East Melbourne Psychology

Quality Counselling from Experienced Clinical Psychologists

Our Psychologists

Sara Van Hecke

Sara is a Clinical Psychologist who has had extensive training in relationship work and couples therapy.  She has over 10 years experience working with couples and is known for her warm and direct approach. She also has a strong interest in complimentary health particularly in relation to cancer and has worked extensively with women around dealing with breast cancer. Sara strives to provide  a non-judgemental warm atmosphere with a focus on working collaboratively  with each client to bring about positive change in his or her circumstances.

Key areas of work:

  • Works with individuals and couples.
  • Couples and relationship work.
  • Grief, depression, anxiety.
  • Cancer.

Simon Baxter

Simon has had many years of experience working with adults and particularly with men. His focus is in helping clients to develop awareness and to relieve distress associated with thoughts, feelings and behaviour using an integrative approach.

Key areas of work:

  • Adult Men
  • Depression, anxiety and/or addictions affecting relationships or performance at work
  • Grief
  • Trauma

Dr Loretta Bell

Loretta has had many years of experience in a variety of settings. She uses a variety of counselling modalities with a style that is dynamic, interactive, respectful and when appropriate tempered with humour.

Key areas of work:

  • Relationship & Couples Counselling
  • Trauma
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety & Depression

Dr Rebecca Deering

Rebecca works with both adults and adolescents. She has had many years experience in the treatment of child sexual abuse as well as extensive experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, addiction, personality and eating disorders, using an integrative treatment approach that combines both cognitive behavioural treatment interventions with mindfulness practice.

Key areas of work:

  • Adults and Adolescents
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual Abuse

Jessica George

Jessica is a clinical psychologist with over ten years experience, primarily at headspace (youth mental health) and in private practice. She is a long-term member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. Jessica incorporates evidence-based therapies to assist her clients in effectively managing their distress and developing meaningful lives.  Known for her warm and down to earth approach, she utilises a variety of therapeutic modalities, with a keen interest in mindfulness-based approaches.

Key areas of work:

  • Adolescents and adults
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance misuse

Emily McDonald

Emily McDonald is a Senior Family Therapist and Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years experience working with individuals, couples and families across diverse sectors such child, adolescent and adult mental health, child and family services, community health, family violence and family law settings.

Emily is also an experienced senior manager, clinical supervisor and consultant with a background in leading and implementing whole of organisation practice and service design work. Emily has supervised and lectured in child, parent and family therapy at Mindful, Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health, Melbourne University and La Trobe University.

Emily’s therapeutic work combines experience and evidenced based practices with a person-centred approach. Emily believes it is important that clients gain hope, relief and a way forward right from the first session. Emily uses a strong collaborative approach to understand priorities and work towards change.

Emily offers services in the following areas:

  • Child and adolescent mental health, behavioural and/or emotional difficulties.
  • Parent and child/adolescent relationship difficulties.
  • Couple therapy.
  • Individual therapy with adults and young people.
  • Adult family therapy.
  • Step family formation work or transition difficulties.
  • The impact of separation/divorce on families and parenting after separation.
  • The impact of violence and trauma on families.

Sharon Prendergast

Sharon is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience working with adults and adolescents. She has a warm and friendly nature and works collaboratively to help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the way in which their experiences, thinking and beliefs shape their mental health and interpersonal relationships. She has a practical and pragmatic approach to developing new skills to improve wellbeing, utilising a range of techniques including CBT, ACT, strengths and values-based approaches and Mindfulness

Sharon’s areas of interest and experience include:

  • Anxiety, Depression & Bipolar Disorder
  • Family and interpersonal relationship issues
  • Pre and Post Natal mental health
  • Adjustments and transitions across the lifespan
  • Trauma, Grief
  • LGBTQI friendly and supportive.
Andrew Bowden

Andrew Bowden is a certified mindfulness coach and has over 20 years of mindfulness training and teaching experience across the world.  He has undertaken in-depth meditation and mindfulness training with some of the worlds most renowned meditation teachers.

Andrew teaches in depth mindfulness techniques to better manage life challenges such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and life transitions. Andrew works with people both individually and in groups.

He also offers weekly drop in meditation groups and private sessions in Mindfulness.