WAMIMS - Mental Health Awareness Project Coordinator
Member AMHSW, ACP
Justine Brogna is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Justine has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability Studies/Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. She has also completed a further four years of study in the field of Theoretical and Clinical Studies in Psychoanalysis at the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis (ACP). Justine is current member of the ACP where she continues ongoing rigourous study and training at the centre. She is the founder and director of TreeHaus Williamstown created and inspired from her years of work with patients experiencing mental health difficulties.
Her experience in mental health has been in both public and private sectors since 2002, including having worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Psychiatric Inpatient Unit and at the Inner West Area Mental Health Service (IWAMHS) providing case management and therapy to clients. In addition, she provided to the IWAMHS staff; team leadership, undertook the role as acting manager and social work supervisor. Justine has worked at Headspace for adolescent mental health and in multiple private practices across the area of Hobson’s Bay. She has worked and continues to work with a broad range of age groups including; young children, mothers and their babies, adolescents, adults and the elderly.
Justine is also trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to treat self harming behaviours, borderline personality disorder and suicidal ideation. Justine treats difficulties associated with childhood trauma, social and emotional difficulties, anxiety, phobias, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, pregnancy concerns, parental/marital/transitional issues, addictions, grief and loss, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia.
Justine has been a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee for the Hobson’s Bay Council. Her role was predominantly advocacy for women, with a particular focus on mental health issues that face women in their multiple roles. Justine is also experienced in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She held a cultural and bilingual case management portfolio within the IWAMHS.
Justine is the project developer and coordinator of the "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" intiative, which is an awareness and funding raising event to help reduce stigma associated with mental illness. Funds raised from the event have been put back into the local community toward mental health services for adults and into local school well being programs.
Justine endeavours to work with people to improve their mental health and to enable their full potential to be reached.
Medicare rebates available with a Mental Health Care Plan from the GP.
Dr Rachel Madhwan - 9397 4499 or 0473 755 484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, DCH, FRACP
Rachel is a Paediatrician with over 10 years of paediatric experience specialising in newborn care and General Paediatrics. She trained as a Paediatrician in Melbourne predominantly at the Royal Children’s Hospital and completed components of her training in both Adelaide and Tasmania. Rachel has an interest in providing comprehensive care to children of all ages from birth to adolescence. Whilst Rachel enjoys the challenges of General Paediatrics she is also completing Dual training in Perinatology/Neonatology. She has a young family of her own.
Special Interest Areas:
Feeding and sleep issues
Developmental and behavioural problems including ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Paediatrician and Director WyndhamKids Paediatric Clinic, Werribee.
Werribee Mercy Hospital:
Director of Clinical Training (Joint)
Preterm Follow-up: Royal Women’s Hospital, MCRI (Royal Children’s Hospital)
: 1pm-5pm Tuesdays
1. Please call 9397 4499 or 0473 755 484. Please note that it may be necessary to leave a message and you will be contacted within 1-2 business days. You may also email your query to email@example.com
2. To assist in making an appointment for your child, please email your referral to
3. Once an appointment has been made you will be provided with details to access your patient portal where you can view your welcome pack. You can also complete your registration details and privacy information online if you choose prior to the appointment.
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Vaughn Rogers – 0439 565 784
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)
B.A (Hons), MSW
"Vaughn Rogers is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker registered as such with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). He has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with honours in literature and history from La Trobe University, and subsequently a Master of Social Work from the University of Melbourne. He has also completed post-graduate training in clinical work with children and their families, and psychoanalysis. He applies this breadth of experience to the work he does to provide a non-directive, sensitive and exploratory approach to treatment.
He has worked with people across the lifespan in a variety of settings in the field of community mental health and primary health: initially within the Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Service (PDRSS), then as a Mental Health Community Support Service (MHCSS) worker; these services subsequently transitioned into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and as such he has experience in working with people who access this scheme and is an able and passionate advocate for those who struggle to navigate systems. Most recently, he works as counsellor in a primary health clinic with a focus on serious and acute mental health concerns and addiction issues. As such, he has experience working from a strengths-based framework with people, their families and community across the lifespan, and is passionate about providing holistic, non-judgemental and empowering support for people of all ages while paying attention to the broader context of their concerns as within a society.
Vaughn is comfortable and experienced working with other supports such as family, friends, carers and other professionals such as general practitioners, psychiatrists and other allied health practitioners. In addition to the ongoing study of psychoanalysis, Vaughn has been trained in a wide variety of focussed psychological strategies, such as: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies and Narrative Therapy. Every person is taken as they come - a unique individual with a personal and unique set of problems. As such, treatment is not formulaic and will be developed collaboratively with the person with due regard for their desire and reason for seeking it out in the first place.
Vaughn offers his services at an affordable private fee along a sliding scale, according to individual need and circumstance. Medicare rebates through a GP Mental Health Care Plan are also available."
Sally is a Psychologist who holds a Masters Degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology, specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She completed her graduate thesis on the Development of Play in children with ASD and my Masters Thesis on the Early Diagnosis of ASD.
Whilst completing her studies she worked as a specialised therapist for 8 years assisting children and adults with ASD to increase their skills both academically and socially within both educational and home settings.
Since the completion of her degree in 2000 she worked in a specialist clinic in Geelong conducting ASD assessments of children and running groups for parents on understanding and parenting a child with ASD. She also worked for the education department providing counselling and running groups for children with anger management difficulties and anxiety. For the past 13-years Sally has been working in private practise assessing adults and children with ASD, seeing parents to give assistance with their understanding of their children’s behaviour and strategies to assist them in their parenting as well as providing counselling for people with ASD. She also conducts talks throughout Australia on Girls with ASD and how they differ from boys as well as providing strategies for the classroom.
Her main areas of interest is ASD, girls with ASD, Anxiety and Anger management/school refusal.
Hours for Treehaus Williamstown are 9-3pm Fridays.
Sally also works at the ASD Clinic in Kew with Dr Richard Eisenmajer and other practitioners.
programs including, Child Anxiety Program, Child and Adolescent Anxiety Program, Adolescent Anxiety and Depression Program and Study Without Stress.
for preschool children and children aged 8+ to assist with social skills. Kids enjoy being superheros in training, flexing and building their social thinking and social skills.
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Lisa Bentley - 0427 321 612 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive Mental Health Practitioner
Bachelor of Applied Social Science: Coaching & Positive Psychology
Certificate in Education: Positive Psychology
Certificate IV Counselling & Clinical Hypnotherapy
Young Happy Minds Practitioner
Lisa is passionate about teaching Positive Mental Health strategies with over 10 years’ experience specialising and working with young people, parents and schools both here and abroad. She undertook training in this field as a mature aged student, after giving birth to her second child, primarily studying in Melbourne at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and then going on to complete a Post Graduate in Education at Melbourne University. Lisa is interested in providing holistic and comprehensive care to children, adolescents and family members of all ages. She is a caring long-time local resident of Williamstown, married with young family of her own and interested in leading further positive, solution focused community initiatives.
Special Interest Areas:
Reaching Out Program is an individually tailored program designed to support adolescents (13-17yo) gain a genuine understanding of strengths, purpose and responsibility, by developing 4 Essential Keys associated to improved health and wellbeing
PASSION TO LEARN & DISCOVER
The Goulding SleepTalk for Children is a powerful process of positive parenting that allows parents to take back a level of control of their children’s behaviour.
Inspired Little Minds focuses on young children's individual strengths and personal motivation to promote learning. This program reaches out to young people and focuses on identifying their character virtues and strengths that can be used to build upon and overcome day to day challenges. It is recognized as a positive education initiative intended to enhance children's individuality, curiosity, love of learning and creativity.
Personal Life Coaching: offered to all individuals ready and willing to do the hard work required to create positive change in one’s life.
Sandra works in the mental health field as a Social Worker and is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. In addition to a Master of Social Work with a specialization in mental health, Sandra has a Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling and four years of accredited studies in psychology (BBSc, Grad Dip Applied Psychology). Additionally, she has undertaken studies in psychoanalysis and completed the four-year introductory course with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis. She has experience in the family and children’s services, mental health community support and public clinical mental health services.
Since 2015 Sandra has predominantly worked with adults aged 18 to 65 years experiencing a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She has training and experience in focused psychological strategies and recovery oriented techniques and offers a person-centred, recovery focused approach. This approach acknowledges and builds on the unique strengths of people to support them with their therapeutic goals. Sandra has also collaborated effectively with carers, family members and health and other professionals to support people with their recovery.
Sandra offers services at an affordable private fee.
BA; B.Litt. Hons; MA; PhD (University of Melbourne)
Julie is a psychotherapist who employs a psychoanalytic approach to her work with children and adults. This means paying careful attention to the way a person speaks about their memories, early childhood experiences and day-to-day struggles. By providing the opportunity to speak freely, without self-censorship and without fear of external judgement, Julie focuses on a person’s inner conflicts, as well as sources of distress, anxiety and suffering that may have been buried. In the case of children, observation and careful listening while they play can assist in identifying and resolving personal conflicts and anxieties. Julie’s work is directed toward long-term solutions. It is particularly suited to problems that are recurrent, patterns that seem impossible to change and aspects of our lives that appear to be inexplicable.
Julie is a member of the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis (ACP) and has completed the Four- Year Program of Theoretical and Clinical Studies in Psychoanalysis and is an active participant in the centre’s activities. She has completed the Mental Health Practitioner Course with PACFA (the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) and also their training in Practical Ethics for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. She is also a sociologist and author. Her background in sociology ensures that she has an awareness of and a sensitivity to the cultural, social and historical forces that shape our lives.
Julie offers her services at an affordable private fee.
Gabby is an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist. She has been in private practice since 2008 and has worked extensively in the public and private areas.
Gabby works with the counselling relationship; she utilises short term and strength based approaches to therapy as well as long term psychotherapy. Gabby believes it is important to respond to the request for therapy in a flexible manner which addresses the client’s needs and expectations at the time, and that these needs may differ across the lifespan and the presenting problem. Gabby works with clients individually as well as their relationships. She sees couples as well as Family groups. Gabby is experienced working with clients of diverse backgrounds and same sex couples and has specific experience in:
- Adolescent and young adult mental health
- Infertility, pregnancy and perinatal issues
- Assisted Reproduction (IVF)
- Carer issues
- Anxiety and depression
- Grief and loss
- Life transitions
Gabby is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and is able to offer Medicare rebates under a Mental Health Care Plan. She is also able to offer a flexible private affordable fee. Gabby has qualifications in Family Therapy through Sweinburne University and has trained as a Couple Relationship Counsellor. Gabby has an interest in psychoanalysis and has been undertaking the 4 year Program of Clinical and Theoretical Studies at the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis since 2015. She is also an Accredited Counsellor with Carers Victoria and is registered with the Carers Victoria Counselling Program. Gabby is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Susan has over thirty years of experience as a psychologist. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of community and hospital-based mental health settings. She enjoys seeing clients from a wide range of backgrounds.
Her training (Masters and Post-Masters) is in psychodynamic therapy, family therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Her special interests include resilience and creativity. In the mid-2000s, she co-authored two published papers on the evidence-based risk and protective factors that underpin resilience. This filters back into her clinical work. She likes to share information about evidence-based resilience with her clients because it helps to frame a plan for their work together.
When appropriate, a plan may include exploring how a client’s building blocks for creativity (self-reflection, making and play) can be strengthened.
Susan works with clients aged eighteen years and over.
Dr Christine Deftereos – 0418 530 583 or email email@example.com
Psychotherapist, Social Worker
PhD; Master of Arts; Dip. Ed; BA (Hons)(The University of Melbourne); Master of Social Work (RMIT University)
Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Christine is a Psychotherapist and holds a Masters of Social work with a specialization in trauma informed care and practice. Christine’s experience ranges across Mental Health, Addiction, Family Violence and in working with clients, especially children and young people with Complex Trauma, Post Traumatic and Dissociative Stress Disorders, Anxiety and Depression, and Inter-generational Trauma. Christine works with both individuals and with families and offers play-based therapy when working with infants, children and young people. Christine has experience in working with culturally and ethnically diverse communities and with clients from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Christine has completed professional placements with the Department of Health and Human Services within Child Protection and has an interest in Mother-infant attachment and attunement, client driven protective strategies, and experiences of structural and inter-generational disadvantage. In her Social Policy and Advocacy Role within the AASW Christine was involved in collating the lived experiences of people experiencing mental illness in the recent Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and in writing policy submissions to Government. Christine is committed to advocacy and reform within the Mental Health System. Christine continues her research and learning in these areas along with pursuing further professional training in Psychoanalysis with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis where she is an active contributing member to research, scholarship and clinical practice.
Prior to Social Work, Christine worked as an Educator and Researcher in Australian Universities for over seventeen years and has been involved in mentoring and psycho-educational programs with young people experiencing disadvantage and hardship. Christine holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne in Social Theory with a specialisation in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, Postcolonial trauma, concepts of self, political identities and social bonds in postcolonial societies, having published in these areas.
Christine offers a reasonable private rate and is able to work with clients across different stages of their life span.
Georgie Labb - 0401 144 129
Georgie is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Georgie has worked as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist since 2008, providing assessment and therapy services to children in a variety of settings, including child-care centres, preschools, schools, specialist educational settings, the community and private practice.
Prior, Georgie worked in a large tertiary hospital in rehabilitation services and acute care. Georgie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Behavioural Studies and a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology.
Medicare rebates are available via GP and Paediatrician referral.
Private health insurance may be utilised for eligible services.
Georgie is a Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Provider.
NDIS - services for self or plan managed participants
Carly holds a Bachelor of Health Science & Masters of Occupational Therapy practice, an Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy and is a Certified Hatha Yoga/Meditation teacher. Carly is passionate about "Enabling Individuals, Children & Families to move through life well" so they can participate in everyday activities that they .
In the pursuit of independence, her is, To support people in their endeavor to achieve, overall health and well-being, To value an individuals decision regarding their healthcare options, and Provide education founded on evidence based practice, whilst employing an Individually tailored strengths based approach to all therapeutic interventions.
: Treatment of Soft Tissue dysfunction and chronic pain management, Sensory processing/regulation, Fine/Gross motor control/coordination, Energy conservation for fatigue, Self-care skill acquisition, and enabling individuals to participate in activities of daily living both in the home and within the community
Social-Emotional skill development in children, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Dyspraxia/ DCD, Developmental Delays, Handwriting difficulties, Anxiety, Organisation & concentration difficulties and Stress Management.
REPAIR Program: "Salvation Army" (Working with Adolescents/Children who have experienced trauma), Operates her own business "Living Without Boundaries" in Eltham (North-Eastern Suburbs), Provides mobile services for "Inspiring Possibilities" and is available for therapy services at "TreeHaus Allied Health Clinic" on Monday mornings and Fridays, weekly.
Click to go to website for occupational therapy services by Carly at inspiring possibilities
Siân Williams - 9397 4499
AHPRA Registered Occupational Therapist
Member of Occupational Therapy Australia
Siân trained as an Occupational Therapist in New Zealand (Auckland University of Technology) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and moved to Melbourne with her partner in 2016.
She has a range of experience with both children and adults but now predominantly works in paediatrics. She works closely with families including in the clinic and home environment and also with teachers at kinder or school to develop strategies to support children to participate in activities of daily living.
Siân has experience working with children with a range of difficulties including sensory processing, emotional regulation, play and social skills, fine and gross motor (including handwriting), self-care skills (washing, dressing, feeding, toileting, grooming) and executive functioning (attention, memory, planning and organisation). She has worked with children with a range of conditions including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delay and Intellectual Disability.
Alison Lee - 0438 211 539
Maternal and Child Health Nurse
Registered Nurse Dv1
Alison Lee is an experienced Maternal and Child Health Nurse and Midwife. She has multiple years experience in both hospital and community based settings. At TreeHaus, Alison provides Sleep and Settling Advice to parents. She can help parents to identify their baby's tired signs and unsettled behaviours. As well as provide general baby care, help with sleep routines and feeding support. Alison will also be providing group programs to pregnant women and their partners and to new parents when their newborn baby arrives.
Alison completed a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the Australian Catholic University (Melb) in 2003. She then worked as a General Nurse enjoying a variety of fields, but particularly enjoyed Gynaecology and Paediatric nursing. Alison was accepted into a Midwifery program through La Trobe University and Goulburn Valley health and completed a post graduate certificate in Midwifery in 2005. While studying and working, Alison gained exceptional experience in the birthing processes, and the postnatal periods. She gained valuable special care nursery experience and honed her clinical nursing and midwifery skills working in a busy and unpredictable birthing suite.
Alison then moved to Melbourne where she continued to practice Midwifery working at Western Health (sunshine) and working casually at the Royal Women’s Hospital and some private hospitals around Melbourne.
During this time Alison worked mostly in birth suite, but also managed a regular antenatal clinic and provided Antenatal education sessions on a weekly basis.
In 2008 Alison completed her Masters in Community, Child and Family health, which qualified her to practice Maternal and Child health Nursing. This further education and extension of midwifery has enable her to broaden her breastfeeding knowledge, and extend her clinical assessment skills.
Her aim is that she can pass on her knowledge and provide practical help that is empathetic and evidenced based to parents in need of extra assistance.
SARAH BOYKETT (APD) - 0480 203 381 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All Over Nutrition
M.Diet. | B.App.Sci.
Sarah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who believes that eating well does not have to be confusing or complicated. She enjoys working with clients to translate the endless supply of nutrition information into simple individualised steps to achieve their health goals.
Sarah works with clients with general healthy eating advice, or for advice about the management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), (including additional training from Monash University in the low FODMAP diet), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and coeliac disease as well as food allergies and intolerances, sports nutrition and disordered eating.
NATASHA LANE (APD) - 0480 203 381 or email@example.com
M.Diet. | B.App.Sci.
Natasha is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), that loves cooking and eating. She educates and counsels clients to feel empowered and confident to make food and lifestyle choices that fit with their health goals.
Natasha has developed a special interest in sensory processing and how it contributes to food aversion and restriction, especially in the neurodiverse. She has recently completed Sensory Oral Sequential (SOS) feeding therapy training for children that have sensory processing problems relating to food and eating.
Natasha can provide support to clients that are looking for guidance on healthy eating including fussy eaters. She can also assist with dietary management of food allergies, intolerances, chronic diseases like coeliac disease, diabetes and heart disease, as well as gastrointestinal problems like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Natasha has also completed the Monash University FODMAP Training course for the management of IBS.
Christina Browning - 0447 261 904 or e:firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga Teacher - Yoga for Mental Health
Member: Yoga Australia
Christina has completed over 500 hours of yoga therapy studies with Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda in New Zealand, Amsterdam, Bali and Melbourne. She has over 5 years of professional teaching experience in both Thailand and Australia. She presented at the 2018 Australia and New Zealand Cognitive Analytical Therapy conference on the benefits of yoga practice and yoga psychology for mental health. Christina is registered with Yoga Australia and lives and works in Melbourne’s West.
Christina specialises in teaching small group and individualised yoga therapy classes for anxiety and depression. She uses her skills to engage her clients’ body, breath and mind; teaching self care strategies for optimal health and wellbeing.
Yoga for mental health 4 week course
Her interest in yoga for mental health developed after the practice helped her own recovery from burnout, deep seated anxiety and depression. Alongside her personalised services, Christina teaches Yoga for Mental Health workshops with Jennifer O'Brien. These workshops are often coupled with individualised private classes. The approach integrates psychotherapy and yoga, supporting clients to develop holistic self care strategies that support embodiment and release of unhelpful patterns.
Jennifer O'Brien - email@example.com
Cognitive Analytical Therapy
Experiential Art Therapy
Somatic yoga practice - "Yoga for mental health program"
Jennifer is an experienced mental health clinician that has completed training within a wide and varied array of therapies. She has worked as a mental health Occupational Therapist for over 20 years and brings additional qualifications such as Cognitive Analytical Therapy and Creative and Experiential Art therapy. Jennifer’s experience working with a broad range of populations has seen her develop strong clinical skills in working with high prevalence disorders such as depression, anxiety and other trauma related disorders.
She utilises creative approaches to therapy by integrating yoga practices, movement, music, art and other creative modalities alongside traditional talk therapy in order to allow individuals to explore and engage with their emotions in a way that works for them.
She is currently undertaking Yoga teacher training and integrates somatic yoga practices within her psychotherapy practice to support individuals to manage trauma experiences and their mental health. Yoga provides an explanatory framework along with distinct tools that can help people to manage their mental health. These are integrated together with Cognitive Analytical Therapy to provide opportunities to understand and improve your mental health. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity for neurocognitive processing (top-down) so we can identify and understand how cognitive, behavioural and psychological patterns developed. Yoga practices provide an opportunity for neurophysiological processing (bottom-up) so we can develop new helpful patterns through breath, movement and mindfulness experiences. Ultimately integrating both approaches can provide opportunity for understanding “why” we are the way we are and “how” we can shift to positions of equanimity, mindfulness and mind-body connection. Currently Jennifer holds an academic position at Australian Catholic University where she teaches counselling and mental health and is involved in research focusing on integrating yoga within mainstream healthcare.