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P: 08 8646 5601 ~ M: 0434 536 236

F: 08 8180 1725

E: info@willowtreepsychology.com.au

Location: 416 Magill Road, Kensington Gardens, Adelaide, SA, 5068

P: 08 8233 0828 or 08 8646 5601 ~ M: 0434 536 236 ~ F: 08 8180 1725 ~ E: info@willowtreepsychology.com.au

Location: 416 Magill Road, Kensington Gardens, Adelaide, SA, 5068

Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing - Adelaide Psychologist

Our Team

Rocco Luppino

Clinical Psychologist / Principal Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Board Approved Supervisor - AHPRA

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Client Group:

Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adults, Older Persons, Families

Interest Areas

My name is Rocco Luppino, and I am the principal clinical psychologist of Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing. Since my teenage years, I was fascinated with human behaviour; and how the brain and cognitive processes play a significant role in our behaviour, emotions, and thinking process; and how these processes can be used to improve mental health.

This led me to pursue my studies in Clinical Psychology, where I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of South Australia. My vision was to create a practice that is warm, welcoming, and inclusive. A place where everyone can feel welcome. I am fortunate to work alongside the entire Willow Tree Team not only for assisting in my vision but for their dedication to assisting with the best possible outcome for their clients.

 

I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist, and I have worked across many settings throughout my career including government, non-government, schools, and private practice settings. I have worked with individuals across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults, older persons, families, and parents with infants across a range of mental health difficulties and presentations.  

 

I have built my career working from a gentle, client-centred approach, where I work collaboratively with each individual, and together develop a therapy plan in order to ensure the best outcomes are reached, and the sessions are used to meet individual needs. I work from an evidence-based approach and utilise a range of therapeutic models including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

 

Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing is an LGBTI+ safe space. I have worked extensively with the LGBTI+ community across the lifespan, providing support, and therapeutic interventions. 

 

I am passionate about working with and providing support to individuals and couples in the area of infertility, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), surrogacy, parenting, and adoption. Starting a family can be a difficult process, and can take its emotional toll. I am passionate about providing the necessary psychological support, guidance, and strategies to assist with this process.

 

I have also worked extensively with;

  • Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias
  • Anger & Aggressive Behaviour
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Body Image/Self-Esteem
  • Bullying - Developing Resilience
  • Complex Presentations
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Conflict / Family Separation
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTIQ+
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Panic/Panic Attacks
  • Relationship/Marriage/Partnership Difficulties
  • Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Sleep Issues
  • Social Skills Development
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma

Supervision for Psychologists

I am also able to provide supervision for provisional psychologists and clinical psychology registrars. Please contact Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing to discuss this further.

Shane Moyle

Clinical Psychologist / Principal Clinical Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Psychology Board Approved Supervisor - AHPRA

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP)

 

Client Group

Adolescent, Youth, Adults, and Older Persons 

 

Interest Areas

I believe that having a therapist who takes the time to listen, gently enquire and develop a shared understanding with you leads to better outcomes.  

In session, I aim to be warm, engaging and create an environment where you feel safe and supported to address any challenges you may be facing. My approach involves taking the time to build trust and rapport, whilst assisting you to gain powerful new perspectives, develop new skills, and harness your own individual strengths.  
 
I have over 11 years of experience as a clinical psychologist working across a range of settings including hospitals, community mental health teams, older persons’ mental health services, rehabilitation services, and executive leadership teams. Such opportunities have afforded me the opportunity to work with people across the lifespan with a diverse range of issues and unique circumstances. 

 

To me, it is important to treat everyone as an individual and draw upon my clinical experience and training in a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Metacognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness to tailor an evidence-based approach that is right for you. 
 
I have a particular interest in working with people experiencing:

 

  • Ageing-related issues

  • Adjusting to cognitive changes including dementia & brain injury

  • Chronic pain

  • PTSD and trauma

  • Adjustment disorder

  • Bipolar affective disorder

  • Depression

  • Obsessive-Compulsive disorder

  • Anxiety, stress, and worry

  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Hoarding
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief and loss

I am passionate about psychology as a profession, and I have clinically supervised many post-graduate students, registrars, and experienced psychologists. I have also contributed to curriculum development in a range of psychology/mental health courses and training programs, and currently hold a Clinical Senior Lecturer title with the University of Adelaide. I believe that is important to keep up to date with the latest developments in psychological research to ensure that I am delivering the best possible service for the people I work with.

Kendall Felix

Clinical Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

 

Client Group

Older Adolescents, Adult

 

Interest Areas

I am an experienced clinical psychologist and have worked for over 15 years in the area of mental health in a variety of roles. I currently work predominately with adults and older adolescents. I use a gentle, compassionate yet proactive approach in working together in the journey to improving wellbeing and reducing distress for those I work with. 

My professional experience has enabled me to create a rich platform, philosophy and therapeutic evidence-base in my approach – that we all have unique worth and whilst working on individual therapy needs, we are existing within our own histories and families, and within a wider social and world context where connection and being genuinely understood are vital for thriving and for goal-directed personal change. 

 

Among the therapeutic models I use are: cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), interpersonal psychotherapy and schema therapy, as well as utilising body and brain-based stress reduction strategies, tailored to the individual. I have also provided collaborative and systemic therapy with families and young children drawing from attachment and relational neurodevelopment frameworks, including with people dealing with chronic and complex trauma, ASD and ADHD. I have presented and published in the area of adult trauma (veteran population). 

 

I welcome and can provide therapy for all major areas of need including general and severe anxiety and depression, panic, phobias, obsessive thoughts and worry, anger issues, adult ASD and ADHD, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment issues, social anxiety, low mood/motivation and relationship issues. I am particularly committed to providing an inclusive and safe therapeutic space in which to celebrate neurodiversity, for people from the LGBTQIA+ community. I respect that I provide therapy on Kaurna land.  

 

*Please note, Kendall does not complete ASD or ADHD assessments

Dr Kristy Johnstone

Clinical Psychologist

 

Kristy is currently on extended leave and will be unable to accept new clients at this stage. 

 

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

 

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Young Adults (16-25yrs), Adults

 

Interest Areas

I work with clients of all ages to address a range of presenting concerns. I have an interest in child development and have experience in providing therapeutic intervention for children and families experiencing behavioural issues, emotional dysregulation, and childhood mental health disorders. 

I have a particular interest in working with the following presentations:

  • Anxiety and Worry
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • LGBTIQA+
  • Panic Disorder
  • Sleep Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviours

I am committed to using evidence-based therapies to support clients to make positive changes and improve quality of life. My therapeutic approach is primarily informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy. I understand that attending therapy can feel confronting, and so I approach my work with clients in a warm and empathetic manner to develop a positive and safe therapeutic relationship. I tailor my interventions to suit the specific presentations and needs of each client and support my clients to develop the skills to reach their therapeutic goals. 

Candice Broadbent

Clinical Psychologist

 

Candice is currently on extended leave and will be unable to accept new clients at this stage. 

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Science (Psych Honours) 

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

 

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Youth - 0-24

 

Interest Areas

I have now worked in the area of child, adolescent, and youth psychology for over 10 years in both the public and private sectors.

 

My approach is collaborative and utilises a systems-based and attachment-based approach, involving family as much as possible where this is appropriate for clients. As a team, we can then work to build a toolbox of skills to deal with the challenges being faced. I have a particular interest in the following areas;

 

  • Anxiety, Fears, Phobias
  • Behavioural concerns

  • Bullying

  • Building confidence and resilience

  • Family relationship difficulties
  • Grief, loss and trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)  
  • Parenting issues 
  • Selective Mutism    
  • Social and emotional difficulties  
  • Stress management

 

I work from an evidence-based approach and utilise primarily; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks. I have also been trained in a parenting program called Tuning Into Kids, which focuses on helping parents support children with their emotional regulation, and build emotional resilience. 

 

Often the key to good therapy is a good relationship with your therapist. I like working and connecting with young people, making sessions interesting and fun, and will adapt concepts to match their understanding. In this way, we can help make sense of the issues they face in a developmentally appropriate way, and support appropriate coping strategies.

Nicola Holmes

Clinical Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Fellow of the Clinical College of the APS

 

Client Group

Youth (16-25yrs), Adults

 

Interest Areas

We all experience struggle, suffering and moments where life seems to fall apart. I believe that under the right conditions, life’s inevitable curveballs can create the opportunity for learning and growth.

 

Consultations: Monday - 9.30am- 5.00pm 

I work with my clients from an equal, genuine and vulnerable stance to help them build meaning and contentedness, and live lives that reflect their personal values. I strongly believe in the skills and strategies I teach and I have experienced the benefits of consistently applying them in my own life.  

 

I deliver client-centred and evidence-based care to youth and adults using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy-informed approaches. Alongside my training in South Australia, I also received training in psychology at Maastricht University in The Netherlands.  


My work history includes both private clinical practice and community mental health services. I am passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate care to those experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder and emotional regulation difficulties. This is a strong focus of my work in community mental health, where I am a member of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Team and co-facilitate DBT skills groups. 

 

My particular areas of interest include working with individuals experiencing: 

  • Depression and mood disturbances
  • Anxiety, worry and phobias
  • Stress
  • Adjustment to life
  • Perfectionism
  • Body image difficulties
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Interpersonal difficulties 
  • Complex trauma
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours

Dr Jessica Paterson

Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications

PhD Psychology

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (MCCLP)

Member of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Young Adults (16-25yrs), Adults

Interest areas

I work with clients who have experienced single-incident or complex trauma, primarily using trauma-focused cognitive-behavioural therapy, cognitive processing therapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, and schema therapy.

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I aim to accept and support my clients by creating a caring and supportive environment, free of judgment – no matter what thoughts, feelings or behaviours you bring to the therapy room. 

I have over 15 years of experience working as a sleep researcher at the: Appleton Institute at CQUniversity; Centre for Sleep Research at UniSA; and the Laboratory of Human Chronobiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

I also have 9 years of experience as a lecturer in psychology and psychopathology, and currently teach the Masters level Clinical and Professional Psychology Students in the College of Psychology at CQUniversity. 

Dr Ruth Jarman

Clinical Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Assoication (ACPA) 

Client Group

Children, Adolescents, Young adults, Adults,

Interest Areas

I believe an important component of psychology is a good therapeutic relationship, where clients are accepted as they are and supported as they work toward their personal wellbeing goals.

I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for everyone to explore and express their thoughts, emotions and identity, including neuro-diverse and LGBTQI+ people. I am passionate about helping clients regain and maintain good mental health and to live their best life. 

 

I support people when their mental health needs to be prioritised, whether due to stress, life events or traumatic incidents. I work alongside clients with a range of short or long-term mental health issues, including depression, excessive worry, anxiety, phobias, trauma, grief and loss, OCD, gender identity, self-esteem issues and coping difficulties. I am particularly interested in working with people who have adjustment difficulties after leaving high-demand religious groups

 

I believe in working together with clients to utilise the most appropriate evidence-based treatments and strategies that suit their individual needs. I use a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Schema Therapy.

Stephanie Loielo

Psychologist

Clinical Psychology Registrar

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

 

Client Group

Infant, Child, Adolescent, Young Adults (16-25yrs), Adults

 

Interest Areas

I am interested in supporting individuals, couples, and families throughout their lifespan; from infancy to adulthood. I am known for my warmth and playful approach in inviting the individual to the therapy space and taking the time to develop meaningful and collaborative goals to support mental health.

 

I believe quality in relationships plays a large role in long-term mental health and so I strive to promote an emotionally safe and welcoming environment.

 

I have a clinical interest in infancy and childhood mental health, as well as the perinatal period and parenting support in the early years. I use a variety of approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for individuals, and promote strong attachment and connections in couples and families including approaches such as Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Theraplay. I also have a clinical interest in complex relational trauma and anxiety.

 

I welcome any clients experiencing emotional distress and seeking a welcoming, warm space to learn healthy coping skills. 

Dharini Rajaramanan

Psychologist

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Client Group

Young adults, Adults,

Interest Areas

I like to work with young adults and adults and use a friendly, empathetic and compassionate approach within sessions. In sessions, I like to work collaboratively with clients to build a strong therapeutic relationship and to identify and focus on specific goals. I am committed to providing clients with strategies deriving from evidence-based therapies that may help to manage any concerns.

I also like to delve deeper and help clients to gain some insight into where certain core beliefs and thought patterns have stemmed from. I like to use techniques from Cognitive, Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy. I am interested in working with clients with a range of concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, trauma, self-esteem and concerns within relationships

Vasiliki Velissaris

Psychologist

 

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons)

 

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

 

 

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Young Adults (16-21yrs)

 

Interest Areas

I am passionate about working with children, adolescents and their caregivers to understand their uniqueness, help them achieve their goals and flourish in all areas of their life. I employ a warm, compassionate and curious approach when working with individuals, and aim to create an inviting and safe therapy environment where meaningful connections and goals to support wellbeing are explored. 

 

I enjoy working with young children, adolescents and their extended care team to promote confidence, individuality and a better quality of life. I am committed to helping clients build evidence-based strategies that may help to manage their difficulties in different areas of their life. I am interested in working with clients with a range of concerns such as depression, anxiety, emotion regulation difficulties, trauma, relationship problems, body image and eating, and weight and shape concerns.

Dr Terry Evans

Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Social Science (Counselling)

Bachelor of Education

Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

 

Client Group

Adults, Older Persons, LGBTIQ+ Communities

Interest Areas

I worked as a secondary teacher in SA schools for over 20 years, mostly in country areas. As a teacher, I was very aware of the social and emotional problems that many students face in making the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. I became interested in counselling and studied to become a school counsellor. After leaving teaching, I began working as a counsellor in community-based organisations such as the AIDS Council of SA, Relationships Australia SA, and Cancer Council SA. After 20 years of working in these counselling roles, I returned to university to study psychology with the goal of working in private practice, which I have now achieved.


For me, therapy is about working with clients to help them live a rich and meaningful life. There is much human suffering and although many of us have found ways to cope with emotional challenges in life, others have struggled. Adverse life experiences, such as childhood neglect and trauma, can lead to unhelpful ways of coping in adulthood. Therapy can help. As a psychologist, I am motivated to help you find more effective ways to cope with challenges that you face in your life. My special interests include working with LGBTIQ+ individuals, relationship problems, chronic pain management, smoking cessation, and general psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.


My aim is to provide you with a quiet and comfortable space in which you can share your personal story of struggle. Building a strong therapeutic relationship in which empathy and trust are present is key to effective outcomes. I want to work toward achieving that with you and to that end, will regularly seek your feedback on how well you think I am doing. I describe this approach as "client directed" and "outcome Informed". This approach prioritises what you want to achieve from therapy and your evaluation of your progress and the effectiveness of the therapeutic relationship.

 

The main therapeutic approach that I use is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a Cognitive Behavioural approach to Therapy that helps you to practice techniques to change inflexible and unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving into more helpful and flexible ways. For example, becoming more aware of your unhelpful thoughts and practising alternative more helpful ways of thinking, leading to more positive feelings and improved coping skills. Building awareness of thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations through techniques, such as mindfulness, is key to therapeutic change. Aspects of other therapeutic models, such as CBT, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy, are integrated within the ACT framework.

Max Rivers

Provisional Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts/Philosophy (Honours)

Graduate Diploma in Education

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society

 

Client Group

Children, Adolescents, Young adults, Adults,

 

Interest Areas

I am a provisional psychologist completing my internship at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing. I work with clients across the lifespan with diverse presentations including those on the NDIS. 

My approach is non-judgmental and person-centred with a focus on bringing insight to see life’s challenges in a new light. My practice is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My work history includes family and child counselling, vocational rehab counselling, mentoring youth, and case management in a flexible learning education centre. I have worked with clients experiencing mental health issues including, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and emotional dysregulation. Individual sessions involve collaborating to develop a therapy plan and setting achievable outcomes to meet client needs. I believe everyone has the right to dignity and respect, and I am passionate about working together to develop meaningful experiences and a fulfilling life.

Jason Tran
Provisional Psychologist

 

Qualifications
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Health Sciences

 

Professional Memberships
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

 

Client Group
Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults.

 

Interest Areas
I am a Provisional Psychologist who works largely with neurodivergent children, adolescents, and adults within the NDIS framework. I actively strive to take a person-centred, neurodiversity-affirming, trauma-informed and culturally responsive approach with my clients.

My work history includes conducting psychometric assessments, providing psychological therapy, and implementing specialist behavioural strategies for my clients in their home, community, and school/workplace settings. I have worked closely with my clients and their support system in managing their behaviours of concern, achieving their own goals, and ultimately improving their quality of life.

 

I am interested in working with clients with a range of concerns, including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, emotional regulation, behaviours of concern, social problems, suicidal ideation, schooling difficulties and gender identity. I work from an evidence-based approach and is influenced by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). 

In addition to English, I can also speak Cantonese and Mandarin fluently and I welcome clients with Asian backgrounds who may prefer to speak Cantonese or Mandarin in our sessions. 

Melissa Howie

Psychotherapist

Advanced Certified Schema Therapist

Clinical Social Worker – AASW
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker – AASW

 

Qualifications
Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Social Work

Accredited Advanced Schema Therapist – ISST Accredited
Graduate Certificate in Mediation: Family Relations
Vocational Diploma in Dispute Resolution
Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy & Counselling

 

Professional Memberships
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

 

Client Group

Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults.

 

Interest Areas

Melissa is a skilled psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field; She has managed a State-Wide Rehabilitation Service; provided ATAPs services to GP’s; worked in private practice for a number of years and provided extensive long-term counselling in Forensic and Community Mental Health Services. Melissa has also worked extensively with couples, children, adolescents, adults and families. Melissa has a passion for working with people of all ages to facilitate change at both an individual and systemic level. She gets enormous satisfaction from connecting with clients and helping them build better lives. She provides a bespoke service, tailoring the therapy to each client and working collaboratively to achieve individual goals.

 

Melissa is a Certified Advanced Schema Therapist and is one of a few certified at this level in Australia by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). For more information on Schema Therapy please see our Schema Therapy Page


Melissa also utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Gottman Couples Therapy. She aslo has post-graduate qualifications in Family Therapy and Family Mediation. Melissa has also completed extensive training in child-centred play therapy and is a Certified Autplay therapist. She has a strong belief that play assists children to communicate their inner experiences and creates understanding in their lives.  Melissa also utilises Circle of Security Parenting Intervention and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy. 

 

Melissa has worked extensively with Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Phobias, Stress, Autism Spectrum, Trauma/Complex Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Eating Disorders, Forensic Issues – sexual offending, Sexual Addiction, Alcohol Addiction, Personality Disorders – BPD, narcissistic, anti-social, Domestic Violence those experiencing /perpetrators. 

 

In addition, Melissa has worked extensively with Family Relationships including; Family Therapy, Couples/Relationships, Intimacy Issues, Issues with co-parenting, Pre-marriage counselling, Step-Family Concerns, Family Conflict, Separation & Divorce, Domestic Violence, Parenting Plan support, Mediation, Grief & Loss.

 

When working with children, adolescents, and youth, Melissa has worked extensively with Play Therapy/Sand Play, Trauma, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety and Depression, OCD, Perfectionism, Social Anxiety, Anger, Assertiveness/Confidence, Suicide/Self-Harm, Grief & Loss.

Lise Pitman
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Single Session Family Focussed Practitioner (SSFC)

 

Qualifications
Bachelor of Social Work

 

Professional Memberships
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

 

Client Group
Older adolescents, adults, women as they transition through different life stages, carers of family members engaged in the mental health sector, and individuals managing Mental Health concerns.

 

Interest Areas
Lise has worked within the Government Mental Health Sector for over 10 years, working with individuals and families in the community sector.

As a result, Lise has developed a sound understanding in the areas of depression, anxiety, drugs and alcohol, risk management and trauma-informed care. Incorporated into Lise’s skill base is her experience as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and conducting Single Session Family Consultations (SSFC) to support families struggling with the difficulty of Mental Health and its impact on families.

 

When working with individuals Lise draws on a number of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focussed Strategies. Lise’s style is warm, personal and conversational, with time given to develop the therapeutic relationship. This incorporates understanding the individual as a whole, and the influences in their lives that create conflict and distress. 

 

Of special interest to Lise is working with women who are transitioning through different life stages, to support them in managing the wide range of issues that can affect a woman’s wellbeing. This may include relationship difficulties, children leaving home, ageing parents and the struggle to maintain one’s own identity whilst being an individual, wife, mother and carer.

 

Lise is willing to conduct sessions both face to face and via Zoom, to allow for flexibility and time constraints that can see individuals struggle to attend appointments.

Caroline Seymour

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

DBT Program Coordinator / Clinician

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Social Work

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

 

Client Group

Youth (14-18), Young Adults (19-21yrs), Adults (21+)

 

Interest Areas

Caroline Seymour is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and trained as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist.

Caroline has worked in the public mental health sector since 2012 following 15 years of employment in child protection and juvenile justice services as well as after-hours crisis services and child abuse report line. 

 

Caroline is able to offer clients individual DBT therapy, in addition, Caroline facilitates the DBT Skills groups, for more information, please visit the DBT Skills Group page.  

 

Caroline is passionate about journeying with people through distress and change. Her client focus areas are youth, parents and adults.  She describes Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as a dynamic and challenging therapy well suited to a critical social work perspective.

 

Caroline’s experience of providing this internationally delivered, intensive psychotherapy over the past five years is that it is goal orientated, and assists in areas of;

  • Relationship power imbalance,
  • Emotion identification / Emotional Regulation
  • Addictions,
  • Self-harm,
  • Eating disorders,
  • Impulse control and suicidal thinking.

In conducting this therapy, Caroline has found that her social work background aids her understanding and service delivery. Social work values and practices align well with the principle-driven nature of DBT.


People with high emotional sensitivity often have life-long experiences of their emotions being disregarded and therefore invalidated, leading to invalidation of the self. Emotionally invalidated clients can thus have difficulties with acceptance of themselves and their situations, striving constantly to change problems, even when certain problems cannot be changed. This non-acceptance is characterised by frantic but often unskilful attempts to solve problems in living. The aim of DBT is to balance acceptance of people as they are; with a change focus where agreed-upon goals are set. This is achieved through utilising a bio-social and dialectical paradigm and strategies of validation, radical genuineness, skills training and group work. 


Additionally, a DBT programme adapted by Miller and Rathus (2006) for adolescents and their families significantly aligns with the principles of social work, underpinning Caroline’s practice and role in the delivery of this psychotherapy treatment.  This promotes social change, problem-solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights (legitimate rights) and social justice are fundamental to social work and are covered within DBT.  


The natural evolution that has come about from Caroline’s working history in various social work settings, as well as being part of a system as a child, sibling, mother, wife and friend with various life stressors. Caroline is very passionate about closing a gap in service accessibility to this approach and has been able to introduce DBT for adults and DBT for Adolescents and families as group coordinator/facilitator/DBT clinician to Willow Tree face to face and via telehealth with the support of other DBT clinicians within the Willow Tree family to assist with a community approach – “It takes a village to raise a child”

Cate Rowlands

Mental Health Nurse

DBT Clinician

 

Qualifications

Nursing

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

 

Client Group

Youth and Young Adults (14-21yrs), Adults (21+)

 

Interest Areas

Cate is a DBT Facilitator and has a passion for working with youth, young adults and adults. Cate has studied DBT and CBT and worked in the Central Adelaide Health Service facilitating DBT Skills Group. Cate is passionate about early intervention and empowering individuals through DBT skills to better manage their own emotions and enjoy a life worth living.

Cate has three daughters and two French bulldogs, so she understands the importance of a work/study life balance.

Julie Bailey
Clinical Nurse – Mental Health
DBT Co-facilitator

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Nursing; Mental Health Major: La Trobe University
Graduate Diploma; Mental Health Nursing: RMIT University
Essentials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Psychwire
DBT Skills Training: Psychwire

 

Professional Memberships

AHPRA Nursing & Midwifery Board
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

 

Client Group

Young Adults (Ages 16 +), Adults 

 

Interest Areas

I am a mother, partner, daughter, aunty, friend and gardener.  I value diversity, acceptance, equity, life-long learning, creativity, integrity, courage and honesty to name a few, and I do my best to live by my values every day.  

I am a clinical mental health nurse with experience working with diverse populations in a range of service settings across Melbourne and Adelaide.  I strive to provide high quality, evidence-based, person-centred mental health care within our community.  

 

I have clinical expertise in a range of therapeutic interventions including; 


DBT Skills Group Co-facilitation, trauma-informed care, suicide prevention and safety planning, hospital avoidance strategies. motivational interviewing, assisting people to reduce & cease self-harm and other problematic behaviours, working with people experiencing drug & alcohol misuse as well dual diagnoses.

 

My aim as a DBT Skills Group facilitator is to improve mental health outcomes for participants by teaching a wide range of skills and strategies to enhance their capacity to cope and thrive in daily life.  I have had the privilege of working alongside people on their recovery journey.  I have seen firsthand, how DBT skills have given people the tools they need to navigate the inevitable challenges we all face in our lives.

Amy Polglase

Art Therapist

 

Qualifications

Diploma of Art Psychotherapy

Postgraduate Degree of Junior Primary & Primary Education (Specialising in Visual Arts)

 

Professional Memberships

Associate member of Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP)

 

Client Group

Child, Adolescent, Young Adults (16-25yrs), Adults

 

Interest Areas

My background is in primary school education, and on graduating from my teaching degree, I moved to the UK to work in the primary schools of South-East London for two years. On returning to Australia, I specialised as an Early Years teacher with a passion for the expressive arts.

After 10 years in my career of teaching, working with children of all abilities, I decided I wanted to work one-on-one, supporting people through challenges they face. I began working in allied health in private practice, assisting people with communication difficulties by creating and personalising augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aids to support their language and connections. I am also one of the few presenters in South Australia, who provides training for simplified language which aims to provide clear and accessible communication resources for everyone.

 

I have a passion for equality and inclusiveness has led me to pursue and complete professional development courses on working with individuals on the Autism spectrum, specialist literacy programs and workshops on Mindfulness. Throughout school and university, I majored in Visual Art and I am passionate about the expressive arts as a modality of self-expression and a way to unlock the unconscious. The arts are there when we can’t find the words to say, or when words are not enough and can offer a new perspective. 

 

Art therapy is for everyone! You do not need to have any knowledge of techniques or art materials, it’s all about the process. The focus of art therapy is to empower your autonomy and uncover the strengths and resources that you already have within you. I am here to support you, as a facilitator, as we use art processes to gently unpack concerns, worries or stressors. I use a client-centred approach, building genuine connections with my clients as I support them to meet their therapeutic goals within a safe environment. 

 

I look forward to meeting you.

Administration Team

Our Practice Manager Loueen and Admin Officer Samantha run the day to day admin, operations and support for Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbieng. Our team are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or appointments. You can contact us via phone 8233 0828 or info@willowtreepsychology.com.au

Admin Hours

Monday - 9.15am - 5.15pm

Tuesday - 9.15am - 5.15pm

Wednesday - 9.15am - 5.15pm

Thursday - 9.15am - 5.15pm

Friday - 9.15am - 5.15pm

Calls outside of admin hours will go to our voicemail system. Occasinaly during busy periods, your call during admin hours may also divert to voicemail. 

 

Please leave a message with your name, best contact number, and brief message. Our admin team will return your call as soon as possible. 

Practice Manager

Loueen Holt

Hello, my name is Loueen. After 20 years spent in the Radiology industry, I am excited to join the Willow Tree family. My goal is to provide a warm, safe and welcoming environment and I look forward to meeting you all.

Admin Officer

Samantha Carter

"I have worked in the Administrative team of a private hospital for three and a half years. What I love about the role is making what can be a difficult process for someone, easier. My goal at Willow Tree is to help you with your enquiries and provide a warm, welcoming service. I look forward to meeting you."