Practitioners:

Dr. Michael Schwarz

  
MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert. Child Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Michael Schwarz is an Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist with more than twenty years experience treating young people and their families. Dr. Schwarz has worked in inpatient, day patient and outpatient settings in both the public and private health sector. Dr. Schwarz utilizes developmental, psychodynamic and systemic perspectives in understanding emotional distress. Therapy is then tailored to the needs of the individual and may include individual and/or family therapy, medication or working with the broader system. Dr. Schwarz has particular interests in Mood disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and identity issues in adolescence.

Dr. David Recht

  
MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP, Cert. Child Psychiatry, LMusA

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. David Recht has 20 years experience in psychiatry and over ten years experience in adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy in private practice. He works with individuals and families, and has a particular interest in modern developments in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Recht's areas of particular clinical interest include personality formation and sexual identity disorders of adolescence and early adulthood.

Dr. Melanie Evans

  
MBBS, MRCPsych, FRANZCP, Certificate in Advanced Training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist

Melanie Evans is an Adult and Child and Adolescent psychiatrist trained in the UK and Melbourne. She has 17 years experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric problems, with a particular interest in mood and psychotic disorders. Melanie sees predominantly women and their families, and uses both psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches. She is sensitive to the issues women face throughout the life cycle including challenges in adolescence, the peri-natal period, and menopause. Melanie works across both private and public sectors and heads the Bipolar treatment team at Orygen Youth Health.

Dr. Adam Deacon

  
MBBS, BMed SciMP, FRANZCP, Cert. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Cert. Forensic Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Adam Deacon is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Forensic Psychiatrist who works in the private and public sector. Adam enjoys working with adolescents and their families. Intervention is based on developmental, systematic and psychodynamic principles. He has a special interest in complex adolescents and forensic issues. He has a broad interest in criminal and civil forensic pyschiatry. He also works with athletes in the role of a
Sports Psychiatrist.

Dr. Pia Brous

  
MBBS, BMedSc, MPM, FRANZCP, Cert. Child Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Pia Brous has been a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for 23 years. At Phoenics Health she works with adolescents, young adults and their parents and/or their families, and also with some older adults. She is interested in assisting patients achieving positive outcomes and changes by an array of approaches. She often works in therapeutic teams for a better outcome. She is interested in caring, ethical and thorough clinical work, and in approaches that lead to improvements by collaboration, and by increasing understandings of oneself and of others. She has a long standing interest in mental health literacy and psychiatric education. She also teaches at the Cunningham Dax Collection and is a member of the
Mental Health Review Board.

Dr Anthony Gallagher

  
B Sc Med (Hons 1), B Med, FRANZCP, Cert Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Anthony Gallagher is a Child & Youth Psychiatrist with 14 years experience in psychiatry, including 6 years in Child, Adolescent and Youth Psychiatry. Working in public and private psychiatry, Dr Gallagher treats a wide range of psychiatric disorders with a particular focus on mood and anxiety disorders and a special interest in somatisation disorders. Additionally he treats specific developmental and educational, family, personality and eating issues. Applying a varied approach to his practice, he tailors ethical management to the individual and their support network to maximise sustainable improvement in mental health.

Dr Rob Selzer

  
MBBS, FRANZCP (Cert Child Adolescent Psych)

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Rob Selzer is a psychiatrist. He completed training in child and adolescent psychiatry and has particular interest in psychotherapy. He has worked in both public and private mental health sector and in tertiary education. He is enthusiastic about medical education and enjoys working collaboratively with other mental health professionals.

Carolyn Mier

  
B.appSc(OT), MCPP

Adolescent, Relationship & Family Therapist

Carolyn Mier is an adolescent psychotherapst and family therapist with a background of Occupational Therapy. Carolyn has been working with young people and their families for more than twenty years in outpatient, day and inpatient settings in both public and private settings. Carolyn sees the individual in the context of their wider system: family, school/work, community and culture and therefore works with both the individual and when necessary whoever is relevant in their lives. In addition, she has a special interest in working with couples who are experiencing relationship difficulties. Carolyn holds an Honorary Fellowship at Melbourne University and lectures in a variety of settings including schools and universities.

Flora Pearce

  
BA, BSW, Masters (Couple and Relationship Therapy)

Relationship & Family Therapist

Flora Pearce has over 20 years experience working with families, couples and individuals. As a trained family and couple therapist, Flora's focus in her intervention is to facilitate the individual's knowledge of themselves within the context of their significant relationships. The work may focus on Family of Origin history or be more directed to present behaviours and thoughts that are concerning. Symptom relief as well as an understanding about those specific symptoms are tackled. As well as conducting a Private Practice for 12 years, Flora has had 13 years experience at the Royal Children's Hospital in a variety of roles encompassing clinical, supervisory and teaching. In 2009 she completed a Masters of Couple & Relationship Counselling conferred by Latrobe University.

Ivan Mathieson

  
BA/BComm PGradDipAppPsych MPsych(Clin) MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Ivan Mathieson is a Clinical Psychologist who has extensively worked with children, adolescents, young adults and their families in outpatient and inpatient mental health services. He has also been involved in teaching postgraduate psychology at La Trobe and RMIT Universities. He has a particular interest in working with young males, and in ensuring that the therapeutic space is one that they feel comfortable with. Ivan’s therapeutic approach is primarily cognitive behavioral where indicated, also drawing on developmental, psychodynamic and systemic approaches as appropriate. In addition to therapy, Ivan regularly completes intellectual and educational assessments of children and adolescents.

Rachelle Porter

  
BScPsych, BA, PGDipPsych, MPsychClin MAPS

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Rachelle is a Clinical Psychology Registrar with more than 10 years experience working in mental health within the private and public sector. Rachelle draws from a variety of psychological models in her work with adolescents and adults, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Systemic, and Emotion Focused Therapy. She provides a nurturing environment to explore and work through difficult issues, and assist clients in enhancing their wellbeing.

Tania Smith

  
BA(Hons) MA(Clin) Reg PRBV MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Tania Smith is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 10 years experience working with adolescents and their families in outpatient, daypatient, inpatient and outreach services within the public and private health sectors. Tania has an integrative approach to working with young people and their families and draws on developmental, systemic, interpersonal and cognitive behavioural approaches. She also works psychotherapeutically with adults experiencing psychological distress. Along with her direct clinical work, Tania also provides clinical supervision to psychologists and other mental health professionals and lectures in postgraduate training programs at Swinburne and Melbourne Universities.