Our Staff

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”.

Lisa Batson

General Psychologist

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

Lisa is an AHPRA endorsed general psychologist and clinical registrar. Lisa is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Lisa has extensive experience working in private practice, university and school settings and a specialist DBT clinic.

Lisa works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, fears and phobias, OCD, anger, stress, burn-out, pain management, parenting, relationship issues, child and adolescent issues, bullying and school refusal, alcohol and drugs, life change, self-esteem, trauma, grief, eating disorders, personality disorders and family therapy.

Lisa 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), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution Focussed Therapy (SFT), Mindfulness techniques and Schema Therapy. Lisa is also experienced in completing cognitive, educational, personality and social/emotional assessments.

Lisa has an empathetic, friendly and welcoming approach to ensure clients feel at ease in the therapeutic setting.  Lisa supports clients to make the changes they want in their lives and to create a more meaningful life.

Rachel Pulfer

Clinical Psychologist
B.A.,Grad.Dip.Psych., M.Psych.Clinical, MAPS

Specialising in: Clinical Psychology, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families
About Rachel

We are very pleased that Rachel has now joined the team of experienced psychologists at Bayside Psychology commencing on 13 April 2021.

Rachel is an experienced clinical psychologist who works across all areas of clinical psychology. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Rachel has an extensive background in both private practice and mental health organisations with adults, adolescents and children. Rachel has particular expertise working with behaviour problems and social emotional issues.

Rachel is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological College of Clinical Psychologists.

Rachel 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), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Positive Psychology, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Family Therapy, Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, non-directive Play Therapy, Circle of Security, family based therapy and others.

Rachel has an extensive history of working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults and families affected by psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, school refusal, stress, grief, trauma, autism, eating disorders, personality disorders, relationship issues, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and low self-esteem.

Rachel’s approach to treatment is evidence based, client centred and flexible. She has an approachable style that provides  support and understanding to support her clients during difficult times fostering behaviour change and lifelong learning and development.

Barbara Wasilewski

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Specialising in: Adults & Adolescents (15+)
About Barbara

Barbara is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She has over 20 years experience working with adults and adolescents experiencing mental health issues : depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, psychosis. Barbara is a warm and friendly therapist who is passionate about helping people. She has experience working with people from multicultural backgrounds and she speaks Polish fluently.

Barbara is extremely client focused in her work and considers how different approaches will improve an individual’s situation and overall well-being. By working collaboratively as a team with her clients Barbara’s aim is to help people achieve their goals in life and enhance the meaning and value of their lives.

In her work Barbara integrates all aspects of effective therapy practice by masterfully developing the therapeutic alliance, instilling hope, quickly centering on achievable objectives, selecting evidence-based practices and facilitating treatment adherence and follow up to make sure treatment gains will be maintained.

Barbara is available on Wednesdays.

Key interest areas:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Cross Cultural Issues
  • Suicide prevention
  • Stress
  • Self Esteem

Therapeutic Approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Solution- Focused Therapy

Christie McKay

General Psychologist

Specialising in: Adults, Couples & Adolescents (15+)
About Christie

Christie is a highly experienced psychologist who brings a mature approach to treating a wide range of DSM-5 presenting problems. Christie has worked in private practice for 15 years and takes a holistic approach to therapy.

Christie uses a variety of therapeutic interventions to assess, diagnose and treat the broad spectrum of presenting psychological problems.

These include:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPL), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness and Mindful CBT, Self-Compassion Therapy and Solution Focussed Therapy (SFT).

Christie works with Adults, couples and adolescents.

Christie has particular training and experience in relationship counselling and couples therapy. She has a special interest in attachment disorders and how these playout over a persons lifetime and have a significant impact on forming and maintaining cohesive relationships.

Christie is also highly experienced in treating other areas of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, phobias, addictions, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, lonliness, self-esteem and personality disorders.

Christie works with issues involving domestic violence, anger management, problem solving and communication skills. She has an approachable, friendly therapeutic style and is committed to helping her clients achieve positive outcomes.

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.