Meet The Team

Dr Ceylan Celen

Adult Psychotherapist

ABOUT

 

Ceylan has a genuine interest in and warmth for her clients, which she believes enables her to understand them better. She uses that understanding to establish an engaged dynamic with her clients. This rapport, is then the essence of her therapeutic engagement, as it creates a collaborative and safe space to work on the presenting issues together, as a team.

 

Ceylan has considerable experience in multicultural issues and has worked with a wide range of clients from various racial, ethnical, and socio-economic backgrounds. Her specializations include, but are not limited to, chronic and acute depression, anxiety, personality disorders-in particular Borderline Personality Disorder, coping with chronic mental illness such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, trauma, relationship issues, and stress associated with acculturation.

 

Ceylan is primarily trained in psychodynamic approach, but also conducts short-term experiential psychotherapy, where she integrates Mindfulness and mind-body relaxation techniques.

 

If you ask family and childhood friends, Ceylan is not an outdoor person! However, since moving to Australia, she has started camping and loves it!

Sera Elmasri

Adult Psychotherapist

ABOUT

 

Sera Elmasri is a psychologist and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology Practitioner (MAPP) with 25 years of experience in the field of mental health, working across a broad range of settings, client demographics and mental health issues.

 

The feedback Sera frequently receives from her clients is an acknowledgement of the challenges on the therapeutic journey and an awareness that undertaking that journey has allowed them to obtain a deeper understanding of their problems. Through this understanding they have been able to change old (and unhelpful!) patterns of thought and behaviour.

 

Her areas of specialization include Anxiety disorders, Acute Stress Reactions, Adjustment Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, self-esteem issues, crises and suicidality, work-related stress and performance.

 

Sera uses a wide range of effective interventions and techniques to help clients attain goals. These include Positive Psychology Interventions, Mindfulness Based Stress Release (MBSR), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Trauma Intervention and Strength Based Approach. Additionally, as a practicing Master of Applied Positive Psychology student, Sera enjoys assisting clients as well as workplaces in meeting personal and professional goals.

 

Sera looks forward to seeing you soon!

Melissa Bourchier

Adult, Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Melissa is a warm and nonjudgmental psychologist who uses humour and kindness to build rapport with clients. She has worked in the public health system, the Department of Education, and private practice for over 10 years. These different services have led to Melissa developing a breadth of clinical experience. Melissa worked with the Tuning into Kids research program at Mindful, and has worked in childhood obesity research. Her research interest in the parenting of emotions carries into her ongoing clinical work.

 

Melissa’s goal is to help her clients better understand their internal world and to feel empowered to make the best of their strengths. She adapts her therapeutic modalities to meet client goals and wants her clients to feel a sense of agency in their therapy.

 

When working with children and families she aims to help parents to understand and communicate about the inner world of the child and to use a family strength-based approach to help children regulate their own emotions.

 

With regard to pediatric focus, Melissa works with infant depression and anxiety, childhood anxiety disorders (including social anxiety, separation anxiety, phobias) and childhood depressive disorders as well as adjustment disorder in children.

 

Melissa also works with children on emotion regulation difficulties, anger management, selective mutism, parenting and attachment and fussy eating.

 

Her assessment work includes learning difficulties assessment (including dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia assessment), intelligence assessment (Cognitive Assessment, including giftedness), Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment.

 

Other areas of child and adolescent work include Social Skills Training and Tuning into Kids.

 

The interventions Melissa uses for her pediatric clients (infancy to adolescence) include Play Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Positive Behaviour Management, Functional Behavioural Analysis, Child-Focussed Therapy, Art Therapy, Strength-based approach and Attachment-based therapy.

 

In her work with adults, Melissa’s focus includes work with Anxiety disorders (including Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, OCD, phobias), Depression, Perinatal psychology (including Postnatal Depression and Anxiety, infant sleep settling), Adjustment disorder, Stress management, Self-esteem, Parent training and Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome.

 

The interventions Melissa uses for adult clients include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and mindfulness based cognitive therapy, Person Centered Therapy and Strength-based approach.

 

Melissa can usually be seen around the office in mismatching prints. She lets her cat pick her clothes.

Ishma Alvi

Adult & Relationship Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Ishma is a psychologist who understands the importance of building rapport and a human connection with her clients, bringing not only her experience and training, but also humour in to each session.

 

Ishma’s areas of interest include working with clients on relationships, whether individually or as couples.

 

She enjoys working individually with clients on sexual function, sexuality and sexual health, particularly women’s sexual health and function. This includes Sexual dysfunction including Erectile Disorder, Female Orgasmic Disorder, Female Sexual Interest/Arousal disorder and Specified and Unspecified Sexual Dysfunction.

 

Ishma’s other areas of focus are Anxiety Disorders– such as Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, specific Phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specified and Unspecified Anxiety Disorder. She is motivated to facilitate a positive change, working collaboratively to reduce the impact anxiety can have on the everyday lives of her clients.

 

Ishma also works with clients who are struggling with spouse or partner/non-partner violence and abuse, and the trauma (and Stressor Related Disorders including Adjustment Disorder and both Specified and Unspecified Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders) that can occur as a result of abuse.

 

Ishma also enjoys working with people on issues related to phase of life problems, loneliness and acculturation challenges.

 

Ishma’s approach though informed by her training and experience, is shaped and lead by individual client needs, working with the client to allow them space and ownership of their progress within and between the sessions. Psychological interventions she uses in her sessions include Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), SMART Therapy (for Anxiety Disorders), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Salus Approach Couples Therapy, Gottman’s Couples Therapy.

 

In her free time, Ishma enjoys painting, drawing and writing.  And boxing. Because.

Carmen Beaumont

Adult Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Carmen Beaumont is the Founder, Director and Principal Psychologist of Vida Psychology. Vida Psychology’s main focus is to help individuals make the most of life has to offer by giving them tools and strategies to address circumstances they are faced with.

 

Carmen brings vast counselling experience ranging from community, hospital to private practice work. Various roles have given Carmen the opportunity to supervise Masters Psychology students and other fully registered Psychologists. She has extensive experience developing and facilitating various groups such as Depression, Stress Management, Learning Relaxation Techniques, Anxiety, Women and Anger and How to overcome Postnatal Depression. Given she is fluent in Spanish she has also had the opportunity to offer group work to the Spanish speaking community.

Grace Terrill

Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Grace is an empathic and respectful clinician who seeks to work as part of the team-with the child/young person, their parents/carers and other key professionals. In this way, she feels any young client is able to receive comprehensive care.

 

Grace has worked in educational and disability services for 8 years in supporting children, adolescents and their families with learning and mental health difficulties. Grace’s areas of interest and experience with child and adolescent clients include anxiety, behaviors of concern, depression, social skills, grief and loss as well as stressful life events. She also works with issues such as sleep problems, life transition, learning difficulties, parent/carer wellbeing and developmental difficulties including Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD), Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Global Development Delay (GDD) and Intellectual Disabilities (ID).

 

Depending on the age and stage of the client, Grace’s therapy sessions may include parent consultation, working individually with the young person and combined parent-child work.  Grace uses a broad range of treatment approaches, which include Positive Behavior Support, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Person-centered Counselling, Social skills training and play therapies which include Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

 

On her days off, Grace can be found on the beach with her Golden Retriever, Johnny. Johnny’s the one in the tie, usually.

Dr Katerina Chin-A-Loy

Adult Psychologist & Child & Adolescent Psychologist

Katerina is currently on maternity leave.

 

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ABOUT

 

Katerina is a clinical psychologist registrar with 11+ years of experience in the public and private health systems, overseas and in Australia. Katerina has a PhD from The University of Western Australia in the field of body image and eating disorders. The findings of her research have been presented at national and international conferences. Katerina is skilled in psychological assessments (cognitive and personality).

 

Katerina aims to assist patients to find balance, wellbeing, functionality and stability. She passionately promotes self-discovery and acceptance and uses evidence-based interventions to help people face difficulty. Her psychological work is conducted with respect, support and without judgement.

 

Katerina is fluent in Spanish and French.

Jake Lamberton

Provisional Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Jake is an empathetic and supportive provisional psychologist who focuses on building rapport and making sure the client is an active part of their own therapeutic journey.

 

Jake has worked with a range of clients including teenagers, young adults and people in late adulthood. He has helped these clients work through a number of different issues including anxiety, depression, specific phobias, substance abuse, grief and stress and performance issues.

 

Jake focuses on making sure the client is heard through active listening and that they are in control of their therapeutic process. He understands that therapy can be confronting for some and makes sure that any fears relating to the therapeutic process are addressed. To that end, he also ensures the client is well informed of everything that happens within each session.  He is then able to tailor each session to the client’s needs through his knowledge of a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Strength Based Approaches.

 

Jake is a film and TV buff and spends most of his free time writing and recording music and playing tennis and basketball.

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