Our Team

 
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Dr Celin Gelgec

Senior Clinical Psychologist & Director

B.App.Sc. (Psych.) (Hons.) D.Psych. (Clinical). Member APS.

Hello! I’m Celin (pronounced Celine). I’m a Clinical Psychologist and also the Director here at Melbourne Wellbeing Group. I am passionate about working with people who have been affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and other related disorders including Anxiety (e.g., Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety, Agoraphobia, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder), and Depression. I first started working with OCD back in 2010, while I was a completing my last placement within the OCD inpatient program at The Melbourne Clinic as part of the Clinical Doctorate program at Deakin University. Following this placement, I stayed on and worked within that program for another 4 years. While doing so I was able to fine tune my knowledge and skills within this area, as well as develop treatment programs using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Once I began working concurrently in private practice at MWG I was able to expand these skills and include Virtual Reality Therapy in treatment. To complement this work, I also conduct assessments for behavioural and educational purposes. For more information about cognitive assessments visit our Assessments page.

Having worked with OCD for near on a decade, I’m still just as passionate – if not more passionate about spreading the word about just how much OCD can impact on people’s lives. This has led me to branch out and conduct research within the area, as well as provide supervision for students and clinicians, and run lectures and workshops in assessing, diagnosing, and treating OCD with post-graduate students at university as well as with Psychologists, and other health professionals. To get in touch please give our office a call on 9882-8874. To check out resources on OCD or my workshops please visit my website here. I look forward to working with you!

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Ms Jennifer Placek

Psychologist

M.Psych. (Clinical).

Hello! My name is Jenny. I am a psychologist and clinical registrar at the Melbourne Wellbeing Group. My clinical experience drives from working in psychology clinics as well as community health setting. Based on the variety of settings I have worked in, I have gained experience in helping clients with a wide range of psychological difficulties, including: anxiety disorders, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), substance use (i.e., drugs and alcohol), managing life transitions, grief and loss and life-related stresses. I have a special interest in helping clients recover from OCD and anxiety-related disorders. My post-graduate research focussed on men’s mental health and was informed by specialised counselling work with male clients.

In terms of what you can expect in our work together, my initial focus is to gain a good understanding of the issues that bring you to therapy and identify specific areas you would like to work on. Based on this, I will devise a treatment plan in collaboration with you. Our sessions will include traditional talking therapy, psychoeducation to help foster awareness and importantly, skills-based activities to create change. My therapeutic style is warm, empathic and encouraging. Creating change in our lives can be daunting, but is easier when we have the right tools and support, and this is something I can help you with.

In my work, I draw on a variety of evidence-based frameworks, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Virtual Reality Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other Mindfulness-based frameworks and interventions. The choice of these will be guided by treatment objectives, best practice and what works for you. You can contact me at the Melbourne Wellbeing Group on 9882-8874.

Please note that online bookings are for existing clients only. If you’re a new client please give us a call or submit an enquiry online here.

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Ms Stephanie Fung

Psychologist and Clinical Registrar

G.Dip. (Psych.); P.G.Dip. (Psych.); M.Psych. (Clinical)

Hello I’m Stephanie and am a psychologist here at MWG. I aim to work with my clients to come to a shared understanding of the factors that contribute to psychological suffering and to work towards improved wellbeing and change. I typically work with young people (16 years+) and adults who experience a range of psychological issues, such as: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and disordered eating. With the goal of meeting the individual needs of each of my clients, I draw from a range of evidence-based therapies, such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness- and Schema Therapy-informed frameworks. I am a registered psychologist who has completed a Masters’ degree in clinical psychology and am currently completing the clinicalregistrar program to gain endorsement as a clinical psychologist. Above all else, I aim to create a therapeutic space in which my clients feel understood and safe.

Please note that online bookings are for existing clients only. If you’re a new client please give us a call or submit an enquiry online here.

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Ms Rosie Lucarelli

Psychologist

M.Psych. (Ed & Dev.).

Hello! I’m Rosie. I work with adolescents and young adults aged 12 to 25, presenting with difficulties such as, Depressive disorders, Anxiety disorders (e.g., Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety, Specific Phobias, etc.), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), school refusal, self-esteem, bullying, anger, stress management, self-harming behaviours, adjustment to life events, and family transitions. In addition to my practice at Melbourne Wellbeing Group, I work in an educational setting with adolescents and have previously held a position at the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

In my work I tailor treatment according to the individual needs of the client in a holistic and collaborative way. I draw upon techniques and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Psychodynamic frameworks. I am passionate about empowering young people to make lasting changes in their lives and actively pursue their wellbeing.

To watch an introductory video with Rosie click here.

Please note that online bookings are for existing clients only. If you’re a new client please give us a call or submit an enquiry online here.

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Dr Victoria Miller

Principal Clinical Psychologist

B.A.(Psych./Psychophys.); Grad.Dip. (Psych.); D.Psych. (Clinical). Member APS

Hi, my name is Victoria but I prefer to be called Tori and I am a Clinical Psychologist and the principal practitioner here at Melbourne Wellbeing Group. My work is all about supporting children, young people, parents and families through difficult times. This might be through depression, anxiety, OCD, stress or anger, psychosis, developmental difficulties, challenging behaviours, relationship difficulties, trauma, interpersonal difficulties or significant life events. I think it is important conduct a thorough assessment so that we can build a shared understanding of the problem and then develop a personalised treatment plan. I have experience using play therapy, supportive psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention Therap,y, Virtual Reality Therapy, and Child-Focused Parent Therapy. I also have experience conducting assessments such as cognitive and learning assessments.

My experience started while completing my Clinical Doctorate Program at Deakin University. I explored the female profile of autism for my Doctoral research project and while studying I worked for Moira, supporting families with children with disabilities and co-facilitating and later coordinating a program that supported young people with a sibling with a disability. After completing my psychology training I worked for the Monash Early in Life Mental Health Program in a community treatment team and then as the Senior Psychologist in their Early Psychosis Team. For the past six years I have also been a member of the Melbourne Wellbeing Group. I have always loved working with children, young people and their families and coming to work brings me great joy. I also think I have the best office as it’s full of toys! To get in touch, contact our office on 9882-8874 as it would be wonderful to hear from you.

Please note that online bookings are for existing clients only. If you’re a new client please give us a call or submit an enquiry online here.

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Dr Sarah Egan

Senior Clinical Psychologist

B.Soc.Sc. (Psych.) (Hons.); D.Psych. (Clinical). Member APS

Hi! I’m Sarah and I’ve been with Melbourne Wellbeing Group for 6.5 years. Through my work at MWG and Monash Health Early in Life Mental Health Service and Adult Mental Health Services, I have specialised training and experience working with individuals and families across the life span (child & adolescent, youth, and adult). I provide assessment and treatment for a diverse range of psychological issues including depression and bipolar mood disorders, anxiety (e.g., Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, PTSD), eating disorders (e.g., Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID, atypical and emerging eating disorders), stress management, personality development, adjustment to life events, grief & loss, psychosis, trauma, sleep problems, social skills, and emotion regulation.

I have been a clinician at the Butterfly Eating Disorder day program working holistically in the treatment of teens and young adults with eating disorders. I have also designed and implemented a program focusing on improving body image and acceptance as well as one’s relationship with food such as noticing hunger/satiety cues, improving self-soothing skills, and mindful eating. I work in a collaborative way to help you develop healthy relationships with yourself, your loved ones, your body and food.

In my work, I try to adapt my approach to suit my client’s strengths and preferences, so offer a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT and CBT-E), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Virtual Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I have supervised various disciplines including fully registered psychologists and psychology interns and have completed the supervisory master class and accept referrals for private supervision.

Please note that online bookings are for existing clients only. If you’re a new client please give us a call or submit an enquiry online here.

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Ms Tanya Arabatzoudis

Psychologist and Clinical Registrar

B.A.(Psych); P.G.Dip. (Psych); M.Psych. (Clinical). Member APS

Hey! I’m Tanya. I aim to take a client-centred approach to my practice and believe that working collaboratively is key to achieving positive outcomes. I work with young adults and adults and am passionate about moving clients towards living a rich, full and meaningful life and improving their overall wellbeing.

I have experience working across hospital, community mental health and private practice settings which I feel has informed my work with a variety of concerns and life experiences including stress, depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), personality concerns, difficulties with emotion regulation, pain management, trauma, Bipolar disorder, relationships, self-esteem and personal development. In particular, I have a keen interest in working with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (including Trichotillomania and Hoarding disorder), as well as pain management.

In my practice, I utilize a number of different approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Virtual Reality Therapy, Mindfulness, Relaxation and Schema- informed therapies. When we meet, we will discuss which approach may be best suited to your individual situation.

I look forward to working with you and moving you towards achieving your goals!

To watch an introductory video with Tanya click here.

Please note that online bookings are for existing clients only. If you’re a new client please give us a call or submit an enquiry online here.

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Dr Jodie Thomas

Senior Clinical Psychologist

B.Sc. (Hons.); Post-Grad. Dip. Psych.; D.Psych. (Clinical)

Jodie currently works with adolescents and adults presenting with a range of psychological issues such as anxiety disorders including Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. She also works with individuals presenting with mood disorders such as Depression and Bipolar, and those who need support with adjustment to life events, relationship difficulties, stress management, and difficulties with emotion regulation.

Jodie enjoys working with clients using an evidence based approach to facilitate change. Her therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Virtual Reality Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). Jodie also has experience in psychological assessments, in particular, educational assessments for children and adolescents experiencing academic difficulties.

If you would like to book with Jodie via our office call us on (03) 9882-8874 otherwise you can book online using the link below.

Please note that online bookings are for existing clients only. If you’re a new client please give us a call or submit an enquiry online here.