Our Team

Maria Kampantais - Psychologist

Maria is a registered psychologist and has completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in psychology at Australian Catholic University and Cairnmillar Institute.

Maria uses a supportive and caring approach, drawing on a variety of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Behavioural Family Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness techniques.

Maria has experience assisting adults to address a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties (e.g. communication, relationship breakdown), grief/loss, and self-esteem.

Dr Aiyuen (Shannon) Choong - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Aiyuen (Shannon) Choong is a registered psychologist who completed her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) candidature at Deakin University. She is fluent in speaking Mandarin and English, and provides psychological services to children, adolescents, adults and their families.

Shannon enjoys working with clients facing emotional and behavioural difficulties, with a special interest in helping those who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, aggressive or oppositional behaviours, and interpersonal difficulties. She is also experienced in diagnosing and assisting children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Shannon is committed to using evidence-based interventions and her treatment approach is guided by each client’s individual strengths and needs. She believes that therapy should be safe, comfortable, and fun.

Aanchal Sood - Psychologist

Aanchal is a registered general psychologist who completed studies in psychopharmacology and psychology in England. She is fluent in both Hindi and Punjabi.

Aanchal has experience assisting adolescents, adults and couples to address a variety of difficulties including anxiety and mood disorders, grief and loss, trauma and stress related disorders, adjustment issues (e.g. cultural adjustment), sleep difficulties, relationship difficulties, schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, obsessive compulsive and related disorders. 

Aanchal feels privileged to work as a psychologist and is committed to providing a compassionate, non-judgmental, respectful and safe environment for clients. She uses a variety of evidence based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution- focused approach, Schema therapy and Mindfulness.

 

Lana Lubomirska - Psychologist

Lana is a Registered Psychologist who completed both Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies at Monash University. She is fluent in both English and Russian.

Lana is a warm, friendly and empathic practitioner with experience in working with children, adolescents and adults from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. She is committed to providing a client-centred safe environment for every individual and assisting clients along their journey.

Lana uses a variety of evidence-based therapies to support clients in addressing difficulties with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, friendship problems and educational stresses. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques as well as elements of psychodynamic and play therapies.

Simone Chaochalakorn - Psychologist

Simone completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Psychology (Honours these exploring conflict behaviour in relationships at Deakin University), as well as a Masters of Professional Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute. In 2019, she completed her final year of studies and placement with YMM, and early this year we celebrated as she gained full registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA.
Simone has experience working in a variety of contexts, including working with young children in primary schools, as well as adolescents in clinics. Alongside this, Simone has also assisted adults and seniors with concerns such as work-related stress, relationship difficulties, anxiety and low mood.
Simone uses a client-centered approach, in which she strives to understand each individual and their unique problem, in order to find the most effective strategies to help them.

Johana Xanthopoulos - Clinical Psychologist

Johana works with a range of clients, including children and adolescents. Working previously in an early childhood intervention setting, Johana has skills and experience working with a range of childhood disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder. Johana’s other special interests include anxiety and depression. She has also completed Animal Assisted Therapy training with her dog Luna, who you may see in our office.

Johana uses evidence-based interventions, and aims to create an environment where clients feel comfortable and heard. She is registered as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Johana is fluent in English and Greek.

Please note - Johana is currently on Maternity Leave! We can't wait until she and Luna are back with us! 

Annick Saminaden - Psychologist

Annick is a registered Psychologist who completed her studies in psychology at the University of Melbourne. She is fluent in French, English and Creole.

Annick is interested in assisting young people and adults presenting with a wide range of issues including mental health, stress, grief/loss, trauma, self-esteem, assertiveness, perfectionism and school/workplace/career.

Annick provides a safe, non-judgmental and collaborative space to empower clients to create meaningful changes in their lives and enhance their overall well-being. She incorporates a number of evidence-based approaches into her psychological practice including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy and relaxation techniques. She tailors these approaches to meet the unique needs of her clients.

Blair Raatjes - Provisional Psychologist

Blair is a provisional psychologist who completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Bond University and Monash University. Her Honours research focused on the effects of mindfulness and rumination on the psychological adjustment of women exposed to verbal aggression. Blair has experience working with children, mentoring youth, and aiding older adults with difficulties such as loneliness and low mood.

Blair understands that seeking psychological help for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience for clients, therefore, she is committed to providing a warm, accepting and compassionate environment. She believes that collaboration, empathetic understanding, and respect are essential components to therapy and is interested in
evidence-based approaches that emphasise the importance of catering to each client’s needs and strengths. Blair has experience using key therapeutic techniques, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and has a keen interest in Mindfulness based techniques such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Laura Forlani - Clinical Psychologist

Laura is the Director at Your Mind Matters and works as a registered Clinical Psychologist.  She completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Swinburne University and is also an approved clinical supervisor.

Laura has a strong interest in working with clients struggling with pregnancy, infertility, pregnancy loss, or new parents adjusting to their role as care-givers. She also has experience helping children, adolescents and adults overcome a wide variety of difficulties such as mood and anxiety disorders, and problems arising due to changes in personal circumstances (e.g. family breakdown or a change in career).  Laura is also experienced in the treatment and assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Laura's approach to therapy involves education, collaboration, and evidence-based interventions such as cognitive-behaviour therapy, skills training, and relaxation strategies.

 

Prabha Mishra -  Psychologist

Prabha has worked with children within the primary school setting supporting children with issues such as anxiety, depression, emotional and behavioural disturbances. In addition, she has also supported children going through parental separation as well as adjustment within a blended family setting. Alongside this, Prabha has also facilitated adult support groups for individuals with anxiety, depression and mood problems.

Prabha is passionate about building strong rapport with clients and establishing a collaborative relationship. As a practitioner, her belief is that ‘no one size fits all’ and so uses a combination of psychoeducation and research-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and play-based therapy to help support clients to reach their goals.

Allison Conyer - Provisional Psychologist

Allison is a Provisional Psychologist who completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, her honours degree at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, and her Master of Professional Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute.

Allison relates well to people of all ages. She has counselled children, adolescents, adults, and seniors to better manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, poor self-esteem, body concerns, perfectionism, eating disorders, workplace stress and burnout, chronic pain and illness, grief, loss, and death anxiety. Her warm, compassionate, gentle, and straight-forward approach is particularly engaging with adolescents.

Influenced by family systems theory, Allison is interested in working with couples and families to
support both the individuals and the family unit. Allison employs a person-centred approach, drawing upon a wide-range of evidence- based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema therapy, Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution- focused approach, Mindfulness, Trauma-Informed Recovery Based Practice, and Play Therapy.

Michaela Hughes - Provisional Psychologist

Michaela is a Provisional Psychologist who is completing her Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. She completed her Honours degree at the University of Melbourne where her research focused on the impact of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety on attentional difficulties in primary school children.

Coming from an early intervention and integration aide background, Michaela has experience working collaboratively with schools, teachers, and families to support young children with issues related to school and school readiness. She has a special interest in working with children and young people with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), ADHD, Intellectual Disability and Language Impairment.

Michaela believes in a warm, empathetic, and collaborative approach to the therapeutic process and that treatment should be tailored to the client’s individual needs. She strives to adopt a client-centred approach, drawing on a range of evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy, play-therapy and mindfulness-based therapy.

Tayla Chellew - Provisional Psychologist

Tayla is a Provisionally registered Psychologist, currently completing her final year of the Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology program at Monash University. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults and their families. Tayla enjoys supporting young people with emotional and behavioural disturbances, and has a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)and specific learning disorders (SLD).

Tayla recognises that the early years of childhood through to adolescence can be an exciting yet challenging time for many. She is enthusiastic about supporting the development, mental health and well-being of young people, and values the importance of collaborating with families, teachers and other health professionals. Tayla also has a passion for conducting psychological and educational assessments, in order to better understand an individual’s strengths and difficulties, and develop targeted strategies to help them succeed to their full potential.

Tayla is a warm and compassionate practitioner who aims to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for her clients. She adopts a flexible therapeutic approach and is guided by each client’s individual strengths, needs and preferences to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Sarah and Sue

Sarah and Sue are our administration assistants and the people you're most likely to see when you first step into our office. They take care of the day-to-day running of the clinic and are crucial in ensuring our team members and clients have the best possible experience.