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-1pm

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 8.30am-3.00pm, Wednesday from 8.30am-5.30pm and on a Thursday from 8.30am-3.30pm

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'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

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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Jessica Levetan

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.  

Professional Interests

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.

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Dr Delyse Hutchinson

Associate Professor
PhD, MPsych (Clincal), BA/BSc (Hons)

Delyse works at Elsternwick on Monday's from 8.30am-6.00pm

Professional Background/Experience:

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.

Professional interests:

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.

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Dana Ben-Israel

Clinical psychologist
BA Hons (Psych), MA (Clinical Psychology)

Dana works at NEST Hawthorn on Wednesday mornings

Professional background/Experience

Dana was awarded a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing the International Certification Program in Schema Therapy through the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). She has extensive experience working with mothers and families and has a special interest in working with Eating Disorders, body image dissatisfaction and weight concerns in the perinatal and postpartum period.

Professional Memberships

• Member Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI)
• Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

Professional interests

Dana is passionate about helping mothers and families navigate the complexities of having a family and raising children. She works with women in various stages of their journey to and through motherhood including planning, conception, pregnancy, postpartum and beyond, particularly the struggles faced when mother's return to employment.
Dana works from an attachment perspective that focuses on people’s developmental histories and formative experiences. Dana is acutely aware that the transition to parenthood may trigger client’s own parent-child attachment patterns and behaviours which can cause distress and anxiety and possible difficulties bonding with their new baby. In therapy Dana integrates experiential, emotion-focused and behavioural pattern breaking interventions to help clients prevent their history repeating in their own parental story and supports clients to flourish as parents and feel empowered in their ability to cope with the competing demands in the perinatal period.

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Jessica Kennedy

BCompSci, GradDip(Soc Sci), BA(Psych, Hon), MPsych (Clin Neuro), MAPS, CCN Assoc. Member

Jessica is starting at NEST soon and will be working at Elsternwick & Hawthorn

Professional Background/Experience:

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.

Personal interests:

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.

Neuropsychological Assessments:

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.