Our Clinicians

Cristian-Acciarito

Cristian Acciarito

Cristian has experience working with a variety of presentations and has worked with adults and adolescents on issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, resilience, assertiveness, coping, sleep issues, drug and alcohol issues, and addictive behaviours.

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A/Prof. Alex Bahar-Fuchs

A/Prof. Alex Bahar-Fuchs

Alex is an experienced clinician and researcher who is particularly passionate about healthy cognitive ageing, and the treatment of people with or at risk of dementia. He is a leading Australian and international authority on cognitive interventions for older people, and his work informed clinical practice guidelines in Australia and beyond.

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Ruvi Balasuriya

Ruvi is a placement student who is currently completing her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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Terence Bartholomew

Dr Terence Bartholomew

Terry works with adults, couples or older adolescents, and works with people experiencing relationships/work/psycho-legal difficulties and transitions, family challenges, depression, trauma, identity struggles, men’s issues, self-harm, and substance use/addiction.

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Cameron Bateman

Cameron is a registered psychologist completing a Master of Clinical Psychology (Post-Registration). He has experience working with a range of groups, across all ages. He has particular skills building strong therapeutic relationships with those with complex difficulties.

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Dr Jennifer Baxter

Dr Jennifer Baxter

Jennifer aims to develop a warm and genuine therapeutic relationship with her clients. She takes a client-centred approach in helping individuals work toward their goals.

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Giorgia Goddard

Jen Briggs

Jen is a Provisional Psychologist completing her 6th year internship in 2023 at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Kimberley Chan

Kim is an AHPRA registered psychologist who is passionate about helping people of all ages and backgrounds with their mental health and well-being by providing a safe and nurturing environment. She adopts a warm and collaborative approach in her practice.

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Dr Michael Clarke

Michael is a Clinical Psychologist with a commitment to helping people find contentment and happiness within themselves. Michael is compassionate and understanding and is very supportive of his clients.

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Ally Culhane

Ally Culhane

Ally (she/her) is a provisional psychologist completing a Master of Professional Psychology Practice at the Cairnmillar Institute. She works with clients of all demographics seeking support with depression, anxiety, or trauma, as well as more general support on topics such as stress, life transitions and identity. She is also available for assessments.

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Dr James Donnelly

Dr James Donnelly

Dr Donnelly earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Human Development with extensive training in psychotherapy, developmental disabilities, dementia and neuropsychology at Vanderbilt University.

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Michelle Doolan

Michelle Doolan

Michelle is a Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist who works with children, adults, couples, and families.  Michelle tailors her approach and supports clients to connect with their strengths as they work towards their goals.

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Stacey Freebody

Stacey Freebody

Stacey is a psychologist with professional passions across developmental research and teaching, as well the applied clinical support of her child clients and their families.

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Dr Christine Brown

Giorgia Goddard

Giorgia (She/Her) is a provisional psychologist currently completing the Master of Clinical Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute. Giorgia brings a warm, empathic tone, and person first approach to all of her work and aims to use connection and clarity to assist with change and growth.

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Rudy Gonzalez

Rudy Gonzalez

Rudy’s clinical work is influenced by trauma-focused and informed practice, psychodynamic, culturally inclusive and recovery-oriented practice.

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Dee Goodman

Dee is an experienced social work counselor, couple counselor and family therapist with a varied background and a passion for working with children, adults, couples, and families.

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Anita Gupta

Anita Gupta

Anita works with people across the lifespan, with a special interest in children and parents and is experienced in assisting with a range of concerns.

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Margaret (Malgorzata) Karafilowska

Margaret (Malgorzata) Karafilowska

Margaret works collaboratively with her clients to achieve realistic and meaningful life changes and goals. She is committed to helping people find a sense of acceptance and meaning, for themselves and their relationships, within a client-centered approach.

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Min Li

Min completed her Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University in 2011. She is a registered psychologist and an Educational and Developmental psychology registrar.

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Maria Marshall

Maria Marshall

Maria is completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Professional Psychology and completing her 6th year internship (Master of Professional Psychology Practice degree) in 2023 at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Katie McKenzie

Katie is a registered Psychologist, Board-approved supervisor and member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS). Katie has experience working in forensic settings, schools and in private practice.

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Kartar Nahl

Kartar is completing her Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the Cairnmillar Clinic. Kartar believes strongly in supporting clients with genuine connection, non-judgement, and warmth.

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Matt Nissenbaum

Matthew is a provisional psychologist who has experience working with children and adults. He is passionate about working with clients from diverse backgrounds and believes it is important to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients.

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Sophie O’Donnell

Sophie O’Donnell

Sophie is interested in working with individuals from across the lifespan who are experiencing a variety of difficulties. These include depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, and difficulties with concentration and attention.

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Ben Perfitt

Experience working with diverse presenting problems, across a wide age group through my work in the community and placement as a Student Counsellor at William Angliss Institute

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Toni Roberts

Toni Roberts

Toni is a provisional psychologist completing her 6th year internship as part of the Master of Professional Psychology Practice at the Cairnmillar Institute in 2023.

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Dr Joseph Sakdalan

Dr Joseph Sakdalan

Dr Joseph Sakdalan is an AHPRA Registered Psychologist with endorsements in clinical psychology, counselling psychology and clinical neuropsychology. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists.

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Dr Melissa Siu

Dr Melissa Siu

Melissa has worked in both public hospital and private practice settings for over 20 years.  She enjoys working with individuals and conducting group therapy.

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Imogene Smith

Imogene Smith

Imogene is an AHPRA registered psychologist and clinical psychology registrar. She works to create a safe space for clients by being compassionate, trauma-informed and neuro-affirming. Imogene tailors her approach and draws on a range of evidence-based therapy modalities to support clients in working toward their goals.

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Gina Steinberg

Gina brings a wealth of knowledge and a keen interest in child and adolescent psychology, relationship counselling, and the management of eating disorders and anxiety. Gina’s clinical practice is marked by a passion for supporting children, adolescents, young adults, and their families through challenging times, fostering resilience, understanding, and positive change.

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Melissa Strang

Melissa Strang

Melissa (she/her) is a Provisional Psychologist currently undertaking a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) at The Cairnmillar Institute.

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Dom Styczynski

Dominik is passionate and caring about providing quality care to his clients. He is committed to establishing a strong positive therapeutic relationship with a client centred approach.
A key strength of Dominik’s is his patience and understanding of clients as he often acknowledges that change can be a slow process with a lot of setbacks.

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Kayla Ta

Kayla Ta

Kayla is a provisional psychologist who is completing her Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology). She aims to provide a safe space for clients, nurturing the therapeutic relationship through empathy and non-judgment.

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Jing Xuan Wang

Jing Xuan Wang

Jing (she/her) is a provisional psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and currently completing the Master of Professional Psychology Practice.

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Charlotte Wardell

Currently completing her Master of Psychology (Clinical) with the Cairnmillar Institute, Charlotte (she/her) values a holistic, client-centred approach.

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Neil Wilson

Neil is an experienced psychologist who has worked in clinical and private settings over the past decade. He works collaboratively with his clients to create realistic goals for treatment.

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Saskia Wise

Saskia is developing her competencies in clinical practice across a range of areas and presenting issues including anxiety, stress, depression, emotion regulation, body image, self-esteem and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Meg Woolfit

Meg is completing a Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute. Her therapeutic approach is client-centred, and built on a foundation of empathy, openness, and willingness to be present with whatever is happening for the client.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Cairnmillar Institute acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are meeting. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be here today.

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