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.
Nazli is passionate about mental health and the impact it has on people’s lives. She believes that through developing an understanding of our minds and emotions we can greatly improve our connection with ourselves and thereby our wellbeing.
Nazli was awarded a Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne after completing undergraduate and honours degrees in Arts. Nazli has worked with adolescents, adults and older adults across a range of inpatient and outpatient settings in Australia’s largest private hospital. She has designed mindfulness based group therapy programs. Nazli has provided intensive short-term treatment and supervises psychologists in a broad range of therapies.
Nazli works with adolescents, adults and older adults experiencing:
• Emotional difficulties and ups and downs in mood
• Distressing thoughts linked to physical, sexual or emotional abuse
• Personality issues such as ongoing difficulties within relationships and with self-identity
• Anxiety, worry and perfectionism
• Stress, burnout and lethargy
• Guilt and shame
• Adjustment to life changes
• Grief and loss
• Low self-esteem, self-critical and demanding inner voices
Depending on your needs and preferences Nazli is trained in a variety of evidence-based approaches including:
• Cognitive behaviour therapy
• Mindfulness and Compassion based therapies
• Acceptance and commitment therapy
• Dialectical behaviour therapy
• Schema therapy
DR ALLA DEMUTSKA
Alla is an experienced clinical psychologist who can help you improve your psychological health and general wellbeing. Alla is committed to delivering the best quality care. She tailors her approach to each client's individual goals and needs. She uses evidence-based intervention to achieve the best outcomes.
She has experience treating a wide range of psychological problems in both private and public settings. In addition to her private practice work, Alla is co-facilitating inpatient schema therapy groups at the Victoria Clinic (private psychiatric hospital). Alla also worked at the Melbourne Clinic where she was involved in providing individual and group-based therapy using a range of evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and schema therapy.
Alla completed her undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Melbourne, and her doctoral training in clinical psychology at Monash University.
She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), and is endorsed for the practice of clinical psychology by the Psychology Board of Australia.
She also values learning and prides herself on staying up-to-date with the current body of knowledge. Alla attends regular professional development. For example in the past year, she attended various workshops and seminars on topics such as trauma treatment, advanced schema therapy, group schema therapy, and neurobiological approaches to treatment.
Alla is a warm, open-minded and non-judgmental person, and is sincerely interested in her clients and working with them on their growth. She is transparent and honest with her clients and values good working relationships. Alla also has a Linguistics Degree and worked as a journalist and lecturer before becoming a clinical psychologist.
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 HOLLY ROMINOV
Holly is a caring and thoughtful psychologist who has an engaging interpersonal style. She uses a client-centered, collaborative approach to help each person develop insight and find solutions based on their values and strengths. Holly has worked as a group and individual therapist in a range of settings including private and public hospitals, as well as community clinics.
Holly has completed Masters level training in Clinical Psychology and works with adults experiencing a range of mental health challenges including disordered eating, body image issues, depression, anxiety, stress, low motivation, perfectionism, interpersonal problems, and difficulties with life transitions.. Holly also completed her PhD in perinatal mental health - she has a special interest in assisting expectant and new parents with their emotional wellbeing.
Depending on client needs and preferences, Holly uses a variety of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Currently, Holly is available for consultation on Tuesdays and Fridays. Medicare rebates are available. Please contact Holly via her website below.
Rachael is a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental General Psychologist. She enjoys working with children and adults to meet their therapy needs, in order to bring about the desired growth and change in their lives. Rachael is passionate about working with those experiencing difficulty with trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, phobias, social or home-life difficulties. She uses Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and relaxation techniques amongst her individual therapeutic approaches. Rachael is also responsible for coordinating and facilitating Group Schema Therapy programs at the Schema Therapy Institute Australia, located within the consulting suites of Psychology Associates Melbourne. Rachael has experience working in a hospital, private practice, primary school and social work community setting. For an appointment please contact Rachael directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
DR ANDREA WALLACE
General Psychologist – PhD in Clinical Psychology (Candidate)
Andrea feels privileged to be in a position to help clients to live fulfilling lives. The development of self-compassion and exercise of courage tend to be central themes in her client-focussed work.
Background and experience
Andrea is presently a candidate for a PhD in Clinical Psychology through Swinburne University of Technology. Her PhD thesis examined obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and she has facilitated programs for the treatment of OCD. Andrea has worked with a range of clients across a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and community-based practices. She engages with warmth and sensitivity, while encouraging self-examination, self-acceptance, and growth.
Andrea works with adolescents, adults and older adults experiencing:
Anxiety and related mood difficulties
Distressing experiences such as psychosis
Personality issues such as ongoing difficulties within relationships and with self-identity
Stress, burnout and lethargy
Guilt and shame
Adjustment to life changes
Grief and loss
Low self-esteem, self-critical and demanding inner voices
Depending on your needs and preferences Andrea use a variety of evidence-based approaches including:
Cognitive behaviour therapy
Mindfulness based therapies
Acceptance and commitment therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
Compassion focused approaches
Jodie is an experienced and caring psychologist with a warm and client-centered interpersonal style. She supports clients to explore and understand new ways to work through their personal challenges in a collaborative, holistic and solution-focused manner.
With a background in Educational psychology, psychotherapy and classical yoga, Jodie works with modalities that best suit client needs and preferred learning styles. Jodie has had extensive training in Mindfulness-Based therapies, Emotion-Focussed therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural therapy and Expressive Therapy.
Jodie sees younger and older adults, as well as children and adolescents. She has experience in working in various settings in both the Private and Public sectors, including schools, the university and TAFE system, and private practice
She provides treatment for concerns with:
-Anxiety, worry and panic
-Chronic stress, burn out and lethargy
-Adjustment to life changes and transitions
-Grief and loss, existential issues, and the transpersonal
-Study, learning and academic progress concerns
Jodie is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Clinical Supervisor of trainee psychologists. She is able to provide rebates with a GP-endorsed Mental Health Care Plan.
DR ANGIE GLEESON
Dr Angie Gleeson is an experienced clinical psychologist who specialises in the areas of anxiety and trauma. She offers a warm, grounded and compassionate approach to therapy. She has worked with people from all walks of life in a number of different settings, including private practice, university clinics, private hospitals and in an emergency service organisation. She is also a registered clinical supervisor.
Angie is trained in both individual and group therapy. She has strong experience in group facilitation, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Supporting Trauma and Recovery groups at The Melbourne Clinic. More recently, she developed and was the lead facilitator of a Trauma Recovery and Resilience group in an emergency organisation.
Angie will work collaboratively with you to set goals and find the treatment approach that best fits what you need. She draws on therapy models such as:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Angie works with people 16 years and older. She offers a safe and supportive space to assist with issues such as:
Anxiety problems and disorders
Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
Grief and loss
Trauma and stress
Life transitions (for example, loss of a job, birth of a child)
DR PAM PILKINGTON
Pam is a compassionate and thoughtful psychologist who focuses on helping clients relate to themselves with kindness and empathy. She has worked in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, including public and private hospitals, a university counselling clinic, and a drug and alcohol service. As part of her PhD she created a website to help new and expectant parents reduce their chance of experiencing mood problems (http://www.partnerstoparents.org).
Pam works with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, mood problems during pregnancy or following childbirth, self-critical thoughts, perfectionism, stress, problems linked to experiences during childhood, and family and relationship problems.
Depending on client needs and preferences, Pam draws on a number of evidence-based approaches including Schema Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Pam is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Psychologist (Clinical Registrar), is a Medicare Provider, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Centre for Perinatal Psychology, and the International Society of Schema Therapy.
Pam is available on Mondays and Thursdays.
Jessica has a warm and intuitive therapeutic style and uses a developmentally informed approach to help her clients overcome life challenges, build resilience and lead a more healthy and connected life. She has worked as a group and individual therapist in a range of settings including private and public hospitals, drug and alcohol services, community engagement, and youth mental health.
Jessica works with adults experiencing a range of mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, stress, interpersonal problems, drug and alcohol issues, adjustment difficulties, and trauma. She uses a variety of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.
Jessica is available on Wednesday mornings for appointments. Medicare rebates are available.
Courtney offers a compelling approach to individual therapy with adults. She utilises an analytic framework, which encourages her clients to engage deeply in their own human journey. Her natural orientation supports the idea that we heal and expand through meaningful, intimate, and trusting connection with others and she provides a comfortable, collaborative, and compassionate therapeutic space to do just this.
Courtney has completed Master’s level training in Forensic Psychology and has experience working within a variety of community, custodial, and private settings and with individuals across the lifespan.
Courtney is available for consultation on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings 8am to 2pm. Please contact Courtney directly through her website for all enquiries.
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.
BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clin), BCI, MAPS
Richard Stratton is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist. His approach to therapy is based on a broad education that includes a Master of Clinical Psychology and bachelor degrees in Psychology and Creative Industries.
As an experienced clinician Richard is practiced in safe and evidence based therapeutic methods that have been found to deliver long-term benefits to people. These most often will be cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP), and exposure and response prevention (ERP).
Beyond helping a person match with an appropriate therapeutic method, Richard strives to make therapy accessible and relevant to each person seeking his help. He comes across as a dedicated and down-to-earth practitioner who creates a welcoming space where a genuine connection can be made for therapy.
Richard has professional values informed by more than ten years working in not-for-profit community health organisations. He has worked closely with families adjusting to serious illness and bereavement. This equipped him with an extensive knowledge of how to promote resilience, hope, and a robust support network, amidst loss and change.
Some of the community work Richard has done includes travelling across Australia to deliver a distraction based in-hospital program to regionally hospitalised children, working in remote indigenous communities to promote attendance at health clinics, a comprehensive report of the needs and concerns of families who have a child receiving palliative care, supporting older people living at home with dementia by matching them with an assistance dog and supporting family caregivers of people living with dementia.
Working one-on-one with individuals, Richard enjoys seeing first-hand the long-lasting change psychotherapy can bring to people’s lives.
He is a registered medicare provider, member of the Australian Psychological Society, and enrolled with ISTDP Australia.
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.