Groundwork Psychology


Groundwork Psychology

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Amanda Douglas

Psychologist

Amanda is a compassionate psychologist who enjoys working with individuals from various diverse backgrounds. She is easy-going and can provide a safe space for you to freely share your experiences and emotional burdens. Amanda can help ground you when things feel chaotic, and she can support you to develop insight and a stronger sense of self. Amanda’s primary interests include working with adults to explore their interpersonal relationships. For example, Amanda has worked with people who have faced feelings of guilt, blame, regret, anger, and uncertainty about relationships and will often use the therapeutic space to build her clients confidence and communication skills. She also enjoys working with individuals to overcome difficulties such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and self-esteem issues and has experience working with individuals with trauma and psychotic illnesses. Amanda embraces several approaches in her work and ultimately ensures a client centred approach. Her areas of practice include interpersonal psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused and mindfulness techniques. Amanda has also worked within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) since its beginning stages in 2017. She is a registered Behaviour Support Practitioner who understands the complexities of positive support plans and supporting staff to work with individuals who may present with behaviours of concern. She has also worked within this space to provide intervention and has a thorough understanding of the reporting requirements. The other things you need to know about Amanda! She is a coffee lover and is regularly on the hunt for a good latte! Amanda has many interests and among them is her passion for animals, she has a few fur babies of her own and looks forward to a cuddle with them at the end of the day! Outside of this down time, she likes a good adventure and exploring new places or engaging in something a bit thrilling. She has done the 10 thousand ft sky dive drop and presently learning to rock climb. She believes that having a balance between down time and a bit of adventure is incredibly important. Professional Memberships • Australian Association of Psychologist (AAPI) • Association for positive behaviour support Australia • The Restraint Reduction Network Accreditations • NDIA registered Behaviour Support Practitioner

Ana Kioutsoukis

Psychologist

Based in Collingwood, Anastasia is a welcoming and nurturing psychologist who enjoys being with people. She easily connects with everyone she works with. She provides each person she sees with the space to talk openly and work through any difficulties and issues. She is deeply interested in helping others tell their story and enjoys working with adults from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Anastasia has a keen interest in working with family and relationship dynamics, and looking at the overall working relationships and personal patterns. She likes to explore how the past can affect the future and how we perceive ourselves in the external world. Anastasia further enjoys exploring how our ingrained experiences, traumas and habits manifest and can affect our unmet emotional needs. Anastasia uses an individual-based therapy depending on your needs. She will use a variety of styles and interventions to help you understand how a mental ill health experience or condition has manifested and will work with you to explore these experiences. Some of the techniques she will use include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Anastasia has previously worked in a NDIS space providing support to adults surrounding issues of identified family trauma and interpersonal conflict. She has also worked with people with Multiple Sclerosis and has an interest in how physical conditions play a part in our mental health. Ana is fluent in Greek.
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Ana Romero

Psychologist

Ana is a warm and compassionate psychologist who employs a collaborative approach which strives to build strong therapeutic relationships to enable exploration, insight, and growth within the therapeutic space. Ana provides a safe space to explore current life difficulties and will explore your values to work with you to live an engaged and meaningful life. Ana utilises mindfulness-based approaches and will often use the therapeutic space to enhance emotional regulation, communication and problem-solving skills in accordance with your goals. Ana has a special interest in trauma and has worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder. Ana firmly believes that individuals should not be limited by their mental health and will work with you to utilize your strengths and provide education to empower you to make decisions that are conducive to well-being both in and out of your sessions. Ana draws on a range of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical to Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Ana has worked mental health and disability across New Zealand and Australia since 2010 and is continuously undertaking professional development and referring to current evidence to enhance her knowledge and skills. Ana is an avid yogi in her spare time and prefers to be outdoors hiking or at the beach during the since weekend. Originally from New Zealand, Ana is always on the lookout for a good Hokey Pokey ice cream recommendation.
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Brittany Hill

Psychologist

Brittany is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), who enjoys empowering people to reach their full potential in life. Brittany’s warm and relaxed manner will assist you to feel comfortable in sharing your experience, to ultimately facilitate personal growth. She provides a non-judgmental and empathetic understanding, enabling the safe exploration of presenting concerns. Brittany has a keen interest in working with young people (adolescence) and adults. She enjoys the opportunity to foster healthy coping across the lifespan, understanding the many challenges that people can face in their social, family, study and work lives. She brings with her experience from working in community mental health, family and employment service settings. This has exposed her to working with diverse populations and groups. Brittany will work with you collaboratively to gain insight into maladaptive patterns presenting, which can often contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, anger, sleep disturbance or difficulty communicating. She utilises evidence-based interventions to help you discover the best version of yourself, including tailoring Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI) practices that are trauma informed to meet your needs. A little bit more about Brittany… She enjoys cheering on the red and blue at the MCG, and seeking unique finds at markets or vintage stores. Brittany loves the thrill of giving something new life, and often uses her purchases to work on creative projects of her own. She can be found busting a move at zumba to keep fit whilst having fun, and is always up for a good laugh!
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Gary Maloney

Psychologist

Gary is passionate about helping people who are struggling, to manage and overcome their challenges and supporting individuals in their personal growth and to achieve their potential, so they can live the life that they want, as their true and best self. He has experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, with his main focus working with adults. He aims to help deepen self-awareness, encourage the development of flexibility in thinking, assist in the development of healthy coping and living, to feel empowered and to take positive action and ultimately improve wellbeing and life satisfaction. Gary is passionate about working with individuals experiencing difficulties with anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, sleep, relationship difficulties, university student challenges (including the specific challenges faced by international students), workplace challenges, emotional abuse/ bullying (including what is referred to by some people as “narcissistic abuse”, manipulation and the associated enabling behaviours of others), injustice, anger and challenging life situations. Gary is also passionate about exploring identity, life and career direction, adjustment to life changes and supporting progress towards goals. Gary takes a calm, relaxed, empathetic and person-centered approach to meet individual needs. He adapts to the individual person’s needs from a combination of various evidence-based treatment interventions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Self-compassion, Schema Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Psychotherapy. Gary enjoys conscious and compassionate living, practicing mindfulness, keeping fit and healthy eating. He enjoys spending time in his garden, nature walks, running, reading, meditation, listening to music and watching football. Gary consults at the Collingwood clinic, Thu-Fri (03 9416 4994). Professional Memberships: • Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPI)
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Mr Tom Lowe

Psychologist

Tom is a registered psychologist who is passionate about supporting clients to make sense of their experience. His therapeutic experience encompasses addressing mental health problems, neurodevelopmental conditions, life stress, grief, goal setting and providing psychological assessments and diagnosis. Tom is experienced in helping clients from wide variety of cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and age groups. Drawing on person centred, contemporary psychoanalytic, and existential therapeutic perspectives, Tom takes a calm, curious, and collaborative approach to therapy. Tom also utilises modalities such cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and somatic techniques. Competent in helping with presenting problems including depression, anxiety, trauma, life stress, psychosis, addiction, grief, and personal goals, Tom aims to support clients to develop greater self-awareness and move towards meaningful change.