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Willow Tree Felixstow: 481 Payneham Road, Felixstow, SA, 5070

Email: Felixstow@willowtreepsychology.com.au

 

Phone: 08 8331 3936 or 08 82330828 Mobile: 0434 536 236

Fax: 08 8180 1725 Email: info@willowtreepsychology.com.au

 

P: 08 8233 0828 or 08 8331 3936 ~ M: 0434 536 236 ~ F: 08 8180 1725 ~ E: info@willowtreepsychology.com.au

Location: 481 Payneham Road, Felixstow, Adelaide, SA, 5070

Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing - Adelaide Psychologist

Our Team

Rocco Luppino (He/Him)

Clinical Psychologist

Practice Director

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Psychology 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 provide clinical supervision to a number of psychologists at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing. While I am also able to provide supervision for provisional psychologists and clinical psychology registrars externally, I currently do not have capacity to provide external supervision. 

Shane Moyle (He/Him)

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 13 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.

 

I provide clinical supervision to a number of psychologists at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing.

Alycia Powell-Jones (She/Her)
Senior 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

Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults

 

 

Interest Areas 

I am a compassionate, warm and empathetic, clinical psychologist who values the importance of collaboratively working with clients to support their mental health and wellbeing. I believe in providing a caring, and compassionate environment that is empowering. We all experience challenges in life, but through individual therapy, we draw upon evidence-based intervention in conjunction with a person’s own individual strengths and values to learn more effective skills to manage these challenges and gain new perspectives and change. 
 
I have a broad range of professional experience, working across public, NGO and private sectors in clinical and leadership roles. I have an interest in the trajectory of childhood development and how this shapes us into young people and adults. I can support clients across the lifespan.
 
I am skilled in delivering evidence-based therapeutic interventions working from an attachment perspective, using trauma-informed care principles. I tailor my clinical intervention to meet the unique needs of each client however draw upon interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy (ST), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have experience in clinical facilitation of group therapy programs, including DBT and being trained in Tuning into Teens.  
 
I have an interest in working with the following presentations:
• Anxiety, stress and worry    
• Emotion regulation difficulties     
• Self-esteem issues    
• Depression
• Adjustment difficulties     
• Eating issues     
• Pre and post-natal mental health    
• Supporting others care for those with physical and mental health concerns 

I am passionate about supporting the ongoing development of psychology as a profession. I am a psychology board approved supervisor and regularly provide clinical supervision to provisional psychologists and clinical registrars. I have presented and published in the areas of traumatic brain injury and schema therapy in clinical populations. 
 
I provide clinical supervision to a number of psychologists at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing.
 

Nadia Del Col (She/Her)
Clinical Psychologist

Senior Clinical Psychologist / DBT Coordinator

 

Qualifications
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (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
Young Adults 17-25, Adults 25+

 

 

Interest Areas 

I aim to provide a warm, safe and encouraging therapeutic relationship in which you can explore your concerns and work towards the changes you wish to see in your life.  I offer an individualised and collaborative approach to apply my skills to your particular needs, and see us as working together as a team.

I am a clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience in mental health in public, non-government and private sectors, in clinical and leadership roles.  Throughout my career I have consistently facilitated Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) groups and provided individual DBT within adult mental health services, and also DBT with a mother-infant focus. My role as a DBT therapist is very important and meaningful for me.  I feel grateful to be working with many people over the years and see them learn skills and develop a life worth living, through DBT.  Additional therapeutic approaches I provide include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Processing therapy for trauma.

 

I have particular interest in working with emotion regulation difficulties, perinatal mental health, supporting mothers through pregnancy and early parenthood, trauma, and enhancing well-being and coping skills in living with mental health difficulties. 
 
I also have experience and interest in working with;
•    Anxiety, stress and worry
•    Depression 
•    Bipolar affective disorder
•    Panic/Panic Attacks
•    Social anxiety
•    Adjustment difficulties
•    Self-esteem
•    Support for carers

 

I am keen to contribute to psychology and DBT, in particular. I have clinically supervised a large number of post-graduate students, registrars, and experienced psychologists, and well as provided DBT mentoring to clinicians from psychology and other disciplines. I have provided education on DBT in government and university settings. 

 

I provide clinical supervision to a number of psychologists at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing.

Kendall Felix

Senior 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 APS College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP)

 

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. 

 

The therapeutic approaches I draw from 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 previously provided collaborative and systemic therapy with families and young children drawing from attachment and relational neurodevelopment frameworks. This has included with people dealing with chronic and complex trauma, ADHD, and with Autistic people. 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, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment issues, social anxiety, low mood/motivation. I am particularly committed to providing an inclusive and safe therapeutic space for people in the LGBTQIA+ community and a space in which to appreciate the challenges, strengths and needs that neurodivergence brings for Autistic and ADHD adults. I respect that I provide therapy on Kaurna land. 

 

I provide clinical supervision to a number of psychologists at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing.

 

*Please note, Kendall does not complete ADHD assessments

Dr Kristy Johnstone (She/Her)

Clinical Psychologist

Senior Clinical Child/Youth Psychologist 

 

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Psychology Board Approved Supervisor – AHPRA 

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

 

Client Group

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

 

Interest Areas

I work with children, adolescents and young adults 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
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • LGBTIQA+
  • Panic Disorder
  • Perfectionism
  • Sleep Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Phobias
  • 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. 

 

I provide clinical supervision to a number of psychologists at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing.

Christopher Ghan (He/Him)

Senior Clinical Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Psychology Board Approved Supervisor – AHPRA 

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

 

Client Group

Adults, Older Persons,

 

Interest Areas

I aim to provide an warm, non-judgemental and safe environment where people can open up about issues at a pace that feels right for them. The idea of change can feel overwhelming and scary for many, thus I endeavour to work collaboratively with people to identify concrete and realistic steps forward.

I have predominantly worked in public health settings, including hospitals (i.e. inpatient wards for adults & older adults) and community mental health teams. This experience has enabled me to gain experience with people with a wide range of complex presentations. 


Each person has different needs, thus I aim to tailor my therapeutic interventions accordingly. To facilitate this, I may utilise concepts and skills from a range of interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), schema therapy, metacognitive therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), plus eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR).


I have a particular interest in working with the following presentations:
•    Anxiety and worry
•    Trauma
•    Obsessive compulsive disorder
•    Social anxiety
•    Grief and loss
•    Depression
•    Eating issues (excluding anorexia nervosa)
•    Emotion regulation difficulties
•    Stress management
•    Interpersonal relationship difficulties
•    Sleep issues
•    Phobias
•    Panic attacks

 

I provide clinical supervision to a number of psychologists at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing.
 

Candice Broadbent

Clinical Psychologist

 

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.

Emma Dwyer (She/Her)

Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Health Science

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Client Group

Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults

Interest areas

I am a psychologist with experience working in both non-government and public mental health settings with adolescents and adults. I work collaboratively with my clients using a warm and non-judgmental approach to assist them to fulfill their goals and improve their wellbeing.

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I work predominantly with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disturbances, panic attacks, interpersonal relationship difficulties, stress management, and personality disorders. While working in public mental health I facilitated group DBT for adults experiencing borderline personality disorder. I am enthusiastic about helping clients learn new skills to navigate challenges and achieve a life worth living. I also have an interest in supporting individuals with co-morbid chronic pain and health conditions.

 

The modalities of individual therapy I provide are:  

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT); Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Dr Rosemary (Rosie) Walsh (She/Her)

Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor Psychology (Honours)
Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Client Group

Adults (18+)

Interest Areas

I first developed an interest in psychology in my adolescence after watching my sister’s mental health deteriorate, and feeling at a loss for how I could support and understand her better. This desire to help her, developed into a passion to support other people and their families who are struggling with their mental health. After completing my undergraduate, and post-graduate studies, I have worked in a private practice setting since 2017, seeing clients of a variety of ages and clinical presentations.

I am a warm, non-judgemental, and compassionate psychologist who likes to take time to build a strong therapeutic relationship, which I believe builds a strong foundation for collaboratively developing a treatment plan, tailored to the individual’s needs. My therapeutic approach is primarily informed by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema therapy (ST), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based approaches. Additionally, I have a strong interest in mind-body approaches and creative therapies. I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community, and I aim to provide an open and safe space for them to seek support. 


My interest areas include:
•    Adult ADHD
•    Chronic Pain, Health, and Disability
•    Anxiety Disorders
•    Mood Disorders
•    Perfectionism
•    Stress and Burnout
•    Adjustment Disorders
•    Neurodiversity
•    Women’s Mental Health
•    Self-esteem and Body Image Concerns

Vasiliki Velissaris

Clinical 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.

Benita Rullo

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

children, adolescents and adults (4-40 yo)

 

Interest Areas

I am a compassionate, gentle and respectful psychologist who is dedicated to inspiring and fostering self discovery, growth, individuality, resilience and empowerment towards a purposeful, meaningful life. I adopt a collaborative approach to ensure my practise is client-focused, neuroaffirming, non-judgemental, safe and inclusive.

I have experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults across both public and private sectors. I also have a strong passion and extensive experience in working collaboratively with neurodivergent people and their extended care team to guide them on their journey towards understanding and empowerment.
 
My therapeutic approach is tailored, evidence-based and primarily draws on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-based techniques. My interest areas and experience include but are not limited to, Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Anger, Autism, ADHD, Emotional Wellbeing, Complex Trauma, Sleep Difficulties, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Relationship Conflict."

Gemma Snyder (She/Her)

Clinical 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

Young Adults (17-21yrs), Adults, Older Persons

 

Interest Areas

I am committed to developing a warm and genuine therapeutic relationship to provide the space for you to feel safe and comfortable to address the causes of your distress and empower you to overcome challenges. I believe in the importance of adapting my approach for each individual. Seeing therapy as a collaborative process, we will work towards developing a shared understanding of the difficulties you are facing and what outcomes you are hoping to achieve. Through recognising your own individual strengths and supporting you with skills, I aim to foster a sense of hope to cultivate personal growth.

I aim to use a holistic approach to therapy that considers your physical, emotional and social wellbeing. I use techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Mindfulness-Based Self Compassion Therapy (MBSC), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am interested in working with clients with a range of concerns including, but not limited to, those with symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, perfectionism, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and obsessive-compulsive behaviours.

Peter Macey
Clinical Psychologist

 

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours; First Class)

 

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

 

 

Client Group

Adults (18+)

 

Interest Areas

I have always been interested in psychology; particularly learning why we do what we do and how we can modify unhelpful habits in thought and behaviour. As a Clinical Psychologist, I am motivated to developing genuine rapport and build meaningful, collaborative goals that are tailored to you. I am committed to gain a shared understanding of your challenges and increase your confidence and skill in managing your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. I recognise and appreciate the role of lifestyle factors that influence our mental health and strongly advocate for improving this core domain. 

Throughout my education, I developed a deep appreciation for science, which guides my grounding in evidence-based treatment, drawing from approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Mindfulness, as well as others.

 

I am interested and dedicated to continue my journey of professional development by attending conferences and learning new treatment approaches. 

 

From first working in private practice in 2017, I have developed experience and interest in the following areas:

•    Depression
•    Self-esteem and confidence
•    Insomnia
•    Anxiety and phobias
•    Perfectionism
•    PTSD and trauma
•    ADHD 
•    Stress Management
•    Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
 

Tatjana Zec

Clinical Psychologist

 

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons)

 

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Associate Member of The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)

 

 

Client Group

Youth (15+), Adults, Older Person

 

Interest Areas

I am curious, understanding, and compassionate practitioner who has experience providing safe psychological support to diverse populations including LGBTIQA+ and individuals from various cultural backgrounds. My approach is warm, non-judgemental, and empathic. I focus on developing a strong and trusting therapeutic alliance, whereby clients can feel safe, understood, and accepted. 

I provide assessment and treatment for a range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety and its related disorders (phobias, social, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorder), panic attacks, self-harm, grief and loss, low self-esteem, trauma, chronic pain, sleep problems, interpersonal difficulties and relationship breakdowns, stress, poor emotion regulation, gender dysphoria, adjustment to difficult life transitions, and attention/hyperactivity. 
 
I utilise a collaborative approach and flexibly apply evidence-based interventions and tailor my therapeutic style to suit my clients’ individual preferences and needs. I draw upon therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-based strategies.  
 
I have previously worked across a university clinic setting, private hospital and in the public health system providing assessment services and psychological treatment. I am passionate about empowering clients to overcome challenges and equip my clients with information, guidance and skills that lead to positive and lasting change. 

Jacqui Vrettis

Psychologist

Clinical Psychology Registrar

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

 

Client Group

adolescents and adults (15 years +)

 

Interest Areas

I am a warm, friendly and empathetic psychologist who strives to create a non-judgemental and open space for my clients to work collaboratively with me to reach their goals. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both the private and public sectors. I place an emphasis on building therapeutic rapport and alliance, so that my clients feel comfortable, safe, understood and affirmed in therapy.

I have interest and experience working with clients who experience Depression, Anxiety, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning difficulties and Intellectual Disability, Trauma and PTSD, Anger, Relationship difficulties, Emotional Regulation, Antisocial Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. I utilise a range of evidence-based interventions to assist my clients including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Motivational interviewing and Mindfulness-based techniques.

Kuan Teoh (He/Him)

Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology, Middlesex University
Master of Science in Business Psychology, University of Westminster

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Australian Association of Psychologist Inc (AAPi)

 

Client Group

Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults

 

Interest Areas

My strength lies in simplifying complex ideas into language that everyone can understand, adapting concepts with metaphors and analogies tailored to clients’ individual experiences. This skill was developed during my work in the corporate sector and provides me a deep understanding of how to connect with people from all walks of life.

My experience extends to supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and I am passionately dedicated to ensuring a welcoming space for the LGBTQI+ community. In my work with children, I engage parents in a partnership that respects the child's privacy and autonomy. With teenagers, I aim to navigate the complexities of growing up by providing guidance that respects their emerging independence. For adults, my goal is to foster self-awareness and confidence, enabling them to navigate life's challenges with greater resilience. My diverse professional and personal background equips me to work effectively with clients from a variety of cultural and linguistic contexts.
 
The heart of my practice is a focus on the individual—celebrating and building upon each person's unique strengths. I employ various supportive strategies tailored to meet the needs of each client. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), TEAM-CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-integrated CBT. I also like utilising Non-directive play therapy and other creative methods when engaging younger children.
 
I'm also trained in Chairwork and have pursued advanced training in Schema Therapy (ST), two areas I am keen to explore further with my clients.

Jordan Cheetham (She/Her)

Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)(Honours)
Psychology 4+2 Internship

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

 

Client Group

Children, Adolescents, Young Adults

 

Interest Areas

My therapeutic approach is warm, compassionate, and creative. I have many years of experience working with young people and am passionate about supporting them to be their best, authentic selves. I have extensive experience working with neurodivergent young people and their extended care team, particularly those who are autistic and ADHD. This includes working with young people experiencing neurodivergent burnout, internalised and high masking presentations, and supporting young people to advocate for accommodations within the school system. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space to support people in fostering a positive self-identity.

I consider the therapeutic relationship key for an individual to get the most from therapy, and so you will receive radical genuineness from me as your therapist. I enjoy adapting my therapy to be neurodiversity-affirming, playful and engaging in supporting young people to feel comfortable. I have experience working with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma,  Neurodivergent Burnout, Intellectual Disability, friendship difficulties, PMDD, low self-esteem, behavioural difficulties, school challenges, and emotional regulation challenges. I draw upon a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Max Rivers

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

Adolescents 15+, Young adults, Adults, Older Persons, Couples

 

Interest Areas

Max uses a person-centred approach with a focus on bringing insight to see life’s challenges in new light. 

His practice is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Gestalt Therapy. Max is experienced in assessment and treatment of a range of mental health concerns including, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, emotion regulation, and couples therapy. Individual sessions focus on developing a therapeutic alliance and tailored approach as each person has a unique story. Generally, this includes looking at life history and the connection to present experiences and developing appropriate treatment strategies. Where appropriate, this includes looking at thought processes, emotional responses, behavioural patterns, and core beliefs. Max’s practice is defined by compassion and respect while working together to develop meaningful experiences and a fulfilling life. 

 

Max also provides relationship counselling and holds Level 1 certification in Gottman couple’s therapy. Max has particular interest in working with couples experiencing disconnection, apathy, communication breakdown and difficulty managing conflict, difficulty deciding whether to separate, and infidelity. 

Vanessa Gillespie (She/Her)

Provisional Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

 

Client Group

Children, Adolescents, Young adults

 

Interest Areas

I am a Provisional Psychologist completing my internship at Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing. I have experience working with Autistic children, adolescents and young adults on the NDIS. My approach is warm, non-judgemental, fun and engaging. I believe in using a strengths-based and collaborative approach with my clients, informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness.

I have experience supporting clients presenting with anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, Autism and ADHD. I believe in creating a trusting therapeutic relationship to ensure my clients feel safe and supported on their journey to a fulfilling life.

Jason Tran (He/Him)
Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Psychology Board of Australia’s 4+2 Internship Program

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours; First Class)
Bachelor of Health Sciences

 

Professional Memberships

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

Member of the Australian Association of Psychologist Inc (AAPi)

Listed on Shapes and Sound’s Asian Mental Health Practitioner List

 

Client Group

Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults: 18 to 40yrs 

 

Interest Areas

As a registered psychologist, I am dedicated to fostering well-being and growth for individuals across the lifespan. My practice spans children, adolescents, and adults, with a commitment to providing a person-centred, neurodiversity affirming, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive therapeutic experience. 

My professional experience predominantly included working collaboratively with neurodivergent individuals (e.g. Autism and ADHD) and their families to achieve their own personal goals and to enhance their overall quality of life. This involved creating a safe space in my sessions where they could be their authentic selves, while making accommodations for their sensory and movement needs. 

 

I also have experience in addressing a diverse range of concerns, including (but not limited to):

  • Anxiety, stress, and procrastination
  • Depression, low mood, and poor motivation
  • Emotion regulation difficulties
  • Social and behavioural management
  • Schooling/university difficulties
  • Perfectionism and people pleasing
  • Relationship issues and conflicts
  • Grief and loss
  • Sleep issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Sexual and/or gender identity conflicts
  • Cultural identity conflicts
  • Sexual behaviours of concern

 

In guiding individuals towards positive growth, I draw from a diverse set of evidence-based approaches. My therapeutic toolkit includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused ACT (TFACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). For younger clients, I may also integrate Play-Based Therapy, a dynamic method that fosters expression and development. Moreover, I am trained in LEGO®-Based Therapy, an evidence-based group program tailored to enhance social communication skills in children, all while authentically aligning with their unique neurotypes.

 

In addition to English, I am fluent in Cantonese (Chinese) and Mandarin (Chinese) at a conversational level. I warmly welcome clients with Asian backgrounds who may prefer to engage in sessions in Cantonese or Mandarin.

Chelsea Parsons
Psychologist

Clinical Psychology Registrar

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

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

 

Client Group
Child, Adolescents, Adults

 

Interest Areas

I have experience providing both therapeutic interventions and assessment services to clients across the lifespan. I strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment built on trust, openness, and understanding. I am committed to helping clients reach their goals and create meaningful change in their life through evidence-based strategies.

My treatment is informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have a passion for holistic health and consider all aspects of physical, social, and emotional well-being in my treatment.

 

I am interested in working with clients with a range of concerns, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, sleep difficulties, emotional regulation, and improving relationships. 

Dr. Tess Visintin
Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical) 
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons)
Doctor of Philosophy

 

Professional Memberships

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

 

Client Group

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

 

 

Interest Areas

It is important to me to assist people in understanding themselves and developing skills that improve mental health and wellbeing. I believe a strong collaborative relationship is key and aim to provide a non-judgemental and supportive space to work with clients collaboratively to reach their goals. I have experience in both intervention and assessment, working with people across the lifespan. My therapeutic style draws upon evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), metacognitive therapy (MCT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). I work with individuals experience a variety of challenges, including issues relating to depression, anxiety, sleep, emotional regulation difficulties and ADHD.  

Kate Rasheed (She/Her)
Psychologist

PhD Candidate  

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical) 
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

Professional Memberships

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

 

Client Group

Individual therapy: Children (6+), Young people (12-25yrs) and Adults. 
Group Therapy: All ages 

 

 

Interest Areas

I am eager to team up with individuals (and their support networks) across the life span, with a specific interest in supporting young people. Understanding the unique challenges young people face, I’m here to provide that extra support to help them reach their goals and live a life worth living! My personal and research interests centre around sport, with my ongoing research exploring ways to enhance the well-being of young people within sporting clubs. 

 

I have experience working with youths, parents, migrants, and neurodivergent individuals, addressing a range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, poor sleep hygiene, relationship challenges, trauma, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. My approach involves evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), alongside principles from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 


In therapy, I bring genuine interest, curiosity, and kindness, creating a safe environment for everyone, regardless of gender, identity, or background. While addressing the presenting challenges, I make it a point to understand my clients’ strengths and interests, incorporating them into the therapeutic process. Recognising the importance of both embracing emotions and bringing a light-hearted perspective at times, I aim to strike a good balance.

Esme Fabry (She/Her)
Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical) 
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

Professional Memberships

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

 

Client Group

Children, adolescents, adults, older persons, couples 

 

 

Interest Areas

I am a warm, empathetic, gentle psychologist committed to working collaboratively with you to make positive change and help you live a meaningful, empowered life. I recognise that seeking help and making changes can be difficult, and therefore aim to foster a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship so you can feel safe, and we can work together to solve problems. In practice, this means creating an inclusive, welcoming, judgement-free space for all people, and recognising that you are the expert in your experiences. I use a holistic approach, taking into account all the aspects of your life which influence your wellbeing (emotional, social, and physical). Every person is unique, and I tailor my therapeutic interventions to suit your individual values, preferences, strengths, and interests.

 

I have experience working with children, adults, couples, and families across both private and public sectors. I am eager to support people across the lifespan, with a particular interest in working with adolescents, adults, and couples. 

 

I use evidence-based treatments, including techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based strategies and principles from Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). 

 

I work with clients presenting with a range of concerns including, but not limited to:
•    Anxiety, Worry, Fears, Phobias 
•    Depression, Low Mood, Lack of Motivation  
•    Improving Relationships 
•    Trauma and PTSD 
•    Obsessive Compulsive Behaviours
•    Stress
•    Perfectionism and People-Pleasing
•    Low Self-Esteem 
•    Body-Image Concerns
•    Sleep Issues 
•    Social Skills Development
•    Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation 
•    Emotional Regulation
 

Claudia Ciccarello (She/They)
Provisional Psychologist

 

Qualifications

PhD Candidate (Clinical Psychology) 
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Student Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

 

Client Group

Individual therapy: Adolescents and young adults (14-25)
Group therapy: All ages 

 

Interest Areas

Through a warm and compassionate approach in therapy, I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment to support my clients. 

I value building strong therapeutic connections with my clients and working collaboratively to help my clients reach their goals. I am an eager listener and have a genuine interest in my clients which forms a caring, strengths-based approach to therapy. I am committed to using evidence-based practices and tailoring interventions to suit my client's specific needs and goals. In my practice and my research, I am passionate in working with members of LGBTQIA+ communities and I am passionate about providing safe and inclusive spaces for clients of diverse identities. 


I have experience in the following areas;
Providing psychoeducation and delivering interventions to clients with various mental health concerns such as anxiety, panic disorder, depression, perfectionism, low self-esteem, sleep issues, etc. 


Supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with; managing friendships, social skills development, emotion regulation, behavioural management, sleep, executive functioning, and organisation.


Supporting LGBTQIA+ people and their families.


Administering psycho-educational assessments.

Katherine Trail
Provisional Psychologist

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical) candidate
Bachelor of Science (Honours in Psychology)

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Student Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

 

Client Group

Young adults (17-25), Adults (26+)

 

Interest Areas

I take a warm, curious and collaborative approach in therapy, and am committed to providing a safe and non-judgemental space for clients. I have experience working with adults presenting with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and PTSD, low self-esteem and perfectionism.

My therapy is informed by evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and principles from Schema Therapy. I am skilled at completing psycho-educational assessments with children and adults.  

Josh Steicke

Therapist

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

 

Qualifications

Master of Social Work

Bachelor of Arts

 

Professional Memberships

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

 

Client Group

Adolescents and Young Adults, Adults.

 

Interest Areas

I see myself as a holistic, compassionate and person centred Therapist. I believe that the difficulties that a person may be facing makes sense in the context of one's lived experience, and seek to draw upon and develop a person's inherent strengths.

I have over twelve years of clinical experience. During my career, I have developed my practice to meet the needs of young people and adults with a wide array of mental health concerns. This includes various personality disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other drug concerns, mood and anxiety disorders. I also have experience supporting people who live with ADHD. I am primarily a schema therapist and am completing the Advanced Accreditation in Schema therapy, due to be completed early 2024. I have supervised other clinicians in schema therapy. I also incorporate other evidence based approaches, including Dialectical Behavioural therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, motivational interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. During my career I have been fortunate to hold senior positions in both Adult mental health, as well as leadership roles in Youth Mental Health. I also currently work in a specialist advisory alcohol and other drug role for a National Youth Mental Health initiative. This has included developing training for other clinicians, specifically relating to alcohol and other drug and mental health care for young people. 

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

Practice Manager

Loueen Holt

Admin Officer

Jasmin (She/Her)

Admin Officer

Catrina

Admin Officer

Fizzah

Admin Officer

Corrine (She/Her)

Admin Officer

Lauren (She/Her)

Admin Officer

Chantelle (She/Her)

Our Practice Manager Loueen and Admin Officers Jasmin, Fizzah, Catrina, Lauren, Corrine, and Chantelle run the day-to-day admin, operations and support for Willow Tree Psychology and Wellbeing. Our team are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or appointments. You can contact us via phone at 82330828 or email  at info@willowtreepsychology.com.au

 

Admin Hours

Our admin hours are Monday - Friday 9.15 am - 5.15 pm. Calls outside of admin hours will go to our voicemail system. Occasionally during busy periods, your call during admin hours may also divert to voicemail. Please leave a message with your name, best contact number, and a brief message. Our admin team will return your call as soon as possible.