Our Team

Our Team

Reception Staff

Carolyn Fraser

Practice Administrator

Michelle Niesner

Receptionist

Kelly Heard

Receptionist

Our reception staff are caring, warm and approachable. Taking the first step to call and make an appointment can be a daunting process. Michelle and Carolyn understand that taking the time to consider the needs of our clients is important. They have created a light hearted and respectful reception space so you will feel at ease from the moment you come into the clinic.

Psychologists

Hita Mistry

Principal Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Hita Mistry

Hita is the Principal Clinical & Forensic Psychologist and has been practicing for over 18 years with many people in a variety of contexts. She is dedicated to providing specialist care to people and values a client-centered approach to assessment and treatment. Hita has been trained in a number of therapies and is experienced in treating a range of mental disorders both individually and in group contexts. Hita specialises in the assessment and treatment of complex presentations including personality disorder and trauma. She is trained in EMDR and uses a range of techniques and theoretical frameworks to help clients with long-standing psychological issues. Hita provides supervision to Provisional Psychologists and Clinical and Forensic Psychology Registrars. She also delivers training workshops, seminars and conferences both nationally and internationally.

Hita is a fully registered Psychologist and Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Clinical and Forensic Colleges with the Australian Psychological Society. Hita has worked with clients both in the UK and Australia and is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Forensic Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Stuart Brinkworth

Psychologist

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Stuart has been enjoying counselling Psychology for the past 18 years. He has specialised in the treatment of adults who are struggling with ‘common’ difficulties – depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, addiction, stress, grief and loss. Stuart is also experienced working with couples and workplace related issues.

Stuart values a client centred approach and integrates a range of treatment approaches (ie Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative, Existentialism, Short term Solution focused therapy and Positive Psychology) choosing what is most appropriate for the client. Stuart aims to develop a warm, genuine, empathetic and professional therapeutic alliance with his clients; with a committed approach to proactive communication with all appropriate health care providers and referring doctors.

Stuart is a fully registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the International Positive Psychology Association. Stuart worked as the Psychologist at the Warburton Health Resort.

Katerina Volny

Psychologist

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Katerina Volny is a Psychologist that has worked for 20 years in the public mental health sector, private practice and other settings.  She enjoys working with individuals, families and in groups.  Katerina works primarily with mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy approaches.  Katerina is interested in providing support to her clients to overcome obstacles to reach their goals.  This involves listening to each person’s unique story and using therapeutic techniques to clarify their own values, find meaning in their life experience, and use their strengths to reach their potential.  She has experience particularly working with people that have experienced mental illness, trauma, eating disorders, and personality disorder.

Katerina has commenced offering Hike Therapy, which is psychological treatment while walking in the forest.  This allows for the benefits of movement and nature in an alternative therapy environment.

Christine Steentjes

Psychologist

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Christine has over 20 years experience as a practitioner. She has worked with people who struggle with addictions and with families in crisis. Christine has also worked with pregnant women with high-risk behaviours and run mother-baby groups for mum’s with birthing and attachment issues. Along with the above, she has undergone training and has experience in Life Coaching. She has worked from counselling clinics, Royal Women’s Hospital, residential rehabilitation units and conducted home visits when working for not for profit organizations.

Christine is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. However, over the years she has developed an eclectic style that also incorporates a psychodynamic and highly client centred approach. Christine is highly committed to her work with her clients which mainly includes work with adults and couples. With a strong focus on client centred therapy she believes in fitting therapy to the client and developing an individual approach based on the person. The therapeutic alliance is of utmost importance to Christine and she takes the time to develop meaningful relationships with her clients as the basis from which to explore her clients’ needs. Christine is a fully registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and an Associate Member with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Christine’s areas of expertise include:

  • Peri-natal Depression and Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Personality Disorders
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Relationships and Domestic violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress Management and Relaxation
  • Life Transition
  • Trauma and Adjustment issues
  • Life/Personal Coaching, Conflict resolution and Self-Esteem
  • Substance Abuse and other Addictions
  • OCD
  • Anger management

Anjali Bapat-Pers

Psychologist

Anjali is a Registered Psychologist who has experience working with adolescents and adults in various community settings. She is able to work with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, social and emotional problems, learning difficulties, adjustment and transitional stress, grief and loss, trauma, bipolar disorders and psychotic disorders.

Anjali draws on a number of different therapeutic frameworks when working with clients to ensure that the most appropriate and focused treatment is offered to them. Some of these frameworks include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and using a strengths-based and trauma-informed care approach to treatment. Her aim is to ensure that therapy is a safe space for clients, where they are able to explore issues and work collaboratively toward their goals and needs.

Monique Seymour (On Leave)

Psychologist

Monique Seymour is passionate about working with parents and children in the perinatal and early parenting period; supporting mums, dads and children with their mental health and wellbeing. She has a warm, caring, mature and easy-going nature and aims to create a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients. Monique is client-centered and draws on a variety of evidence-based theoretical approaches depending on her client’s needs. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and attachment frameworks.

Monique has worked with adults and children within educational, hospital, and community mental health settings. She works with adults and children experiencing a range of mental health challenges and presentations, including depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, sleep problems, parenting, child behavioural issues, school refusal, social anxiety, learning difficulties, and childhood developmental disorders.

Monique has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a fully registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and a Member with the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Monique is also part of the Intergenerational Health research team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, where her research focuses on parent and child mental health during the perinatal and early parenting period. Her research also has a focus on parenting through adversity, including family violence and parenting children with disabilities.

Brooke Langskaill (On Leave)

Forensic Psychologist

Brooke is a registered Psychologist with an endorsement in Forensic Psychology. She is also a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).  Brooke has vast experience in matters relating to the criminal justice system as well as knowledge and experience working in not-for-profit organisations and private practice. Brooke’s expertise includes working with adults experiencing a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, stress and adjustment difficulties, substance use and grief and loss.  Brooke also has a keen interest in supporting individuals and communities affected by disasters and emergencies.

Brooke is committed to providing evidence-based psychological interventions that promote long-lasting change in her clients, including those incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  She works from a client-centred and strengths-based approach and aims to build a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship in which her clients can express themselves openly and without fear of judgement.  Brooke is appreciative of the opportunity to help you achieve your therapy goals and is passionate and dedicated about improving your well-being.

Stefany Klein

Psychologist

Stefany is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and the Psychology Board of Australia. She has experience in providing psychological assessment and interventions to children, adolescents and adults.

Stefany provides counselling for a variety of presentations, such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, drug & alcohol dependency, social and emotional problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning difficulties, adjustment and transitional stress, grief and loss, trauma and other life stressors. She has experience in providing services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and social, emotional and behavioural issues within the home and education/work setting.

Stefany works within a person-centred approach and understands that therapy can sometimes be an overwhelming experience for some clients. Stefany aims to ensure that her clients feel safe, comfortable and understood throughout the therapeutic process. When working with children and young people she aims to provide an engaging and fun experience.

Stefany draws on a number of different therapeutic frameworks when working with clients to ensure that the most appropriate and focused treatment is offered to them. Some of these frameworks include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, Dialetical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, psycho-education, solution focused approaches and using trauma informed care approach to treatment. Stefany has experience in providing individual counselling, group therapy and Tele-health services.

Julie Wordsworth

Psychologist

Julie has been working as a psychologist for several years and is registered with National Psychology Registration Board, AHPRA. Julie has experience working with children and adolescents in a wide range of settings from pre-school age children to teenagers.  Julie is trained in Learn to Play therapy and in various Social Thinking programs. Julie provides therapy using a number of different theoretical frameworks to ensure that each child has their individual treatment needs met. She uses attachment theory to guide her work and other frameworks including Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Affective Therapy.  Julie is able to work with a variety of presentations, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, executive function concerns, Trauma, developmental delay and social and emotional concerns.

Julie focuses on creating a warm, fun and playful, yet safe environment to facilitate engagement in the therapeutic process for the children and teenagers she sees. Julie enjoys sharing the journey of watching a child’s confidence and self-belief build and grow.

Counsellor’s

Sarah McKenzie

Counsellor

Sarah McKenzie is a Counsellor with a background in community development and youth work. She works with both adults and teenagers. Her approach is collaborative, warm, non-judgemental, and empathic. She takes a holistic view of how individuals are shaped and influenced by their family, relationships, community, and the environment.

In her sessions, she uses evidence-based approaches, tools and techniques that help people process and understand their thoughts, emotions, interpersonal relationships, and past events. She then supports clients to take action and make progress towards their therapeutic goals – no matter how big or small. Sarah is passionate about supporting people to recognise their own strength and resilience during the therapy process. She has training and experience in many common concerns including depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, addiction, trauma and grief.

Vanessa Wylie

Counsellor

Vanessa is a Registered Counsellor who believes in supporting, encouraging and empowering her clients by offering practical strategies to help her clients deal with anxiety, depression and general wellbeing.

She has a particular interest in working with clients who are navigating mid and later life transitions. Some of these issues might include, but are not limited to: relationships; parenting; feeling ‘stuck’; empty nesting; caring for elderly parents; retirement; grief and loss; and ageing. By taking a strengths-based, collaborative approach to explore her client’s response to the transition, Vanessa aims to empower and prepare them for their next chapter.

Her therapeutic approach begins by listening to her client’s story without judgement so she can gain a true insight into what they are going through. By drawing from a vast range of evidence-based practices, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy and Reminiscence Therapy, she then tailors the therapy to suit their individual needs.

Vanessa is inspired by her clients and believes it is a privilege to accompany them on their path to healing. Vanessa has Post-Graduate qualifications in Counselling and is Registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Interns

Natalie Prochazka

Provisional Psychologist

Natalie is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist in her final year of her Master of Clinical Psychology degree. Natalie has worked with clients across the lifespan from children to older adults. She can provide psychological therapy for a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, emotional regulation issues, relationship issues, adjustment and transitional stress. Natalie values a client centred approach with her clients, focusing on empathy, understanding, mutual respect, and collaboration between client and therapist. Natalie uses multiple frameworks when working with clients including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, and Mindfulness. Natalie looks forward to working with children, adolescents, and adult clients at Emerald Psychology.