Matt is available on Tuesdays and Fridays for individual consultations.
Erin Greenland is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience working in private mental health settings with individuals across the lifespan. Erin uses a warm and engaging interpersonal style and enjoys building a connection with each client. Erin provides treatment to individuals with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues, relationship issues and personality disorders. Additionally, Erin enjoys working with clients who are simply interested in gaining clarity around issues that keep them stuck and who are interested in engaging in therapy to address these problems.
Erin has completed Masters level training in Clinical Psychology. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist. She has previously worked as a lead facilitator of schema therapy groups within both an inpatient and outpatient setting. She uses cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy as well as acceptance commitment therapy in her work. Erin is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science as well as being a Medicare provider.
Currently, Erin is available to consult Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10am-8pm.
Cindy is in tuned, sensitive and takes a holistic approach to client’s needs. She has been working in the field of psychology for over 10 years and has extensive experience in working in private psychiatric settings providing treatment in both inpatient and outpatient group programmes. She is the Senior Psychologist and DBT Coordinator at the Victoria Clinic and has also worked in the DBT day program for several years at the Melbourne Clinic alongside other specialist evidence based psychological programs. Cindy provides DBT training and supervision to students and allied health staff at the Victoria Clinic.
Cindy has vast experience working with adolescents, young adults and adults with a wide range of complex and prevalent presentations including mood disorders such as :
Bi Polar Affective Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Personality Disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder
Complex trauma presentations such as self-harm, identity disturbance, impulsivity, and relationship instability.
Drug & alcohol and other Addictive Behaviours
Her main style of evidence based therapies used are:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT),
Motivational Interviewing (MI),
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cindy has completed Level 1 & 2 Behavior Tech DBT training; Level 3 Comprehensive /Intensive DBT training as well as advanced training in the CBT for depression and anxiety, and advanced ACT.
Currently, Cindy is available for appointments every Saturday morning.
DR ALLISON CAHILL
Allison is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience who believes in the potential for all of us to continually grow, adapt and heal from the past. Working from a client-centred and evidence-based approach she aims to provide a warm and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their issues and achieve their goals. She has worked in private practice, hospitals and universities providing both individual and group therapy. She has an interest in working with people who experience a range of difficulties including but not limited to relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction and low self-esteem.
Using a variety of evidence-based approaches tailored to individual client needs and preferences, Allison offers Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and other Mindfulness-based Therapies to adults of all ages.
Helping clients to heal from trauma and connect authentically in their relationships, she brings curiosity, warmth and humour to her work. Further information can be found at www.psychologyonthepark.com
Rosemary is a empathic and thoughtful psychologist who has experience working in a variety of settings focused on the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions across the lifespan. This includes work within public mental health, assessment services, student support and private practice. Rosemary is committed to creating a space where clients can feel heard, increase their self-understanding, and gain hope toward their improvement. Rosemary draws on a variety of therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
While primarily working with clients who suffer from anxiety and depressive disorders, Rosemary also works with clients on other important areas of their functioning such as identity, self-esteem, relationships and work/academic performance. Rosemary is also passionate about the unique benefits of the group therapy environment and has had experience both researching and facilitating group therapy programs.
Patricia is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in public and private mental health settings since 2008. She provides individual psychotherapy for older teens (18+ years) and adults across the life span. Patricia understands the many problems that can arise as a result of trauma, childhood and relational abuse, stressful life circumstances and transitions. She has extensive experience working with survivors of emotional and sexual abuse and assault. Patricia works with client's strengths to build resilience and self-worth, achieve life goals, improve communication, heal strained relationships, manage stress, and resolve grief and loss.
Patricia provides evidence based therapeutic interventions that are individually tailored to suit each client's needs. Her approach to psychotherapy draws from a variety of perspectives and treatment modalities, including:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Schema Focused Therapy (SFT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Emotion Regulation Techniques and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed strategies
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Attachment Focused Therapy
Patricia’s areas of interest include:
Depression and Mood Disorders
Generalised and Social Anxiety
Panic and Phobias
PTSD, Complex PTSD, and issues arising from chronic childhood or adult abuse
Self- Esteem and Personal Growth
Obsessive and Compulsive Behaviours
Emotion Regulation Difficulties
Grief and Loss
Coping with Life Transitions
Currently, Patricia is available for face to face or telehealth sessions Monday to Friday.
DR TAMARA MAY
Tamara is a psychologist who works with children, adolescents and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders (such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and intellectual disability). She also has a passion for working with adolescents and adults with chronic mental health problems (depression, anxiety and personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder) which stem from complex developmental trauma.
She has worked as a psychologist in a range of hospital, not for profit and private settings. She completed her PhD in 2013 which focused on gender, mental health, executive functioning and academic attainment in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Tamara continues to work in research while practicing as a psychologist.
Tamara primarily uses cognitive behaviour therapy to provide skills training to manage the symptoms of executive dysfunction and mental health problems in neurodevelopmental disorders. In adults with complex developmental trauma she uses schema therapy to help clients understand how early experiences have shaped maladaptive patterns of behaviour, emotions and thinking. Tamara can also provide Adult ASD assessments and child, adolescent and adult IQ assessments and academic assessments.
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