Practice Founder and Director - TreeHaus Williamstown
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)
Walk A Mile In My Shoes (WAMIMS) - Mental Health Awareness Project - Founder and Chair
B.App.Sc, B.S.W, Member AMHSW, ACP
Located: 2 Coxs Garden and 95 Ferguson St, Williamstown. On Tuesdays, located at our new site at 380 Springvale Rd, Forest Hill.
Justine Brogna is the founder and director of TreeHaus Williamstown created and inspired from her years of work with people experiencing mental health difficulties.
Justine Brogna is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Justine has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability Studies and Psychology. She has also completed four years of formal postgraduate studies in the field of Theoretical and Clinical Studies in Psychoanalysis at the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis (ACP). Justine is a current member of the ACP, and has continued her ongoing theoretical studies at the centre over the last 18 years. Justine is currently a recognised candidate in training as a Lacanian Psychoanalyst with the centre.
Her experience in mental health practice as been in both public and private sectors since 2002. Justine worked at Headspace for adolescent mental health and also 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 has also worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital 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.
More recently in 2020, along side her ongoing work as TreeHaus director and consulting clinician, Justine was employed for 1 year at Eastern Health Mental Health Service (EH MH) as a senior Grade 3 Social Worker and Coordinator for Families with a Parent with a Mental Illness (FaPMI). Justine continues to work closely with the EH FaPMI team providing ongoing TreeHaus sponsorship for the EH Family Fun Day event.
Justine is 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 (Italian) case management portfolio within the IWAMHS.
Justine is the project founding developer, chair and coordinator of the "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" initiative, 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 community toward mental health services for adults and also into local primary schools to support children by creating wellbeing retreat spaces for children to go to during school time when they are feeling distressed.
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 referral from a GP.
Williamstown Kids Reception - 0473 755 484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Located at new site
95 Ferguson St, Williamstown
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.
Click here to go to the TreeHaus Autism Assessment Therapy (THAAT) team page.
Vaughn Rogers – 0439 565 784 or 9397 4499
TreeHaus clinic - Located at 2 Coxs garden, Williamstown
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 Rigley - 9397 4499 Located at new TreeHaus site - 95 Ferguson St, Williamstown
BA (Psych), Grad Dip (App Psych), MEdPsych, MAPS
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 include 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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Barbara Hübl -9397 4499
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) University of Melbourne;
Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS); Member Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis (ACP)
Currently available on Wednesdays from 9am to 7pm at 2 Cox’s Garden, Williamstown.
Barbara has been working continuously as a registered psychologist since 1986 and remains committed to assisting people to overcome what ails them. She has extensive experience and skills treating a wide range of mental health symptoms and problems, psychological wellbeing issues and those arising from difficult life circumstances. She works with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and of all ages across the lifespan including with their families, carers and other involved practitioners as necessary.
Barbara has worked with people in various settings including schools (both secondary and primary years), adult and child and family health teams in Community Health Centres, drug and alcohol treatment services, woman’s prison health service, and in private practice.
Barbara is committed to an ethics of non-judgmental treatment. She listens and works with people to clarify what troubles them, what they suffer with, what repetitive patterns hinder them and with what they want to change and achieve in their life. Barbara employs the “talking cure” and practical and focused psychological strategies aimed to assist people to improve their wellbeing and enable them to pursue their goals and aims in life.
Barbara provides services for a private fee and negotiates affordable rates, depending on people’s circumstances.
Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Care Plan from a medical practitioner.
Can provide services under self-managed NDIS plans and private health insurance may be utilised.
Dr Julie Stephens - 0425 708 612 or 9397 4499
Located at TreeHaus Clinic - 2 Coxs Garden, Williamstown
Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
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.
Jo Willis - 9397 4499
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Registered Integrative Health Practitioner Level 2 (IHP2)
Located at 2 Coxs Garden, Williamstown
Jo is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Jo has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters in Counselling and Human Services majoring in a therapeutic approach called Emotion Focused Therapy. After working for some time just focusing on her clients' cognitive processes and learning about the complex link between a person's gut health and overall cognitive well-being Jo completed further studies and is a Registered Integrative Health Practitioner Level 2 (IHP2). She holds professional registration with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists and can provide a holistic approach to mental health care.
Her experience in mental health practice has been in both the public and private sectors since 2010. Jo has worked in private practice since 2016. She has worked with a broad range of age groups including; adolescents, parents, adults, and the elderly. Jo has a special interest in working with individuals experiencing depression and anxiety and also with women struggling with imbalanced hormones including PCOS.
The therapeutic approaches Jo draws most on in practice include a combination of but are not limited to; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you unpack the thought processes associated with the issue at hand, Emotion Focused Therapy to help you gain an understanding of your emotional response, and Narrative Therapy to help you understand the stories you develop and carry with you. The outcome of using these three therapeutic approaches in practice supports you to feel understood in your personal journey, help’s you to develop a deeper understanding and knowing about who you are as a person and then I will give you the tools to either shift the perspective you once had or you will leave with the tools you need to manage the life challenges you present with.
Jo can also run a range of Functional Medicine Lab testing to identify root cause imbalances in the body. These tests can help identify why you have low energy, bloating, brain fog, can’t lose weight, are feeling tired and wired, experiencing rapid aging and the list goes on. When we’re able to identify the toxicities and deficiencies in the body then we can work on rebalancing the body so that you can have the energy, vitality, and improved mental health that you’re after.
Jo also provides the AromaTouch Technique (ATT) which is a clinical approach to applying essential oils. ATT is not a regular full-body massage, it is a 45-minute to 1-hour treatment. The essential oils applied along energy lines and reflexology points stimulates homeostasis and balance the body. ATT helps to improve well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors, supports healthy autonomic function, stimulates the body’s energy lines, centers/balances your body system and its function. In addition, this treatment can also help to stimulate the emotional center of your brain creating a sense of well-being.
Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Care Plan from the GP.
Mental health social worker, Family Therapist, ACU Lecturer in Masters in Family and Systemic Therapy
My clinical experience over the last 8 years has been in working with individuals and families of all ages and stages, from younger children all the way through to older adults. I have Masters degrees in both Social Work and in Family and Systemic Therapy. I am also trained in a broad range of evidence-based approaches which I use as the need arises. As a therapist, most of my experience is in hospital outpatient settings and I am now making the transition into private practice. I particularly like working with children, adolescents, and their parents.
My approach is to explore what is contributing to the pain or difficulty and to understand where each person involved is coming from. I like to make the sessions relaxed, focused, and helpful, but I also want to understand the bigger picture, and I tailor the treatment to the presenting issues. Together with the client(s), we develop practical strategies that ease distress, heal the ruptures, and make life better and more meaningful. I like to provide a space to have those difficult conversations and process emotions. My goal is for individuals to be able to turn to their families or people who care for them during times of stress and find a way forward together, celebrating the unique strengths and growth of each person and family.
Dr Riham Abousennah - 9397 4499
Registered Psychologist - Rebates available soon
• Bilingual English and Arabic
children, adolescents, and adults, with particular expertise in family and relationship counselling.
mental health counsellor with over 13 years’ experience skilled in working with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families across private and educational settings.
She worked as a registered psychologist and psychotherapist overseas and is a fully registered Psychologist in Australia.
Some of presenting problems that Riham is well equipped to assist with include:
adjustment disorder, anger management, anxiety, body-dissatisfaction, children’s social and friendship issues, depression, domestic and family violence, family relationship issues, learning anxiety, midlife crisis, parenting skills, personal growth, postnatal depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, stress management, unresolved issues from childhood, Trauma, PTSD, and weight management.
Riham utilizes various therapeutic modes, depending on the client and their presenting problems to best tailor individual therapy. Her approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Systems (IFS), Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Relaxation Training (including breath work), Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma focused therapy, and Support Counselling.
Georgie Labb - 9397 4499 - working remotely online
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.
NDIS - services for self or plan managed participants
Aprille is a Clinical Nutritionist with 9 years’ experience in the field. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Therapy and a Bachelor of Education. Aprille is also a certified Neuro Change Practitioner. This skillset enables her to provide specialised knowledge, teach people how to apply it to their lives and help them understand and change their thought patterns.
Aprille’s passion for nutrition began when her children were young. Her son became hyperactive, her daughter developed ongoing food related stomach pain and her husband wanted to improve his strength and endurance. These personal experiences led her to pursue a career in nutrition to help them and others, improve their health and well-being through nutrition and lifestyle.
Through her career, Aprille has worked with individuals and families to improve their nutrition, lifestyle, mindset and habits. She has also worked with teens and young adults who struggle with food and body image issues. She is experienced in improving outcomes for people with IBS, IBD, weight management, PCOS, mood stabilisation, sports nutrition, acne, inflammation, immune function, gut health, menopause, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, ASD and ADHD.
Outside of work, Aprille enjoys running and cycling to stay fit. She enjoys cooking health meals for her family and practices meditation to maintain her own health and well-being.
Private health fund rebates may apply.
NDIS services for participants who are self-managed and plan managed.
I began practicing Yoga and Mindfulness as a teen to soothe and find comfort during periods of stress and anxiety. Over the years, I have experienced the empowering impact these practices have had, and how they have shaped my own well-being. I have since been inspired to share Yoga with others and have completed over 600 hours of study. The trainings have been Trauma Informed and Mental Health focused. I have been teaching Yoga to adults in studios for the past four years as well as facilitating Child and Youth programs in school and studio settings.
Mindfulness and curiosity are weaved through my classes, supporting you through a present-moment experience. Through my teaching style, I will gently guide you with the intention to soothe body and mind. I will always aim to lead you towards discovering your own Yoga practice that feels uniquely supportive to you.
The Lucia Studio is a space for you! Our calm and welcoming studio offers Yoga and Mindfulness to all ages, with a focus on Mental Health and Well-being. Each Yoga class at The Lucia Studio aims to support you as you are.
If you would like to find out more about our offerings, or book into a class, connect with us via our website or social media.
QUALIFICATIONS and experience
Yin Yoga and Functional Anatomy 50 hours, Dr. Karina Smith
Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate
50 hour Teens and Youth Trauma-Informed Yoga and Mindfulness: Jo Buick
Clinical Psychologist – Member of the Australian Psychological Society
Master of Clinical Psychology
Located at 380 Springvale Rd, Forest Hill
For appointments, please contact TreeHaus on 9397 4499.
Karen aims to work collaboratively with all her clients, and to foster an environment in which others feel respected and valued. She strives to build a therapeutic relationship based on a shared understanding and works with a non-judgmental and accepting approach.
Karen began working in a not-for-profit organisation before moving into public mental health across a range of teams, gaining experience with a range of clients and mental health presentations. She has also worked in University training teams, and in other private practices with a broad age range of clients. Alongside private practice, Karen also holds a team leader role in public mental health.
These experiences have built her passion for working with anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, adjustment, and personality difficulties. Karen believes in supporting others to improve their well-being and to live life a better life.
She is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, (CBT) acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive analytic therapy, (CAT). She also has training in family-based therapy (FBT) and cognitive behavioural therapy – enhanced (CBT-E).
Karen is a Clinical Psychologist who is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a registered Clinical Supervisor.
Karen has been a Clinical Psychologist for more than 10 years.
She works with people aged 16 years to 60 years.
Karen is able to accept mental health care plans with a referral from a GP, and can accept referrals from NDIS self-managed plans, as well as private health insurance.
Vanessa Karagiannis is a compassionate provisional psychologist, recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). With a passion for guiding her clients towards personal growth and achieving their untapped potential, Vanessa is dedicated to enhancing their overall well-being, quality of life, and relationships. Drawing upon her expertise in psychology and advanced mental health practice, she strives to positively impact her clients and empower them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Having worked with individuals of various ages, including children and adolescents, and a diverse range of challenges, Vanessa has the clinical training to assist individuals, couples, and families on overcoming challenges and thriving across all facets of life. Grounded in evidence-based practices from numerous therapeutic modalities, her therapeutic approach creates a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore and develop effective strategies to address a wide range of clinical presentations including, and not limited to, trauma, depression, anxiety, phobias, behavioural challenges, social and emotional difficulties, relationships, adjustment problems, learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental disorders.
Vanessa is trained in conducting comprehensive assessments for developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cognitive abilities encompassing intelligence, memory, and learning difficulties, specific learning disorders, academic achievements, emotional and behavioural assessments, personality, vocational, victims of crime, NDIS applications, and the diagnosis of various mental disorders.
In addition to her clinical services, Vanessa offers consultancy services that include workshops and professional developmental opportunities aimed at helping individuals and workplaces achieve their goals. NDIS and will be able to offer Medicare rebate once full registration becomes available in Dec/Jan.
Radha is a mental health counsellor dedicated to helping individuals of all ages, in overcoming challenges like depression, anxiety, and identity crises. With a master's degree in rehabilitation and mental health counselling and a bachelor's degree in applied psychology honours, Radha brings a solid educational background to her practice.
Her professional journey includes working in various settings, such as schools, orphanages and rehabilitation centres, where Radha successfully assisted children and adolescents facing issues like HIV-Aids, abandonment, racial identity, and low self-esteem. Her expertise extends to individuals dealing with alcohol dependency, internet addiction, school-related stress, sports performance concerns, spiritual challenges, as well as couples navigating relationship difficulties.
Radha's counselling approach is rooted in person-centred principles, aiming to spark self-discovery, transformation, and personal growth in her clients. Fluent in both Hindi and English, she offers her services for a private fee, with negotiability based on individual circumstances.
Radha employs a diverse array of counselling techniques tailored to each client's unique goals. Her therapeutic approaches include but are not limited to Emotion Focus Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, and Short-Term Counselling. This blend ensures Radha can adapt her methods to meet the specific needs of each individual under her care, creating a personalized and effective therapeutic experience.
Beyond her role as a mental health counsellor, Radha is a registered yoga instructor affiliated with the Yoga Alliance. Embracing a holistic perspective, she seamlessly integrates coping skills like relaxation techniques, breathwork, guided meditations, and yoga into her practice. This approach provides clients with a well-rounded wellness experience on their journey toward improved mental health and overall well-being.
Vanessa Fernadaz has been a social worker for over 15 years and also a family therapist.
Vanessa currently works as a social worker in public mental health in the Infant, Child and Youth Mental health program.
Vanessa has commenced her registration for the Mental Health Social Worker (MHSW) Accreditation. Awaiting approval and Provider number to be able to provide Medicare rebates.
Vanessa can accept referrals in private practice of all ages and works with all types of mental health related issues, including; anxiety, depression, suicidality, self harming behaviours, BPD and other personality disorders. Also Couples and Family Therapy.
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Reception / Intake
Sarina Brogna - 9397 4499
Allied Health Receptionist
Located at 95 Ferguson St, Williamstown
Sarina has over 50 years experience in reception, phone and book keeping work. She has worked in both large companies and within her own business.
Sarina works part time hours spread across five days Monday - Friday in her role as intake worker for TreeHaus.
Sarina is the initial point of contact for referrals into the clinic.
When contacting Sarina on intake, please provide her with your contact details, who the referral is for - yourself or someone else and the reason for referral (brief description outlining the concerns).
Sarina will provide the referral information to the relevant practitioner for the practitioner to then contact you to arrange an initial consultation.