Located at: Level 1, 5-7 Market Street, Nunawading VIC 3131

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Specialised Services

At YVP Nunawading we offer the following services:


Please see below for some general information about each of the Psychologists and Counsellors who work from Nunawading.

For further information or to book an appointment with one of these therapists please call us on 1300 947 477.


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 paingrief 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.


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.


Maggie is a general psychologist and a clinical psychology registrar. She can conduct sessions in English and Mandarin. 

Previously Maggie has had experiences working across schools, and public and community mental health settings. Maggie has worked with children, adults, and older adults who present with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, health-related stress, adjustment difficulties, domestic violence, anger issues, relationship problems, and postnatal depression. She has a special interest in multicultural psychology and culturally-related difficulties.

Maggie takes on an explorative and collaborative approach when working with people. She puts a lot of importance in creating a safe and non-judgmental space in the therapy room for the client. She works across a number of therapeutic frameworks such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and play therapy.

*Maggie is currently not taking on new clients under the age of 12 years.


Geoff is a nationally registered psychologist and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has experience working with Anxiety, Depression, Stress management, Anger management, men’s issues, Self-esteem, Life transitions, Grief & loss, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Personality disorders.

Geoff works in a way that draws upon psycho-dynamic, humanistic, cognitive, mindfulness, emotion-focused and existential theories. This allows the client to explore their world in more detail; to understand how they view themselves and to see themselves more clearly. In turn, they will have the ability to make informed choices on how best to deal with situations and find more appropriate ways of living in an integrated way. Geoff’s work is done in a collaborative way between himself and the client and he uses the relationship to explore the client’s own sense of self and how they relate to others and the world.

Geoff has completed a Diploma of Engineering at the Caulfield Institute, a Bachelor of Arts (Major Philosophy) at La Trobe University, a Diploma of Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute, a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Central Queensland University and a Doctor of Counselling Psychology at La Trobe University.


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.


Jodie is a Registered psychologist who has worked for over ten years in the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education sectors and private psychology clinics. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a supervisor of early career psychologists.

Jodie works with children, adolescents, young adults and older adults. In particular Jodie specialises in treating academic and work stress, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment/transition difficulties and post traumatic stress. She has expertise in play therapies as well as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), mindfulness based therapies and solution focussed therapy. Jodie has extensive experience in conducting cognitive and educational assessments, including those to support applications for the Program for Students with Disabilities in the Department of Education Early Childhood and Development.

Jodie also has a background in classical yoga and mindfulness meditation. She has a deep respect for what the Eastern Wisdom traditions offer, together with Western Psychology to facilitate personal growth and change towards wholeness.


Louise is a registered Psychologist and a Clinical Registrar with a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

Louise takes a client-centred, collaborative approach in her work with adolescents (14+) and adults. She has a warm style and is passionate about understanding people’s unique stories and providing a safe and non-judgmental space where they can feel heard and supported. Louise has a special interest in working with people who have lived experiences of childhood abuse and neglect. This interest extends to other childhood challenges such as high parental expectations, bullying, or feeling unloved. Through exploring the impact of these past events on your present life, Louise will assist you in moving forward towards a more enjoyable and fulfilled way of living.

Louise is mature aged and has an abundance of life experience. Her approach is largely grounded within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy frame work, however she likes to incorporate other evidence-based approaches based on the needs of her clients. These therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy principles, Positive Psychology, and Strengths based approaches.

Louise is a member of the Blue Knot Foundation – National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, and she is committed to ongoing professional development in this field.


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.


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).


Jess has completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology at Deakin University in 2016 and, having completed all coursework, is due to graduate with a Masters of Counselling from Monash University in 2020. She is currently a student member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

In her time at YVP, Jess has been involved with intake, the schools program and the group therapy program. This has allowed Jess to work with individuals across the lifespan but she has a preference for counselling children, adolescents and adults (10+).

Jess primarily utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), but is flexible in her approach, ensuring that therapy is tailored to each client. Jess has worked with clients presenting with a range of mental health concerns and personal issues, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, life transitions, work-related issues and relationship issues.


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.

Her main areas of interest include Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Sleep Difficulties & Chronic Illness.

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).


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.