Our psychologists

At Seed Psychology you will be treated with warmth, empathy, and understanding from our team of highly-experienced psychologists. You will receive the highest-quality psychological treatment using the most effective and up-to-date psychotherapy treatment methodologies.

Our psychologists have a minimum of six years of specialist training, as well as extensive workplace experience treating a wide range of psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety and stress management, and couples counselling.

Our psychologists are registered with the Psychologists Registration Board of Australia, and are also registered as providers under the Medicare Better Access Scheme. For further details on our psychologists, please click on the links below.

Contact us for further information, and to make an appointment.

Principal Psychologists

Geeta Angela Sitaram

Director – Clinical Psychologist – BSc(Psych), Psychophysiology(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

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About me:

As the co-owner of Seed Psychology, I bring a strong commitment and passion to supporting clients reach their goals of achieving good mental health and improved life satisfaction. Over the past 13 years I have worked as a clinical psychologist in community mental health settings, and in psychiatric rehabilitation services, helping adolescents and adults experiencing mental health concerns. I have extensive clinical experience working with complex mental health issues including major depression, bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, trauma, and anxiety disorders.

How I will help you:

With warmth and professionalism, I will work collaboratively with you to gain a greater understanding of your difficulties, develop new skills, and help you achieve your personal goals. It important to me that you feel safe, understood and empowered throughout the therapy process.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Work place and study stress
  • Grief and loss counselling.

My therapeutic approaches:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:geeta personal photo 1

1.  Travel and culture
2.  Nature and wildlife
3.  Trying new things

Kealey Worthen

Director – Clinical Psychologist BA(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

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About me:

Since finishing my Masters of Clinical Psychology almost fifteen years ago, I have had a broad range of experience across the mental health sector. I have worked for the NSW Department of Health, the Department of Justice in Victoria, teaching at university, and as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital. I started Seed Psychology almost seven years ago, with the aim of delivering the highest-quality psychological care in northern Melbourne.

One of my key skills and interests in Clinical Hypnosis. Clinical Hypnosis is an effective way to reduce fears and poor habit-forming behaviours, improve sleep and promote relaxation. I also have a strong interest in the importance of good nutrition and its benefits for mental wellbeing.

How I will help you:

My goal is to help you overcome your mental health concerns and gain greater life satisfaction. I will help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. I foster a warm and welcoming environment in session, and utilise empathic confrontation to highlight inconsistencies between behaviours and thoughts and emotions.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Emotion regulation issues
  • Treating underlying body image and weight management issues
  • Treating low self-esteem, poor self-confidence
  • Panic disorders.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Schema therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness based therapy.

My three favourite things:k personal photo

1.  Strength training and conditioning
2.  Singing loudly
3.  Cooking wholesome food for my family.

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Geeta Angela Sitaram

Director – Clinical Psychologist

– BSc(Psych), Psychophysiology(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

About me:

As the co-owner of Seed Psychology, I bring a strong commitment and passion to supporting clients reach their goals of achieving good mental health and improved life satisfaction. Over the past 13 years I have worked as a clinical psychologist in community mental health settings, and in psychiatric rehabilitation services, helping adolescents and adults experiencing mental health concerns. I have extensive clinical experience working with complex mental health issues including major depression, bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, trauma, and anxiety disorders.

How I will help you:

With warmth and professionalism, I will work collaboratively with you to gain a greater understanding of your difficulties, develop new skills, and help you achieve your personal goals. It important to me that you feel safe, understood and empowered throughout the therapy process.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Work place and study stress
  • Grief and loss counselling.

My therapeutic approaches:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:geeta personal photo 1

1.  Travel and culture
2.  Nature and wildlife
3.  Trying new things

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Kealey Worthen

Director – Clinical Psychologist

BA(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

About me:

Since finishing my Masters of Clinical Psychology almost fifteen years ago, I have had a broad range of experience across the mental health sector. I have worked for the NSW Department of Health, the Department of Justice in Victoria, teaching at university, and as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital. I started Seed Psychology almost seven years ago, with the aim of delivering the highest-quality psychological care in northern Melbourne.

One of my key skills and interests in Clinical Hypnosis. Clinical Hypnosis is an effective way to reduce fears and poor habit-forming behaviours, improve sleep and promote relaxation. I also have a strong interest in the importance of good nutrition and its benefits for mental wellbeing.

How I will help you:

My goal is to help you overcome your mental health concerns and gain greater life satisfaction. I will help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. I foster a warm and welcoming environment in session, and utilise empathic confrontation to highlight inconsistencies between behaviours and thoughts and emotions.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Emotion regulation issues
  • Treating underlying body image and weight management issues
  • Treating low self-esteem, poor self-confidence
  • Panic disorders.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Schema therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness based therapy.

My three favourite things:k personal photo

1.  Strength training and conditioning
2.  Singing loudly
3.  Cooking wholesome food for my family.

Psychologists

Dr Alex Potter

Clinical Psychologist – B.Com, B.A. (Hons), D.Psych (clinical)

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About Me:

Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology I have worked as a psychologist in hospitals, at schools, and in private practice. I am experienced in working with all age groups and work with a number of issues including trauma, low self-esteem, personality issues and disordered eating.

I gained extensive experience in adolescent counselling whilst completing my doctorate, where I conducted research into the best-practice treatment of anxiety. I am particularly skilled and interested in the treatment of adolescents and young adults to help build skills and cope with the demands associated with moving in to adulthood.

How I will help you:

My focus is to create a relaxed, empathic and warm environment in session. I will work closely with you to gain a better understanding of yourself and the issues you are facing, in order to help you move past periods of distress. My goal is to help you make a positive and lasting change in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Treating children and adolescents (adults as well)
  • Working with complex family-of-origin issues
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counselling.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness based therapies
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:alex personal pic 1 sml

1.  Travel
2.  Music – particularly music festivals around Melbourne
3.  Staying fit and active – whether it’s kicking the footy, swinging a racquet or riding my bike.

Angelika Bastin-Popp

Clinical Psychologist – Dipl.Psych (Germany) MAPS

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About me:

I am a clinical psychologist with more than 35 years experience in helping individuals to understand, manage and overcome their mental health difficulties. My work experience includes 34 years in public mental health services and for the past six years in part time private practice at Seed Psychology. I completed my training as a clinical psychologist in Germany before migrating to Australia in 1977.

How I will help you:

I create a friendly, compassionate, non-judgemental and welcoming environment in session, where we will work together to help you overcome obstacles in your life. With a deeper understanding about your situation, current difficulties and background history, we will develop an individually-tailored treatment plan that will help you create a richer and more meaningful life.

My skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Treating emotion regulation difficulties
  • Grief counselling
  • Treating negative persistent behaviour patterns causing difficulties in daily life (such as family relationships, work settings)
  • Fluent in German language.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:angelika personal photo 3

1. Listening to a wide variety of music
2. Reading biographies and historical novels
3. Being outdoors including bush-walking and sailing.

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Dr Alex Potter

Clinical Psychologist

– B.Com, B.A. (Hons), D.Psych (clinical)

About Me:

Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology I have worked as a psychologist in hospitals, at schools, and in private practice. I am experienced in working with all age groups and work with a number of issues including trauma, low self-esteem, personality issues and disordered eating.

I gained extensive experience in adolescent counselling whilst completing my doctorate, where I conducted research into the best-practice treatment of anxiety. I am particularly skilled and interested in the treatment of adolescents and young adults to help build skills and cope with the demands associated with moving in to adulthood.

How I will help you:

My focus is to create a relaxed, empathic and warm environment in session. I will work closely with you to gain a better understanding of yourself and the issues you are facing, in order to help you move past periods of distress. My goal is to help you make a positive and lasting change in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Treating children and adolescents (adults as well)
  • Working with complex family-of-origin issues
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counselling.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness based therapies
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:alex personal pic 1 sml

1.  Travel
2.  Music – particularly music festivals around Melbourne
3.  Staying fit and active – whether it’s kicking the footy, swinging a racquet or riding my bike.

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Angelika Bastin-Popp

Clinical Psychologist

– Dipl.Psych (Germany) MAPS

About me:

I am a clinical psychologist with more than 35 years experience in helping individuals to understand, manage and overcome their mental health difficulties. My work experience includes 34 years in public mental health services and for the past six years in part time private practice at Seed Psychology. I completed my training as a clinical psychologist in Germany before migrating to Australia in 1977.

How I will help you:

I create a friendly, compassionate, non-judgemental and welcoming environment in session, where we will work together to help you overcome obstacles in your life. With a deeper understanding about your situation, current difficulties and background history, we will develop an individually-tailored treatment plan that will help you create a richer and more meaningful life.

My skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Treating emotion regulation difficulties
  • Grief counselling
  • Treating negative persistent behaviour patterns causing difficulties in daily life (such as family relationships, work settings)
  • Fluent in German language.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:angelika personal photo 3

1. Listening to a wide variety of music
2. Reading biographies and historical novels
3. Being outdoors including bush-walking and sailing.

Dr Chiara Paganini

Clinical Psychologist – B.S.Psychology(Honours); M.Psych(Clin); PhD(Clinical Psychology)

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About me:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with several years of experience in treating depressive and panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, grief and loss, personality disorders, workplace issues and substance abuse disorders. I have a particular interest in the treatment of eating disorders and pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome) in adults and children. I am also an Italian native speaker and can provide therapy in English and Italian.

How I will help you:

My aim is to help you reduce your need to act on negative emotions, learn tools to better cope with and reduce your emotional distress, and improve your quality of life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Depressive and panic disorders
  • Workplace issues
  • Eating disorders/disordered eating
  • Pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome)
  • Substance abuse disorders.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Psychodynamic approaches.

My three favourite things:

1. Painting
2. Travelling
3. Photography.

David Warmington

Clinical Psychologist – BAppSc, BA(Hons), MClinPsych

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About me:

My background includes over twelve years of counselling experience, including working in a community drug and alcohol team and also in a mental health inpatient unit. I help adults and adolescents with a broad range of issues and clinical disorders, including trauma, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, and men’s issues. I also enjoy working with couples.

How I will help you:

Underlying my treatment approach and our work together is a foundation of client-centred support, in tandem with motivational challenge and goal-setting. I aim to provide a nurturing space where you can feel safe to explore emotional challenges, as well as examining where you can build on your successes.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Trauma counselling
  • Emotion regulation and anger management
  • Substance abuse counselling.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR: a powerful technique for resolving the lingering effects of adverse events)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Focused Therapy.

David personal pic 2 smlMy three favourite things:

1.  Cycling
2.  Playing music with friends (trumpet and mandolin)
3.  Yoga.

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Dr Chiara Paganini

Clinical Psychologist

– B.S.Psychology(Honours); M.Psych(Clin); PhD(Clinical Psychology)

About me:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with several years of experience in treating depressive and panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, grief and loss, personality disorders, workplace issues and substance abuse disorders. I have a particular interest in the treatment of eating disorders and pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome) in adults and children. I am also an Italian native speaker and can provide therapy in English and Italian.

How I will help you:

My aim is to help you reduce your need to act on negative emotions, learn tools to better cope with and reduce your emotional distress, and improve your quality of life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Depressive and panic disorders
  • Workplace issues
  • Eating disorders/disordered eating
  • Pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome)
  • Substance abuse disorders.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Psychodynamic approaches.

My three favourite things:

1. Painting
2. Travelling
3. Photography.

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David Warmington

Clinical Psychologist

– BAppSc, BA(Hons), MClinPsych

About me:

My background includes over twelve years of counselling experience, including working in a community drug and alcohol team and also in a mental health inpatient unit. I help adults and adolescents with a broad range of issues and clinical disorders, including trauma, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, and men’s issues. I also enjoy working with couples.

How I will help you:

Underlying my treatment approach and our work together is a foundation of client-centred support, in tandem with motivational challenge and goal-setting. I aim to provide a nurturing space where you can feel safe to explore emotional challenges, as well as examining where you can build on your successes.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Trauma counselling
  • Emotion regulation and anger management
  • Substance abuse counselling.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR: a powerful technique for resolving the lingering effects of adverse events)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Focused Therapy.

David personal pic 2 smlMy three favourite things:

1.  Cycling
2.  Playing music with friends (trumpet and mandolin)
3.  Yoga.

David Bakker

Psychologist – BPsych, DPsych(Clin), MAPS, ACPA Member

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About me:

Over the past several years I have worked in the field of community and mental health – in disability support, rural mental health outreach, youth health, hospital settings, and private practice. I have also taught psychology and counselling at Monash University. I am passionate about helping people gain a holistic understanding of their situations so they can discover ways of overcoming their difficulties. I use strongly evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and ensure my practices are up-to-date with latest research.

I am currently completing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and my particular interest and focus for my thesis is in using technology to improve mental health. For my doctorate, I have developed and published a smartphone App to help people better manage low moods and anxiety. Technology is a powerful tool that, if applied thoughtfully, can make life easier.

How I will help you:

I aim for a warm, collaborative and constructive therapy environment. We will work together to understand your issues, explore potential solutions, and tailor them to suit your needs. You will leave with practical strategies that will improve your short and long-term mental health and wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Helping people identify and overcome the factors maintaining psychological problems
  • Problems with technology use (e.g. social media, gaming, internet overuse).

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Using technology (including apps) to enhance therapy
  • Practical strategies for low mood and anxiety
  • Wellbeing strategies.

My three favourite things:

1.  Travelling (especially to my original home Tasmania)
2.  Exploring Melbourne for the best coffee
3.  Sci-Fi Cinema.

Dr Enza De Pino

Clinical Psychologist – B.AppSc (Psych/Psychophys); Postgrad.Dip.Psych; D.Psych (Clinical), MAPS

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About Me:

I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at RMIT University, where I researched alcohol and cannabis use in young people. I worked as a clinical psychologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, before joining the Seed Psychology team in 2012. I have a wide range of experience in providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment to adults with mental health concerns and adjustment difficulties – particularly adjustment to illness. I also have a strong interest in mental health during pregnancy, and I am experienced with perinatal and postnatal treatment.

How I will help you:

My aim is to help you to achieve your goals for therapy, in a warm, accepting, and collaborative environment. I will help you to better understand your mental health difficulties and to develop skills and strategies to overcome these difficulties, now and into the future.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Perinatal and postnatal counselling
  • Psychological concerns associated with chronic illness
  • Treating self-confidence and self-esteem issues.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

My three favourite things:enza personal pic 1

1.  Family
2.  Food
3.  Summer.

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David Bakker

Psychologist

– BPsych, DPsych(Clin), MAPS, ACPA Member

About me:

Over the past several years I have worked in the field of community and mental health – in disability support, rural mental health outreach, youth health, hospital settings, and private practice. I have also taught psychology and counselling at Monash University. I am passionate about helping people gain a holistic understanding of their situations so they can discover ways of overcoming their difficulties. I use strongly evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and ensure my practices are up-to-date with latest research.

I am currently completing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and my particular interest and focus for my thesis is in using technology to improve mental health. For my doctorate, I have developed and published a smartphone App to help people better manage low moods and anxiety. Technology is a powerful tool that, if applied thoughtfully, can make life easier.

How I will help you:

I aim for a warm, collaborative and constructive therapy environment. We will work together to understand your issues, explore potential solutions, and tailor them to suit your needs. You will leave with practical strategies that will improve your short and long-term mental health and wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Helping people identify and overcome the factors maintaining psychological problems
  • Problems with technology use (e.g. social media, gaming, internet overuse).

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Using technology (including apps) to enhance therapy
  • Practical strategies for low mood and anxiety
  • Wellbeing strategies.

My three favourite things:

1.  Travelling (especially to my original home Tasmania)
2.  Exploring Melbourne for the best coffee
3.  Sci-Fi Cinema.

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Dr Enza De Pino

Clinical Psychologist

– B.AppSc (Psych/Psychophys); Postgrad.Dip.Psych; D.Psych (Clinical), MAPS

About Me:

I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at RMIT University, where I researched alcohol and cannabis use in young people. I worked as a clinical psychologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, before joining the Seed Psychology team in 2012. I have a wide range of experience in providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment to adults with mental health concerns and adjustment difficulties – particularly adjustment to illness. I also have a strong interest in mental health during pregnancy, and I am experienced with perinatal and postnatal treatment.

How I will help you:

My aim is to help you to achieve your goals for therapy, in a warm, accepting, and collaborative environment. I will help you to better understand your mental health difficulties and to develop skills and strategies to overcome these difficulties, now and into the future.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Perinatal and postnatal counselling
  • Psychological concerns associated with chronic illness
  • Treating self-confidence and self-esteem issues.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

My three favourite things:enza personal pic 1

1.  Family
2.  Food
3.  Summer.

Dr Holly Kent

Clinical Psychologist – BSc(Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD, MAPS

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About Me:

I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist for more than fifteen years, in a range of roles across Australia. I have worked for the Department of Health (WA), and at Monash Health and Alfred Health in Victoria. I have also worked in private hospitals and clinics in Perth, and in private practice in Perth and Launceston. I have also held teaching and research positions in psychiatry and psychology at the University of Western Australia.

I have a particular interest in treating anxiety, in particular panic, worry and social anxiety.

How I will help you:

I am passionate about working with you to enhance your overall mood and health. I encourage a warm and welcoming environment in session, with a supportive and empathic approach, balanced with fostering the development of new skills to better cope with everyday life challenges and maintaining a more positive wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Treating social anxiety/social phobia, and worry/generalised anxiety
  • Managing adjustment to major life changes
  • Support/guidance and treatment for grief and loss
  • Strategies to deal with emotional regulation difficulties.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Motivational interviewing.

holly personal photo 1 smlMy three favourite things:

1.  Spending time with my family and friends
2.  Watching movies
3.  Enjoying coffee and tea (often with family and friends!)

Larissa Lagerewskij

Clinical Psychologist – BA (Hons), MPsych, MAPS, MAPSCClin

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About me:

I am a warm and caring clinical psychologist, having worked for fifteen years in private practice. Over my career, I have helped many people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to understand their core concerns and improve their total wellbeing. I have helped people to overcome low mood, reduce anxiety, manage stress, improve sleep difficulties, release grief and loss, improve low self-esteem, cope with chronic illness, and enhance their relationships. I have a strong interest in helping women and their families prepare for parenthood during the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-birth phases.

How I will help you:

It takes bravery to take that first step to seek help. My focus is, therefore, to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with you. I will work hard to make sure you feel comfortable and safe to discuss your concerns in session, and to explore new possibilities that will help you improve your health and wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Perinatal anxiety and depression
  • Adjusting to life changes
  • Women’s wellbeing
  • Coping with chronic illness and persistent pain.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Reflective parenting.

 

My three favourite things:Seed Psychology Larissa

1.  Being active – pilates, yoga, bushwalking, and kayaking
2.  Having new adventures – travel, music, theatre, and comedy
3.  Being a mum!

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Dr Holly Kent

Clinical Psychologist

– BSc(Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD, MAPS

About Me:

I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist for more than fifteen years, in a range of roles across Australia. I have worked for the Department of Health (WA), and at Monash Health and Alfred Health in Victoria. I have also worked in private hospitals and clinics in Perth, and in private practice in Perth and Launceston. I have also held teaching and research positions in psychiatry and psychology at the University of Western Australia.

I have a particular interest in treating anxiety, in particular panic, worry and social anxiety.

How I will help you:

I am passionate about working with you to enhance your overall mood and health. I encourage a warm and welcoming environment in session, with a supportive and empathic approach, balanced with fostering the development of new skills to better cope with everyday life challenges and maintaining a more positive wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Treating social anxiety/social phobia, and worry/generalised anxiety
  • Managing adjustment to major life changes
  • Support/guidance and treatment for grief and loss
  • Strategies to deal with emotional regulation difficulties.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Motivational interviewing.

holly personal photo 1 smlMy three favourite things:

1.  Spending time with my family and friends
2.  Watching movies
3.  Enjoying coffee and tea (often with family and friends!)

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Larissa Lagerewskij

Clinical Psychologist

– BA (Hons), MPsych, MAPS, MAPSCClin

Seed Psychology Larissa

About me:

I am a warm and caring clinical psychologist, having worked for fifteen years in private practice. Over my career, I have helped many people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to understand their core concerns and improve their total wellbeing. I have helped people to overcome low mood, reduce anxiety, manage stress, improve sleep difficulties, release grief and loss, improve low self-esteem, cope with chronic illness, and enhance their relationships. I have a strong interest in helping women and their families prepare for parenthood during the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-birth phases.

How I will help you:

It takes bravery to take that first step to seek help. My focus is, therefore, to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with you. I will work hard to make sure you feel comfortable and safe to discuss your concerns in session, and to explore new possibilities that will help you improve your health and wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Perinatal anxiety and depression
  • Adjusting to life changes
  • Women’s wellbeing
  • Coping with chronic illness and persistent pain.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Reflective parenting.

 

My three favourite things:Seed Psychology Larissa

1.  Being active – pilates, yoga, bushwalking, and kayaking
2.  Having new adventures – travel, music, theatre, and comedy
3.  Being a mum!

Dr Marc Janover

Psychologist – B.Arts, Post Grad Dip Psych, D.Psych(Sport)

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About me:

I have worked as a psychologist for more than thirteen years, helping adults and adolescents in a range of different settings including university, mental health, and as a psychologist in high-performance sport.

Whilst completing my doctorate, I worked with both recreational and elite athletes to help them boost their sporting performance. I am skilled at using high-performance psychological strategies and motivational strategies to help athletes perform at their best.

I previously worked at Monash University Counselling Services for nine years helping staff and students optimise their academic, psychological and emotional well being, and for several years in psychiatric rehabilitation services.

How I will help you:

I aim to create a warm, empathic and welcoming environment in session. We will work together to help you develop a deeper understanding of the difficulties in your life, and to explore ways of overcoming them in order to create a more meaningful life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Depression and anxiety treatment
  • Stress and adjustment issues
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sport psychology and performance related issues
  • I have a particular interest in identity issues including sexual identity and LGBTI related issues.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamically informed approaches to treatment.

My three favourite things:

1. Travel and exploring new places
2. Exploring new eateries around Melbourne
3. Avid table tennis player.

Lisa Miller

Psychologist – BSc(Honours);MPsych(Clin)

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About me:

Prior to joining Seed Psychology, I worked in Hobart in a range of mental health services (both youth and adult-specific) as well as emergency services and private practice. Prior to being a psychologist, I had a diverse career which included working as a Statistician in orthopaedic research for a university and the Australian Orthopaedic Association. My strong research background means I will work hard to deliver you strong evidence-based support with a focus on delivering high-quality outcomes.  I have also coordinated a support program for the family members of Olympic athletes, coming from 28 different countries. I am currently undertaking a PhD looking into the role of various features of the trauma exposure on the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How I will help you:

I will offer you a non-judgemental and warm environment where we can collaboratively explore your concerns at your own pace. You will learn to develop and refine your skills in letting go of troubling past experiences, dealing with current issues and building resilience to cope with future events. Taking a holistic approach, we will work on balancing your physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Treating trauma and stress-related issues
  • Treating anxiety (especially social anxiety), and depression
  • Helping people cope with illness and chronic fatigue.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

My three favourite things:

1.  Spending time with family and friends
2.  Keeping fit in body and mind
3.  Travelling and experiencing new things.

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Dr Marc Janover

Psychologist

– B.Arts, Post Grad Dip Psych, D.Psych(Sport)

About me:

I have worked as a psychologist for more than thirteen years, helping adults and adolescents in a range of different settings including university, mental health, and as a psychologist in high-performance sport.

Whilst completing my doctorate, I worked with both recreational and elite athletes to help them boost their sporting performance. I am skilled at using high-performance psychological strategies and motivational strategies to help athletes perform at their best.

I previously worked at Monash University Counselling Services for nine years helping staff and students optimise their academic, psychological and emotional well being, and for several years in psychiatric rehabilitation services.

How I will help you:

I aim to create a warm, empathic and welcoming environment in session. We will work together to help you develop a deeper understanding of the difficulties in your life, and to explore ways of overcoming them in order to create a more meaningful life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Depression and anxiety treatment
  • Stress and adjustment issues
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sport psychology and performance related issues
  • I have a particular interest in identity issues including sexual identity and LGBTI related issues.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamically informed approaches to treatment.

My three favourite things:

1. Travel and exploring new places
2. Exploring new eateries around Melbourne
3. Avid table tennis player.

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Lisa Miller

Psychologist

– BSc(Honours);MPsych(Clin)

About me:

Prior to joining Seed Psychology, I worked in Hobart in a range of mental health services (both youth and adult-specific) as well as emergency services and private practice. Prior to being a psychologist, I had a diverse career which included working as a Statistician in orthopaedic research for a university and the Australian Orthopaedic Association. My strong research background means I will work hard to deliver you strong evidence-based support with a focus on delivering high-quality outcomes.  I have also coordinated a support program for the family members of Olympic athletes, coming from 28 different countries. I am currently undertaking a PhD looking into the role of various features of the trauma exposure on the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How I will help you:

I will offer you a non-judgemental and warm environment where we can collaboratively explore your concerns at your own pace. You will learn to develop and refine your skills in letting go of troubling past experiences, dealing with current issues and building resilience to cope with future events. Taking a holistic approach, we will work on balancing your physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Treating trauma and stress-related issues
  • Treating anxiety (especially social anxiety), and depression
  • Helping people cope with illness and chronic fatigue.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

My three favourite things:

1.  Spending time with family and friends
2.  Keeping fit in body and mind
3.  Travelling and experiencing new things.

Abby Martin

Psychologist – BA; Post Grad Dip Ed Psych; M.Ed Psych

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About me:

I have had a diverse career working in the field of mental health. I am skilled in working with clients from all backgrounds, but I have a particular skill and interest in working with children and adolescents. Prior to Seed Psychology, I worked in Sydney with adolescents experiencing a range of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. I have also managed a therapeutic residential setting for disadvantaged youth in London, and worked in the New Zealand Ministry of Education providing assessment and intervention for children with behavioural or learning challenges. In Melbourne I have worked in schools, delivering direct therapeutic treatment to children and also empowering their parents and teachers to meet their on-going needs.

How I will help you:

I will create a warm and relaxed environment in therapy, where you can feel safe and supported. I believe a trusting and empathetic relationship provides the foundations to successful therapeutic outcomes.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety and stress treatments
  • Treating emotional regulation difficulties
  • Treating low self-esteem/poor self-confidence
  • Treating children and adolescents
  • Developmental disorders and other learning difficulties (including Autism and Asperger Syndrome).

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solutions-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • For children – a range of specific treatments including Play Therapy and Art Therapy.

My three favourite things:

1. I love exploring new cafés and restaurants and trying out interesting cuisines
2. I love to travel and experience different cultures first hand
3. Spending time with my family and friends in New Zealand is always special and valued to me.

Dr Owen Spear

Clinical Psychologist – BSc(Psych)(Hons), BA & BSc, MPsych (Clinical), PhD, Specialist Course in Couple Therapy at Relationships Australia

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About Me:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, OCD and worry. I have specialist training and experience in relationship and couple therapy. After running several hundred classes on wellbeing, mindfulness, depression and anxiety, I am currently running informal training sessions for clinical psychology students. Previously I have worked at the Melbourne Clinic Psychiatric Hospital, in private practise, and at Family Drug Help, counselling the family members of people with drug and alcohol problems.

How I will help you:

I aim to create a friendly, understanding, and relaxed environment in session. Together, we will work to fully understand your current difficulties and background history to find the best possible approach to take in therapy. I will help you using scientifically validated treatments, while maintaining a strong focus on your specific needs. My goal is to increase your understanding of yourself, to increase your wellbeing through practical strategies and to help you develop a more fulfilling and engaged life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Worry and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) treatment
  • Relationship difficulties and couple therapy
  • Practical strategies and advice.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:

1.  Keeping fit (bike riding and squash at the moment)
2.  Creative projects (and running my business)
3.  Experiencing new cultures

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Abby Martin

Psychologist

– BA; Post Grad Dip Ed Psych; M.Ed Psych

About me:

I have had a diverse career working in the field of mental health. I am skilled in working with clients from all backgrounds, but I have a particular skill and interest in working with children and adolescents. Prior to Seed Psychology, I worked in Sydney with adolescents experiencing a range of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. I have also managed a therapeutic residential setting for disadvantaged youth in London, and worked in the New Zealand Ministry of Education providing assessment and intervention for children with behavioural or learning challenges. In Melbourne I have worked in schools, delivering direct therapeutic treatment to children and also empowering their parents and teachers to meet their on-going needs.

How I will help you:

I will create a warm and relaxed environment in therapy, where you can feel safe and supported. I believe a trusting and empathetic relationship provides the foundations to successful therapeutic outcomes.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety and stress treatments
  • Treating emotional regulation difficulties
  • Treating low self-esteem/poor self-confidence
  • Treating children and adolescents
  • Developmental disorders and other learning difficulties (including Autism and Asperger Syndrome).

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solutions-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • For children – a range of specific treatments including Play Therapy and Art Therapy.

My three favourite things:

1. I love exploring new cafés and restaurants and trying out interesting cuisines
2. I love to travel and experience different cultures first hand
3. Spending time with my family and friends in New Zealand is always special and valued to me.

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Dr Owen Spear

Clinical Psychologist

– BSc(Psych)(Hons), BA & BSc, MPsych (Clinical), PhD, Specialist Course in Couple Therapy at Relationships Australia

About Me:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, OCD and worry. I have specialist training and experience in relationship and couple therapy. After running several hundred classes on wellbeing, mindfulness, depression and anxiety, I am currently running informal training sessions for clinical psychology students. Previously I have worked at the Melbourne Clinic Psychiatric Hospital, in private practise, and at Family Drug Help, counselling the family members of people with drug and alcohol problems.

How I will help you:

I aim to create a friendly, understanding, and relaxed environment in session. Together, we will work to fully understand your current difficulties and background history to find the best possible approach to take in therapy. I will help you using scientifically validated treatments, while maintaining a strong focus on your specific needs. My goal is to increase your understanding of yourself, to increase your wellbeing through practical strategies and to help you develop a more fulfilling and engaged life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Worry and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) treatment
  • Relationship difficulties and couple therapy
  • Practical strategies and advice.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:

1.  Keeping fit (bike riding and squash at the moment)
2.  Creative projects (and running my business)
3.  Experiencing new cultures

Dr Roberta Szekeres

Clinical Psychologist – BBSc(Hons), MA, DPsych(Clinical)

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About Me:

I have worked as a clinical psychologist for nearly ten years, primarily in private psychology clinics. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, I spent several years abroad working as a social worker and teaching at universities. As well as completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology I also have a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies which I undertook whilst living in Thailand. I am very interested in the impact of mindfulness and meditation on stress and well-being, and I have presented my research and findings at international conferences.

How I will help you:

I am a warm, engaging and non-judgmental clinical psychologist, and I am very passionate about improving the well-being and growth of my clients. I aspire to a holistic and empowering approach to therapy that will help you to better cope with challenging life situations and to reach your potential.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Building a positive self-image and treating low self-esteem
  • Women’s wellbeing issues and self-development
  • Coping with separation and relationship difficulties.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Positive Psychology
  • Schema therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy and stress reduction strategies.

My three favourite things:roberta personal pic 1 sml

1.  Being a mum
2.  Trying new experiences – theatre, music, travel
3.  Wellbeing and self-development, including yoga, meditation, being in nature and exercise.

Joanna Godden

Psychologist – BA(Psych), BAppSc(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

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(Note: Joanna is currently on leave, returning early 2018)

About me:

Over the past seven years, I have worked in a range of mental health roles across the private and public sector. I have worked in private practices in Hobart, the Department of Education, and at the Royal Hobart Hospital. During this time I have helped and supported many clients with a wide range of psychological issues and mental health concerns. I am also skilled and experienced in conducting cognitive assessments (intelligence or IQ) and medicolegal assessments (mental health assessments and reports). I have a particular interest in anxiety, trauma, and women’s wellbeing.

How I will help you:

I am skilled at treating a wide range of mental health concerns, and I will work collaboratively with you to address your concerns and improve your wellbeing. I use an eclectic therapeutic approach, and will develop a tailored psychological treatment for you to best meet your needs. In our first two sessions, I will work with you to develop an understanding of your current issues and concerns. After this assessment process, I will discuss your wellbeing, mental health issues and treatment options before working with you to make positive changes in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Trauma
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Women’s wellbeing
  • Chronic pain
  • Family violence.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Joanna Seed PsychologyMy three favourite things:

1.  Spending time at the beach
2.  Travelling overseas and around Australia
3.  Brunching in Melbourne’s cafés on the weekend.

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Dr Roberta Szekeres

Clinical Psychologist

– BBSc(Hons), MA, DPsych(Clinical)

About Me:

I have worked as a clinical psychologist for nearly ten years, primarily in private psychology clinics. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, I spent several years abroad working as a social worker and teaching at universities. As well as completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology I also have a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies which I undertook whilst living in Thailand. I am very interested in the impact of mindfulness and meditation on stress and well-being, and I have presented my research and findings at international conferences.

How I will help you:

I am a warm, engaging and non-judgmental clinical psychologist, and I am very passionate about improving the well-being and growth of my clients. I aspire to a holistic and empowering approach to therapy that will help you to better cope with challenging life situations and to reach your potential.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Building a positive self-image and treating low self-esteem
  • Women’s wellbeing issues and self-development
  • Coping with separation and relationship difficulties.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Positive Psychology
  • Schema therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy and stress reduction strategies.

My three favourite things:roberta personal pic 1 sml

1.  Being a mum
2.  Trying new experiences – theatre, music, travel
3.  Wellbeing and self-development, including yoga, meditation, being in nature and exercise.

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Joanna Godden

Psychologist

– BA(Psych), BAppSc(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

(Note: Joanna is currently on leave, returning early 2018)

About me:

Over the past seven years, I have worked in a range of mental health roles across the private and public sector. I have worked in private practices in Hobart, the Department of Education, and at the Royal Hobart Hospital. During this time I have helped and supported many clients with a wide range of psychological issues and mental health concerns. I am also skilled and experienced in conducting cognitive assessments (intelligence or IQ) and medicolegal assessments (mental health assessments and reports). I have a particular interest in anxiety, trauma, and women’s wellbeing.

How I will help you:

I am skilled at treating a wide range of mental health concerns, and I will work collaboratively with you to address your concerns and improve your wellbeing. I use an eclectic therapeutic approach, and will develop a tailored psychological treatment for you to best meet your needs. In our first two sessions, I will work with you to develop an understanding of your current issues and concerns. After this assessment process, I will discuss your wellbeing, mental health issues and treatment options before working with you to make positive changes in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Trauma
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Women’s wellbeing
  • Chronic pain
  • Family violence.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Joanna Seed PsychologyMy three favourite things:

1.  Spending time at the beach
2.  Travelling overseas and around Australia
3.  Brunching in Melbourne’s cafés on the weekend.

Kelly Higginbotham

Clinical Psychologist – BA Arts, BA Arts (Hon) Psych, MA Psych (Clin), MAPS

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(Note: Kelly is currently on maternity leave, returning early 2018)

About Me:

I am a clinical psychologist who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of my clients. After completing my studies I undertook further training with the Melbourne Institute of Psychoanalysis. I have worked in public mental health, providing long-term psychological therapy to patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. I have also worked in private practice, providing short-term psychological therapy to patients with early childhood trauma.

 

How I will help you:

In our initial meetings, I will provide an opportunity for you to feel comfortable, and for you and I to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties. In subsequent sessions we work through these difficulties with the aim of developing insight and understanding, letting go of painful ways of relating with yourself and others, increased compassion for yourself and others, and accessing the freedom to live a life that is truly yours.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Adults with childhood trauma (i.e., physical, sexual or emotional abuse)
  • Preparation for or adjustment to parenthood
  • Recent life change, study, work or relationship
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Short term psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Long term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

My three favourite things:

1.  Melbourne Coffee
2.  Going out for breakfast
3.  Catching up with friends

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Kelly Higginbotham

Clinical Psychologist

– BA Arts, BA Arts (Hon) Psych, MA Psych (Clin), MAPS

Seed Psychology

(Note: Kelly is currently on maternity leave, returning early 2018)

About Me:

I am a clinical psychologist who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of my clients. After completing my studies I undertook further training with the Melbourne Institute of Psychoanalysis. I have worked in public mental health, providing long-term psychological therapy to patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. I have also worked in private practice, providing short-term psychological therapy to patients with early childhood trauma.

 

How I will help you:

In our initial meetings, I will provide an opportunity for you to feel comfortable, and for you and I to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties. In subsequent sessions we work through these difficulties with the aim of developing insight and understanding, letting go of painful ways of relating with yourself and others, increased compassion for yourself and others, and accessing the freedom to live a life that is truly yours.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Adults with childhood trauma (i.e., physical, sexual or emotional abuse)
  • Preparation for or adjustment to parenthood
  • Recent life change, study, work or relationship
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Short term psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Long term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

My three favourite things:

1.  Melbourne Coffee
2.  Going out for breakfast
3.  Catching up with friends

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