Our Clinicians

Who We Are

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, depression, 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.

Maya – Psychologist (Provisional)

Qualifications: Bachelor of Early Years and Primary Education (Honours); Graduate Diploma in Psychology; Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced); Master of Professional Psychology (Candidate)

Background: Maya has a history of work with and alongside children and families, supporting them through their educational journey and development through her time in teaching. 

Clients: Maya works with a diverse range of clients across the lifespan from different backgrounds and a variety of presentations. She enjoys collaborating with children, young people, adults, and their families to support their wellbeing. Maya provides individual and group intervention, as well as a variety of assessments. 

Therapeutic approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, while using a strengths-based focus.

Special Interests: Listening to podcasts, reading, attending exhibitions, and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Pronouns: she/her

Languages: English & Arabic

 

Work Days: Tuesday and Wednesday at the Yarra Junction clinic.

Trevor – Psychologist (Provisional) 

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science; Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours); Masters of Professional Psychology; Behaviour Support Practitioner (Core)   

Background: Trevor has a diverse history of experiences to draw upon. These include engineering, military, defense department, palliative care, residential youth work, Lifeline, & working with horses. 

Clients: Trevor works with clients across the lifespan and from different backgrounds, for a variety of presenting concerns. He provides individual and group intervention, as well as a variety of assessments. 

Therapeutic approaches: Humanistic approach, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, & psychoeducation. 

Special Interests: Singing, Tailoring, Classical Music. When not at work, Trevor is often spending time outdoors, or enjoying creative pursuits. 

 

Pronouns: he/him   

Languages: English 

 

Work Days: Monday to Friday, across both our Warragul and Yarra Junction clinics, as well as doing mobile sessions in the community.

Jennifer – Psychologist (Provisional)

Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma in Human Factors; Masters Professional Psychology; Behaviour Support Practitioner (Core)  

Background: Jen has always been interested in philosophy and psychology, and how people understand and navigate their unique experiences. Jen likes the idea that we all have our own beliefs, values, and perceptions that shape the way we learn and share knowledge to develop a sense of meaning. Jen pursued this interest of psychology as a career change, after 15 years working as a chef. 

Clients: Jen works with clients across the lifespan, particularly enjoying work with adolescents and the LQBTQIA+ community. She engages in both psychoeducational assessments as well as individual and group intervention. 

Therapeutic approaches: person centred and collaborative, holistic, strengths and resilience based, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and mindfulness. 

Special Interests: Music, Art, Cooking. If not at work, Jen is most likely playing the guitar or piano, painting while listening to music, cooking for family and friends, or playing with her dogs.  

Pronouns: she / her 

Languages: English 

Work Days: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, at our Warragul and Yarra Junction clinics. 

Madeleine – Psychologist (Provisional)

Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychological Science; Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science; Masters of Educational & Developmental Psychology (candidate) 

Background: Madeleine has worked for the past 5 years with children, young people and their families who have experienced trauma. During this time Madeleine has worked in a range of settings including schools and youth residential care, and supported children with neurodiversity. Madeleine has a special interest in trauma-informed practice and has completed research alongside her studies in youth peer interactions and trauma-informed practice with kinship carers. 

Clients: Madeleine works with clients across the lifespan, and enjoys working with children, young people and their families from different backgrounds. Madeleine provides a variety of assessments, as well as individual and group interventions. 

Therapeutic approaches: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, while using a strengths based approach.  

Special Interests: Madeleine enjoys listening to music, reading, travelling and spending time outdoors on the weekend.   

Pronouns: she / her 

Languages: English 

Work Days: Thursday and Friday at our Yarra Junction clinics and community.

Natali – Psychologist (Provisional)

Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours); Master of Education (Educational Psychology); Behaviour Support Practitioner (Core) 

Background: Natali has experience in working with children, adolescents and families dealing with diverse psychological, social, and educational difficulties. She has provided training and therapeutic services for individuals with disabilities, developing tailored positive behaviour support strategies to enhance their quality of life. Natali has provided psychological assessments and interventions for individuals across the lifespan experiencing challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. 

Clients: Natali collaborates with individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds, addressing a wider range of challenges. She offers personalised and group support, along with a range of assessments, and Positive Behaviour Support, with capacity to develop Behaviour Support Plans and provide training under the NDIS framework. 

Therapeutic approaches: Natali uses a client centred therapeutic approach, creating a safe and collaborative environment for individuals to navigate and address their unique challenges. Utilising evidence-based techniques like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and psychoeducation, her intervention sessions aim to empower individuals providing the necessary tools and strategies for personal growth and positive change. 

Special Interests: Psychology related podcasts and audiobooks, and thriller novels (especially John Katzenbach). When not at work, Natali loves to explore new places, especially in nature, and watch series and movies at home.   

Pronouns: she / her 

Languages: English & Spanish

Work Days: Monday to Friday across both our Warragul and Yarra Junction clinics, as well as conducting mobile work in the community.

Shalene – Psychologist (Provisional)

Qualifications: State Enrolled Nurse; Bachelor of Science (Psychology); Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours); Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (Candidate). 

Background: Shalene has experience working in healthcare, adult education and health reform, working with diverse demographics and a range of age groups. During her study, she has had additional experience working with children and the elderly and Aboriginal populations. 

ClientsShalene works with clients across the lifespan, providing group and individual intervention as well as psychometric assessment. 

Therapeutic approaches: Shalene uses a client centred therapeutic approach, favouring evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Positive Psychology, and psychoeducation. Her intervention approach aims to support individuals to make empowered choices, build resilience, and manage change. 

Special Interests: Psychology related literature, indoor and outdoor gardening, painting, science fiction media, cooking and food-sustainability. 

Pronouns: she / her 

Languages: English

Work Days: Wednesday and Friday at our Warragul clinic. 

Ruben - Psychologist

Qualifications: Five Years Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Graduate Diploma in Culture of Peace and International Humanitarian Law; Master of Clinical Psychology (Candidate); Behaviour Support Practitioner (Core)   

Background: Ruben’s background is marked by a diverse history of experiences both within and outside the field of psychology. These experiences involve working with survivors and victims of war, human rights violations, prevention of sexual abuse and domestic violence, working in schools, Human Resources, and supporting asylum seekers. Beyond the field of psychology, Ruben has worked in hospitality, leisure, and logistics.  

Clients: Ruben works with clients from the age of 5 and across the lifespan and from different backgrounds, for a variety of presenting concerns. He provides individual and group intervention, as well as a variety of assessments. Ruben’s interest in the field of psychology include Neurodiversity (e.g. Autism, ADHD), Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. 

Therapeutic approaches: Humanistic Psychology, including Gestalt Therapy and Client-Centred therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, & Psychoeducation. 

Special Interests: Hiking, basketball, snorkelling and diving, travelling, cycling, languages, cooking, video games, music, and learning about sustainability. When not at work, Ruben often spends time outdoors in the country or in the water sighting the sealife. 

 

Pronouns: he/him   

Languages: English & Spanish

 

Work Days: Monday to Friday, across both our Warragul and Yarra Junction clinics, as well as doing mobile sessions in the community.

Kaitlyn – Psychologist

Qualifications: Masters Professional Psychology; Behaviour Support Practitioner (Core)  

Background: Kaitlyn has been with the Strong Minds team since 2021 and completed her internship in 2023. She comes from a background of working with young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health, including school stressors, anxiety and depression.  

Clients: Kaitlyn works with clients across the lifespan, and feels strongly about building mental health and wellbeing in the community. She engages in a variety of psychoeducational assessments as well as individual and group intervention. 

Therapeutic approaches: strengths based, person centred approach, drawing on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and psychoeducation. 

Special Interests: In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her dogs, her friends, and in the great outdoors.   

Pronouns: she / her 

Languages: English 

Work Days: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, across both our Warragul and Yarra Junction clinics, and mobile sessions in the West Gippsland community. 

Holly – Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, Graduate Diploma Psychology, Masters of Educational & Developmental Psychology; Behaviour Support Practitioner (Core)  

Background: Holly joined the Strong Minds team in 2019 to complete her university placement, and has continued on with us since obtaining full registration. Holly has a background in behaviour and mental health support for neurodiverse children in an early intervention setting, alongside completing research throughout her studies in the areas of Autism and experiences of LGBTQIA+ in high school. 

Clients: Holly works with children, adolescents and adults across the lifespan. She supports a variety of clients through assessment, individual and group intervention and Positive Behaviour Support, with capacity to develop Behaviour Support Plans and provide training under the NDIS framework. Holly is part of the “Project A” team at Strong Minds, a multifaceted program aiming to support autistic female and non-binary individuals through individual assessment, intervention, community education and support groups.  

Therapeutic approaches: Collaborative and compassionate. Holly aims to ensure that the individuals and groups she works with feel that their interests and goals are the forefront of all intervention and assessments. 

Special Interests: In her spare time, Holly enjoys running, ballroom dancing, travelling and music. 

Pronouns: she / her 

Languages: English 

Work Days: Monday to Friday, across both our Warragul and Yarra Junction clinics, and mobile sessions in the Yarra Ranges community. 

Toby – Counselling Psychologist, Registered Supervisor

Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology); Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology; Masters of Psychology (Counselling); Behaviour Support Practitioner (Core)  

Background: Toby is a registered Counselling Psychologist and board-approved supervisor who has been practising since 2011. Toby previously worked concurrently across two roles – balancing clinical work at Strong Minds and academic work at Swinburne university, where he was involved in various psychology subjects across undergraduate and post-graduate courses. More recently, Toby made the decision to leave academia to focus solely on client work and supervision of provisional and early career psychologists. Toby previously worked as a psychologist in various primary schools in the Yarra Valley. 

Clients: Toby works with clients across the lifespan, from young children up to older adults across a variety of presenting areas. Areas of therapeutic focus include mood/emotions (e.g. anxiety / depression), neurodiversity (e.g. Autism, ADHD), general childhood development, parenting, personality, and more. He provides individual and group intervention, as well as a variety of assessments. 

Therapeutic approaches: Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Buddhist Psychology, person-centred, DBT, & psychoeducation. 

Special Interests: Mindfulness, neurodevelopmental differences. 

 

Pronouns: he/him   

Languages: English 

 

Work Days: Monday to Friday, across both our Warragul and Yarra Junction clinics.

Lisa – Director, Registered Supervisor, Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) (Psychology); Masters of Psychology (Educational & Developmental); Behaviour Support Practitioner (Proficient) 

Background: Lisa is a registered Educational & Developmental Psychologist and board-approved supervisor who has been practising since 2008. Lisa started the Strong Minds Psychology journey in 2010 after working for the Department of Education in primary and secondary schools. Lisa has loved meeting and welcoming clinicians and customer service team members from all different backgrounds who display the same energy and care for our communities that she has believed in from the beginning of her career. 

ClientsLisa works with the the team to support the development of 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 emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief & loss, social interactions, anger management, neurodiversity, environmental modifications, and transitions across the lifespan. 

Therapeutic approaches: Positive Behaviour Support, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, psychoeducation. Lisa thrives on working in a team approach, creating positive support networks for children and adults. 

Special Interests: When not working with the SMP team, Lisa enjoys being active, getting outside, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the AFL and AFLW demons at the MCG and Casey Fields. 

 

Pronouns: she/her

Languages: English 

 

Work Days: Tuesday at the Yarra Junction clinics for client work, & all other days for supporting the wider Strong Minds team & community.