Tropical Leaves

Our Team

All of our psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This national registration standard ensures that all psychologists practice in line with a Code of Ethics document based on principles of respect, propriety and integrity, and engage in continued learning and development throughout their career. You can check any of our psychologist's registration through the AHPRA website by using their registration number.

Leadership

Stevie-Rae Kirkland

Clinical Lead

AHPRA Registration PSY0001816539

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Stevie is a registered psychologist and board approved clinical supervisor who has experience working with children, adolescents and families from a variety of backgrounds. Stevie has a particular interest working with those who have difficulties with anxiety, neurodevelopmental disorders and attachment disruption. Stevie works from an attachment-based framework to assist individuals strengthen relationships with their support networks. Stevie has completed additional training in Circle of Security, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions. Stevie also has a strong interest in canine-assisted therapy, and the positive impacts that animals can have on wellbeing.

Monday - Friday

Esther Davis

Service Manager

AHPRA Registration PSY0001818333

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Esther is a clinical psychologist and board approved clinical supervisor with experience supporting young people with mild to severe mental health issues and their families. She takes a client-centred and systemic approach to therapy in which she actively seeks to collaborate with the young person and the important people in their life.  Esther uses a variety of therapeutic modalities directed at helping young people better understand how to manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and strengthening family relationships.

Monday - Thursday

Kate Sullivan

Practice Manager

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Kate is completing her Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced at Monash University. In her studies, she is particularly interested in developmental trauma and attachment. She is currently completing her thesis in the field of educational psychology. She has experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of backgrounds, including education, and in-house care.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Clinical

Mathew Aquilina

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001686217

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Mathew is a registered psychologist and board approved clinical supervisor with experience assisting children, adolescents, and families in individual and group therapies. Mathew is interested in working with anxiety, trauma, and attachment based difficulties in young people. Mathew has completed training in Circle of Security, ACT, CBT, and Schema Therapy models of intervention. Mathew has had experience running a number of group programs with Warehouse One7, as part of external agencies, and in the local community. Notably, he developed a resilience- and emotion-focused program for boys at a local high school. Mathew continues to enjoy work with boys and young men particularly and is passionate about early intervention in shaping men's understanding of and attitude towards mental health issues. 

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Diana Gonsalves

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001894972

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Diana is a registered psychologist with a passion for working with young people and their families from an attachment-based perspective. Diana has experience working with young people in out-of-home-care, from trauma backgrounds.  Diana values a whole-of-child framework and aims to enrich the lives of families through supporting connections. 

Monday, Thursday, Friday

Lize Booy

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001958188

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Lize is a registered psychologist with experience working in educational settings and out-of-home care. Lize is passionate about working with children and their families and has been able to do this in group and individual contexts. Lize works from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and attachment framework. Lize is also our assessment clinician and conducts cognitive, learning and ADHD assessments.

Monday & Thursday

Kristina Suatoni

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001961817

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Kristina is a registered psychologist with an interest in supporting children, teens and families. Kristina adopts a values and strengths-based approach to therapy and is particularly passionate about strengthening the emotional and psychological bonds between parents and children.

Tuesday - Friday

Megan Blacker

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001954534

Children, Adolescents, Parents, Adults

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Megan is a registered psychologist who has experience working with adolescents, adults, families, drug and alcohol, suicidal and self-harming behaviours. She works collaboratively with the child or young person and their families using a variety of different treatments that are client centred and strength based. She has a special interest in trauma work and mindfulness practice. Megan is also an approved Victims' Services counsellor.

Monday - Friday

Ajdin (Adi) Mujezinovic

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002100326

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Ajdin is a registered psychologist with experience in community outreach mental health, and further study in transnational neuroscience. Ajdin is passionate about providing personalized approaches to psychotherapy in the child-adolescent-family context. Ajdin works with a focus on evolutionary psychology, bio-psychology, attachment theory, trauma informed and strengths-based approaches. Ajdin also has an interest in Canine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Monday - Wednesday

Cooper (aka. Boopy) Mujezinovic-Kirkland

Facility Support Dog

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Cooper (A.K.A Boopy) is golden retriever, a fully qualified assistance dog, and a very good boy. Cooper was in training with Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) from the age of 8 weeks, including 6 months of advanced training. His skills are up to international standards as outlined by Assistance Dogs International. Cooper’s co-therapists, Ajdin and Stevie, completed handler training with Cooper, and are qualified to work with him in public.

Cooper has a passion for Canine Assisted Intervention and has previously helped in OT sessions with ADA. His interests include; pats, belly rubs, liver treats, bumping his head on things, tug, and sleeping.  

Monday - Wednesday

Jayke Parish

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002260190

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Jayke is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with children and adolescents. He has previous experience using ABA therapy, to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder manage challenging behaviours and improve social and daily living skills.

Monday - Thursday

Verena (Nena) Matuska

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001358964

Adolescents, Adults, Parents

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Nena is a registered psychologist and Victims Services' approved counsellor. Nena recognises the importance of long-term and staged therapeutic approaches for vulnerable clients following experiences of trauma resulting from crime (Domestic and Family Violence).  Given the significant overlap between what occurs between populations experiencing complex trauma and those displaying a range of contextual mental health difficulties (e.g. Adjustment Disorder, Complex Trauma), Nena has proven her capacity to work with victims of crime with a wide range of presentations.

Monday - Thursday

Samantha Bertoldo

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002269541 

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Samantha has experience working with people from diverse backgrounds in a crisis setting . Samantha is passionate about working with young people and their families from a strengths-based perspective. She has a particular interest in anxiety and mood disorders, as well as strengthening the bonds between young people and their families. 

Wednesday & Friday

Daisy Seaton

Provisional Psychologist / Triage Clinician

AHPRA Registration PSY0002350269

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Daisy is a provisionally registered psychologist who is passionate about working with children, young people and their families. Daisy works from a values-driven, attachment-based perspective and has a special interest in incorporating mindfulness practices to help young people manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviours. She has particular interests in behavioural issues and anxiety disorders. Daisy is also our Triage Clinician, and completes all intake phone calls for service enquiries.

Tuesday- Friday

Kalynda Powell

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002092202

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Kalynda is a clinical psychology registrar with an interest in working with children, adolescents and families. She has experience working in rural and remote mental health and with Aboriginal communities and individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. With a background in dietetics, she has an interest in the interaction between food and mental health, along with other interests working with those who experience difficulties with anxiety, depression and trauma. Kalynda uses a range of approaches to work with the young person and their family to tailor a therapeutic intervention that will suit their individual needs.

Thursday & Friday

Administrative

Brianna Kelly

Client Care Support

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Brianna is our Client Care Support staff member who is passionate about ensuring our clients receive the assistance they need. She enjoys working with children and adolescents and has experience working with children through both dance and tutoring. You will see Brianna's friendly face at our front administration desk.

Wednesday & Friday