Our Therapists

With a wide range of skills and experience, available through a six day consulting roster, our team is ready to help! All of our wonderful therapists have been extensively trained in Smart Therapy (ST).

 

Dr Sallee McLaren, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Sallee McLaren has worked in private practice for many years, helping thousands of people recover from anxiety and many related forms of emotional distress, mostly without medication. Nowadays much of her work is in life-coaching. She has been a consulting psychologist for the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC) in Australia for over 15 years, and comments frequently in the media on ways to recover from distress.

Sallee’s research background is largely in brain research, specifically in the area of memory and learning. Over the decades she has developed the Smart Therapy (ST) approach and has developed smart-device apps based on robust neurological research.

Out of work, Sallee loves spending time with her husband of 30 years bike-riding, swimming, rock-climbing, skiing, roller-blading and going on long runs together, as well as having vigorous conversation with friends and family, watching films and TV dramas, writing books and reading.

Consults on: Mondays.

 

Sarah Levings, Psychologist

Sarah is a warm, friendly psychologist who likes to build a trusting alliance with people in order to foster self-awareness, understanding and personal growth. She has an empathic, proactive and flexible approach drawing on a range of evidence-based therapies to address people’s unique circumstances. Sarah is passionate about collaborating with individuals and couples to upskill and to gain insight into their strengths and difficulties so that they may be empowered to make changes to improve their wellbeing.

Sarah has experience in community, private, not-for-profit and NGO settings. She has worked with individuals across the lifespan, from diverse cultures and backgrounds living with a wide range of difficulties.

In her spare time, Sarah loves to play ice hockey, go camping and share delicious dinners with friends.

Consults on: Thursdays and Fridays.

 

Annabel Avrahami, Psychologist

Annabel is a registered psychologist nearing the completion of her clinical doctorate. Her holistic approach to health emphasises personal strengths, nurturing inner resources and resilience to improve emotional, social, physical, and mental well-being.

With her warm and personable style, Annabel applies various evidence-based methods and principles in therapy, including ST, CBT, ACT and mindfulness, SFT and IPT, which are always individually tailored to suit each client and their goals.

With over 10 years experience in psychology, Annabel believes that therapy is a mutually invested journey of self-exploration, where individuals are mentored to find and achieve more meaningful, engaged and flourishing lives.

In her personal life, Annabel loves spending time in nature and with animals, she loves cooking, dancing, writing, and adventures with her two young boys.

Consults on: Tuesdays.

 

Ishma Alvi, Psychologist

Ishma is a registered psychologist with over 12 years’ experience in the field of mental health, working in a range of settings including private practise, schools and hospitals. An enthusiastic and dynamic clinician, she has an eclectic and flexible approach to intervention, bringing warmth and humour into the session, with a client-centred focus.

She has worked with clients across a range of issues including complex trauma, anxiety and depression and along with this, has special interest in relationship work. This includes family therapy and parenting as well as relationship counselling. Ishma is interested in the dynamics and communication that influence the direction of relationships, the disharmony that can sometimes emerge and in the processes involved in resolving conflicts. She is experienced in CBT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution Focussed Therapy and Schema Therapy, but above all is keen on collaborating with her clients to identify their goals and shaping her intervention to meet these.

In her free time, she enjoys boxing, writing and stimulating conversation with friends.

Consults on: Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Susan Moir, Psychologist

Susan is a warm, engaged and highly experienced psychologist who has worked in clinical, educational and organisational settings. She has an eclectic approach to therapy that is both practical and analytical. Susan loves to help people move past their anxiety and difficult life challenges. She is most interested in fully understanding the hopes and goals of her individual clients and looking for their strengths. Susan believes that everyone has more potential than they think in life and she works diligently to bring this out in people.

Originally from Scotland and having lived in seven countries, Susan has huge breadth in her more than 20 years of experience. Susan has also worked extensively with career and workplace issues, building on an early career in law and finance. She was previously a director in a firm coaching and helping executives and other professionals to overcome obstacles to success and adjust to changes in their careers and personal lives. Susan has also worked with a range of community organisations. Besides ST, Susan brings Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy to her sessions.

Susan likes to alternate running and yoga, and loves being outside in the fresh air but also going to the movies. Travel will always be a passion. Currently Susan has two rescue dogs that are taking up lots of her free time.

Consults on: Mondays and Wednesdays.

 

Dr Poppy Edwards, Psychologist

Dr Poppy Edwards is a registered psychologist who approaches psychotherapy with openness, empathy and compassion. Through the development of a respectful and trusting relationship, clients are supported to address problems affecting their wellbeing and quality of life in a comfortable therapeutic space. Her work in private practice is enhanced by her experience of undertaking assessment and intervention with marginalised, vulnerable and at-risk young people and adults in the treatment of complex trauma, emotional instability, self-harm, substance use and behavioural problems. Poppy utilises a diverse range of therapeutic frameworks and techniques including Smart Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness. Drawing upon her training and years of practice, Poppy is able to provide a therapeutic experience specific to a client’s needs. She believes in the transformative potential of the therapeutic process and through exploration and guidance, assists clients to locate new directions, solutions to problems and take a more fulfilling path in life

Consults on: Monday evenings and Saturdays.

 

Dr Sandra Walker, Psychologist

Dr Sandra Walker is a relaxed, friendly and highly committed registered Health Psychologist specialising in health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, depression including pre and post natal depression, grief and loss and sexual health. She has been a registered psychologist for the past 15 years providing therapy for both adult and adolescent clients. As well as practising ST, Sandra is trained in CBT, ACT, motivational interviewing, DBT and solution focused therapies.

She is a member of the APS, ADAVIC and PANDA, has previous training as a registered nurse and qualified midwife and has worked in aboriginal health in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Sandra enjoys a collaborative client relationship incorporating clients’ specific individual values and goals in therapy. Sandra is a research fellow at the Central Clinical School of Monash University, specialising in population health research with multiple publications nationally and internationally.

Sandra enjoys bike riding, bush walking, reading, woodwork, travelling, meeting with friends and a good laugh.

Consults on: Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternating Saturdays.

 

Glynnis Robinson, Clinical Psychologist

Glynnis is a kind, caring and practical Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience. She has worked on three continents in a variety of settings including industry, public health, acute settings, academia and private practice. She works with people of all ages across a broad range of emotional issues, but her particular area of interest lies in assisting clients with anxiety and depression.

She is also passionate about helping clients with parenting concerns, guiding them towards rediscovering happy and harmonious relationships with their demanding newborns, challenging youngsters and feisty adolescents! Glynnis draws extensively on both ST and CBT principles in her therapeutic work, helping clients to understand the thinking patterns that may be holding them back and preventing them from living the lives they want to lead. Glynnis knows how challenging it can be to reach out for professional help, and she always treats people with the empathy, respect and dedication that their decision to enter therapy deserves.

Outside of work, Glynnis loves spending time with her family, swimming, playing squash, practising yoga and seeing as much cinema and theatre as she possibly can.

Consults on: Wednesdays.

 

Dr Margaret Osborne, Psychologist

Dr Margaret Osborne is a psychologist and rehabilitation counsellor with over 15 years experience helping adults and adolescents overcome difficulties with anxiety, stress and emotional distress. She is a highly effective and committed therapist.

Margaret has worked in a variety of settings including federal government, schools, anxiety and drug and alcohol treatment clinics, employee assistance programs, and occupational rehabilitation. She has a special interest in anxiety, treating fear of public speaking, test anxiety, social and other phobias, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders and pain management. She assists people in overcoming depression and managing grief and loss following suicide and other losses. She is highly experienced in managing psychological injury, return to work and workers compensation issues, and provides career guidance counselling. Margaret is an internationally recognized leader in music performance anxiety research, and works alongside leading national and international performance psychologists coaching athletes and performing artists to maximize their performance potential.

With a warm, engaging and friendly approach, Margaret is passionate about best-practice methods to build mental and physical well being and resilience. She is committed to assisting people to behave in ways that lead them to live full and satisfying lives.

In addition to private practice consultancy, Margaret is engaged in teaching and research in psychology at The University of Melbourne. She is also mum to two young children, and a keen yogi, meditator and camper.

Consults: Alternate Saturdays.

 

Dr Samantha Warren, Psychologist

Sam is a registered psychologist, who recently completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She has experience working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, drug and alcohol addiction, family and relationship difficulties, and school bullying.

Sam has worked with people in various settings including community health, drug and alcohol programs, secondary schools, and university counselling programs, and she is currently carrying out research on addiction at Latrobe University.

When working with people, Sam is respectful, empathic, and collaborative, helping them to make positive changes and achieve a sense of empowerment in their own lives. Sam balances her work-life with a strong meditation and yoga practise.

Consults on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday evenings.

 

Ella Duckworth, Clinical Psychologist

Ella Duckworth is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked within the private, forensic and school settings. She has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, suicidal ideation, disordered eating, study/work stress, difficulty making healthy lifestyle change, interpersonal conflict and relationship stress. She uses a combination of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Smart Therapy.

Ella’s research background, conducted through The University of Melbourne at The Royal Women’s Hospital, is in the area of anxiety during pregnancy. Ella is passionate about supporting parents throughout pregnancy and during the first years of their child’s life. As a mother herself, Ella understands the demands of parenting and the importance of a positive and calm environment for new babies and their parents. Her goal is to help each family create this kind of environment in their own home.

Ella is warm and reliable. She aims to equip individuals with the resources needed to deal effectively with personal distress and works collaboratively with clients to achieve positive and lasting change. She balances her work life with playing hockey, enjoying travel, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Consults on: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

 

Dr Barbara Kubiena, Psychologist

Dr Barbara Kubiena has over 24 years of international experience in Organisational Psychology, Coaching & Counselling Psychology and Business Advisory Services. Originally from Northern Ireland, she has worked in the UK, Asia, and US and has been based in Australia for over 11 years.

During her career, she has specialised in assisting executives and employees in the workplace to tackle personal and professional challenges to achieve fulfilment. She also has experience in community, private and forensic settings, and has developed a strong interest in equipping individuals with the resources to deal with personal distress and issues related to anxiety and depression.

Barbara is energetic and pragmatic. Her primary goal is to form warm and trusting relationships with her clients and to work with them to identify and successfully achieve their goals to improved wellbeing. She uses a combination of approaches in her therapy from CBT to Solution Focused Therapy and, of course, SMART Therapy which is the cornerstone of the practice.

A registered psychologist, Barbara is a member of the Australian Psychological Society [APS], and the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria [ADAVIC]. Barbara is also a Board Member of Blank Canvas, a not-for-profit organisation with a base in Cambodia, focused on disability inclusion and self help to create sustainable improvement in quality of life. The organisation currently supports initiatives in Cambodia, Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Ethiopia.

In her free time, she is learning Russian, and is a keen stand up paddle boarder – in calm waters!

Consults on: Currently on leave.