Meet our Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists


How do I choose the best Psychologist for me? We’re here to help with a complimentary discussion about your needs with a Psychologist. We can answer any questions you might have and help to make the decision that is right for you.

All our Clinical Psychologists are in Melbourne, with office locations in Beaumaris and Armadale. We’re available for online consultations. We all have different areas of specialty and have special interests in working with children, adolescents or adults

Mary Kelly Clinical Psychologist

Mary Kelly

Clinical Psychologist BSc (Hons), MClinPsych, MAPS, CCP


Beaumaris Clinic: Tuesday and Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm

Armadale Clinic: Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am – 6:00pm

Clients: Children (6-12yrs only) and Adults

Current COVID Practice: Telehealth sessions are preferred where possible until Thursday 20th August 2020.

Mary has a compassionate and caring nature, and offers a safe space for clients experiencing difficulties, and challenging times. She enjoys working with children and adults, and has experience in both government and private settings. Mary is passionate about helping clients develop awareness, resilience, and life skills that will encourage growth and support well-being. She works with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, substance abuse, stress, perinatal issues, child emotional and behaviour difficulties, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Mary uses various therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy, and supportive counselling. Mary is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the Clinical College of Psychologists (CCP).

Dr Amanda Nagulendran Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Amanda Nagulendran

Clinical Psychologist (Registrar) DPsych(Clin), BSc(Hons) (Psych)


Beaumaris Clinic: Tuesday 2:00pm – 7:00pm and Saturday 9:30am – 1:30pm

Clients: young people, adults and older adults

Amanda holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) degree. Her professional experience includes treatment of anxiety and depression at a specialist clinic, providing psychological services for medical inpatients, and facilitating day programs delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Amanda has worked in a range of settings in public and private healthcare across Melbourne. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatment to support clients in reaching their goals. With a research background in cross-cultural psychology, Amanda enjoys working with adults from a range of cultural backgrounds. She is particularly interested in working with anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and difficulties with emotion regulation. Amanda‘s therapeutic approach combines elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), including mindfulness.

Sharon Cheeseman Melbourne Clinical Psychologist

Sharon Cheeseman

Clinical Psychologist, MPsych(Clin), BArts (Hons) (Psych) MAPS


Beaumaris Clinic: Wednesday 11:00am – 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am- 3:00pm

Clients: adults, older adults, older children (12+) and couples

Current COVID Practice: Sharon is only providing telehealth consultations during the current lockdown period until Thursday 20th August 2020. 

Sharon is caring, supportive and collaborative in her approach with adolescents (12+), adults, older adults and couples. She is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a variety of community and private settings. Sharon tailors her treatment to each client’s individual needs, using an integrative approach that is evidence-based. Therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Trauma focused Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and mindfulness approaches.

Sharon uses both her clinical knowledge and practical approach to gain an understanding of each client and get alongside the client to collaboratively work towards their respective future goals or desired change. Sharon’s clients would describe her as warm, supportive and empathic, whilst also gently challenging and empowering to enable the desired growth and/or change.

Sharon has expertise in treating a range of difficulties including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, chronic pain, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), addiction, sleep, stress and self-image issues.

Crysta Derham Best Clinical Psychologist

Crysta Derham

Clinical Psychologist BA (Psych), BSc Hons (Psych), MS (Psych), PGDipClinPsyc


Armadale Clinic: Monday and Friday 9:00pm – 5:00pm

Beaumaris Clinic: Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Clients: Children, young people and adults

Current COVID Practice: Crysta is only providing telehealth consultations during the current lockdown period until Thursday 20th August 2020. 

Crysta is a Clinical Psychologist who has been part of the MCCP team for over 6 years. She completed her training in New Zealand and has a range of experience with both children and adults, including providing assessment and intervention for developmental and learning disorders. Crysta previously worked within an adolescent mental health hospital team and has developed a special interest in working with young people who may experience anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, bullying, depression, low self-esteem, disordered eating, school refusal, adjustment difficulties and self-harming behaviour. Crysta provides a comfortable and safe space for people to share their difficulties. She has a collaborative approach to tailoring evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, including mindfulness.

Psychologist Hannah Hawkes

Hannah Hawkes

Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Psych)(Hons), MPsych (Clin)


Beaumaris Clinic: Tuesday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Thursday 1:00pm – 8:00pm 

Clients: children (7yrs+ only), young people and adults

Hannah is a warm and compassionate Clinical Psychologist with a Masters of Clinical Psychology. She has over 20 years mental health and disability experience. Hannah has a nursing and case management background in both the UK and Australia and has worked in both public and private setting with adults and child. She is passionate about her work as a Psychologist and understands the importance of tailoring her approach to each client’s needs and preferences.

Hannah really enjoys working with children and adults. Her particular interests include, but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment difficulties, parenting and personality difficulties. She uses a range of evidence-based approaches to her work, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, ACT, DBT, EMDR, mindfulness and self-compassion based approaches.

Nicole Stefanac Clinical Neuropsychologist Melbourne

Nicole Stefanac


Clinical Neuropsychologist (Registrar)


Clients: Children and adolescents – assessments and related therapy provided

Beaumaris and Armadale Clinics: Intellectual and Educational (Cognitive and Neuropsychological) Assessments by arrangement. Please phone to discuss.

Nicole has completed a Doctor of Psychology (Neuropsychology), with specialised training in the assessment and rehabilitation of neuropsychological conditions. She completed her internship in paediatric rehabilitation at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne where she worked with children and families with a range of conditions including, but not limited to, acquired brain injury (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumour, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and alcohol and substance-related brain injury), neurodevelopmental disorders (learning disorders, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and neurodegenerative diseases (acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, tuberous sclerosis and early onset multiple sclerosis). She also has a background working in disability support and teaching.

With a research background in learning disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Nicole is passionate about advocating for children with learning challenges in the education setting. She has a number of journal articles and has recently completed her PhD in this area.

Nicole is creative, empathic and driven. She believes in providing high-quality care to patients and support to their caregivers by adopting a scientist-practitioner model to ensure up-to-date, evidence-based care. She provides assessments for learning and attentional difficulties, reading and writing difficulties and overall intellectual and academic abilities.

Dr Nellie Lucas Clinical Psychologist Melbourne

Dr. Nellie Lucas

Principal Clinical Psychologist, DPsych(ClinChild), BPsych(Hons), MAPS FCCLP


Consulting in Armadale and Beaumaris. Please note that appointments with Nellie are currently by arrangement via phone and email only. There is limited availability.

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.

Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist Sarah Barton

Dr Sarah Barton 

Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist, DPsych(Clin. Neuro), BBNSc(Hons) 


Currently on maternity leave 

Clients: cognitive and learning assessments for children and adolescents

Sarah is a paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist with specialised training in the cognitive assessment and management of children and adolescents with neuropsychological conditions. She completed a Doctor of Psychology (Neuropsychology) at Monash University in 2012 and has worked as a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Research Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Sarah has worked with children and families with a range of conditions including neurological conditions (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumour, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and neurodegenerative diseases) and neurodevelopmental disorders (learning disorders, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Sarah has a research background in epilepsy and neuroimaging and has presented at local and international conferences on her work. She has publications in the areas of childhood epilepsy, premature birth, brain injury, fetal medication exposure, autism spectrum disorder and brain imaging.

Anna Benincasa Clinical Psychologist

Anna Benincasa

Clinical Psychologist, M Psych (Clin), BA (Psych)(Hons), BA, 


Currently not taking new clients

Anna is a clinical psychologist with experience working with children, young people and families across private and community settings. Anna works with a range of presenting problems including emotional and behavioural concerns, anxiety, depression, sleeping/eating/toileting difficulties, anger and aggressive behaviours, and grief and loss.

Anna has a personal interest in working with parent-child relationships to strengthen attachment and promote positive emotional development in children. Anna tailors her therapeutic approach according to the needs of the client and utilises various therapeutic modalities including play therapy, art-based therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), trauma-informed CBT, and narrative therapy. Anna enjoys working with clients across the lifespan, from young children to adults.