MEET OUR PSYCHOLOGISTS
Clinical Psychologist BA (Psych), BSc Hons (Psych), MS (Psych), PGDipClinPsyc
Armadale Clinic: Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm. Evening appointments by arrangement
Crysta is a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with adults and children in both private and public mental health services. She completed her training in New Zealand where she worked with children and adults, including providing assessment and intervention for developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and Dyslexia. Alongside private practice, Crysta is part of an adolescent mental health hospital team where she has developed a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults who may experience anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, bullying and peer pressure, depression, low self-esteem, and self-harming behaviour. She can also assist with study skills and study organisation. Crysta provides a comfortable and safe space for people to share their difficulties. She has a collaborative therapy approach to applying evidence based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Crysta accepts referrals for adults, adolescents, and children.
Dr. Dinali Perera
Clinical Psychologist, DPsych (Clin), BSocSc (Psych)(Hons), BA
Armadale Clinic: Tuesday 12:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Saturday 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Dinali is a Clinical Psychologist who holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) qualification. She has specialist training in clinical diagnosis and treatment of various disorders and issues in teenagers, adults and older adults. She has worked in a number of public settings and has expertise in areas such as depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, grief and loss, and workplace stress. She also helps individuals presenting with trauma-related concerns, drug and alcohol issues and relationship difficulties. Dinali draws on evidence-based therapeutic frameworks including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. Dinali is caring in her approach and ensures that therapy is a welcoming, supportive and safe space. She is passionate about working with clients to help them to achieve their goals, develop new skills and build on existing strengths. Alongside private practice, Dinali works at Monash Health designing new initiatives to improve mental health services and enhance the well-being of patients. Dinali also holds an Adjunct Research Fellow appointment with Monash University and is involved in various mental health research activities.
Dr. Michael Adams
Clinical Psychologist, DPsych(Clin), PGrad DipPsych BA
Mordialloc Clinic: Monday 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Other times upon request
Michael sees adolescents, adults and older adults for a range of concerns. He has a special interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as generalised anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, and phobias. He also has expertise in the treatment of depression, trauma and grief. He has worked in a variety of settings including secondary schools and aged care, and has established himself in private practice for the past six years. Michael utilises a range of evidence based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Michael engages his clients in a meaningful and creative dialogue to assist them in realising their treatment goals in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Dr. Nellie Lucas
Principal Clinical Psychologist, DPsych(ClinChild), BPsych(Hons), MAPS MCCLP
Please note that Nellie will be on maternity leave until September 2017.
Nellie established Melbourne Clinical and Child Psychology in 2006. She enjoys seeing children, young people and adults and is empathic, supportive and caring in her approach. She has over 14 years experience in mental health, having first worked in adult mental health in Sydney and then completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Child & Adolescent Specialisation) at The University of Melbourne. She has since worked in a number of private and public health services across Melbourne including as a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor at Monash University. She has expertise in treating a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, psychosis and personality difficulties. She also specialises in seeing young people and children with emotional, social and behavioural concerns. Therapy is always evidence based and principally draws upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches.