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Meet our Team

Tania Saunders Psychologist

Tania Saunders
B.Psych (Hons)
Member AAPi

Member AAPI

Tania Saunders

Principal Consulting Psychologist

Tania holds an honours degree in psychology and has over 15 years’ experience in supporting individuals with a broad range of mental health and lifestyle concerns.

She also has qualifications in community welfare and has enjoyed teaching community services and counselling.

Prior to embarking on her psychology career, Tania was a youth worker and supported people experiencing chronic mental illness, assisting them to integrate back into the community.

Tania now consults with adults and adolescents and enjoys utilising a range of therapies which she customises for each individual client. Tania has a compassionate non-judgemental focus. She is grateful listening to her clients’ stories and for being able to walk beside them on their path to wellness. She aims to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment to address any challenges her clients may be experiencing.

Tania lives in the Mid North Coast region of NSW.

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Simone Admin Assistant at Nova Psychology

Simone| Admin Assistant

Simone is the friendly admin assistant who works behind the scenes at Nova Psychology. She will answer your phone calls, email enquiries and do her best to help you wherever possible. Simone has extensive experience working in the allied health sector and is looking forward to help you in finding the right therapist for you.

Belle Selkirk, Psychologist | Nova Psychologya

Belle Selkirk
MPsych (Clinical)
Member AIPA

The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association

Belle Selkirk

Psychologist

Belle is a Noongar woman from the South-West of Western Australia.  She grew up on Wadandi Boodja (country) as a child, then relocated to Whadjuk Boodja (Perth) as a young adult to study psychology.

She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has over 12 years’ experience working in the mental health field in a variety of roles including Clinical Psychologist, group therapist, mentor and researcher. She has extensive experience in providing both short and long-term psychotherapy, with a particular focus on Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment, suicide prevention and suicide bereavement.

She has worked in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous programs in Australia and in Canada (unceded Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver). In addition to private practice, Belle is a wife, mother, and Research Fellow with the Transforming Indigenous Mental Health & Wellbeing project (www.timhwb.org.au).

Belle lives in the South West of WA.

Sonia Judd, Psychologist at Nova Psychology

Sonia Judd
B.Psych (Hons)
Member APS

Member Australian Psychological Society

Sonia Judd

Psychologist

Sonia is a Registered Psychologist,  who graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of NSW. Her experience in mental health includes over 20 years working as a Counsellor . Her passion lies in helping her clients build resilience, reach their potential and live rich, full and meaningful lives.

Sonia has a warm, empathetic and interactive counselling style adopting a flexible approach and tailoring her approach to suit her clients’ needs. She uses evidence-based therapies, integrating CBT, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness into her work with adults and older adolescents.

Her key areas of interest and expertise include: depression and mood disorders; anxiety and panic disorders; life goals and directions; relationship and career difficulties; trauma and PTSD, rehabilitation/injury counselling, cancer support, workplace bullying and harassment . She is passionate about helping her clients overcome and effectively manage psychological distress including those presenting with depression and anxiety disorders, work and relationship stress, emotion regulation difficulties, and trauma related disorders. Her special interest also lies in helping her clients overcome the stresses of modern society, especially during times of transition & adjustment to new life circumstances. Face-to-face & telehealth consults available.

Sonia lives in the Northern Beaches of Sydney NSW.

Mellor Kimlani Psychologist at Nova Psychology Australia

Kimlani Mellor
BA, PGDip, MPsychol(FOR)

Kimlani Mellor

Forensic Psychologist | Counselling Therapist

Kimlani Mellor is a qualified Forensic Psychologist and counselling therapist. She has more than 14 years’ experience and has worked both nationally and globally. Kimlani Mellor has divided her time between working within clinical practice and government employment. In her clinical practice, she uses an integrated therapeutic approach including techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies (CBT and ACT).

She emphasises mindfulness concepts including non-judgement in her counselling, which she has seen to be particularly instrumental in her client work. Working on reducing resistance to unpleasant emotional experiences are integral strategies she practises with clients to increase acceptance of oneself and life’s challenges. Kimlani has a therapeutic style that is warm, understanding and encourages growth through reflection and collaboratively working to change unhealthy patterns in one’s life. She is eager to apply her experience and compassion with clients as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment.  Kimlani Mellor’s’ style of engagement is empathetic, engaging and professional.

Kimlani is an Australian expat currently based in Thailand.

Wendy Campbell, Registered Psychologist Nova Psychology

Wendy Campbell
BA Psychology
PGDip Psychology
Member AAPi

Member AAPI

Wendy Campbell

Psychologist

Wendy is a Registered Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working in counselling and psychology, working in community organisations and government departments before starting her private practice in 2007. This has enabled her to gain experience, knowledge and skills to help clients with many concerns and to support them to achieve their goals. 

Wendy works with clients aged 16 and over to support them in living better lives by supporting them through their anxiety, depression, stress, trauma (past and recent), grief and loss, and parenting issues. Her philosophy is to provide treatment that is individualised to each client, helping them gain the best results from therapy. 

When working with clients Wendy uses a variety of therapies and techniques in order to provide the best outcome. She has skills and experience in cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, trauma therapy, child therapy, mindfulness therapies, interpersonal, relationship and family therapy. Her approach is client-centred, non-judgmental, holistic and empowering.

Wendy is based on the Sunshine Coast, QLD.

 

Shara Smith - Psychologist

Shara Smith

BA Psychology and Sociology
Grad Dip Counselling
Member ACA

ACA Member Level 1

Shara Smith

Psychotherapist | Counsellor | Mental Health Advisor

Shara is a highly skilled therapist who has extensive experience in applying evidence based strategies with proven results. Her therapeutic style is supportive and compassionate and she leads every session with intention and takes the fact that you have placed your trust in her with the greatest responsibility. Shara prioritises developing a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients as the basis of a strong foundation upon which to build a trusting and open conversation about mental health and life concerns. She will do this by going into each session with structure and analytical reflection for you in order to facilitate new- found awareness.

Shara provides support for a range of mental health issues, with a focus on:

  • Women’s mental health: self-esteem, binge eating/cycles of guilt, weight loss management, PND, marital / relationship issues, grief and loss, domestic violence (survivors / perpetrators)
  • Children and adolescents’ mental health.

Shara lives in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney NSW.

Fiona Tate - Counsellor | Psychotherapist at Nova Psychology

Fiona Tate
BSc (Psychology)
Masters Counselling & Psychotherapy (nearly complete)
PACFA accreditation

Member Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

Fiona Tate

Psychotherapist | Counsellor

Fiona has extensive experience working with diverse clients from adults to teens and children.

She draws from a range of therapeutic interventions which incude: CBT, solution focussed therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, psychodynamic approaches, and somatic psychotherapy. Somatic therapy helps to regulate the nervous system and works with the felt sense of the feelings that are arising, so they can be processed and integrated through the body.

Fiona has also studied Buddhist psychotherapy, transpersonal counselling, art therapy and an a fully qualified Shiatsu therapist. She adopts a holistic, integrated and person-centered approach with her clients and enjoys spiritual practices and meditation— all form part of her practice.

Fiona lives in the Yarra Valley of Victoria.

Ofunneka Anyanwu Psychologist at Nova Psychology

Ofunneka Anyanwu
Cool Kids Accredited Provider
CBT trained
Member SCPA
Member ACA

ACA Member Level 1
Member School Counselling and Psychology Association NSW

Ofunneka Anyanwu

Counsellor

Ofunneka’s focus (or ‘O’ as she prefers to be called) is in helping individuals heal, energise and become aware of their inner strengths. She achieves those objectives by providing a neutral safe space, listening to her clients’ concerns and customising a counselling plan with her clients to drive this process forward.

A passionate advocate for social justice and a voice for the marginalised and vulnerable, O particularly enjoys working with members of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community.

She supports women (mums) who are finding it hard to connect with their teenagers, assisting them in managing their stress in their various roles be it as a mother, wife or employee.

O also enjoys working with young children and young adults with difficulties in meeting life’s challenges, and adolescents who present with anxiety, depression, self-harming, self-esteem issues, social skills, bullying, and family conflict.

O is an outgoing, fun-loving individual, who loves spending time with family and friends. She recognises and has a deep appreciation in the exchange of sharing her experience with her clients whilst also learning from them.

O lives in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Roohi Ahmad Counsellor at Nova Psychology

Roohi Ahmad
Registered Counsellor
Dip. Counselling AIPC

ACA Member Level 1
Australian Psychologists Society

Roohi Ahmad

Counsellor

Roohi has more than 20 years experience counselling people from diverse backgrounds both in private practice and within the community.

She is a Registered Counsellor and her qualifications include a Diploma in Counselling and Advanced Study Majors in Family Therapy, and Child Development and Effective Parenting. She also holds international qualifications including a Post Graduate Diploma, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. She has training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 & 2 and uses elements of Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her couples work. She is currently doing her Bachelors in Psychological Sciences. Apart from English, she can also speak Hindi and Urdu (Indian).

Roohi works with individuals and couples from different backgrounds facing a wide range of issues including relationship concerns, marital conflict, pre-marital issues, stress, separation, self-worth, post-separation conflicts, co-dependency, parenting and co-parenting. She loves working with parents, couples and young adults to help them resolve conflicts and communicate better.

She will work with you in a caring and compassionate manner to help you explore your inner strength, so you feel stronger and more powerful. As your counsellor, she will help you heal and find the resolution that works best for you.

Roohi is based in Glen Waverley, VIC.

 

Caroline Cavanagh - Counsellor Nova Psychology
Caroline Cavanagh
Master of Counselling
Graduate Diploma in Counselling
Bachelor in Health Science (Health Promotion) with a Minor in Addiction Studies
ACA Member Level 2

Caroline Cavanagh

Counsellor

Caroline has a Master of Counselling degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Murdoch University and a Bachelor in Health Science (Health Promotion) with a Minor in Addiction Studies from Edith Cowan University.

Caroline works with Individuals, Couples, Teenagers, and NDIS clients. She can help you to address anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, social anxiety, life direction, career direction, relationship problems, work problems, study problems, as well as grief and loss.

If you are feeling lost or lacking direction, Caroline can help you to explore your values and passions and how to move toward expressing them in your daily life and feeling more fulfilled. Caroline can help you to grow in self-knowledge, self-esteem, confidence, and self-compassion. She can help you to understand why you think the way you do, and how to address thoughts that are self-defeating. While much of this work is done in the counselling session, you can also anticipate a bit of homework to help you to move forward and to consolidate your good work.

Caroline is primarily a Person-Centred, Strength-Based counsellor. This means her focus is on you, her client, because you are the expert of your own life. She can help you to rediscover and utilise your strengths, helping you to feel empowered to move forward into a happier life. Caroline is also an integrative counsellor, which means she utilises various counselling methodologies as required, tailoring treatment to suit the individual that you are.

Caroline is based in Coolbellup, WA

 

Fiona Taylor, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker at Nova Psychology

Fiona Taylor
Bachelor of Social Work – University West of England

AASW

Fiona Taylor

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Fiona is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who has over 15 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Fiona has an extensive and diverse work experience engaging and providing support and counselling to individuals and their families.

She has mostly worked with people who have experienced the broad impacts of trauma, abuse and mental illness.

Fiona has immense experience in counselling, casework and management in a range of areas that has allowed her to develop excellent skills and understanding on such things as complex trauma and abuse, neurobiology of trauma, sensorimotor psychotherapy, mental health, relationship and attachments issues, grief and loss, work conflict and stress, drug and alcohol abuse, interpersonal skills as well as life goals and planning.

She also provides consultation and training for organisations regarding vicarious trauma, trauma-informed care, anxiety and depression and staff supervision and wellbeing. She is passionate about providing high quality trauma-informed clinical intervention to promote recovery and healing from trauma.

Fiona’s counselling style is warm and interactive. She integrates her kindness, humour and objectivity to assist and she believes in treating others with respect, sensitivity and compassion.

Her goal is to help her clients become the best version of themselves and live the best life that is creative and authentic to them. The process of uncovering and discovering takes courage. If you are ready to take that step, then Fiona is here to support you and empower you.

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” Brene Brown. 

Fiona is based on the Gold Coast of Queensland.

Richelle Menzies, Sexologist Nova Psychology Australia


Richelle Menzies

Masters in Sexology
BSocSc , Grad Dip Counselling
Member Society of Australian Sexologists
Member ACA

Society of Australian Sexologists
ACA Member Level 1

Richelle Menzies

Sexologist | Psychosexual Counsellor

Richelle provides sexuality education and psychosexual counselling. She works with single individuals and all of those involved in relationships, both monogamous and non-monogamous.

Richelle started her career working in Women’s Health, before moving on to sexuality education and working with people who inject drugs, educating on blood borne viruses (BBV) and STIs. This then lead to working in LGBTIQ+ inclusion before starting the journey to become a sexologist.

Richelle has a long history of working with members of the LGBTIQ+, community, and over the past couple of years, a growing interest and experience with members of the Poly and Kink/BDSM communities. She has a passion for supporting people to live an authentic life in alignment with their values, sexuality and gender, and has worked extensively with older women coming out.

Most recently, Richelle worked for the Tasmanian Council for AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD) for 2 years, where she supported people living with HIV, Hepatitis and other STIS with case management, education and counselling. She provides sexuality education, psychosexual counselling and professional development and supervision. She has supported trans and gender diverse people with their transition and people questioning their sexuality, couples who are exploring moving their relationship to a non-monogamous one, issues around arousal, desire and relationships and the impact of menopause on sexual functioning.

Richelle has been an LGBTIQ+ inclusion consultant and educator with the QLD Council for LGBTIQ Health (QC, previously QLD AIDS Council) since 2007, where she provided professional development and community education around issues for LGBTIQ+ people. Most recently this has included working in the aged care and disability sectors supporting intimacy, sex and relationships for those accessing services and those who support them. Richelle has been a guest lecturer at universities in QLD and TAS and presenter in a diverse range of workplaces and conferences.

Richelle has a person centred, sex positive, strength based, solution focused, and integrative approach to counselling. She utlilises a range of modalities including systemic sex therapy and ACT and tailors her approach to the individual client. Richelle has experience working with a diverse range of clients including those from culturally diverse backgrounds or with a disability.