Get to know your mind. It’s awesome.
We believe that when people know more about how their minds work, they suffer less and live more meaningful, connected and satisfying lives. We are about sharing psychological knowledge and tools to empower individuals and communities to not just survive, but thrive.
Our mission at The Mind Room is to bring attention to the everyday actions that enhance people’s health and wellbeing. To help you tailor your own health and happiness plan, so it is sustainable, meaningful and helps you navigate the joys, sorrows, stressors and opportunities that life offers.
We value integrity, connection, curiosity, action and joy. We think that the human mind is pretty cool.
Directors & Co-founders
Dr Jo Mitchell, Clinical Psychologist
Appointments available Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
Jo is a clinical psychologist who works with people to achieve valued life goals, find meaning and live well. She works with professionals experiencing mental illness, burnout, or significant stress. With over 25 years sport industry experience, Jo has a specialist interest in working with high performers, particularly managing work and life transitions, mental illness and wellbeing. Jo has expertise in wellbeing science – including positive psychology, ACT and mindfulness – and completed her PhD in this field. Jo is on the Board of Action for Happiness Australia. She is currently MindMax Project Leader for the AFL Players Association on a Movember funded wellbeing and resilience digital project.
Michael Inglis, Sport & Performance Psychologist
Appointments available Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Michael is an endorsed and accredited Sport, Performance and Exercise Psychologist and has been working in the mental health field since 1999. Michael leads The Mind Room’s Sport & Performance team. He believes in a holistic approach to performance, and that the wellbeing of athletes off-the-field is just as important as their performance on-the-field. He works with athletes, coaches and teams to build and enhance performance, wellbeing and leadership skills. Some of the teams Michael has worked with include Holden Cycling Womens’ team, North Melbourne Football Club and Melbourne Rebels. He is a keen cyclist and father to three active boys.
Danica Hade, Psychologist & Clinical Registrar
Available Thursday & Friday
Danica Hade works with adults, adolescents and children to help them overcome life challenges, build resilience and lead a more happy, healthy and connected life. She has experience with a variety of treatment modalities including, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Her therapeutic style is collaborative and focuses on the individual needs of her clients, as she understands that no two people are the same. She facilitates the self-compassion classes at The Mind Room and has an active interest in mindfulness.
Dr Lauren Hamilton, Health Psychologist
Available Monday to Thursday
Lauren Hamilton is an endorsed Health Psychologist who’s life mission is helping people make day-to-day changes that lead to healthier, happier lives. She works with adults and older adults on issues including getting back on track with health goals, adapting to chronic illness, stress, anxiety, pregnancy related issues, sexual and relationship issues (for individuals not couples). Lauren takes a warm and solution-focused approach to working with her clients and uses positive psychology strategies (e.g., strengths-based work, self-compassion, and mindfulness), acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Lauren believes in the innate human power to adapt and overcome life’s challenges, a topic she examined in her doctoral research. Lauren is originally from sunny Queensland but has adopted Melbourne as home.
Mike Hines, Psychologist
Available Monday & Tuesday
Mike Hines works with adults and adolescents to help them lead rich, full and more meaningful lives. He is a psychologist trained in evidence-based models of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and also has specialist interest in Positive Psychology. He believes health and wellbeing are more than the absence of illness and seeks to equip his clients with skills and strategies to proactively build and maintain their wellbeing. Mike’s other key interest is Mindfulness – a passion stemming from a personal meditation practice spanning 18 years – and how it can be applied to help people better manage the pace and pressures of our modern lives. He currently works part time for Smiling Mind.
Rebekah Barson, Relationship & Couples Specialist
Available Tuesday & Thursday
Rebekah Barson is trained in Relationship Counselling (Relationships Australia), Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Rebekah has a compassionate and thoughtful approach to the emotional care of her clients, and provides a therapeutic space that is safe, supportive and strengthening. Rebekah works primarily with couples who are having trouble with their relationship, or seeking to build and strengthen their relationship. Rebekah looks to understand the patterns and dynamics that are causing challenges and inhibiting connection, as well as helping people move through transitions and interpersonal issues. Through the process of therapy, clients have the opportunity to develop a deeper ability for reflection, a greater sense of self and partner awareness, and to identify issues, towards creating meaning, connection and wellbeing in partnerships.
Dr Sarah Russo, Clinical Psychologist
Sarah Russo is clinically trained and committed to improving the health and wellbeing of adolescents and adults. She has a warm and engaging interpersonal style and works collaboratively with clients to assist them in achieving personal goals. She has experience working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal relationship difficulties, self-esteem, body image, trauma and school related difficulties. Her other areas of interest include perinatal and postnatal health and parenting issues. She completed her doctoral thesis in the area of body image and specialised in working with adolescents and young adults. She has worked in public mental health and private practice, and her therapeutic framework incorporates CBT, ACT, mindfulness and motivational interviewing.
Dr Melissa Marot, Coaching Psychologist
Available Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Melissa Marot has a specialist interest in wellbeing and performance at work. She has many years experience working with people and organisations, including individual coaching and workshop facilitation. Melissa is an organisational psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in ACT, mindfulness and positive psychology. She has experience working with a range of psychological needs – career transitions, meaning and purpose, stress and burnout, workplace issues, anxiety, depression, bullying and interpersonal difficulties. Melissa enjoys connections and collaborations with a diverse range of people, approaches and cultures – which extends from her professional life through to travelling adventures.
Darryl Ribaux, Clinical Psychologist
Available Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Darryl Ribaux is a clinical psychologist who works with adults to help develop more adaptive ways of managing depression, anxiety, grief, loss and adjustment to challenging life events, interpersonal and personality difficulties. He is also experienced in working with the concerns of same-sex attracted individuals. Darryl is passionate about using research-based therapies such as CBT, mindfulness and schema therapy in a way that best suits an individual. His therapeutic style is collaborative, non-judgemental and focussed upon well-being and making positive change.
Lucy Morrish, Clinical Psychologist
Available Wednesday to Saturday
Lucy Morrish is a clinical psychologist with a strong commitment to holistic wellbeing. She cares about improving the health of adolescents and adults using evidence-based practice and a warm, engaging interpersonal style. Lucy’s therapeutic approach encompasses CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), mindfulness and interventions drawn from positive psychology research. She works with clients to develop resilience, achieve personal goals, and to address a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, body image, school and relationship difficulties, trauma, and personality issues. She is currently also completing a PhD at Melbourne University.
Dr Adrienne Brown, Clinical Psychologist
Available Monday & Wednesday
Adrienne Brown is a clinical psychologist with a passion for understanding and addressing barriers to optimal health and wellbeing. Her personal values of openness, honesty, and respect extend to her professional life and are central to her practice. She specialises in perinatal psychology, which involves supporting people with challenges associated with conception, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Adrienne continues to work with adolescents and adults experiencing a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship conflict, and stress. She draws on a range of psychological theories and therapeutic modalities depending on an individual’s needs, however has a particular passion for mindfulness-based therapy.
Dr Jarrod White, Psychologist & Clinical Registrar
On Leave from June to end August 2018
Jarrod White works with individuals and groups to facilitate life contentment and passion, helping individuals create a life they deem worth living. He works with teens through to adults experiencing emotional difficulties, life crises, problematic patterns of behavior, performance-related struggles, and general mental unease. Jarrod’s specialist areas include trauma, abuse, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and finding meaning. He uses a range of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Positive Psychology principles to achieve therapeutic goals. Jarrod completed his Doctoral thesis on cross-cultural understandings of trauma, taking a particularly keen interest in the way that mental health is socialized. To that end, Jarrod is also a co-founder of The Lives of Others (@_thelivesofothers), providing a platform for individuals to share their mental health story.
Provisional Psychologists – Student Clinic
The Mind Room Student Clinic offers low-cost clinical services to people who are dealing with mental health issues and/or wanting to improve their wellbeing and performance. We have a small team of provisional psychology students (in their 6th or 7th year of training) on a 6 month placement under the supervision of Clinical Psychologist, Dr Jo Mitchell.
Ayushi Gupta, Provisional Psychologist
Monday & Tuesday
Ayushi is a provisional psychologist completing placement as part of her Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Cairnmillar Institute. She has worked with adolescent and adult clients experiencing depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, self-esteem, interpersonal issues, self-harm and suicide. Ayushi’s therapeutic approach encompasses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. Her passion lies in facilitating connections, personal growth and meaning in life.
Front of House
Luke Forester, Practice Manager
Monday to Friday (yep, our first full-timer)
Luke leads the charge on Front of House and is the most-likely- to-answer voice at the end of the phone. He is a whizz with all things financial and has a not-so-secret creative side that makes our days a little brighter.
Bec Evans, Business Manager
Tuesday & Wednesday
Bec has a background in marketing, communications and psychology. With her experience at The Mind Room and other medical practices, Bec knows the ins and outs, highs and lows of running a private practice. She is a mum to two gorgeous kids (as endorsed by the TMR team) and has a creative husband who takes beautiful photos.
Elke Braithwaite, Reception
Wednesday & Thusday
Elke is an Honours year psychology student who returned to studies after ten years of hospitality, recruitment and publicity distractions. Elke teaches swimming classes on the side and has interests in exercise, music and mindfulness therapeutic practices.
Amanda Bowler, Reception
Monday, Tuesday & Friday
Amanda is taking the leap and making a career change with 20+ years experience as a hairdresser and running her own business. She will bring her doggie sidekick – Sasha – in from time to time to help keep the rest of us calm and happy. #dogsarethebesttherapy
Aisling, Marketing Co-ordinator
Aisling is a marketer by day and yoga teacher by night. She comes with a marketing background in experiential, sponsorship and digital marketing, and fuses her passions with her craft here at The Mind Room. In her spare time you’ll find her on her yoga mat, planning her upcoming wedding, or down by the sea.