Practitioners:

Associate Professor Christopher Davey

  
MBBS (Hons) MPsychiatry PhD, FRANZCP

Psychiatrist

Chris Davey is a psychiatrist who specialises in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adolescents and young adults. He leads a clinic for severe and complex mood disorders at a public youth mental health service, and is an active clinical researcher. He mainly cares for young people in collaboration with psychotherapists, with a limited capacity to offer therapy himself. Chris is able to provide expert assessment, regular monitoring and review.
Areas of interest include: anxiety, mood disorders, adolescent mental health, self-esteem issues

Justine Tonner-Joyce BA

  
BA, GradDipEdPsych, MCouns

Psychologist

Justine has provided psychological services for more than 15 years with adolescents and adults in schools, group programs and private practice.
Justine uses mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapies to help clients improve their mood and confidence, manage difficult relationships, to sit with grief, explore identity or work towards high performance in sport and other domains. Her particular area of expertise is anxiety - including social, school, work stress and performance. Justine builds a supportive relationship, is goal oriented and adapts therapy to the person’s need and pace. Justine works collaboratively with the referring school counsellor, doctor or specialist, providing written feedback with client’s consent. When working with young people she involves parents and school staff with the young person’s agreement.

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 25 years experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric and psychological problems, with a particular interest in mood and psychotic disorders. Melanie sees predominantly adolescents, women and their families, and uses both psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches to assist. She is sensitive to the issues women face throughout the life cycle including challenges in adolescence, the peri-natal period, and menopause. She has worked for many years at Orygen Youth Health in the Mood and Anxiety clinic, the Early Psychosis service and the Bipolar Disorder clinic. She has led the Youth Assessment Team at Orygen and is experienced at managing patients in hospital and outpatient settings. In addition Melanie has worked on the Perinatal Unit at Albert Road Clinic caring for mothers and their young babies, the Child and Adolescent service of the Royal Children's Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Eating Disorders Unit. Currently in addition to her clinical role, Melanie is the Director of Phoenics 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 psychiatry. He also works with athletes in the role of a Sports Psychiatrist.
Areas of interest include: child & adolescent mental health, forensic psychiatry (criminal and civil), sports psychiatry

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.
Areas of interest include: adolescent & early adult mental health, sexual identity disorders

Dr Anthony Gallagher

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

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Anthony Gallagher is an experienced Child & Youth Psychiatrist who has worked in the public and private systems; he now works exclusively in private practice, with admitting privileges to a private hospital.
Anthony will take on the treatment of patients up to the age of 25 years, treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders with a particular focus on mood and anxiety disorders and has a special interest in somatisation disorders. Additionally he treats specific developmental and educational, family, personality and eating issues; though he is experienced in treating all mental health conditions. 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.

Rachelle Porter BScPsych, BA

  
BScPsych, BA, PGDipPsych, MPsychClin MAPS

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Rachelle is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 10 years experience working in mental health within the private and public sector. Rachelle has worked in school settings, a variety of community mental health services and the private sector, and 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.
Areas of interest include: anxiety, mood disorders, relaxation, stress management and coping, self-esteem issues, relationship therapy

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.
Areas of interest include: adolescent mental health, young adult mental health, distress-related issues

Flora Pearce

  
BA, BSW, Masters (Couple and Relationship Therapy)

Relationship & Family Therapist, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Flora Pearce has had 30 years experience working with families, couples and individuals. As a trained family and couple therapist, Flora's focus is to facilitate the individual's knowledge of themselves within the context of their significant relationships. This work may focus on Family of Origin history and making links to current behaviours and thoughts that are troubling. Symptom relief as well as an understanding about those specific symptoms are tackled. As well as conducting a Private Practice for 20 years, Flora has had 13 years experience at the Royal Children's Hospital in metabolic and genetic medicine engaged in a variety of roles encompassing clinical, supervisory and teaching. Her special areas of experience are individuals and families living with serious chronic illness, genetic counselling, infertility and other specific areas of physical and mental health. In 2009 she completed a Masters of Couple & Relationship Counselling conferred by Latrobe University. She has served as a Board Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy for the past 9 years and is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with Medicare.
Areas of interest include: couples and family counselling, chronic illness counselling, infertility counselling

Carolyn Mier

  
B.appSc(OT), MCPP

Adolescent, Relationship & Family Therapist, Occupational Therapist

Carolyn Mier is an adolescent psychotherapist 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.
Areas of interest include: adolescent mental health, young adult mental health, family therapy, relationship therapy