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DBT – Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Group Skills Training Program

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

Everyone struggles from time to time with their mental health and relationships. However, for some people, these struggles are experienced much more severely and frequently, to the point where it fundamentally undermines their wellbeing and appears to be part of who they are. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed to assist those who experience extreme difficulty in relationships, decision-making and emotion regulation. DBT, as created by Marsha Linehan, is best known for assisting those with Borderline Personality Disorder. Alongside this however, it has also been found to be effective for those experiencing emotional dysregulation, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Clinical Depression and addiction.  It can also be highly beneficial for people who experience self-harm urges or suicidal thoughts and feelings.

DBT is an evidence based treatment with a heavy emphasis on behaviour change through use of skills. These skills have been found to enhance problem solving capacity, modify interpretations, and moderate emotional responses.  They can also enhance a person’s capacity to find acceptance in challenging circumstances. The skills within DBT are comprised across four main modules:

  • Core Mindfulness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

DBT Group Program

Laburnum Psychology will be conducting a 12-week skills training program that progresses through the modules of DBT, and provide psychoeducation around their successful implementation. The program will follow the following structure throughout the 12-week program:

  • 1x content session per week – 2 hours in length
  • 1x individual check-in session per week – 1 hour in length

What is the difference between the group content session and the individual check-in session?

Group sessions focus on psychoeducation of the skills taught in DBT and follow a classroom format. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences, and will also have space to share their own as it relates to the content. The two facilitators of the group will be in a position to interact with group members, answer questions, and ensure a safe and calm space for participants to learn the skills.

Individual sessions form an important component of DBT. These sessions afford the opportunity to apply insights with greater tailoring each participant’s circumstances. These sessions follow a more traditional therapeutic service between practitioner and client. The focus of these sessions are to manage unhelpful behaviours as they occur in one’s life, manage risk-based behaviour, work towards identified goals, and work towards applications of skills learned into one’s everyday life.

Where can I book to become a participant in the program?

Laburnum Psychology has an intake process where prospective participants can apply. Group numbers are limited, so in the instance that the forthcoming group is fully booked, eligible participants can be put on a waiting list for the next available group.  To enquire, or for further information regarding group commencement dates and up-to-date cost, please call Laburnum Psychology on (03) 9877 9179.

Do I need a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) referral from a GP?

A MHCP is not required to attend the groups.  These groups are run by provisional psychologists who are completing their internship, and  will consequently be run at a reduced cost that forgoes the need for a MHCP.

What does the structure of the program look like?

The breakdown of content covered in the 12-week program is:

Mindfulness – 2 weeks

  1. Introduction to DBT, Goals of DBT, Introduction to Mindfulness, and States of Mind
  2. What and How Skills of Mindfulness

Emotional Regulation – 4 weeks

  1. Goals of Emotional Regulation, Understanding and Naming Emotions, and Model of Emotions
  2. Checking the Facts, Opposite Action, and Problem solving
  3. ABC PLEASE Skills
  4. Mindfulness of Current Emotion, Managing Extreme Emotions, Troubleshooting Emotional Regulation Skills

Distress Tolerance – 4 weeks

  1. Goals of Distress Tolerance, Crisis Survival Skills, STOP Skill, Pro’s and Con’s, TIPP Skill
  2. Distracting: ACCEPTS, Improving the Moment, Self-soothing
  3. Radical Acceptance and Turning the Mind
  4. Willingness and Willfulness, Mindfulness of Current Thoughts

Interpersonal Effectiveness – 2 weeks

  1. Goals for Interpersonal Effectiveness; DEARMAN GIVE FAST Skills, Mindfulness of Others
  2. Dialectics, Validation and Self-validation

Laburnum Psychology: Servicing Melbourne with DBT Therapy and Groups

Fluctuating emotions are part of the human experience, and it can be entirely normal for a person to feel extreme emotions various times life. However, some people experience emotional extremes more regularly than others, to the point where it can undermine many other areas of a their daily functioning. For these people, DBT, or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, can assist in the repair and healthy management of emotions and associated behaviours. Taking the time to visit a DBT psychologist can help those who are struggling with their mental health to prioritize their well-being and take a positive step towards learning helpful skills of emotional regulation.

Operating out of Melbourne’s east, Laburnum Psychology is offering DBT groups for people who are experiencing difficulties with emotional regulation, and some of the difficulties this can bring in relationships. We offer counselling therapies for a wide range of issues and difficulties such as couples therapy, depression counselling and PTSD counselling.We seek to support people to learn new insights and strategies to find greater peace and contentment in their lives.

Laburnum Psychology DBT for Melbourne and Beyond

When it comes to making a real difference with DBT therapy, Melbourne is home to many highly qualified and skilled therapists. Laburnum Psychology has invested heavily in recruiting a team of excellent psychologists. This positions us strongly to be able to help people with a range of different types of difficulties. Through building a strong and diverse team, we are able to pair our clients with professionals who are most likely to have the expertise required to make a difference.

We have also taken the opportunity to invest in new tech services that expand and improve our general accessibility. Thanks to Telehealth, our clients can now schedule and attend appointments remotely instead of feeling under pressure to travel to our Melbourne clinic. This can be an excellent way of overcoming a variety of barriers that otherwise prevent people from coming to therapy. We have found that this level of flexibility has assisted clients to proactively self-manage their mental health care, leading to positive outcomes.

More than Your Standard DBT Psychologist: Melbourne is focussing on high quality Mental Health Care

While finances can create obstacles to accessing treatment, it is also fair to say that good mental health is priceless. For this reason, Laburnum Psychology have aimed to keep their fees fair and moderate. We know that it can be difficult to afford the costs of mental health care. We work hard to deliver high quality services while also being mindful of maximising efficiencies and effectiveness. Read More

How Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with a DBT Psychologist in Melbourne Can Benefit You

Mental health and relationship challenges are something many people grapple. For some individuals, these difficulties manifest more frequently and intensely, profoundly impacting their overall wellbeing and becoming an intrinsic part of their lives. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), pioneered by Marsha Linehan, was developed to aid those confronting severe obstacles in managing decision-making, relationships and regulating emotions. While DBT is most renowned for helping individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), there is also demonstrated its effectiveness in addressing anxiety, depression, and addiction. Seeking guidance from a DBT psychologist in Melbourne offers those struggling with their mental health an opportunity to prioritise their wellbeing and embark on a positive path toward healing.

DBT is a form of talk therapy that draws from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) but is tailored for individuals experiencing intense emotions. The objective of DBT includes gaining insight into and embracing challenging emotions, acquiring techniques to effectively manage these emotions. DBT ultimately aims to enable you to institute positive changes in your life. The term ‘dialectical’ involves the process of comprehending how two seemingly opposite ideas can coexist. For instance, the notions of self-acceptance and behavioural change may appear contradictory, however, DBT teaches that it is feasible to achieve both objectives at the same time.

Are You Seeking a DBT Psychologist in Melbourne?

DBT is more likely to be effective for you if you are dedicated to instigating intentional self-improvement and when your primary focus is on your present and future, as opposed to dwelling on your past. There are four fundamental sets of skills that you will work on to assist in problem solving and addressing various issues: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills.

At Laburnum Psychology, we are proud to provide accessible DBT in Melbourne. We provide an extensive range of services designed to help clients acquire skills to navigate high-stress periods and effectively address the impact of mental health conditions on their lives. By offering an array of services, including schema therapy, DBT, and CBT, we can match our clients with professionals who possess the specific expertise needed to make a meaningful difference, rather than relying on availability alone.

Quality DBT for Melbourne and Beyond

Established in 2009 by Kylie and Tim, our Practice Principals, Laburnum Psychology has grown into a large team of experienced psychologists, Taking that initial step toward seeking support can be challenging, but you’re not alone. Our client-focused approach meets you where you are, tailoring support to your unique situation. For those who live rurally, or who may not be able to attend in person sessions straight away due to various barriers, we can offer telehealth appointments to ensure these obstacles do not prevent you from accessing help. If you’re looking to make positive changes in your life and relationships, don’t hesitate to reach out to us or fill out our online enquiry form. Consulting a DBT psychologist in Melbourne is a significant step toward a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.

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Natasha Stocco

Natasha is a well-established psychologist, who brings a depth of experience to her work.  She predominantly works with children from the age of eight to late adolescence / early adulthood.  Natasha’s passion is supporting individuals to better understand their strengths, and to find ways to communicate and navigate aspects of their life that may be challenging.  Natasha holds strong values around neuro-affirming psychology, and enabling her clients to access individualised support and care.

Natasha holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours and Master’s Degree in Psychology.  She specialises in psychological assessment (cognitive, adaptive behaviour, social/emotional), and can work one on one with her clients to identify and implement change goals.

One of Natasha’s greatest strengths is her capacity to engage her clients into a safe and meaningful process. She brings great warmth and compassion to her work, and meets her clients where they are at.

Special Interests

  • Child psychology
  • Psychological assessment
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)
  • Neurodiversity
  • Neuro affirmative psychology


Rob Cole

Rob is an experienced psychologist, with a Masters in Counselling Psychology and over twenty years experience as a counsellor. Rob brings a breadth of knowledge and insight to his work, and works with adults who may present with a broad range of mental health issues.

Rob is motivated to help his clients achieve their potential drawing on evidence-based therapy approaches appropriate for each unique client. Rob holds strong values around collaborative therapy, drawing on clients’ unique strengths. He supports equity and diversity, and is well able to build strong empathic therapeutic processes. He will work with you to identify your own goals and directions for counselling, creating a safe environment to explore possibilities for change.

Key Interest Areas:

Simone Ray

Simone is an Advanced Certified Individual Schema Therapist with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). She completed her Schema Therapy training through the Schema Therapy Institutes of New Jersey and New York City, with Wendy Behary and Dr Jeffrey Young. She is a Board Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. Simone is also currently undertaking her PhD, studying personality and Early Maladaptive Schemas.

Simone is a warm and empathic psychologist, who prioritises creating a safe, non-judgemental and supportive therapeutic environment. She works collaboratively with her clients, to identify their core emotional needs and effective strategies for therapeutic change. Simone has clinical experience in corrections, community mental health (headspace and Drug and Alcohol) as well as schools. She has been working in private practice for the last several years and has a deep passion for working with clients who have experienced trauma, dissociation and personality difficulties.

Key Interest Areas

Mili Vukalo

Mili has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She has experience working and volunteering across a range of settings, including educational institutions (secondary and tertiary counselling environments).  Mili brings a strong sense of peace and calmness to her work, as well as her strengths in compassion.  She has an excellent capacity to help clients feel safe and at ease in exploring challenging areas of their lives.

Key Interests Areas

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Academic difficulty
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Life adjustment

Latha Iyer

Latha has completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.  She approaches her work with a strong sense of compassion and a desire to understand the uniqueness of each individual client and the situations they face.  Latha utilizes a strong blend of interpersonal skills, empathy and technical ability.  Latha’s warm and personable manner helps her clients to feel at ease in their sessions with her.

Key Interest Areas

Fina Triany

Fina is a Clinical Psychologist who brings a depth of experience working across a very broad range of life issues and clinical presentations.  Fina is fluent in both English and Indonesian.  Fina always aims to work collaboratively with clients, drawing on their own unique strengths and capacities to achieve change, and find greater peace and contentment in their lives.

Key Interest Areas:

Elizabeth Charalambakis

Like all of our psychologists, Elizabeth has been recruited based on the individual strengths that she brings to her counselling work, and to our team. Elizabeth works across a wide age range. She works with adults, including young adults from the age of eighteen, through to older adults. She brings a strong knowledge around active aging principles. She is interested in working with a broad range of presenting mental health issues. Elizabeth approaches her work with excellent relational skills and a strong capacity for empathy and rapport. From this excellent base, Elizabeth will draw upon her tool kit of evidence based techniques to assist her clients toward positive change.

Key Interest Areas:

Larissa King

Larissa is a deeply experience psychologist, with over twenty years counselling experience. Larissa has been with Laburnum Psychology for over ten years.  She brings a breadth of experience to her clinical work.  Larissa’s approach is to develop a safe, warm and trusting relationship and to use an eclectic range of evidence-based psychological approaches matched to each individual’s needs. Larissa has worked in a range of counselling settings including Gambler’s Help, youth sexual assault counselling and generalist counselling.

Key Interest Areas

Kylie Allen

Kylie is a registered clinical psychologist with over twenty years of experience.  She is one of the two Practice Principals at Laburnum Psychology.  Kylie has worked in private practice for the past fourteen years.  She brings extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and adults.  Kylie will tailor an approach to therapy specifically for your set of circumstances and personality, so that you can become your best self.  Kylie helps her clients to achieve a stronger and more conscious sense of self, so they can live with greater alignment to their core values and life goals.  Kylie works with many people to help them understand the impacts of early life experiences, be that trauma or deprivation, or more subtle influences.  Kylie assists her clients to restructure unhelpful emotional and behavioural patters so that they can avert ongoing negative patters in life, and find their way to a greater sense of peace and wellbeing, and more positive relationships.

Key Interest Areas

Tim McCorriston

Tim is a registered clinical and counselling psychologist and one of the Practice Principals at Laburnum Psychology.  Tim has over twenty years experience as a psychologist, working primarily with clients, as well as supervising other psychologists. Tim places high value on creating a comfortable environment for people to explore change.  Tim assists people to become conscious of their patterns, identify their change goals, and find practical and relatable ways to intentionally work toward these goals.  Tim has an interest in the neurology of change.  He assists people to understand, from a neurological perspective, the ways that they can intentionally drive and practice their own change processes.  From this base, Tim works with his clients to better understand themselves, manage difficult situations, and improve sense of peace, wellbeing and contentment in their lives.

Key Interest Areas

Dr Carissa Kuswanto

Carissa holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and has published a number of research publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Having achieved a high degree of academic training and clinical research, she now focusses her efforts upon applying these learnings in her work as a psychologist. As a psychologist, Carissa values empathy, authenticity, curiosity and compassion. Carissa has worked with a variety of clients across the lifespan at different settings, such as hospitals, aged care residences, universities and community settings. Having lived in Canada, Singapore and Indonesia, Carissa appreciates the diversity of religions, gender identities and sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds. In addition to creating a safe therapeutic space, Carissa aims to individually tailor and blend evidence-based therapy approaches for each unique individual. Carissa works across all age ranges, which include older adults, adults and adolescents. Carissa also speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesia.

Special Interest Areas:

Dr. Josie Sinni

Josie is a highly experienced member of the Laburnum Psychology team, bringing fourteen years of experience to her work.  Josie holds a Doctoral degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and has worked both as a neuropsychologist and a generalist psychologist. In her generalist work, Josie works with clients who experience anxiety disorders, mood disorders, stress, adjustment issues, and low self-confidence.  Josie values building strong rapport with her clients and will work with you to identify meaningful goals and work toward building positive change in your life.  Josie is conscientious to base her interventions in evidence-based therapeutic frameworks, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Key Interest Areas

Hilary Austin

Hilary is a highly experienced Psychotherapist and Mental Health Social Worker. She has worked in acute mental health, educational and community settings.

Hilary has a depth of experience working with adults & adolescents facing acute and complex mental health difficulties.  She has a keen interest in psychoanalysis and approaches this with deep value of helping in pragmatic and sensible ways.  Hilary will work closely with you to identify your goals for change, and to navigate the path. Hilary brings warmth and pragmatism to her work, which is of immense value in helping her clients to feel comfortable and understood.

Key Interest Areas

Lisa Jones

Lisa specializes in working with children from 4-approximately 14 years of age. She is qualified to the Masters level in psychology (Educational and Developmental). She brings considerable experience and expertise in children’s education and development. She has worked across a variety of settings, including multidisciplinary teams, private practice, primary schools, and early childhood environments.

Lisa is experienced in individual and group therapy with children. She draws on a range of modalilities and principles, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred Counselling, emotional coaching, and social learning.

Lisa is qualified and experienced in administering many major psychology tests for child education and development. These include intelligence tests (WISC-V, WPPSI-IV), adaptive behaviour assessments (Vineland-III), academic achievement tests (WIAT-III) and child behaviour checklists (Conners-3, CBCL etc.). Lisa is able to provide both assessment and ongoing therapy.

Lisa approaches her work with a strong value base for assisting children in their development. She works conscientiously to identify early intervention opportunities that assist children onto the best possible developmental pathway.

Lisa also acknowledges the importance of supporting parents and families to understand and navigate the educational and developmental needs of the child. She brings warmth and compassion to her work, and works intentionality to create a safe and fun environment where children can feel at ease as they engage into the therapeutic processes.

Board Approved Supervision:

Lisa offers individual supervision as a Board Approved Supervisor to Provisional and Early Career Psychologists, primarily working with children, adolescents, and families. Lisa offers a caring, considerate, but informative approach to supervision, with an attitude of lifelong learning and development, allowing for collaboration and support during supervision sessions. Lisa is available as a secondary supervisor to those completing their 4+2 or 5+1 pathway, or for ongoing supervision and consults to Early Career Psychologists. Lisa holds experience in both counselling and assessments, including cognitive, educational, behavioural, and diagnostic assessments for autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder.

Key Interest Areas:

Dr Mateja Popovic

Mateja is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She completed a Professional Doctorate in Clinical and Forensic Psychology and has worked in community mental health and forensic settings.

Mateja focuses on working in a collaborative and non-judgmental way to create a safe space for clients to share their stories and develop goals that they would like to work toward in therapy.  She draws upon a range of interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness based therapies, Interpersonal Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Key Interest Areas


Jasmine Randone

Jasmine approaches her work with clients in a warm manner and prioritises a safe and supportive environment. She places a strong emphasis on formulation, so as to ensure that she and her clients have a clear and shared understanding of the key issues, goals, and strategies. Jasmine draws on a range of evidence based interventions, so as to best fit the needs of her clients.

Jasmine has a Masters degree in Clinical psychology and has had experience across correctional and forensic settings, community mental health as well as university settings.

Key Interest Areas

  • Interpersonal issues
  • Trauma
  • Personality difficulties
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Adolescent mental health

Alicia Fisher

Alicia holds a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Alicia brings a warm and a client-centred approach to her work with clients. She utilises evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She ensures that her interventions are tailored to each individual, and that her clients are provided with a safe and supportive space to explore their thoughts and feelings.

Alicia enjoys working with children, adolescents and young adults. She has experience working with a range of presentations across the lifespan including behavioural/ social difficulties, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, low self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, work stress, parenting difficulties, depression and anxiety disorders such as separation, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Alicia works collaboratively with parents (where relevant), and other professionals to ensure that the best therapeutic outcomes can be achieved. Alicia can also conduct assessments and reports, with recommendations that are individualised to each person’s unique profile.

Key Interest Areas

Dr. Sarah Khor

Sarah is a registered psychologist, having completed a Clinical Doctorate in Psychology. Sarah has experience working with adolescents and adults. She works across a breadth of settings, including physical rehab settings, with people experiencing co-morbid physical conditions.

Sarah approaches her work with a client centered approach, utlising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focussed Therapy. She will work with you to identify change goals, and negotiate the best pathways toward a greater sense of peace in your life. Sarah blends a strong sense of compassionate and empathy, with a strong value of science and evidence based intervention.

Key Interest Areas

Madeleine Newmarch

Madeleine is known for bringing a strong sense of warmth and compassion to her work. She is passionate about creating a safe space for her clients to explore their experiences. She will work collaboratively with you to help you identify your goals, and the steps you can take to find peace and to thrive.

Madeleine utilises a client centered approach, drawing from a range of evidence based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Key Interest Areas

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Domestic abuse
  • Pre and postnatal mental health issues
  • Sleep disorders
  • Grief and loss

Susanna Sibillin

Susanna brings a depth of experience to her work at Laburnum Psychology. She has worked in counselling roles for twenty five years, across the disciplines of psychology and social work. Susanna brings experience from a breadth of settings, including private practice, hospitals, community health, the mental health network, alcohol and drug addiction network, family violence network, and courts.

Susanna engages in both short and longer-term therapy, such as CBT, psychodynamic, and DBT. She brings a person-centered approach to her work, reflecting the importance of the counselling relationship. Susanna values collaborative work, in an environment where her clients feel safe and supported to explore the issues they bring into therapy.

Key Interest Areas

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Life adjustment
  • Addiction

Tim Harmer

Tim approaches his work in psychology from a strong values base. He enjoys meeting people where they are at and working collaboratively to navigate a path through whatever challenges each individual may be experiencing. His work is firmly grounded in an evidence base and he is continually working to expand and develop his therapeutic approaches. Tim draws on a variety of approaches, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Solution Focused Therapy. Tim finds great value in working along side his clients as they work through the challenges before them.

Special Interests

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Clinical Depression
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD

Roohi Ahmad

Roohi Ahmad brings a depth of experience to her role as a Couples Therapist at Laburnum Psychology. Beyond her Master of Arts, Roohi holds numerous qualifications in counselling, including advanced studies in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Family Therapy and the Effective Parenting. Roohi’s draws on her clinical trauma training so as to ensure a ‘trauma informed’ counselling process.

Roohi is a warm and compassionate individual who brings care and empathy to her work. She draws on her own experiences of life and combines this with a person centered approach. This greatly assists her clients to feel understood and heard as they venture through counselling.

Roohi brings extensive knowledge of interpersonal and relational communication patterns and underlying emotional needs. She works to support her clients identify underlying self-defeating thoughts and behaviours and help them to successfully resolve intricate interpersonal issues

Special Interests

  • Understanding relationship issues from a trauma perspective
  • Relationship counselling within a context of broader mental health issues.
  • Addictions within the context of relationships
  • Working with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Helping clients navigate through trust and communications issues
  • Facilitating positive change process within couple relationships
  • Identifying strengths and challenges to build intimacy and desire
  • Supporting couples to heal from attachment injuries
  • Gottman Method

Dr. Jennifer Trimpey

Dr. Jen Trimpey joins the Laburnum Psychology team bringing a breadth of experience as a seasoned clinician, researcher and presenter. Jen underwent her training in psychology at The University of San Francisco and the University of Colorado, followed by a doctoral internship at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland Ohio where she honed her clinical skills.

Over the early years of her career Jen worked as a therapist in the field of HIV prevention in the LGBTQI+ community in San Francisco. More recently she has worked in New York City focusing on psychological assessment and working with individuals who experience developmental disabilities.

She possesses a strong passion for psychological assessment, and the ways that this can inform and support people who are seeking to understand themselves or their children better.

Jen approaches her work with a strong sense of compassion, warmth and empathy. She holds strong values around respect and equity, most particularly when it comes to the work she has done for marginalized groups and individuals. She approaches her work with kindness and will work collaboratively with you as you find your best pathway forward.

Special Interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessment
  • Educational assessments
  • Cognitive assessments

Brenda Chi-Wing Wong (English & Cantonese)

Brenda completed her psychology studies at The University of York (United Kingdom), and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Laburnum Psychology team, Brenda completed a three-year position delivering inpatient and outpatient care, and community services, within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, at the Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong.

Brenda possesses a strong passion for working with children and adolescents. She values the opportunity to support the mental health of young people through the provision of high quality evidence based interventions. Most particularly, Brenda values the opportunity to work with young people before negative patterns become further entrenched. This greatly assists to set young people up for a more positive and fulfilling future.

Brenda works collaboratively with her clients and where appropriate, will work in tandem with parents. Brenda brings warmth and compassion to her work, and seeks to create a safe and nurturing environment.

Special Interests

  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Paulene Acluba

Paulene is a highly motivate provisional psychologist who aims to provide exceptional care, drawing on Solution Focussed Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She works collaboratively with her clients to formulate a treatment plan, tailoring strategies for the unique needs of each individual.

Having completed a Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) overseas, Paulene has worked with a range of client groups. She brings experience from private practice, NDIS, and WorkCover settings. She has experience in the provision of assessment, diagnosis and delivery of therapy.

Paulene approaches her work with warmth and compassion, and will work together with you to find the best pathways forward.

Key Interest Areas

  • Major Depression
  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Self Esteem
  • Life adjustments & Migration Issues
  • Stress Management & Goal Setting
  • Trauma

Elaine Mong (English & Cantonese)

Elaine brings experience from a range of settings, having worked with children, adults, and families.

Elaine values a holistic approach to psychology, drawing on a range of interventions and techniques. She is committed to delivering evidence-based strategies while bringing a strong focus to her counselling relationships.

In addition to her extensive training in psychology, Elaine has also completed a Master’s degree in criminology. Her academic experiences have honed her capacity to be thorough and meticulous in her work.

Above all, Elaine is very clear on the personal values that she brings to her work in psychology, including patience, acceptance, attentiveness, and a non-judgmental approach.

Elaine brings great warmth and sincerity to her work, which in turn assists her clients to feel at ease as they work together for change.

Key Interest Areas

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Life adjustment & transition
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Psychological assessments

Cameron Walsh

Having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology, Cameron is currently completing the final intern component of his Professional Psychology Masters.

Cameron brings empathy, compassion and composure to his work in psychology. Cameron possesses a strong work ethic and a commitment to working in collaboration with his clients. Cameron values open-mindedness and brings great warmth to his work. He is committed to meeting people where they are at and working together to identify goals and effective strategies for change.

Key Interest Areas

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Life adjustment
  • Self confidence & self esteem

Maggie Treppo

Maggie brings great passion to her work in psychology. She brings experience from previous work in a not-for-profit community setting, as well as the family violence sector. Maggie holds a strong desire to help others overcome personal barriers that undermine wellbeing or prevent them from living a life that they value.

Maggie brings a strong client-centered philosophy to her work, placing great emphasis upon her counselling relationships. She brings a friendly, kind and non-judgmental nature to her work, and possesses a natural capacity for empathy. Maggie values strong and trusting counselling relationships, such that her clients can feel comfortable to work in a safe, open and collaborative manner.

Having completed many years of formal training, Maggie strongly values the scientist-practitioner approach to treatment planning and intervention. She is committed to continuous learning, and equipping herself with strategies and techniques to inform her work.

Key Interest Areas

  • Parenting
  • Perinatal psychology
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Life adjustment & transition
  • Psychological assessments

Donna Pasco

Donna brings a depth of experience to her counselling role, specializing in family therapy, relationship counselling and parenting. She has worked extensively with children and adolescents, which further informs her works with parents. She has worked across a range of settings, including schools and a variety of community organisations, both in Australia and abroad. Donna works with a broad range of family constellations, in addition to her work with couples, individuals and group work. Donna is trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Donna brings energy and passion to her role, and is committed to creating a safe environment for people to work on family & relationship challenges. Her work with families is invaluable and she has assisted many families on their journey to finding greater peace, connectedness and harmony.

Key Interest Areas

  • Parenting
  • Families
  • Relationships & couples
  • Separation & divorce
  • School Refusal
  • Child and adolescent wellbeing
  • Grief & Loss
  • Trauma
  • Bullying
  • Friendship issues
  • Student welfare
  • Sexuality

Sivan Hadas

Sivan is a Clinical Psychologist who brings vast and varied experience to her work.  She has a high level of professional experience and expertise.  Sivan builds very strong rapport with her clients.  She works with integrity and authenticity, and creates a very secure and calming space in which to conduct her sessions.  Sivan possesses great strengths in case conceptualization and formulation.  She works with adults and adolescents, and is fluent in English and Hebrew.

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