Our practitioners across Geelong

Alliance members of Pritchard Health operate across the Greater Geelong area and the surrounding areas.

All of our alliance members are private practitioners and should  be contacted directly through their contact details listed below.

Steph Thwaites


Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Steph is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Psychotherapist, with a Masters in Counselling & Human Services (LaTrobe), drawing on over 10 years of experience working clinically across the lifespan with individuals and groups in both the public and private sectors.


Now focusing on her work with adults (17+), Steph always puts empathy and a person- centered approach at the forefront, valuing collaboration and empowerment. A variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches influence her work, such as: EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy or Process Experiential Emotion Focused Therapy), Person Centered Therapy, ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), Mindfulness & CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Steph also has experience facilitating Sand Play Therapy and offers this to her clients where appropriate in order to enhance the therapeutic outcome.


Areas addressed include: anxiety, depression, trauma (including complex trauma), disordered eating/eating disorders, body image issues and addiction issues (including working with Benzodiazepine withdrawal).

Steph Thwaites can be contacted on 0426 240 089

Darren Riggon 

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

Darren is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, psychotherapist /counsellor and clinical supervisor. He was trained in the UK and is keen to  help individuals work through their challenges, moving from living their lives as passive observers to  being active participants in creating lives that serve their happiness. Darren’s philosophy is “ Your life , your way!” He has extensive experience in youth and adult mental health.


Darren is able to  see individuals for the following issues: Anxiety, depression, addictions and compulsions, stress management, workplace stress, life transitions, self esteem, anger management and  LGBTQI+ issues.


Darren Riggon can be contacted on 0449 935 066

Caitlin Sims

Registered Psychologist (PSY000203418)

Caitlin is a Registered Psychologist and Director of Bright Happy Minds, a service which provides psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention for children, adolescents and parents. Since becoming registered, she has worked in private practice supporting individuals with disabilities, learning disorders and other mental health issues.


Caitlin is enthusiastic about supporting children and adolescents with disabilities and working collectively with their parents and educators to provide them with the supports, structure and guidance they need to meet their full potential. Caitlin provides Cognitive Assessments, Learning Difficulties Assessments, Autism Assessments, ADHD Assessments, Behavioural Assessments and Mental Health Disorder Assessments. 

Caitlin’s areas of interest are Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) ,Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Delay/Intellectual Disability, Learning Difficulties, Anxiety, Depression, School Refusal, Challenging Behaviours, Self-Harm, Family Issues and Parental Separation, Self Esteem, Self Confidence, Social Skills, Parenting Skills and Transition planning (kinder to primary school – primary school to high school). Caitlin has knowledge of the DEECD funding guidelines and will be running skills groups for children and adolescents.

She is able to see clients under NDIS funding (self and plan managed), Medicare (Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative, Helping Children with Autism Initiative (HCWA), Chronic Disease), Department of Social Services (DSS) (formerly FaHCSIA) and Better Start, CareinMIND Mental Health Services, Private Health Insurance and WestVic PHN funding streams via ReferralPoint.

Caitlin Sims can be contacted on 0447 525 451 or caitlin@brighthappyminds.com.au

Jo Nunan

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

Jo is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, a Midwife and a Maternal Child Health Nurse with over forty years experience of working in the health system.


Jo has a long history of working with women and their families during pregnancy and early family development and is passionate about supporting women and their families and helping them understand the issues related to this amazing but complex period.

She specialises in perinatal and infant mental health as well as working with parents to develop skills and abilities, especially with challenges such as sleep, feeding and play in the early years. She provides counselling, support and practical assistance.

​Jo Nunan can be contacted on 0491 092 844 or Jonunan2@gmail.com

Sonia Gibson

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Mental Health Nurse

Sonia has worked in a wide range of areas from acute in-patient services, community mental health, intensive youth outreach to crisis assessment services.  She is dedicated to improving access to services for all individuals in the community. Sonia has extensive academic knowledge and experience in forensic medicine and has taught medical students through Geelong's Deakin University. Sonia also offers clinical hypnotherapy treatment.

Sonia Gibson can be contacted on 0411 449 041

Duncan Morris

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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Duncan Morris is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, counsellor, mentor and business coach. Duncan has a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Deakin University and a Masters in Human Services Management from Charles Sturt University.  His qualifications in conjunction with his professional and personal experience allow him to exercise his passion for working with people so they are able to fulfil their potential.

Duncan has completed further training around Cognitive Processing Therapy, Complex Trauma, The Richards Trauma Process, Suicide intervention and understanding the impact of anxiety disorders. He provides counselling for: generalist counselling, mental health, anger management, trauma including PTSD, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships as well as other areas of concern for individuals and couples.

Duncan Morris can be contacted on 0434 331 243

Maureen Bain

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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Maureen is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and counsellor. She has extensive experience in working in both public and private mental health services and provides individualised therapy for mood disorders, anxiety, relaxation and stress management, chronic illness, grief and trauma, disability, adjustment and ageing issues.  Maureen worked in an acute public mental health community team for 18 years before setting up her own counselling practice in 2013.


Maureen ‘s formal qualifications include: Bachelor of Social Work, Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and advanced practitioner training in Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping).  Maureen was a Division 2 nurse with both hospital and residential care experience prior to completing her Social Work degree.


Maureen uses a person-centred approach and utilises a variety of approaches including cognitive-behavioural, relationship interventions, medical hypnosis, guided imagery, emotional freedom technique, mindfulness, anxiety management, acceptance, bereavement and grief interventions. Maureen works with individuals of all ages and specialises working with the Veteran community, carers, and residents living in care facilities. She also provides an outreach service to provide counselling to individuals who are unable to attend office-based sessions. She also has Medicare accreditation. 


Maureen can be contacted on 0425 857 774 or doingchangecounselling@gmail.com. Her practice is located at Mount Duneed, Armstrong Creek, Geelong.

Suzanne Higgins

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

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Suzanne worked at Raphael Services for 14 years before venturing into private practice in her area of specialty of Perinatal and Infant Mental Health.  She offers counselling for women and men who are experiencing challenges during a pregnancy or in the early months and years after the birth. She can also offer support for families experiencing anxiety or depression, adjustment disorder, parent-infant relationship issues, post trauma responses (around the pregnancy or birth), role overload, poor family of origin issues and bereavement (when the pregnancy doesn’t go according to plan).  


Suzanne has a nursing background including midwifery, maternal and child health and mental health.  She has additional qualifications in Perinatal & Infant Mental Health and studied combining parenting and paid work for her PhD. She works out of rooms in Belmont and The Birth House.


Suzanne can be contacted on 0491 005 804 or suzanne@thenurses.com.au

Danielle Forer

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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Danielle is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and counsellor. She has extensive experience in child, adolescent and parental mental illness, refugee mental health, chronic illness, grief and trauma.  Danielle has worked in both Hospital and Non-Government Organisations for more than twenty years providing social work interventions, counselling and group work.

Danielle’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), Graduate Diploma in adolescent health and welfare, Certificate in developmental psychiatry and Psychodrama. She offers a variety of approaches including cognitive-behavioural, family and systems interventions, therapeutic play, mindfulness, psychodrama, emotion regulation techniques, trauma-informed and recovery-focused practices, bereavement and grief interventions.


Danielle can be contacted on 0411 675 597 or forerd@reflectionspace.com.au                       

Noreen Siebuhr

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

Noreen Siebuhr is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse working from clinics in Lara as well as providing outreach services to the surrounding suburbs. She spent many years working as a Registered Nurse and Midwife before moving onto mental health care across both rural and metropolitan areas.

Noreen has worked in the areas of acute mental health, mother and baby mental health and community and forensic mental health. For the last few years she has focused on community mental health, providing services to clients from young adults to the elderly, including those living in aged care facilities.

Noreen provides counselling for all types of mental illness as well as for perinatal clients, suicide prevention and grief counselling. She lives on a small rural property with her husband and has adult children, a grandson and a menagerie of pets.


Noreen Siebuhr can be contacted on 0468 356 087 or noreensiebuhr@live.com.au

Judith Emond

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Judith has extensive counselling experience across private practice, as an ATAPS counsellor for adults and children and as a problem gambling counsellor.  She works with children, individuals, couples and families, providing evidence-based treatments to deal with emotional and psychological difficulties.


With over ten years of experience,  Judith offers behavioural and cognitive interventions, relaxation strategies, skills training, interpersonal therapy, family relationship therapies and bereavement interventions. Her approach is compassionate and non judgemental. She is a registered Clinical Family Therapist, tertiary qualified Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Bereavement Counsellor. She is a Medicare provider as well as NDIS, FRMP practitioner, TAC Family Counsellor and Psychology Therapy Services provider.


Judith Emond can be contacted on 0408 791 097. She is available at the Child & Family Therapy Practice Suite 5/84 Gheringhap Street, Geelong for after hours sessions on Monday, Thursday and Friday

Ruth Rechner

Clinical Social Worker

Ruth is a Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in counselling clients with mental health and trauma issues, and their carers. She has worked as both a clinician and as a manager in various national counselling services, as well as in private practice, over several decades.

Ruth draws on a range of evidence-based frameworks and trauma-informed practices in providing focused psychological strategies and psychotherapy. She works collaboratively with clients to harness their goals and strengths towards achieving their potential and growth, while also encouraging their self-care.

Ruth can be contacted on 0400 150 067

Alison Moore

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

Alison Moore trained to be a Mental Health Nurse in England over forty years ago, and has many years of experience in public and private hospitals. She has worked in private practice for nine years.

Alison has also studied Life Coaching, applying recovery and problem solving models within her practice to encourage self confidence and motivation: exploring obstacles to success. She has an ongoing interest in auditory hallucinations and has co-facilitated Hearing Voices groups in Melbourne.

Alison also has an interest in the gut/brain connection and has a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell. She has recently been certified in the areas of perinatal and non-directive pregnancy counseling.

Alison can be contacted on 03 5250 5902 at Sage Holistic Lifestyle Coaching or at sagecoaching@outlook.com

Greta Ludwig

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

Greta is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse who has worked as a clinician, educator and researcher in the Mental Health sector over two decades, and primary health for the past 10 years.

Greta believes that an authentic, honest and trusting relationship is essential for empowering individuals to develop self-awareness and emotional growth.  She works collaboratively with individuals to achieve their goals using a variety of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, Schema therapy, solution focused brief therapy and psychodynamic therapy.  She regularly attends a range of professional development forums to keep informed about new developments in mental health. 


Greta has a passion for the relationship between chronic illness and mental health, anxiety disorders, stress and stress related presentations, migrant, refugee and asylum seeker mental health.

Greta is based at the Corio Bay Medical Centre on Wednesdays.

She can be contacted on 0449 001 609 or at gretalludwig@gmail.com

Dr. Chris Barrett, PhD

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Chris provides counselling for children, young people and adults.  She has extensive experience in community agencies, educational settings and private practice. 

Chris uses a broad range of approaches to work with people to understand themselves in complex environments, build on their strengths, develop strategies and implement change in the face of psychological and emotional difficulties.  Counselling aims to strengthen the relationships and cultural connections that support strong identity, health and wellbeing. 

Common issues addressed include anxiety, depression and anger; trauma and healing; coping with change, loss and grief; family and relationship problems; life challenges and behaviour difficulties. 


Chris can be contacted on 0407 865 618 or at chrisbarrett.counselling@gmail.com.

Her office is located at 84 Gheringhap Street, Geelong.

Melissa Reeve

General Psychologist

Melissa has worked in private and public settings for over fifteen years with adolescents and adults specialising in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, adjustment difficulties and perinatal mental health. She utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and Schema Therapy based approaches.


Melissa has extensive experience working with young people following previous employment with Barwon Health – Jigsaw and Headspace. Melissa worked as a counsellor with the ATAPS program at Primary Mental Health Partners and more recently as a student counsellor at Deakin University. Melissa can see clients who are referred through Medicare (gap applies), Psychological Therapy Services (PTS), TAC, WorkCover and NDIS.


Melissa Reeve can be contacted on 0490 897 302 or melreeve28@gmail.com


Registered Therapy Dog

Our Golden Retriever Barnaby (aka Barney) is now a Registered Therapy Dog. He has completed a five day training course through K9 Support Australia and is able to work with Pritchard Health in an official capacity doing Animal Assisted Interventions. While he is working, he will wear his special vest.


Therapy dogs can make a positive difference to psychological wellbeing in a clinical setting and animal companionship programs are now seen in schools, courtrooms, aged care facilities and increasingly, in counselling settings. If you are interested, Barney will be available for client consultations through Sian.

You can find out more about about this unique initiative by going to www.k9support.com.au


​To follow Barney on Instagram, go to www.instagram.com/baby_barnaby_

0422 466 222 




ABN: 327 005 429 08

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