The Inner North Centre for Mental Wellbeing is a new and growing clinical practice operating in Carlton North, Victoria, Australia. Its mission is to play an active role in promoting mental wellbeing in the community through primary prevention programs and clinical treatment for those in need.
The following independent mental health professionals working at Inner North share principles of care, openness, professionalism and growth, placing people at the centre of our vision as we collaborate to help each individual find their 'inner north'.
NOTE: All clinicians can offer consultation via telehealth. Contact them directly via their details below.
Clinical Psychologist - Principal
PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical Child), University of Melbourne
Member of ACPA, APS, AACBT
Psychology Board of Australia Endorsed Supervisor
Honorary Research Associate - Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Dr John Dileo is a registered, practicing Clinical Psychologist having completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Melbourne. John has worked extensively in public mental health positions at the Royal Children's Hospital and ORYGEN Youth Health, including research, clinical and consultation roles in individual, group and outreach settings. He is an an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). John has presented at several conferences and has delivered seminars to professionals from mental health, education, child protection and medical settings. John has been in private practice in the inner north of Melbourne for the past 5 years and is a registered supervisor for clinical psychologists. He is the principal clinician at the Inner North Centre for Mental Wellbeing.
Following his honours research in adult combat PTSD and PhD in developmental trauma, John sees clients of all ages with a history of trauma. His training and experience in public health has seen him specialise in working with children, adolescents and their families. Through his public and private practice experience, John treats a broad of psychological difficulties including
* Mood disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder)
* Anxiety (e.g. generalised anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia)
* Trauma and grief (e.g. posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, abuse and neglect, grief and loss)
* Anger and aggression (e.g. oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder)
* Thinking difficulties (e.g. attention difficulties, memory difficulties, learning difficulties, executive dysfunction)
* Neurodevelopmental Disorders (e.g. autism spectrum disorders)
* Parenting Difficulties (e.g. behaviour management difficulties, parenting following grief and loss, parenting following domestic violence)
John takes a client centred approach to treatment, helping clients understand themselves in different ways and supporting them through psychological healing and growth.He uses evidence based treatment approaches that include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema focused CBT, mindfulness and acceptance commitment therapy. John works individually, with parents and systemically in response to each clients needs, and also facilitates group therapy.
Phone: 1300 987 177
NOTE: John is not currently accepting new referrals.
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Bunston, W. & Dileo, J.F. (2006). Last but never least: Evaluation. In Bunston, W., & Heynatz, A. (Eds), (2006), Addressing Family Violence Programs; Groupwork Interventions for infants, children and their parents, The Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Service, Australia.
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PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical), University of Melbourne
Antinatal and Perinatal Psychology Network (APPN)
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)
Circle of Security® Registered Parent Educator
The Perinatal Loss Centre
Kate completed a PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical) from The University of Melbourne and has gained experience as a Provisional Psychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, the University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic and the Royal Women’s Hospital, including perinatal experience.
Kate currently works in private practice. She is aware that attending therapy can be an overwhelming prospect for many people. Kate’s warm, supportive, collaborative, non-judgemental and compassionate approach helps to create an environment where clients feel comfortable sharing and exploring their difficult experiences.
Kate is committed to assisting clients make meaningful and long-term improvements to their lives. Her treatment programs are tailored to meet the needs and background of each individual and she draws from evidence based psychological therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based approaches, Schema-Focused Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and she applies principles from attachment theory.
Kate assesses and treats adults with a range of mental health conditions including:
• perinatal anxiety and depression
• adjustment to parenting
• social anxiety
• excessive worry
• panic disorder and symptoms
• generalised anxiety
• obsessive compulsive disorder
• depression and low mood
grief and loss
Phone: 0421 655 742
NOTE: Kate is offering telehealth consultations.
Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology and Psychology) with Honours
Masters of Psychology (Clinical) [University of Melbourne]
Psychology Board of Australia Endorsed Supervisor
Trudi started her career in mental health research (ORYGEN, Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry, UWA) prior to completing her training as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009. She is a Senior Psychologist at Austin Health at the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service, where she has worked since graduating, providing individual and group treatments to clients affected by natural disasters, occupational trauma, accidents, and violent crime. In this role, she has worked intensively with police officers, military personnel, veterans and the general public.
She has also worked at Foundation House for six years, providing trauma-informed assessment and treatment of asylum seekers. She provides clinical supervision in these roles and privately, and presents workshops on trauma interventions.
Trudi has worked extensively with clients who have experienced a wide range of life stress and trauma, and associated issues including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours, eating disorders, grief, and physical problems including chronic pain.
She is also interested in issues related to life transitions, grief and loss, infertility/IVF, and is welcoming of LGBTI and culturally diverse clients.
She draws upon a developmental perspective in her work with clients, looking at how experiences across the lifespan have cultivated certain patterns of coping that may previously have been helpful but are now limiting. She is focussed on developing self-understanding, compassion and personal growth.
Trudi is committed to evidence-based practice and draws upon Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Yoga and Meditation, and Mindfulness based therapies along with psychodynamic concepts in her treatments.
Phone: 0431 951 269
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Jovev, M., Mackenzie, T., Whittle, S., Simmons, J., Allen, N., & Channen A. (2013). Temperament and maltreatment in the emergence of borderline and antisocial personality pathology during early adolescence, Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 22(3), 220-229.
Occupational Therapist and Family Therapist
Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University
Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy, La Trobe University
Advanced Training in Infant & Parent Mental Health, University of Melbourne
Occupational Therapy Australia
Clinical Member of Australian Association of Family Therapy
Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (Vic Branch)
Kathy is an Occupational Therapist and Family Therapist with advanced training in infant and parent mental health.
Kathy specializes in the assessment and treatment of infants, children and their families. She helps with a range of mental health issues from the everyday challenges of life to recovery from traumatic experiences.
Kathy has over 25 years experience working in child and adolescent mental health in the public sector. She is a senior mental health clinician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, working in a CAMHS team and the Infant Mental Health program. Previously, Kathy helped establish and worked on the Peek a Boo Program, facilitating therapeutic groups for mothers and infants recovering from Family Violence.
Kathy’s approach is holistic and collaborative, offering infants, children and families a safe space to tell their story and where they can grow in their relationships and thrive. She works with clients to create opportunities for increased understanding, curiosity, discovery and delight.
Kathy's experience allows her to provide evidence based therapies including Family Therapy (including Solution-Focused and Narrative Therapies), Reflective Family Play Therapy, Play Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy; Psycho-education; Parent Management Training, Social Skills Training, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Therapies and Sensory-based Interventions.
Kathy also provides both individual and group reflective supervision to other practitioners. She regularly presents at workshops and conferences and is actively involved in the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMH).
Phone: 0408 808 787
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Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences
Tilly is a Senior Clinical Specialist at Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, a not-for-profit organisation affiliated with the University of Melbourne. She specialises in working with individuals, organisations and the community to understand, prevent, and recover from the potential adverse effects of trauma. Tilly has worked extensively with police officers, emergency service workers, veterans, Defence Force personnel, staff in health care, legal, and forensic settings, the general public, as well as adults who have experienced developmental trauma.
Her supportive, non-judgmental and collaborative approach helps foster an environment where clients feel comfortable to discuss their challenges. She is focussed on supporting individuals to gain greater insight and personal growth and is committed to facilitating meaningful and sustainable change for clients. Tilly uses evidence-based practice and draws upon Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness based therapies.
She accepts referrals for adults who are experiencing posttraumatic mental health difficulties including, but not limited to, Posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, problematic alcohol use, problematic eating behaviour, sleep disturbance, physical problems, and relationship difficulties.
Tilly’s experience in applying leading edge research in a delivery context is one of her strengths. She is involved in the development and delivery of education, training, policy and service development and has lead a number of projects in these areas. Tilly provides clinical supervision and consultation advice, and delivers training in Psychological First Aid, Trauma Informed Care, Resilience, Vicarious Trauma, and Understanding and Managing the Impacts of Trauma.
Previously Tilly worked at the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service at Austin Health, a state-wide adult trauma (outpatient and inpatient) service, as well as at Berry Street Take Two Secure Welfare Services, a state-wide trauma service for young people.
Private Practice Availability: Tuesdays
NOTE: Tilly is offering telehealth consultations.
Phone: 0418 979 736
Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist
BPsySc (Hons) | DPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology)
MAPS | Fellow, APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
Mary has expertise in two broad areas of psychology 1) supporting the mental health and wellbeing of adults, and 2) helping individuals managing cognitive difficulties. Mary works with adults managing concerns such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, adjusting to life transitions (e.g., retirement), study anxiety, perfectionism, and low self-esteem.
Mary’s background is in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation particularly in older adults, and those with attentional difficulties (including ADHD). She has been working as a psychologist in research and clinical settings since 2010. Mary has an interest and expertise in memory and learning, and an understanding of how mental health, anxiety, depression, lifestyle and other factors impact functioning. She also has experience providing psychological support for caregivers, including helping them to understand behavioural changes that may occur in neurodegenerative diseases. Mary is a trained facilitator of the LaTCH memory management program, and currently facilitates group interventions for ADHD and mental health recovery at The Melbourne Clinic.
Mary’s therapeutic style is collaborative, open and sharing. The aim of therapy will be to support you to gain more control over your wellbeing and focus on outcomes that align with your own personal values. Mary’s therapeutic approaches include; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness-based Approaches.
Private Practice Availability: Mondays
Phone: 0420 671 412
NOTE: Mary is offering telehealth consultations.
Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Victoria University)
Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Monash University)
Bachelor of Behavioural Science/Psychology (Queensland University of Technology)
Mikaela has completed doctoral level training in clinical psychology and is committed to providing effective assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment in a respectful, thoughtful, and collaborative manner. Mikaela works with children, adults and families in private practice and at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where she sees children, adolescents and families in the Gender Service. Mikaela regularly provides training and clinical consultation to education providers about child and adolescent development, trauma-informed systemic practice in schools, and positive education.
Mikaela has had extensive training in clinical psychology including providing individual and group therapy at the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service at Austin Health and in the group schema therapy program for complex trauma at The Victoria Clinic. Mikaela worked at The Pavilion School for 8 years and co-developed the wellbeing and educational program.
Mikaela's clinical interests are broad and include child and adolescent development, parent and family mental health, gender diversity, life transitions, complex trauma, and grief and loss.
Depending on individual needs and preferences, Mikaela uses a variety of therapeutic frameworks including cognitive behavioural therapies, schema therapy, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy.
Mikaela’s personal style is relational, exploratory, practical, and hopeful. Mikaela aims to help people to improve their relationships, functioning and well-being through understanding their development, core beliefs, and coping styles; and developing more helpful ways of being and relating.
Private Practice Availability: Mondays - not taking clients currently
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
PhD in Psychology (University of Melbourne), Master of Science in Counselling (California State University, Long Beach),
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of California, Los Angeles)
Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS)
Elizabeth is originally from Southern California, where she began her training as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2011. Across the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco bay areas, Elizabeth gained extensive experience in community and hospital clinics treating adolescents and adults, couples, and families impacted by a broad range of psychological difficulties.
Since moving to Australia in 2015, Elizabeth has continued to support the mental wellbeing of folks in the Melbourne community through her PhD research on mindfulness-based therapies and clinical work in private practice.
Elizabeth is skilled in supporting clients develop long-term, sustainable strategies to better cope with and recover from:
· Disturbed sleep (including insomnia and hypersomnia disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, and depressive disorders)
· Traumatic experiences (including posttraumatic stress disorder and bereavement, grief, and loss)
· Constant worrying and anxious thoughts (including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder)
· Feeling down, fatigued, and hopeless (including major depression and persistent depressive disorder)
· Relationship stressors (including communication-style mismatches, infidelity and mistrust, emotional disconnection, separation and divorce, stepfamily issues, relational trauma, and child rearing conflicts)
Elizabeth has extensive experience providing therapy to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and welcomes clients from all sexual orientations, genders, cultures, backgrounds, and faiths.
Elizabeth also offers therapy in Spanish (ofrece terapia en español).
Using a holistic, strength-based approach to therapy, Elizabeth draws from evidence-based techniques, such as mindfulness-based therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), attachment-based therapies such as Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) strategies.
Private Practice Availability: Commencing February 2021 - taking referrals.
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