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.

Rachel Larke

Psychologist
Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology

Specialising in: Educational & Developmental Psychology, Children, Adolescents, Adults & Families
About Rachel

Rachel Larke joins our team as an experienced psychologist with a wealth of experience in the education sector, having worked in early childhood intervention and primary/secondary school settings for over 15 years. Rachel completed a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology in 2006 and is passionate about supporting children, adolescents, young adults and their families through evidence based assessment, intervention and counselling services, including liaison with preschools and schools.

Rachel adopts a person centred approach and works with individuals and families in a compassionate, strength based and collaborative way.  Rachel has expertise in the following areas; 

  • Neurodevelopmental assessments (developmental delay/intellectual disability, ADHD, specific learning difficulties)
  • Autism intervention and support
  • behavioural challenges and disorders (self injury, oppositional defiant disorder, impulse control, conduct disorder)
  • parenting support and strategies for coping and stress reduction.
  • school refusal/reluctance
  • social skills, friendship skills and bullying
  • anxiety disorders (separation anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias)
  • stress management and everyday coping skills
  • study skills and motivation, and;
  • self esteem and confidence.

Rachel has special interests in the areas of inclusive education and neurodiversity, supporting girls with Autism, fostering play and creativity in families, compassion focussed therapy (CFT) to enhance traditional therapies, and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR).

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.