Psychologists specialise in different areas of practice. Our staff specialise in clinical or counselling psychology.
Successful psychology treatment is about establishing a trusting relationship with the psychologist. Both clinical and counselling psychologists are trained extensively in assessment, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of high prevalence mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders.
- Clinical psychology training tends to cover more low prevalence mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses, and developmental disorders such as Autism spectrum disorders. Both clinical and counselling psychologists are skilled in the treatment of mild, moderate, and severe mental illnesses including those of a chronic and complex nature.
- Counselling psychology training tends to focus more on psychotherapy theory and practice including various evidence-based models of intervention, and counselling psychologists are also trained in a variety of modalities including couple, group, mother-infant, and family therapy.
In practice, it is estimated that there is between 70 – 80% overlap between the two specialties. In real life, the “match” between therapist/psychologist and the client is the most important determinant of a successful treatment process.
Please discuss your needs and concerns with our office manager Colleen, who will establish which practitioner is right for you.
Principal Psychologist; Clinical & Counselling Psychologist
B.A, B.S.W, Grad Dip. Couns. Psych., M. Clin. Psych, M. Science in Medicine (Pain Management)
I am an endorsed Clinical and Counselling Psychologist. I hold a Masters of Clinical Psychology. I have specialist qualifications in the treatment of trauma, relationship counselling and psychosocial rehabilitation. I have been in practice for 25 years. I am a Member of both the Clinical and Counselling Colleges of the Australian Psychological Society. I was the President of the Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria for 5 years and was the Victorian appointee to the inaugural Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). I retired from the PsyBA in 2012, I have consulted to Worksafe Victoria, the TAC and Comcare on mental health and pain management in compensation schemes. I am an approved Independent Examiner for the VWA and the TAC. I have undertaken numerous medico-legal assessments and report preparation.
I treat a range of mental health and chronic illness problems including personality disorders, bi-polar disorder, treatment-resistant depression and anxiety and chronic pain. I have extensive training in CBT, ACT, hypnotherapy, EMDR, mindfulness techniques and psychodynamic approaches. I see adults, couples and families and adolescents. I have been practicing in Williamstown for 16 years.
I am also passionate about supervision and mentoring of psychologists and provide supervision to a large number of other psychologists from around Melbourne. I have been in practice for over 25 years and am pleased to lead a group practice of excellent practitioners at our clinic in Williamstown.
ATAPS provider; Clinical Psychologist
B App Sc, Grad Dip Ed., BLitt (Hons) Psych, MPsych (Clin)
My background includes work across the public, private, and not-for profit sectors in a range of settings including education, adult mental health, professional sport and research. Professional roles have included direct client work, consultancy to projects, and program development. My current practice at KFA includes work with adults, young people and families. I have particular interest and expertise in the assessment and management of Learning Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Conditions (including Asperger Syndrome) both in children and adults. I also work with people experiencing lifecycle and/or relational problems. This can include a recent life change or more long standing pattern.
Therapeutically, I take a integrative approach, drawing on a range of scientifically validated modes. These include cognitive and behavioural therapies (CBT), incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), other Mindfulness Based Therapies, and also Schema Therapy. My approach is also informed by the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions.
Dr Ann Boonzaier
BA (Hons), MA (Psychology), D.Psych (Clinical)
I am a Clinical Psychologist with expertise and experience working with adults. I have been in practice for 10 years and have worked in community mental health, public health and private practice. I have experience in treating adults with a broad range of life issues including anxiety, depression, chronic worry, grief and loss, relationship issues, sleep difficulties and eating issues. In addition, I have also had extensive experience providing therapy for people living with, and recovering from, cancer. As a therapist, I try to work collaboratively with a person and help them gain insight into their difficulties, harness new skills, and identify and use their existing strengths. I use a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based therapies.
Dr Linda Troselj
BBSc (Hons), DPsych (Clinical)
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist. I hold a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. I have considerable experience working with a broad range of psychological issues including anxiety, depression, substance use, and relationship difficulties. I have specialist skills working with individuals with problematic drug and alcohol use, as well as with family members who find it difficult to cope with their loved one’s substance use. My approach to therapy is client-centred with a commitment to evidence-based practice. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and also work from other therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which includes the use of mindfulness strategies.
BSc (Psych), M.Psych (Counselling)
I am a counselling psychologist who has worked as a student counsellor at Holmesglen Vocational College and also in private practice for some years. I am also employed as a psychologist at ISIS Primary Care. I have worked with clients from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and find I have the ability to quickly establish rapport with clients. I am utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal therapy (IPT) in my counselling with clients. I am available two evenings per week at KFA.
Dr Kimberly Mercuri
M. Psychology (Clinical), PhD
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology. I have experience working with adolescents and adults in community, private, inpatient, and forensic settings. I also have experience with both individual and group counselling. I have assisted clients with various concerns including: substance abuse/dependence, changes in mood, coping with stress, and improving functioning within relationships. I adopt a range of evidence based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Person Centred Therapy. I aim to improve confidence and self-esteem in clients, reduce distress, and support goal attainment by using a compassionate and empathic approach, and promoting a collaborative therapeutic relationship.
M. Psychology (Counselling)
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I have experience working with clients in private practice, university and community health settings to address a wide range of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, life adjustment, interpersonal difficulties and self-esteem. In my work, I use a collaborative, client-centered approach to tailor treatment to individual client needs. This involves use of a variety of interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, interpersonal therapy and solution-focused therapy.
M. Psychology (Counselling)
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I am passionate about working collaboratively with clients to identify and achieve their goals.
I have experience working with adults and young adults within community, tertiary, forensic and inpatient settings. I have experience working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, adjustment/life transitions and those experiencing distress and crisis. I use a a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Mindfulness strategies and Motivational Interviewing.
ATAPS provider; Registered Psychologist
B. Ed. Grad Dip Child & Adol Psych
I have been a registered psychologist since 1996 and have worked with adolescents and their families as a school psychologist for many years. I have worked with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, school refusal, eating disorders, self harm, suicide ideation, grief and loss, self esteem and social skills deficits and chronic bullying. In private practice I work with both adults and adolescents and have a particular interest in anxiety disorders. I work with victims of crime and survivors of child sexual abuse as well as Workcover and TAC clients. I also supervise school counselors. I use the fundamental elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I enjoy working with clients in exploring what is important to them and assisting them in taking steps to a more rich and meaningful life.
Dr Lori Shore
Clinical, Counselling and Organisational Psychologist
B.A., Grad Dip. Couns. Psych., M.Comm, M. Psychology (Clinical), PhD.
I have been a psychologist since 1996 and have broad experience working in a range of organisational and counselling psychology roles across the public and private sectors, community-based organisations, and clinical practice. I am trained in a wide range of therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment, Schema and Interpersonal Therapies and Mindfulness.I work with clients on a wide range of issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, transitional or adjustment issues, eating disorders, pain management, trauma, grief and loss. I was awarded a PhD in 2008 and I have completed my Masters of Clinical Psychology, focusing on adolescent depression. I am also a qualified Hypnotherapist.
BBSc, Grad Dip Psych, M. Clin. Psych
I am a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. I have experience working with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, adjustment issues, substance use, self harm, grief and loss as well as self esteem problems. I also have specialist training and experience in the assessment and treatment of Eating Disorders. In addition, I have received formal training and possess experience in providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness Based Therapies. I adopt a client-centered approach and enjoy establishing a collaborative working relationship with my clients and develop strategies to overcome personal barriers, and assisting them to achieve their goals and improve their wellbeing.
Dr Jessica Ross
Clinical & Counselling Psychologist
BA (Hons) D.Psych (Health)
I am a clinical and health psychologist. I have experience working in both private practice and public health. I have experience working with clients with a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment issues, as well as those managing chronic health conditions and attempting behaviour change (e.g. quitting smoking, changing eating habits). I also have a particular interest and experience in working with women experiencing antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, and their infants. I am committed to client-centred care and in my approach to therapy, I draw on a range of evidence based therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
Dr Sarah Valentine
B.Science (Hons), Post Grad Dip Clinical Psych, PhD
I am an endorsed clinical psychologist with expertise and experience working with adults. As well as working in private practice, I have also worked in forensic, inpatient and outpatient settings. I have experience working with a broad range of mental health issues including personality disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, grief, dissociation and trauma. I tend to utilise a variety of evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and mindfulness.
M. Psychology (Clinical)
I am a registered psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. My background includes work with government departments, private companies and Not for Profit Organisations in both the mental health and disability services sectors. I have worked with people to overcome issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, difficulties in personal and professional relationships and those in crisis. I have also worked with people who experience both Intellectual Disability and mental health problems.
I apply and integrate a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing, which I adapt to suit the individual needs of my clients.
M. Psychology (Counselling)
I am a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology and have experience working in community based, not-for-profit and tertiary education settings. I have worked with a range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, hoarding, grief and loss, managing major life transitions and stress. I am committed to working collaboratively with my clients, using a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness strategies and Solution Focused approaches.