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Our Directors:

  1. Dr Philippa Frances

    CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

    B.A. (Hons), D. Clin. Psy.

    Philippa FI am a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience working in public hospitals, community mental health settings and private practice. I am a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Pain Society, and a Clinical Adviser on the Victorian WorkCover Authority Clinical Panel. As well as providing psychological therapy I have many years experience in training and lecturing, and provide professional supervision to psychologists and other health workers.

    In my work at the Wellspring Centre I provide psychological treatment for a wide range of mental health problems. This includes treatment for emotional and psychological difficulties associated with having a physical medical condition, as well as treatment for mental health problems. I have expertise working with people with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, cancer and other medical conditions, injury including ABI and spinal cord injury and severe mental health problems. I am very interested in the impact of these problems on self-esteem. I have extensive training in CBT, Narrative Therapy, Schema Therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness techniques and multidisciplinary pain management approaches. I work with people of all ages as well as with couples. My “Wellspring days” are Wednesdays and Fridays, and generally I can see referrals within about 3 weeks.

    We have a receptionist to take messages, and we will try to respond to referrals promptly and usually speak to the client directly prior to making an appointment.

    Mobile no 0419 136 470

  2. Dr Emma Gollings

    CLINICAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST

    BEd, PgradDip (Psych), DPsych Melb, MAPS

    Emma GI am a Clinical Health Psychologist with extensive experience working in both the public health and private sector, providing psychological services to support individuals who may be experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties, and those associated with complex health conditions. I am a Clinical Advisor on the WorkSafe Victoria Clinical Panel. I am a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the APS College of Health Psychology, the APS College of Clinical Psychology, the Australian Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain. In addition to providing individual therapy, I also have an interest in group work, training workshops, and providing professional supervision to psychologists.

    My areas of special interest relating to clinical health psychology include pain management, psycho-oncology, management of other chronic health issues, and workplace mental health and wellness. More broadly I am passionate about helping people move through difficult times and develop new skills, whether it be from adjusting to a new medical or health problem, an episode of depression or post-natal depression, anxiety, a phobia, an eating disorder, grief and loss issues, or low self-esteem. My therapeutic approaches draw from evidence-based practice and include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and multidisciplinary pain management approaches.

    I work with children, adolescents and adults.

    Mobile no 0408 529 030

Also consulting at Wellspring Centre for Clinical and Health Psychology:

  1. Emma Cooney

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    Emma has worked with children and adolescents in educational settings within both the public and private sector for 20 years. She is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology programs and interventions that make a difference to the education, health and well-being of young people.

    Her training and approach incorporates:

    •       Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    •      Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
    •      Mindfulness skills and;
    •      Positive psychology.

    Emma is now working in private practice and has established

    Leap for Kids, a business providing:

    • Learning opportunities for young people that support and foster a growth mindset
    • Educational services to schools (modifications and recommendations based on individual needs)
    • Assessment (including assessment of cognitive ability, academic achievement, memory, executive functioning & behaviour) and;
    • Programs to address the emotional wellbeing and social development of young people.

    Emma is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and complies with the National Registration Scheme regulated by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

    M: 0405 389 422
    E: emma@leapforkids.com.au

  2. Dr. Catherine Cronin

    I am a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, providing specialised clinical and health psychology services to the community.

    I have worked at several of Melbourne’s major hospitals in general health and psychiatric settings.  I have a particular interest in working with people who live with chronic health conditions, cancer, chronic pain, and those who are rehabilitating after sustaining physical illness or injury.  I also provide treatment for a range of psychiatric disorders.

    I draw from a range therapeutic approaches – how we choose to work together will depend on your individual needs, goals, and personality.  Some of the evidence based therapies that I draw upon include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Existential Psychotherapy.

    Regardless of the approach we take, I will seek to provide a relationship where you feel safe to explore and understand your psychological experience.

    Services are provided through Medicare, private health insurers, TAC, and WorkCover.

    M: 0490 139 555.

  3. Dr. Leah Levy

    BBSc (Hons), DClinPsych, MAPS

    I am a Clinical Psychologist with experience in general counselling settings, hospital settings, and private practice. I have a particular interest in working with clients with medical conditions, including chronic pain, cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes. I also see clients with a range of difficulties including anxiety and phobias, depression, grief and loss, life transition and adjustment issues, relationship problems, and concerns around body image, self-esteem, and assertiveness.

    In my work, I tailor my interventions for each client using evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. In addition to providing services through Medicare and private health insurance, I work with clients under Workcover and TAC.

    I am passionate about helping my clients to develop strategies to cope with their problems and increase their confidence and ability to resolve their difficulties in a safe, confidential, trusting, and caring environment while respecting their values, resources, and capacity for choice.

    Mobile no 0412 305 087

  4. Annabel Mackenzie

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    Annabel is an experienced dietitian of over 18 years. She has practiced as a registered dietitian (RD) in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Prague, and as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) in Sydney and Melbourne.

    Having initially trained as a Biochemist, she traveled to London to work in pathology at St Thomas’ Hospital, it is there that she found Nutritional Biochemistry fascinating and went on to pursue this interest.  She was selected into the highly sought after BSc Medical Honours of Nutrition and Dietetics course at University of Cape Town, being one of only 12 candidates selected each year.

    Her journey as a dietitian has been extensive, having held lead dietetic roles in Mental Health, Oncology, Cardiology, Weight Management and Gastroenterology.  Working in various establishments of private practice, medical institutions, outpatient clinics and food service systems.

    While based in Prague, Annabel completed her Masters in Nutrition focusing on gastroenterology and ethics in nutrition.  Her passion for nutrition in gastroenterology led to a role as the Technical Officer for Coeliac Australia, working with the gluten free community, from clinical patients, gastroenterologists, food manufacturers, to food service providers and various industrial stakeholders.

    Now based in Melbourne, Annabel works as an APD and nutrition consultant working in private practice consulting as a specialist in:

    – Gastroenterology (with a special interest in coeliac disease and gluten related disorders),

    – Mental Health (with a special interest in eating disorders),

    and also provides services in:

    – Endocrine issues (i.e.. diabetes, thyroid, PCOS, unexplained weight loss or gain)

    – Obstetrics (pre-conception, pregnancy, post partum care)

    – Food allergies and intolerances

    – Dancers and Performance Sports

    – General healthy eating

    Contact:

    Website – www.amnutrition.com.au

    eMail- annabel@amnutrition.com.au

    Phone – 0432 350 205

  5. Dr Olivia Twigg

    Dr Olivia Twigg is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working with adults across their lifespan. She is passionate about helping people move through challenging times, such as when struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, anger, adjustment, or relationship difficulties. Pain management is her particular area of expertise and she has delivered individual and group treatment in both the private and public sector. Olivia practises evidence-based therapy having completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and Doctor of Philosophy, (PhD) in Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University.

    Underpinning all treatment is an emphasis on compassion. The approach ultimately depends upon your individual needs; however, Olivia predominantly utilises cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based interventions. When working with Olivia you can expect a supportive and safe therapeutic space which will allow healing to occur, and an opportunity to build awareness and insight.

    M: 0422 101 280 E: info@oliviatwiggpsychology.com W:

    www.oliviatwiggpsychology.com

  6. Martha Roumanis

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    BBSc; Postgraduate Degree in Psychology; Masters in Psychology (Clinical)

    Martha Roumanis is a registered and endorsed clinical psychologist. She has specialist training in the area of clinical psychology in both public mental health and private settings.

    Martha has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents in community public mental health services (over 9 years) and also working in private practice and currently practices in both settings. She can also provide psychological consultation to Greek speaking clients as she can speak, read and write Greek fluently and in the past worked as an interpreter for various courts in Victoria.  In addition, she is an endorsed clinical supervisor.

     Martha has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures with a range of presenting issues including: 

    • Depression
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Abuse and Trauma
    • Adjustment Issues
    • Mood Disorders (e.g. Bipolar)
    • Personality Disorders ( in particular Borderline Personality Disorder)
    • Assertiveness Training
    • Anger Management
    • Couples Counselling
    • Drug and Alcohol
    • Gambling
    • Schizophrenia
    • Psychosis
    • Drug induced psychosis
    • Schizoaffective Disorder
    • Eating Disorders (including weight loss)
    • Parenting
    • Relationship issues
    • Self esteem and confidence issues
    • Sexuality
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Work place issues
    • Stress Management
    • Separation, Grief and Loss

    In her work she draws on various therapeutic approaches and tailors them to meet the client/s needs

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Mindfulness
    • Dialectic Behaviour Therapy
    • Family Sensitive Practice
    • Psycho-analytic
    • Person centred
    • Motivational interviewing

     Martha has a warm and engaging approach and is a professional and empathic psychologist.  She works collaboratively with the individual or individuals and provides an understanding and supportive environment, that facilitates and enhances mental health and overall well-being.

     Mobile No: 0417 348 390

  7. Dr Anna Brozovic

    BA, PGDipPsy, DClinPsych, MAPS, FCCLP

    I am a Clinical Psychologist with years of experience working in public mental health and in hospitals. My qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne), Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology (La Trobe University), Doctor of Clinical Psychology (La Trobe University)

    I hold General Registration (i.e full registration) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Psychology Board of Australia. I am also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society(MAPS) and Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP).

    My interest areas are in treating anxiety disorders (including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, and phobias) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I also have a special interest in health psychology. I work with people that have a new or chronic illness, and with those who need to make lifestyle changes to manage or prevent health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, or pain. I work with adults of any age and with the elderly population right through to 90+ years.

    Before commencing in private practice, my previous work was in outpatient rehabilitation at a public hospital, where I was providing treatment and support for emotional and mental health issues that occur in the context of stroke, chronic pain, traumatic brain injuries, recurrent falls, and other illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. I also spent years working at an Area Mental Health Service providing assessment and treatment for clients with more severe psychiatric illnesses including Personality Disorders, Psychosis, Bipolar disorder, and severe Mood and Anxiety Disorders. My other various experiences include work with substance use, homelessness, and with women experiencing post-natal depression.

    M: 0474 249 463

    E: anna@abpsychology.melbourne

    Website: www.abpsychology.melbourne

  8. Receptionist Jo Ludbrook

    MEE

    Jo is a trained Medical Receptionist in the allied health sector.

    Prior to her role at the Wellspring Centre she qualified with a diploma of Fine Art, she also finds time to run her small soft furnishings business.