Our Practitioners


Coralie Holding – Nurse Practitioner – Mental Health and AOD and Practice Owner

37 years experience working in a range of senior clinical and managerial settings in both public and private mental health practice. Coralie completed an MBA followed by a Masters – Nurse Practitioner, commencing Clear Thinking Mental Health Group with an aim to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary mental health treatment and support for a range of mental health and psychological conditions, across all age demographics.  Treatment includes biological treatment and psychological therapies.

• Coralie is a certified Opiate Replacement Therapy Prescriber and counsellor.

• Current sessional provider at Headspace Ballarat.

Coralie is experienced in managing major mental health conditions including biological and psychological treatment of psychotic illness. Management of high prevalence disorders including anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, personality disorders, self-harming and suicidal behaviours, advanced suicide prevention, substance misuse and addiction, adjustment disorders, relationship, family or carer stress, workplace stress & conflict is also provided. All treatment is evidence based and can include a range of focused psychological therapies including CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Interpersonal and Strengths based Therapy and DBT.

Coralie can provide assistance in the management of acute or persistent mental health conditions and provides mental health secondary consultation to a range of services within the Ballarat region. Workplace training and supervision can be arranged.

There are no session limits on mental health management. Medicare and NDIS registered provider.

 


Practice Managers

Caz

Caz has a Bachelor of Psychology degree and 5 years’ experience in phone counselling with Lifeline, which gives her a firm understanding in assisting clients and scheduling consultations to meet their needs.
Caz manages all NDIS requirements, payroll, HR and Auditing and assists Karen with reception duties 9am- 5pm Monday to Wednesday and 8am-12pm Thursday.

 








Karen

Karen has more than 30 years’ experience in administration across various industries including legal, property consulting, employment service and recently as a retail manager.
Karen manages client bookings, PHN, Telehealth, staff scheduling and general reception duties. Karen works Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


Marcia Hatcher – Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

32 years’ experience working as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse across a range of settings and in public mental health.

Marcia can provide evidence-based practice and family inclusive treatment for patients with serious mental disorders.

Marcia provides person-centred care, medication monitoring and response review, Risk Assessment & Risk Management, Illness Education, Nutrition Skills, Sleep Management, Anxiety Management, Adjustment Disorders, Depression, Problem Analysis & Solving, Communication Skills Training, Substance Use/Misuse, Coping with Unwanted Thoughts, Delusions and/or Hallucinations and Living Skills Training.

Marcia provides sessions as a contractor at Headspace Ballarat and is a registered provider with Medicare and NDIS.

 


Jacqui White – Psychologist

Registered psychologist with a Masters in Occupational Psychology and 20 years of experience working with a broad range of clients promoting whole person health and well-being with a strength based focus.

Jacqui has used positive psychology since the benefit of its practical application was realised. She weaves this into her practice either in a coaching, strategic partnering, mentoring or counselling capacity as she is committed to enhancing individual well-being. Her expertise in, and passion for, helping individuals reach their full potential ensures a challenging and inspirational partnership is formed. Jacqui has experience in assisting people realise the benefits of breathing and relaxation techniques, smoking cessation, useful sleep techniques, mindfulness, and a range of therapeutic strategies to ensure sessions are tailored to individual needs.

Jacqui works with children, couples, adolescents and adults. Jacqui is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a registered provider with Medicare, WorkSafe, TAC, private health insurance and NDIS.

 


Julie Walker – Provisional Psychologist

Recent mature age graduate of Deakin University. Julie has been teaching Yoga and Meditation for over 20 years and prior to studying Psychology worked in her own private practice as a massage, bodywork and breath therapist.

Julie has experience in treating a wide variety of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety & psychotic illness. She is particularly interested in assisting clients with relationship and social issues and has undertaken extensive training with two of Australia’s leading social and relationship psychologists Dr. Gery Karantzas and Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald. Julie delivers a feedback informed client centred approach and draws from a variety of therapeutic modalities including Solution Focused and Strength-Based approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).

Julie’s expertise is working with clients to attain a connection to a life that is empowered & mindful. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and currently consults with participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (the NDIS) and participants of the Victorian Counselling and Psychological Services (VCPS).

Julie is also available to see private clients for individual treatment and couples for relationship counselling.

 


Nicole Kearns – Psychologist

Master of Psychology (Clinical) and provides a range of psychological assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents and adults.

Nicole has experience in educational and cognitive assessments, and working with children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as their parents/guardians. Nicole also has experience in suicide prevention and high prevalence mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and personality disorders. Nicole takes a person-centred, strengths-based approach, informed by feedback from each client. Techniques used include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and motivational interviewing.

Nicole is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and an associate member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Nicole is a registered provider with Medicare, WorkSafe Victoria, TAC, private health insurance and NDIS.

 


Lee Palmer – Psychologist

Began her psychology studies as a mature-age student after a period as a Lifeline volunteer. She has worked extensively in telephone counselling for addictions including drugs and alcohol, gambling and smoking.

Lee completed a Master of Clinical Psychology degree in 2010, and has since worked as an addiction counselor with a focus on problem gambling and mental health. She has particular interests in wellness and growth, healthy relationships, recovery from trauma, mindfulness, and group therapy, particularly psychodrama. Lee is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and an associate member of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association.

 




John Alder – Counselling & Developmental Psychologist

Working with people experiencing anxieties and/or depression, often associated with confronting or confusing life events (eg. career change, conflict/abuse in relationships and loss of capacities) are some particular areas of John’s expertise. He assists people “re-construct” their identity and/or relationship/s using: a strong therapeutic alliance in sessions; emotional awareness (to help inform self-identity and intimacy/bonds in relationship/s) and creating alternative thinking and behavioural habits (practiced in sessions and in home/workplace trials).

He works with people experiencing:

  • Anxiety – general, social/interpersonal or personal/performance
  • Depression – avoidance, withdrawal or lethargy
  • Career Doubts – sense of direction, frustration or reviews
  • Self Development needs – assertiveness, identity and expressiveness
  • Conflict – career, relationship or family communications and/or planning
  • Adjustments – in work (RTW) rehabilitation, transitions to retirement/care

Morgan Wise – Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

AHPRA qualified & ACMHN credentialed mental health nurse with a double degree in social sciences and humanities (majoring in psychology) and mental health nursing. Morgan completed a graduate diploma of mental health nursing and a Masters of mental health nursing within the acute mental health setting. Morgan also holds a diploma of project management. Morgan works part time at Clear Thinking MHG and also within an Intensive Outreach Team specialising in supporting those with chronic mental health disorders. Morgan has an interest in health focused research and has worked in research for 10 years culminating in co-authored academic papers and reports, several conference presentations. Morgan sits on the implementation advisory committee for the Equally well in Victoria project aimed at improving health outcomes for mental health consumers.
Morgan can provide evidence-based practice and recovery focused treatment for patients with serious mental disorders.
Morgan provides person-centred care, medication monitoring and response review, risk assessment & risk management, illness education, nutrition skills, sleep management, anxiety management, depression, problem analysis & solving, communication skills training, substance use/misuse, coping with unwanted thoughts, delusions and/or hallucinations. Morgan provides holistic individual centred mental health nursing; recovery oriented mental health nursing; balances risk in recovery; health promotion and social inclusion; leadership in healthcare; reflective practice and clinical supervision in mental health nursing, rural and Indigenous healthcare.
Morgan can also provide therapeutic services (including behaviour support) as a registered clinician with the NDIS and counselling under a MHCP with a PHN referral.


Teresa Peers – Provisional Psychologist

Recent mature aged Master of Professional Psychology graduate from the University of New England.

Teresa is particularly interested in working with a range of clients to help them reach their full potential and reduce their symptoms of depression, anxiety and other psychological distress. Teresa is passionate about the benefits of animals in therapy and has a fully accredited assistance dog who has been trained to assist with general anxiety, depression, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Teresa’s therapy style draws from a variety of theoretical approaches including Solution Focused and Strength-Based approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy (NT) & Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). Teresa enjoys working with clients across the lifespan.

Teresa completed cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) training at CBT Australia with Dr Monica O’Kelly and Dr Dom DiMattia in Sydney. Throughout her studies, Teresa has volunteered with the Youth Referral and Independent Persons Program (YRIPP) for several years attending police interviews and court proceedings with under 18-year-old youth offering support and referrals to community support organisations.

Teresa is a current member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Teresa is available to see clients referred under the gap free PHN counselling program and NDIS.

Teresa is also able to see privately funded clients for individual treatment, psychometric testing and counselling.

 


Zoe De Jong – Provisional Psychologist Completed a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, and a Master of Applied Learning and Teaching.

Zoe has a range of experience working with young people and children in different settings, including education. Zoe has also volunteered as a telephone counsellor in the past, and volunteers with an organisation supporting parentally bereaved children and their families.

Zoe is interested in using holistic and strengths-based approaches to support people of all ages with their mental health, wellbeing and behaviours. Zoe uses a range of evidence-based treatment modalities to best suit the needs of the client.

Zoe is registered to provide counselling to clients with a MHCP who are referred by their GP via the Western Victorian Primary Health Network (PHN), and Counselling/Therapy under the NDIS.

 


Joel Crucitti – Behaviour Support Practitioner

Recently completed a PhD, researching specifically on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Joel has a passion for empowering vulnerable individuals, and has worked in a number of Psychology-related fields over the last 9 years.

Joel has experience working in the disability field: disability support worker and team leader at a school holiday program. He also worked overseas as a primary school teacher assistant.

Joel is particularly interested in enhancing the development of individuals across the life span. He believes that the voice of the participant and their representatives are imperative when working in this space.

Joel is registered with NDIS for Behavioural Interventions, and behaviour support plan writing and implementation.





Paul Mattas – Provisional Psychologist

A recent graduate of Monash University Paul has experience working with children and adolescents. Paul provides a client-centred approach and uses a range of therapeutic modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Family Focused Therapy.

Paul is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is a registered provider with the NDIS and PHN.