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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. 

Stephanie is passionate about working with children and their families in both therapeutic and educational settings, as well as supporting adolescents and adults across the lifespan. Her approach takes its roots from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) but also incorporates other evidence-based strategies to help her clients achieve their goals. Stephanie’s past experiences include working with children in educational settings, and providing online mental health support and information to adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety and other difficulties. Stephanie has developed a strong capacity for assessments to determine underlying causes for learning or developmental concerns, to provide helpful strategies for individuals, carers and educators. In her spare time, Stephanie is an avid reader with a keen interest in learning about history. She also loves to bake, create all manner of sweet treats and to travel the world (she can also speak fluent French). Stephanie works at Yarra Junction on Monday and Saturday, and Warragul on Tuesday and Friday. 

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. 

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.  

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. 

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Toby works with a client focus, using targeted therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as cognitive and behavioural approaches (e.g., CBT) and mindfulness. His approach is person-centred in that a genuine therapeutic relationship is seen as a significant mechanism of positive change. Toby’s approach is always tailored to the client and takes into consideration their own beliefs, attitudes, insight, preparedness for change, cognitive and developmental stage and their own perceptions of the presenting concerns. Toby provides counselling and therapy for children, adolescents, adults and parents - helping with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, grief & loss, parenting and family conflict. He has experience in clinical supervision, and education for carers or professionals. Outside of his role as a psychologist, Toby also teaches university classes in counselling theory and positive psychology. Toby's personal interests include meditation, music, and spending time with family and friends. Toby works at Yarra Junction on Monday, Thursday and Friday, and Warragul on Tuesday. 

Toby Mizzi - Counselling Psychologist, Registered Supervisor

Moya Matthews - Psychologist - Educational & Developmental Psychology Registrar

Richard Dagher - Psychologist - Educational & Developmental Psychology Registrar

Lisa Archer  - Director, Registered Supervisor, ​Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Holly Moreton - Psychologist - Educational & Developmental Psychology Registrar