Dr. Rita Younan
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Rita is the director and founder of the Schema Therapy Institute Australia. Rita works both in Individual and Group Schema Therapy and was the Director of The Schema Therapy Department at The Victoria Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital in Melbourne, Australia. In collaborating with the founders of Group Schema Therapy, Professor Joan Farrell & Ms Ida Shaw, Rita developed an intensive 4-week inpatient program in Group Schema Therapy for Complex Trauma and subsequent outpatient program.
Rita is involved in a number of research projects assessing the efficacy of Schema Therapy as a clinical intervention for a number of clinical disorders, she is a member of the Executive Board for the International Society of Schema Therapy and holds the position of Training Co-ordinator. Rita is an AHPRA endorsed supervisor and clinical supervisor and honorary Associate at Australian Catholic University at the Post-Graduate level.
Rita works Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30 – 5pm and is involved in facilitating the Group Schema Therapy Program offered at Schema Therapy Institute Australia. Rita is at the Essendon location.
Ms Martina Stewart
Martina is a registered psychologist with over 15 years of experience in a wide range of settings including early intervention services, community mental health, and forensic rehabilitation. Martina is particularly passionate about working with individuals who are affected by trauma-related difficulties and has a thorough understanding of the impact of early life experiences in shaping a person’s development. She provides therapeutic interventions to clients presenting with a range of complex issues, including mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and substance misuse. Martina believes in the importance of establishing a genuine therapeutic relationship with her clients; she cultivates a safe, compassionate and collaborative space to help her clients gain greater self-awareness, build new skills, and develop healthier ways to relate to themselves and others. Depending on the client’s priorities, needs and preferences, Martina uses a range of evidence-based treatment modalities, drawing from Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy.
Martina works Tuesday 9.00 to 5.30 , Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am to 5.30pm and every third Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Martina works between the Drummond Street and Essendon location.
Ms Kylee Bevan
Kylee has over 15 years counselling experience supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds, presenting with a broad range of psychological issues. This includes work with First Responder personnel and those with mild to more complex support needs in managing intense emotions and behaviours associated with anxiety, depression, isolation, grief, relationship discord, self-esteem, work stress and trauma response issues.
Kylee is warm, direct and collaborative. She builds trust and rapport through attentiveness and genuine interest in understanding clients’ needs and concerns. She provides a psycho-educational framework based on schema therapy and attachment principles, and holds the space for shared understanding, open discussion and healing. From this platform, empowerment and action to live your best life is the goal.
In partnership with clients and at their own pace, Kylee promotes skill acquisition and develops treatment plans anchored in client centred, realistic and achievable outcomes; in the context of the client’s life, circumstance and readiness for change.
Kylee works Mondays 8-5pm & Wednesdays 8-2pm at the Drummond Street location.
Ms Charlotte Bull
Charlotte is a Clinical Psychologist who is completing certification in Schema Therapy as recognised by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).
Charlotte has worked extensively with clients in settings including private practice and tertiary counselling. She assists clients experiencing a broad range of psychological concerns, and has a particular interest in working with clients experiencing longstanding problematic patterns in their close relationships. She also has expertise working with clients struggling with low self-esteem, body image and eating concerns, emotional regulation difficulties, and trauma.
Charlotte’s therapeutic approach is tailored according to each client’s needs and treatment goals. Her primary therapeutic modalities are Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and she draws from family systems and psychodynamic approaches.
Charlotte has a warm and collaborative style, and uses a supportive interpersonal approach to encourage clients to explore their experiences without judgement. She shares her rationale for treatment and encourages client feedback.
Charlotte works Mondays 9-4 face to face at Essendon and Tuesdays and Thursdays via Telehealth from 9-3pm.
Dr Tracy Garvin
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Tracy is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working as a clinical psychologist in a range of settings. Tracy has predominantly worked with young people and, couples and families as well as adults in both hospital and private settings. Tracy utilises a range of approaches including schema therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and mindfulness based approaches, including Mindfulness based compassion.
Tracy has extensive training in mindfulness meditation and provides training on mindfulness and self-compassion to health practitioners. She has also been involved in research in the application of mindfulness to depression. Tracy is a registered supervisor and provides clinical supervision at Headspace sites and Australian Catholic University.
Tracy is undertaking her schema therapy accreditation and has an interest in helping people overcome past trauma, disordered eating and difficulties with anxiety and depression. Tracy will collaboratively work with you develop an approach that suits your goals, needs and strengths.
Tracy works Tuesdays from 2-8 pm at the Drummond Street location and Fridays via Telehealth from 8-2pm.
Dr Bonnie Albrecht
Bonnie is a registered psychologist with endorsement in the area of Forensic Psychology. She has experience working with adults in hospital and community settings, and is a registered supervisor currently supporting staff and trainee psychologists across these settings.
Bonnie is particularly interested in working with people who have experienced trauma, personality or interpersonal difficulties, or who struggle with emotion and/or anger regulation. Bonnie also has expertise in treating addictive disorders. She has undertaken training in individual schema therapy, and is passionate about working within this modality and is working towards certification in Schema Therapy.
Bonnie uses schema therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches to tailor treatment to each client’s needs, goals and preferences. She believes strongly in developing, with each client, a shared understanding of their experiences, and in working collaboratively to develop or enhance the skills or strategies needed to achieve their goals. She aims to provide clients with a safe and transparent space for therapy, and welcomes feedback from clients about their experience working with her.
Bonnie works Thursdays from 8am to 2pm at the Drummond street location.
Ms Lee Carlson
Lee is a registered Psychologist with over 15 years of experience in working with many clients in community health and private practice. She is passionate about her work and utilises her strong interpersonal skills to build a safe therapeutic space where clients can share and develop a deeper understanding of the source of distress that they experience in their lives.
Lee’s approach is collaborative and draws from a range of evidence based approaches that include Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused approaches, Mindfulness and Family Systems.
She works with older adolescents, couples and adults of all ages and enjoys working with a wide variety of presenting issues. These include anxiety, depression, stress, family and relationship problems, trauma, adjustment issues, and grief and loss.
Lee works Wednesdays from 8am to 8pm, Thursdays 9-3pm and every second Saturday from 9 to 5pm doing a mixture of telehealth and face to face. Lee is located at the Drummond Street location.
Mr Mat Pierce
He has worked as a psychologist in the public mental health system and private practice settings. Mat is currently working towards Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy. Mat believes therapy should be a collaborative space where client and psychologist agree on goals to work toward and develop a shared understanding of the client and their experience. Mat aims to develop a strong, honest and compassionate relationship with each of the clients he works with and believes the therapeutic relationship is the best predictor of success in therapy. While therapy can be a confronting space, Mat tries to make his clients feel comfortable every step of the way. Mat has interest and experience working with clients with a broad range of concerns. This includes clients with; body image concerns, problematic eating, low self-worth, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, perfectionism, psychosis, and difficulty with long-standing emotional and behavioural difficulties such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Mat is inclusive of people from all walks of life. He endeavours to engage in culturally sensitive practice. He is an LGBTIQ friendly psychologist. Mat primarily uses Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in his work. He has further interests in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness based approaches.
Mat works 9-6 Monday, Friday and Saturdays, Thursdays from 2-8pm and is located at both Essendon and Drummond Street location.
Ms Jessica Alabakis
Clinical Psychologist Registrar
Jessica is a registered General Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar with a Masters of Psychology (Clinical). Jessica is warm, empathetic, and non-judgemental striving to achieve a safe and supportive environment to assist individuals achieve their goals; utilising a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy to empower individuals. Further, Jessica provides cognitive and personality assessment for children and adults using a range of assessment tools.
Jessica has clinical experience in individual and group therapy for individuals across the lifespan. She has worked within hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings and is passionate about working with individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma, and developmental difficulties such as ASD and ADHD. In her work with children, Jessica believes in collaboratively working with families to develop strategies to support their child’s needs. Jessica is registered with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Jessica works Mondays 2-8pm and Tuesdays to Thursdays from 6.30 to 3pm and is at the Essendon location.
Mr Scott McDonald
Scott is a registered psychologist with a Masters in Educational & Developmental Psychology. For almost a decade, Scott has worked in the fields of mental health, child protection and counselling. He has practised counselling in community settings with adults, in schools with adolescents and in mental health settings with a diverse range of client groups.
Scott has a client-centred approach. He provides a safe, open and non-judgemental atmosphere, with the aim of supporting clients to understand themselves and their interpersonal relationships at a deeper level. By looking for the source and developmental roots of thoughts, feelings and behaviour, Scott supports clients to gain greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, and healthier relationships with others.
Scott has a keen interest in Schema Therapy and is passionate about helping clients identify unconscious thoughts and patterns to enable a more profound understanding of the self. His flexible approach draws upon other evidenced-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions-Focused Therapy, and strengths-based work.
He is particularly interested in working with people who have issues with perfectionism, self-esteem, attachment, interpersonal relationships, social anxiety, and panic attacks.
Scott has recently completed training in Clinical Hypnosis. This can be used in conjunction with other forms of therapy where needed.
Scott works Tuesdays 2-8pm & and every second Saturday 9-5pm at the Drummond Street location.
Ms Pippin Rigby-Day
Clinical Psychologist Registrar
Pippin is a registered Generalist Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar (Clinical).
Pippin is a genuine, warm, and non- judgemental psychologist who aims to ensure her clients feel fully heard and understood in the therapeutic space. Pippin places particular importance on helping clients understand how their current problems may have arisen through early life experiences, as well as current factors that may be maintaining their presenting difficulties. She focuses on developing trust and sensitivity within the therapeutic relationship so that the client feels safe to explore and process such experiences, as well as to foster hope that clients can achieve mental wellbeing through the process of therapy.
Pippin has worked across both public (tertiary) mental health and private mental health settings, treating a variety of mental health conditions such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex Trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety and Depression. Her main treatment modality is Schema Therapy (ST), however she also integrates Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Pippin works Tuesday and Wednesdays from 9-4pm doing a mixture of telehealth and face to face. Pippin is at the Essendon location.
Ms Aisha Fayad
Aisha is a registered psychologist, who has experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults across a range of different settings. She has worked in schools, community settings, and private organisations, working with clients from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds.
Aisha enjoys working with different presentations, and has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced mood disorders, trauma, stress and personality difficulties. Aisha uses Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
Aisha uses a person-centered approach, and works collaboratively with clients to understand their concerns, needs, and preferences. She is passionate about empowering individuals to enhance their skills, strategies, resilience, and to achieve their goals. Aisha uses a warm and empathic therapeutic approach and aims to facilitate a safe and transparent space with all clients.
Aisha works Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8-6pm and Thursdays from 2-8pm and is at the Essendon location.
Ms Tina Younan
Senior Occupational Therapist
Tina is a psychotherapist and registered Occupational Therapist with Australian Health Practitioner Agency and Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health initiative. Tina can also provide treatment to people who have NDIA recovery plans in place.
Tina has been working in the clinical mental health space providing assessment and intervention for both common and severe mental health disorders for over 15 years. As an Occupational Therapist she focuses on supporting individuals with a client centred approach that is collaborative and geared towards a more meaningful life with improved quality of life outcomes in mind. She believes the therapeutic space should be a safe space where one can explore their presenting difficulties, develop a better understanding of who they are and makes sense of the experiences that have shaped them.
Tina uses a wholistic and trauma informed approach and draws on a variety of evidence based treatment modalities such as sensory regulation, CBT and mindfulness to guide therapy. She enjoys working with people presenting with a variety of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, life and relationship stress, personality vulnerabilities and psychosis. She concurrently works part time in the public mental health arena providing specialist treatment to young people and their families recovering from early psychosis. Tina is a culturally sensitive practitioner and LGBTQI friendly.
Tina works Wednesday 8-2pm at is at the Essendon location.
Mr Jonathan Rasmussen
Jonathan is a clinical psychologist who has worked in private practice and a community mental health service with children, adolescents and young adults. Jonathan is passionate about helping young people express their emerging sense of identity and navigate the challenges of growing up. He aims to make therapy relatable and guided by their input, utilising their interests and expertise
about themselves while providing clear treatment plans that are tailor-made to their needs. Jonathan has experience working with a range of difficulties including anxiety disorders, OCD, self-esteem issues, depression, anger, grief and loss, difficulties with body image and disordered eating, and autism spectrum disorders. Jonathan is particularly interested in the treatment of complex emotional problems in young adulthood such as chronic depression, relationship issues, and supporting young people with a history of trauma and early stress. Jonathan adopts a range of treatment modalities depending on the individual needs of each client including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness based therapies and schema therapy.
Jonathan has expertise in providing both individual and group therapy with adolescents. Jonathan
developed and co-facilitated the ‘Music and Mood’ group, which was a group therapy program at
headspace that ran each school term and explored the role that music can play as a coping
mechanism to help manage emotions.
Jonathan works 2pm to 8pm on a Thursday and 10am to 6pm on a Friday at the Essendon
location. Jonathan will be running a schema therapy group program for adolescents on Saturday mornings.
Ms Yixia Zheng
Yixia is a provisional psychologist registered with AHPRA with a Masters in Clinical Psychology with high distinction cum laude from the Netherlands. Yixia is currently completing a PhD in psychology focusing on emotion dynamics at the University of Melbourne. Yixia received clinical training from the Beck Institute and Brown University in the U.S.A. Yixia has worked in both public mental health and private mental health settings. Yixia is particularly interested in working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, personality disorders, psychosis, Autism Spectrum Disorder and trauma. Yixia main modality of practice is Schema Therapy(ST), and integrates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy(MBCT).
Yixia works Thursdays 4-8pm and Saturdays 9-6pm at the Essendon location.
Mx Gavriel Garrison
Whilst working towards their professional qualifications, Gavriel works as the Intake Coordinator for Schema Therapy Institute Australia, and assists people in finding the right practitioner for their individual needs. Gavriel does this with compassion, warmth, and understanding. Gavriel has completed their Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honors and has an interest in working with marginalized communities, specifically in the areas of gender and sexuality. Gavriel is passionate about helping people develop greater insight into their struggles, and develop a quality of life that is meaningful to them. Gavriel believes the field of psychology and therapies like Schema Therapy can assist people in achieving their goals towards better mental health. Gabe works 9 am to 3 pm Monday to Thursday.
Ms Carly Mitchell
Carly has worked in various industries including property development, hospitality and health. Carly considers herself a “nurturer by nature” and is thrilled to be working in a clinical setting that helps people move from surviving to thriving. Carly prides herself on always having a smile on her face striving towards excellent customer service and administrative efficiency. Carly will be working across both sites but will primarily be based at the Essendon location. Carly thrives off being an information source and a wearer of many hats, nothing pleases her more than showing passion, flexibility and confronting a challenge head on.
Carly will be onsite, at Buckley street Essendon, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.
Our consultation fees range from $200 – $300 to see one of our practitioners; Medicare rebates apply and range between $87.45 – $126.50 when a referral from a GP or psychiatrist is supplied. A sliding scale exists for students and pensioners. This can be discussed directly with your treating practitioner. NDIS and Work cover is also accepted, however there may be a gap fee. Please note, our fees reflect what is recommended by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) in addition to our clinics expertise in offering Schema Therapy as our primary approach; practitioners at our clinic receive and engage in intense supervision and training in Schema Therapy in order to provide quality treatment to our patients. Our fee schedule for 2021 can be found here: 2021FeeSchedule.
Provisional Psychologists in Training
The Schema Therapy Institute is committed to help train provisional practitioners to learn the Schema Therapy Model and provide this method of treatment to consumers. All provisional therapists are supervised and guided not only by a supervisor within their tertiary institution but also by a senior member of staff at the Schema Therapy Institute who has permission to supervise and train provisional practitioners as authorised by AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Agency).
For those who cannot afford to see a fully registered practitioner and would like to see one of our provisional psychologists for a lower fee can email intake at email@example.com.
The fee to see a provisional psychologist on student placement ranges between $85 to $100 per 50 min consultation; please note once the clinician is fully registered fees will increase to reflect Psychologist consult fees.
Please note all sessions with students who are provisional psychologists on placement are recorded for training and quality assurance purposes and is a condition of receiving treatment from a provisional clinician.
To see one of our practitioners please call intake on 0455 668 028 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org