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Ruben is an enthusiastic and empathetic therapist with practice in clinical, social, and educational psychology. He has 5 years experience in the mental health field providing family support, as well as supporting immigrants in their adaptation process.Ruben has experience in school settings providing therapeutic services for impoverished children, family violence and other mental stresses. He is passionate about intervention and assessment of individuals and families of all ages and people with diverse cultural backgrounds. He utilises different therapeutic approaches such as client centred therapy, Gestalt therapy as well as evidence based techniques, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Currently he is expanding his knowledge on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He has the ability to listen to clients as they journey to better mental health. In his spare time, Ruben enjoys cycling around the city, exploring different cuisines at cafes and restaurants as well as meditating on the beach.
Alicia is completing her final year in a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. Alicia has experience working as an ABA therapist in early intervention, assisting young individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families to help children develop emotional regulation, and daily living skills to ensure a smooth transition into school. In addition, Alicia also has assisted educators within the kinder and school setting with behaviour management plans. Furthermore, she has experience co-facilitating children’s social skills groups and working with adults with complex presentation of depression, anxiety and trauma. Her approach is warm, and client-centred with a focus on evidence-based intervention, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Alicia is passionate about helping individuals manage a range of mental health concerns and learning difficulties throughout the lifespan. She has an interest in conducting assessments to determine cognitive strengths and weaknesses to ensure individualised recommendations and support can be provided.
In her spare time, Alicia enjoys exploring new coffee shops and markets with friends and family, alongside travelling. Alicia is available on Fridays and fortnightly Saturdays at Yarra Junction, as well as at a school on Mondays.
Janelle is currently completing her Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Australian Catholic University and is passionate about providing a safe and judgment free space. Janelle enjoys working with clients to meet their needs, whether it be journeying with them through the assessment process or working towards their goals in intervention. Janelle is currently a wellbeing coordinator in a school and enjoys working with children and adolescents. In her spare time, Janelle enjoys experimenting with home cooked meals and exercising in nature. Janelle is available on Wednesdays in Warragul and Thursdays at Yarra Junction.
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.
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.
Suzannah is currently completing 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 and Thursdays at Warragul and Wednesdays at Yarra Junction.
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.
Mary is completing her final year of her Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Australian Catholic University. She is passionate about working with people of all ages to support their mental health, learning and development. Mary uses integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with elements of creative and play therapies. She has experience in working with children, adolescents, parents, adults and families experiencing a variety of mental health difficulties, including trauma. She also has experience with assessment of intellectual, learning and behavioural difficulties. In her spare time Mary loves tending to her flower and vegetable garden and going for walks. She also loves to bake and have a crafternoon! Mary is available on Wednesdays and fortnightly Saturdays at Yarra Junction, as well as fortnightly Tuesdays at Warragul.
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