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Our Psychotherapy Team

At Surf Coast Mind Body Health our psychotherapy team provide services across the lifespan, from children to older adults.

 

We can support our clients with:

  • ​Individual Psychotherapy and Intervention

  • Psychometric Assessment 

  • Diagnosis and Diagnostic Reports

  • Relationship Therapy

  • Group work 

Please get in touch to see if we can provide a service for you

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Meet Our Clinicians

Clinical Psychologist 
Psy.BA Clinical Supervisor
BPsySc(Hons) | MPsy(Clin) | PhD

Dr Caitlin Grace
Founder and Director
Pronouns - She | He
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Caitlin is a Clinical Psychologist who has also earned her PhD in Philosophy (Psychology). She works with clients across the lifespan in a wide range of contexts. Caitlin will gladly review any referral to determine if able to provide a suitable service. ​

Her areas of interest include working with Adults experiencing Anxiety (generalised, social and OCD presentations) and Depression; PTSD with a focus on Polyvagal Theory, Window of Tolerance and the Psychosomatic Relationship; Grief and Trauma; Perinatal Mental Health; Working with Neurodiversity (primarily in the Autism and ADHD spaces) in a neurodiverse affirming manner that recognises the strengths and differences of neurodiverse brain styles; providing queer and gender affirming therapy to LGBTQ+ individuals, Risk Management; Acute and Chronic health problems, Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Counselling (utilising her training Gottman Relationship Therapy). She uses an evidence based approach, combining a number of different therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, ACT, DBT, CPT and Schema Therapy. Caitlin has a particular interest in facilitating structured CBT treatment plans for cognitive flexibility and behavioural change.  

She works predominantly with Medicare GP Mental Health Treatment Plan referrals, NDIS self- and plan-managed, DVA, or self-referred. Other non-listed referral streams are welcome to inquire. 

Caitlin is also a PsychBA Approved Clinical Supervisor available for Supervision - Please contact the clinic for Supervision Inquiries or the supervision register for contact details.

Please Note. For Existing or Previous Clients - after 90 Days of No Contact or Attended Consults Caitlin will close and archive your file. Your messaging service will cease to work and you will need to call the clinic directly to re-engage unless previously discussed with Caitlin

Consult Fee: $210 (Out of Pocket = $68.15)

Concession Fee: At Clinician Discretion

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee  

(Applied at clinician discretion  - no rebate available with cancellation fees)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

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Clinical Psychology Registrar
MAPS | General Registration

Ellen Napper
Pronouns - She | Her

Waitlist Available

Ellen is a Registered Psychologist who has completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology (Child Specialisation) at the University of Melbourne and she is currently enrolled in the Clinical Registrar Program. Ellen has experience working across the lifespan, particularly in working with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of Public and Private settings. She has an interest in working with young people to address a range of challenges including anxiety, depression, behavioural difficulties, learning difficulties and working on building emotion regulation skills and resilience. She also has an interest in working with Autistic young people utilising a neurodiversity affirming approach.  

Ellen utilises a client centred approach as she believes that developing strong rapport and trusting, supportive and collaborative relationships with young people forms the basis for best outcomes. She employs a range of evidenced based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness based techniques. Ellen also conducts cognitive and educational assessments in order to better understand a child’s unique profile of skills and abilities that will then inform recommendations for parents and school staff or as part of more extended assessments. Ellen believes in working in collaboration with a child’s family, schools, and other health professionals where appropriate so that there is a shared understanding of the young person and their unique needs which will assist in promoting positive outcomes across these settings.

Ellen works with Medicare Mental Health Care Plan referrals, NDIS clients and private referrals.

As a Registered Psychologist, Ellen's Medicare Rebate is $96.65

Consult Fee: $190 (Out of Pocket = $93.35)

Concession Fee: Offered at clinician discretion

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee

(Applied at clinician discretion - no rebate for LC)

Ellen is available at SCMBH

Monday and Tuesday (10.00am – 7.00pm)

Thursday (9.30am - 2.30pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

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 General Psychologist

REBECCA ABBOTT
Pronouns - She | Her

Waitlist Available

Bec is a Registered Psychologist with over 12 years’ experience working in the mental health sector and is experienced in supporting adults with complex mental health issues. Bec works with clients across the lifespan is will work with clients aged 18-80+ years.

 

Bec has a wealth of experience in supporting adults across a range of presentations, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, stress management, health, relationship and communication difficulties. Bec has a special interest in perinatal mental health, supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals of all genders with their journey to parenthood, helping to manage the adjustment and challenges of parenting and aiding the recovery from disappointing and traumatic birth experiences. 

 

Bec values an approach to therapy that is centred on providing a respectful safe space. She will work with you to find the most effective approach for your care, helping you to make sense of your difficult experiences and support positive change. Bec integrates trauma-informed and evidence-based treatment approaches within her practice including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Schema Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness techniques. 

 

Bec works with Medicare Mental Health Care Plan referrals, NDIS self or plan managed referrals and private referrals.

As a Registered Psychologist, Bec's Medicare Rebate is $96.65

Consult Fee: $190 (Out of Pocket = $93.35)

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee

(Applied at clinician discretion - no rebate available with cancellation fees)

Bec is available at The Torquay Medical Hub in rolling time blocks that include Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays

(9.00am – 3.00pm) 

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

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Michelle is a registered psychotherapist, experienced EMDR practitioner, relationship counsellor, art therapist & DBT practitioner with over 22 years’ experience working in the mental health sector. She practices with PACFA and EMDRAA membership.​ 

 

Michelle also provides Relationship Therapy to clients, utilising Level 1 training in Gottman Relationship Therapy. She applies the Gottman therapeutic modality, including the Gottman Relationship Check-up. Michelle assists couples to disarm conflict with effective communication; increase intimacy, respect & empathy, through supporting a heightened sense understanding. For more information regarding structure for Couples Relationship Counselling, and variations of fees please inquire.

For individual work, Michelle uses a client centred approach, exploring personal meaning and facilitating behavioural change using psychotherapeutic interventions and a diverse range of evidence-based techniques. Michelle also utilises EMDR for desensitising trauma memories & related symptoms and tools for personal understanding, self-soothing, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation for an integrated approach to individual's needs. EMDR works with a specific evidence-based protocol for optimal benefits. Inquires welcome for more information.  Michelle aims to empower the individual. Coupled with personal narrative work and creative expression, Michelle aims to create deeper personal understanding, a sense of belonging, and develop an improved sense of connection to others and the self. Michelle is experienced working with adults and adolescents who present with Trauma (PTSD) Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Addiction & Stress. Michelle also offers Perinatal Mental Health counselling and birth trauma work. Michelle tailors her therapeutic approach from training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Care. She is also influenced by Internal Family Systems (IFS) foundations for internal narrative work to support behavioural change and trauma issues. For young clients, Michelle utilises creative interventions (e.g., art therapy) and behavioural skills-based education for the client to practice out of session.

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Michelle Buggy
Pronouns - She | Her

Psychotherapist 

EMDR Practitioner

Relationship Counsellor 

Art Therapist

As a Clinical Psychotherapist, a Mental Health Treatment Plan is NOT required when seeing Michelle and No Medicare Rebate is available. Michelle’s consult fees sit in line with out-of-pocket costs of Medicare providers. Michelle works with self or plan managed NDIS clients, self-referred, GP and Psychiatrist referrals.

EMDR Initial Consult 90min - $250 (Ongoing $200)

Individual Consult Fee - $100 for 55 min 

Relationship Initial 90min Consult– $250  

(Including Gottman Relationship Check up survey)

Relationship Counselling 90min Ongoing - $200

Late Cancellation Fee: $80 (full fee for 5/6pm appt) 

Available at the Torquay Medical Hub:

Tuesdays (9.00am - 7.00pm)

Alternating Wednesdays (9.00am - 7.00pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

Accepting New Clients

A Warm welcome to Emma to Surf Coast Mind Body Health, practicing as a psychotherapist. Emma is an Adolescent Counsellor with a Masters of Counselling, in addition to being a registered Provisional Psychologist currently completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University.

 

She works with clients across the lifespan with various presentations, with a special interest in working within the adolescent space. Having worked as an educator and counsellor in secondary schools for 17 years, Emma is passionate about working with this age group to support mental health and wellbeing through evidence-based intervention and prevention work.

 

Emma has an interest in working with young people to address challenges such as depression, anxiety, stress and trauma (PTSD), in addition to providing support across various presentations through psychoeducation that aims to inform improved overall mental health and wellbeing in her client group. 

 

Emma integrates a variety of approaches from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness techniques. Emma also offers parenting programs to provide support raising teens, such as the Tuning In To Teens program. 

As a Counselling Psychotherapist and Provisional Psychologist completing her Masters in Psychology (Clinical), a Mental Health Treatment Plan is NOT required when seeing Emma and No Medicare Rebate is available. Emma works with self or plan managed NDIS clients, self-referred, GP referrals.

Consult Fee: $100

Concession Fee: Offered at clinician discretion

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee

(Applied at clinician discretion)

Emma is available at The Torquay Medical Hub on

Mondays and Fridays (9.00am - 4.00pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

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EMMA MAHONEY
Pronouns - She | Her

Counsellor 
Provisional Psychologist

 

Waitlist Available 

Counselling Psychologist
MAPS | FCCOUNSP

DR VICKI TRETHOWAN
Pronouns - She | Her

Accepting New Referrals

Vicki is a Counselling Psychologist who has over 30 years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors. Vicki specialises in working with adults and young people presenting with trauma symptoms, PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, relationship and personal issues. 

Vicki is registered with Medicare, TAC, Centacare, WorkCover, NDIS, Ambulance Victoria (VACU), Victims of Crime, Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling (Open Arms).

 

Vicki uses a client centred approach utilising Cognitive Behaviour Therapy strategies, Acceptance and Commitment techniques, Mindfulness strategies such as Grounding and Gratitude and Problem Solving skills to empower clients to make informed decisions.  

Vicki is also a Registrar Program Principal supervisor for Counselling Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia

As a Registered Psychologist, Vicki's Medicare Rebate is $96.65

Consult Fee: $190 (Out of Pocket = $93.35)

Concession Fee: Offered at clinician discretion

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee

(Applied at clinician discretion - no rebate available with cancellation fees)

Vicki is available at The Torquay Medical Hub on

Mondays (9.00am - 7.00pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

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Clinical Psychologist 
Psy.BA Clinical Supervisor

 

BRETT JONES
Founder 

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Accepting  VACU and DVA Referrals ONLY

Brett is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience.  He works with Adults and Young People 16 and above experiencing Anxiety, Depression and Trauma/PTSD. 

 

He has a wealth of experience providing services and support for people under WorkCover including writing Psychological Reports at the request of Lawyers. Brett’s training includes CBT, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness and EMDR. 

Brett is a contracted clinician for Ambulance Victoria (VACU) and is also registered with the TAC, WorkCover, and Medicare. 

 

He is also a registered Clinical Supervisor and provide supervision for Psychologists undertaking the Clinical Registrar program as well as Psychologists going through their Provisional program.

Consult Fee: $210 (Out of Pocket = $68.15)

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee  

(Applied at clinician discretion - no rebate available)

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General Psychologist

REGINA SAWYER
Pronouns - She | Her

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 Regina is a Registered Psychologist with 10 years’ experience working in the public mental health sector. She is experienced in working with adults and adolescents who present with Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Grief, Stress and Trauma (PTSD). She has an ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential and is able to offer services under a Medicare Eating Disorders Treatment Plan (up to 40 sessions per year). She is trained to provide a range of Parenting Skills programs, in both group and individual formats, that include Circle of Security and Parent Effectiveness Training. Regina also runs workplace courses on a range of topics centered on wellbeing, communication skills training and a ‘Building Resilience’ course with a focus on stress management. 

 

She tailors her therapeutic approach to client needs, with the interventions utilised evidence based and grounded in the theories of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Care. Regina currently provides services under Medicare, Victorian Ambulance Counselling Unit (VACU), WorkCover, NDIS and private referral.

 

​Regina completes a longer initial consult of 80mins prior to commencing 50min ongoing consults. The initial consult is billed at a higher rate with the standard Medicare rebate of $93.35 for those with a GP MHTP. 

As a Registered Psychologist, Regina's Medicare Rebate is $96.65

80min Initial Consult Fee: $290 

(Out of Pocket = $193.35)

50min Standard Consult Fee: $220 

(Out of Pocket = $123.35)

Concession Rates Available on Request

Regina is available at SCMBH

Mondays (8.30am – 7.30pm)

Fortnightly Wednesday / Thursday (8:30am - 7pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

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General Psychologist 
Relationship Counsellor

TIM LOUGHNAN
Pronouns - He | Him

Waitlist Available

We a delighted to welcome Tim to SCMBH for in person consults in our clinic. Tim is returning to his hometown of Geelong after over a decade of Private Practice in Northern NSW. 

 

Tim welcomes new referrals to determine if he is able to provide a suitable service. Please have referrals sent to our administrative team for Tim to view and approve.  

 Practicing as a psychologist since 1989, Tim has a broad range of experience in trauma, addictions, chronic health conditions and the complexities of marital and family life. He uses an evidence-based approach combining insights and interventions from attachment theory, neuroscience, systemic and solution focused models and cognitive-behavioural therapies.

Tim currently services Medicare GP MHTP, WorkSafe, NDIS and private referrals. As a Registered Psychologist, Tim's Medicare Rebate is $92.90 with a valid GP Mental Health Care Plan.

As a Registered Psychologist, Tim's Medicare Rebate is $96.65

Consult Fee: $190 (Out of Pocket = $93.35)

Relationship Therapy 50min Fee: $245

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee

(Applied at clinician discretion - no rebate available with cancellation fees)

Tim is available at SCMBH

Tuesdays (8.30am – 5.00pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

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Provisional Psychologist
Neurodiversity Specialist

ADHD and ASD
Informed Practitioner

PUVA KURUSAMY
Pronouns - She | Her

Waitlist Available - Under 16yrs 

Accepting New Clients - Over 16yrs 

Puva has graduated from Monash University with a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Psychology.

Puva practices with clients across the lifespan, from early childhood through to later life. Puva brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice with a professional background supporting individuals with diverse abilities across home, educational and clinic settings.

 

She has worked as an educational therapist for 16 years and has extensive experience in supporting children and their families to meet their growth potential with developmental goals. 

Puva is also our resident Neurodiversity specialist, informed in neurodiverse affirming practices and has a keen interest working with Adolescents and Adults with ADHD in the therapeutic intervention space, including understanding ADHD, living with ADHD and understanding the unique strengths and differences of the ADHD brain style. 

 

Puva has experience completing psychometric assessments in private clinic settings along with providing supportive counselling and evidence-based psychological intervention to children and adolescents.

 

Puva utilises a strengths-based approach, supporting her clients to achieve their goals and providing strategies to facilitate clients working toward be the best they can be. She strongly believes in being fully present for her clients and valuing their individual experiences so that learning can be meaningful.

As a Provisional Psychologist, No Rebates are available when seeing Puva for private consult. Puva works with NDIS self- and plan-managed clients and can service private referrals immediately without a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan for an out of pocket consult fee of $120.00

Puva is available for intervention work and psychometric assessment (supported by our senior clinicians on site).

Puva is available at The Torquay Medical Hub on: 

Mondays (8.00am – 4.00pm)

Tuesdays (9.00am – 4.00pm)

Wednesdays (9.30am – 3.00pm) Over 16yrs ONLY

Thursdays (10.00am – 6.00pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

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Provisional Psychologist
Performance| Wellbeing
and Life Coach

sally horne
Pronouns - She | Her

Sally is a Provisional Psychologist joining us with a background as a performance| wellbeing and Life Coach. Sally practices with clients across the lifespan, from age 16yrs and above.​

Sally uses an evidence-based approach, drawing on a variety of therapeutic modalities to support her clients in discovering and shifting unhelpful thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviours causing problems in different areas of life. These include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, as well as Strengths-Based and Solution-Focused interventions drawn from coaching and positive psychology.

Sally works collaboratively with her clients to develop treatment plans across a range of presentations, including: Anxiety and mood disorders, Emotional dysregulation, Grief and loss, Stress and burnout, Life transition | adjustment issues, Relationship difficulties, Challenges with chronic pain | illness, Academic and work performance, Self-criticism | perfectionism | Self-esteem, Sleep difficulties, and Personal growth (finding meaning and purpose).

Sally holds a Master of Professional Psychology, Master of Science in Coaching Psychology, Postgraduate and Graduate Diplomas in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Health Science / Chinese Medicine. She has completed trainings in mindfulness approaches, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Cultivating Emotional Balance.

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Now Accepting New Clients -

No Referral Required 

A Warm Welcome to Sally 

As Provisional Psychologist completing her internship year for General Registration, a Mental Health Treatment Plan is NOT required when seeing Sally and No Medicare Rebate is available. Sally works with self-referred, self or plan managed NDIS clients, and GP referrals.

Consult Fee: $100

Concession Fee: Offered at clinician discretion

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee

(Applied at clinician discretion)

 

Sally is available at The Torquay Medical Hub:

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday (9.00am - 5.00pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

Provisional Psychologist

GREG SACKS
Pronouns - He | Him

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A Warm Welcome to Greg!

Now Accepting New Clients

No Referral Required 

As a Provisional Psychologist completing his Masters in Psychology (Clinical), a Mental Health Treatment Plan is NOT required when seeing Greg and No Medicare Rebate is available. Greg works with self or plan managed NDIS clients, self-referred, GP referrals.

Consult Fee: $100

Concession Fee: Offered at clinician discretion

Late Cancellation Fee: Full Consult Fee

(Applied at clinician discretion)

Greg is available at The Torquay Medical Hub on

Mondays and Thursdays (9.00am - 5.00pm)

ONLINE BOOKING FOR USE BY EXISTING OR APPROVED NEW CLIENTS ONLY

Greg joins SCMBH as a provisional psychologist completing his final placement in his Clinical Masters of Psychology before registration.

Greg approaches therapy through a curious, compassionate, and person-centered lens. Using theoretical underpinnings from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, and Parts Work, Greg works collaboratively with his clients towards growing awareness and insight as to the impact of habitual thinking patterns and behaviours on the individual's experience.

Greg couples both serious and playful elements within the therapeutic space and has welcomed good therapy outcomes working with people experience anxiety and depression. 
Greg strives to cultivate a non-judgmental and respectful environment that invites all parts of the individual to say hello, feel safe, and be gently explored.

Greg enjoys working across the lifespan and works with anxiety, depression, phobias, addiction and trauma. Cognitive assessments are welcomed too.
Greg looks forward to working with clients towards their goals, and supporting the process of finding meaning in life and embracing a life well lived.

COULD YOUR BIO FIT HERE? 
PSYCHOLOGISTS AND ALLIED SERVICES PRACTITIONERS SOUGHT
We'd love to hear from any Psychologists or Allied Health Clinician's looking to join us at Surf Coast Mind Body Health.
Get in touch with us via CONTACT US to enquire about joining our group. 

Provisional and Trainee Clinicians 

At Surf Coast Mind Body Health we are proud to offer provisional and trainee clinicians a space where they can complete their training and develop their clinical skills to support the mental health and wellbeing of their clients while becoming fully qualified and registered clinicians with their relevant governing bodies.

All provisional and trainee clinicians are provided clinical supervision and are fully supported by our senior clinicians on site.

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