Our Practitioners

Coralie Holding

Nurse Practitioner – Mental Health – 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.

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.

Jacqui White


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.

Nicole Kearns


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


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.

Teresa Peers


Master of Professional Psychology, University of New England.

Teresa enjoys working with a range of clients to help them reach their full potential and reduce their symptoms of 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 anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress symptoms in sessions. Teresa’s therapy style draws from a variety of theoretical approaches including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Schema Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Teresa enjoys working with clients across the lifespan.

Teresa is a current member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi) and is an associate member of EMDR Association of Australia.

Teresa is available to see clients referred by their GP with a mental health care plan, Medicare, NDIS, TAC, Victims of Crime, Workcover and privately funded clients for individual treatment, a range of psychometric testing and counselling.


Therapist Dog

Wally is a Murray River Retriever who spent his working life as a fully accredited Assistance Dog and now retired to Therapy Dog. Wally is trained to support clients with symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD.

Wally loves nothing more than to be with humans and in fact he thinks he is a human and not a dog. He will offer you support and take all the pats and cuddles you are willing to give him. Wally has an amazing calming presence and helps even the most anxious clients feel at ease when they come into their session.

In his free time, Wally loves to run around with his house mate Winston and play tug of war, fetch and go swimming.

Gail Nicholls


April Daltonalomes


Registered psychologist experienced working with a diverse range of clients in both community and private sectors, to provide psychological assessment and treatment. April is a bubbly and empathetic person who is passionate about empowering others to improve their well-being and reach their goals.

She utilises a carefully selected integrative approach to therapy. Evidence-based modalities include: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Her area of interests and experiences include: individual therapy, group therapy, vocational rehabilitation and assessment, general wellbeing, cognitive assessment, healthy diet and exercise, depression, anxiety and personality disorders. April has an interest in assessment and treatment of neurocognitive disorders in children and adults. NDIS registered behaviour support practitioner.
April is a member of the Australian Psychological Society

Paul Mattas

Provisional Psychologist

Registered provisional psychologist, Paul enjoys working collaboratively with his clients to achieve their goals and focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship.

Paul enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan, though particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents, young people and their families. He is passionate about providing a variety of supports for individuals aged seven years and above.

Paul is passionate about assisting individuals using an integrative approach that is client focused, which draws on elements of interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to develop strategies appropriate to individual needs.

Paul is registered to provide counselling to clients with a MHCP who are referred by their GP via the Western Victorian Primary Health Network (PHN), Psychological Therapy under NDIS, VOC and privately funded sessions.

Paul is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi) and Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Nikki Stiefel

Mental Health Social Worker / Behaviour Support Practitioner

Nikki is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Behaviour Support Practitioner, with a passion for working with people experiencing a range of life complexities. She has a particular interest in complex mental health presentations including substance abuse and associated life challenges.

Having worked in mental health since graduating with her Master’s in Social Work from Long Island University in New York in 2010, Nikki has been providing support to vulnerable Australians in a range of roles since migrating to Australia in 2013.

Nikki can see NDIS participants in the office but can be flexible and provide outreach support or Telehealth dependent on individual circumstances and funding.

Nikki is available to see clients under Medicare referred by their GP with a mental health care plan.

Kathryn Braszell – Maisano

Mental Health Social Worker

An Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a Master degree in Social Work and 12 years of experience, Kathryn has worked with clients across a range of settings including dual diagnosis and acute mental health.

Kathryns’ treatment style draws from a biopsychosocial model and integrates therapeutic approaches such a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing.(MI) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) to empower clients to get unstuck and achieve their goals. Kathryn is passionate about providing a variety of supports for individuals aged 14 years and above.

Kathryn is a member of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) and is registered to provide counselling to clients with a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), who are referred by their GP via the Western Victorian Primary Health Network (PHN), and Counselling/Therapy under the NDIS.

David L Stokes

Clinical Neuropsychologist

A psychologist with endorsed training in the area of clinical neuropsychology. His area of focus in his practice is the assessment of brain function and particularly skills like memory, strategy generation, problem-solving, organisation and planning. These assessments are particularly useful for people with developmental disorders, head injuries, stroke and a variety of illnesses affecting thinking and behaviour.

The assessments can contribute to clearer diagnoses, characterisation of a person’s strengths and weaknesses and enabling recommendations for life adjustment and community supports. David has had extensive experience in the health system (hospitals and clinics), on national policy committees, in private practice and with a variety of school and educational agencies. He has had extensive experience with working with children with learning disabilities and related developmental disorders but at the other end of the spectrum has worked extensively with more senior adults and the range of illnesses and diseases producing cognitive and behavioural changes, such as the dementias.

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.

Rebecca Egan

Provisional Psychologist

Alanna Bennetts

Provisional Psychologist

Registered provisional psychologist, Alanna has completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours, and her Masters in Professional Psychology.

Alanna is an empathetic and energetic person, who is passionate about empowering children, adolescents, and young people, particularly within the fields of suicide intervention, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Alanna undertakes positive behavioural assessments plans and implementation under NDIS.

Alanna also has interests within the impact of endometriosis on mental health.

Alanna utilises techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing, as well as mindfulness and meditation.

Alanna is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Golden Key International Honour Society, as she performed in the top 15% of all graduate students in her field of study.

Alanna is available to see clients referred under NDIS, VOC, and privately funded sessions.

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.

Ashleigh Stefanovski

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Ashleigh has completed a Bachelor of Psychology, and has experience working with children, adults, disability, mental health, and neurodiversity.

Registered with the NDIS for Behaviour Support, Ashleigh develops strategies tailored to individuals and helps to implement these across settings such as family homes, shared accommodations, and schools.

Ashleigh’s incorporates approaches of positive behaviour support, trauma-informed practice, and collaborative problem solving to support communication, positive relationships, and quality of life.

Lily Rowan

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Lily is registered with NDIS for Behavioural Interventions, and behaviour support plan writing and implementation. Developing strategies that build on a person’s strengths and to develop positive relationships, communication, and coping skills; plans tailored to the individual.

Trish Lannen

Creative Arts Therapist

Trish completed her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy at the MIECAT Institute in Fitzroy. For many years Trish has worked in Education as a Primary School teacher (both classroom and art specialist) and Deputy Principal, firstly in Tasmania and then in schools around Ballarat. Trish has taught art to adults and children and found this to be very rewarding

Teaching art has given me many opportunities to witness the transformative possibilities of artmaking. Whoever I work with I always seeking to celebrate them, empower them and assist them to be all that they can be.

I do believe that creative expression provides opportunities for self-exploration, building capacity, deepening understandings of self and others, acceptance, and healing.

I use Art Therapy to help explore emotional experiencing, provide moments of mindfulness and self-care, and to assist in creating the pathways leading to a balanced, fulfilling, and integrated way of being in the world.