Our Psychologists

Grace Moon

Grace Moon is currently only working with: claimants under Workers Compensation and CTP, couples counselling, and EAP counselling.

Grace is a registered psychologist and has received a Bachelor of Psychology, with Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Western Sydney. Grace has a range of experience supporting individuals to manage mild to severe and persistent mental health and life issues. Grace has worked in education and community mental health settings. She is passionate about helping individuals to develop more awareness, self-compassion and competence in managing difficult emotions and life challenges.

Grace is able to provide assessment services and support for children from age 10 onwards, adolescents, adults and families to manage a range of psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, self-esteem, and confidence issues, resilience and trauma.

Grace is a SIRA approved and WorkCover-registered psychologist. She has an eclectic approach and works within a recovery oriented framework. She draws on a range of evidence-based modalities, including: Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Schema Therapy, Couples Therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. Grace has a strong commitment to ongoing professional development to keep up-to-date with evidence-based treatments.

Christian / Faith-based counselling WorkCover, Workers’ Insurance or CTP Insurance approved Stress Interpersonal issues
Trauma Depression Self-esteem & Confidence  Sleeping issues
Grief & Loss Couples counselling Anxiety Adolescent issues
Family problems ACT CBT SFBT
General mental health concerns Work stress University/school stress CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse)
Gender & Sexually Diverse / LGBTI Communication skills  Adjustment disorder Resilience training

Larissa Engel-Fiorelli

Larissa Engel provides private consultations, appointments under a mental health care plan, and EAP counselling on weeknights and Saturdays. She also writes medico-legal reports for court. Please note: from September 2019, Larissa will be on leave and will not be taking new clients until March 2020.

Larissa is an AHPRA registered Forensic Psychologist with over 8 years of experience working in the public sector. During this time, she has primarily worked in the Drug and Alcohol setting, focusing on aggressive or problematic behaviour, substance-related disorders, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and relationship difficulties.

In addition she has several years of experience working with adolescents with psychosocial stressors, behaviour management issues, school-related issues like exam stress, anxiety disorders, deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation.

Larissa takes a holistic approach in her treatment. Her treatment methodologies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema therapy. A large part of Larissa’s current role includes fostering and maintaining a positive culture of care and respect for all clientele.

Her aim is to help clients feel at ease so that we can work together to achieve their goals. Evening and weekend appointments are available at the same counselling rate. Rebates available with a referral from a General Practitioner under the Mental Health Care Plan.

Session Costs: $150 per session with a $84.80 Medicare Rebate for clients under a Mental Health Care Plan. Concession rate at $120 per session is available.

Adolescent issues Stress Management Drug & Alcohol issues Substance Use/Abuse
Depression Anxiety Adjustment disorders Trauma
PTSD Relationship difficulties Aggressive/problematic behaviour School-related issues
Deliberate self-harm Suicidal ideation Behaviour management Anger management
Self-esteem Confidence & Assertiveness Adjustment to Adversity Problem Solving
Communication skills Workplace stress/difficulties Social Skills Motivation for Change
Goal Setting ODD, CD, ADHD Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling) Support for family members affected by addiction
Anxiety disorders Obsessive compulsive disorder Social phobia Panic disorder
Specific phobias Generalised Anxiety Disorder Mindfulness & Relaxation Solution-focused Therapy

Nadine Bou-Antoun

Nadine is a registered psychologist, a Board Approved Supervisor and a Medicare provider of Focused Psychological Strategies. She received a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Western Sydney as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology from Macquarie University. In addition to her academic qualifications, she is also registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Nadine has experience working with psychosis, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, trauma, depression and anxiety, as well as a range of other mental health disorders. She has worked with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds and age brackets, ranging from children to late adults.

Nadine provides psychological assessment and treatment based on the scientist-practitioner model, providing a range of evidence-based approaches that are supported by scientific research. Her therapeutic orientation is primarily CBT, DBT and Narrative Therapy, however Nadine uses an eclectic approach when suitable.

Nadine’s passion is to support clients in beating the stigma of mental health and living a more fulfilling life. She believes in working collaboratively with clients and other health workers to achieve best treatment outcomes.

Psychosis Schizophrenia Bipolar Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder
Depression Anxiety Personality disorders Trauma
PTSD Brain injuries Adolescents Children
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy / DBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy / CBT Narrative Therapy Stress Management
Communication skills Workplace stress/difficulties Social Skills Psychoeducation

Maria Hamidi

Maria sees clients Monday to Thursday through Medicare (fees apply*), WorkCover, CTP insurance, and private payments.

 

Maria is an AHPRA Registered Psychologist, member of the Australian Association of Psychologists, and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. Maria has over 7 years of experience providing assessment, evidence-based counselling, and reports in the private practice and not-for-profit community sector for various issues affecting adults, adolescents, and children. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychology (honours) and a Diploma of Psychological Practice.

Maria aims to teach practical skills, build flexibility in thinking, and enhance meaning in everyday life. Maria’s genuine and enthusiastic approach in counselling sessions incorporates psycho-education, role plays and active demonstrations, take home tasks, and experiential exercises. She has completed advanced training in Counselling Skills, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT), and disability support. Maria works with clients through WorkCover, CTP insurance, Medicare* (gap fees apply), and private fees.

*Medicare rebates: A Mental Health Care Plan referral from a General Practitioner will allow you to receive a refund of $86.15 from Medicare per session. The clinic’s standard fee is $150 per session which leaves a $63.85 gap fee after the Medicare rebate. Maria offers a reduced fee between 10-3pm only of $120 ($33.85 gap fee for Centrelink Health Care Card holders) and $130 ($43.85 gap fee for off-peak hours).

CBT ACT SFBT Interpersonal Therapy
Mindfulness Neuroscience Attachment Motivational Interviewing
Anxiety and stress Depression Trauma and PTSD Anger management
Grief and loss Self-esteem and confidence Study and work stress Adjusting to life changes
Adults Adolescents Anxiety and stress Depression
Self esteem and confidence Assertive communication Relationship problems Study and work stress
Anger management Suicide and self harm Grief and loss Trauma and PTSD
Pain management Addictions Adjustment disorders Parenting strategies

Manja van Rhijn

 

Manja is a registered AHPRA psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Manja has a particular interest and passion in relationship counselling and works with individuals and couples to assist them in finding ways to improve communication and learn assertiveness skills in order to increase relationship satisfaction. Manja has a passionate and committed approach to her work and is dedicated to assisting others resolving their issues. Manja uses a broad range of therapeutic approaches to assist her clients.

Manja has completed a Master of HIV, STI’s and sexual health degree from the University of Sydney. This specialist training enables her to offer sex positive education, guidance and counselling to assist individuals and couples understand themselves sexually and meet their sexual goals. She has a particular interest in women’s sexual health and functioning. Her approach with every client is to provide a non-judgmental, supportive and collaborative environment in which concern with sexual function, behaviour and/or feelings can be explored with sensitivity and compassion.

Couples counselling Relationships counselling Family counselling Relationship difficulties
Sexual health counselling Fertility counselling Gender identity Sexuality
School related issues Self-esteem and confidence Adolescent issues Interpersonal issues
Anxiety Stress Depression
Trauma Grief and Loss

Michael Cheung

 

Michael is a Psychologist with extensive experience working with adolescents, families and adults who are experiencing emotional, social, behavioural and mental health difficulties. Michael has worked in a wide range of settings including private, public, research and community i.e beyondblue, Lifeline support services, Headspace, disability services, Universities, and the Department of Health and Quitline. Having spent much of his life overseas he has a culturally sensitive therapeutic approach. He also enjoys working with clients across the lifespan; from young adolescents to geriatrics. Michael has a particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of adolescents with emotional difficulties.

Michael works collaboratively with his clients to reach their treatment goals by providing individualised support, utilising psychometrics and evidence-based therapies. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. His clinical interventions encompass the mind-body connection and compassion for self and others. His clients describe him as insightful, approachable and compassionate. Michael is passionate about helping clients achieve positive change in their lives, build resilience and foster stronger relationships. Michael speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Consultations are $150 for 50 minutes, with Medicare rebates of $86.15.

Depression Anxiety Relationship problems Assertive communication
Stress management Sleep disturbances Anger management Suicidal ideation
Grief and loss Trauma Addictions Adjustment disorders
PTSD Brain Injuries Self harm
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Social Skills Interpersonal Therapy Mindfulness
 Motivational Interviewing Positive Psychology

Alex McLoughlin

 

Alex is an experienced private practice counsellor who has worked in Parramatta since 2017. Alex has experience in the community mental health and disability sectors. As a counsellor Alex has worked with adolescents,  families,  couples and adults who have a wide range of expectations and presenting concerns for their therapy.  Alex has helped clients develop self awareness and to manage behaviours which may get in the way of a clients goal. Due to extensive work in community, disability and mental health services Alex has met hundreds of clients who are incredibly diverse with unique lives and perspectives. These clients have been able to benefit from unconditional positive regard and Alex’s  client centred practice.

Due to Alex’s career path through NDIS services Alex is well suited to working with people who have disabilities or an NDIS plan.  Alex was an NDIS support coordinator and is able to discuss details of the scheme.

Alex uses motivational interviewing,  acceptance commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, mindfulness and solution focused thinking to empower clients.

Alex believes that counselling can help people who need to talk and achieve fresh dialogue and perspective for persistant problems.  Alex is passionate about counselling,  meeting new clients and working professionally to achieve client goals.

Session costs are $120 an hour with concessions offered for concession card holders. Alex may be paid from self managed and plan managed NDIS plans.

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Aura Requimen

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When you call PPC you will speak with Aura. Aura is in charge of reception and can help with many administrative tasks, from responding to phone inquiries to liaising with your medical centre and booking appointments. She is always willing to help so feel comfortable directing any questions to her.

Aura completed her twelve-month traineeship at the Parramatta Psychology Clinic and gained a Certificate III in Business.