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 and feel free to speak to us about your needs so we can try and get the right ‘fit’ for you first time out!
And rest assured, all of our psychologists hold full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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 with over 10 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, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Anna Kvyatkovska – Registered Psychologist
BA(Psych), GradDipPsych, MPsych (Couns)
Anna is a general psychologist with experience working in educational settings, community health, non-for-profit sector and the business sector. Over the last 5 years she has predominantly worked with children, adolescents and families from CALD and refugee backgrounds with complex trauma histories.
Anna also has an interest in working with clients across the lifespan presenting with a wide range of difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, complex trauma, mood disorders, grief and loss, stress, emotional dysregulation and attachment issues. Anna enjoys working with individuals, families and supporting positive parent-child interactions and relationships.
In her therapeutic work, Anna utilises a range of approaches and modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), play therapy, attachment focused therapy, and aspects of art therapy, narrative therapy and mindfulness.
Anna speaks fluent Ukrainian and Russian and is available for appointments with kids, teens and adults on Wednesdays.
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 & Thursdays.
Heather Mikronis – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
BA (Psych), Grad Dip Couns, MA (Social Work), DSW candidate
Heather is a highly experienced mental health clinician who strongly believes in her client’s rights to equality, respect, fairness and dignity. Heather‘s main goals for sessions are to support her client’s recovery and ensure their safety and well-being. To this end, she embraces an eclectic mix of evidence-based interventions, such as; CBT, DBT, mindfulness and client-centred therapy that is tailored specifically to maximise each client’s own individual strengths and resources.
Heather works with clients presenting with a range of issues, including; Borderline Personality Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, mood and anxiety disorders and drug and alcohol issues.
Heather and Skyla are available for appointments with individual adult clients on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Janine Bickmore – 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 at 12 Points Psychology on Saturdays.
Judy Tomlinson – Clinical Psychologist
BSc, GradDipEdPsych, MPsych, MAPS
Judy is a clinical psychologist, with 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.
Magdalen Ser – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
BA, BSocSc(Hons), MSc Family Therapy (UK), MAASW
Magdalen is a social worker with over 20 years’ experience in organisational, university and community health settings. She has a special interest in family therapy, relationship work and helping clients identify; environmental, social and other systemic obstacles to achieving their goals. While family and couples sessions do not attract a Medicare rebate, Magdalen is able to see individual clients under Mental Health Care Plans. She uses a combination of CBT, narrative, small figures, solution-focused and interpersonal therapies, depending on her client’s particular needs.
Magdalen speaks fluent Mandarin and is available for appointments with individuals, couples and families on Tuesdays.
Megan Walsh – Clinical Psychologist
Megan is a general psychologist currently completing her clinical endorsement and works with children, adolescents and adults. She has experience in the assessment and treatment of a variety of presentations, including; depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic health issues, including cancer, personality disorders, social problems, developmental disorders as well as educational and cognitive difficulties.
Megan primarily practices Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and supports and encourages clients to take an active role in the therapy process in order to achieve their goals. Megan has worked in a variety of settings, including; community clinics, hospitals and schools. Her research interests include; intersectional feminism, body positivity and connection to nature.
Megan is available for appointments with kids, teens and adults on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Michelle Pangallo – Counselling Psychologist
BA, GradDipPsych, MPsych(Couns), MAPS
Michelle is a registered Psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), who completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at LaTrobe University. Michelle has also completed her endorsement in Counselling Psychology.
Michelle is passionate about supporting children and also has interests in chronic illness, grief and loss, stress, anxiety, trauma, attachment, interpersonal issues, adjustment and transitions. Michelle has considerable experience working with clients across the lifespan, from childhood to older adulthood in Community Health, private practice, and schools. She provides a tailored and collaborative approach, drawing on a number of therapeutic interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema therapy, play therapy and psychodynamic methods.
Michelle actively volunteers with Challenge, a non-for-profit organisation supporting children with cancer and is a Committee Member and PD Convenor of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists (Victorian Branch).
Michelle and her cavalier, Pepe, are available for appointments with children, adolescents and adults on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Nina Zadurian – Registered Psychologist
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 is currently available for appointments on Fridays.
Penny Gibson – Child & Family Counsellor
BA(Psych), MMentHlthSci, GradDipCouns (FamTher) candidate
Penny is a Child and Family Counsellor and animal-assisted therapist with years of experience supporting children with their social, emotional and behavioural problems. She values helping children to manage the symptoms associated with trauma, anxiety or depression, anger or defiance, grief and loss, social disorders and sensory dysregulation, so that they can participate fully in their home life, school and community. Penny is also passionate about working collaboratively with parents so that they can feel more confident in meeting their child’s developmental needs and promoting their emotional intelligence.
Penny has the flexibility of seeing children on their own or with their family as well as seeing parents individually if they wish to receive some coaching or to explore issues affecting their care-giving. Penny is also an NDIS provider for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, attention and hyperactivity challenges or an intellectual disability.
Penny and her schnoodle, Ralph, are available for appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Dr Shireen Mahtani – Clinical Psychologist
BSc(Psych)(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MAPS
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.
Tania Zapparoni – Counselling Psychologist & Family Therapist
BBehSc, GDipAdolChldPsych, MPsychEd, GDipFamTher, MAPS, FCCOUNP, AAFT
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), MAPS
Vanilla is a general 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 is available for appointments with teens and adults on Saturdays.
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