About our psychologists

 

   ANDREW DUNHILL BSc, GradDipPsych, MAppPsych, M.A.P.S.
Andrew has worked  in clinical mental health and high performance environments since 2008. He employs CBT based strategies, in combination with Solution-Focused  Therapy to help adults and adolescents deal more effectively with issues relating to stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, drug and alcohol abuse, and chronic pain. He is currently registered with Medicare, TAC, and WorkCover, and is familiar with the procedures for working with victims of crime. Andrew provides counselling on Thurdays and Fridays. He offers late appointments. 

   Caroline Elston BA (HONS) MA (Clinical Psych) PhD M.A.P.S. Clinical Psychologist

Caroline has had many years of experience in both adult mental health services and private practice. She assists adults experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, issues relating to chronic illness and family or relationship problems. Caroline is also experienced in working with women who have perinatal concerns or postnatal depression. Another area of interest for Caroline is in working with children and their families to assist with parenting concerns, and children's emotional difficulties and behaviour problems. Caroline uses a range of approaches in her work, including mindfullness-based techniques, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) to support clients to reach an enhanced understanding of themselves, of their situation and of the possibilities for change. Caroline provides counselling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and offers late appointments.


   Lukas Ryan B. App. Sc, Grad Dip Couns Psych, M.A.P.S.

Lukas has worked for many years in community-based services and employee assistance programs. He also conducted Minfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups for Monash University for a period of 5 years. Lukas is particularly interested in working with Adults who have concerns about anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work stress or addictions. He is also experienced in assisting adults who have experienced critical incident stress and trauma. Lukas utilises Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and incorporates the principles of Mindfulness in his approach to counselling. Lukas provides counselling on Tuesdays.


 Karen Hendricks BA (Hons), DPsych (Clinical)

Karen is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing since 2005 after completing her doctoral training at the University of Melbourne. Her clinical work has spanned a variety of settings, including public mental health, psycho-oncology and private practice. Karen has particular expertise assisting adults with managing a range of psychological issues, including chronic mood problems, anxiety, interpersonal problems, low self-esteem and the effects of trauma. Therapies she employs include cognitive-behaviour therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy. Karen brings to her practice a non-judgemental, collaborative approach. She provides psychological consultations on Mondays.

  

    NIKKI BLEJA   BA,  GradDipPsych,  MPsych (Couns)

Nikki has been working as a psychologist since 2004 supporting older adolescents through to mature-aged adults. She has experience in issues of depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, identity, relationship difficulties, family violence, stress, managing studies, and cross-cultural adjustment. She has previously worked in community health, Department of Justice, and university settings. Nikki integrates mindfulness-based interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, brain-based counselling, and emotional intelligence training into her counselling approach. Her priority is to always develop a safe environment for the client. She is a friendly counsellor motivated by values of compassion, social justice, and practical support. Nikki provides counselling on Wednesdays.

 

   LOUISE DE BRUIN  BAppSc (Psych)(Hons) DEAKIN, PGrad Dip Prof Psych USQ, Assoc M.A.P.S.

As a client-centred therapist, I treat my clients with empathy, compassion and respect, always mindful of the courage that it takes to attend a session and to discuss your deepest feelings with a stranger. I have worked in the health sector, EAP, Headspace, schools, correctional service and private practice. This taught me that every client is unique and I approach every session in a gentle and relaxed manner, structured to your specific needs.

My interest also expands to supporting families and older adult mental health. I employ therapies including, but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques to help improve overall mental health. Other areas of interest include: Depression, Anxiety disorders, Grief and Loss, Low Self-Esteem, Relationship Issues, and AOD counselling: by prior discussion and approval (voluntary clients only). Louise provides counselling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, offering late appointments.

 

 

 

 

To make an appointment call 9761 1298