Management

Peta Matthews – Practice Manager


Peta has completed a Professional Practice Manager Development Program at the University of New England. Peta is also a State Enrolled Nurse (Division 2), and has completed a Certificate IV in Health Administration. She has 21 years of Practice Management experience (Cardiology) and also worked as a Nurse (Midwifery and Cardiology) for 37 years.

She is well-versed in financial administration/management, patient education and advice, business administration, marketing, professional collaboration and systems management.

Peta is responsible for the administrative governance of YVP as a whole.

She continues to utilise her Midwifery and Cardiology experience in her Practice Management work today.

Peta works from our Boronia clinic.

Intake & Administration

Zoe Dunnachie


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 2 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.

Kelsey Bennett


Kelsey has a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science, a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling and a Masters degree in Counselling. She has also trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapy. She has worked in the mental health field for approximately 3 years, including individual counselling, volunteering for the Wellways and ARCVic helplines, and conducting intake at YVP.

Kelsey is involved in the Group Therapy program, social media marketing and currently coordinates the daily running of client intake and administration. She is also a Counsellor at YVP – please check out the Counselling page for more information!

Kelsey works from our Boronia, Lilydale and Croydon clinics.

Jessica Blakeney


Jessica has nearly completed a Bachelor degree in Arts (Psychology). She has worked in the mental health field for approximately 1 year, 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 and general administration.

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

Elishia Harding


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.

Elishia works from our Boronia clinic.

Honor Newman


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.

Her main therapeutic approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic therapy and Interpersonal Process therapy.

Honor’s special areas of interest include women’s empowerment, relationship and dating issues, and career coaching.

Honor works from our Boronia clinic.

Michael Edyvane


Michael has completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Major in Psychology), a Bachelor of Arts (Hons in Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy.

Michael is a nationally registered psychologist and family therapist. He is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has experience working with anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship difficulties, grief & loss, anger management, personality disorders and a specialty in suicide prevention. These counselling services are offered to individuals, relationships and family groups.

Michael has worked in the community, primary school and private settings and has a counselling orientation which draws upon psycho-dynamic, cognitive, mindfulness, emotion-focused and existential theories. Michael’s therapeutic focus is on a collaborative client/ therapist relationship using an integrative, multidimensional approach that promotes change and development. 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.

Michael works from our Lilydale clinic.

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 and Nunawading clinics.

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

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.

Louise Ferraz de Camargo


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.

Louise works from our Nunawading clinic.

Akshay Dhingra


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.

Akshay works from our Boronia and Lilydale clinics.

Andrew Halim


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 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 Boronia, Croydon and Lilydale clinics.

Brett Fernandez


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.

Brett works from our Boronia and Nunawading clinics.

Trinette Cordeiro


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

Trinette is a clinical psychologist 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.

Trinette works from our Nunawading, Lilydale and Croydon clinics.

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.

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.

Carina Purdea


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.

Carina works from our Boronia clinic.

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.

Miguel Barreiro


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.

Miguel works from our Lilydale and Boronia clinics.

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

Therese Duckett


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 eclectic in her approach and draws on many modalities (CBT, Mindfulness, Gestalt etc) depending on the client issues being presented .

Therese works from our Croydon and Lilydale clinics, and a half-day at our Boronia clinic.

*Due to a high caseload, Therese is currently unable to take on 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.

Dr. Geoff Newbegin


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.

Geoff works from our Nunawading clinic.

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

Greg Troup


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.

Meagan Groenewald


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.

Meagan works from our Boronia clinic.

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

Counsellors

*All Counsellors are currently taking on new clients.

Kelsey Bennett


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.

Kelsey works from our Boronia, Lilydale and Croydon clinics.

Melanie Grabham


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).

Melanie works from our Boronia, Croydon and Nunawading clinics.

Charlotte Williamson


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).

Charlotte works from our Boronia and Nunawading clinics.

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 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), Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Her specific areas of interest include relationship issues, eating disorders, anxiety, 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 and addictions (gambling, alcohol & minor drug-use issues).

Megan also has widespread experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults (10-25).

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).

Megan works from our Boronia, LilydaleCroydon and Nunawading clinics.