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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.

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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.


Clinicians

 

Greta Bradman, Psychologist

Available Thursday

Greta Bradman is a clinically trained psychologist who takes a warm, holistic and evidence-based therapeutic approach. Greta’s approach is also informed by her research and consultancy in the performing arts and tech industries (including tech startups) and by her experience as an operatic soprano, classical recording artist and ABC Classic radio broadcaster. Greta works with adults of all ages. Areas of interest include working with anxiety, core values exploration and use, performance issues and optimisation in contexts where ‘performance’ involves a substantial amount of verbal and/or memory resources (such as the performing arts and business), issues around life-stage transition, identity, and difficulty with decision making. Greta is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing and mindfulness.

Melissa HattyMelissa 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. 

image1 ASH HEADAshley 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.

Jack Hudson-Williams, Performance Psychologist 

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. 

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

Available 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 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

Available Wednesday 

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.

hayley headshotDr 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.

screen shot 2019-01-11 at 9.38.16 amCaitlyn 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.

owen-photo-e1556665092365Dr 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.

Bek Barson.jpgRebekah 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.

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Available Monday

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 PsychologistDr 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 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.

Untitled design (2)Dr Bruce Walmsley, Clinical Psychologist

On paternity leave until mid 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.


 

Management Team

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.

Meg CircleMegan 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.

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.