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 & Coaching Psychologist
Jo is a clinical & coaching 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 focus on 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. She loves technology and led the team behind MindMax, a digital resilience and wellbeing app, with AFL Players, Movember and QUT. Jo is on the Board of Action for Happiness Australia.
Michael Inglis, Sport & Performance Psychologist
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.
Cass Middleton, Clinical & Coaching Psychologist
Available Monday & Friday
Cass is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist who takes a warm and compassionate approach in her work with clients. Cass applies a solution focussed lens and draws from several empirically supported approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as positive psychology and mindfulness interventions depending on the client’s needs. She aims to help individuals gain greater awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in order to help them achieve their goals and move from struggling or functioning to flourishing. Cass works with adult clients with a range of presenting issues and treatment goals, though she a special interest in supporting clients navigating life challenges and transitions, such as new parenthood, and issues relating to workplace well-being and performance. Cass is a coffee enthusiast, mum to a bossy toddler and the proud owner (/personal assistant) of a very needy golden retriever called Archie.
Hafsa Kediye, Psychologist
Available Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Hafsa is passionate about working from a person centered perspective to help support adolescent and adult clients. She enjoys incorporating genuine understanding, compassion, empathy, and respect throughout therapy with all of her clients, in order to help them lead meaningful lives. Hafsa has worked with clients to address a range of psychological needs including depression, anxiety, stress, interpersonal difficulties and trauma. She has worked with clients from marginalized backgrounds including members from the LGBTIQ+ community and ethnic minorities. Hafsa’s therapeutic approach to enhancing mental well-being utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) depending on her clients’ needs. In her spare time, she enjoys going to see live music as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Maurine Filip, Clinical Psychologist
Available Tuesday – Saturday
Maurine is a clinical psychologist with training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT), Sports and Performance psychology and Existential Psychotherapy. She adopts a person-centred holistic approach to collaboratively plan and carry out the therapeutic process to attain symptom relief, understanding of self, and opportunities for growth. Maurine has experience working with a wide range of concerns such as anxiety, mood disorders, stress related issues, grief, interpersonal issues, and life transitions. Maurine has also worked with clients to enable personal development and performance in both organisational and sports settings and is passionate about the LGBTQIA+ community and working with identity and non-normative relationships
Jack Hudson-Williams, Performance Psychologist
Available Monday – Friday
Jack is a Performance Psychologist who strives to empower his clients to behave consistently with their values, adopting a holistic approach to his work to meet individual client needs. Drawing on psychological frameworks such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as psychological skills such as mindfulness and performance routines, Jack endeavours to provide his clients with practical tools to help them live fulfilling and meaningful lives whilst performing at their best. Jack has worked in a range of performance contexts, including cricket, para-football, yoga, performing arts, eSports, and AFL. Jack has also worked with adolescents and adults living with anxiety, depression and general concerns regarding psychological wellbeing.
Penny Gray, Coaching & Organisational Psychologist
Available Mondays & Tuesdays
Penny is a Coaching and Organisational Psychologist with experience in individual
coaching, workshop facilitation and organisational consulting. Penny’s coaching style is
collaborative and solution-focused in guiding clients to take action towards meaningful
goals for improved performance and wellbeing across their personal and work lives. Drawing on the science of wellbeing and a range of approaches including positive psychology, CBT, mindfulness and ACT, Penny works with clients to build their self-awareness and practise strategies to support personal and professional growth, navigate change, manage workplace and interpersonal challenges, and foster leadership and career development.
Ben Fletcher, Clinical Psychologist
Ben has over 17 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist with individuals and couples, adults and adolescents. Ben has experience working with anxiety and mood disorders (including trauma and PTSD), stress, relationships, adjusting to life changes and losses, self-esteem and confidence, chronic pain, health and sleep issues, issues of personality and attachment, ED and sexual issues, higher functioning ASD and higher functioning ADHD. Ben mainly utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychotherapy (mostly Conversational Model), tailoring treatment to your needs and goals. Ben has an interest in helping clients discover and author their authentic selves.
Dr Jarrod White, Clinical Psychologist
Available Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
Jarrod White works with individuals and groups to facilitate life contentment, identity, meaning and passion. He works with teens through to adults experiencing a range of difficulties due to not only one’s individual circumstances, but also broader societal issues we all face including climate anxiety, masculinity stereotypes, increased isolation, loss of connection, interpersonal difficulties in relationships, and existential crises. Jarrod’s key areas of clinical interest and experience is in trauma/ complex trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. The base of his therapy stems from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and from this he can springboard into components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Emotion Regulation, and the implementation of Positive Psychology principles. Jarrod completed his Doctoral thesis on trauma and culture. He is a consultant clinical psychologist at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Jarrod is also a co-founder of The Lives of Others, an Instagram platform for people to discuss their mental health. Follow @_thelivesofothers.
Chelsea Carpenter, Sport & Performance Psychologist
Available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Chelsea Carpenter is a Sport, Performance, and General Psychologist who uses a warm and collaborative approach and has a passion for helping her clients reach their full potential in all areas of life. Chelsea has worked with athletes, coaches, and organisations across multiple sports and has worked within the performing arts industry with ballet, musical theatre, and acting. Chelsea has also worked with adolescents and adults who experience mental health-related concerns including anxiety and depression, and can help clients manage their overall wellbeing. Chelsea’s practice is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Positive Psychology depending on her client’s needs. When she is not working Chelsea enjoys exploring new places and planning her future travel adventures, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Dr Owen Spear, Clinical Psychologist
Available Wednesday & Thursday
Owen Spear is a Clinical Psychologist and Couples Therapist with training from Relationships Australia. He aims to create a friendly, understanding, and relaxed environment to explore your relationship issues. Owen also works individually with clients and has extensive experience in treating and managing anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and depression. He offers practical strategies and advice tailored to your individual needs, using evidence-based treatments including CBT, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema therapy. In his spare time he runs informal training sessions for psychology students and early career psychs. He is the mastermind behind several of Melbourne’s best Escape Rooms.
Rebekah Barson, Relationship & Couples Counsellor
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 or individuals who are having trouble with, or are seeking to build and strengthen their relationships. 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.
Danica Hade, Clinical Psychologist
Available Thursday and 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.
Darryl Ribaux, Clinical Psychologist
Available Wednesday, Thursday and 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.
Melissa Hatty, Health Psychologist
Available Friday and Saturday
Melissa Hatty is a Health Psychologist with expertise in chronic health conditions and helping people to live well with illness and/or disability. Melissa also sees clients experiencing persistent pain, adjustment issues, grief and loss, stress, depression and anxiety. Melissa appreciates the intricate links between brain and body and takes a whole-person approach to health and wellbeing. She uses ACT, CBT, Positive Psychology, and Narrative Therapy. Melissa has a particular interest in the health and wellbeing benefits of natural environments and is a strong advocate for getting outside and connecting with nature. She is currently working on a PhD at Monash University.
Tiffany Valente, Clinical Psychologist
Available Monday and Tuesday
Tiffany is a Clinical Psychologist who uses values to guide, motivate and inspire behavioural change; be it learning strategies to improve mood and functioning, exploring unhelpful thinking patterns, or reviewing relationship dynamics to feel more confident and empowered when dealing with others. She combines new technologies and creativity with tools from evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and EMDR. EMDR is particularly useful for trauma-related presentations including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She also works with people experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Tiffany has a specific interest in mindfulness and meditation, having spent three months volunteering in a mental health setting in Sri Lanka and studying in India, learning how Eastern Modalities (such as mindfulness, meditation and yoga) can complement modern therapy methods to treat a range of mental health concerns.
Emily Coxall, Clinical Psychologist
Available Tuesday & Friday
Emily is a Clinical Psychologist who integrates a compassionate, warm and non-judgmental approach in supporting people to work through life difficulties and explore what gives their lives meaning and value. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents and adults, and has experience working with a range of presentations including anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders and trauma-related disorders, stress management, interpersonal difficulties and general wellbeing. Emily draws from a variety of treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in her work. She is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients and uses a strengths-based approach in empowering people to live flexible and fulfilling lives.
Victoria Eddington, Psychologist & Clinical Registrar
Victoria works with adults and adolescents to help them through difficult experiences and find meaning in order to live a full, healthy and connected life. She has a warm and compassionate approach, working collaboratively with clients to help them achieve their goals. Victoria has a particular interest in trauma through her work in a forensic setting and also has experience working with depression, addiction, interpersonal issues, and adjustment difficulties. Victoria’s therapeutic approach draws on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing and mindfulness, depending on her client’s individual needs. Likely stemming from her roots in New Zealand, Victoria also has personal interest in mindfulness and the outdoors.
Dr Sarah Russo, Clinical Psychologist
Sarah is clinically trained and committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, families, and adults. Sarah has a warm, compassionate and thoughtful approach in supporting people to work through challenges and works collaboratively with them to assist in achieving their personal goals. She has experience working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal relationship difficulties, self-esteem, body image/disordered eating, trauma, family systems issues, parenting, behavioural problems, school related difficulties and general mental health and wellbeing. She completed her doctoral thesis in the area of body image/disordered eating and has an interest in working with children, adolescents and young people. She has worked in public mental health (child and adolescent mental health), school settings, youth forensic settings and private practice. Sarah’s therapeutic approach is informed by a variety of evidence based interventions including CBT, ACT, mindfulness, emotion focused therapy (EFT) and motivational interviewing.
Dr Hayley Matic, Health Psychologist & Clinical Manager
Available Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Hayley Matic is a Health Psychologist who takes a collaborative approach to treatment. She seeks to create a therapeutic environment that is conducive to change through the provision of practical, compassionate and solution-focused therapy. Hayley is experienced in working with people struggling with issues associated with anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, infertility, relationship concerns, serious and chronic medical conditions, and major or unexpected life events. Hayley’s practice is primarily informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and she has undergone regular training in this method over many years. She is also skilled in providing interventions informed by other empirically supported approaches (such as CBT, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology). Hayley has a passion for helping people thrive when confronted with gaps between their hopes, expectations and reality, and for helping people find clarity and make decisions when facing difficult dilemmas.
Caitlyn Mackenzie, Clinical Psychologist
Available Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
Caitlyn Mackenzie enjoys learning about and sharing her knowledge of the incredible power of the human mind. Through her humour and down to earth attitude, she works with clients to help guide and empower them in navigating their own lives. She is a clinical psychologist who often draws upon techniques from ACT, Mindfulness, CBT, Narrative therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Caitlyn has an interest in working with eating disorders, anxiety, depression and general mental health and wellbeing, especially with young adults and athletes. Having being actively involved at a state level with both basketball (BigV) and football (VFLW), Caitlyn is a big believer that it is just as important to train our brain in strength and flexibility as we so often do with our bodies.
Dr Melissa Marot, Coaching Psychologist
Available Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Melissa Marot has an 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.
Dr 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 adults and adolescents using evidence-based practice and a warm, engaging interpersonal style. She works with clients to develop resilience, achieve personal goals, and to address a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, body image, relationship difficulties and personality issues. Lucy’s therapeutic approach encompasses CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), mindfulness and interventions drawn from positive psychology research.
Dr Bruce Walmsley, Clinical Psychologist
On paternity leave until October 2020
Bruce is a clinical psychologist who enables people to find new meaning, purpose and direction in life, especially as they get older. In particular, he supports people as they age to resource their own strengths for healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. Bruce has expertise in how adversity can be a catalyst for growth, especially in families living with the traumatic impacts of dementia and life transitions; which was the field of his PhD. He offers evidence based treatments of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy with a focus on problem solving and opportunity development. Bruce is a conjoint senior lecturer with the University of New South Wales, School of Public Health and Community Medicine. In his spare time, he is a keen traveller and movie buff.
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 well-being 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.
Rebecca Reale, Provisional Psychologist
Rebecca is a provisional psychologist completing her final placement as part of the Masters of Clinical Psychology at Victoria University. Rebecca aims to create an environment of warmth, openness, and complete presence. Collaboratively, Rebecca helps clients explore difficulties, and find new ways of seeing issues, coping, and choosing solutions. Rebecca uses a range of evidence-based methods tailored to the individual, drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Self-Compassion-Mindfulness and Somatic psychology. Rebecca has experience working with clients across the lifespan, particularly young people. She has experience treating a wide range of difficulties including Trauma, Insomnia, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Depression, Stress, Grief, Aging, Addictive behaviours, Anger and Shame.
Clea Smith, CEO
Monday to Friday
Clea joined The Mind Room as CEO in February 2020. With a passion for health, wellbeing, advocacy and positive change, Clea brings extensive experience in leadership roles in the health, sport, not-for-profit and government sectors. Prior to joining The Mind Room, Clea held senior leadership roles at Australian Cricketers’ Association, Alcohol and Drug Foundation and City of Kingston, as well as completing a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Science. A former elite athlete, Clea represented Australia and Victoria in cricket for over 10 years winning two World Cups. In her spare time, you’ll find Clea pottering in the garden, going on adventures with her family or generally just being active.
Luke Forester, Practice Manager
Monday to Friday
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.
Megan Sheehy, Business & Programming Manager
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Megan Sheehy is a creative and cultural entrepreneur passionate about enquiries into the art of living. Prior to joining The Mind Room team, Megan spent 4.5 years building The School of Life in Australia as Creative Director, co-founded independent record store Thornbury Records, and created and developed exhibitions and cultural programming as a curator at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum and Museums Victoria. When not in the office, you’ll find Megan riding her motorbike, writing, playing heavy psych rock music, reading, finding stillness and discussing big ideas with a drink in hand.
Tash Roberts, Business Producer
Monday to Friday
Tash Roberts brings her extensive experience in client relations and passion for better mental wellbeing to her role as Business Producer at The Mind Room. Her love for the outdoors and spontaneous nature landed her on a cycling trip across the USA, raising awareness and funds for mental health. When she’s not working or studying, you’ll find her outdoors, in a book, or hosting fabulous dinner parties.
Lizzie Marton, Marketing and Business Coordinator
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Lizzie Marton brings together her background in editing, marketing and content development to her role at The Mind Room. Lizzie has a passion for storytelling and human rights, which began when reading Pamela Bone’s columns as a teenager. In her spare time you will most likely find her listening to, talking about and editing podcasts.