Lisa founded the Strong Minds Psychology journey in 2010 and has brought together a team of like-minded professionals with the same energy and care for our communities that she has believed in from the beginning of her career. Lisa thrives on working in a team approach, creating positive support networks for children and adults. Training and registering as a supervisor has allowed Lisa to develop and support a group of compassionate and dedicated clinicians, working from a similar framework. The SMP Framework is about working in conjunction with families and teachers in order to create positive and ongoing change. Lisa trains the team to work with individuals and families navigating the diagnostic roller-coaster, providing support and advocacy with a focus on inclusion. Skills are developed to provide assessments, counselling and intervention – helping with stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief & loss, social skills, anger management, developmental differences, and transitions across the lifespan. As well as providing clinical supervision to the provisional and early career team members, Lisa offers carer/community training and professional development for educators/allied health professionals. When not working with the SMP team, Lisa enjoys getting outside and active, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the demons at the MCG.
Suzannah completed her final year of Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Australian Catholic University. She is passionate about working with individuals of all ages for both assessment and intervention. Suzannah uses evidence based intervention based in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is currently working on Motivational Interviewing Approaches for work with adolescents and adults. She has experience in assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, counselling and working with children with a wide range of mental health difficulties. In her spare time Suzannah actively competes in the sport of Equestrian. When she is not riding a horse she tends to be reading a book or baking something! Suzannah is available on Mondays at Warragul.
Moya has completed a Master of Educational Psychology at the University of Melbourne and has developed a research focus on child and adolescent resilience and school and community connectedness. Moya is currently completing a registrar program, working on additional training and supervision to become endorsed as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist. Moya is able to provide counselling and intervention support and has worked with young people and their families for concerns including learning difficulties, behaviour management and social-emotional skills. She has experience working with young people in school and clinic settings providing therapeutic support and diagnostic assessment. Moya has conducted assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Learning Difficulties, and collaboratively developed support strategies that best utilise individual strengths. Moya has also been involved with mentoring girls in community organisations and has tutored in adult education providing guidance and academic support. Outside of her professional work she enjoys gardening and being outdoors. Moya provides community mobile work on Tuesdays, Yarra Junction on Wednesdays, and Warragul on Thursdays.
Larney completed her masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. Larney has experience working with people across the lifespan, and has particular interest in working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Larney has experience in individual therapies, behaviour management, assessments, behaviour support planning, facilitating social groups for pre-teens & adolescents, classroom supports, & delivering interventions through play for younger children. She uses a range of evidence-based interventions to suit her clients, including: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness interventions & more. Larney is a qualified Provisional Handler in Animal Assisted Interventions. Her puppy, Mako (Groodle), will be joining the Strong Minds Team in the future once he has passed his full qualification as a Therapy Dog. In her spare time, Larney enjoys travelling, playing games (table top & video games), & spending time with family & friends. Larney works at Yarra Junction on Wednesdays and in Warrragul on Thursdays.
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Holly has completed her Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology (Monash University) and has a keen interest in ensuring her therapeutic approach is collaborative and compassionate. Holly is currently completing a registrar program, working on additional training and supervision to become endorsed as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist. She enjoys utilising CBT and incorporating mindfulness into her practice. Holly has experience providing online mental health support and resources to adolescents and adults across many areas, including anxiety, depression, stress, family difficulties and social difficulties. Holly also has experience facilitating groups for adolescents and young children. Holly works with children on the Autism Spectrum in social skills groups, school readiness and behaviour management. In her spare time, Holly enjoys ballroom dancing and travelling! Holly works at Yarra Junction on Tuesday and Thursday, and Warragul on Wednesday.
Toby works with a client focus, using targeted therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with a major focus on developing mindfulness & psychological flexibility. His approach is person-centred in that a genuine therapeutic relationship is seen as a significant mechanism of positive change. Toby aims to create an approach that is always tailored to the client & takes into consideration their own beliefs, attitudes, insight, preparedness for change, cognitive and developmental stage & their own perceptions of the presenting concerns. Toby provides counselling & therapy for children, adolescents, adults & parents/carers - helping with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief & loss, parenting & family conflict. Toby is registered as a Counselling Psychologist having completed additional training in the area of psychological counselling. Toby is also an approved supervisor. Toby works at Yarra Junction on Monday, Thursday & Friday, & Warragul on Tuesday. He spends Wednesdays supporting the team to develop their skills as clinicians to help the community.
Richard completed a Masters in Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University. Richard is currently completing a registrar program, working on additional training and supervision to become endorsed as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist. Richard is enthusiastic about helping individuals with mental illness and learning difficulties across the life span. He has experience and an interest in exploratory and diagnostic assessments, as well as providing intervention to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder, learning difficulties, challenging behaviours and school refusal. Richard is considerate of cultural backgrounds and his therapy approach is catered for each individual and family. He has interests in table-top/board games, video games, animals, cooking, and painting. Richard spends his free-time exploring new restaurants/food stores, playing table top games with friends, and interacting with his animals at home. Richard works at Yarra Junction on Monday and Thursday, and Warragul on Wednesday and Friday. He does mobile work in Warragul on Thursday.