Directors & Co-founders
Dr Jo Mitchell, Clinical Psychologist
Check availability with our reception team
Jo is a clinical psychologist who works with individuals and groups seeking to achieve valued life goals, find meaning and live well. She works with professionals experiencing mental illness, burnout, or struggling to manage stress in their lives. She also has a specialist interest in working with athletes, particularly managing athletic and life transitions, mental illness and wellbeing, and has 20+ years experience in the sport industry. Jo also has expertise in wellbeing science - including positive psychology, ACT and mindfulness - and completed her PhD in this field. Jo is MindMax Project Leader for the AFL Players Association on a Movember funded wellbeing and resilience digital project. She is Science Advisor for Band4Hope and on the Board of Action for Happiness Australia. Jo hails from Tasmania, via Scotland, is auntie to 9 niblings, and loves taking them on life adventures.
Michael Inglis, Sport & Performance Psychologist
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Michael is an endorsed and accredited Sport, Performance and Exercise Psychologist and has been working in the mental health field since 1999. Michael believes in a holistic approach to performance, and that the wellbeing of athletes off-the-field is just as important as their performance on-the-field. He has developed specific programs to assist performance enhancement for teams & athletes such as the Mental Conditioning Program & Psychological Skills Training. He works with sport coaches, from various sports, empowering them to teach mental skills with their own athletes. Michael is the Sport Psychologist at the North Melbourne Football Club, working with the Head Coach, players and related staff to enhance the performance and wellbeing of the playing group and managing leadership programs for the club. Michael is dad to three rambunctious boys.
Dr Lauren Hamilton, Health Psychologist
Available Monday & Tuesday
Lauren is an endorsed Health Psychologist who's life mission is helping people make day-to-day changes that lead to healthier, happier lives. She works with adults and older adults on issues including getting back on track with health goals, adapting to chronic illness, stress, anxiety, pregnancy related issues, sexual and relationship issues (for individuals not couples). Lauren takes a warm and solution-focused approach to working with her clients and uses positive psychology strategies (e.g., strengths-based work, self-compassion, and mindfulness), acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Lauren believes in the innate human power to adapt and overcoming life’s challenges, and examined this topic in her doctoral research. Lauren is originally from sunny Queensland but has adopted Melbourne as home.
Mike Hines, Psychologist
Available Wednesday & Friday
Mike works with adults and adolescents to help them lead rich, full and more meaningful lives. He is trained in evidence-based cognitive behavioral models (CBT) including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for a range of issues such as depression, anxiety and stress. He has a specialist interest in mindfulness and positive psychology and aims to empower clients to proactively build and maintain their own health and wellbeing. Mike also works with teams and organizations to better manage the pace, pressures and performance demands of the modern life. Mike’s experience as a musician means he also enjoys working with people from a performing arts background.
Rebekah Barson, Relationship & Couples Specialist
Rebekah is trained in Relationship Counselling (Relationships Australia), Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Rebekah has a compassionate and thoughtful approach to the emotional care of her clients, and provides a therapeutic space that is safe, supportive and strengthening. Rebekah works primarily with couples who are having trouble with their relationship, or seeking to build and strengthen their relationship. Rebekah looks to understand the patterns and dynamics that are causing challenges and inhibiting connection, as well as helping people move through transitions and interpersonal issues. Through the process of therapy, clients have the opportunity to develop a deeper ability for reflection, a greater sense of self and partner awareness, and to identify issues, towards creating meaning, connection and wellbeing in partnerships.
Leonie Simpson, Clinical Neuropsychologist
Leonie is an endorsed Clinical Neuropsychologist who has also completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She works with adults across the life span to help explore their thinking skills, thought processes and values and how these interact. She assists clients to use these insights to optimise their well-being on a daily basis and move their life towards where they would like to be. Leonie sees clients for neuropsychological (cognitive skill) assessment as well as individual counselling. She has over 10 years’ experience working with people with a range of health conditions as well as psychological needs such as depression, stress or anxiety and adjustment to like changes. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, taking photos and spending time with her family.
Danica Hade, Psychologist & Clinical Registrar
Available Thursday & Friday
Danica works with adults, adolescents and children to help them overcome life challenges, build resilience and lead a more happy, healthy and connected life. She has experience with a variety of treatment modalities including, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Her therapeutic style is collaborative and focuses on the individual needs of her clients, as she understands that no two people are the same. She facilitates the self-compassion classes at The Mind Room and has an active interest in mindfulness.
Dr Sarah Russo, Clinical Psychologist
Available Wednesday & Thursday
Sarah is clinically trained and committed to improving the health and wellbeing of adolescents and adults. She has a warm and engaging interpersonal style and works collaboratively with clients to assist them in achieving personal goals. She has experience working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal relationship difficulties, self-esteem, body image, trauma and school related difficulties. Her other areas of interest include perinatal and postnatal health and parenting issues. She completed her doctoral thesis in the area of body image and has a specialist interest in working with adolescents and young adults. She has worked in public mental health and private practice, and her therapeutic framework incorporates CBT, ACT, mindfulness and motivational interviewing.
Dr Melissa Marot, Coaching Psychologist
Available Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Melissa has a specialist interest in wellbeing and performance at work. She has many years experience working with people and organisations, including individual coaching and workshop facilitation. Melissa is an organisational psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in ACT, mindfulness and positive psychology. She has experience working with a range of psychological needs - career transitions, meaning and purpose, stress and burnout, workplace issues, anxiety, depression, bullying and interpersonal difficulties. Melissa enjoys connections and collaborations with a diverse range of people, approaches and cultures - which extends from her professional life through to travelling adventures.
Darryl Ribaux, Clinical Psychologist
Available Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Darryl is a clinical psychologist who works with adults to help develop more adaptive ways of managing depression, anxiety, grief, loss and adjustment to challenging life events, interpersonal and personality difficulties. He is also experienced in working with the concerns of same-sex attracted individuals. Darryl is passionate about using research-based therapies such as CBT, mindfulness and schema therapy in a way that best suits an individual. His therapeutic style is collaborative, non-judgemental and focussed upon well-being and making positive change.
Lucy Morrish, Psychologist & Clinical Registrar
Available Thursday & Friday
Lucy incorporates clinical training with a strong commitment to holistic wellbeing. She cares about improving the health of adolescents and adults using evidence-based practice and a warm, engaging interpersonal style. Lucy’s therapeutic approach encompasses CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), mindfulness and interventions drawn from positive psychology research. She works with clients to develop resilience, achieve personal goals, and to address a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, body image, school and relationship difficulties, trauma, and personality issues. She is currently also completing a PhD at Melbourne University.
Dr Brooke Davis, Clinical Neuropsychologist
On maternity leave, returning late 2017
Brooke’s focus is on enhancing wellbeing and performance by working with personal strengths and values and assisting clients to create positive change. Brooke offers neuropsychological assessments, 1-1 thinking skills and counselling sessions and classes based on principles of neuropsychology, ACT, motivational interviewing, CBT and positive psychology interventions. Brooke is also a mum and her favourite things about Melbourne include running around the city, jumping in autumn leaves and big cups of coffee.
Dr Adrienne Brown, Clinical Psychologist
Available Monday & Tuesday from July
Adrienne has a passion for understanding and addressing barriers to optimal health and wellbeing. Her personal values of openness, honesty, and respect extend to her professional life and are central to her practice. She specialises in working with couples on relationship transitions and interpersonal issues. Her other area of expertise and interest is perinatal and maternal health, mindful birthing, and adjustment to parenthood. Adrienne has experience working with adolescent and adult clients with a variety of psychological needs (e.g., anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, body image, self-esteem, sleep, and stress). Her therapeutic modalities, include CBT, schema therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-and acceptance-based therapies.
"Nurturing the growth and development of the next generation of mental health and wellbeing professionals"
The Mind Room Student Clinic offers low-cost, high quality clinical services to people who are dealing with mental health issues and/or wanting to improve their wellbeing and performance. Heading up the Student Clinic is a new graduate, who has recently completed their 7+ years of training and is fully registered as a psychologist. We also have a team of provisional psychology students (in their 6th year of training) on a 6 month placement under the supervision of Clinical Psychologist, Dr Jo Mitchell.
Graduate Psychologist: $135 per 50-minute consultation ($50.20 if claimed under Medicare. A Medicare rebate applies with a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your GP; Also check with your own Health Insurer to see if rebates apply)
Provisional Psychologist: $30 per 50-minute consultation (not eligible for Medicare or Private Health rebates)
Lucinda Poole, Graduate Psychologist
Available Monday & Tuesday (until November 2017)
Lucinda is a registered psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She works with young people and adults presenting with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, substance misuse, stress, interpersonal difficulties, body image, and sleep. Her therapeutic modalities include CBT and mindfulness- and acceptance-based therapies. Lucinda has a warm and engaging interpersonal style, and she incorporates her personal values of connection, openness and collaboration into her clinical work. Lucinda has a special interest in mindfulness, both personally and professionally, and offers mindfulness coaching and counselling to clients.
Laura Abbey, Provisional Psychologist
Available Tuesday & Wednesday (until July 2017)
Laura is a provisional psychologist completing her final placement as part of the Master of Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology. Laura works with adolescents and adults to identify and change unhelpful personal patterns, manage challenges, and create more meaningful lives. Laura has a warm, compassionate and empowering approach. Laura has a particular interest in seeing clients experiencing grief and loss, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and trauma.
Victoria Eddington, Provisional Psychologist
Available Monday & Tuesday (until July 2017)
Victoria is a provisional psychologist completing her placement as part of her Master of Psychology (Clinical) at ACU. Victoria has experience and interest in working from a strengths-based approach to help clients achieve their health and wellbeing goals. She uses a cognitive behavioural framework, including ACT and mindfulness. Victoria has interest in a range of issues including stress, grief, anxiety, depression and resilience and has experience working with adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Victoria enjoys playing netball and trying all of Melbourne’s restaurants in her spare time.
Front of House
"The creative, friendly, rock stars behind (and in front) of the The Mind Room community"
Elke Braithwaite, Practice Manager
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Elke is an Honours year psychology student who returned to studies after ten years of hospitality, recruitment and publicity distractions. Elke teaches preschool swimming classes on the side and has interests in exercise, music and mindfulness therapeutic practices.
Bec Evans, Business Manager
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
Bec has a background in marketing, communications and psychology. With her experience at The Mind Room and other medical practices, Bec knows the ins and outs, highs and lows of running a private practice. She is a mum to two gorgeous kids (as endorsed by the TMR team) and has a creative husband who takes beautiful photos.
Luke Forester, Reception
Monday to Friday (yep, our first full-timer)
Luke is our friendly face on reception and the most-likely- to-answer voice at the end of the phone. He is a whizz with all things financial and has a not-so-secret creative side that makes our days a little brighter.
Mike Noga, Reception
Monday & Wednesday
Mike is an oasis of calm and friendliness ready to greet you and make your time at The Mind Room as stress free and positive as possible. When he is not performing on front desk he takes to the stage to deliver the best kind of therapy - music.
Emily Bird, Reception
Emily has been a regular Reception team member since late 2015 and has now commenced her Masters of Clinical Psychology at ACU, so will be available for special appearances between classes and semesters. She has a keen interest in positive psychology, resilience, yoga and mindfulness.