Lyn Shand – Counselling & Educational Psychologist, Family Therapist.

BA, DipEd, GDipPsych, MAPS, Fellow APS Colleges of Counselling and Educational & Developmental Psychology and of AAFT.

Lyn has much experience working with clients who suffer from stress, anxiety and/or depression. As a family therapist, as well as a psychologist, much of her evening work is with couples and relationship issues, including times when couples have decided to separate as she is trained in mediation.

Lyn also assists parents and those adults with family of origin problems. She has experience in career counselling and career change. Another area in which Lyn has a passionate interest, is in working with women who have hormonal problems, such as P.M.S., post-natal depression and issues around the time of menopause.

She has written a book, called Balance Those Hormones and is often asked to give talks to groups on this topic combined with that of issues of stress. Her approach is to assist people to find new solutions for changes that they need to make in their lives, whilst working with clients in a supportive relationship. She is registered with Medicare, Private Health Funds, TAC and WorkCover.


Kerryl Beissel – Counselling Psychologist

BSc(Hons) (Psych), MAPS, Fellow APS College of Counselling Psychologists.

Kerryl has extensive experience in counselling for a wide range of personal and relationship issues. Her areas of practice include the management and treatment of anxiety, stress and depression; and assistance in dealing with the effects of difficult or traumatic experiences. In the past Kerryl has developed and conducted group workshop programs on anxiety management.

Kerryl has a special interest in the area of burnout recovery, both for people in ministry and for those in the general workplace. She can also provide counselling with a focus on the enhancement of relationships.

Kerryl likes to help equip people with psychological tools and strategies which they can use into the future. She aims to assist people to grow and adjust through times of transition or crisis and to develop new or renewed ways of approaching life.

Kerryl is registered with Medicare and TAC.


John Andersen - Psychologist

BA, DipPsych, MSc, MA, MAAFT.

After completing graduate studies in the United States, John worked as a police counsellor with the Police in Los Angeles, followed by work as a marriage and family therapist in a Christian counselling centre. John specialises in relationship counselling including: marital, stepfamily/blended family issues, working with adolescents within the context of their families.

Individual counselling includes: depression, anxiety, sexual addiction, sexual abuse and addressing men's issues. John has a systematic approach to counselling based on marriage and family therapy, which focuses on finding new solutions, on changing long-standing patterns in a person's life, and changes in meaning and behaviour, with an emphasis on the present, while not ignoring the past. John is registered with Medicare.


Melanie Birch – Counselling Psychologist and Hypnotherapist

BA, BBSc(Hons), CertPastoralPsychth, CertTraumaTh(Adv), DipClinHyp, MAPS, Fellow APS College of Counselling Psychologists.

The principle focus of Melanie’s practice is the treatment of anxiety, panic attacks, postnatal depression, trauma and grief. She works with people who have long standing issues and those with more recent difficulties. Melanie works with her clients in a gentle way to relieve their distress and help life get back on track. She has lectured on trauma at a tertiary level and is available for talks. Melanie is registered with Medicare and ATAPS.

Melanie is also a qualified hypnotherapist. When combined with counselling, she finds that hypnotherapy can be a very effective way of treating issues such as lack of confidence, low self-esteem, fear of public speaking, phobias and some sleep problems. Hypnosis is also well known as an effective method for quitting smoking naturally. Melanie uses an individually tailored approach that combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and hypnosis to maximise the outcome of success.


Manuela Barichello – Psychologist

BPsych, GDipPsych, GDipProfPsych, MProfPsychPrac, MAPS.

Manuela has worked in community health and education settings, and has over 15 years counselling experience. She has treated mental health issues including, anxiety, adjustment, depression, personality disorders, relationship issues, grief and loss, and trauma.

Manuela uses an empathic client-centered approach to promote therapeutic engagement. She is passionate about helping her clients resolve past and present issues and improving their wellbeing. She uses a CBT framework but also an eclectic therapeutic approach. Other therapies include, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She ensures each client is treated sensitivity and that treatment is tailored to suit their individual needs and preferences.

Manuela also has an interest in children and adolescents, and has experience in psychoeducational assessment and testing for primary and secondary students. Her objective is to provide valuable diagnostic information and support, by working closely with the family and school to achieve the best outcome for the child.
Manuela is registered with Medicare and Private Health Funds.


Edwin "Eddy" Kleynhans – Counselling Psychologist

MA, MAPS, Fellow APS College of Health Psychologists.

Eddy has been a registered psychologist for 25 years. He has also been registered with the Dutch Psychological Society, with Dutch being his second language. In Australia, he has been providing Employee Assistance Programs to organisations, often travelling interstate to consult with clients. He is an ex-president of EAPA. His expertise in private practice includes working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Clinical areas of his practice cover trauma & critical incident debriefing, WorkCover, Career counselling, substance abuse, eating disorders and weight loss, depression, phobias, self-esteem, relationships and mediation, management and stress. He adopts an eclectic approach with the main focus being on cognitive behaviour and solution-focused therapies. He is a keen proponent of a healthy lifestyle and is involved in his local parish Eddy is registered with Medicare and WorkCover.


Rob Postlethwaite - Clinical Psychologist

BBSc, MPsych, Clinical Psychologist.

Rob's long term interest in chronic pain and illness has resulted in considerable experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety and anger problems that are some of the emotional consequences of these conditions. While the major focus of treatment is always medical, how the individual manages the illness/pain they experience makes a considerable difference to their quality of life. It also helps the person to manage the long term impact of many illnesses. Relationship issues, loss of motivation, sexual problems, grief, addiction and many other forms of distress are generated by living with a chronic condition.

Rob's underlying philosophy is to focus on the here and now and address the current issues in a pragmatic and problem solving manner. It may be appropriate to go back through a person's history to enable understanding and change but only if it assists change in the present and future. He also believes quite strongly that the relationship a person has with their treating professional is an important component of the process in a manner that makes sense to you and assists you to resolve your problem. Rob is registered with Medicare, WorkCover & TAC.