The staff of our Service are dedicated, diverse and experienced male and female psychologists, social workers and office staff, who provide a welcoming, professional environment.

Manager

Orania Tokatlidis

BBSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin), GDipBus (OrgChange&Dev), MAPS CClin

A Clinical Psychologist, Orania has worked for over twenty years in public mental health services, state government and tertiary education.

She has acted as consultant and trainer to services including universities, hospital networks, emergency services and private organisations. Her areas of interest are facilitating wellness and work life balance, mental health, organisational change, and professional development and supervision for health professionals.

Email: orania@unimelb.edu.au


Senior Counsellors

Allison Macdonald

BSc, BEd(Couns), MA (Couns Psych), MAPS, CCOUNS

A Counselling Psychologist in tertiary education settings for over 20 years, Allison has worked as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer.

She is interested in working in a collaborative and holistic way with clients by drawing on a range of therapeutic approaches including person centred, cognitive behavioural, emotion focussed and mindfulness based approaches to promote self-awareness and acceptance as well as greater connection to our innate strengths and meaning in life. She has particular interests in resilience and wellbeing.


Kirk Ratcliff

BA, PGradDip (Psych), DPsych (Clin)

Kirk is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in providing client centred Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness based approaches.

He also has an interest in the impact of an individual's interpersonal context on their difficulties. Kirk completed a doctoral thesis on the application of acceptance-based approaches to coping with medication resistant psychotic symptoms.


Administrative Staff

Anne De Bono

Administration Officer

Email: anne.de@unimelb.edu.au

Catarina de Freitas

Workshops Administration Officer

Email: de.c@unimelb.edu.au


Counsellors

Laureline Darques

Ba Humanities (psych), MPsych (Clin)

Prior to moving to Melbourne, Laureline, a clinical psychologist, worked for several years in university and hospital settings in Canada and Europe.

She has experience in supporting university students experiencing depression, anxiety, academic and interpersonal difficulties as well as cross-cultural and adjustment issues. She has also worked with adults facing chronic health issues using a holistic approach to improve their quality of life and wellbeing. Laureline uses an eclectic approach drawing from a number of therapeutic modalities such as Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and brief Psychodynamic Therapy. She is committed to tailor her interventions to the person’s individual needs and cultural background and enjoys working with international students. She is particularly interested in supporting people through life transitions, cultural adaptation and health related issues.


Wolfgang Mayr

PhD, Bioenergetic Analyst, MAPS

After leaving Austria, the “home country of psychotherapy”, Wolfgang moved to Melbourne to continue his career in tertiary counselling.

His particular interests include exploring body awareness, the overlapping of psychodynamic and body focused approaches in psychotherapy/ counselling, and supervision. His counselling approach combines methods from body focused, psychodynamic, art, gestalt and mindfulness with organisational psychology.


Sarah Murgia Lewis

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

A Clinical Psychologist, Sarah has several year's experience working in public and community mental health, and has also engaged in consultation and training of professionals in trans-cultural psychology.

Committed to ensuring psychological interventions are tailored to the individual’s personal and cultural explanatory model, she enjoys using evidence-based approaches to facilitate change and improve clients’ mental health, wellbeing and sense of self.


Lis Shugg

Dip Ap Sci, BA, BEd (Counselling), GDip Mental Health Science (Infant-Parent), MAPS CCouns

A psychologist with the Counselling Service for more than 10 years, Lis has strong interests in late adolescence-young adulthood, infant-parent relationships, attachment and supervision.

She uses an eclectic approach to her work from process-oriented to mindfulness-based approaches, with psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches as major influences.


Ethel Tillinger

BA, BEd (Couns), Dip Ed, MAPS CCouns

A psychologist, Ethel has worked with children, adolescents, families and also with school systems.

For the Ministry of Education she was project co-ordinator using a whole school approach to discipline and student welfare. In recent years she has brought her interest in psychodynamic approaches to counselling and psychotherapy with individuals and groups. She is particularly interested in the internal conflicts that prevent people from being who they want to be.


Amy VanLangenberg

BA, GradDipPsych, MPsych (Counselling), MAPS CClin

Amy is currently on Family Leave.

Amy is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in private practice and community settings.

She has worked with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, disordered eating and substance abuse. She uses treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnosis, solution focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and motivational interviewing. Amy is passionate about helping people to improve their lives and accept themselves, and genuinely enjoys the privilege of working with them


Neil Wilson

BA(Psych), DML (Ger), GradDip(Psych), MPsych(Clin), MAPS, MCCLP, MACPA, MACAPP, MANZAED, MIACN(Cert)

A Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychotherapist, Neil has worked across child, adolescent and adult psychological services across both private and hospital sectors.

These roles included oncology, paediatrics, severe mental illness and private practice work focussing on young people.

He is very passionate about helping those experiencing a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, anger management, trauma, autism spectrum disorder, chronic/severe health and difficulties, disordered eating and self-harm. Neil is familiar with several therapeutic modalities and works in a holistic fashion to find the best treatment available for the client, whether it be CBT, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness or more Dynamic approaches.


Celine Wei

BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

Celine is a Clinical Psychologist with experience working in public and private education settings, as well as in hospital and private practice.

Celine works from a client centered approach, and is committed to creating a therapeutic relationship that is based on safety, trust, and unconditional positive regard for her clients. She can employ a range of treatment modalities including CBT, ACT, Art Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness to best help her clients. Celine has worked with a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems through to chronic and severe mental health issues, for example Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia.

Celine is fluent in Mandarin and has a special interest in working with immigrants and international students to improve their mental health and wellbeing.


Clare Kentmann

BA (Hons), BCom, MPsych (Clin)

Clare is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in public and private mental health services including Orygen Youth Health and headspace prior to working at The University of Melbourne.

She has experience working with children, young people and adults experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, eating disorders, psychosis, trauma and substance use issues.

Clare enjoys working collaboratively with clients to understand their situation and support them in making positive changes in their life. Clare draws on a range of evidence-based psychological approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

Clare is also involved in delivering training and workshops including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Courses.


Dr Sarah-Ann Tay

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)/PhD

Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in both hospital and community-based settings including Orygen Youth Health, headspace, and Monash Health, before joining the Counselling team at the University of Melbourne.

She has experience working with young people and adults from diverse walks of life, with a range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, substance use, psychosis, trauma, self-esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

Sarah is dedicated to creating a safe therapeutic space in which she works collaboratively with her clients, drawing on each individual's strengths and innate wisdom, to live more fulfilling, meaningful and purposeful lives. In her work, Sarah utilises a range of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Schema Therapy.


Ally Hughes

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

Ally is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience working with children, young people and adults across public and private mental health settings.

She has previously held clinical, research, training and service development positions prior to working at The University of Melbourne. Ally considers it a privilege to work with people who are seeking support during times of difficulty in their lives. She has expertise working with people experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, psychosis, trauma, personality disorder and substance use issues. Ally works with all clients using a strength-based framework and draws on a range of evidence-based psychological approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Schema Therapy. She is also involved in delivering training and workshops including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Courses.


Hayley Zarb

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

Hayley is a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with a wide range of people to develop resilience, adjust to difficult life events, manage stress, and work towards self-acceptance.

She also provides more targeted treatments for anxiety, depression, trauma, personality issues and psychosis. She has a range of psychological experience in both private and public hospitals and within community services. Hayley likes to work with client’s existing strengths and values to facilitate a move towards a more meaningful life. She is passionate about assisting people to make personal changes to help improve inner emotional experiences and quality of life. Hayley tends to focus more on the “here and now”, collaboratively working with people towards personal goals and values consistent living. Hayley has extensive experience as a mindfulness facilitator, and she integrates mindful practice throughout therapy. She draws on numerous therapeutic approaches depending on the presenting issue, including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She has also completed research in the area of self- compassion.


Katy Harman

BA (hons), Oxon. D. Clin.Psy, Grad. Dip CBT, MAPS

Katy has been qualified as a Clinical Psychologist for over 14 years and has worked in many settings including: primary care; community mental health, specialist therapy services and tertiary education. Katy trained in the UK and worked for 10 years in the National Health Service in London.

Katy’s approach is structured, using evidenced-based therapies such as Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with an emphasis on Feed-back Informed Treatment (FIT). Katy is keen to meet individual client’s needs and uses feedback to keep on track with this. Katy works collaboratively with her clients towards mutually-developed goals. Katy believes her clients are the experts in themselves and she aims to help them using her knowledge and skills to make sense of their experiences and to improve the quality of their lives. Katy is committed to continually learning and improving her practice and enjoys helping others to do the same in supervision. Katy is also experienced in mindfulness meditation and uses this both personally and with her clients.


Dr Ros Lethbridge

LLB (Hons), D.Psych (Clinical)

Dr Ros Lethbridge is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and depression.

Ros has been appointed to sit on performance and professional standards panels since 2014, and is currently appointed to the ACT/Tas/Vic Regional Board of the Psychology Board of Australia. She also works with the judiciary to deliver individual supervision, education and wellbeing programs. Previously Ros worked a senior psychologist at Austin Health, treating people who experienced psychological trauma, and as a senior clinical supervisor at Austin Health (Clinical Health Psychology). Ros has also delivered anxiety outpatient programs at The Melbourne Clinic, worked as a consultant to the beyondblue National Workplace Program and lectured in postgraduate clinical psychology.


Jean Popomilkov

BBSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin), GDip AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs), MAPS CClin

Jean is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked close to 20 years in public/private mental health and alcohol and drug services prior to commencing at the University of Melbourne.

Jean has extensive knowledge and experience in the delivery of a range of psychological evidence based interventions in the treatment of mental health and addiction issues. In addition, Jean’s other area of interest includes working with the LGBTIQ+ community. As a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, Jean understands the unique challenges and issues facing LGBTIQ+ individuals and is passionate about providing a safe and comfortable environment to help those explore and focus on issues that matter.


Locum Counsellors

Peter Donaldson

BA (Hons), DPsych (Clin), Psychologist, Clinical Registrar, MAPS

Peter is a Psychologist and Clinical Registrar who enjoys working with a diverse range of clients and presentations.

He has experience working within brief, solution-focused frameworks. Peter prefers to work collaboratively with clients towards developing and achieving goals important to them, and employs a number of evidence-based approaches to do so. He is also actively involved in neuroscientific research (involving social cognition and its relevance to autism spectrum disorder, for example), which informs his approach to counselling.


Dr Tamara Coupe

DPsych (Clin)

Dr Tamara Coupe is a Clinical Psychologist with experience providing services in public, private, corporate and educational settings.

She uses evidence-based therapies to help clients with a range of concerns across the life span, such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and adjustment issues. Tamara also has a particular interest in trauma and has previously worked with members of the Australian Defence Force and in a Trauma Team responding to critical incidents. Tamara enjoys helping clients overcome challenges and engage fully in life.


John Ruecroft

BAppSc(Psych), GradDip(Psych), MPsych(Clinical)

John is an experienced clinical psychologist with a compassionate and supportive approach.

John has worked with people experiencing with a range of difficulties including anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem and identity, relationship matters, communication, trauma, and substance use. Working holistically and collaboratively with people to consider the various elements of their individual circumstances, John draws on both Western and Eastern evidence-based approaches, including Mindfulness practices, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Interpersonal Therapy. John has experience working in various psychology settings in both the private and public sectors, including Inpatient and Outpatient Clinical Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Forensic settings, and Private Practice.


Trainee Counsellors

  • Patricia Neil
  • Gwyneth Rees