Managing Director

Daniel Killey


Daniel is a driven and accomplished advocate and provider of healthcare. He has a Bachelor’s Degree, Post Graduate 4th Year and Master of Psychology. Daniel’s professional role is as the CEO and founder of Central Health Group. He currently works as the Managing Director of Yarra Valley Psychology and sits on the board of the CCC (Courage, Compassion, Commitment) foundation.

Daniel has a passion for all clinical work but is particularly interested in psychometric assessments, youth work, public speaking and supporting professional managers and leaders.

Daniel works from our Boronia and Croydon clinics.

*Daniel is currently only taking on clients for Psychometric Assessments.

Management & Principal Clinicians

Zoe Dunnachie (Office Manager)


Zoe has a Bachelor degree in Arts (Psychology) and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Social Work. She has worked in the mental health field for approximately 3 years, including volunteering for the ARCVic helpline and conducting intake at YVP.

Zoe is involved in the YVP Schools Program, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and currently coordinates all of our NDIS clients.

She is interested in working in the education sector as a mental health professional in the future.

Zoe works from our Boronia clinic.

Greg Troup (Principal Psychologist – Clinical)


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.

Greg works from our Lilydale, Boronia and Croydon clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Greg is currently unable to take on new clients.

Kelsey Bennett (Principal Counsellor)


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 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 Trauma-Informed Care, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Strengths-Based Approach, 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 disordered eating. 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.

Kelsey works from our Boronia, Lilydale and Croydon clinics, and also offers after-hours appointments during the week, plus Saturday morning appointments. 

*Due to a high caseload, Kelsey has limited availability for new clients.

Intake & Administration

Jessica Blakeney


Jessica has completed a Bachelor degree in Arts (Psychology) and is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) at Monash University. She has worked in the mental health field for approximately 3 years, including volunteering as a music therapy assistant, working as a psychology research support officer at Code Black Threat Management and conducting intake at YVP.

Jess is involved with the GP marketing program, intake, general administration and the finance team.

She plans to undertake postgraduate studies pertaining to the field of relationship psychology and work as a couples counselling psychologist following further qualifications.

Jess works from our Boronia clinic.

Psychologists

Megan Downall


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 4 years in counselling, crisis support and research.

Megan uses a person-centred, strengths-based approach to counselling to assist individuals in making positive changes in their lives, and works primarily with adolescents and adults. She has experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E).

Her specific areas of interest include relationship issues/breakdowns, relationship counselling, 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 those related to stress/motivational issues, grief and loss, self-esteem/body image issues, sexual dysfunction and family violence.

Megan is registered as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a current member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Megan works from our Boronia and Lilydale clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Megan is currently unable to take on new clients.

Greg Worley


Greg is passionate about helping people reach their potential and to enjoy what they do, both at work and at home. With over 20 years in private practice in rural Victoria, he is very excited to join YVP’s team of Psychologists and Counsellors.

Prior to becoming a registered Psychologist Greg worked for many years in senior roles in Human Resource Development and Management, across a broad range of industries. Greg’s last management role prior to beginning private practice as a Psychologist was as CEO of Lifeline Albury – Wodonga.

Greg has extensive experience in helping individuals, couples and parents to improve their wellbeing and their relationships. His areas of clinical interest cover a wide gamut of human experiences; including dealing with trauma, living with anxiety and/or depression and coping with loss and grief. Helping people discover meaning and purpose in their work and personal lives is also a key aspect of Greg’s work.

Greg will call on a wide range of therapies to find what works best for each Client he sees. Modalities include a range of cognitive therapies, mindfulness based therapies, such as ACT and MBCT, as well as emotion-focused therapy, trauma informed therapy, crisis and critical incident work and relationship counselling. Greg has reached a stage in his career where he is very keen to leave a positive mark on those he has the privilege to work with.

Greg works from our Boronia and Croydon clinics.

Hiromi Kawahara


Having lived, educated and worked in Japan, UK and Australia, Hiromi has been registered as an AHPRA psychologist and working in Melbourne, mainly for private practices, the tertiary education sector and primary schools since 2006. As a generalist, her clientele varies including individuals from across the lifespan, diverse cultural backgrounds, international students and working holiday makers.

The issues she deals with are also varied from depression, anxiety, relationship matters, to identity, adjustment and spiritual quests. Her chief therapeutic framework is not only Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but also Interpersonal Counselling and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy frameworks when appropriate.  Her strength lies in flexibility for application of those empirical therapeutic frameworks, not excluding her skills and knowledge gained from Transactional Analysis, in order to gain the best therapeutic outcome for her clients.

She is able to conduct various standardised psychological assessments to report the results for relevant bodies. Hiromi speaks English and Japanese.

Hiromi works from our Boronia clinic.

*Due to a high caseload, Hiromi is currently unable to take on new clients.

Maggie Lee


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 works from our Boronia, Lilydale and Nunawading clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Maggie has limited availability for new clients.

Robert Ellery


Robert is a general psychologist with 35+ years experience in a range of settings including the Victorian Education Department (DEECD), medical centres and private practice. He works with a broad range of clients and provides treatment for a range of referred conditions including:

In his work with the above conditions, Robert utilises a number of therapeutic treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (S-FBT), Narrative Therapy, practical problem-solving and client-centered counselling. Robert is also a supervising psychologist and has experience in delivering training and professional development programs in most of the areas indicated above. He is a keen advocate of emotional intelligence as a strong factor affecting confidence and ability, and has developed many approaches to confront and assist change. Away from work, he combines playing Bridge with international travel. He sees the Internet as a most exciting way of accessing, sharing and developing the whole wide world of ideas and resources.

Robert works from our Nunawading clinic.

Andrew Halim


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.

Andrew works from our Croydon clinic.

*Due to a high caseload, Andrew is currently unable to take on new clients.

Trinette Cordeiro


Ms. Trinette Cordeiro – Clinical Psychologist – M.Phil (Clin Psych), M.A (Applied Psych)

Trinette is a clinical psychologist and board approved supervisor with 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.

She is currently open to taking on provisional psychologists for supervision.

Trinette works from our Nunawading, Lilydale and Croydon clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Trinette has limited availability for new clients.

Ildiko K Szanto


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.

Ildi works from our Nunawading and Croydon clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Ildi is currently unable to take on new clients.

Susan Haertel


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.

Susan works from our Nunawading and Croydon clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Susan is currently unable to take on new clients.

Carina Purdea


Carina is a clinical Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Cairnmillar Institute. 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.

Carina works from our Boronia and Nunawading clinic.

*Due to a high caseload, Carina is currently unable to take on new clients.

Vanessa Rankcom


Vanessa Rankcom has a Clinical Masters from the University of Melbourne, and a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from CBT Australia. Her therapeutic approach is predominantly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with use made of third wave therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy (MT).

She works with clients with a range of presenting issues including Anxiety and Phobias, Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic disorder. She has worked effectively with clients facing grief and loss, adjusting to life transitions, and struggling with low self-esteem and difficulties in interpersonal relationships and parenting. Her client group ranges from early adolescents to the elderly.

Vanessa works from our Lilydale clinic.

*Due to a high caseload, Vanessa is currently unable to take on new clients.

Miguel Barreiro


Miguel is a Senior Psychologist at Yarra Valley Psychology. 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.

Miguel works from our Lilydale and Boronia clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Miguel has limited availability for new clients.

Alexandra Augustine


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.

Alex works from our Nunawading and Croydon clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Alex is currently unable to take on new clients.

Counsellors

Jessica Armstrong


Jess has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Deakin University in 2016 and a Masters of Counselling at Monash University in 2020. She is currently a Level 2 member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Jess primarily utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and a person-centred, strengths-based 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 and school-related issues and relationship issues. She is currently undertaking further training with the Australian Centre for Eating Disorders (ACFED) as she has a professional interest in working with clients with this presentation.

Jess has worked with individuals across the lifespan but she has a preference for counselling children, adolescents and adults (10+).

Jess works from our BoroniaLilydale and Croydon clinics, and also offers after-hours appointments during the week and every second Saturday. 

Melanie Kohle


Mel is a postgraduate (Masters) qualified counsellor from Monash University. She works with a variety of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, communication skills and low-motivation. Mel is also currently undertaking training as a couples therapist, and has a special interest in the field of sex therapy and relationships.

Mel places a strong focus upon the client’s personal growth, fostering self-awareness, holistic wellbeing and discovering meaning and purpose within life. She works predominately with clients aged 10 years and over.

Mel employs a variety of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.

Mel works from our Boronia, Croydon and Nunawading clinics, and also offers after-hours appointments during the week.

Dhivia Dharishani


Dhivia aspires to be authentic and genuine with her clients to facilitate positive changes in their lives. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and is completing her Masters in Counselling at Monash University.

Her counselling approach uses curiosity and compassion to work with her clients’ unique individual history, background, values and attributes. Dhivia uses a strength-based therapeutic approach to engage in collaborative relationships with her clients. She has experience using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Tree of Life, and Life-Review Therapy. She has worked with people experiencing anxiety, depression, isolation, adjustment difficulties and relationship stressors.

Having lived and worked in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, Dhivia is able to form meaningful connections with people of different cultural backgrounds. She has experience in working with people of all ages and life stages; her roles have included working with at-risk children in primary schools, therapeutic youth work, and volunteering at aged care facilities. She has a special interest in working with children and families who have experienced trauma.

Dhivia works from our Boronia and Croydon clinics, and also offers after-hours appointments during the week.

Provisional Psychologists

Deborah Merritt


Deborah has completed a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She completed her thesis on the effects of strengths-focused therapy for individuals on the Autism spectrum. She is currently registered as a provisional psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a committee member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) (outer east group). She has worked within the mental health field for approximately 10 years, including individual counselling, volunteering for the Centre for Multicultural Youth and Headspace, and conducting intake at YVP.

Her many years of training have provided her with experience in delivering a variety of different treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness and Solution-Focused Therapy. Deborah has a broad interest in working alongside clients with varying presentations of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, substance use and trauma. She also works with clients from all stages of the lifespan, with experience working with elderly people, adults, adolescents and children.

Deborah has experience in delivering programs in the following areas: schools program, play therapy, group sessions & individual counselling.

Deborah works from our Boronia, Lilydale, Croydon and Nunawading clinics.

*Due to a high caseload, Deborah is currently unable to take on new clients.

Caitlin Anthony


Caitlin has completed a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology. She 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). She has worked within the mental health and education field for approximately 3 years, working with young people in understanding the complexities of violence, building healthy relationships, increasing self-confidence and the importance of online safety.

Caitlin’s studies have equipped her with the practical knowledge and experience in a range of therapeutic treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Mindfulness. She has interest in working with clients from all stages of the lifespan. Caitlin is able to work alongside clients presenting with varying presentations of mental health concerns including anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, relationship issues, personal life challenges and self-esteem.

Caitlin works from our Boronia, Croydon and Nunawading Clinics.