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-1pm
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
Dr Tempelhof works at NEST Elsternwick on a Tuesday from 8.30am-3.00pm, Wednesday from 8.30am-5.30pm and on a Thursday from 8.30am-3.30pm
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
Dr Adnams 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
Dr Bell works at NEST Elsternwick on Thursday's from 9am-5pm and every second Saturday from 9am-1pm
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.
BA (Psych), Grad Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Clinical), MAPS
Emily is currently on maternity leave.
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.
Educational & Developmental Psychologist
BA, B.Sc.(Hons), M.Psych.(Ed & Dev), MAPS
Jessica works at NEST Elsternwick on Monday's and Thursday'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.
Dr Delyse Hutchinson
PhD, MPsych (Clincal), BA/BSc (Hons)
Delyse works at Elsternwick on Monday's from 8.30am-6.00pm
Delyse is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her undergraduate studies at Monash University and her Doctorate and Masters in Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University. She specialises in perinatal psychology including pregnancy, birth and postnatal adjustment, with a special interest in infant attachment. She has experience in the treatment of mental health and behavioural disorders in children, adolescents and adults and has worked across a range of clinical settings including hospital services, child and family health, and private practice. Delyse is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and serves on numerous professional boards and committees. Delyse also conducts research on the development and prevention of mental health and behavioural disorders at the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development at Deakin University, with honorary research positions at the Murdoch Childrens Research Centre at the Melbourne Royal Childrens Hospital; the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne; and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.
Delyse has a special interest in working with parents during the transition to parenthood. She also enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults and has experience in treating a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, eating and body image related issues, as well as difficulties related to life changes, grief and loss, and self-esteem. Delyse uses a range of therapeutic modalities to meet the needs of each individual client including supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural and schema based therapies, psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness techniques, and attachment-based therapies.
Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar and Psychologist
BCompSci, GradDip(Soc Sci), BA(Psych, Hon), MPsych (Clin Neuro), MAPS, CCN Assoc. Member
Jessica works at NEST Elsternwick on Tuesday's and at Hawthorn on Friday's.
Jessica has completed a Bachelor of Computer Science, Graduate Diploma in Social Science, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Honours), and a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology). Jessica is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), is currently completing her professional endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.
Jessica has experience in a range of hospital settings, including the Royal Children’s Hospital within the Neonatal Department, the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, and St Vincent’s Hospital, both within the Neuroscience and Adult Mental Health Service departments. She has worked extensively with clients who are living with medical conditions which may be impacting their memory, thinking, behaviour, and mental and social health. Jessica has experience with adjustment, mood (e.g., depression), anxiety, and eating disorders, trauma, low self-esteem, perfectionism, perinatal mental health, and working with individuals with chronic health conditions. Jessica uses evidence-based psychological approaches and has training and experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other psychotherapy approaches to meet individual client needs.
Alongside clinical practice, Jessica managers the Melbourne Neuroscience PhD Program at The University of Melbourne. Jessica’s primary objectives are promoting psychological health and optimizing student graduate outcomes.
Jessica provides tailored and individualised therapy and neuropsychology assessments to children, adolescents, and adults. With every client, Jessica aims to create a warm, welcoming, and trusted space. She works collaboratively with her clients to understand what is important to them, and helps them develop the skills and habits necessary to respond flexibly to whatever life deals them.
Jessica has a keen interest in working with mums, dads, parents to be, and children. This can include transitioning into new phases of life, whether that be parenthood or life after a medical diagnosis or injury, or helping them better manage their anxiety or improve their mood.
Jessica provides comprehensive assessments of thinking and learning abilities, and psychological wellbeing, for people aged 4 and above, working collaboratively with families, schools, places of employment, and other health professionals (with consent). Assessment feedback is designed to help clients and their families apply assessment findings to real life wants and needs (e.g., school intervention plans, optimizing work performance). Some common reasons to undergo a neuropsychological assessment include:
• Understanding a person’s thinking strengths and challenges.
• To identify or rule out Specific Learning Disorders in reading, reading comprehension, spelling/writing, and mathematics.
• To identify or rule out an intellectual disability.
• To investigate concerns regarding memory, thinking and attention, behavioural, or mood, and the possible underlying causes.
• Assessment of eligibility for Centrelink, TAC, Workcover, disability support services, school based funding, such as for the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) scheme, and other supports.
• Identify suitable interventions and accommodations for home, school, university, or work.
BA Hons (Psych), MA (Counselling Psychology)
Amy has completed both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in psychology and holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is endorsed as a Counselling Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). She has completed additional training and registered as a Board Approved Supervisor and is completing her accreditation in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Amy has a varied work experience that informs her therapeutic work. She has worked with the Victorian Police in emergency services and Government in developing and managing mental health programs. She completed her psychology training within community, educational and hospital settings working with adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience in delivering group therapy and individual therapy for forensic and community based clients. She has experience working with a range of issues including trauma (both recent and historic) depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, adjustment/life transitions, grief and loss and those experiencing distress and crisis. She utilises a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing. She is also experienced in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing to assist clients to process and recover from distressing experiences.
I seek to create a warm, compassionate and safe environment for all my clients. My therapeutic approach is client centred, where the client’s goals, interest and preferences guide the interventions that are used within treatment. I am passionate about working collaboratively with clients to identify and achieve their goals and improve their overall well-being and experience of life’s many challenges. I seek to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to ensure that clients receive a holistic approach to their health. I enjoy working with both adults and adolescents. I have a particular interest in the treatment of emotional dysregulation, trauma and substance use. I am also interested in supporting clients experience of fertility, pregnancy, birth and adjustment to parenthood.
BA (Psych), BA Hons (Psych), M Psych (Clinical), MAPS
Sarah is a Clinical psychologist who completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa. Sarah is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is endorsed as a clinical psychologist with AHPRA. Sarah is also a Circle of Security facilitator (attachment-based parenting program). She regularly attends courses and conferences to further her therapeutic knowledge and skills as well as stay up to date with ethical issues and global trends. Sarah has worked with clientele from many backgrounds and in a variety of settings including state run adult, child and adolescent inpatient and outpatient facilities; as well as successfully running her own private psychology practice.
Sarah believes we have the psychological resources to find relief from distress, overcome challenges and live fulfilled and meaningful lives. Therapy creates the conditions within which our inner resources can be accessed, supported and guided. The benefits of this process include the cultivation of healthy and adaptive coping techniques, loving relationships, fulfilling and prosperous work and family environments, and the ability to enjoy a happy, meaningful life. She utilises a range of therapeutic modalities and tailors her approach to each clients’ need. These include psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, attachment-based therapy, supportive psychotherapy, solution-focused therapy, play therapy and mindfulness techniques.
Sarah focuses on providing a confidential, kind, thoughtful and non-judgemental space in her work with children, adolescents, adults, parents and couples. She has a special interest and extensive experience in working with:
- Peri-natal period
- Fertility matters
- Sex and sexuality
- Stress and burnout
- Self-esteem and self-worth
- Behavioural problems
- Bereavement and coping with loss
- Interpersonal difficulties including relational, marital, parent-child, occupational and social
- Coping with life transitions including school, parenthood, adolescence, death, separation, divorce and retirement.