Our Team

Dr. Ricardo Peralta

(Telehealth Consultations Only)

Consultant Psychiatrist

MD,MBBS, FRANZCP

Loss and possession, death and life are one, there falls no shadow where there shines no sun.

-Hilaire Belloc

Training in El Salvador, Dr Ricardo Peralta has been a practising psychiatrist in Australia since 2007. He has advanced training and a special interest in youth psychiatry, as well as general adult psychosis, depression and bipolar disorder. Dr Peralta also supports both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric services at Beleura Private Hospital.

Ricardo also accepts referrals for patients who require a management plan and is keen to work with general practitioners to provide further reviews as needed, providing expertise in 291 and 293 assessments.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Specialising in Youths aged 14 and above
  • Complicated Affective disorders – Depression, Bipolar
  • Severe Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Psychotherapeutic and pharmacological management
  • Grief and bereavement

Professional Qualifications:

  • Graduated Doctor in Medicine from ‘Dr Jose Matias Delgado’ University in 2003
  • Doctor in Psychiatry from El Salvador National Psychiatric Hospital ISSS 
  • Did further advanced training in adolescent psychiatry at Orygen Youth
  • Health, Melbourne, Australia and YEPP (Youth Early Psychosis Program) Melbourne Health 
  • Attained fellowship of RANZCP in 2011 
  • Staff Specialist with Melbourne Health (Northern Hospital) 2011 – 2013 and Lead Consultant South Team 2015

When I am Not Working:

  • When Ricardo isn’t helping patients, he enjoys mountain bike riding with his family and playing soccer in his local team.

Dr. Ruwan Haputhantrige

(Telehealth only)

MBBS MD FRANZCP

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” 
– Theodore Roosevelt

Dr. Ruwan Haputhantrige is a consultant psychiatrist with a special interest in Alcohol use disorder, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and treatment resistant Depressive Disorder.

After graduating MBBS from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2000 and undertaking further professional training, he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (Psychiatry) in 2004. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a member of The American Psychiatric Association.

Ruwan also accepts referrals for patients who require a management plan and is keen to work with general practitioners to provide further reviews as needed, providing expertise in 291 and 293 assessments.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Adult psychiatry
  • Complex and treatment resistant depression and anxiety disorders
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Adult attention deficit disorder

Professional Qualifications:

  • Medical qualifications from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Admitted to Doctor of Medicine (Psychiatry) in 2004
  • Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Member of The American Psychiatric Association.

When I am Not Working:

  • When Ruwan isn’t helping patients he enjoys taking scenic drives and taking pictures along the way! He also enjoys spending time with his family and entertaining them with his musical skills on his organ.

Dr. Sanil Rege

Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS, MRCPsych (U.K), FRANZCP

(In-patient only)

There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.

- Osler

Dr. Sanil Rege is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). Besides founding Vita Health Care, he is also founder of Psych Scene, a world leading mental health training organisation.  Dr Rege is passionate about transforming the way mental health treatment is delivered. He considers himself a curious child who’s devoted most of his life to exploring, learning and helping others learn. He is a strong believer the world becomes a better place when you help others learn more. When you work with Dr Rege you can expect a caring, professional and holistic approach to your mental health. His priority is to help all his patients stabilise, improve and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) University of Mumbai, India.
  • Doctor of Psychiatry (Royal Colleges of UK)

Professional Associations:

  • Member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists UK
  • Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Resistant mood and anxiety disorders
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Adult ADHD
  • Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
  • Memory Disorders
  • Special interest in complex neuropsychiatric cases
  • Post traumatic psychiatric disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Inpatient Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Can Consult in English, German, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi. 

Professional facts:

  • Founder Vita Health Care and Psych Scene
  • Trained over 3000 psychiatrists and 800 GP’s.
  • Nominated for the John Rowe Award for Consultant Teacher of the Year of the Year 2011 by the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee, Western Australia.
  • Presented the Consultant Psychiatrist Teacher of the Year Award by Medical Students, Interns and RMO’s, Darwin NT.
  • Published author and co-author in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Translational Developmental Psychiatry, International Psychiatry, Australasian Psychiatry,
  • Editor at Psych Scene Hub, leading mental health education website.
  • Academic lead at Psych Scene.
  • Founder of the GP mental health skills training accredited by the RACGP for 40 points.

When I am Not Working:

When I’m not working you’ll find me reading, thinking, spending time with my wife and children and playing with my greyhound, Luca.

Dr. Victor Ojo

(Telehealth Consultations Only)

*Currently not taking new patients

Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychogeriatrician

MBBS FRANZCP Cert.Old Age Psych

Human behavior is, in most occasions, conditioned … you can make a difference by caring.

Victor is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has an interest in Psychogeriatrics (Old Age Psychiatry). During his medical trainee years he worked across Queensland, NSW and Victoria where he developed a passion for the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health. He is passionate about helping and treating older patients who have mental health concerns. Victor enjoys staying involved with academia and research while training and examining medical students.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Psychiatry of the elderly (>65)
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive Difficulties
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Memory Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis
  • 291 Single Comprehensive Assessments

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Old Age Psychiatry

Professional Associations:

  • Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)

When I am Not Working:

  • Cycling and walking with his family
  • Engaging in community work and humanitarian services.

Dr. Dhara Perera

Consultant Psychiatrist

BSc(hons), MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP

Learn to see with your heart, not your eyes.   

-Dr Brian L. Weiss

Dr Dhara Perera is a Consultant Psychiatrist having recently achieved fellowship and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Perera is passionate about exploring and understanding patient problems, providing holistic care and helping along their journey to recovery.

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Mood disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex trauma
  • Personality disorders

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria

Professional Associations:

 

  • Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)

When I am Not Working:

  • Enjoys spending time with family.
  • Going for relaxing walks on the beach and nature walks.
  • In her spare time Dr Perera paints and considers herself an amateur Artist.
  • Also enjoys reading widely.

Kate Luttick

Psychologist

“Once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”  

-The Velveteen Rabbit

Kate is committed to a holistic treatment approach and acknowledges the complex interactions of genetic, physiological, psychological, spiritual, sociological and environmental influences which impact on our health and wellbeing. She seeks to cultivate a supportive trauma informed, neuro and gender affirming environment in which these can be addressed.

Therapeutic modes include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Family Systems Therapy (IFST), Compassion-focussed Therapy (CFT) Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation training.

Specialising in supporting Autistic and ADHD adults, women’s mental health issues, including peri-menopausal mental health, perinatal anxiety, depression and trauma and pregnancy and conception, including IVF, miscarriage and termination issues. For adults aged 25+.

When I am Not Working:

  • Hiking
  • Being outdoors and in nature

 

Professional areas of interest include:

  • Autistic and ADHD adults
  • Women’s mental health
  • Mood, anxiety and stress disorders
  • Peri-menopausal mental health
  • Perinatal and pre-natal mental health
  • LGBTIQ and neuro-affirmative
  • Climate and Eco distress and anxiety
  • Existential Anxiety
  • 25+ yrs old

Professional Qualifications:

  • BA (Psychology) – Monash University
  • Honours in Psychology – Melbourne University
  • Master of Psychology – La Trobe University

    Professional Associations:

      • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
      • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
      • Certified ADHD Clinical Services Provider (Evergreen)
      • Certified Autism Clinical Service Provider (Evergreen)

         

    Chaille Bos

    Couples and Mental Health Counsellor

    M.Couns., GradDipEd (Hons), BBSc., AssocDegProfWrit&Edit.

    Love is not a feeling; it is an action.

    - Bell Hooks

    Chaille Bos is a registered counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association. She has a Master of Counselling and has previously worked in schools and aged care. Having been a medical editor and lived in three continents, Chaille has a wide-knowledge base and lived experience of diverse people and cultures.

    Chaille believes that everyone’s uniqueness should be respected and supports her clients to learn the skills as individuals or within their relationship to flourish into who and how they want to be.

    Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

    Professional areas of interest include:

    • Communication issues
    • Relationship skills and growth
    • Pre-marriage counselling
    • Post affair or betrayal counselling
    • Drinking and substance use
    • ASD/ADHD

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Graduate Diploma of Education (with Honours), and a Diploma and Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing. 
    • Further studies in Individual, Couples and Family Counselling, Gottman Couples Counselling and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy.

    Professional Associations:

    • Australian Counselling Association

     

     

     

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    Melissa Giaquinta

    Clinical Psychologist

    BPsychSc(Honours), Psych (Clinical) 

    “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously”

    - Eleanor Roosevelt

    Melissa Giaquinta is a qualified Clinical Psychologist with experience in both private and public mental health settings. She provides support to adolescents aged 16 all the way through to older adulthood. She aims to provide a comfortable, compassionate and sincere experience in the consulting room. Melissa values client empowerment and helps guide you to develop insight into your mental health, understand your unhelpful coping behaviours, and explore the psychological skills that will foster improved wellbeing and an ongoing enriched life.

    She draws on a range of evidence-based therapy approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (including mindfulness), Schema Therapy, emotion regulation/distress tolerance, and Motivational Interviewing. She believes it’s important to view a person holistically and tailor the approach to the individual. Melissa is also passionate about meditation and enjoys running guided meditation sessions.

    Melissa recognises the importance of seeking support in times of need and is passionate about helping others improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.  

    Professional areas of interest include:

    • Anxiety Disorders (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety, Phobias)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Major Depression
    • Women’s mental health
    • LGBTQIA+ friendly
    • Eating Disorders & poor body image
    • Low self-esteem
    • Stress and adjustment problems

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
    • Master of Psychology (Clinical)

     

    Professional Associations:

    • Associate Member – Australian Psychological Society

    When I am Not Working:

    Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and spoiling her gorgeous dog George. She loves dancing, meditation, doing puzzles and nature walks.

     

     

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    Michelle Cairns

    Psychologist

    BSc, Post Grad Dip Psych  

    “No mud, no lotus”

    - Thich Nhat Hanh

    Michelle is a fully registered psychologist with over 20 years experience working in private and public health settings. Michelle works from a person-centred approach that actively involves the client in their own treatment planning and goal setting. She recognises that clients require an individually tailored treatment approach depending on their goals and needs to ensure they get the most out of therapy. Her style is warm, collaborative and engaging.

    Michelle has experience delivering both group and individual therapies and is trained in a number of different evidence-based treatment approaches. These treatment approaches include: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Dialectical-Behaviour Therapy (DBT); Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Internal Family Systems Therapy

    Michelle believes in professional integrity, transparency, collaboration and most importantly – empowering clients to make sustained positive changes so that they may enjoy a richer, more fulfilling life.  

    Professional areas of interest include:

    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (and complex trauma)
    • Mood disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Existential issues
    • Grief and loss
    • Addiction

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science (Monash University
    • Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Monash University)

     

    Professional Associations:

    • Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi)

    When I am Not Working:

    Michelle enjoys immersing herself in nature as much as possible, whether it’s walking through the bush or a forest, going to the beach, or getting out onto the water in a boat.  She also enjoys gardening, meditation and making her own soy candles when she gets the time. 

     

     

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    Tracey Gemmell

    Psychologist

    B.A PGDipProfPsych.,Assoc M.A.P.S

    Action is the foundational key to all success. 

    - Pablo Picasso

    Tracey, is a psychologist who’s an expert juggler of work, family, fitness, friends, good nutrition and laundry! Ultimately all of her work is about assisting people who juggle a busy life in this fast-paced modern world. But really, she’s just an everyday human being who knows a lot of stuff about helping people.

    When people come to see Tracey they’re usually struggling with the biggest bully they know – their own mind. Through working with Tracey, clients learn how to stop their own mind bullying them, so they can do what matters the most to them.

    Clients appreciate her ability to listen without judgement, her kind hearted common sense and ability to stay calm and keep perspective during a crisis. They get support and encouragement with her toolkit of strategies, ‘blue cards’ with helpful reminders and tips and the visual action plans developed on the whiteboard together.

    Tracey is passionate about the impact of food on mental health and exploring how better food choices can make us all feel better. She loves helping people get a better understanding of food labels and how the numbers can affect our physical, psychological, emotional and behavioural health.

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, Bond University
    • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Monash University
    • Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Australia

    Professional Associations:

    • Associate Member – Australian Psychological Society
    • Member – Critical Incident Stress Management of Australia
    • Affiliate Member – International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Inc.

    Professional areas of interest include:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Health / Lifestyle life transition
    • Domestic Violence
    • Acute stress disorder
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Parenting
    • Injury and illness
    • Grief and loss
    • Crisis intervention

    Some fun facts about Tracey:

    • Completed the Sydney Oxfam 100km Trail walker in 2015 for the first and last time.
    • Grew up in the bush and am the ‘brain child’ behind ‘doofball’ (a version of softball with a stick and dry sheep poo) that I played with my brother as my pet sheep Calambity looked on.
    • Love cats and even though I’ve only got one now (Jessie) I know there’s a slight whiff of ‘crazy cat lady’ in my future.

    When I am Not Working:

    • Multitasking – floating in a tranquil ocean while reading a book
    • Encouraging people to eat real food
    • Dreaming of her next travel destination. She loves the Christmas markets in Germany, the food and wine in Italy, Palmyra in Syria, Petra in Jordan and sailing in the Greek islands
    • Bushwalking with her two spirited daughters (whining kids are a lot easier to deal with when you’re surrounded by nature!)

     

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    Errol Akyalcin

    Psychologist

    MPsych (Counselling), BA (Hons-Psych),
    Cert Trauma Couns Therapy, Cert Prof Psych Practice

    As We Thinketh In Our Heart, So We Are…

    When people come to see Errol, they’re usually struggling in the game of life and living. Errol strives to help his clients get to know themselves at deeper levels. Errol’s warm friendly nature enables him to empathetically and authentically draw out, acknowledge and support the client’s “broken bits”.

    Errol’s unique heart-based approach involves his full attention, self-engagement and presence during psychotherapy sessions, which can help to create shared feelings of calm, peace and safety in a non-judgmental space, especially for first time attendees.

    Ultimately, all of Errol’s work is about you, your needs, your journey in its entirety towards self-betterment and evolution. Together he supports, collaborates and works with you in your individual and authentic presentation towards you being:

    • Stronger
    • Calmer, more at Peace
    • Caring to Yourself and Others
    • Wiser, more Integrated as a Person
    • Emotionally more Competent and Aware
    • More Confident Overall
    • Happier in Love, Life and Future Goals

    Errol is Masters qualified in Psychological Counselling. Registered as a Psychologist with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the last 20 years. Errol has also trained as a Psychotherapist at the Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, where he continued on to eventually run their Internship Program.

     Errol assists patients aged from adolescence above, specialising in Men’s Health, Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Couple’s Counselling. Trauma, Grief, Loss and Life Stage Issues.

    Professional areas of interest include:

    • Mood and Anxiety Disorders, GAD, OCD, PTSD, ADHD or Psychosis
    • Adjustment Disorders, Bereavement, Loss of Employment, Relationship, Life Stages
    • Personality Disorders, Low Self Esteem, Body or Self Image Problems
    • Restoring Confidence and Work Functioning (Return to Work or EAP)
    • General Health and Well Being (Life Style, Diet, Exercise, Purpose, Spiritual Vitality)
    • Couples and Family Counseling
    • Men’s Psychology and Mental Health
    • Adolescent Adjustment Disorders and Self Harm
    • Trauma (PTSD) and Attachment Issues
    • Anger Management, Relationship Communication and Coping

    Qualifications:

    • Masters qualified in Counselling,
    • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Psychologist.
    • Past-experience as an accredited Supervisor and has trained at the Cairnmillar Institute in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    Accreditations include:

    • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Psychodynamic
    • Mindfulness-Meditation
    • The Heart Math Institute (USA) as a Trauma Informed Clinician Heart Brain Coherence ® Tools
    • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Method (EMDR)
    • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
    • Contextual Modular Therapy (CMT)
    • Ericksonian Hypnosis (EH)
    • Ongoing training and professional development includes the latest Quantum based and other cutting-edge Holistic approach

    Stephanie Terlato

    Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychologist

    DipLang (French), BA, GDip Psych, MProfPsych, Assoc MAPS

    What we know matters, but who we are matters more.

    -Brené Brown

    Stephanie is a psychologist who is warm and passionate about helping individuals with their mental health and behavioural needs. Stephanie’s person-centred and strengths-based approach to sessions helps her clients achieve their goals and develop strategies to assist them in creating positive changes throughout their lifetime. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches in her practice including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Whilst Stephanie works with individuals across the lifespan, she particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents and young people and their families, having worked with these age groups since she was young and in a variety of educational settings.  Her other passion is providing a variety of neuropsychological assessments for individuals aged six years and above, using a thorough approach that conceptualises the individual and their presenting concerns throughout their lifetime.

     

    Offers:

    • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Play Therapy
    • Neuropsychological Assessments 
    • Diagnostic Investigations

    Professional areas of interest include:

    • Psychological assessment and diagnosis including cognitive, behavioural, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
    • Working with adults, children, adolescents, young people and their families
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
    • Emotional regulation concerns
    • Parenting support
    • Academic concerns
    • Anxiety and mood disorders

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Internship Program, Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA)
    • Master of Professional Psychology, Monash University
    • Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Deakin University
    • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
    • Undergraduate Diploma in Languages (French), Monash University
    • French and Translation studies units, Univeristé François-Rabelais de Tours, France

    Professional Associations:

    • Registered Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
    • Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society – Assoc MAPS
    • Able to provide services under NDIS, WorkCover, VOCAT, TAC

      When I am Not Working:

    • Reading her way through her incredibly large home library
    • Baking all manner of sweet treats
    • Spending time with her family and going out with friends
    • Dreaming of her next adventure, be it a local or abroad

    Dr. Fran Murdoch

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    MBChB, MRCPsych, FRANZCP

    Sometimes good things fall apart so that better things fall together.

    -Marilyn Monroe

    Dr. Fran Murdoch completed psychiatry speciality training in both Scotland and New Zealand. On becoming a consultant psychiatrist over 10 years ago, she worked initially in Auckland but relocated to Melbourne three years ago, and has since been working on the Mornington Peninsula.  Dr. Murdoch has worked mainly in general adult psychiatry, in both in-patient and out-patient settings.

     She has been involved with the supervision of juniors and teaching throughout her career.  Attending both local and international conferences to stay up-to-date with advances in evidence based practice. One of her passions is in social and rehabilitation psychiatry.

    Dr. Murdoch provides optimal patient centred care which is seamless and recovery focused. She is conscientious, patient, caring and empathic.

     

     

    Professional areas of interest include:

    • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
    • Trauma and stress related disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Depressive and Bipolar related disorders
    • Metabolic Syndrome 
    • Social and rehabilitation psychiatry  

    Professional Associations:

    • BAP (British Association of Psychopharmacology) 
    • Royal College of Psychiatrists UK
    • Royal Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatrists
    • Medicare provider

     

    When I am Not Working:

    • In her free time Dr. Murdoch enjoys working out with Les Mills on demand workouts having trained as an aerobics instructor some years ago.
    • Loves traveling within Australasia and beyond, to learn about people, places and culture, and spending time exploring the beautiful Mornington Peninsula coastline with her partner.

    Jennifer McGowan

    Clinical Psychologist

    Master of Science (Clinical Psychology) University of Melbourne; Preliminary Masters Austin Hospital Behavioural Medicine Unit University of Melbourne; Bachelor of Arts (Monash); Diploma Welfare Studies (Monash) ; Diploma Clinical Hypnosis University of Melbourne

    The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size

    - Albert Einstein

    Jennifer is a Clinical Psychologist with over 35 year’s experience. She works with individuals, couples, adults and adolescents with emotional and life difficulties to improve quality of life and relating. She helps her patients understand and manage their difficulties so they can work towards achieving positive change, good mental health and well-being.

    Jennifer is skilled at helping her patients to be heard and move towards positive action in their lives.  . She helps her patients develop strategies to live the life they want for themselves and in their relationships. Jennifer’s patients comment on the value of being understood and genuinely cared for, whilst being guided into effective action.  . Her caring and direct approach provides clarity, understanding, wisdom and a way forward. Jennifer believes that as human beings, we all matter and that we all need some kind of assistance at different stages in life.

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Master of Science (Clinical Psychology) University of Melbourne

    • Preliminary Masters Austin Hospital Behavioural Medicine Unit University of Melbourne

    •  Bachelor of Arts (Monash)

    • Diploma Welfare Studies (Monash)

    • Diploma Clinical Hypnosis University of Melbourne

    Professional Associations:

    • Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society
    • Member of the Perinatal and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Interest Groups of the APS
    • Member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy

     

    Professional areas of interest include:

    • Anxiety Disorders (all)
    • Depressive Disorders (all)
    • Bipolar Affective Disorder
    • Perinatal Disorders
    • Grief and Loss
    • Trauma
    • Relationship disorders including Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    • Relationship difficulties in general

    When I am Not Working:

    • Spending time with grandchildren
    • Socialising with family and friends
    • An active member of a Bookclub
    • An active member of a walking group
    • Cooking
    • Training and spending time with her accredited therapy dog Frankie

    FRANKIE

    Frankie is a trained and accredited patient therapy dog who accompanies Jennifer on her clinic days.  He can be included in sessions at no extra cost, or remain in the reception area.  He is a 3 yr old standard Labradoodle.  He also works with Jennifer at Frankston Hospital as a Peninsula Health Pet Therapy Dog, visiting patients and staff at the hospital.  He is well loved.

     

    Daniela

    Business Development Manager

    Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. 

    – Francis of Assisi

    Dani is caring and a creative person who’s amazing at making people feel comfortable.

     As a manager at Vita Health, her job is to try and ensure anyone that walks through the door is treated with respect and never treated as anything but a beautiful soul searching for answers.

     Her work matters because everything she does is done with passion and integrity. A caring and warm vibe in our practice is one of her top priorities.

    She’s passionate about creating a work environment where:

    • Great customer service is delivered with care and warmth,
    • Every team member feels like they’re part of an amazing tribe,
    • Team members, patients and visitors feel like they’ve entered a compassionate and friendly space, and
    • Caring professionals meet mental health needs with respect and warm-heartedness.

    Rima 

    Office Administrator

    Conquer yourself rather than the world.

    – René Descartes

    Rima provides a smiling face and friendly attitude to make patients feel as comfortable as possible! She is a strong believer that a warm and welcoming environment is key to achieving a happy and healthier lifestyle. She’s very passionate about providing this as best as she can!

     

    When she is not working you will find her:

    • Drawing or painting
    • Loving my two senior cats
    • Watching Criminal Minds
    • Reading up on philosophy theories

    Annabel

    Office Administrator

    You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character

    -Unknown

    Annabel is passionate about putting a smile on the faces of all the clients she speaks to in the day.

    She loves to see their positive personal growth. Annabel has a kind, helpful approach to make sure you feel well cared for when visiting Vita.

    When she’s not working you’ll find her:

    • Playing basketball at a professional club

    • Studying her exercise and sport science degree at Deakin university

    • Going to the beach

    Jessica

    Clinic Coordinator

    The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.

    Jess is highly motivated to assist clients in reaching their full potential from the initial lines of communication right through to ongoing treatment options and scheduling of appointments. Her warm, engaging and supportive approach will ensure you feel immediately comfortable in Vita’s care. 

    She has extensive knowledge surrounding mental health difficulties and prides herself on providing a pleasant customer service experience for all clients. Jess is dedicated to providing Vita Healthcare with exceptional administrative support. 

     

     

    When she is not working you will find her:

    • Studying for her psychology degree at Deakin University 
    • Walking in nature and exercising at her local gym 
    • Spending time with her rescue cat, Hugo 
    • Travelling and camping in little hidden gems around Australia

    Chelsea

    Practice Team Leader

    I can hear the roar of women’s silence.

    -Thomas Sankara

    Chelsea enjoys helping people. Whether it’s with their mental health or physical health, she believes there’s no better feeling than watching someone change their life and achieve their goals. As the first point of contact when you visit or phone Vita, Chelsea will make you feel comfortable and cared for with her friendly personality and love of a good chat. 

    When she is not working you will find her:

      • Spending time with her family
      • Coaching women’s health classes
      • Keeping fit at the gym

    Tiana

    Office & Intake Administrator 

    Children see magic because they look for it.

    -Christopher Moore

    Tiana has a passion for assisting clients, in connecting them with the support and resources necessary to reach their mental health goals. Additionally Tiana has a special interest in assiting to provide support for children’s needs. She Is warm, welcoming and ensures every visitor of Vita feels safe, welcome and cared for. 

     

    When she is not working you will find her:

      • Spending time with her family
      • Studying a social work degree with Deakin University 
      • Cooking
      • Reaching my health and fitness goals 

    Becky

    Office Administrator

    “A comfort zone is is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”

    -Unknown

    Becky has a strong belief in common humanity, and equality meaning she understands each person is thriving for the basic human need of attaining happiness. Through this belief Becky offers warm communication with a compassionate tone and strives to do the best she can to assure clients feel supported. 

    She loves nothing more than seeing people reach their full potential and progress.

     

    When she is not working you will find her:

    • Going for long walks/runs with a podcast/music 
    • Strength training at the gym 
    • Playing guitar/piano/singing 
    • Studying psychology as an undergraduate student at Monash University.

     

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