Our Psychologists

Fiona Thomson

Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Fiona is a psychologist who is passionate about supporting people to overcome any barriers that are getting in the way of living a fulfilling and meaningful life.

 

Fiona uses a collaborative approach with an emphasis on building a strong therapeutic relationship. Fiona enjoys supporting people to overcome a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, interpersonal issues, as well as dissatisfaction and / or stress relating to any particular areas of life (e.g., career, relationships). Fiona’s approaches to therapy include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Mindfulness and Compassion based approaches. Fiona also has a strong interest in and draws from aspects of Yoga and Somatic therapies.

 

Fiona also has a particular passion for supporting parents with issues such as parenting-related stress and anxiety, strategies to manage behavioural issues, and understanding and accepting diagnoses of disabilities and developmental disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

 

Fiona enjoys dancing, yoga and bouldering as well as nurturing her ever increasing number of indoor plants!

Sabrina Brient

Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Sabrina is a warm and empathic psychologist who believes in the importance of providing a warm and welcoming therapeutic space. Her practice is centred on respect and acceptance and she encourages people to bring their entire selves to the therapeutic relationship.

 

Sabrina has worked with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a range of different issues. Her work has included hospital settings, conducting training and group therapy, cognitive and behaviour assessments, and sessions with individuals and families. She has worked extensively with children and young people who have experienced trauma or are engaging in concerning, aggressive or sexualised behaviour. She has also worked with children, young people and adults who are neurodiverse or have lived experience of a disability.

 

Sabrina approaches therapeutic interventions through an intersectional lens, understanding that people are unique and their lives are multi-dimensional and complex. She has a strong interest in identity sexuality and gender and is passionate about supporting people within the LGBTIQA+ community and other minority areas.

 

Sabrina’s approach in therapy is collaborative and client-led. She draws from her training in Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Single Session Therapy (SST), play-based therapies, somatic therapies, and trauma and attachment-focused interventions to provide tailored treatments to suit each individual.

 

Sabrina is a massive animal lover who eventually wants to work with animal-assisted therapy. She is currently training her mini lop rabbit Dr Henrietta Hoppington to eventually work with her!

Dr Ceylan Celen

Adult Psychologist

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!

 

Ceylan speaks Turkish.

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.

 

Ishma speaks Urdu/Hindi.

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.

 

Carmen speaks Spanish.

Jake Lamberton

Adult Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Jake is an empathetic and supportive 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 while making sure to bring a sense of humour into each session as well.  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.

Olivia Nash-Dolby

Provisional Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Olivia is an empathetic and gentle provisional psychologist who works collaboratively with her clients to support them in leading fulfilled and empowered lives.

 

Olivia has worked with a range of clients including adolescents, young adults and people in later adulthood. She has worked with clients to assist them through a number of concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment, workplace conflict and relationship issues.

 

Olivia believes the therapeutic relationship plays a significant role in clients recognizing and achieving their goals. To this end, she endeavours to provide a warm, supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic space where clients can feel heard and respected.

 

Olivia’s therapeutic approach is informed by her knowledge and training in a variety of therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She tailors her approach to meet the individual needs of the client and encourages them to draw upon their own strengths in the therapeutic process.

 

Olivia is an avid traveller. She spends her free time reading and gardening and loves a good cup of coffee.

Cody Tonkin

Provisional Psychologist

ABOUT

 

Cody is a down to earth Provisional Psychologist who likes to provide a safe, warm, open and non-judgmental space for people to feel heard and express their true authentic selves.

 

Cody has experience in different areas including, but not limited to, trauma, depression, anxiety, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, addiction, family violence, substance use and childhood trauma. She has worked in public, community and private sectors, and with people across the lifespan, spanning from infants to adults.

 

A strong therapeutic relationship is at the core of Cody’s practice and she likes to adopt a holistic, collaborative and person-centered approach, whereby she works alongside her clients to feel empowered and create a life that’s meaningful to them.

 

Cody’s approaches used in her therapy are Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness-based interventions and parts of Internal Family Systems (IFS).

 

Cody has travelled extensively and lived in many different countries around the world. She also enjoys documentaries, camping and anything involving the ocean.

Dr Sarah Strauven

Provisional Psychologist

Led by principles of respect and non-judgement, Sarah is interested in the diverse ways people understand and live their lives.

 

Sarah has had 12 years of experience as a psychologist and narrative therapist, receiving evidence-based trauma training including EMDR, which grounds her practice in complex psychological trauma. She has worked with refugee populations as well as in private practice settings, helping adolescents and adults address issues such as trauma, relationship difficulties, significant life transitions, prolonged or complicated grief, problems at school or work, depression, anxiety, loneliness, existential crisis, psychotic symptoms, and acculturation stress to name a few.

 

Due to the issues she addresses, as well as the context she has worked in, Sarah has had extensive experience in attending to cultural and linguistic differences and is competent in working alongside translators. Safety, dignity and an ethic of care are prioritised in the spaces she seeks to hold for others.

 

A particular area of interest of Sarah’s relates to unpacking how mental health issues are created and perpetuated by social injustices. She is committed to strong relational and collaborative ethics and processes of accountability in her work.

 

Sarah enjoys solo jazz, permaculture and historical dramas. She speaks Dutch and French.

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