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

Allison is a Counselling Psychologist who has worked in universities for over 20 years.

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 as well as mindfulness and strengths-based approaches. She has a particular interest in resilience and wellbeing.


Melanie Turner

BA (Psychology), Postgrad Dip (Psych), MPsych (Counselling)

Melanie is a Counselling Psychologist.

Prior to working at CAPS Melanie was at Curtin University Counselling & Disability Services in Perth, WA for 9 years. Her main therapeutic modalities are CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Neuroplasticity and Self Compassion. She is a currently undergoing level 2 training with the MTIANZ (Mindfulness Training Institute of Aust/NZ).


Administrative Staff

Anne De Bono

Administration Officer


Counsellors

Wolfgang Mayr

PhD, Bioenergetic Analyst, MAPS

Wolfgang is a Clinical Psychologist who has long time experience with tertiary counselling in Europe and Australia and with typical issues presented in this context

He is a generalist with particular interest in grief/loss, individual development/late adolescence, relationship issues, cross-cultural aspects, and supervision. His eclectic approaches are informed by psychodynamic, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural, and art therapy, amongst others.


Sarah Murgia Lewis

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

A Clinical Psychologist, Sarah has worked in community mental health for several years.

Committed to ensuring psychological interventions are respectful to an 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 a Clinical Psychologist with experience in private practice and community settings.

She has worked with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, disordered eating and substance abuse. She uses treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and motivational interviewing.


Neil Wilson

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

A Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychotherapist,

Neil has worked across many fields, with a passion for working with young people. He is experienced in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, autism, disordered eating and self-harm, using a wide variety of therapeutic styles.


Clare Kentmann

BA (Hons), BCom, MPsych (Clin)

Clare is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working collaboratively with clients to understand their situation and support them in making positive changes in their life.

Clare is also involved in delivering training and workshops including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses. Prior to joining CAPS in 2016, Clare worked in public and private mental health services including Orygen Youth Health and headspace.


Sarah-Ann Tay

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)/PhD

Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist dedicated to working collaboratively with clients, drawing on their individual strengths and innate wisdom, to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Sarah has worked in various services with a passion for youth mental health, and enjoys meeting people from diverse walks of life. She is experienced in helping with issues of depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, trauma, and adjustment/transition. In her work, Sarah utilises evidence-based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural 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.


Katy Harman

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

Katy is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in many public health settings in London, UK before moving to Australia where she has worked in private practice and tertiary education.

Katy’s approach is collaborative and flexible. She is experienced in working with a range of issues including: depression; anxiety; disordered eating; relationship difficulties; stress management and low self-esteem. Katy is particularly interested in using structured therapies such as CBT alongside mindfulness-based interventions with a focus on developing individual’s self-compassion.


Jean Popomilkov

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

Jean is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in public mental health and alcohol and other drug services.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in the delivery of a range of psychological evidence based interventions. Her area of interest is LGBTIQ+ issues, and as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, she understands the unique challenges and issues facing LGBTIQ+ individuals.


Laura Kennan

Laura is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years experience in the private, community and not-for-profit sectors.

She brings warmth and compassion to her work with clients and uses a range of approaches to suit her client’s needs including cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness and schema therapy. She has a particular interest in life transitions and helping people to develop self-awareness and resilience.


Locum Counsellors

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.


Stephen Gault

BA(Hons), MPsych(Clin), LLB(Hons)

Stephen is a clinical psychologist.

Prior to working at CAPS he was a senior psychologist at Austin Health for many years. He draws upon a variety therapeutic approaches in counselling employing ideas and techniques from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, emotion focused, and mindfulness therapies.


Sarah Dymond

BA (Hons), MSc (Psych), MPsych (Clin)

Sarah is a fully registered psychologist.

She has worked in a variety of services including inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, rehabilitation settings, disability support services and private practice with individual across the lifespan. Sarah is warm, professional and non-judgemental and believes in the importance of developing a therapeutic relationship with a client that promotes collaboration and trust. In addition to assisting clients to address current problems to provide some immediate relief, she believes in the importance of addressing the underlying origins of a client’s distress that may be maintaining their difficulties to ensure that treatment gains are long-lasting. Sarah uses a variety of approaches depending on her clients’ needs, incorporating methods from cognitive-behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness.


Gloria Douglas

Master in Counselling Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma of Educational Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy

Gloria has worked as a psychologist in a variety of clinical settings both in Australia and the UK including schools, universities and private practice assisting young people and adults as they cope with a variety of crises and difficulties, learn ways of managing their lives effectively and make sense of their experiences.

She uses a collaborative and integrated approach drawing on frameworks from cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy, solution focussed therapy, Schema therapy, psychodynamic ideas, coping theory, family therapy and existential and humanistic approaches. Gloria has particular expertise and interest in depression and anxiety management, trauma recovery, lifespan issues, interpersonal and relationship issues, developmental and identity concerns , and behavioural difficulties. Her work includes that with individuals, couples, groups, families and staff over a wide age range and different cultures.


Intern Counsellors

  • Haylee Danaher
  • Jodie Mechielsen
  • Kate Edwards
  • Latha Lyer