Located at: Level 1, 109 Boronia Road, Boronia VIC 3155
- Corner of Dorset Road & Boronia Road
- Inside Chandler Arcade
- Above Bendigo Bank
At YVP Boronia we offer the following services:
- Individual Therapy
- Relationship Counselling
- Play Therapy
- Psychological Assessments
- Group Therapy
- Reception & Administration
- Family Therapy
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Please see below for some general information about each of the Psychologists and Counsellors who work from Boronia.
For further information or to book an appointment with one of these therapists please call us on 1300 947 477.
- Akshay Dhingra
- Andrew Halim
- Brett Fernandez
- Carina Purdea
- Elishia Harding
- Greg Troup
- Honor Newman
- Maggie Lee
- Meagan Groenewald
- Miguel Barreiro
- Therese Duckett
- Kelsey Bennett - Counsellor
- Melanie Grabham - Counsellor
- Charlotte Williamson - Counsellor
- Megan Downall - Counsellor
Akshay is a general psychologist, and has a Master of Counselling Psychology from Latrobe University. Akshay has experience in the delivery of counselling services to individuals, couples and families. Akshay works with a variety of presenting issues that include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, conflict, parenting difficulties, family violence, stress, substance abuse, family separation, adjustment issues, trauma, grief and loss.
Akshay has worked across a range of settings including child and family counselling services, correctional services, community health, and relationship support services. Akshay incorporates multiple therapeutic frameworks in his counselling practice, that include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness therapies.
Andrew is a registered general psychologist and Clinical Registrar with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from La Trobe University. He has experience working with adolescents and adults in the public mental health sector and in private practice.
Andrew has worked with individuals and groups presenting with a range of issues including: anxiety and depression, stress, specific anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, chronic pain, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, and mood disorders. Andrew has a special interest in working with adults on the Autism spectrum.
Andrew uses a flexible therapeutic approach tailored to the individual client, encouraging feedback and collaboration. He utilises various treatment methods including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). Andrew strongly believes in working with clients to empower them to achieve their goals, and live happier and more fulfilling lives.
Brett is a Clinical Psychologist who works eclectically, drawing from several styles and frameworks of evidence-based psychotherapy, tailored to suit the needs of his clients. Brett is enthusiastic about building agency in clients to help them better manage their own mental health difficulties, enhancing quality of life and satisfaction remain top priorities. Brett has experience across several settings with clients from a variety of backgrounds; he has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families with various levels of mental health problems.
Carina is a General Psychologist and Clinical Registrar. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults across various private and public mental health settings. Carina has experience with various presenting issues including depression and anxiety disorders, significant trauma, grief and loss, family violence, substance abuse issues, anger management, relationship and parenting problems and adjustment difficulties. Carina is a firm believer in early intervention for mental health and has a special interest in working with children and adolescents.
Carina uses a number of psycho-therapeutic frameworks tailored to individual client needs including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Elishia is a registered (general) psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).
She holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University and a Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) from Swinburne University of Technology.
Elishia draws on a range of approaches in her work with clients, including cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy and the interpersonal process approach. She draws upon aspects of these approaches as is best suited to the client’s presenting issues and concerns. Elishia also has a particular interest in strengths-based approaches and positive psychology.
Some of the presentations Elishia can help with include depression, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, adjustment disorders, family and other interpersonal relationships, alcohol and other drug use, career and life choices, and transition to parenthood.
She has a warm and collaborative approach to therapy and she works with clients across a range of age groups.
Greg is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the eastern region for over 20 years.
Greg works with clients across most age groups, from primary school children to older adults. Greg works in most areas of mental health including Anxiety, OCD, Depression and other mood disorders, Grief, Behavioural issues, Stress management, Relationship issues, and Chronic illness.
In particular he specialises in working with people who experience chronic or persistent pain. For more information, please see the Pain Management section of our website.
Honor is a general psychologist who has a Masters Degree in Psychology. She sees clients who present with a range of mental health problems from across the lifespan, including children, adults and people with disabilities.
Honor’s special areas of interest include women’s empowerment, relationship and dating issues, and career coaching.
New Psychologist with YVP – profile coming soon.
Meagan originally qualified as an Educational Psychologist in South Africa (2012) and is currently working as a General Psychologist. Meagan has a passion for working with children and has a special interest in working with children between the ages of 3-12. Meagan is currently involved in the Schools program for Yarra Valley Psychology and has an interest in providing therapy in schools.
Meagan enjoys all areas of assessment and is registered to do developmental screenings on children under the age of eight. Being a mother, she is not only able to work with the child but is also able to work with a family from a parent’s perspective. It is important for her to work with each child as an individual and help optimise their personal abilities.
Miguel is a Senior Psychologist at Yarra Valley Psychology & Counselling. Miguel has extensive experience in counselling and psychotherapy with individuals, relationships and families. A fluent Spanish speaker, Miguel has lived in the Eastern Suburbs since arriving in Australia, from South America, in 1975. Now married with five children, Miguel has earned a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences Degree with Highest Class Honours from La Trobe University. Post Graduation, Miguel completed a two year Clinical Internship. Miguel employs a range of therapeutic approaches, specifically selected to match individual client needs. Miguel integrates Cognitive Behavioural and Interpersonal Therapies in his clinical practice. In particular, Miguel has had extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Training (MT). Since 2004, Miguel has been researching the application of Positive Psychology in clinical practice. In addition, Miguel specialises in Marital Therapy and Family Therapy, with post graduate certification in both fields.
Sessions can be held in English and Spanish.
Therese Duckett has been a Psychologist for 18 years. As a General Psychologist she has had extensive experience working with a range of client issues including depression, anxiety disorders, stress, Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD, grief and life transitions. In the past 5 years she has been working with people diagnosed with dementia and their families and carers. She has worked in a private capacity for many years but also with other organisations including Palliative Care, Dementia Australia, GP North (Tasmania) and West Vic Division of General Practice. She is ecclectic in her approach and draws on many modalities (CBT, Mindfulness, Gestalt etc) depending on the client issues being presented .
Kelsey has completed a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science, a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling and a Masters degree in Counselling. She is currently registered as a Level 2 Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). She has also trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapy, which has equipped her with a variety of behaviour modification skills . She has worked within the mental health field for approximately 3 years, including individual counselling, volunteering for the Wellways and ARCVic helplines, and conducting intake at YVP.
Her training has provided her with practical experience in delivering a range of different treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness. She sees clients presenting with a range of mental health concerns and personal challenges including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, work issues, low self-esteem, life transitions and pain management. Kelsey works with clients from all stages of the lifespan but has a preference for counselling children, adolescents and young people (10-25 years).
Kelsey has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced trauma (physical, emotional and sexual) and who are suffering from physical illness, stress and adjustment disorders. She is a professional member of the Blue Knot Foundation – National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, and is currently undertaking further training in trauma-informed care and interventions.
Melanie has completed a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) and postgraduate Masters in Professional Psychology.
Throughout her training she has gained practical experience in delivering a range of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She has worked within the mental health field for approximately 2 years, including working within a psychological laboratory at Monash University. She completed her thesis on the protective effects of mindfulness-meditation and physical activity in Parkinson’s disease.
Melanie has an interest in working with individuals from all age groups across the lifespan. She is able to work with a variety of issues but has a particular interest in working with issues pertaining to stress, anxiety and anxiety related conditions, depression and relationship problems. These include but are not limited to workplace related stress, burnout, relationship breakdowns and life transitions. She has experience in delivering and facilitating programs in the following areas: individual therapy, group sessions, play therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness meditation and careers counselling.
Melanie is currently registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a current member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Charlotte has completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology and a Master of Professional Psychology.
She has worked in the mental health field for approximately 4 years. Her training has provided her with practical experience in a range of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Mindfulness.
Charlotte works with adults, adolescents and children. She sees clients presenting with a range of concerns, including stress, anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, substance use, relationship difficulties, trauma, self-harm, behavioural problems and life transitions.
Charlotte is currently registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Megan has completed a Bachelor of Science degree, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology and also holds both a Master of Counselling and Master of Professional Psychology degrees. She has worked in the mental health field for 3 years in counselling, crisis support and research.
Megan uses a person-centred, strengths-based approach to counselling and has experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Her specific areas of interest include relationship issues/breakdowns, eating disorders, anxiety, depression (including post-natal depression), trauma and PTSD. However, she is able to work with a range of different personal challenges including stress/motivational issues, grief and loss, self-esteem/body image issues, family violence issues and addictions (gambling, alcohol & minor drug-use issues).
Megan also has widespread experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults (5-25).
Megan is currently registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a current member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).