Our Clinicians

Nanduvi Abeysinghe

Nanduvi is a provisional psychologist, who is currently completing her Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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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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Selam Ahmed

Selam Ahmed

Selam is currently completing her internship within our internal clinics as part of the Master of Professional Psychology Practice degree at the Cairnmillar Institute.

 

 

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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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Jo Baker

Jo is a student clinician and is currently completing her placement within our internal clinics as part of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy course.

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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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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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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 (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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Alex Dando

Alex (she/her) is currently studying a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (CMI) and is a student counsellor completing her placement at the Cairnmillar Community Clinic in Hawthorn. Alex believes the counselling relationship is based on collaboration, listening, support and care for whatever may be concerning the client.

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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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Cecilia Fan

Cecilia has decades of experience working in China for the Australian Government and as a consultant in international business and education.

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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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Louisa Gibson

Louisa is a provisional Counsellor and Psychotherapist currently undertaking placement at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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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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Rachael Iudica

Rachael Iudica

Rachael is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who aims to develop a genuine therapeutic rapport with her clients and provide a safe, reflective space in which they feel heard and understood. She offers a person-centred approach and works collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals.

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Priyanka Krishnan-D’Souza

Priyanka (she/her) is a provisional counsellor currently studying a Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute and completing clinical placement at the Cairnmillar Community Clinic.

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Laetitia Leary

Laetitia brings a warm, empathetic, and collaborative approach to her work with clients. She strives to create a nurturing space in which clients feel safe to share their current difficulties and work towards individualised goals that result in meaningful change.

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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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Nia Laver

Nia (she/ they), LGBTQIA+ allied, is based at the North Melbourne community clinic as a provisional psychotherapist and counsellor. They are currently completing their Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute.

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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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Claudia Rachele

Claudia is a provisional psychologist who is currently completing a Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at the Cairnmillar Institute. Claudia has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Deakin University.

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Ashley Randall

Ashley (She/Her) is a provisional psychologist currently completing her Master of Psychology (Clinical). As part of her degree, she is completing her placement at the Cairnmillar Institute Psychology Clinic.

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Ellen Richardson

Ellen is a provisional psychologist, in the first year of the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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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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Jessica Sgarano

Jessica is a provisional psychologist, currently completing her Master in Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at the Cairnmillar Institute. Jessica completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Monash University, and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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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 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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Nimasha Weerakoon

Nimasha (She/Her) is a provisional psychologist currently completing the Master of Clinical Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute. She enjoys working collaboratively with people of all ages, sexualities, gender identities and across cultural communities.

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Darcy White

Darcy (he/him) is a provisional psychologist who is completing their placement within the Cairnmillar Clinics. Darcy utilises a warm, empathic and non-judgmental interpersonal style to connect and communicate with his clients, whilst empowering them to identify areas for development and treatment goals.

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Neil Wilson

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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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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