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.
BBSc (Hons), MPsy (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.
BBSc, MPsych (Clin), MAPS CClin
A psychologist with clinical, counselling and consulting experience, Gabrielle has worked in substance abuse and addiction, rehabilitation and pain management, for government and in general counselling. More recently in tertiary education as counsellor, supervisor and lecturer, she values the developmental perspective and range of issues presented by this environment. Using evidence based and psychodynamic approaches, responsive to client and context as central to the change process, she also has a strong interest in the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness meditation.
PhD, M.Psych (Clin) Flinders, B.Psych (Hons), MAPS CClin, CHP
In tertiary settings as senior counsellor, clinical psychologist, supervisor and guest lecturer for over 16 years, Elsa also worked in Queensland and Commonwealth Health agencies including CYMH, Aged Care, and VVCS. A “bush” psychologist in South West Queensland she served on the Psychologist Board of Australia and the Queensland Community Corrections Parole Board for a decade. Her preferred techniques are Schema therapy, Action and Commitment Therapy, CBT based therapies, Systems therapies and Narrative therapies. Keenly interested in cross-cultural issues, she has also worked with migrant women, international students and refugees.
BSc, BEd(Couns), MA (Couns Psych), MAPS CCOUNS
A psychologist in tertiary education settings for over 13 years, Allison has supervised counsellors in training, and also complaints officers and international student advisers. She is interested in working in a collaborative and holistic way with clients, draws on a range of therapeutic approaches, and employs concepts of self-awareness and acceptance, strengths and meaning in life.
BA, BSW, MAASW
Darryl's social work career spans hospitals, community health, child welfare, aged and disability services, Austudy, local government, crisis centres, private practice and now tertiary education. He has interests in strengths-based and solution-focused approaches, motivation, self-care, and growth in many forms. A professional playwright and performer, he is also a freelance print and web journalist, and has taught creative and technical writing at tertiary level.
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.
BSW, MSW, GCert (Family Therapy), MAASW
A social worker, Felicity has worked both nationally and internationally as a counsellor, trainer, supervisor and consultant in the fields of trauma, interpersonal trauma, cross-cultural issues, gender and diversity. Her approach to counselling uses a combination of systems, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic approaches, and prioritises what you want and need now. She has a strong commitment to human rights, and remains curious and amazed about the world, the human mind and people in general.
BBSc, Dip Psych, MPsych (Clin), Grad Dip (Hypnosis), MAPS CClin
A clinical psychologist, Glenys brings humour and practicality to her sessions. She is experienced in child, adolescent and family issues as well as drug and alcohol, disability and adult mental health. She has extensive training and experience in dealing with trauma, specifically using hypnosis and EMDR, and has also worked with Vietnam Veterans and their families. Being a lifelong Richmond supporter she obviously has a great deal of optimism and patience!
BAppSc (Human Movement), BBSc (Hons Psych), DPsych (Health Psych), MAPS
Jon Finch is a clinical psychologist with a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology. He is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Jon has experience working people with a range of psychological problems including depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders, and those suffering from substance use difficulties. Jon also specialises in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has worked with people exposed to a wide range of traumatic events. He is experienced in treating soldiers, war veterans/peace keepers, police members, victims of assault, sexual assault and domestic violence, and those involved in motor vehicle accidents.
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.
Sarah Murgia Lewis (on leave)
BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)
A clinical psychologist, Sarah has several years 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.
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 focussed approaches in psychotherapy/ counselling, and supervision. His counselling approach combines methods from body-focussed, psychodynamic, art, gestalt and mindfulness with organisational psychology.
- Alison Hart
- Angela White
- Gretel O'Loughlin
- Kirk Ratcliff
- Jessica Stephens
- Reshma Sood