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
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.
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 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.
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.
Phone: 0451 554 384
Fax: (03) 8678 3800