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Our team

Our team of psychologists in South Melbourne
 
Principal psychologist   BSocSci (Psych), PGDipProfPsyc, MPsyc (Clin), MAPS

Principal psychologist

BSocSci (Psych), PGDipProfPsyc, MPsyc (Clin), MAPS

Jane Morgan

Jane 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. She has worked in both public and private sectors, supporting children, adolescents and adults with mild, moderate and serious mental health concerns in multidisciplinary paediatric teams and as a sole practitioner.

Jane can also provide cognitive and learning assessments 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 enjoys supporting parents, particularly those of children with conditions such as anxiety, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jane is also experienced in supporting individuals and couples experiencing fertility difficulties.


Principal psychologist   BSocSci, Hons (Psych), MSocSci (Psych), PGDip Clin Psych, MAPS

Principal psychologist

BSocSci, Hons (Psych), MSocSci (Psych), PGDip Clin Psych, MAPS

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, 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.


Clinical psychologist   BA, Hons (Psych), DPsych (Clinical)

Clinical psychologist

BA, Hons (Psych), DPsych (Clinical)

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.


Clinical psychologist   BSc, GradDipEdPsych, MPsych (Clinical), MAPS

Clinical psychologist

BSc, GradDipEdPsych, MPsych (Clinical), MAPS

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.


Psychologist   BA, GradDipPsych, PGradDipPsych, MPsych (Clinical Registrar)

Psychologist

BA, GradDipPsych, PGradDipPsych, MPsych (Clinical Registrar)

Anthony Couroupis

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.


Dietitian   BA (Psych), BFood&Nutr, MDietPrac

Dietitian

BA (Psych), BFood&Nutr, MDietPrac

Kess O’Loghlen

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.


Clinical Psychologist   BA (Hons), MSc (Applied Psychology), PhD Clin Psych

Clinical Psychologist

BA (Hons), MSc (Applied Psychology), PhD Clin Psych

Ruth Buckmaster

Dr Ruth Buckmaster is a Clinical Psychologist with a range of experience working with adults and children in public and private health services. Ruth’s previous role was in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) conducting assessments and delivering evidence-based interventions to children and their families. Prior to this, Ruth worked in an addiction service for adults with opiate dependence. She has also worked in adult primary care, adult mental health, children’s primary care and disability services and has a range of experience in working with anxiety, mood, obsessive compulsive and trauma related disorders.

Ruth conducts assessments and therapeutic interventions with an emphasis on holistic and person-centred care. Ruth’s primary aim in meeting with clients is to make them feel comfortable and at ease in the therapeutic setting. Ruth’s adopts an integrative approach in her work, encompassing elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, emotion focused therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, mindfulness and systemic family therapy. She has a useful experience in working with self-harm, trauma and family relationship difficulties.