All the research indicates that therapeutic ‘fit’ is one of the best predictors of positive treatment outcomes, so finding the right clinician for you is of the utmost importance.
Please have a look at our available clinicians (11 in all!) and feel free to speak to us about your needs so we can try and get the right ‘fit’ for you first time out!
Danielle Graber – Clinical Psychologist
BMedSc, BSc(Hons), BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clin)
Danielle is the Principal Psychologist and Director here at 12 Points Psychology. She is a clinical psychologist and board-approved supervisor with over 12 years experience working with children, teens and adults in a variety of clinical settings including; inpatient units, early parenting centres, foster care and community services agencies, schools, universities and fertility clinics.
Danielle is also an animal-assisted therapist and works with Rory, Jersey & Winston to provide patient-centered psychological services to clients with experiences of; mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, trauma, grief (including pet loss), chronic illness, fertility issues, stress management and personality disorders. She is passionate about demystifying psychology and removing the stigma of “seeing a shrink” as she feels everyone can benefit from the insights psychology can offer.
Danielle likes to focus her clinical work on helping clients work out what’s preventing them from getting on with what they want to achieve in life, and then supporting them as they overcome those obstacles.
Danielle is available for appointments with kids, teens, adults and couples on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Amanda Atchison – Adolescent Counsellor & Educational Advocacy Liaison
BDes(IndDes), BTeach(Prim&Sec), DipCouns
Amanda brings a distinctive blend of skills and knowledge to the team at 12 Points Psychology. She has extensive experience as a primary and secondary teacher working across a variety of educational settings, particularly with disengaged youth. This knowledge underpins her counselling work and provides her clients and their families with a broader scope for support. Uniquely, as an accomplished teacher, Amanda can also offer services in educational advocacy and liaison to authentically connect with both teaching and non-teaching staff to further support the needs of her clients.
Amanda works with older children and adolescents who are experiencing challenges
with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, bullying, social skills, low self-esteem, self-harm, grief and loss, emotional dysregulation, truancy and learning difficulties. In particular, she specialises in working with clients and their families who are struggling with school absenteeism/refusal.
Amanda’s strengths lie within her ability to; connect with young people through respectful conversation in which they feel heard without judgement and create a safe space for change to occur. She particularly loves to work with ‘challenging’ clients who may have struggled to connect with other professionals and seeks to empower clients as experts in their own life stories. Her methodology utilises a range of approaches including Person Centred Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and aspects of mindfulness, art, play and narrative therapies. Amanda is also trained in advanced online therapy skills and offers digital sessions for approved clients.
Amanda is available for appointments with older children (9+ years) and teens on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Annie Piper – Clinical Psychologist
AssocDip (Welfare Studies), BA(Psych&IntDev), Hons(Psych), MAPsych(Clin)
Annie completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Deakin University and has worked in a range of settings including; private practice, community health, non-profit organisations, palliative care, and the homelessness and health sector. Annie works with adults and adolescents who may be experiencing problems with; anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD and trauma related problems, grief and bereavement, and general social, emotional and interpersonal difficulties. Annie loves working with a diverse client base and especially the traditionally “hard to reach” clients who may not have connected with other therapists.
Annie is available for appointments with adolescents and adults on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.
Carly Siv – Child & Family Counsellor
BPsych, GradDipFDR, MClinFamTher(candidate)
Carly has a trauma-informed, person-centred, psychodynamic approach with a special interest in parent, adolescent & child therapy using a systemic framework.
Carly has a background in working with children and adolescents experiencing complex and developmental trauma, and children who are living with a disability. Carly has enjoyed working with individuals, couples and families for the past fifteen years, and is passionate about supporting children and families post separation.
Carly has experience in different domains of the human services sector including child trauma, family violence, family separation, foster care, homelessness, mental health, and employee asistance. Carly has degrees in psychology and dispute resolution and is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Family Therapy. She has experience working as a Child & Family Counsellor, Therapist, Family Mediator, Advisor and Child Consultant and brings all of that experience to her work here at 12 Points Psychology.
Carly is available to see children, parents and families on Mondays at our Burwood Hwy rooms.
Jacqueline Noble – Registered Psychologist
BNursing(Hons), GradCertNursing(IntCareNursing), BAppSc(Psych), GradDipPsych, MPsych
Jackie is a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Swinburne University. She came to psychology after spending 10 years as a registered nurse and so is adept at making authentic connections with her clients across the lifespan. Jackie enjoys working with clients who may present with; anger management, trauma, personality disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideation, works stress, relationship and parenting challenges, medical or health-related issues, difficulties with life transitions and grief and loss. She also has a special interest in perinatal health and well-being, especially postnatal depression and anxiety.
We know Jackie will be a great addition to the 12 Points team because she believes strongly in the healing benefits of the therapeutic relationship and the mind’s ability to recover. Therefore, Jackie is most interested in establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance with her clients, while utilising IPT, CBT and DBT techniques to assist with managing their presenting issues.
Jackie and her golden labrador, Crumpet, will be available for sessions with clients aged 14+ on Fridays.
Jane Lunt – Registered Psychologist
Jane is a Registered Psychologist who has completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Since commencing practice in 2006, Jane has worked with clients aged from six years-old through to geriatric clients. Jane has worked effectively with clients who with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ASD and ADHD, as well as those who have experienced: mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, trauma- and stress-related disorders, gender dysphoria, substance abuse disorders, and personality disorders.
Jane has worked across a range of settings, including; education, public mental health, forensic, occupational rehabilitation, non-profit organisations and private practice. Jane adopts an integrated approach to assessment and treatment, and applies this to both her individual and couples work. Jane draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy (ST) in a considered and flexible way to tailor therapy to meet the needs of her clients.
Jane is a warm, friendly, safe, non-judgmental and open-minded Psychologist who provides a space where clients feel comfortable and cared for. She has sense of humour and honesty that clients have stated they find refreshing and welcome. Jane is a member of the LGBTIQA+ community and has a passion for working with clients also from this community, including individuals and couples. She is also an animal lover and is hoping to become an animal assisted therapist so that clients have the opportunity to benefit from the presence of Wilson, one of her rescue dogs.
Jane is available to see individual children (aged 6+), adolescents and adults as well as couples on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Janine – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Janine is an accredited Mental Health Social worker who came to study later in life. She is a mother and a grandmother who brings a vast amount of life experience to the role. Previously, she’s mainly worked in non-government organisations with refugees and asylum seekers with complex trauma histories and psychological presentations including; depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and loss & grief.
Janine enjoys taking a client-centred, empowerment and strengths-based practice. She works respectfully, sensitively and empathically with clients to establish a safe space, develop rapport and build trust. She works from a position of respectful curiosity with clients about their experiences and their explanatory models for their symptoms.
Janine likes to use a mix of therapies in collaboration with her clients to best suit their needs. She often uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework to support clients to recognise and identify thoughts, fears and sources of distress causing concern, and then to develop strategies to address these concerns as well as working towards agreed goals. She also uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), systems theory, a psycho-educative approach, narrative and testimonial approaches.
Janine is available to meet with you on Fridays.
Judy Tomlinson – Clinical Psychologist
BSc, GradDipEdPsych, MPsych
Judy is a clinical psychologist, with over 12 years’ experience. She has previously worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups. Currently she is happy to see clients aged 20 years and over. Her areas of interest include: mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma, grief, pain, chronic health conditions, adjustment, transitions, stress and self-esteem.
Judy uses a variety of therapeutic interventions, geared towards what’s most beneficial for the individual client. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Judy sees adult clients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Madeleine Jablonski – Registered Psychologist
Madeleine is a registered psychologist and has experience supporting people with a range of mental health conditions such as; depression, anxiety, grief and loss, transition difficulties, identity issues, trauma (including complex childhood trauma), family violence, and sexual assault.
We’re excited to welcome Madeleine to 12 Points because she brings such diverse life experience to her role. Before embarking on her studies in psychology, Madeleine spent time; as a chef at a top Melbourne restaurant, running her own business, working in retail, aged and disability care and community health, and this great range of experience is one of the things that helps her connect with people from all walks of life.
Madeleine is passionate about effecting change and providing relief to her clients, especially via Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and is a full member of the EMDRAA (The EMDR Association of Australia). EMDR is an effective trauma therapy that helps process traumatic memory so it no longer has an emotional impact on the person. However, it can be applied to a variety of different issues that may not be traumatic. Madeleine teams this therapy with other modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness, schema-focused therapy, and solution focused therapy. She is also interested in spiritual aspects of psychology and has completed her Animal-Assisted Therapy training with her beautiful koolie-cross, Lachlan.
Madeleine is available for appointments at our Crown Court location on Wednesdays.
Megan Walsh – Clinical Psychologist
Megan is a clinical psychologist who works with children, teens or adults experiencing a range of presentations such as; mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders, chronic health issues and pain, gender dysphoria, grief (including pet loss), personality disorders, social or behavioural difficulties, and developmental disorders.
Megan has experience working with people who happen to be gender or sexually diverse and people who may be in non-monogamous, non-traditional or kink-positive relationships.
Megan draws on a range of therapy approaches depending on the needs of each individual, some of these include; Schema Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). Her personal interests include trauma-informed yoga, the potential benefits of nature experience, connection to nature, meditation and mindfulness.
Megan is an animal-assisted therapist and works with Ralph the Maltese-cross, Valentina the Italian Greyhound and Ziggy the Central Bearded Dragon – many clients find the presence of the animals in the therapy space helps to put them at ease, especially children.
Megan is available for appointments with kids, teens and adults on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Nicky Higgo – Registered Psychologist
BSocSc(Psych), GDipPsych, MProfPsych, MProfPsych(prac)
Nicky is a registered psychologist who is passionate about creating a space that is warm, safe, compassionate and accepting for her clients. Nicky believes that success in therapy is a result of working collaboratively and building a genuine therapeutic relationship together.
Nicky has worked with diverse cultures and enjoys working with her clients to help them establish and achieve their therapeutic goals. She has experience working with children (ages 6-12) as well as adults. Nicky’s areas of interest include working with people who need help with: anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment difficulties, problem-solving, self-esteem issues, recovering from family violence, developing self-compassion, difficulties with social skills, school bullying and parenting issues.
Nicky uses evidence-based interventions and a multimodal approach to suit each client’s needs, which may include; Psychoeducation, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). Nicky also likes to use mindfulness and relaxation techniques where appropriate.
Nicky is available for appointments with kids (aged 6-12) and adults on Fridays.
Nina Zadurian – Registered Psychologist – on sabbatical March-July 2020
BApplSc (Human Movement), GradDipPsych, MClinFamilyTherapy, MAPS
Nina is a psychologist with 20-years experience working in a variety of settings in the community health sector, as well as in private practice. Nina has worked with a range of adult clients with a wide variety of concerns, including; anxiety, mood disorders, grief, trauma, chronic illness, disordered eating, acquired brain injury, family problems and relationship issues.
Nina is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) and newer trauma techniques including Flash Technique. Much of her recent training in EMDR and Flash Technique was received in the United States, where Nina has also taken a leadership role in delivering training. Nina is excited about the possibilities for rapid and painless resolution of trauma memories that she is seeing with her clients and plans to focus her client work here at 12 Points on treating trauma, including traumatic grief and phobias.
Nina will not be available for new clients until she returns in July 2020.
Dr Shireen Mahtani – Clinical Psychologist
Shireen is a clinical psychologist who is experienced in working with children and youth who present with a range of mental health difficulties including; depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, separation/loss, attachment/interpersonal difficulties, identity resolution, personality, low self-worth, minority stress, transitions, bullying, and self-injurious thoughts and behaviours.
She has previously provided mental health treatment and case management services to youth in hospital, outpatient, mobile outreach and residential care services for youth.
Shireen utilises an integrated approach to assessment and treatment, appreciating the unique complexities and circumstances of each client. She primarily draws on principles from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema-focused therapy (SFT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and play therapy in her therapeutic practice with children and youth.
Shireen strives to provide a non-judgmental, safe, compassionate and warm therapeutic space for clients to express themselves and experience healing and growth. She believes that it is important for clients to ultimately gain empowerment and mastery in their own lives, and is passionate about helping her clients to work towards this.
Shireen is available for appointments for kids, teens and adults on Mondays.
Shobhna Bag – Clinical Psychology Registrar
Shobhna is completing her clinical psychology registrar program with us here at 12 Points Psychology. This means she’s a registered psychologist who is completing further training in clinical psychology.
Shobhna brings a person-centred approach to her work with clients from 10 years and up who present with issues including; chronic health, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief and loss, emotional dysregulation, stress management, sleep difficulties, and interpersonal difficulties. Her experience in hospital settings has given her experience working across the lifespan in short- and long-term therapy and in both face-to-face and online modes.
Shobhna believes in building a collaborative working relationship with her clients to help them; navigate their way through life transitions, maximise their strengths and develop strategies to assist them moving forward. She employs a variety of therapeutic techniques to achieve this, including; CBT, ACT, Schema and Mindfulness, along with adapting tools to best support clients individual needs.
Shobhna is available for appointments with individuals aged 10+ on Wednesdays.
Tania Zapparoni – Counselling Psychologist & Family Therapist
BBehSc, GDipAdolChldPsych, MPsychEd, GDipFamTher
Tania is a counselling psychologist and family therapist with more than 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, couples, and families.
Tania has had extensive experience in community health and community organizations, educational settings, and in private practice. Tania has had the opportunity to take on many diverse roles in these organizations, and is an experienced and approved supervisor with AHPRA.
Tania is influenced by many different theories and techniques in client work, including those from narrative, cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, and collaborative family therapies. Tania is committed to a collaborative and strength based approach with all clients.
Tania speaks fluent Italian and is available for appointments for kids, teens, adults, couples and families on Wednesdays.
Vanilla Elin Stener – Registered Psychologist
BSocSc(Psych), BSc(Hons), MPsych(Couns)
Vanilla is a registered psychologist who currently works with a range of clients, including people presenting with; anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, poor self-esteem and substance abuse. She has been trained in a range of therapeutic approaches, including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), sleep psychology, perinatal counselling, Aboriginal mental health, vicarious traumatisation and compassion fatigue prevention.
Vanilla has previously worked in a variety of settings including prisons, fertility clinics, aged care and online forums. Her strengths lie in; building trust with her clients, working collaboratively to understand maladaptive thoughts, feelings or behaviours and helping develop individual strengths to overcome particular challenges. Vanilla is also a trained Canine Behaviourist who will be conducting Parallel Animal Therapy Sessions (PATS) in the near future.
Vanilla speaks fluent Swedish and has appointments available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
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