We are a group of highly skilled general and clinical psychologists in Melbourne who believe in a person centred approach to therapy. This means we believe that every person has an inner desire to reach their potential. We see this time and time again, no matter how challenging someone’s upbringing or current circumstances. We believe that you are the expert of your own life and that our role as your experienced clinical psychologist is to provide you with the space and support to reconnect with your inner strength. We will guide you through the process in a safe and supportive environment using well-researched strategies and a compassionate approach to clinical psychology.

Our Psychologists

Our psychologists are all trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness based interventions. We like to draw on these, but will not impose them on you. Research shows that the therapeutic relationship between client and clinical psychologist is the most important factor in determining positive treatment outcomes, and our highly skilled team of Melbourne psychologists are therefore specifically chosen for their warm approach and their focus on client wellbeing.

Deborah Newburn

Deborah Newburn is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has expertise in working with adults with eating disorders. She has worked in a specialist eating disorder service and has exceptional clinical skills treating anorexia and bulimia. Deborah has worked across public and private settings with adults experiencing serious, moderate, and mild mental illness. Deborah is also experienced in treating depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and a range of anxiety disorders including phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Deborah works in a compassion focussed manner, and supports clients to understand themselves and their experiences in a safe and supportive environment. She uses a range of evidence based approaches to assist her clients to make changes which reduce symptoms and suffering, and improve their quality of life.

Elizabeth Briggs

Dr. Elizabeth Briggs is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). Elizabeth has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings, both private and public. She has experience treating a range of presenting problems in adolescents and adults including generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social and specific phobias, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and adjustment disorder. She also has experience working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social and specific phobias, school refusal and behavioural difficulties. Her treatment approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Intervention (including ABA therapy), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing. Elizabeth is also a board approved supervisor.

Elizabeth is passionate about working with individuals to assist them in feeling confident in all their endeavours. She is enthusiastic about psychology and has a commitment to ongoing learning. She has a calm and gentle approach in supporting clients to work through mental illness and challenging life circumstances.

Lisa Catania

Lisa Catania is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with expertise working with a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, communication difficulties, anger management, life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, and substance use problems. Lisa is skilled in a range of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness strategies tohelp our Melbourne clients.

Lisa works to build a collaborative partnership with clients. Clients play an active role in determining the best treatment approach for them. Session by session monitoring is conducted to track progress. Following sessions, written information is shared to assist clients in applying strategies to their day to day lives. Lisa strives to empower clients to gain insight into their strengths and difficulties, and to make changes in their lives.

Jane Morgan

Jane Morgan is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has expertise in the assessment and treatment of children and their families. She has extensive experience treating a range of developmental, behavioural, social and emotional difficulties in children. Jane can provide cognitive assessment using the WISC for developmental concerns including Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. Jane has a special interest in childhood anxiety and fussy eaters and can assist children with shyness, school refusal and bullying.

Jane is also trained in evidence-based parenting programs and provides family therapy. She has worked in a range of public and private settings, in multidisciplinary paediatric teams and as a sole practitioner. Jane is also experienced in supporting individuals and couples experiencing fertility difficulties.

Kylie Peters

Kylie is an experienced psychologist who provides individual and family therapy to Melbourne clients. She has a particular interest in assisting people with eating disorders and mental health issues including post-trauma responses, depression, and anxiety.

Kylie believes in supporting her clients to achieve their full potential, utilising a holistic strengths based approach to assist in developing skills and capabilities. She is passionate about helping people improve their relationships with themselves, building self esteem, self-care, a healthy body image, and positive relationships with food and exercise to enhance wellbeing.

Kylie has a background working in community mental health in rural and remote settings in family therapy and adolescent teams, and in private practice settings with adults. Kylie has also been part of a team developing programs with Dieticians and other clinicians for best practice in rural settings for families and young people experiencing eating disorders.

Dr Michelle McCormack

Dr Michelle McCormack is an experienced psychologist who takes a compassionate approach to her clinical work and uses evidence based treatment solutions that really get results. She completed her doctoral thesis on the association between binge eating, emotion regulation and attachment style and is passionate about helping people experiencing binge eating disorder, bulimia or weight management difficulties. Michelle is experienced in treating anxiety and mood disorders including major depression, bi-polar disorders, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, and phobias. Additionally, she is passionate about helping clients who have experienced deprivation or neglect in their childhood, who may be adult survivors of sexual abuse and who experience relationship difficulties.

Michelle draws on various therapy types including CBT, Schema Therapy, ACT, DBT and incorporates mindfulness strategies. As an esteemed clinical psychologist, she is committed to ongoing professional development and takes time to understand each Melbourne client’s therapeutic goals and needs and will tailor treatment accordingly. Michelle is an empathic person who creates a nurturing environment and makes clients feel at ease.

Michelle is currently not taking new clients. For new Melbourne clients seeking an appointment with a highly skilled and experienced clinical psychologist, contact the clinic on 9028 4180 to discuss meeting with an alternative practitioner.

Liam Harkins

BA (Hons), Grad Dip Psych, Post-Grad Dip Psych, M.Psych(Clinical) MAPS

Liam has a masters degree in clinical psychology from the University of Melbourne. He believes in a humanistic approach to psychological treatment and his therapy is tailored to the individual’s presenting difficulties and background. He has a special interest in working with people wishing to explore purpose and meaning in their life.

Liam works with adults who are experiencing a range of psychological conditions including anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, adjustment, complex personality issues and drug and alcohol dependence. He uses a cognitive-behavioural therapy model which incorporates aspects of mindfulness, attachment-based therapy, schema therapy as well as existential and psychodynamic approaches.

Liam is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and a registered provider for Medicare, Private Health Insurance, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover. He is trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming).