At Strong Minds Psychology, we provide a supportive and compassionate environment. Booking with our team means an opportunity to build your mental health, and find new ways to manage the issues at hand. We work with you to set realistic goals, and develop strategies that will suit your needs.
If you or your loved ones are struggling to manage feelings of anxiety, grief or anger, or you need support facing new parenting challenges, we can help. Our team at Strong Minds Psychology provide excellent customer service, whilst maintaining professional and ethical standards.
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. She 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. Since becoming registration, Moya is now completing a registrar program, working on additional training and supervision to become endorsed as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist.
Larney is completing her masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. In her approach Larney utilises evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has particular interest in developing her skills in play therapy for working with young children. Larney has experience working across the lifespan with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Specifically, she has experience in supervising ABA therapy programs, behaviour management, facilitating social groups for pre-teens and adolescents, classroom supports and delivering interventions through play for younger children. Larney also has experience supporting individuals across the lifespan with anxiety disorders, depression and children of parents with mental illnesses, through online counselling/support groups. In her spare time, Larney enjoys travelling, playing games (table top and video games), and spending time with her family and friends. Larney works at Yarra Junction on Wednesdays and in a school on Thursdays.
Richard completed a Masters in Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University. He 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.
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 is building upon her training in 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 anything historical. 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.
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. 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.
Caitlyn completed her psychology studies at Australian Catholic University. She enjoys providing therapeutic support to individuals across the lifespan, especially assisting children and parents within clinic and school settings. She supports clients to achieve their goals using their personal strengths and resources. Her therapy work uses evidenced based approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Further to providing individual counselling support Caitlyn has also had experience in facilitating group programs (School Readiness Program for preschool children and Social Skills Groups for primary school children). In addition, Caitlyn is experienced in administering cognitive, educational, developmental and behavioural assessments and determining diagnoses and support strategies to individuals of all ages. Outside of her role as a clinician, Caitlyn enjoys engrossing herself in a good book and travelling to different countries whenever she gets the chance. Caitlyn works at Warragul on Monday, and Yarra Junction on Thursday and Friday.
Patricia is a warm and compassionate therapist, who has been working in the Mental Health field for 8 years. She previously worked in a foster house with children and teenagers whose parents were incarcerated for two years, and has been running a private practice for 5 years, focused on culturally and linguistically diverse people struggling to adjust in a new environment. Patricia has a special interest in working with anxiety, depression and trauma across the lifespan. She utilises a wide range of techniques to support her clients - from psychodynamic approaches, such as Analytical Psychology and ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Therapy), to evidence-based techniques, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). She is able to adjust her knowledge accordingly to the client she is seeing. In her free time, Patricia enjoys taking pilates reformer classes and meditating, as well as running a discussion group about feminism. Patricia works at Warragul on Mondays, Yarra Junction on Tuesdays, and in a school on Wednesdays.