About Our Team

At Felix & Sage Psychology Ringwood, our team of Psychologists and Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) are fully registered and are recognised providers with Medicare Australia.

Our practitioners are required to maintain high professional standards including continued professional development, which enables them to provide a quality service to each of our clients.

We are delighted to have created a diverse team of practitioners, with differing areas of interest and therapeutic approaches.  This culmination of expertise enables us to cater to clients across the life span with varying treatment goals.

While we acknowledge many clients like to see a Psychologist for mental health issues, our AMHSWs also have the training and expertise to be able to assist you.

AMHWs are the second largest group of practitioners eligible to provide private mental health services under the Commonwealth Medicare initiative after the combined group of Registered and Clinical Psychologists.  AMHSWs are highly educated in mental health and meet some of the highest standards of professional regulation in Australia.  Due to the specialist training AMHSWs are required to undertake, they are often referred to as experts in complexity.  For more information about AMHSWs, please refer to the Australian Association of Social Workers website or download their information brochure.

CHRISTINA HEREFORD

Psychologist
BSc, PGDipPsych, M.Psych (Edu)


Christina has in excess of 11 years’ experience as a registered psychologist providing quality psychological care to clients in a variety of settings including Private Practice, Government Departments and Primary Schools.

Christina’s warm, engaging and empathetic personality combined with her good knowledge of a wide range of solution focussed, evidence-based therapeutic interventions has led to her success in assisting a wide variety of client groups.

Christina has extensive experience in providing counselling to individuals, couples, teenagers and children and is passionate about supporting her clients to problem solve, set and achieve goals to enhance meaning in their lives.

Christina’s areas of interest include adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, grief & loss, personality disorders, pregnancy, separation anxiety and workplace issues.

JHOOMA BARTHWAL

Psychologist
B.Psych (Hons), M.Psych


Jhooma has in excess of  15 years’ experience working in the field of mental health and is a Registered Psychologist with a Master of Psychology.  She has worked in many settings including private practice, primary and secondary schools, medical clinics and has also worked overseas as a psychologist.

Jhooma works with all age groups from children to adults and draws on a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioual Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person Centred Therapy and Solution Focussed Therapy.  She is committed to working alongside her clients to establish a safe space for them and to help discover the best possible outcome for them.

Jhooma’s areas of interest include working with children and teens, anxiety, depression, relationship and adjustment problems, grief and loss, couples’ therapy, separated/blended families, communication issues and stress management.

Jhooma is bilingual and is able to provide counselling services in both English and Hindi.

MR OLIVER WALUK

Psychologist
BA(Crim.), GDipPsychStuds, GDipPsych, MPsych(Clin), MAPS


Over the last 2-years, Oliver has provided quality psychological care to clients across multiple settings, including; Private practice, Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) services, Hospitals, and Schools.

Oliver has experience working with adults, teenagers, and children and he is passionate about supporting and working together with his clients to collaboratively problem solve, set and achieve realistic goals, and build coping skills, to help clients manage distressing events and experiences more effectively. 

Oliver’s warm, empathetic, thoughtful, and holistic client-centered approach to counselling helps to identify and understand what troubles clients’ and then tailors treatment towards working together on their individual needs.  This has led him to successfully help many clients enhance the meaning and quality of their lives.

Oliver is practiced in several evidence-based therapeutic modalities, which include (but are not limited to):  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychoanalytic, and mindfulness-based treatments.  Oliver is also well-rehearsed in several cognitive and personality assessments (Inc. WAIS-IV, WISC-V, and PAI).

Oliver’s diagnostic areas of interest include: depressive, bipolar, anxiety, personality, somatic, traumatic, impulse-control, substance-related and addictive DSM-V disorders.  He also works to assist clients struggling with recurrent problems related to: grief & loss, adjustment, relationships and communication difficulties, lack of motivation, complex trauma, workplace issues, stress management, and suicide.

SHRAEVANI GIRI

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Clinical Family Therapist
B.Com, BSW, PGdipFT, AMHSW, MAASW (Acc)


Shraevani has over 20 years’ experience in clinical mental health both as a clinician and as a leader.  In that time, she has worked in public health and as a private practitioner and has a practical and compassionate approach to therapy. 

Shraevani is trained in a number of evidence based therapeutic modalities including, but not limited to; Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprosessing Therapy (EMDR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Solution Focussed Therapy (SFT), Brief Therapy and Systems.

Shraevani provides psychological and psychosocial therapy for relationship problems/difficulties, anxiety, depression, family conflicts and other life crisis.

SUCHITRA CHARI

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
BSW, AMHSW, MAASW (Acc)


Suchitra brings over 15 years of experience to her practice and has worked as a social worker in Commonwealth and not-for-profit agencies shere she has gained extensive experience in delivering therapeutic interventions as well as undertaking psycho-social assessments to determine work capacity.  She has considerable expertise in supporting recovery from work related injuries under the Federal Government’s Comcare and Victorian Workcover legislation.

Suchitra works from a strengths based and solution focused framework where she uses a range of therapeutic interventions such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness based interventions and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Suchitra provides therapeutic interventions for a range of mental health and relationships issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, inter-personal trauma and work related psychological injuries.

Suchitra is trilingual and is able to provide counselling services in English, Hindi and Tamil.

SASH COSTA

Psychologist
BSc, PGDipPsych, M.Psych (Edu)


Sash Costa has completed a Master of Educational & Development Psychology.

Sash has over 10 years experience as a registered psychologist, predominantly conducting psychosocial assessments and assessment of the impact of mental health conditions on work capacity.

She has a special interest in cognitive assessment of children, adolescents and adults.

LINDIE OPPERMANN

Provisional Psychologist (Australia), Clinical Psychologist (South Africa)
BA, BA Honnours, M. Clinical Psychology


Lindie Oppermann has more than 8 years’ experience as a psychotherapist.  She received her qualifications in South Africa, where she worked in a hospital setting in private practice.  Lindie has also counselled various clients in Hong Kong in a community private practice environment.  In Singapore, she worked as a school counsellor at an international school. 

Lindie moved to Australia in 2018 and due to her off-shore qualifications, she is currently registered as a Provisional Psychologist.  After a successful completion of a short-internship period with us under the supervision of Ms Christina Hereford, Lindie will continue to work with us as a fully registered General Psychologist. 

Lindie has a special interest in working with children, adolescents and families, as well as clients of all ages who suffer from anxiety and depression.  She also enjoys working with clients who are experiencing grief/loss, those going through a time of adjustment, and clients getting back on their feet after experiencing trauma. 

Lindie has a warm and compassionate style in relating to clients and enjoys working from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy frameworks. She has a practical, empathetic approach to tackling problems and emotional difficulties alongside her clients. 

Lindie is bilingual and is able to provide counselling services in both English and Afrikaans.

KATHERINE DE VALENCE - Commencing late November 2019

Provisional Psychologist
GDipPsychStuds, GDipPsych, M.ProfPsych


Katherine is a registered Provisional Psychologist who has an empathetic and client-focused approach to therapy.  She completed her Masters of Professional Psychology at Deakin University in 2018. During this time she completed a four month placement at Headspace and gained valuable experience with youth mental health. Katherine will be completing her internship with us under the supervision of Ms Christina Hereford for the next 2 years.

Katherine has over 10 years’ experience in working across the lifespan in a variety of settings including; outpatient mental health, Government, vocational rehabilitation and assessment.  Katherine is passionate about helping her clients learn and grow to become a better version of themselves.  She has worked with a range of presenting problems including anxiety, depression, return to work, disabilities and much more. Most recently, Katherine has worked as a Rehabilitation Counsellor, completing assessments for Government organisations. 

Katherine is committed to working collaboratively with her clients to find the best therapeutic approach to suit their needs, utilising  frameworks including; Cognitive Behabioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. She is interested in supporting clients of all ages with issues relatind to mood disorders; depression & anxiety, relationship difficulties, work related stress, as well as vocational and congnitive assessments. 

Katherine is bilingual and is able to provide counselling services in both English and Spanish.

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