Our staff

Our Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff are dedicated, diverse, and experienced psychologists, social workers, and reception 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, and acted as clinical consultant to services including universities, hospital networks, emergency services and private organisations. Her areas of interest are facilitating wellness and work life balance, mental health, effective service delivery, organisational change, 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 who has worked in universities for over 20 years, Allison is interested in working in a collaborative and holistic way with clients, drawing on a range of therapeutic approaches including person-centred, cognitive behavioural, emotion-focused, as well as mindfulness and strengths-based approaches. She has a particular interest in resilience and wellbeing.

Email: macda@unimelb.edu.au

Melanie Turner

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

Melanie is a counselling psychologist with 9 years experience at Curtin University, Perth before joining CAPS. Her main therapeutic modalities are cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, positive neuroplasticity and self compassion. She is currently undergoing level 2 training with the MTIANZ (Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia/New Zealand).

Email: melanie.turner@unimelb.edu.au

Counsellors

Claire Campbell

BApplied Sci (Psych)(Hons), DPsych (Clin)

A clinical psychologist who has worked with diverse client groups in government and non-government sectors within Australia and internationally, Clare utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), strengths focused approaches and narrative therapy in her work with clients.

Kate Harman

BA (Hons), Oxon. D. Clin.Psy, GDip CBT

A clinical psychologist who worked in many public health settings in London, Kate has worked in private practice and tertiary education since moving to Australia. Her approach is collaborative and flexible, and she works with such issues as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, stress management and low self-esteem. She is particularly interested in using structured therapies such as CBT, and mindfulness-based interventions to develop an individual’s self-compassion.

Ally Hughes

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

A clinical psychologist experienced in working with children, young people and adults, Ally considers it a privilege to assist people seeking support with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, psychosis, trauma, personality disorder and substance use. She uses a strengths-based framework and evidence-based approaches including CBT, mindfulness, and schema therapy.

Laura Kennan

BEc, PGDip Psych, MPsych (Health), Dip Sc (ClinPsych), MAPS

A clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in the private, community and not-for-profit sectors, Laura uses a range of approaches to suit clients’ needs, including CBT, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness and schema therapy. She has a particular interest in life transitions and helping people develop self-awareness and resilience.

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. Prior to joining CAPS in 2016, she worked in public and private mental health services including Orygen Youth Health and headspace.

Yuyang Liu

BSc (Psych), MA (Couns Psych), MSW (Social Work)

A counsellor and social worker, Yuyang has worked in universities in China, the US, and Australia. She prioritises holistic support for students, utilising person-centred and strength-based approaches combined with CBT, mindfulness, and narrative therapy techniques to help with anxiety, depression, study stress, and relationship difficulties. As a member of both international student and LGBTIQA+ communities, Yuyang has particular interest in the wellbeing and unique challenges faced by these groups.

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.

Wolfgang Mayr

PhD, Bioenergetic Analyst, MAPS

A clinical psychologist with long experience as a tertiary counsellor in both Europe and Australia, Wolfie is a generalist with particular interest in grief/loss, individual development/late adolescence, relationship issues, cross-cultural aspects, and supervision. His eclectic approach is informed by mindfulness, CBT, art therapy and psychodynamic approaches.

Bridget Moller

BA (Hons), DPsych (Clin)

A clinical psychologist with significant experience in public mental health and research settings, Bridget has worked in Australia and overseas. She has extensive experience in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues. With a grounding in evidence-based practice, Bridget has a client-centred and collaborative approach to therapy. She also has a strong interest in youth mental health and emerging mental health issues.

Jean Popomilkov LGBTQI+ flag

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

A clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in public mental health, alcohol and other drug services, Jean has extensive experience in the delivery of a range of psychological evidence-based interventions. Her area of interest is LGBTIQA+ issues, and as a member of the LGBTIQA+ community, understands the unique challenges and issues facing LGBTIQA+ individuals.

Lis Shugg

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

A counselling psychologist with CAPS for more than 20 years, Lis has strong interests in late adolescence-young adulthood, infant-parent relationships, attachment and supervision. Her eclectic approach ranges from process-oriented to mindfulness-based approaches, with psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches as major influences.

Sarah-Ann Tay

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)/PhD, MAPS

A clinical psychologist, Sarah works collaboratively with her clients, drawing on their strengths and innate wisdom to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Experienced in youth mental health, she enjoys meeting people from diverse walks of life to assist with depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, trauma, and adjustment/transition. She uses evidence-based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT.

Ethel Tillinger

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

A counselling psychologist, Ethel has worked with children, adolescents, families, and also with school systems. In recent years she has brought her interest in psycho-dynamic 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 Van Langenberg

BA, GDip Psych, MPsych (Couns) MAPS CCLIN

A clinical psychologist with experience in private practice and community settings, Amy has worked with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, disordered eating and substance abuse. She uses treatment modalities such as CBT, solution-focused therapy, ACT, interpersonal psychotherapy and motivational interviewing.

Neil Wilson

BA (Psych), DML (Ger), GDip (Psych), MPsych (Clin)

A clinical psychologist and clinical neuro-psychotherapist, 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.

Locum counsellors

Mallika Abbot

GDip (Psych), MPsych (Clin)

A clinical psychology registrar with experience in child and youth mental health and in private and acute adult settings, Mallika seeks to establish a therapeutic relationship with a client, to help them develop their own natural inner wisdom. She loves to support clients to flourish in all aspects of their life.

Tamara Coupe

DPsych (Clin)

A clinical psychologist with experience in public, private, corporate, and educational settings, Tamara uses evidence-based therapies to help clients with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and adjustment. She enjoys helping clients overcome challenges and engage fully in life.

Gloria Douglas

MPsych (Couns), GDip Ed Psych, GDip Family Therapy

As a counselling psychologist both in Australia and the UK, in schools, universities and private practice, Gloria works to assist young people cope with crises and difficulties, learn ways of managing their lives effectively, and make sense of their experiences. She uses a collaborative and integrated approach, with expertise in depression and anxiety, trauma, lifespan issues, interpersonal issues, and behavioural difficulties.

Elly Foroughi

BA(Psych), MPsych (Clin), PhD

A psychologist with many years of experience in various clinical settings, including hospital programs, research, and private practice, Elly’s areas of interest include mood and anxiety disorders, smoking cessation, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She draws on a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, and motivational interviewing.

Stephen Gault

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

A clinical psychologist, Stephen was a senior psychologist at Austin Health for many years, prior to working at CAPS. He draws on a variety of therapeutic approaches in counselling, employing ideas and techniques from psycho-dynamic, cognitive-behavioural, emotion focused, and mindfulness therapies.

Persia Hegarty

BPsychStud, GDip Psych, MPsych (Clin)

A clinical psychology registrar with experience in education and community health, Persia has worked with such issues as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, disordered eating, addiction, self-harm and personality difficulties. She enjoys working in collaboration with people to make positive changes in their lives and draws upon CBT, ACT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness approaches.

Nynke Jacobs

MPsych, GDip Health Care Psych (Gezondheidspsycholoog)

A psychologist who worked in the Netherlands before moving to Australia, Nynke uses a collaborative approach focused on clients’ strengths and abilities. She is experienced in working with many issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, burn-out, ADHD, autism, eating disorders, and relationship difficulties. She uses structured therapies such as CBT and EMDR, as well as solution-focused and mindfulness-based interventions.

Intern counsellors

Intern counsellors are provisional psychologists completing their final year six month placement in a master's or doctoral clinical psychology program. All intern clinical work is supervised by experienced counsellors. Available appointments include an 'Intern' designation.

  • Cienna Baker
  • Kylie Erwin
  • Neil Lucas
  • Maria Marshall
  • Ivana Milic
  • Katerina Stephanou