Meet the team
Dr Sunil Datta
Dr Sunil Datta has been working as a psychiatrist for the past 30 years. He has had an extensive range of experience in various different areas in both public and private psychiatry. His research work has mainly been in social anxiety, and in the side-effects of prescribed psychotropic medications.
He is a member of the psychotherapy committee of the Royal College, and a member of the domestic violence committee. He is a supervisor of both general practice trainees, and psychiatry trainees. His clinical interest, has been in anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder and addictive disorders.
He is passionate about seeing patients, and working with them to help them improve however severe their illness is. At present he runs the general practice liaison program in the western suburbs, and is closely aware of the needs of the patients and general practitioners in the area.
Dr Naveen Thomas
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Dr Mahesh Jayaram
Dr Mahesh Jayaram is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne and Consultant Psychiatrist. He is coordinates the Masters of Psychiatry course and is editor of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group. He completed his membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2004 and worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist for 7 years in the NHS prior to moving to Melbourne in August 2013 and completing his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
Dr Jayaram is passionate about clinical care and ensures that his clients receive the highest quality of care. This includes providing a comprehensive package of care in a compassionate environment which is collaborative and inclusive in its model, liaising with families, GPs and other healthcare professionals as appropriate. He specializes in adult psychiatry, with a particular interest in bipolar disorders, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, sleep disorders, psychosexual disorders and adult ADHD.
His areas of research interest include evaluating novel treatments for schizophrenia and has authored and edited numerous Cochrane systematic reviews relating to this. Working collaboratively with colleagues, he has obtained two recent grants, one from ISCRR to develop guidelines for pharmacological treatment of behavioural disorders following traumatic brain injuries and an NHMRC grant for reducing mortality rates associated with mental illness in primary care. He has obtained over $ 3 million in research funding, has authored over 30 publications and 2 book chapters, including a recent one on early psychosis in the new Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry.
Dr Ajith Vidanagama
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Dr Carl Zabel
Dr Carl Zabel is a Clinical Psychologist who trained both overseas and locally and speaks fluent English, German and Spanish. He has over 15 years experience working in private and public mental health settings and providing psychotherapy to adults (including young adults) presenting with a wide range of concerns and conditions.
Carl has a particular interest in working with clients experiencing difficulties with effectively managing their emotions and / or their relationships with themselves and others (sometimes described as personality disorders)and the associated symptoms such as anxiety and depression. He offers psychotherapy ranging from brief interventions for a specific concern to longer-term therapy. Carl also offers supervision for training psychologists.
Dr Corina Ly
Dr Corina Ly is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about helping individuals pursue chosen life goals and live according to their values. Corina has a warm and compassionate approach and believes that a solid therapeutic relationship is central to desired outcomes. She has specific interests in assisting individuals navigate interpersonal difficulties, relationship anxiety, self-esteem, excessive self-criticism, identity issues and social anxiety.
Corina uses a range of evidence-based frameworks including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology. Corina has over ten years experience working in private practice, hospitals and other mental health settings.
Dr Reenu Farrugia
Dr. Reenu Farrugia is a Registered Psychologist in Victoria, Australia. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in USA she continued on with her education and received a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy as well as her Doctorate in Psychology, Specialising in Marriage Family Therapy. Currently, Dr. Farrugia is providing therapy for couples, families and individuals.
Area of interests: Premarital, Couples, Family, Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem, Stress-management, Post-natal Depression, Life Transitions, Grief Therapy.
Clientele: Adult Population (18 years and older)
Margaret is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years experience. She has worked for more than 10 years in the Inner West in both private practice and as a senior psychologist at North Western Mental Health and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. With a background in school psychology and public health she brings developmental and clinical perspectives to the treatment and management of a range of problems that people commonly present with to GPs and private psychiatrists. Her clinical experience involves: working with people recovering from major mental illness; mood and anxiety disorders as a primary diagnosis or as co morbid disorders associated with chronic illness or pain disorders; adjustment to and management of health conditions and life crises.
Margaret is experienced in assessment to clarify diagnosis and for individual treatment planning. Interventions are planned and delivered in a collaborative relationship with the client, guided by current best practice principles.
Appointments are made after discussion with the client by telephone (Mob: 0417 326 039)
Where client are presenting with current substance abuse disorders, a history of violence or where bulk billing is requested, telephone discussion with the referrer prior to referral is essential.
Ann has been practicing as a Psychologist for over 17 years and has been helping couples for more than 10 years. Ann is passionate about helping people find their sense of identity and improve their overall connections to others. Ann believes that the relationship between the client and the Psychologist is the most important element to successful therapy and she brings to her work respect, openness, honesty and empathy.
Ann has a particular strong interest in relationships issues, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety and alcohol and other drug issues.
Ann is very committed to helping individuals who present with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, parenting difficulties, work place issues and trauma.
Ann uses a range of approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. Ann also uses Schema Therapy that assists people with the more difficult long-standing problems.
Ann works from two locations, Keilor East and Fitzroy.
You can contact Ann on 0423 292 186 to arrange an appointment.
Ann graduated from ACU with a Bachelor of Social Science (family studies) majoring in Psychology. Ann is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Dr Linda Troselj
Dr. Linda Troselj is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. She holds a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology qualification. Linda has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, mental health hospitals, drug and alcohol agencies including rehab, employee assistance programs and community mental health.
She specialises in the assessment and treatment of a range of psychological disorders for adults. She has a particular interest in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, and helping family members cope with a loved one’s substance use. Linda provides treatment for issues including:
Anxiety (e.g., Panic, Worry, Phobia, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety)
Coping with a loved one’s substance use
Self-harming & Suicidal Behaviours
Appointments can be made by telephone on 0405 674 279 or emailing your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Commenced nursing in Australia in 1990. Set up the Aged Psychiatry Assessment Service in Caulfield Hospital in 1996, and in 2001 was appointed Executive Director of Mother Romana Home in Kew.Returned to mental health nursing in 2002 when the Nurse Practitioner initiative picked up momentum. Worked next 15 years providing services to people living with mental illness, drug and alcohol comorbidities and have complex care needs.
She was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner in 2013Ah-Nya holds a Master in Health Science Nursing (VUT 1996) Graduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing (RMIT 1993) Graduate Diploma Business – Health Services Management (RMIT 1998) Certificate of Nursing – Essex, England (1980) and aCertificate in Pharmacology – University of Melbourne (2006). Her professional memberships include: Credentialed Mental Health Nurse (ACMHN) Certified Health Executive (ACHSE)
Mental Health Occuptational Therapist
Robyn has completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and is Registered with AHPRA. She is Experienced in Psychotherapy and Counselling treatments for Young Adults aged 17+, Adults and Older Adults 65+ experiencing Depression, Anxiety including GAD, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific phobia's, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorder. Also Mental Health Issues as a result of physical illness or disabilities. Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Narrative Therapy, treatment covers area's such as Anxiety and Stress Management, Problem Solving skills, Behaviour Management, Grief and Trauma, Assertiveness Training, Parenting, Anger Management, Emotion Regulation, increasing Independence, Self Esteem and Confidence building, Communication skills, Structuring Daily Activities, Illness and Lifestyle Psycho-education, Relaxation and Mindfulness Strategies.
Referrals taken from Psychiatrists and General Practitioners under the Better Access to Mental Health Program.
Bulk billing available for Pensioners and Health Care Card Holders
Mental Health Social Worker
John Belanti is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker recognised by the AASW. For over 17 years, he has extensive clinical, leadership and management experience in a variety of mental health settings including public, private and within the public service. He also has worked in private practice since 2010.
John offers counselling and psychotherapy for individuals who may be experiencing concerns relating to their mental health and would like the opportunity to improve their quality of life. He also offers clinical and leadership supervision for professionals working in mental health and community services.
His research interest has been into cross cultural Near Death Experiences and phenomenology of Near Death Experiences. For the past 20 years he has studied and practised mindfulness and meditation in Australia, Thailand and Japan.
John employs a variety of approaches in his work focussing on what the individual needs to build their authenticity and strengths. His approach is informed by Psychoanalytic theory and practice, Clinical Hypnosis, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practices.
Areas of clinical interest are in grief and loss, self esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment, life transitions, motivation, stress management and cross cultural and relationship issues.
Individuals may be eligible to claim a Medicare rebate with a Mental Health Care Plan from a General Practitioner (GP) or referral letter from a Psychiatrist.
Master of Psychology (M. Psych) (Counselling Psychology)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Bachelor of Behavioural Science
Lauren’s background includes work in counselling, clinical and psychiatric settings. She has worked extensively with clients in both group and individual therapy. Lauren’s masters research focused on evaluating an anger management program for Australian men for which she also piloted. She draws extensively on this research when working with clients experiencing this difficult emotion.
Additionally, Lauren has expertise in the treatment of children aged 5 – 12 years, having worked as a school psychologist at a primary school for 2 years. Lauren works creatively with children, allowing them to use their imagination as a means of expression and releasing of emotions.
Key Areas of Focus/Expertise
Lauren specialises in working with adults and particularly male clients, as well as primary school aged children and adolescents. However, her general area of treatment and counselling also extends to women, parents and groups.
Her key areas of practice include:
Grief and Loss
Parenting children and adolescents
Creative Play Therapy with young children
Lauren utilises a number of evidence-based techniques in her work including cognitive behavioural, solution focused, interpersonal, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy. However, Lauren believes that the basis for all successful counselling is the development of a warm, respectful and empathic relationship, allowing for a collaborative approach in discussing problems, identifying goals and bringing about change.