NEST's team of experienced Psychologists are dedicated to the enhancement of emotional wellness.
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
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.
Individual and family / relationship counselling, perinatal issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss.
Dr. Tammy Tempelhof
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
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.
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.
Dr. Kristy-Anne Adnams
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Rachel Bell
BA/BSc(Hons), DPsych(Clinical), MAPS
Rachel works at NEST Elsternwick on Thursday's from 9am-5pm and Saturday's from 9am-1pm
Rachel is not currently accepting new patients.
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.
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.
Dr. Elliot Gerschman
DPsych (Clinical), MAPS, BSc (Hons)
Elliot works at NEST Elsternwick on Tuesday's
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
BA (Psych), Grad Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Clinical), MAPS
Emily works at NEST Hawthorn on Wednesdays and Thursdays
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.
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.
Dr Melissa Keogh
B.A (Hons)., D.Psych (Clinical)
Melissa Works at NEST Hawthorn on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and at
NEST Elsternwick on Friday afternoons
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.
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.
BA, B.Sc.(Hons), M.Psych.(Ed & Dev), MAPS
Jessica works at NEST Elsternwick on Monday's and Saturday's
Professional Background & Experience
Jess is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She attained a Master of Psychology from Monash University and was awarded the Academic Medal for Excellence in Graduate and Postgraduate Coursework Study for achieving the highest academic result in the Education Faculty. She is currently completing her professional endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology, as well as specialist training in relationship and systemic therapy.
Jess has worked across a range of educational, clinical and community settings. She is flexible and responsive and adapts her approach to the needs and presenting concerns of each individual. She has training and experience with a number of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, Interpersonal Process Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
Jess provides counselling, therapy and assessments to children, adolescents, adults and families. She creates a warm, inviting and confidential space for her clients, and works collaboratively with families, schools and health professionals. Jess is passionate about empowering individuals of all ages to find their inner strength and resilience, overcome fears, and establish rewarding relationships. She has four main areas of focus:
Counselling for anxiety and fears, depressive symptoms, social challenges, family issues, anger, conduct problems, general life stressors, and developmental conditions, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Adolescents & Adults:
Counselling for anxiety or persistent worry, depression, family conflict, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, body image concerns, perfectionism, and academic or work stress.
Perinatal Mental Health:
Counselling for mothers, fathers, and families at various stages of the perinatal period, including pregnancy and the transition to parenthood.
Comprehensive assessments and individualised classroom intervention plans to support school-aged children with specific learning, behavioural or emotional needs. An educational assessment may help to:
• Identify your child’s unique learning profile, and preferred learning style.
• Find out whether they have a Specific Learning Disorder in reading, writing, or mathematics (previously known as dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia).
• Determine whether memory, behaviour, social, mood, or attention issues may be present.
• Determine whether they qualify for an intellectually gifted program or early school entry.
• Identify suitable interventions and accommodations for home and school.