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Meet the Team

Janelle Corlass-Brown

Principal Psychologist

Loves working with past and present trauma survivors, parents/families, mental health workers Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours of Psychological Science Masters of Psychology (Counselling) Endorsed Counselling Psychologist PsyBA Board Approved Supervisor  ​​Janelle Corlass-Brown is the Director of iPsychology and a passionate registered and endorsed Counselling Psychologist. She emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship and draws from Interpersonal, Cognitive, Behavioural, Narrative, EMDR, Client-Centred, Trauma-informed and Emotion-Focussed approaches, viewing each client as unique in their experience and needs. For nearly 15 years she has worked with children, adolescents and adults and families in educational, private, hospital and community settings. Janelle thoroughly enjoys working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship/life stress, grief/loss, parenting and behavioural issues, and those who have experienced trauma and abuse. Janelle is also a Psychology Board of Australia approved Supervisor and values the opportunity to support other Psychologists and mental health clinicians in providing services to the community. Creating a safe therapeutic environment, Janelle works with clients new to therapy and those wanting to work on a deeper therapeutic level, with client’s describing her as authentic and nurturing. She is passionate about assisting her clients on a pathway of true healing, supporting them as whole and capable individuals, not simply a cluster of symptoms.

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Edith Benardeau-Short

Bilingual in French

Loves working with neurodivergent clients of all ages, trauma, self-esteem issues, communication and relational issues such as parent or carer-child relationships Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Psychology) Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Master of Professional Psychology  Edith is a fully registered bilingual psychologist who is passionate about supporting and empowering clients of all ages. She has a warm, calm, and empathic approach, and strives to create a safe and collaborative space for all clients. She has experience delivering psychological services to autistic and neurodivergent children and adolescents, as well as young people experiencing emotion regulation and social difficulties, and issues relating to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. She also works with trauma and sees clients on the NDIS, through Medicare, WorkCover, VOCAT, and TAC. Edith has worked with clients in both individual and group settings, and she has provided behaviour management support and training to parents of autistic children. Edith has particular interest in early intervention and supporting parents/carers, and she adopts a person-centred and strengths-based approach

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Kara John

Loves working with couples, women, body dissatisfaction and trauma Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Arts (Behavioural Science) Graduate Diploma of Counselling Master of Counselling candidate Kara is a registered counsellor who is passionate about creating a safe, collaborative space for clients to grow and make meaningful change in their life. As a counsellor, her sessions have less emphasis on the medical model whilst still providing evidence-based counselling focusing on the person, not the diagnosis. Kara utilises a range of modalities including ACT, Person Centered, Narrative and Solution Focused to help clients deal with issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem and Grief. Working with couples she draws on Emotion-Focused Therapy and Gottman techniques. As a wife and mother, she has also a particular interest in counselling those struggling with the challenges of family life. She joined iPsychology after exiting the business world to focus on her counselling career and draws on a wealth of lived experience to support her clients aged 5 and above.

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Monique Zorzanello

Loves working with kids, older adults, eating disorders and body dissatisfaction Bachelor of Psychological Science Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced AHPRA approved 4+2 pathway to general registration Monique is a fully registered psychologist who is passionate about working with clients to improve overall quality of life. Monique's primary focus is to create a warm, nurturing, and judgement-free space that allows clients to feel safe and comfortable. She uses a range of evidence-based psychotherapies and enjoys working with a variety of clients across the lifespan. Monique has worked with individuals of all ages who have experienced hardship, grief, Anxiety, self-harm, suicidality and Depression. She also has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Monique is particularly interested in working with clients to improve self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and overcome trauma. Clients describe her as friendly, caring, and empathetic.

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Kate Badger

Loves working with teens, adults with relationship issues and gender/sexual diversity Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Master of Professional Psychology Kate is a provisionally registered psychologist who builds authentic and collaborative therapeutic relationships. She creates a safe and judgement-free environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. She favours a strengths-based and person-centred approach where strategies are customised to the specific values, preferences, and goals of each individual in order to best support them in their daily lives. Her treatment style utilises evidence-based techniques drawn from Cognitive behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She aims to help clients develop a greater understanding of themselves and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and make positive change that will increase their overall wellbeing. Kate welcomes all clients, and has experience and a particular interest in working with adolescents, adults, and older adults facing challenges relating to grief, gender and sexuality, anxiety, stress, and relationship issues.

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Shelley McDonald

Loves working with teens and adults with anxiety, depression, AOD or trauma related concerns Master of Clinical Counselling Bachelor of Pharmacy Level 4 Australian Counselling Association membership (senior counsellor) Shelley is a therapist with considerable experience in providing mental health and addiction counselling within diverse settings, including in community agencies, correctional facilities and residential treatment programs. Utilising a person-centred approach, she establishes a supportive therapeutic relationship and a safe space to enable clients to explore their strengths, challenges, and goals, and empower them to become masters of their own recovery. Many of the clients she works with have depression, anxiety, emotion regulation issues, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and a history of trauma. Using a holistic approach to counselling that incorporates mind, body, and lifestyle factors, she delights in supporting people in their journey towards improving their mental health and wellbeing. Shelley incorporates evidence-based modalities in therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, solution focussed therapy, psychoeducation and mindfulness. Her background as a Pharmacist gives her valuable knowledge of medications and pharmacotherapy, and her life experiences including being a parent to three adult children, all enhance her counselling practice working with teens and adults.

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Lauretta Iuliano

Loves working with kids, neurodiversity, trauma and chronic conditions Bachelor of Psychological Science (with Honors) Graduate Diploma in Psychology Master of Professional Psychology Lauretta is a fully registered psychologist with experience in treating children, in primary and secondary schools, and teens and adults in private practice. She uses a client centred approach and is passionate about working with her clients to resolve their difficulties. She has a lot of empathy for her clients with a special interest in chronic illness and family adjustment. Clients describe her as warm and engaged in working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, workplace stress, self-esteem, trauma, grief and loss, bullying, OCD and neurodiversity such as ADHD. Lauretta has extensive experience in contributing to the community through charities and organisations such as the Smith Family and working with underprivileged and marginalised groups. You’ll find that she uses a range of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness to achieve effective results and have her clients feeling validated and challenged.

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Rahi Shakerian

Chief Operating Officer (the COO!) Rahi is passionate about bringing the best in mental health for our clients and keeping us true to our vision and values. Outside of iPsychology, Rahi is studying to become a Counsellor.

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Emily Fraser

Loves working with adults with trauma, AOD, or emotion regulation issues Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical) Graduate Diploma of Psychology Bachelor of Psychological Science Emily is a clinical registrar. She has practiced in a variety of public and private settings, including community mental health services, inpatient services, private psychiatric hospitals, multidisciplinary youth services, and child protection. Emily thoroughly enjoys supporting adults with anxiety, depressive, alcohol and drug issues and trauma-related disorders. She also treats clients with chronic pain, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She uses a number of evidence-based psychological therapies, including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Schema Therapy. Clients describe Emily as warm, genuine, accepting and empathic. She works collaboratively with clients to help them understand their psychological problems, how they developed, and how to overcome them. She uses a structured approach to therapy, so that clients leave each session with practical skills and strategies to practise and use.

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Brooke Flynn

Client Experience Officer (our CEO!) Brooke is our qualified and skilled client experience officer who had previous roles in retail and employment management, Stores Services Assistance and Customer Service Management. Brooke's warm and genuine care for iPsychology staff and clients is a key strength. She brings people skills, integrity, honesty and a keen attention to detail as she supports new clients beginning their therapeutic journey with iPsychology and performs key tasks to have the clinic running smoothly.

Our Culture

We practice what we preach in many ways at iPsychology. Our team catch ups are all about connecting, reflecting, and enjoying ourselves and each other. We value our own mental health and each of us have been in the client chair. We encourage our therapists to take regular breaks from the therapy room and enjoy being ‘ourselves’ as well as Therapists.

 

We get regular exercise, eat reasonably well (as Mindfulness can be done with chocolate!) and have regular catch ups. We might be seen at local restaurants having a laugh, walking along the beach or the lovely streets of Edithvale and Lower Templestowe. Our annual Doughnut eating competition is always a lot of fun!

Our model of supervision sets us apart from other private practices, creating invaluable learning and professional development opportunities for our team. The team value supporting one another and being able to have a laugh outside of the therapy room.

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