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Who are Connected Minds Psychology?

Connected Minds Psychology is a community of psychologists and wellbeing specialists with a mission to help people get in touch with what is really important to them and learn how to live healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives. We are a team of psychologists, clinical psychologists and researchers with expertise in mindfulness, wellbeing and resilience. Let us help you or your workplace move toward a better future. 

What We Do

PSYCHOLOGY

We offer a range of psychological services to meet your individual needs. A team of clinical and general Psychologists provide one-to-one therapy and life coaching, psychological assessments and reports, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support.

WORKPLACE

Our program developers have created and implemented workplace wellbeing and mental health strategies in organisations across Australia and around the world. We offer Premium Employee Assistance Programs as well as a range of flexible training options, consulting and executive support to suit your organisation's unique needs.

What We Do

MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH

We provide tailored face-to-face and Telehealth psychological services for men and boys. Our team of men's mental health psychologists are passionate about improving the wellbeing and mental health of men and boys in our society. We are dedicated to increasing access to appropriate services for men and boys 15 years and older. Our team provides support for commonly experienced men's mental health issues including stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression and anger management. 

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

Our team of youth mental health psychologists provide support to adolescents and adults between 15 and 25 years. Over 75% of mental health issues occur before the age of 25, so ensuring access to psychological support is critical for health and wellbeing during adolescence and early adulthood. Adolescence is a crucial period for developing social and emotional habits important for mental wellbeing and our team are dedicated to providing safe, appropriate and tailored support to help young people build these habits for life.

LOW-COST PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE

Our low-cost service offers high-quality psychological support at an affordable rate. Our team of provisional psychologists provide support to adolescents and adults face-to-face and through Telehealth. This service is designed to make mental health care accessible to everyone, ensuring that cost is not a barrier to receiving the help you need.

Our Team

Meet The Team

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Dr Justin Trounson, PhD., MAPS
Board Approved Supervisor

Pronouns: He/Him

Justin is a director and co-founder of Connected Minds, a Clinical Psychologist, an adjunct lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology and Wellbeing and Community Programs Psychologist at Richmond Football Club.  He has a PhD in workplace wellbeing and designs workplace wellbeing solutions for organisations in Australia and internationally. Justin also enjoys helping people move toward a happier, more balanced life through working with them in one-to-one therapy and through coaching psychology. Justin provides a culturally safe space for his clients and works with a number of evidenced-based techniques including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy.

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Dr Stephanie Louise, PhD., MAPS
Board A
pproved Supervisor
Pronouns: She/Her

Stephanie is a director and co-founder of Connected Minds, Clinical Psychologist an Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology. With a PhD in mindfulness for mental health, Stephanie is passionate about positive psychology and helping people navigate their way toward a healthy and meaningful life. She utilises a range of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy.  Stephanie also has a special interest in perinatal mental health. Stephanie has developed wellbeing and resilience training programs that have been used in organisations within Australia and around the world. 

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Samantha Dax, MPsych.
Pronouns: She/Her

Sam is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist Registrar. She brings curiosity and a non-judgemental approach to therapy, with a deep respect for the many ways we, as humans, learn to cope with life’s challenges. Sam enjoys working with both adolescents and adults, and has a keen interest in understanding how early life experiences may have shaped current functioning. She finds it a privilege to support people who have experienced adversity and trauma. Sam has experience and interest working with a variety of presenting concerns, including but not limited to; emotion dysregulation, trauma, non-suicidal self-injury, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, disordered eating, and OCD. Sam works in a collaborative manner, meeting you where you are at.  Sam draws on a number of evidence based therapeutic approaches, with the flexibility to suit each person’s individual needs. She has completed training in and utilises CBT, ACT, EMDR, Schema Therapy and DBT. Sam holds the therapeutic relationship in high regard, and aims to facilitate meaningful change and help individuals build a life worth living. 

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Dr Helen Thomas, DPsych., MAPS
Board Approve
d Supervisor
Pronouns: She/Her

Helen is a Registered Psychologist with 15 years experience across a range of clinical, community and academic settings. Helen uses a collaborative and strengths-based approach to help young people and adults create positive change and achieve improved wellbeing. Helen has a special interest in helping people heal from trauma. A trauma-informed approach underpins all of her work, along with the understanding that the relationship between the therapist and client is an important facet of the healing process. Helen draws on a range of therapeutic practices including EMDR, Schema Therapy, CBT, ACT, and Narrative Therapy. Helen is available as a Board approved supervisor and to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

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Bryan Lee, MPsych.
 

Bryan is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar. He aims to foster a safe, compassionate and collaborative therapeutic space for clients to realise their personalised goals. Bryan works within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework to address a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, grief, adjustment difficulties and perinatal mental health issues. He has a special interest in helping clients with social anxiety difficulties. Originating from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, Bryan is committed to embracing and understanding diverse cultures, and is keen to work with diverse client groups.

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Robin Giles, MProf Psych.
Pronouns: He
/Him

Robin is a registered Psychologist who brings a warm, collaborative, and practical approach to helping adults, adolescents, and families improve their daily functioning and relationships. With an emphasis on nurturing long-term healing, growth, and wellbeing, Robin can assist with a wide range of mental health and life issues, such as mood symptoms, relationship problems, questions around identity and work/life direction, grief and loss,
and difficulties changing problematic or addictive behaviour patterns. He is also experienced in helping neurodiverse individuals and families work with challenges associated with diagnosed conditions such as Autism, ADHD, and other developmental differences. Robin utilises a variety of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy.

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Pauline Tibbertsma, MPsych.
Pronouns: She/Her

Pauline is a generally registered psychologist and a clinical psychology registrar. She provides individual therapy both online and in person, using strategies from modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and Schema Therapy. She is passionate about providing a warm and collaborative space where people can feel empowered to move towards what matters to them in ways that utilise their strengths and honour their culture and values. She works with many presentations, including trauma, psychosis, depression and anxiety, non-suicidal self-injury, chronic pain, sleep challenges, neurodivergence, and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Pauline is an LGBTQIA+ inclusive and neuroaffirming practitioner. She has also worked in homelessness and in public and community mental health and maintains an interest in working in these spaces. 

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Elizabeth Reilly,
MPsych., MAPS
Pronouns: She/Her

Liz is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar. Working within a strengths-based and trauma-informed framework, Liz ensures the therapeutic environment is experienced as safe and supportive for clients through a caring and collaborative approach. She utilises a range of evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) tailored to individual needs. Liz has a special interest in assisting clients with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic, grief, loss, trauma, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, sleep, stress and adjustment difficulties. Her experience spans clinical work with clients of all ages across both public and private health settings. Liz completed Masters level research as part of a clinical trial on body dysmorphic disorder.

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Chris Baumgartner
MPsych. (candidate)
Pronouns: He/Him

Chris is a Provisional Psychologist with experience across a range of public and private mental health settings. In his practice, Chris aims at assisting and empowering individuals that are seeking deep and abiding change. Chris’ warm, approachable manner has assisted people from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds, always allowing space for humour and self-expression. Chris’ therapeutic approach centres around curiosity, open-mindedness, and authenticity, and focuses on the psychological roots of a person’s suffering. For some individuals this will involve examining early life events and recurrent behavioural patterns with an emphasis on self-exploration and self-discovery. Chris is proficient with a range of different treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness, allowing him to utilise an integrative treatment approach. Chris is experienced assisting clients experiencing depression, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, relationship distress, performance anxiety, grief, loss, interpersonal difficulties, self/existential dilemmas, workplace difficulties, and career transitions. Prior to becoming a Psychologist Chris spent over 15 years working in the finance industry, as well as nearly a decade competing in semi-professional
sport.

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Dr Nicole Redlich, DPsych., MAPS
Board Approved Supervisor

Pronouns: She/Her

Dr Nicole Redlich is a Clinical Psychologist with over 16 years experience working in both private and public mental health settings and in education and training. She has an interest and experience working with clients experiencing, Trauma related conditions, anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, substance issues, relationship and parenting issues pregnancy support and personal development. Trained in a range of psychological approaches including, Schema Therapy, Internal Family Systems, CBT, ACT, Trauma Focused therapies, and Mindfulness based approaches Nicole works with adults and adolescents.  Nicole’s approach is authentic, respectful, curious and compassionate. She provides a safe space to explore clients concerns at both an immediate and deeper level. She is interested in growth and change, creativity and resourcefulness, building coping capacities, identifying and enhancing unique strengths, and helping clients feel more connected, safe and fulfilled. 

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Daniel Morrison, MAppPsych., MAPS
Board A
pproved Supervisor
Pronouns: He/
Him

Daniel is a Registered Community Psychologist who practises with person-centredness and co-regulation as a foundation to provide a safe platform towards identifying and navigating individual goals. With a firm sense of hope for recovery and reclamation of self-identity Daniel has experience working alongside people with various mental health concerns including complex trauma, social withdrawal, anger and violence, and dissociative disorders. The key influences of his approach are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR. With respect, safety, and advocacy, Daniel is an ally to members of marginalised communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTQIA+ and other gender diverse persons, and any person who has experienced systemic or social adversity. 

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Monica Perkins, MPsych.
Pronouns: She/Her

Monica is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar. She is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and has a warm, gentle, and non-judgemental therapeutic style. Monica has a particular interest in working alongside clients with developmental and post-traumatic stress, anxiety and panic disorders. Monica practices from a trauma-informed lens within a collaborative and person-centred framework, with the goal of supporting clients to live authentic and enriched lives. When not working at Connected Minds, Monica works in public health with members of the LGBTQIA+ community, supporting and affirming gender diverse and neurodivergent people. Monica celebrates individuality and has an eclectic style drawing on a number of evidence-based techniques such as Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

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Emily Hohnke, MPsych.
Pronouns: She/Her

Emily is a warm and thoughtful Clinical Psychologist. She is committed to a collaborative partnership with her clients and aims to help them enhance their wellbeing through a compassionate approach. She has training and experience in a range of areas, including anxiety, depression, body image issues, eating disorders and relationship difficulties. She is particularly invested in helping her clients understand and break unhelpful lifelong patterns and build an enriched life that is driven by their values. Emily draws on a number of different theories and evidence-based treatments when working with clients, including Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  

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Katrina Lindblom, MPsych.
Pronouns: She/Her

Katrina is a Clinical Psychologist. She works with adolescents and adults experiencing a range of mental health concerns. Her approach is trauma-informed and is based on fostering a safe and supportive therapeutic environment in which individuals can develop a deep and empathic understanding of their challenges. Katrina draws on frameworks that observe the impact of childhood experiences and family relationships on emotional and mental wellbeing. She uses evidence-based interventions from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, EMDR and Schema Therapy to assist individuals achieve meaningful and positive change.

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Dr Peter Streker, PhD., MAPS, FCCOMP
Pronouns: He
/Him

Peter is a community psychologist, the Chair of the Australian Psychological Society’s National College of Community Psychology, a Senior Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and sits on the ethics committee of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. He has a broad range of experience helping people in difficult circumstances develop practical ways of improving their lives. Peter completed his PhD on the impacts of psychological and emotional abuse and has over 20 years’ experience working with individuals and communities with mental health concerns such as, mood symptoms, unhelpful coping, substance issues, social cohesion, anger and violence, and complex trauma.

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Lucy Cochran
MPsych. (candidate)
Pronouns: She/Her

Lucy is a Provisional Psychologist with an engaging and warm interpersonal style. She has a client-centred approach and helps people live more enriched lives based on their individual values and strengths. Lucy uses a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassionate Mindfulness and Solution-Focused Therapy. Lucy has a special interest in helping people with general anxiety, social anxiety, stress, perfectionism, low mood, trauma, sleep, adjustment difficulties and performance. She is particularly interested in helping people recognise their inner critic and finding a more compassionate way to thrive. Lucy is currently finishing her Masters level research on smartphone addiction.  

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Dr Holly Rominov, MPsych, PhD.
Pronouns: She/Her

Holly is a caring and thoughtful Clinical Psychologist who has an engaging interpersonal style. She uses a client-centered, collaborative approach to help each person develop insight and find solutions based on their values and strengths. Holly has completed Masters level training in Clinical Psychology and works with adults experiencing a range of mental health challenges. Holly also completed her PhD in perinatal mental health - she has a special interest in assisting expectant and new parents with their emotional wellbeing. Depending on client needs and preferences, Holly uses a variety of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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Andrew Slape
Pronouns: He
/Him

Practice Manager

and all round admin whiz

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Kazi 
Pronouns: She/Her

Admin Support Officer

and organisation hero

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