Our alliance team
We have a number of practitioners with different professional skill sets. When you make contact with any of our practitioners, they will explain the options for accessing their services and assist you with referral processes where necessary. They will also be happy to discuss whether they are the ‘right’ health professional for you and if not, to give you the name of others who may suit your needs.
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
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
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 email@example.com
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
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Kate Lithgow is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Counsellor and Youth Worker with a Masters in Social Work from Deakin University, a Bachelor Degree in Youth Affairs from RMIT and Diploma in Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counselling as well as certificates in Small Business Management.
Kate has over 25 years experience in youth work, counselling and pastoral care and has worked in local government, not for profit and private practice. She has extensive experience in helping people of all ages working through issues of anxiety, stress, depression, feeling stuck, domestic abuse, burnout and more.
Kate has special interest in trauma-informed practise and utilises evidence-based practice approaches such as CBT, psychoeducation and relaxation techniques and also incorporates psychotherapy, mindfulness and positive psychology. Kate also works in skills training such as problem solving, anger management, stress management, communication skills, social skills and more. Kate is an NDIS and Medicare provider.
Kate Lithgow can be contacted on 0447 529 457 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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_