Melinda is from a medical background, having previously worked on the front desk of a private medical practice, and prior to that working in Queensland as a paramedic. Melinda has a professional team work ethic and believes in building a caring and supportive work environment that can then be portrayed in our communication and services with our clients. Melinda believes in going that little extra step to offer the best support we can. Outside of SMP Melinda enjoys spending quality time with her family. Melinda is a keen long distance runner and loves the mental and physical challenge of training and competing in ultra marathons. You will often see her out on the trails and conquering that huge hill.
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.
Stephanie thrives in work that involves helping people and is passionate about engaging with the community. She participated in CIRE's Winter Warmers initiative in 2018, engaging with locals of the Yarra Valley. Stephanie is studying Psychology at Deakin and has learned along the way the importance of self-care, embracing imperfections, and gaining support for mental health. Outside of psychology, Stephanie loves going to the gym with friends and attending classes in yoga and boxing. For relaxation, her go-to activities are reading and art. Stephanie can be found on the desk at both Yarra Junction and Warragul.
Rhonda provides professional administration support to our psychologists and a caring intake process for new clients. With 18 years experience in the healthcare, early childhood and private sectors, Rhonda believes that supportive communication and organisation play a vital part in creating a successful team. She loves the challenge of balancing work and family life in her local community and you will find her studying many recipes from Jamie Oliver's 35 Minutes Meal book. Rhonda can be found in both Yarra Junction and Warragul.
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.
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Cristina provides customer service and administration support to our clients and psychologists with an aim to meet all requests presented. She is currently a student at Deakin University studying Psychology and Criminology and is eager to build on her academic foundations through her work at our clinics. Cristina is passionate about helping others and believes that ongoing support is essential for self-care. In her spare time, Cristina referees basketball, enjoys going to the gym, participating in yoga classes, travelling and socialising with family and friends. If you see her around, she loves talking about upcoming travel and seeing pictures of your beloved cats.
Ross has been supporting the growth and development of the Strong Minds Psychology journey for almost ten years. He is passionate about working in a strong team environment to support our communities, and creating structures and connections that allow us to provide more opportunities to support mental health and development. He has over 20 years experience in the small business sector, providing excellent and efficient customer service, and working with clients to find the best possible outcome for their needs. Outside of SMP, Ross continues to run and maintain his own small business. He enjoys spending time with his family, and is a keen golfer. Ross aims to keep fit and healthy, challenging himself to enter half marathons. Ross can be found on the desk at Yarra Junction.