Our Team

Kim Clancy

Lead clinician
Board-Approved Supervisor

Qualifications
BA, GradDipEdPsych

AMAPS, Psychologist
Business Director

  • Works with
    Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families
  • Anxiety and depressive disorders, personality disorders and trauma.

Completing her formal studies in 2000, Kim has gained extensive experience in the areas of:

  • Government mental health assessments
  • Occupational psychology and rehabilitation
  • Public mental health, and
  • Private clients

Kim relies on evidence based, psychological interventions tailored to the needs of each client. She has training and experience in:

  • Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Affect Regulation Therapy (ART)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness, and
  • Attachment Therapy

Kim takes care to establish a supportive therapeutic relationship with you, assisting you to work towards your identified goals. Helping you build on your strengths and reach your potential.

Kim is skilled in assessing neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disabilities, ADHD and ASD in ages ranging from early adolescence to adulthood. She is trained in administering and interpreting the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and accepts referrals from agencies and treating specialists. 

Kim is also a Board-Approved Supervisor, she is qualified to provide supervision to psychologists as well as provisional psychologists.

Sharyn Bunn

Qualifications
B.A, Grad Dip (Applied Science).

Works with
Children, Adolescents and Adults. She has a high level of expertise with regards to trauma, personality disorders, mood and anxiety disorders as well as psychosis.

Sharyn has been a fully registered psychologist since 2000 and has expertise in the area of mental health (both inpatient and community settings) as well as the area of emerging mental health difficulties with adolescents; forensic and justice settings; occupational psychology; family violence; critical incident stress debriefing; refugee and asylum seeker populations; and private clients.

Sharyn employs an eclectic framework and uses evidence-based methods to guide her practice including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Brief Solution Focused Intervention; Interpersonal Therapy; Rational Emotive Therapy (RET); and mindfulness.

Sharyn uses a strength-based approach and takes care to work with you to ensure accurate problem specification and goal identification.

Gemma Cochrane

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Graduate Diploma Psychology 
Master of Professional  Psychology
AMAPS, psychologist 

Works with
Has experience with children (8 years +), adolescents, and adults from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

Gemma uses an integrative framework of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, and mindfulness treatment approaches.

Gemma has a collaborative approach which focuses on client’s strengths to assist them in working towards their therapeutic goals. She has experience working with a range of issues from stress and adjustment, interpersonal issues, mood and anxiety disorders, grief, trauma, psychosis, and neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, ASD).

Jovan D. Vinaj

Qualifications
BPsySc (Hons)
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Registered Psychologist

Works with

Children, Adolescents & Adults.

Jovan has completed his Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) with the Cairnmillar Institute and, is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA. Jovan has experience working across the lifespan with children, adolescents and adults, in individual and family settings.

Jovan utilises an integrative and client-centred approach, with a focus on working collaboratively with clients to address areas that are troubling them, in the context of their life experiences.

He has experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and conversion disorders. Jovan integrates and tailors his approach to meet each person’s needs, with training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy & Psychodynamic Therapy.

Adam Kelly

Qualifications
Provisional Psychologist

Works with
Children, Adolescents & Adults.

Adam is currently undertaking his intern year before becoming a fully registered psychologist in 2024.  He has an interest in anxiety, depression, PTSD, the effect of illness on mental health, interpersonal issues, self  esteem and issues concerning the LGBTQIA+ community.

Adam utilises evidence-based treatment approach adapted to the individual needs of his clients, to ensure treatments are best suited to the unique nature of an individual’s abilities and presenting issue.

Madeline Grosso

Qualifications
BA(Psych)
Postgrad Dip. App. Psych
Assoc MAPS

Works with
Adolescents & Adults and EAP.

Adolescents (13 years up) and adults with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, self esteem issues, grief and loss and life dissatisfaction.  Madeline has specific expertise in treating people recovering from trauma and an interest in working with adult survivors of abuse.

Madeline draws a number of counselling modalities including psycho-education, behavioural therapy, psycho-dynamic, attachment theory, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and EMDR

Madeline is skilled in assessing both ADHD and ASD in adults and is trained in the administration and interpretation of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and accepts referrals from agencies and treating specialists.

Madeline has 17 years experience in community health, government agencies and private practices around Melbourne

Sian Fowler

Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours)
Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Works with
Adolescents & Adults and EAP.

Sian has completed her Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). Sian has experience working therapeutically with both adolescents and adults, as well as experience in Child Neuropsychological research (MCRI). Sian has a theoretical foundation in psychology, graduating from her Honours in Psychology in 2016 with First Class Honours (UniMelb).

Sian’s therapeutic style is evidence-based, collaborative and flexible according to the needs of the client. Sian predominantly utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), while integrating her training in Person-Centred Therapy, Contemporary Psychodynamic therapeutic models, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and trauma and grief interventions, in order to find the best fit with the client. Sian believes in building a strong therapeutic relationship with her client’s, based upon empathy and genuine interaction.

Bruce Young

Psychologist
Board-Approved Supervisor
 
Qualifications
BPsych (Hons I)
A.N.Z.A.T.S.A.
 
Works with
Children, Adolescents, Adults and Couples.
Anxiety and Depression, Relationship matters, Trauma and Sexually problematic behaviours.

Completing his formal studies in 1995, Bruce has gained extensive experience in the areas of:

  • Trauma informed practice
  • Treating anxiety and Depression
  • Developing self esteem
  • Relationship counselling
  • Drug and Alcohol treatments
  • Treatment of Sexually abusive and problematic behaviours
  • Promotion of safe and respectful relationships

Bruce  employs evidence-based, client-centred methods to guide his practice including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness (ACT); Schema therapy; Rational Emotive Therapy (RET); Existential Psychology and Harm minimisation. Bruce uses a strength-based approach and is enthusiastic about attending to client’s needs.

Owen Walker

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science – Monash University
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – The Cairnmillar Institute
Professional Doctorate (Clinical Psychology) – The Cairnmillar institute, ongoing.
Registered Psychologist
 
Works with
Children, adolescents, adults.
 

Owen has completed the Clinical Masters component of his post-graduate study, and he is currently undertaking the doctoral program. Owen has experience working with individuals across the full age range. Owen largely employs a person-centred and psychodynamic approach but also implements CBT and ACT where appropriate. 

Owen is experienced in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of complex psychopathology and has worked in both private practice and in public mental health settings. Owen can work with people across a range of needs, to achieve their individual goals.   

Merel Richert

Psychologist & EMDR practitioner
taking short term clients, and available for telehealth (video calls like ZOOM) and phone sessions.

Qualifications 

BSc Clinical Developmental Psychology
MSc Health Care Psychology (Cum Laude)
Base-registration Psychodiagnostic Assessments
Level I Child & Adolescent EMDR practitioner

Works with

Children, Adolescents & Adults

Expertise

Emotional disorders; Trauma (i.e. PTSD); Anxiety disorders (i.e. OCD, phobia’s); Suicidal ideations; Somatoform disorders (medically unexplained physical symptoms).

Merel completed her Master studies (2016) and is currently registered as a psychologist in Australia with AHPRA. Merel is a caring, open and honest person with a warm, genuine and empathetic approach. She takes the time to develop a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship with the client.

Merel relies on evidence based, psychological interventions which she is able to adapt to the needs of each client.

Merel is trained in the areas of: Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) & Psychodiagnostic Assessment.

Merel has extensive experience, varying from Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Exposure therapy, Client centred and Solution Focused Therapy to Mindfulness, Relaxation and Breathing techniques. With the younger clients she has a preference to use a playful approach to CBT with EMDR if necessary and will collaborate with clients to achieve their desired goals, develop their personal insight and provide strategies and support (also from the family) to help them manage their mental health issues.

Richard Clark

Qualifications

BPsySc (Hons)
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Registered Psychologist
Clinical Registrar

Works with

Adolescents and Adults

Richie is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Richie’s therapeutic approach is built upon a person-centred framework that aligns with his values of compassion, authenticity, collaboration, and personal growth.

Richie has experience working with adults and adolescents with a range of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, grief, low self-worth, interpersonal issues, complex trauma, and alcohol/drug related issues. Richie is also experienced at facilitating group programs involving mindfulness and emotion regulation strategies.

Understanding that every individual is unique, Richie tailors evidence-based treatment approaches to his clients’ needs and goals. Richie has knowledge and training in several therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness based approaches.

Katarina Bagnato

Registered Psychologist

Registration number – PSY0001125163

Qualifications

BA, PGDipPsych

Works with

Adolescents and adults, with an interest in anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem issues and personality disorders.

Katarina has been fully registered since 2004 and has worked extensively with Government departments conducting cognitive and vocational assessments as well as assessments regarding the impacts of mental health function on work capacity. She also has experience in occupational rehabilitation, injury management and within community mental health services offering strength based psychological counselling.

Katarina utilises evidence-based therapeutic interventions to suit her client’s individual needs drawing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-based techniques.

Katarina is skilled in assessing neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disabilities, ADHD and ASD in ages ranging from early adolescence to adulthood. She is trained in administering and interpreting the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and accepts referrals from agencies and treating specialists.

Katarina is committed to working collaboratively with her clients to help them achieve their therapeutic goals.

Joshua Sherman

Registered Psychologist

Registration number – PSY0002351188

Qualifications

BPsychSc (Hons)
MProfPsych
Registered Psychologist

Works with

Adolescents and adults, Joshua is a psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Joshua’s therapeutic approach aims to deliver a non-judgemental and client-centered service that
resonates with his core values of empathy, genuineness, collaboration, and respect.

Joshua has experience working with adolescents and adults seeking help with a wide range
of issues including anxiety and depression, life stress, low self-esteem and confidence,
interpersonal issues with creating or maintaining positive personal or professional
relationships, trauma, grief and loss, and issues relating to addictions including alcohol,
substances, and gambling.

Joshua has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and actively collaborates to
create personalised interventions that are not only informed by evidence-based treatment
research but also harmonise with the unique character, abilities, and goals of his clients.

Lisa Horton

Administration Officer

Lisa is dedicated to keeping our practices running smoothly and effectively not only for our team but for our clients as well. She has an extensive administration background, working in welfare and community organisations, both government and private sectors for over 20 years.

It’s Lisa’s job to know all of the details regarding the various billing systems the practice offers including Medicare, Private Health funding, EAP, WorkCover and TAC.

When you call us, most likely it will be me answering the calls and helping you with any queries including bookings for each clinician.

Lisa aims to make the client’s experience at Bendigo Psychology a warm and friendly one.

Trina Harvey

Administration Officer

Its Trina’s job to know all of the details regarding the various billing systems the practice offers including Medicare, Private Health funding, EAP, WorkCover and TAC.

When you call us, most likely it will be me answering the calls and helping you with any queries including bookings for each clinician.

Trina aims to make the client’s experience at Bendigo Psychology a warm and friendly one.

For neuropsychological assessment and opinion, we rely on the expertise of a variety of clinicians to suit your needs.