Psychologists

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NEST's team of experienced Psychologists are dedicated to the enhancement of emotional wellness.

 

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Tammy Berman Tisher

Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist
BSc, Grad Dip Ed Psych., Grad Dip Family Therapy, M.Psych (Clinical), MAPS

Tammy works at NEST Elsternwick on Monday's from 9am-3pm

Professional Background/Experience

Private Practice at Alma Family Therapy Centre, Clinical Psychologist at Headspace, Tutor in the Family Therapy Course at Alma Family Therapy Centre, Psychologist in an Aged Care Facility.

Professional Interests

Individual and family / relationship counselling, perinatal issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss.

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Dr. Tammy Tempelhof

Clinical Psychologist
BA, BAppSci (Hon), DPsych (Clinical), MAPS

Tammy works at NEST Elsternwick on a Tuesday from 9am-5pm, on a Wednesday from 9am-1pm and on a Thursday from 8.30am-4.30pm

Professional Background/Experience

Tammy is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her undergraduate studies at Melbourne University and her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Monash University. Tammy also completed a specialisation in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology.  She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), College of Clinical Psychologists and AAPRA. Tammy has worked across a variety of settings including child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), hospital services and she is currently working in private practice.  

Professional Interests

Tammy has a keen professional interest in children and young adults. She has particular expertise in the psychological treatment of anxiety, mood and behavioural disorders in children. Other areas of particular interest are parenting counselling and support (transitioning, coping and management).  She has both training and experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but also uses different techniques including mindfulness and interpersonal therapy to meet the needs of each individual client. Tammy also has significant experience with adult mental health, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss.

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Dr. Kristy-Anne Adnams

Clinical Psychologist
BA (Psych), Grad Dip (Psych), D Psych (Clinical) MAPS

Kristy-Anne works at NEST Hawthorn on Monday's from 9am-1pm, and at NEST Elsternwick on Wednesday's from 9am-1pm and Friday's from 8.30am-6pm.

Professional Background/Experience

Kristy-Anne is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne.  She has had experience working with groups and individuals across a number of settings including the corporate sector, residential drug and alcohol services and adult mental health services within the Royal Melbourne hospital and the Royal Women’s hospital. Kristy-Anne has experience with adjustment, mood (e.g. depression) and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, perinatal mental health, and coping with chronic pain.

Professional Interests

Kristy-Anne has a keen professional interest in perinatal mental health.  She is particularly interested in the emotional wellbeing of women and their families during pregnancy, preparing for childbirth and post partum.   She has training and experience with Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and other psychotherapy approaches.

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Dr. Rachel Bell

Clinical Psychologist
BA/BSc(Hons), DPsych(Clinical), MAPS

Rachel works at NEST Elsternwick on Thursday's from 9am-5pm and Saturday's from 9am-1pm

Professional Background/Experience

Rachel is a clinical psychologist who completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Monash University in 2005.  She specialised in child, adolescent and family psychology.  Rachel has worked in private practice, public and private mental health settings, and has also been involved in psychotherapy research in the US.  Rachel is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Professional Interests 

Rachel has a special interest in working with mums and dads, as well as parents to be.  She has experience working with anxiety and OCD, stress, depression and post natal depression, life adjustments including the transition to parenthood, parenting concerns, relationship problems, trauma, self-esteem, perfectionism, eating and body image issues.  Rachel provides supportive psychotherapy and incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques to meet individual client needs.  She is passionate about supporting families, and helping them understand and work through concerns before they become overwhelming problems.

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Dr. Elliot Gerschman

Clinical Psychologist
DPsych (Clinical), MAPS, BSc (Hons)

Elliot works at NEST Elsternwick on Tuesday and NEST Hawthorn on Wednesday

Background:

If you are an adult or parent who is struggling with difficult feelings or relationships, Elliot may be the ideal therapist for you. His gentle and compassionate nature allows him to form deep, authentic and healing relationships. He is passionate about mindfulness, emotional intelligence, meaning and technology. With his diverse and specialised clinical experience using the latest evidence-based interventions, he can teach you how to:

- Use mindfulness to overcome rumination and worry, and to live in the moment
- Apply emotional intelligence to identify, understand and regulate difficult emotions
- Clarify your values, identify what really matters, and pursue meaningful goals
- Use assertiveness to communicate your needs, and reduce interpersonal conflict

Professional Experience:

- Completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Monash University.
- Director of Satisfied Mind, a Melbourne based clinical psychology practice that focuses on adult mental health, mindfulness, and emotion coaching.
- Independent Medical Examiner (IME) with WorkSafe Victoria and TAC.
- Conducts medico legal assessments and reports through Lex Medicus.
- Vice president of Act On It, a health promotion charity that is developing a ground-breaking, free mindfulness smartphone application.
- Extensive experience with various mindfulness-based therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based therapies for depression, stress reduction, and chronic pain management.
- Previous experience facilitating diverse therapy programs at The Melbourne Clinic.

Professional Interests:

Elliot has a passion for using cutting-edge mindfulness and acceptance based interventions. He often incorporates emotional intelligence coaching, helping people to identify, understand and manage their emotions. He has a particular interest in the role of personal meaning and values in promoting psychological well-being. Additionally, he likes to integrate technology with psychology through developing smartphone applications, online content, and using biofeedback techniques.

Treatment Issues:

Elliot provides treatment to adults who are experiencing various mental health issues, including depression, postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, stress, addictive behaviours, eating disorders, personality disorders, relationship conflict, sleep disorders and chronic pain.

Personal Interests:

Outside of his clinical work, Elliot is a full-time husband and father of 4 darling children. His hobbies and interests include music, sport, creative writing, cooking and spirituality. He enjoys listening to progressive rock music, playing and watching basketball, journaling his innermost thoughts, tackling new recipes in an ambitious quest to meet his children’s discerning standards, and delving deep into spirituality.

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Emily D'Amour

Clinical Psychologist
BA (Psych), Grad Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Clinical), MAPS

Emily works at NEST Hawthorn on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Professional Background/Experience:

Emily has completed both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in psychology and holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology. She is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, (AHPRA) and is also a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Emily is an authentic, empathic and motivated clinical psychologist who brings professional experience from within hospital (tertiary), community mental health and early intervention settings. Within her training at the Royal Children’s Hospital completed as part of her Masters degree, Emily’s passion for supporting young people’ s positive trajectory of development flourished. Emily has a particular interest in therapeutic intervention that empowers new and expecting parents during the perinatal period to connect, attune and nurture their children.

Emily has previously worked at the Statewide Child Inpatient Unit within the Austin Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), with children presenting with complex developmental needs and parents experiencing significant mental health concerns. Emily also has previous experience working as a private clinician, and subsequently within her work at NEST, utilizes a diversity of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic influences. Emily is passionate about working collaboratively with clients to provide them with a strong understanding of the locus of mental health concerns, so that practical solutions can be implemented to best support parents and their children to overcome life’s challenges.

Professional Interests:

Emily provides tailored and individualized therapy for adults and children and has a particular interest in the following areas:
- Perinatal mental health including; experience of adjustment issues or stress, mood and anxiety difficulties (with a special interest in OCD and perfectionism), post partum depression, eating disorders/body image concerns and therapy to address experience of trauma.
- Parents and Infant intervention (dyadic work) to support parents to build a positive and attuned relationship with their children within an attachment orientated and developmentally informed therapeutic approach.
- Therapeutic work with children presenting with developmental difficulties including; separation anxiety, behavioural difficulties, mood and anxiety concerns, school refusal, Autism Spectrum Disorder and social skill difficulties, feeding and eating disorders and developmental trauma. Close therapeutic work with parents is also completed as part of this intervention in order to assist families to best support their child in the context of these difficulties.

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Dr Melissa Keogh

Clinical Psychologist
B.A (Hons)., D.Psych (Clinical)

Melissa Works at NEST Hawthorn on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and at
NEST Elsternwick on Friday afternoons

Professional Background/Experience

Melissa is a an experienced clinical psychologist with a warm, kind, and empathic therapeutic style. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2003 and works with children (5 years and older), adolescents and adults.

She has a strong interest in women's mental health across the lifespan, including the perinatal period, and is skilled in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, body image issues, grief and loss, relationship issues, as well as providing assistance with building self esteem and assertiveness.

Melissa draws upon her training in evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy in order to assist her clients to achieve their goals.

 

Professional Interests

In addition to her clinical work Melissa is also a writer/columnist for Kidspot.com.au - Australia's number one parenting website. She responds to parents' questions in her "Ask Dr Melissa" column and has written a variety of posts on perinatal topics such as Psychological Barriers to Intimacy After Childbirth and How Dads Can Help in the Newborns Days.

Melissa is also regularly called upon by the Australian media as an expert psychologist and commentator and has appeared on programs such as The Project, Weekend Sunrise, Today Extra, The House of Wellness and Studio 10 discussing a wide range of psychological issues. She has also featured in national and international print and online publications such as Cosmopolitan, CLEO, The Age, BBC.com, news.com.au and The Australian Women's Weekly.

Melissa is approachable and client centred and genuinely enjoys helping others.