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

Steph Thwaites, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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

Samara Wall

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Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Samara is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. She has worked for over 14 years as a Social Worker in various settings including child, youth and family therapy, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, foster care and crisis counselling. 

 

Samara is driven by a person-centred and strength-based approach. She works collaboratively with clients and other service systems to advocate for the development of the full potential and greatest health of everyone she works with.

 

She values connection and is warm, compassionate, non-judgemental and passionate about her work, which uses a combination of approaches including acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and narrative therapy. She aims to create a genuine experience of being heard and valued, as well as providing suggestions of resources and strategies to empower clients to overcome their own struggles. 

 

Samara has completed extra training in the areas of counselling, family therapy, trauma, grief and loss, mindful parenting, nature-based therapy, child-centred practice, play therapy, cultural competence, mediation, Indigenous and LGBTI communities as well as having completed perinatal specific training with The University of Sydney.

Samara can be contacted on 0480 241 502 or by emailing info@soarhearts.com

You can find out more at www.soarhearts.com

Jo Nunan

Jo Nunan - Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

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

Duncan Morris

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Duncan Morris - Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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

Maureen Bain - Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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.

Danielle Forer

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Danielle Forer - Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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 - 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

Alison Moore

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

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.

Alsion is able to provide services via telehealth only and has after-hours availability. She can be contacted on 03 5250 5902 at Sage Holistic Lifestyle Coaching or at sagecoaching@outlook.com

Please note: Alison is only able to provide telehealth  when seeing people referred through WestVic PHN.

Greta Ludwig

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

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 able to provide services via telehealth only and has after-hours availability. She can be contacted on 0449 001 609 or at gretalludwig@gmail.com 

Dr. Chris Barrett, PhD

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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 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

Jason Thompson

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

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Jason is an accomplished mental health practitioner with almost 20 years’ experience working in diverse settings in public and not-for-profit sectors.

 

Jason’s formal qualifications include: Bachelor of Social Science (with Honours, Swinburne University), Master of Nursing Science (Melbourne University) and a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (RMIT).

 

Jason has vast experience working with adolescents and adults presenting with a range of issues including: depression; anxiety; trauma; substance use and addiction; self-harm and suicidality; grief and loss; and relationship difficulties.

 

Jason draws on a range of evidence-based treatments but works mainly from a solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) approach. This approach generally results in positive outcomes with fewer sessions meaning clients spend less time in therapy and more time getting on with life. SFBT is particularly helpful with entrenched issues where other approaches have not been successful.

 

Jason works from a client-centred and strengths-based approach helping clients move towards their preferred future while drawing on and enhancing their own internal resources and capabilities.

 

Jason sees clients (18 and older) through the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (GP referral required, no fee) and privately (full fee service) either face to face, telehealth or a combination of the two.

 

Jason is available after hours and weekends and can be contacted on 0416 754 383