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Kat, Janet Val & Julie - Your psychologists

Kat Cunningham
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Kat Cunningham

With twenty-three years working in human services (fifteen in psychotherapy), I bring to the therapy room extensive experience in a range of treatment models and an understanding of different diagnoses and concerns. You bring to the room all there is to know about what it’s like to be you. In therapy we collaborate – informed by your own understanding of who you are and where you’ve come from, and the ‘lense’ of my expertise, we create a treatment plan that fits your needs.

Here’s a few of my ‘guiding principles’ that might give you a sense for what to anticipate if working with me:

1. Therapy only works if the client-therapist relationship works. I’m a straightforward, open, curious, occasionally-funny human and I truly love this work. I place considerable importance on my clients feeling safe and seen in therapy.

2. I believe that symptoms are signals and that a huge part of my job is supporting people to slow down and listen to these signals. To shift from a model of ‘illness’ to one in which we trust that the mind and body are trying to communicate.

3. People thrive when their life reflects their values. Finding happiness isn’t about feeling good or escaping the hard stuff, as much as it’s about living a life that’s authentic, meaningful and full of the things that make you ‘you’.

4. Healing takes place in a context of safety and compassion. Healthy relationships with others and most importantly an accepting and kind relationship with yourself are key in good psychological health.

5. Life works better when you spend time amongst trees and in the company of animals.

Kat is available Mondays, Tuesdays, alternate Thursdays (via telehealth) and Fridays.

Areas of Interest
  • Anxiety

  • Pregnancy planning, fertility and IVF

  • Miscarriage

  • Perinatal/Postnatal Adjustment

  • Stress and burnout

  • Relationship issues

  • Major life changes

  • Grief 

Approach

I have training in a broad range of therapeutic interventions and a preference to work using the following models:

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

  • Interpersonal Therapy 

  • Mindfulness training

Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

Registration & Membership
  • Registered Psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

  • Member Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (MAAPi)

Consulting Hours
  • Monday 9:30pm - 3:00pm

  • Tuesday 9:30am - 3:00pm

  • Friday 9:30am - 3:00pm

Dr Janet Maxwell
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"I am endlessly curious about the human mind and have a passion for helping individuals achieve a deep and compassionate understanding of themselves, their needs, and what helps them thrive in the world."

- Dr. Janet Maxwell 

Dr Janet Maxwell

I deeply enjoy learning about how a person has come to be who they are, learning of their unique history and present, their experiences, thinking styles, struggles, values and preferences.  I bring to therapy a broad range of knowledge and skills developed over 17 years working in clinical psychology across public, private and research settings.
 
Working collaboratively with clients to identify and address areas of need, I always recognise a client as the expert in their own experience.  My approach acknowledges the need for both acceptance and change, providing encouragement when values driven change is hard, offering strategies and support to reduce distress, and supporting clients to live confidently and authentically.  I particularly enjoy supporting Autistic and ADHDer adults, recognising the unique challenges faced by neurodivergent brains in a neurotypically dominant world. 
 
Professional background
I developed a love of private practice psychology in 2005 as a registrar on the “Clinical Psychology in General Practice Rooms Project” an Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Monash University Initiative, which paved the way for Medicare reforms in psychology.  I went on to complete my Doctoral Internship at St. Vincent's Mental Health Acute Inpatient Service and have worked in a number of public mental health settings including Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC),  Continuing Care, and Community Mental Health.
In 2009/2010 I worked in the UK as a Research Associate at The University of Manchester and as a Research Therapist at the National Health Service (NHS) on a trial of a new therapy aimed at preventing suicide in individuals suffering from psychosis.  This role involved providing 1:1 therapy to participants, delivering skills training workshops to NHS clinicians across Manchester and to national conference delegates. I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to co-author a book on the Prevention of Suicide in Psychosis. 
Since returning to Melbourne, I have been working in private practice settings providing assessment and psychological therapy for a broad range of mental health challenges.  Though trained as a clinical psychologist to diagnose and treat mental health conditions, I am very mindful of the limitations of a medical model.  My approach focuses on understanding psychological distress within the unique context of a client’s social, family, and cultural history and on providing affirming and evidence-based therapy. 

Areas of Interest
  • Trauma

  • Attention Regulation

  • Emotion Regulation

  • ADHD & Autism

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Life Transitions

  • Suicide Prevention

Approach

My approach to therapy is neurodiversity affirming, collaborative, compassionate and flexible. I draw upon a number of therapeutic modalities, depending upon a client’s needs and preferences. These include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Schema Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Mindfulness Training

Education
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, La Trobe University (2008)

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (with Honours), La Trobe University (2004)

Registration & Membership
  • Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with Clinical Psychology Endorsement

  • Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

  • Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc.(AAPi)

  • Medicare Clinical Psychology Provider

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"I am passionate about mental health and providing the best possible care to my clients"

- Val Mackintosh 

Val Mackintosh 

I use a range of therapeutic techniques to promote healing and change, most of which are grounded in an understanding of Attachment theory.

I have a particular interest in working with clients with a complex trauma history and in the field of Perinatal Psychology with an emphasis on Infant Mental Health. I have completed in depth training in relationship based approaches to Perinatal mood disturbance and have an understanding of the difficulties that the transition to parenthood can present. That being said, I also enjoy working with all adult presentations during any transitional or difficult periods they may be experiencing.

 

I undertake regular professional development training and supervision and I am passionate about providing the best possible care to my clients.

 
Professional background

I have an Honours degree in Psychology from Deakin University a a Masters In Psychology (Counselling) from Monash University.

I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and am a full member of The Australian Psychological Society (APS). I am also a member of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) and Associate Member of the Australian Society of Hypnosis.

Areas of Interest
  • Anxiety Disorders (GAD, Social Anxiety, Phobias)

  • Mood Disorders (Depression, Perinatal Anxiety & Depression, Bipolar Disorder)

  • Adjustment Disorders 

  • Trauma

  • Self Esteem Issues/Self Confidence 

  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement

  • Family and Relationship Issues

  • Stress Management

  • Self-harm

  • Pre and Post Natal Issues

Approach

I have training in a broad range of therapeutic interventions and a preference to work using the following models:

  • Schema Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Trauma Model Therapy

  • Schema Therapy

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Sensorimotor Processing

  • Mindfulness Based Interventions

  • Hypnosis

Education
  • Honours in Psychology, Deakin University 

  • Masters in Psychology (Counselling ), Monash University University 

Registration & Membership
  • Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

  • Member of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI)

  • Associate Member of the Australian Society of Hypnosis

Consulting Hours
  • Tuesday 9:30am - 5:30pm - Telehealth only

  • Wednesday 2:30pm - 6:00pm

Julie Mounter

For me, being a psychologist is both a passion and a privilege. I'm here to help you explore your personal challenges and find the best ways to move forward and achieve your potential to lead a happy, engaged and confident life.

 

My past work life and experience – everything that has led me to psychology –  include 15 years as an osteopath, lecturing in educational institutions, consulting, developing training content for organisations like Ambulance Victoria and volunteering as a telephone crisis support worker with Lifeline.

 

Julie is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

"For me, being a psychologist is
a passion and a privilege. Working with people towards better mental health and more engaged lives is deeply satisfying."

- Julie Mounter

Areas of Interest
  • Postnatal (Perinatal) Depression & Anxiety in men and women

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship problems

  • Trauma

  • Interpersonal/family difficulties

  • Gender and sexuality issues

  • Self-esteem

  • Mindfulness and wellbeing

Approach

Everyone's personal challenges are different, so when it comes to helping you feel happy, engaged and confident, there's no 'one size fits all' approach. I draw on a range of recognised therapies and you will have an active role in deciding on the approach that we agree will work best for your specific needs..

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

  • Schema Therapy

  • EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Positive Psychology

  • Mindfulness

Education
  • Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical)/Bachelor of Osteopathic Science

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology

  • Master of Professional Psychology

  • Master of Professional Psychology Practice

Registration & Membership
  • Registered Psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

  • Member Australian Association of Psychologists (MAAPi)

Consulting Hours
  • Tuesday 9:00am - 5:30pm

  • Thursday 9:00am - 5:30pm

  • Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Julie Mounter
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