Our Yeerongpilly team of highly qualified, experienced and warm practitioners includes:
Dr Shelley Appleton Clinical PsychologistDPsych (Clin), BPsySc (Hons)
Shelley provides therapy to older children, adolescents and adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression and mood disorders, trauma, self-harm and suicide, personality disorders and drug and alcohol use disorders. Shelley particularly enjoys working with people experiencing eating disorders. Shelley works on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Shelley says: “I integrate a number of therapeutic approaches to meet the individual needs of each client. These include psychodynamic interventions, brief therapy interventions, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy.”
Kate Barton General PsychologistMAppPsych (Couns), MSc (PsychoanalyticDevPsych), PGCE, BBehSci, MAPS
Kate provides therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, life transitions, adjustment disorders, self-esteem, emotional regulation, child behaviour and mental health, grief and loss and existential issues. Kate particularly enjoys working with people who have diverse cultural, sexual or gender identities. Kate works on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Kate says: “My main focus is to be client-centred; tapping into client needs, wants, strengths and challenges, and working collaboratively with clients to help facilitate change. I like to draw on many approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Solution Focussed Therapy. My overall approach is supported by an interest in play therapies, psychodynamic therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, and positive psychology. I enjoy working with clients to tailor an approach uniquely applicable to their own personal journey.”
Tanya Edwards Clinical PsychologistMEd Psych, PG DipEd Studies (Psych), BSc, MAPS, MCCP
Tanya provides therapy to adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, OCD, substance dependence, acute stress reactions, chronic pain, ADHD in adults, Bipolar Disorder and healthy parenting practices. Tanya particularly enjoys working with clients experiencing trauma and exploring how this affects their mind and body. Tanya works on Mondays and from Wednesday to Friday.
Tanya says: “My approach involves a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy depending on the needs of the person, as well as utilising principles for interpersonal neurobiology and behaviour change. I strive to provide a warm, caring and supportive environment for all clients.”
Zarinah Hienekamp General PsychologistBAPsych, GradDipPsych, BPsych (Hons)
Zarinah provides therapy to adolescents and adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, adjustment issues, self-confidence and self-compassion, body image, goal setting and psychological resilience. Zarinah particularly enjoys working with students, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and people of the Muslim faith. Zarinah works on Tuesdays.
Zarinah says: “I am passionate about helping people to develop the skills that they need to manage life challenges. I am very interested in helping you to identify what really matters, to set and achieve related goals and to support your action plan of how to get there. I am also passionate about increasing your self-compassion and resilience skills. I have skills and experience in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy and mindfulness. I use a compassionate, friendly and positive approach, and always aim to make people feel comfortable, supported and valued. I am experienced in working with clients of a range of cultural backgrounds and faiths.”
Alison Holtom General PsychologistBSc (Psych), MHlthSc
Alison provides therapy to adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, anger, stress, grief and loss, life coaching, self-esteem and confidence, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, substance issues and adjustment to major life changes and events. Alison particularly enjoys working with older adults and people experiencing career and work-related difficulties. Alison works from Tuesday to Friday.
Alison says: “I am passionate about helping people find strength and joy in themselves, their work, their relationships and their lives. I provide client centred care in a compassionate and confidential environment to help with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and interpersonal problems. I am outcome-focused and undertake evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. I will sensitively help you to work through your struggle with painful thoughts and feelings, to help you move toward a more rich, full and meaningful life you want.”
Victoria Hynes Counselling PsychologistBA (Hum), GradDipBusAdmin, BBehSci, BPsych (Hons), MAppPsych (Couns)
Victoria provides therapy to adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, chronic health and pain, cross-cultural and life transitions, identity, ageing and trauma. Victoria particularly enjoys working with people from all cultures, as well as older adults. Victoria works on Thursdays and Fridays.
Victoria says: “In the last 20 years, I have managed a Bereavement Centre, worked in Palliative Care, with chronic illness/injury/pain, migrants, refugees, homeless youth and now work extensively with people facing a large variety of challenges and issues. I aim to provide care with warmth, safety and genuineness. I also believe in the importance of listening so as to best understand you, to then select appropriate strategies based on varied theoretical knowledge and experience that may best suit your needs.”
Dr Danielle McInnes Clinical PsychologistBPsych (Hons), DPsych (Clinical)
Danielle provides therapy to adults and couples. Her special interest areas include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, emotion regulation difficulties, post-natal difficulties, personality and self-esteem.
Danielle says “I have skills and experience in a range of evidence-based models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Schema Therapy, and I utilise any or all of these depending on the client’s unique needs and circumstances. I am also trained in Gottman Therapy for couples.”
Sharon Nugent General Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist RegistrarMAppPsych (Couns), BPsychSc (Hons)
Sharon provides therapy to adolescents and adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, adjustments and transitions, addiction, work-related issues, emotion regulation, self-care, existential issues and women’s mental health.
Sharon says: “I am privileged to walk alongside my clients as they take courageous steps to experience vulnerability and work towards the changes they seek. In my therapeutic work I offer a warm, empathic presence and safe space in which my clients can explore their challenges and find healing. I work collaboratively to identify strengths, goals and values and provide an individualised, client-centred approach to improve mental health. To do this, I draw from a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Schema Therapy and neuropsychotherapy.”
Jerome Perera General Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist RegistrarBPsySc, BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin)
Jerome provides therapy to adolescents and adults. His special interest areas include Anxiety, Phobias, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, addiction, weight management, PTSD, gender and LGBTQIA+ mental health and issues of cultural origin. Jerome particularly enjoys working with people experiencing anxiety. Jerome works on Mondays and from Wednesday to Friday.
Jerome says: “I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy to help clients develop an understanding of themselves and the patterns of difficulties that undermine their wellbeing. I derive a deep satisfaction from creating a safe and non-judgemental space where clients can analyse their thoughts, relationships, and lives as they aim to reach their mental health goals.”
Liria Ropolo General PsychologistBSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS
Liria provides therapy to adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, workplace and life stress, self-esteem and confidence, grief and loss, relationship issues, self-defeating thoughts and behaviours, life adjustments and Borderline Personality Disorder. Liria particularly enjoys working with Spanish-speaking people, university students and older adults. Liria works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Liria says: “My aim is to work collaboratively with clients to identify and explore their inner strengths and resources to assist them in achieving their full potential. I use different approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Solution-Focussed Therapy and Motivational Interviewing within a Person-Centred framework. I provide a supportive environment and unconditional positive regard to every individual."
Lauren Stewart Clinical PsychologistMPsych (Clin), BPsych (Hons)
Lauren provides therapy to adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, trauma, phobias, Adjustment Disorders, relationship difficulties, perinatal and post-natal mental health, self-esteem and self-compassion difficulties, grief and stress management. Lauren particularly enjoys working with people struggling with feelings of vulnerability, difficulties with trust and feelings of shame. Lauren works from Monday to Thursday.
Lauren says: “I feel privileged to work alongside my clients and would love at the end of our time together for clients to have more compassion and acceptance of themselves and their human struggles, feel more connected to people they care about and obtain strategies for managing painful thoughts and emotions to lead rich and meaningful Lives. I typically tailor therapy to a client’s individual goals, drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Schema Therapy.”
Dr Lena Zhang Clinical Psychologist DPsych (Clin), BA (Hons), MAPS, MCCP
Lena provides therapy to adolescents and adults. Her special interest areas include Anxiety, Depression, interpersonal difficulties, mindfulness, Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma, Bipolar Disorder and emotional regulation difficulties. Lena particularly enjoys working with culturally and linguistically diverse people. Lena works on Tuesdays.
Lena says: “I am passionate in using evidence-based interventions to help you reach your potential and find a sense of meaning and fulfilment in life. Drawing from my extensive experience working with a diverse group of clients in university-based clinic, hospital, community and educational settings, I utilise a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, EMDR and mindfulness-based interventions. I believe in working collaboratively and tailor my approach to each person’s unique goals, personality and circumstances.”