Our Team

Angie Cockrem

Administration Manager

Angie is the Administration Manager for Emerald Psychology. In this role she is responsible for both client intake and all administrative requirements for the practice. To ensure clients receive the best possible care, Angie liaises closely with the team at Emerald Psychology and values the importance of maintaining an efficient and effective administrative process.

Angie appreciates that it can be a difficult step for some to seek support for personal problems; as such she is committed to ensuring that the process of booking an initial consultation is easeful and that individual’s needs are respected.

Hita Mistry

Principal Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Hita Mistry

Hita is the Principal Clinical & Forensic Psychologist and has been practicing for over 17 years with many people in a variety of contexts. She is dedicated to providing specialist care to patients 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








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


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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.

Suzzanne Batson








Suzzanne has been employed in independent private practice as a fully registered psychologist for 13 years.  She holds full membership with the Australian Psychological Society and is committed to best practice. She adopts a person-centered approach to treatment and strongly maintains that the development of a respectful and trusting therapeutic alliance is essential for achieving best health outcomes. Suzzanne incorporates a range of treatment approaches such Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness amongst other evidence-based techniques, all matched to specific client need. Suzzanne works with adults and values assisting people to develop personalised strategies and effective solutions in an objective, approachable and respectful manner.

Christine Steentjes



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

Christine also provides Life Coaching from our partnering clinic, Hillview Psychology in Wantirna


Meredith Brown

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Meredith Brown is an experienced clinical psychologist. Most important to Meredith is being able to provide clients with a space where they can feel safe, connected and able to open up. Meredith uses a client-centred framework and highly values respect, empathy and compassion in her practice. Once clients feel comfortable, Meredith tailors her approach according to the needs of the client to offer opportunities to address the client’s needs, bring about positive change and develop new ways of thinking, behaving, feeling and being in the world.

Having worked in a variety of roles in the public mental health system, and also in private practice, Meredith is able to work with clients from different walks of life with a range of presenting difficulties, including depression, anxiety, panic and worry, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment to changes in life circumstances, stress, grief, difficulties with anger and managing emotions, trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar affective disorder and psychotic disorders. Meredith draws upon a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy, Mindfulness based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).

Meredith has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a fully registered psychologist with an endorsement in Clinical Psychology. She is also an endorsed supervisor. She is an accredited Cognitive Processing Therapy Practitioner and is working towards accreditation as a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Practitioner.

Child & Adolescent Psychologists

 Jessica Wu


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Jessica is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Jessica has worked in the public sector, University counselling services and in schools, offering assessment and counselling to individuals across the lifespan. She has facilitated skills based programs for children and adolescents with a range of emotional and behavioural issues including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationship issues.

Jessica takes on an eclectic and holistic approach to therapy and adopts a range of evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), play-based therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy, and applied behavioural analysis (ABA). She works collaboratively with her clients to achieve their therapeutic goal; tailoring her treatment to the individual child in a developmentally and age-appropriate way. Jessica places great value in building a relationship with her clients based on empathy, positive regard, and authenticity. Her aim is to provide a safe, respectful, and supportive space to empower the individual to make positive and meaningful changes in their lives.

Jessica’s Areas of work include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Behavvioural Concerns
  • Body image issues
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorder
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Sleep issues

Jessica also provides a range of cognitive and educational testing packages for children and adolescents, including children IQ tests and testing for giftedness. Comprehensive assessment reports with tailored recommendations are given to parents at the conclusion of the testing process.

Assessments include:

WISC 4 (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) – Fourth Edition

A clinical instrument for assessing cognitive ability of children between the ages of 6 years through to 16 years 11 months. The WISC-IV measures verbal

non-verbal reasoning skills, working memory and information processing.

WPPSI 4 (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence)

A clinical instrument for assessing cognitive ability of children between the ages of 2 years 6 months through to 7 years 7 months. The WPPSI-IV measures verbal

non-verbal reasoning skills, working memory and information processing.

Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales

A reliable assessment used to measure adaptive behaviours, including the ability to cope with environmental changes, to learn new everyday skills and to demonstrate independence.

Achenbach Child Behaviour Checklists (CBCL)

A comprehensive measure used to assess adaptive and maladaptive functioning in school-age children.

KTEA 3 (Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement)

A comprehensive assessment used to evaluate academic skills in reading, mathematics, written language, and oral language.

Connors 3 (Connors 3rd edition)

A questionnaire for parents and teachers used to assess and diagnose ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder.

Emily Trethowan


Emily is a registered psychologist with the National Psychology Board of Australia.  She has experience in a range of settings including hospitals, schools and community clinics.  Emily has experience in working with children, adolescents and families. She can work with a wide range of presentations including behavioural, social and emotional concerns.  Emily draws upon a range of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, Attachment Theory and Family Systems Therapy.  Areas of interest for Emily include anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD, learning difficulties, self-esteem, bullying and attachment disruption.  Emily aims to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to be able to work towards their goals and restore wellbeing.