Located at: Suite 3, 19 Lacey Street, Croydon VIC 3136
- Road that runs parallel to Hewish Road
- Street parking available
At YVP Croydon we offer the following services:
- Individual Therapy
- Relationship Counselling
- Psychological Assessments
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Family Therapy
Please see below for some general information about each of the Psychologists and Counsellors who work from Croydon.
For further information or to book an appointment with one of these therapists please call us on 1300 947 477.
- Alexandra Augustine
- Andrew Halim
- Carla McKenna
- Greg Troup
- Ildiko Szanto
- Susan Haertel
- Therese Duckett
- Trinette Cordeiro
- Kelsey Bennett - Counsellor
- Melanie Grabham - Counsellor
- Megan Downall - Counsellor
- Brittany Wirth - Counsellor
Alex is a clinical psychologist with full membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists and the Australian Psychological Association. Alex works with adults, adolescents and children. She has an interest in treating Anxiety and Depression, and Sexual dysfunction and desire disorders in individuals and couples. Alex has worked with difficulties associated with eating, bereavement and adjustment disorders, self-harm and sleep problems. Alex also has extensive experience working with complex behavioural and/or emotional difficulties in children.
Alex is passionate about helping people change their lives for the better; she believes that anyone can reach their full potential and make positive changes when given the tools to do so. Alex uses a cognitive-behavioural approach emphasizing collaborative client-centred treatment to get you the results you want.
Andrew is a registered clinical psychologist 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.
Carla is a registered general Psychologist. She completed her Undergraduate and Honours degrees in Psychological Science, and her Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology in 2017. She wrote her honours and masters theses on attitudes towards people with physical disabilities and evolutionary processes, and the wellbeing of mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) respectively.
Carla works with children and adults with emotional, behavioural, and neurodevelopmental concerns. She has experience in the assessment and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), mood disorders, anxiety, and cognitive and learning difficulties. In her previous work, she developed and coordinated intensive behavioural interventions for children with ASD, global developmental delays, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She draws from a range of therapeutic frameworks when working with children and adults, including applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and play therapy.
Carla has a special interest in development across the lifespan, parental wellbeing, and a holistic approach to child and adult mental health assessment and intervention.
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.
Ildi is a registered psychologist with extensive experience providing counselling to individuals with concerns including Depression, Anxiety, grief/loss, relationship difficulties and self-esteem issues. She uses a range of therapeutic techniques, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Therapy, Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Neuropsychotherapy, to suit individual needs.
Main areas of practice: Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Workplace Issues, Relationship Issues, Grief / Loss, Self-esteem Issues, Adjustment Issues.
Ms Susan Haertel is a registered (General) psychologist.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science, Honours (Family Therapy) Australian Catholic University & Commenced Masters in Forensic Psychology and Criminology at The University of Melbourne
Susan has extensive experience in working in the community in welfare and disability sectors with clients across the lifespan and provides counselling to children in primary school settings. Her main areas of interest include Generalised Anxiety and Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Grief and loss, Bipolar Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Disability (Aspergers, Autism & Intellectual and Physical disabilities), family breakdown, relationship issues, family violence, child abuse and neglect, and ageing and carer issues.
Susan uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rogerian Therapy (client focussed, self-directed therapy). Mindfulness- based Cognitive approaches, Family Systems Therapy, and Play Therapy. Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy.
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 .
Clinical Psychologist – M.Phil (Clin Psych), M.A (Applied Psych)
Trinette has over 7 years of experience in the field of mental health. She has worked with Yarra Valley Psychology since October 2016. Some of the issues Trinette can help with are Depression, Bipolar, OCD, Anxiety, Phobias, Adjustment Difficulties, Anger Management, Assertiveness Training, Grief, Post Traumatic Stress, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues (Individual). She completed her postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology at the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India in 2011. She then worked for over four years at a 750 bedded multi- speciality private hospital in Mumbai. After moving to Melbourne, Trinette trained at the Royal Children’s for four months while completing the Transition Program.
Trinette works with clients above 16 years of age. Her style of work is eclectic depending on the clients presenting concerns and work collaboratively with clients to reduce the distress they experience. She mainly works from a Cognitive Behavioural perspective and draws from Schema Therapy and Acceptance-Commitment Therapy. Trinette’s style of work helps clients to achieve an awareness of their thoughts and its subsequent effect on their emotions, behaviours and physiological responses. She has a special interest in working with clients and their families who present with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She gained a lot of experience in this area while completing her postgraduate training and working clinically with OCD inpatients and outpatients. Trinette has also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy and routinely uses it with clients experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Having worked both overseas as well as Australia she is culturally sensitive and informed.
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 (10-30 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).
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).
Brittany has completed a Bachelor degree in Counselling and a Diploma in Youth Work. She is a new graduate and has worked in the mental health field for approximately one year including individual counselling and conducting intake at YVP.
Her studies have equipped Brittany with practical knowledge and experience in a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Her primary areas of interest include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress-related issues, phobias and low-self esteem. Whilst she is particularly experienced in working with children and adolescents, Brittany is interested in working with individuals from all stages of the lifespan.