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
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. 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.
Dr Owen Spear, Clinical Psychologist
Owen Spear is a Clinical Psychologist and Couples Therapist with specialist 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.
Melissa Hatty, Health Psychologist
Available Monday 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.
Dr Bruce Walmsley, Clinical Psychologist
Available Monday and Saturday
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.
Ashley Clinch, Psychologist
Available Thursday & Saturday
Ashley Clinch is a Psychologist who enjoys combining his qualifications in psychology, career development and teaching with his experience in elite sport. Ashley is experienced in working with people struggling with stress, anxiety, work and career transitions and young people coping with school related issues. He works with people of all ages to find purpose and meaning in their life using Solution Focused, Acceptance and Commitment, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. He enjoys an active life outside of work, playing golf and riding mountain bikes and being a father to two teenage girls.
Dr Hayley Matic, Health Psychologist
Available Monday & Tuesday
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 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 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.
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 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.
Victoria Eddington, Psychologist & Clinical Registrar
Available Fridays & Saturdays
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 addiction through her work in a forensic setting and also has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, 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.
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.
Mike Hines, Psychologist
Available Monday and 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 CBT, complemented by expertise in Positive Psychology. Mike has a background in music and works well with people from music and performing arts industry. 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.
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.
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. She is currently completing a PhD at Melbourne University.
Dr Jarrod White, Clinical Psychologist
Available Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
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 behaviour, 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. Jarrod is co-founder of The Lives of Others, providing a platform for people to share their mental health stories. Follow @_thelivesofothers.
Dr Sarah Russo, Clinical Psychologist
Available Wednesday (on maternity leave from Dec 2018)
Sarah Russo is clinically trained and committed to improving the health and wellbeing of adolescents and adults. She 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.
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.
Ben Torrens-Witherow, Provisional Psychologist
Tuesday & Wednesday
Ben is a provisional psychologist completing his final placement as part of his Masters in Clinical Psychology at ACU. Ben enjoys drawing upon his background in psychology and teaching to address a range of adult and adolescent psychological needs including stress, anxiety, and depression; and school-related issues for younger clients. Ben’s therapeutic approach to improve wellbeing and performance incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness; depending on his clients’ needs.
Front of House
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
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.
Amanda Bowler, Reception
Monday & Tuesday
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
Rachel Pearce, Reception
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Rachel comes from an Art Curation and Administration background. She hails from the UK and has made Melbourne home. #artisthebesttherapy