Our Staff

Joanna Paterson

B.A.Hons (Psych), M.Psych.Clin.,A-MACPA Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in: Clinical Psychology
About Joanna

Joanna is a registered Clinical Psychologist with experience working in various settings including Private Practice, Public Health, and Pain Management.  Joanna works with adolescents, adults and the elderly and has experience in the assessment and treatment of a range of problems, including anxiety and depression, trauma and PTSD, stress management, sleep disturbance, persistent or chronic pain, disordered eating, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive and compulsive disorders (OCD), drug and alcohol dependence, grief and loss, and communication skills.

Joanna has a collaborative approach to therapy, inviting clients to have an active role in clarifying their goals and priorities, and aims to assist clients to develop the skills and insights necessary to effect lasting change.

Joanna uses a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Supportive Counselling, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).

Joanna has a warm and empathetic style, and believes that everyone is capable of making positive change at any stage of life.

Kirra Caldwell

B.A.(Psych) Post.Grad.Dip.ED, Post.Grad.Dip.Psych., M.Psych.Clin., MAPS Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in: Clinical Psychology
About Kirra

Kirra is an AHPRA endorsed clinical psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society with extensive experience in both private practice and mental health organisations.

Kirra works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with a diverse range of presentations and psychological problems.

Kirra’s is highly trained and experienced in utilising a wide range of assessment measures and therapeutic strategies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, Trauma Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

Kirra is also experienced in completing cognitive, educational, personality and social/emotional assessments. She has experience working within school settings and in developing individual learning plans, behaviour management plans and return to school plans. When working with adolescents and children, she understands the importance of developing rapport and maintaining confidentiality while incorporating wider supports in order to provide good quality outcomes and care.

Kirra’s approach to treatment is evidence based, client centred, flexible and approachable. Kirra has a gentle approach that provides support and understanding fostering lifelong learning and development.

Mr David Lococo

B.A. Hons. (Psych), M.Psych, MAPS, Psychologist

Specialising in: Adults & Adolescents
About David

I have practiced as a psychologist for over a decade. I primarily use a cognitive-behavioural approach towards treatments, however I also incorporate other approaches, including mindfulness and motivational interviewing. I have worked with various populations, including children, adults, criminal offenders and people with an intellectual disability and/or autism.

I have experience in a range of areas, including mood disorders (e.g. anxiety and depression), trauma, anger management, conduct problems in children, offender rehabilitation and behavioural concerns in people with an intellectual disability and/or autism. 

Mr Ian Stapleton

Clinical, Child and Educational Psychologist – B.A., B.Ed., Grad.Dip.Clin.Hyp., MAPS, MASH, MISH

Specialising in: Clinical Psychology, Relationship Issues, Adolescents, Child & Educational, Counselling, Hypnotherapy
About Ian

Ian is a clinical psychologist with many years experience in private practice. He is also a child and educational psychologist and was previously a senior psychologist with the education department as well as officer in charge of several psychology and counselling, guidance and clinical service centres.

Ian is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Council of Psychologists. He is also a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists and also the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

Ian is also a family therapist and sex therapist.

Ian is an experienced and talented hypnotherapist who achieves exceptional outcomes for his clients. He is a member of the Australian Society of Hypnosis and also the International Society of Hypnosis.

Ian has a keen interest in flying and is an associate member of the Aerospace Medical Society. He is also an avid fly fisherman and Rotarian.

Ian works with adults, families, teenagers and children, across all areas of psychology. Ian was formally a consultant clinical psychologist with the Australian Defence Force and is currently a consultant clinical psychologist with Ambulance Victoria.

Ian has had many years experience working with clients using the full range of therapeutic strategies and behavioural interventions including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy, counselling, and solution focused therapies based on mindfulness and wellbeing.

Ian has an easy rapport and a belief based on experience that all people can change and achieve their goals with the help of psychological insight spelled out in the adage “you’ll see it when you believe it”.

Ms Sharon Cheeseman

Clinical Psychologist – B.A., Hons (Psych)., M.Psych.Clin., MAPS.

Specialising in: Clinical Psychology, Relationship Issues, Adolescents, Counselling
About Sharon

Sharon is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society who has worked in a variety of community and private settings.

Sharon uses a neuropsychotherapy framework to inform treatment where a number of modalities may be used including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, Trauma Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused Therapy and Mindfulness techniques. To this end, 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 works with adults, including older adults, older children (12+), and couples.

Sharon works with a diverse range of presentations including Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Anger Management, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Chronic Illness, Self-Esteem/Self Image Issues, chronic Pain, Sleep Issues, Stress Management, Trauma, and Weight Loss.

Need to Talk?

Our professional and skilled psychologists are available to help you find solutions to a broad range of life problems including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, workplace stress, parenting and educational problems, anger, addictions and many more.
We are open Monday to Friday from 9am - 6pm.

All sessions will be bulk billed when you have a GP Mental Health Care Plan.