Team Categories: Practitioners

Kim Twigg-Ho BBSci; GradDipAppliedPsych; GDipEd MAPS

Kim grew up in rural Victoria and New South Wales and has experience as a school psychologist where she ran health and wellbeing groups and she assisted students with grief, anxiety, self-image and addiction issues. Kim also worked as a drug and alcohol psychologist with Buoyancy.

Kim has lived overseas for several years, in America, China and Singapore, where she interacted across diverse cultural worldviews and belief systems, while bringing up four young children.

Upon returning to Australia, she embarked on providing support and solutions to NDIS clients with mental health challenges.

Kim is passionate about enabling children and adults to build resilience and flourish in all circumstances.

Kim works especially in the following areas:
• Sleep issues
• Anxiety
• Coping strategies
• Working with children
• Parenting Issues

Melinda Upsall Grad Dip Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual)

Melinda has a background that has seen her work in numerous corporate and community group roles to support individuals as they navigate life’s changes. This includes more than 10 years as a Business Analyst working the people to successfully navigate change in their daily lives. Melinda has experience in navigating life transitions that has included journeying alongside individuals with complex mental health challenges as they consider new opportunities and integrity positive change these being into their lives.

Melinda is passionate about encouraging individuals to identify their unique strengths and consider new opportunities for their life. She works with individuals navigating the challenges of life transitions, grief and loss, singlehood, and relationships.

Lena Tan BA (Psychology & Sociology) Postgrad Dip Psych M. Psych (Ed & Dev)

Lena has been a registered psychologist since 2011. She loves engaging with children, adolescence, adults and individuals with special needs. She has worked in a variety of public and private settings including schools, hospitals, government organisations and assessment and counselling centres. Majority of her work has been focussed on working with families, Autism assessments, ADHD assessments, Anxiety, Learning difficulties, Cognitive assessments, behavioural, social and emotional difficulties in children and adolescents and children coping with parent separation. Lena is an advocate for mental health issues and is passionate about addressing stigmas surrounding mental health. She believes that every person should be given the opportunity to thrive in their environment. Being a mum of three children has helped her understand some of the challenges that young families experience today. Lena loves coffee and chocolates, spending time with her family, reading to her children and watching Netflix when her kids are in bed.

Anna Napoli B.A. (Psych) (Hons.), Grad. Dip. App. Psych (Child Psych), M. Psych (Ed. & Dev.), MAPs

Anna has worked as a registered Psychologist since 1995, working with children, adolescents and adults. She has worked in schools, hospitals, Early Intervention Centres, Disability Services, and in clinical private practice. She has endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology and she is registered as a supervisor of Psychologists. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a registered provider with Medicare and private health insurers. She also provides services under WorkCover, TAC, and the NDIS.

Anna’s areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, work-related stress, relationship problems (individuals), self-esteem issues, child and adolescent emotional/ developmental difficulties, parenting issues, student learning difficulties and behavioural problems in children. She provides cognitive (IQ), educational and behavioural/ emotional assessments of children and adolescents who are experiencing learning problems and difficulties in their development to assist in diagnosing issues which can then be appropriately addressed. Therapies she employs include cognitive-behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and schema therapy. Anna brings to her practice a non-judgemental, collaborative approach. Anna enjoys facilitating client growth and self-awareness and making a positive difference in people’s lives. She offers psychological consultations and educational assessment services on Wednesdays.

Anna works especially in the following areas:

  • Depression & Anxiety disorders
  • Assessments of children & adolescents (IQ, learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • Relationship & parenting issues
  • Behavioural, emotional & social difficulties in children & adolescents
  • Self-harm and suicide intervention
  • Registered Supervisor of Psychologists

Willie-Ann Prosser Dip Ed (Primary), BA Music, BBSc (Honours), MPsych (Clin)

Willie-Ann is a certified Reality Therapist (CBT), and has received advanced training in EMDR. Willie-Ann has trained in Mediation with the Peace Wise Lawyers group.

Willie-Ann has experience as a social worker and psychologist within the Mental Health system. In addition, she has delivered paid and volunteer services in community organizations, centres and schools. She has over 20 years experience as a teacher, and she has tutored individuals in various contexts for over 30 years.

Willie-Ann aims to collaborate with you for transformation in personal, parent-child, and work relationships. Physical and mental health, stress, developmental trauma, loss and grief, anxiety, depression and educational issues are her other interests and strengths. To assist you attain your goals Willie-Ann uses a variety of therapeutic modalities.

Willie-Ann works especially in the following areas:

  • Trauma focused CBT with EMDR or Focused Mindfulness (Brainspotting) – Integrated somatic approaches to psychological therapy
  • Training with the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
  • Social worker in Public Mental Health system
  • CBT modalities for depression, anxiety, loss & grief, for adults & adolescents

Tom McCrimmon BA (Psychology); MAPs (Macquarie Uni)

Tom has over 25 years experience working as a psychologist in a range of services that include drug and alcohol rehabilitation, community mental health, education, and private practice.

He works with children, teenagers, and adults, providing psychological assessment and treatment for issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar mood disorder, psychosis, challenging behaviours, learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder and parenting difficulties.

Tom works especially in the following areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Assessment & Therapy
  • Learning difficulties in children
  • ADD & ADHD in children & adults
  • Anxiety, depression & psychosis in adults
  • Aged care

John Andersen B.A. M.A. M.Sc (MFT), M.Th.

John was originally trained in organizational psychology, after which he worked for over 10 years as a strategic business planner and in financial management.

After completing graduate studies in marriage and family therapy in the United States, John worked as a marriage and family therapist in Nebraska, and then taught counselling at Tabor College for six years. John specializes in relationship counselling including: marital, stepfamily / blended family issues. Individual counselling includes depression, anxiety, sexual addiction, sexual abuse and addressing men’s issues.

John has a systematic approach to counselling based on marriage & family therapy, which focuses on finding new solutions, on changing long-standing patterns in a person’s life, and changes in meaning and behaviour, with an emphasis on the present, while not ignoring the past.

John works especially in the following areas:

  • Marriage and relationships
  • Impact of complex trauma and abuse on identity
  • Systemic approach to complex family and blended family issues
  • Resolving depression & anxiety in adults and teenagers
  • Work related stress
  • Breaking addiction patterns

Deborah Andersen B.Sc., Dip. Ed., Dip Psych., M. Couns. Psych.

Deborah has a background in both psychology and education. She has been a counsellor and a primary school teacher. She has also been a VET trainer in welfare courses and for return to work schemes, and a lecturer at the tertiary level in psychology.

As both a trainer and counsellor, she has worked with disadvantaged individuals and families. She has fostered hope and encouraged people to discover and utilize their strengths and capabilities. This has enabled them to consider new possibilities. She has a keen awareness of the importance of building a positive belief in oneself as one part of achieving change.

Her experience of living overseas and has given her an awareness of the challenges of adapting as a family with young children to change, culture and new communities.

Deborah has an enthusiasm for working with children, adolescents and their families, including play therapy for children. She also conducts educational assessments. In addition to providing relationship and family counselling, she offers general individual counselling that empowers people to build positive lives.

Deborah works especially in the following areas:

  • Teenage depression including self-harm
  • Psychological Assessment – children
  • Child counselling
  • General counselling – women

Brian Hall. B.A. (Hons) M. App. Psych.

Brian is a registered psychologist with training in clinical, educational and behavioural applications. He worked initially in school settings with both primary and secondary students. His role included educational assessments, student counselling, consulting staff, and running courses that focused on youth suicide prevention.

Over recent years Brian has changed to private practice, and currently works with adults, adolescents and children. He is committed to a client-centred approach. Brian is eclectic with treatment approaches, attempting to match clients with the most appropriate treatment. His recent professional development has included training to support suicidal clients, treating sleep disorders and addressing domestic violence. He has an interest in brain plasticity and its applications in psychotherapy.

Brian works especially in the following areas:

  • Sleep Issues
  • Child/Adolescent counselling – adjustment to school, bullying, emotional issues
  • Adults – anxiety, depression, workplace bullying
  • Stress management

Bill Van Schie, BA (Divinity), MA (Counselling)

Bill has been in pastoral ministry in local congregations for more than 35 years. He is currently the Director of Mount Evelyn Counselling.

Bill is a clinical member of Christian Counsellor’s Association and registered with PACFA and ARCAP. He has specialised in the areas of depression recovery, trauma processing, and marriage counselling.

Bill is the author of the pre-marital guidance book that is compatible with Prepare/Enrich, Preparing to Leave and Cleave.

Bill has also developed a self-esteem program through which many have found their sense of worth, belonging and achievement as they have found a new freedom, identity and confidence. Bill is the Director of Mount Evelyn Counselling. Bill has also taught counselling at Tertiary Institutions. At the present time besides doing counselling and supervising counsellors, Bill conducts workshops and seminars throughout Australia on counselling related subjects.

Bill has a particular interest and passion for integrating spirituality with the counselling process.

Bill works especially in the following areas:

  • Marriage and relationships
  • Impact of trauma and abuse on identity
  • Providing supervision to pastors and counsellors
  • Resolving depression & anxiety through addressing core identity issues
  • Breaking addiction patterns