Meet our Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists

Melbourne Clinical & Child Psychology is a team of highly experienced professionals working together to create a family focused and supportive therapeutic environment for you.

Our Psychology Clinics are in Melbourne’s Inner East and South East, and we also offer online counselling.

Our professional team is committed to evidence-based practice. All Psychologists have postgraduate qualifications and ongoing professional development. You can read more about our Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Neuropsychologists, Registered Psychologists and Registrars in their below profiles.

We are here to help with choosing the best Psychologist for you or your child. Please contact us for a confidential discussion or to make an appointment. You can Book Online after your first appointment with us.

How do I choose the best Psychologist for me?
“We can assist with a complimentary discussion about your needs. Our Psychologists all have different areas of speciality and have special interests in working with children, adolescents or adults. We can answer any questions you might have and help you to make a decision that is right for you”
Mary Kelly Clinical Psychologist

Mary Kelly

Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Hons), MClinPsych, MAPS, CCP

Consulting at the Beaumaris Clinic and Armadale Clinic

Clients: Children (6-12yrs only) and adults

Current COVID Practice: Providing sessions in office with masks. 

Mary has a compassionate and caring nature, and offers a safe space for clients experiencing difficulties, and challenging times. She enjoys working with children and adults, and has experience in both government and private settings. Mary is passionate about helping clients develop awareness, resilience, and life skills that will encourage growth and support well-being. She works with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, stress, perinatal issues, child emotional and behaviour difficulties, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Mary uses various therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and supportive counselling. Mary is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the Clinical College of Psychologists (CCP).

Dr Amanda Nagulendran Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Amanda Nagulendran

Clinical Psychologist, DPsych (Clin), BSc (Hons) (Psych)

Consulting at the Beaumaris Clinic and Armadale Clinic

Clients: young people, adults and older adults

Current COVID Practice: Providing sessions in the office with masks.

Amanda holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) degree. Her professional experience includes treatment of anxiety and depression at a specialist clinic, providing psychological services for medical inpatients, and facilitating day programs delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Amanda has worked in a range of settings in public and private healthcare across Melbourne. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatment to support clients in reaching their goals. With a research background in cross-cultural psychology, Amanda enjoys working with adults from a range of cultural backgrounds. She is particularly interested in working with anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and difficulties with emotion regulation. Amanda‘s therapeutic approach combines elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), including mindfulness.

Sharon Cheeseman Melbourne Clinical Psychologist

Sharon Cheeseman

Clinical Psychologist, MPsych (Clin), BArts (Hons) (Psych) MAPS

Consulting at the Beaumaris Clinic

Clients: adults, older adults and couples

Current COVID Practice: Providing sessions in the office with masks.   

Sharon is caring, supportive and collaborative in her approach with adults, older adults and couples. She is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a variety of community and private settings. Sharon tailors her treatment to each client’s individual needs, using an integrative approach that is evidence-based. Therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Trauma focused Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and mindfulness approaches.

Sharon uses both her clinical knowledge and practical approach to gain an understanding of each client and get alongside the client to collaboratively work towards their respective future goals or desired change. Sharon’s clients would describe her as warm, supportive and empathic, whilst also gently challenging and empowering to enable the desired growth and/or change.

Sharon has expertise in treating a range of difficulties including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, chronic pain, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), addiction, sleep, stress and self-image issues.

Dr Renee Hewitt Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Renee Hewitt

Clinical Neuropsychologist, BSci, BA (Hons), MPsych, PhD, Candidate for Masters in Clinical Psychology 

Consulting at the Armadale Clinic

Clients: Children and adolescents

Current COVID Practice: Providing sessions in the office with masks . 

Therapy sessions and intellectual and educational (Cognitive and Neuropsychological) assessments by arrangement. Please phone reception to discuss joining a waiting list for appointments.

Dr Renee Hewitt completed a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. She has also undertaken further studies in Clinical Psychology. Clinically, she has extensive experience working as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in public health settings with clients across the lifespan. 

Renee has an interest in supporting children with acquired brain injury and neurodevelopmental and learning difficulties. She also has an interest in working with adults with acquired brain injuries and progressive neurological conditions. She is a strong advocate for her clients and adopts a practical approach to optimising learning outcomes. She also provides general psychology support for individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and coping, adjustment, and health related concerns. She practices predominantly from a cognitive behavioural therapy focus and enjoys integrating new skills and practices into sessions. She provides a flexible and collaborative approach to promote emotional wellbeing through life’s daily challenges.

Clinical psychologist Lisa Bloom

Lisa Bloom

Clinical Psychologist, MPsych (Clin), BA (Hons) (Psych), MAPS

Consulting at the Beaumaris Clinic

Clients: young people (15 and older) and adults

Current COVID Practice: Providing sessions in the office with masks.

Lisa is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working in different public mental health settings, including with young people (aged 15-25 years) with severe depression, anxiety, emotional instability, self-harm, and eating disorders, as well as adults with mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, and other mental health difficulties.

Lisa believes in creating a safe and supportive space where clients can explore their difficulties, including the underlying causes and maintaining factors, and develop strategies to enhance coping, and move towards meaningful change.

Lisa enjoys working with adolescents and adults, and her interests include Depression and Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Difficulties with Emotions and Self Harm, Eating Disorders and Body image Difficulties, Psychosis, and personality difficulties.

Lisa draws on range of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and mindfulness. Lisa will be undertaking training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy in 2021.

Dr Nellie Lucas Clinical Psychologist Melbourne

Dr. Nellie Lucas

Principal Clinical Psychologist, DPsych (ClinChild), BPsych (Hons), MAPS FCCLP

Consulting in Armadale and Beaumaris. Please note that appointments with Nellie are currently by arrangement via phone and email only. There is limited availability.

Nellie established Melbourne Clinical & Child Psychology in 2006. She enjoys seeing children, young people and adults and is empathic, supportive and caring in her approach. She has over 14 years experience in mental health, having first worked in adult mental health in Sydney and then completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Child & Adolescent Specialisation) at The University of Melbourne. She has since worked in a number of private and public health services across Melbourne including as a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor at Monash University. She has expertise in treating a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, psychosis and personality difficulties. She also specialises in seeing young people and children with emotional, social and behavioural concerns. Therapy is always evidence based and principally draws upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches.

Clinical Psychologist Tessa Bellamy

Tessa Bellamy

Clinical Psychologist (Registrar), MPsych (Clin), BPsychSci (Hons)

Consulting at the Armadale Clinic

Clients: Teenagers and young adults

Current COVID Practice: Providing sessions in the office with masks.

Tessa is a warm, genuine and open-minded psychologist who prioritises establishing a trusting relationship with her clients. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages, specifically adolescents and young adults. Tessa has experience working with people across the lifespan, in both Government and private settings. She has also worked within schools, promoting positive psychology to the school community using a strengths-based approach. Tessa’s therapeutic interests include Depression and Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders,  Sleep and Stress difficulties.

Tessa uses a collaborative and adaptive approach to therapy, fitting her approach to each individual client. She draws on evidence-based therapies including: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy.

Jesse Richardson Melbourne Clinical Psychologist

Jesse Richardson

Clinical Psychologist, BApp.Sci, GDip.Psych, MPsych (Clin), MAPPS, CCL

Consulting at the Armadale Clinic

Clients: Children and Teenagers

Current COVID Practice: Providing sessions in the office with masks.

Jesse is a Clinical Psychologist, who has experience working with children and young people across both private and public sectors. He loves utilising fun and creative ways to engage young people in the maintenance of their mental health.

Jesse tailors therapy to individual client needs, drawing from training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

He enjoys working with young people and their families to work on a range of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviours, attachment disorders, trauma and more recently, psycho-oncology. Jesse loves working with young people as they grow through their mental health journey, moving closer to what they want to achieve.

Clinical Neuropsychologist Isabelle Raiter

Isabelle Raiter

Clinical Neuropsychologist (Registrar), BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clin Neuro) 

Consulting at the Armadale Clinic and the Beaumaris Clinic 

Clients: Children and adolescents – assessments and related therapy provided

Intellectual and Educational (Cognitive and Neuropsychological) Assessments by arrangement. Please phone to discuss.

Isabelle completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne, where she received clinical training in the assessment and management of a range of neuropsychological conditions in both children and adults, including neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability, learning disorders), neurological conditions, and mental health challenges.

Through her studies, Isabelle contributed to research in the fields of social difficulties within autism spectrum disorder, and attentional difficulties following premature birth, where she enjoyed working with children born preterm at the 13-year follow up point of the longstanding Victorian Infants Brain Study. She is currently in the process of publishing several papers. She has also worked extensively with children and parents in the community through various volunteer roles both locally and internationally.

Through her clinical, research, and community experiences, she has developed a passion for working with children and families within a patient-focussed, culturally-sensitive, evidence-based framework.

Clinical Neuropsychologist Melbourne Bernice Dodds

Dr. Bernice Dodds

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Consulting at the Beaumaris Clinic

Clients: Children and adolescents – assessments and related therapy provided

Intellectual and Educational (Cognitive and Neuropsychological) Assessments by arrangement. Please phone to discuss.

Bernice is a senior clinical neuropsychologist, who has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital since 1995 and in private practice since 2012. She was the founding coordinator/director of the Learning Difficulties Centre between 1995 and 2006 and has since worked in the Psychology Service (including the epilepsy surgery program).

She completed her Master of Clinical Neuropsychology in 1992 and her PhD in 2009. Her areas of special interest include specific learning difficulties, traumatic brain injury, and epilepsy (but she has helped children with a range of neurological conditions) with a focus on practical recommendations to optimise academic learning.

Clinical Neuropsychologist Jacqui Hayem

Jacqui Hayem

Clinical Neuropsychologist (Registrar), BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin Neuro)

Consulting at the Armadale Clinic

Clients: Children, adolescents, adults and older adults – assessments and related therapy provided

Current COVID Practice: Providing sessions in the office with masks 

Intellectual and Educational (Cognitive and Neuropsychological) Assessments by arrangement. Please phone to discuss.

Jacqui completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne, where she received clinical training in the assessment and management of a range of neuropsychological conditions in both children and adults, including neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability, learning disorders), neurological conditions, and mental health concerns. During her studies she worked with children and families at the Royal Children’s Hospital and conducted research with young people and adults suffering from epilepsy.

She is currently working in rehabilitation in public health and has previously worked for many years with adults and older adults in clinical research settings. Jacqui has an interest in supporting children with acquired brain injury, neurodevelopmental conditions and learning difficulties. She also has an interest in working with adults with acquired brain injuries and progressive neurological conditions. Jacqui is a warm, empathic psychologist who is passionate about providing evidence-based assessment and recommendations to support clients in overcoming their difficulties.

Clinical Neuropsychologist Rebecca Dilworth

Rebecca Dilworth

Psychologist, BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clin Neuro)

Consulting at the Armadale Clinic and the Beaumaris Clinic

Clients: Children and adolescents – assessments and related therapy provided

Intellectual and Educational (Cognitive and Neuropsychological) Assessments by arrangement. Please phone to discuss.

Rebecca completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne, where she received clinical training in the assessment and management of a range of neuropsychological conditions in both children and adults, including neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability, learning disorders), acquired brain injuries (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumour, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, alcohol and substance-related brain injury), neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease, dementia, parkinsonian conditions), and psychological and behavioural challenges (e.g., anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder).

Her major research theses have investigated emotional response processing in healthy individuals, and the cognitive predictors of autism spectrum disorder symptoms in children with neurofibromatosis type 1. She is currently working on publishing the findings from the latter project in partnership with the Brain and Mind group at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Rebecca completed an internship with Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service at Queensland Children’s Hospital. In this role she conducted neuropsychological assessments with children and adolescents experiencing a range of neuropsychological conditions, and worked collaboratively with children, families, and other service providers (e.g., teachers, clinical psychologists, guidance counsellors) to develop realistic and effective strategies to assist each child to re-integrate with their everyday activities and improve their social, emotional, behavioural, and academic functioning. Rebecca also has experience working on a program aimed at improving the social, emotional, and behavioural functioning of adolescents who have disengaged from mainstream school in a volunteer capacity with YMCA vocational schools.

Rebecca has a warm, friendly, and collaborative approach to neuropsychological assessment. Her main priority is for the child, and their family, to feel comfortable and understood, and to leave feeling confident and empowered with the skills and strategies they need to optimise their daily functioning and get the very best out of their lives.

Registered Psychologist Amanda Wood

Prof. Amanda Wood

Registered Psychologist, MPsych(Clin Neuro), PhD, MAPS

Consulting at the Armadale Clinic

Clients: Children and adolescents – assessments and related therapy provided

Intellectual and Educational (Cognitive and Neuropsychological) Assessments by arrangement. Please phone to discuss.

Amanda is a clinician-academic who completed her training in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2005 and subsequent supervised experience prior to relocating to the UK in 2010. She has held numerous senior research roles that include clinical neuropsychological assessments of children and has a special interest in understanding how the developing brain adapts to adverse early life events.

Since returning to Australia, Amanda has combined private clinical practice and research, and is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA. She is excited to be working with the team to provide assessments of cognition, school achievement and behaviour for children and adolescents. Her approach focuses on providing individualised recommendations based on assessment that will assist families to best support their child’s learning and lifestyle goals.

Nicole Stefanac Clinical Neuropsychologist Melbourne

Dr. Nicole Stefanac

Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychologist (Registrar)

Currently on maternity leave

Clients: Children and adolescents – assessments and related therapy provided

Beaumaris and Armadale Clinics

Intellectual and Educational (Cognitive and Neuropsychological) Assessments by arrangement. Please phone to discuss.

Nicole has completed a Doctor of Psychology (Neuropsychology), with specialised training in the assessment and rehabilitation of neuropsychological conditions. She completed her internship in paediatric rehabilitation at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne where she worked with children and families with a range of conditions including, but not limited to, acquired brain injury (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumour, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and alcohol and substance-related brain injury), neurodevelopmental disorders (learning disorders, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and neurodegenerative diseases (acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, tuberous sclerosis and early onset multiple sclerosis). She also has a background working in disability support and teaching.

With a research background in learning disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Nicole is passionate about advocating for children with learning challenges in the education setting. She has a number of journal articles and has recently completed her PhD in this area.

Nicole is creative, empathic and driven. She believes in providing high-quality care to patients and support to their caregivers by adopting a scientist-practitioner model to ensure up-to-date, evidence-based care. She provides assessments for learning and attentional difficulties, reading and writing difficulties and overall intellectual and academic abilities.