We are a group of highly skilled clinical and general psychologists in Melbourne who believe in a person centred approach to therapy. This means we believe that every person has an inner desire and ability 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 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, evidence informed strategies and a compassionate approach to clinical psychology. As part of our commitment to the field of psychology Person Centred Psychology has also become a training clinic, and has highly skilled and talented provisional psychologists who are able to offer high quality, low cost psychological assessment and treatment under the supervision of our experienced principal 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.
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.
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, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. 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 social anxiety, panic disorder, 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 improves their quality of life.
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).
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 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.
As a psychologist, Anthony brings an empathic, non-judgmental and collaborative approach to therapy and believes these aspects are essential for facilitating long-term psychological wellbeing. He uses a range of evidence-based techniques to tailor treatment that is specific to each client’s background and presenting concerns. He has experience working with a range of mental health issues – in particular depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and helps people with assertiveness, aggressive behaviour, and low self-esteem. He has an interest in existential psychotherapy and enjoys helping people find meaning and purpose. Anthony has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling). He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and the Australian Clinical Psychological Association.
Kirsty (Kess) O’Loghlen – Dietitian
BA(Psych), BFood&Nutr, M. Diet Prac
Kess O’Loghlen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a special interest in disordered eating behaviours, weight concerns and mental health. Drawing from her background in Psychology, Kess provides nutrition education and counselling to support clients move towards a peaceful relationship with food and body. Her key belief is that food and body peace is possible for everyone.
Kess has a diverse working background in the public and private sector, and has additional experience in the nutritional management of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver conditions, PCOS and food intolerance. Kess is a warm and welcoming dietitian, and enjoys building collaborative relationships with clients. Kess’ approach emphasises wellbeing rather than weight, and is an advocate for the Health at Every Size® paradigm.
Kess is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia, the DAA Eating Disorders Interest Group, Eating Disorders Victoria and HAES Australia.