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

Other

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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Gary Maloney

Psychologist

Gary is empathetic and takes a calm, relaxed, and person-centred approach to meet individual needs. He is passionate about helping people who are struggling and supports individuals to navigate, change and resolve their challenges, so people can live the life they want and as their true and best selves. Gary is invested in the care of the people he works with and has experience working with individuals from various backgrounds and circumstances. In all of the work he does, he aims to deepen self-awareness, help foster flexibility in thinking, assist in the development of coping and healthy living strategies, empower, encourage positive action and ultimately improve wellbeing and life satisfaction. Gary 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 is passionate about working with individuals experiencing difficulties with anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, 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 and supporting progress towards goals. Gary consults at both the Hawthorn and Collingwood clinics. Call (03) 9416 4994 to book an appointment. The other things to know about Gary: Gary enjoys conscious and compassionate living, practicing mindfulness, keeping fit and healthy eating. He enjoys spending time in his garden, meditation, nature walks, running, reading, listening to music and watching AFL. Professional Memberships: • Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPI)
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Hans Kwok

Psychologist

Based in Collingwood, Hans is a warm and nurturing psychologist who is passionate about supporting people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences. He is interested in hearing from you and looking closely at all the components to a problem with you. He adapts this collaborative approach to support you in building your understanding of yourself. All the while, ensuring a gentle and non-judgemental environment that ensures you feel safe and secure. He ultimately aims to help others improve their quality of life. Hans has experience in working with individuals from different age groups, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and has supported people with various issues, including, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and social skill difficulties. He also has experience working with psychotic illnesses and can be a stable and grounding presence. His therapeutic approach is primarily person-centered. Though he will also use a combination of various evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy.
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Sasha Truehl

Other

Based in Collingwood, Sasha is a down-to-earth person. She demonstrates this quality with her work by being genuine and engaging in reflection. She works with adults and couples, and her aim is to equip you with the tools you need to take care of your wellbeing. She takes a strength-based approach to empower you. She has experiences in working with trauma, domestic violence, forensic work, and group behavioural change programs, identity (i.e. ethnicity, sexuality), grief, and more. She can provide psychoeducation and work collaboratively with you in these areas. Sasha also has a keen interest in working with couples. She looks at the conflicts between the couples as the problem and is adept in skilling you in communication and conflict resolution. When working with couples, she will help both parties identify their pain points and schemas. Ultimately, the work she does aims to create new meaning and foster strong relationships. Sasha draws from a combination of evidence-based treatment interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Self-compassion, Schema, Solution-focused, and Socratic questioning. These are all woven together under Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) umbrella. This is Sasha’s preferred style and focuses on interpersonal conflicts being the source of difficult feelings and works to resolve any internal assumptions that there is something inherently wrong with you.
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