CONTACT US FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Ferntree Gully (03) 9758 4144

Ringwood (03) 9870 6731

Boronia (03) 9839 3300

The psychologists at our clinic are qualified and experienced in a wide range of psychotherapies and take pride in their ongoing professional development.

Please have a look through the list of our available clinicians to see who may be suitable for you. You can also speak to our reception staff who can guide you in your choice.

Principal Psychologist

Dr. Christie Sproat - Clinical Psychologist

Christie is the founder and principal psychologist of Fernhills Clinic. Christie is passionate about Mental Health Care and has created along with Fernhills amazing reception staff and psychologists an environment at Fernhills Clinic that offers quality mental health care. Christie has a special interest in working with people with Anxiety and teaching them to live fulfilled lives in the "Face" of Anxiety. Christie is also the co-creator of the Facing Anxiety program which is a 10-week skills based group program to assist people to face their anxiety. Her other clinical interests are depression, trauma, personality disorders, relationships, self-esteem issues and peri-natal anxiety/depression. Christie is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Table key: Clinicians in italics hold clinical endorsement
Clinicians in green work with children and/or adolescents

Ferntree Gully

Ringwood

Boronia

Sarah Barclay

Dr Michelle Menzel

Bridget Duncan

Bridget Duncan

Amanda Jenkins

Dr Delwyn Carpenter

Dr Helen Power

Sallyanne Stone

Lisa Bertone

Natalie Siakavelis

Elizabeth Harding

Linda Seymour

Elizabeth Harding

Dr Alex Wynd

Kerry Peng

Elizabeth Richardson

Dr Christie Sproat

Dr Nuwan Leitan

Jade Bloom

Dr Joanna Menger Leeman

Michelle Menzel

Janet Forster

Linda Seymour

Sallyanne Stone

Vicki Zombolas

Carolina Farinacci

Lynda Bull

Margaret Jansen

 

Dr Christie Sproat

Dr Christie Sproat

Linda Seymour

Michelle Wong

Sonal Sachdeva

Natalie Siakavelis

Janelle Tulloch

 

Sallyanne Stone

     

 

Bridget Duncan - Social Worker

Bridget is an accredited mental health social worker and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. She has over twenty seven years of international and local counselling experience with a wide range of client groups comprising individuals, couples and families and more recently the elderly. Through the therapeutic process some issues focused on include depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and personality problems, grief and trauma.

Her main areas of expertise and passion are in couple, family therapy and mediation. This means continually updating theory and practice using a system's perspective and an eclectic approach. She believes in the uniqueness of individuals, couples and families and the intrinsic value their interactions, both positive and negative, will bring about healing and change.

Dr Delwyn Carpenter - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Delwyn Carpenter is a clinical psychologist who is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. She completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and is an experienced group therapy facilitator and a psychology board approved supervisor. Trained as a Cognitive-Behaviour Therapist (CBT) Delwyn draws from a range of therapy models in addition to CBT including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Mindfulness, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Psychodynamic therapy. Delwyn has extensive experience working in private inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings and in 'not-for-profit' community health settings.

Delwyn specialises in the area of perinatal and infant mental health: providing assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapy for women and their partners presenting with antenatal and postnatal mental health issues; anxiety (including perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety and panic); mood disorders, grief, trauma, self-esteem, and relationship issues. Delwyn commenced her career as a musician and for many years taught music in private schools. She enjoys working with students who have anxiety in academic settings and performing artists with performance anxiety, career and lifestyle issues.

 

Elizabeth Harding - Psychologist

Elizabeth is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She works in a diverse range of settings and organisations as a counsellor/psychologist. She also works for the Department of Justice as a mediator. Elizabeth works with couples and families as well as with individuals using a range of treatment modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for issues including depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and personality problems, psychosocial issues, grief and trauma.

Elizabeth Richardson - Clinical Psychologist

Elizabeth Richardson is a clinical psychologist who has gained a Master of Clinical Psychology, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Elizabeth has an eclectic approach to treatment and draws from a range of therapy models including Mindfulness based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Positive Psychology. She has extensive experience working with adults and children but currently limits her treatment to the adult years ranging from 25 years through to senior years. Elizabeth's main clinical interests include treatment of Depressive Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Anxiety disorders including Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. Elizabeth also enjoys working with adults who are faced with making the adjustment to their retirement years.

Jade Bloom - Child/Adolescent Psychologist

Jade Bloom is a registered psychologist who has completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She has ten years experience working in private practice, community and school settings. She provides counselling services to children and adolescents (and their families) for issues including; family separation and divorce, bullying, anger management, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, social skills training, anger management, family and relationship issues (including family violence), studying techniques and behavioural modification. She has a particular interest in post-traumatic stress disorder and working with victims of crime. Jade uses a Client-Centred Solution focused approach as well as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Art and Play Therapy. She also facilitates groups including Managing the Transition to High School and Parenting through Separation and Divorce.

Janelle Tulloch - Psychologist

Janelle is a registered psychologist who draws on over 15 years' experience working with children, adolescents and their families, and individual adults. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, adjustment and emotional issues and relationship conflict particularly in young children, believing early intervention creates the best opportunity for change. Janelle has also worked extensively with suicide intervention, coordinating Lifeline's suicide intervention team for several years. She also facilitates groups for young people such as Fun Friends, a resilience building program and Confident Kids. Janelle uses evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Analytical Therapy to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

Janet Forster - Psychologist

Janet Forster is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). She has been working in private practice since 2007 and prior to that worked in a drug and alcohol specific role in a Community Health setting. Janet works with adults in a number of areas including mood disorders (anxiety and depression), relationship issues and parenting difficulties, grief and bereavement, stress-management, self-esteem improvement, addiction, weight-loss, and more. Janet believes in change, personal growth and healing and is dedicated to the wholeness of every individual. Her style of therapy emphasises interpersonal interactions, dynamic insight, cognitive change and self-acceptance. She uses cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, motivational Interviewing (MI) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IP) whilst taking a client-centred approach to assist clients in improving their sense of well-being.

Dr Joanna Menger Leeman - Psychologist

Jo has completed a Masters of Psychology (Child and Family) and a PhD in the area of intergenerational developmental trauma. Jo is a registered psychologist who enjoys working with people of all ages including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children, adolescents and their parents. Jo takes a person-centered, developmental and ecological approach to promote and enhance well-being. Drawing on her knowledge of psychological theories and current research, Jo utilizes a range of therapies including psychotherapy, play therapy, small figure psychotherapy, narrative therapy, life-story work, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and whole body work. Jo has a special interest in developmental trauma (abuse and neglect), dissociation, depression, anxiety, resilience, parent-child relationship difficulties, developmental disorders, school refusal, and grief/loss.

Linda Seymour - Child/Adolescent Psychologist

Linda Seymour is a registered psychologist with experience working in private practice, community and school settings. She has experience providing counselling services for social, emotional, and behavioural issues in children and adolescents. Linda's treatment is guided by each client's individual needs with the belief that therapy should be safe, comfortable and fun. Linda places a strong emphasis on working with children and adolescents (and family) She has experience in a range of treatment modalities including group therapy with specific training in parenting. Linda has built lasting connections with children and young people that have improved self-esteem and confidence resulting in successful treatment outcomes.

Margaret Jansen - Psychologist

Margaret is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society who has worked with people for over 20 years. She is interested in helping individuals to understand and know themselves more with a view to becoming more proactive in their own lives. Margaret uses a mindfulness approach to support people to tell their story. She has experience in working in the field of addictions and trauma. In private practice she works with people who experience anxiety, depression, grief & loss and a range of psychological issues.

Lynda Bull - Psychologist

Lynda is a registered psychologist and has been a member of the Australian Psychological Society for over 20 years. She offers counselling for individuals, couples and families, working across the age spectrum with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Lynda has experience with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationships, parenting and domestic violence. Lynda is passionate about building rapport and a strong therapeutic relationship. She enjoys creating a safe, non-judgemental environment where difficult emotions can be explored and act as a catalyst for positive change. She focuses on connecting with each client, using evidence based therapies which suit the individual and their presenting issues.

Dr Nuwan Leitan - Psychologist

Nuwan has completed a Masters degree in clinical psychology, and is a registered psychologist and member of the APS. Nuwan has completed a PhD and has a background in clinical psychology research and has contributed to the development of a number of psychological interventions for serious mental illness. In addition to working at Fernhills Clinic, he works in a public mental health setting providing assessment and treatment for individuals with mental health disorders. Nuwan works primarily with adolescent and adult clients presenting with a wide range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, mania, trauma, phobias, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, anger and addiction. He utilises a variety of therapeutic approaches including Intensive Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Schema Therapy, according to individual clients’ needs.

Michelle Wong - Clinical Psychologist

Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience in working with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings: community based organizations (Child and Family Services and Victims Assistance and Counselling Program), university clinics and schools. Michelle uses a wide range of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Short-term Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Emotion Focus Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Creative Therapy with individuals experiencing depression, mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, gambling addiction, self-esteem and relationship issues.

Natalie Siakavelis - Clinical Psychologist

Natalie is a Clinical Psychologist who has completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and who is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She has experience working in both public and private sectors including community based settings, inpatient psychiatric units, and school settings. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, family violence, adjustment issues, attachment issues, separation anxiety, grief/loss, anger, worry, fear, OCD, self-harm and suicidality, separation and divorce, family conflict, sibling rivalry and discord, school refusal, bullying, low self-esteem and confidence, and social skills issues. Natalie uses evidence-based treatment interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Child Centred Play Therapy (CCPT). Other interventions include: relaxation skills training, self-esteem and confidence building, strengths work, values work, stress and time management, social skills training, communication and assertiveness skills training, anger management, behaviour modification, and parenting skills and strategies.

Sallyanne Stone - Psychologist

Sallyanne is a registered Psychologist who has been working in private practice in Ringwood and Kilsyth for the last six years. Sallyanne's background prior to working for herself, was in psychiatric and occupational rehabilitation. Sallyanne has a Masters degree in Career Development, and has supported many people with their career and lifestyle choices. She has also run a number of workshops in the areas of weight loss (emotional eating) and career development. Sallyanne combines cognitive approaches - changing unhelpful beliefs, with newer approaches to health and healing including EFT and energy psychology, positive psychology, and coaching psychology. Sallyanne enjoys working with groups as well as individuals and her clients are often seeking a more fulfilling life, and relief around symptoms of depression, trauma, grief, and anxiety.

Vicki Zombolas - Psychologist

Vicki Zombolas is a registered psychologist with experience working with a broad range of client groups. Vicki is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Member of the Academy of Trauma Therapists (MATT).Vicki has experience in both public and private sectors. Before entering private practice she worked for a community health organization with clients experiencing difficulties pertaining to managing acute mental illness. Vicki has also worked in schools and has experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of emotional and behavioural problems. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches to facilitate healing in individuals experiencing trauma, grief, depression, anxiety and personality disorders and to foster change in individuals with gambling and addiction issues. Vicki has a strong interest in trauma and bereavement and predominantly uses evidence based treatment modalities including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Intensive Short-term Psychodynamic Therapy. Vicki is also a bilingual psychologist and is able to provide her services in both English and Greek.

Dr Helen Power-Clinical Psychologist

Dr Helen Power graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Philosophy at Deakin University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology at Monash University. She has undertaken postgraduate training in child, adolescent, adult and Aged Care in the doctoral program for Clinical Psychology at Victoria University. Working with young to middle-aged to older adults has been ongoing for eight years. Except for weekly visits to Aged Care Facilities in the outer suburbs, her work has been mostly in the south east. She uses insight-oriented and client-centred therapies which include psychodynamic, interpersonal and existential approaches as well as strategies for managing anxiety and depression. Grief and loss, relationship problems, panic, self-harm, suicidality, sleep disturbance, adjustment to change, menopause and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) are her areas of focus. She is also keen to help young people as they transition to adulthood.

Amanda Jenkins- Social Worker

Amanda Jenkins is a registered Mental Health Social Worker with post graduate training in Family Therapy. Amanda has worked extensively in the community health sector with older children, adolescents and parents. Amanda’s treatment modality includes individual therapy and parent education and training through group work. Over the years Amanda has worked well in supporting individuals to build up their sense of self through differentiation work. This assists people in managing major transitions in their life. Parents and adolescents find this work useful as it enables them to clearly identify their place in their family and within community networks. Therapeutic approaches include solutions orientated, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, relaxation and Family Therapy approaches. Amanda has a relaxed approach and believes therapy should be interactive and positive whenever possible.

Dr Alex Wynd- Pyschologist

Alex has a completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree and is a registered psychologist with clinical endorsement. He has undertaken research in the areas of depression, headaches, and epilepsy. Alex has experience and interest in treating depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other drug use disorders, stress associated headaches, general life issues and stress, and dealing with the psychosocial issues of epilepsy. Alex primarily utilises disorder specific cognitive behavioural interventions, as well as a diverse range of other interventions and skills both as treatments and to build the therapeutic relationship. Alex is prepared to see clients legally mandated to attend, provided they have some motivation and do not have significant issues with aggression. Alex does not write legal assessment reports for clients or their lawyers. He does not see clients under the age of 16 years. Alex does not see clients who are acutely psychotic. Alex is willing to see clients who have psychotic or bipolar disorders provided the client is also managed by a psychiatrist and adhering to a medication regime.

Kerry Peng - Psychologist

Kerry Peng Kerry is a psychologist who has completed a Masters of Counselling Psychology. She has worked across various public and private settings including university and medical clinics, schools, and a drug and alcohol unit. Between 2009-2017. Kerry has also worked in a number of different roles at the Australian Psychological Society. She enjoys working with both children and adults, and has experience in a wide range of mental health issues, such as anxiety and worry, depression, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, stress, adjustment and attachment issues, low self-esteem and confidence, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In a previous role, Kerry was involved in developing and implementing a therapeutic support group for people suffering from OCD. Kerry believes it is important to plan treatment on a case-by-case basis. In her sessions, the use of therapeutic techniques such as Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy are utilised and tailored to the needs of each individual. Additional intervention strategies include relaxation skills training, values work, stress and time management, and self-esteem and confidence building. Kerry’s therapeutic style is client-centered and goal-directed, with a particular focus on assisting clients to develop insight and awareness.

Sarah Barclay- Clinical Psychologist.

Sarah is a clinical psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She works with clients with a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, sleep problems, eating disorders, personality disorders and self-esteem issues. Sarah works collaboratively with her clients using evidence based treatment approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing. Sarah has specific interests in eating disorders and sleep psychology. She has worked with clients with eating disorders in inpatient and day program settings and has developed skills in working with disordered eating behaviours and cognitions, as well as body image dissatisfaction, perfectionism and low self-esteem. Sarah’s interest in sleep psychology began in a previous role as a sleep scientist where she gained a strong understanding of the physiological and psychological aspects of sleep disorders.

Carolina Farinacci- Clinical Psychologist

Carolina’s biggest motivation is to help her clients improve the quality of their lives. Her focus is on the whole person and the uniqueness of each individual and their struggle. Carolina has over 20 years experience working with complex and varied presentations, using a range of evidence based approaches. She applies a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) approach where appropriate, incorporates mindfulness based treatments as well as a range of CBT, client centred psychotherapies. Such therapies are particularly useful for clients presenting with: · emotional difficulties · behaviours and thoughts that cause distress or maintain unhappiness · difficulties regulating a sense of self · problems in relationships. Carolina works collaboratively with her clients to establish individualised treatment goals for either short-term or long-term therapy. She is committed to helping clients make the changes they want, within an accepting, non-judgmental and validating environment. BSSc (Psych) MPsych (Clinical) MAPS Endorsed Are of Practice-Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Sonal Sachdeva – Clinical Psychologist

Sonal is a registered clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society and APS college of Clinical Psychologists. She has completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree and is a board approved supervisor. Sonal has over ten years of experience in a variety of settings including acute, community, and private services. She specializes in providing therapy for adults, couples, and families. She can assist with a range of difficulties including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, psychotic illnesses, personality disturbances, dual diagnoses, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma, and chronic complex health issues. Her interventions are focused on empowering individuals and facilitating their capacity to develop strategies to cope with their problems. She has training and experience in a range of therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Sonal also speaks Hindi and can work with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.