MCCP Northcote Road


MCCP Northcote Road

Practitioners at this location

Dr Amanda Nagulendran

Psychologist

Amanda practices from our Armadale Clinic. She holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) degree. Her professional experience includes treatment of anxiety and depression at a specialist clinic, providing psychological services for medical inpatients, and facilitating day programs delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Amanda has worked in a range of settings in public and private healthcare across Melbourne. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatment to support clients in reaching their goals. With a research background in cross-cultural psychology, Amanda enjoys working with adults from a range of cultural backgrounds. She is particularly interested in working with anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and difficulties with emotion regulation. Amanda's therapeutic approach combines elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), including mindfulness.
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Dr Nellie Lucas

Psychologist

Nellie is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years experience in mental health having first worked in adult mental health in Sydney and then undertaking a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Child & Adolescent Specialisation) at the University of Melbourne. She has since worked in a number of private and public health services across Melbourne. Nellie established Melbourne Clinical & Child Psychology Pty. Ltd. in 2006. She enjoys seeing children, young people and adults and is empathic, supportive and caring in her approach. She has expertise in treating a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, psychosis and personality difficulties. She also specialises in seeing young people and children with emotional, social and behavioural concerns. Therapy is always evidence based and principally draws upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches.

Dr Renee Hewitt

Psychologist

Dr Renee Hewitt completed a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology and a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2013. She has also undertaken further studies in Clinical Psychology. Her major research thesis focused on adolescent mental health. Clinically, she has extensive experience working as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in public health settings with clients across the lifespan. Renee has an interest in supporting children with acquired brain injury and neurodevelopmental and learning difficulties. She is a strong advocate for her clients and adopts a practical approach to optimising learning outcomes. She also provides general psychology support for individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and coping, adjustment, and health related concerns. She practices predominantly from a cognitive behavioural therapy focus and enjoys integrating new skills and practices into sessions. She provides a flexible and collaborative approach to promote emotional wellbeing through life’s daily challenges.

Mr Jesse Richardson

Psychologist

Please contact reception 1300 635 952 to arrange your first appointment with Jesse. Jesse is a Clinical Psychologist, who has experience working with children and young people across both private and public sectors. He loves utilising fun and creative ways to engage young people in the maintenance of their mental health. Jesse tailors therapy to individual client needs, drawing from training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). He enjoys working with young people and their families to work on a range of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviours, attachment disorders, trauma and more recently, psycho-oncology. Jesse loves working with young people as they grow through their mental health journey, moving closer to what they want to achieve.
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Ms Abby Aizenstros

Psychologist

Abby sees teenagers (13+ years) and adults. She has worked in public and private healthcare settings and completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys working with young people and adults to improve their health, well-being, and functioning. She is collaborative, understanding, and caring in cooperating with her clients to explore their difficulties and coping strategies. She is particularly interested in working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and difficulties with sleep, relationships, assertiveness, and self-image. Abby uses evidence-based psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy, and supportive counselling.
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Ms Calypso Strauss

Psychologist

Calypso is a Provisional Psychologist who is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She has experience working with a diverse set of clients in private practice suffering from a wide range of psychological difficulties. These include depression, anxiety, stress and poor self-confidence as well as communication, emotion and behavioural difficulties. Calypso is particularly interested working with younger individuals and their families, helping them to feel supported and empowered. She adopts a warm, flexible and collaborative approach and uses evidence-based psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Meta-Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Calypso is accepting new clients now and appointments can be made for January 2024. Please contact reception to arrange your appointment.
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Ms Ellaina Andersson

Psychologist

Ellaina is a registered psychologist and endorsed Clinical Neuropsychologist who holds a Bachelor of Medical Science, Bachelor of Psychology (first class honours) and Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology. She has a specific passion for paediatric neuropsychology and in addition to her private clinical practice, works as a Clinical Neuropsychologist at Monash Children's Hospital. She has considerable experience administering a range of paediatric neuropsychological assessments in addition to developmental assessment tools and the Autism Spectrum Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition. She has extensive experience assessing various neurodevelopmental presentations, including Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities and Specific Learning Impairments. She strongly believes in the provision of family-centred and neuroaffirming care and aims to provide evidence-based neuropsychological assessment to assist with diagnostic understanding and inform targeted intervention. She hopes that all families leave the service with a greater understanding of their child’s strengths and differences, how their child best functions in the world, and the targeted recommendations to help the family support the child’s needs so they can reach their full potential.  In addition to her clinical experience, she has also worked extensively in developmental and learning disabilities research. At the University of Sydney, her research involved the successful rollout of behavioural interventions supporting families and children with challenging behaviours, including children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Her master thesis research explored the underlying neuropsychology profiles of children with learning difficulties. Ellaina is also involved in undergraduate and graduate psychology teaching and works as a Unit Coordinator and teaching associate at Monash University and Macquarie University. She is also a founding member of the Kimberley Brain and Mind Foundation. A charitable organisation that supports communities in remote and regional areas of Western Australia to develop and implement research programs to help children with developmental and neurological disorders

Ms Genevieve Cushan-Kain

Psychologist

Genevieve brings a warm, compassionate, and engaging approach, creating a safe and nurturing space for her clients. She has extensive experience in private, public, and community settings, as well as a background in research comparing evidence-based treatments for a wide range of eating disorders. Employing a strengths-based model, Genevieve recognises the distinct value of each individual and their capacity to cultivate inner resilience, greater self-compassion, meaning, and fulfilment in life. Genevieve adopts a collaborative and holistic approach to assist individuals overcome the psychological barriers toward improved mental health and overall wellbeing. Integrating multiple therapeutic modalities, Genevieve draws from a diverse range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. She collaborates closely with clients to establish a comfortable and trusting relationship, tailoring therapy to best meet their individual needs. Genevieve has experience in counselling individuals dealing with a wide range of challenges. She is particularly interested in working with older adolescents and adults who are dealing with trauma, eating disorders, relationship breakdowns, personality difficulties, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and grief and loss.
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Ms Jessica Rabinowicz

Psychologist

Jessica works with children, teenagers and adults. After completing a Masters in Clinical Psychology she has worked in Melbourne and more recently in the United Kingdom. Jessica has experience running individual and group interventions with children, adolescents and adults across a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, body image concerns, low self-esteem, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia, anger management, post-traumatic stress, attachment issues, alcohol and/or drug addiction and neurodevelopmental diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Jessica’s approach is strengths-based and she emphasises a collaborative approach that reflects warmth, empathy and genuineness. Jessica values openness and feedback, and the importance of making her clients feel comfortable through building a strong therapeutic relationship. Her training has primarily comprised of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, but she also incorporates techniques relevant to Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy. Jessica can tailor treatment plans to the needs and goals of her clients. Jessica is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Outside her clinical work she enjoys trying new food spots, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
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Ms Louise Moncur

Psychologist

Louise is a registered psychologist currently completing the registrar program for endorsement in Clinical Psychology. Louise has a diverse professional background with experience counselling within the community, private, and university mental health sectors, as well as in research within the health and clinical psychology domains. Such varied experiences have been invaluable in informing Louise's dynamic, integrative, and highly individualised approach to therapy. Louise is particularly passionate about collaborating with individuals to overcome the psychological barriers preventing them from living the fulfilling lives they deserve. She has a keen interest in a variety of therapeutic frameworks including Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Louise works flexibly facilitating exploratory, insightful discussion, therapeutic skill-building, or a combination of both as determined by the needs and preferences of the individual. Within the context of a non-judgemental, safe, and encouraging therapeutic relationship, Louise looks to empower individuals to realise their capacity to cope and thrive through leveraging their strengths. Louise's clients describe her as warm, genuine, empathetic, and as dedicated to providing high quality support and care. Louise welcomes individuals in late adolescence and adults aged 18 years and over seeking support for: Depression Anxiety Stress and burnout Self-esteem and confidence Identity Perfectionism Relationship issues Grief and loss Life transitions Trauma
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Ms Sally Smith

Psychologist

Sally is an empathetic and collaborative registered Psychologist with a passion for working with adolescents and young adults. Sally places great importance on creating a non-judgmental, respectful, and safe environment when working with people. Sally has worked with a range of issues including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, life transitions, stress, emotion regulation, self-esteem and confidence, relationship and attachment issues and anger management. She is LGBTQIA+ and neurodiversity aware and affirmative. Sally has worked in a number of settings including private and public youth mental health, schools, forensic and not for profit community settings. She has worked as a Psychologist in both Australia and Berlin, Germany. Working internationally has given her the opportunity to work with people from many different cultural backgrounds. Sally uses a holistic and individually tailored approach to therapy. She draws from various evidence-based interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy.
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Ms Tessa Bellamy

Psychologist

Tessa is a warm, genuine and open-minded psychologist who prioritises establishing a trusting relationship with her clients. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages, specifically adolescents and young adults. Tessa has experience working with people across the lifespan, in both Government and private settings. She has also worked within schools, promoting positive psychology to the school community using a strengths-based approach. Tessa’s therapeutic interests include Complex Trauma, Depression and Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders and Body image difficulties, and Sleep and Stress difficulties. Tessa uses a collaborative and adaptive approach to therapy, fitting her approach to each individual client. She draws on evidence-based therapies including: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
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