our team

The Positive Psychology Centre comprises of a team of highly skilled practitioners including our consultant psychiatrist and psychologists with diverse backgrounds in Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology and Organisational Psychology.Our team of psychologists are all registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and are members of the Australian Psychological Society.

 

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Ilan Lohr

 

Ilan Lohr (Clinical Psycholgist) practices predominantly evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. His clinical work has included working mostly with adults but also children in a variety of medical, clinical and academic settings. He has worked with diverse clientele and psychological disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse, sleep disorders, relationship and marital problems, learning and behavioural difficulties, and clients on forensic orders.

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Frankston

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Janine Petrass

 

Janine Petrass is a Clinical Psychologist who uses a collaborative, empathic, and respectful approach to treating a wide variety of issues using evidence-based therapies such as ACT, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness techniques with adolescents and adults of all ages. Janine previously worked at Peninsula Health in a variety of roles including longer term Recovery work, Acute (CATT team), and DBT as both group facilitator and individual therapist.

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Frankston

Helen Vlahos

 

Helen specialises in working with all age groups and has extensive experience working with children and adolescents. She has previously worked at both Primary and High Schools. Helen primarily adopts an integrated therapeutic approach drawing on a number of therapies including Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, CBT and Person-Centred counselling.

Helen enjoys spending time with her children, yoga, movies and going to concerts and theatre. She speaks fluent Greek and is also currently learning French.

 

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Oakleigh South & Frankston

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Dr Sanil Rege

 

Dr Rege is a consultant Psychiatrist who has trained in the UK and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and The Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists(FRANZCP).  He has worked in the UK and several states of Australia in a variety of settings, and has experience in the assessment of a broad range of psychiatric disorders including psychosis, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, and psychiatric disorders in the context of medical conditions amongst others.  He treats general adults and has a special interest in neuropsychiatry and the interface of general medicine with psychiatry.

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Mornington

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Ari Patrikis

 

Ari has been a registered psychologist since 2003 and joined our team at Positive Psychology in 2008. He holds specialist endorsement with the APS College of Counselling Psychologists. Ari specialises in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology. He has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of  Anxiety and Mood disorders, Dual Diagnosis and Adjustment and Transitional Stress in Adult populations.

 

Ari has worked in a variety of settings including Private Practice, Community and Clinical Services, Government Organisations, and in the management of Not for Profit Organisations. A majority of this work focused on psychological treatment and intensive support delivery to complex care and dual diagnosis clients.

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Oakleigh South &  Mornington

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Dr Kimberly O'Keefe

 

Dr Kimberly O’Keefe is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology who practices privately at Positive Psychology in Mornington and Frankston. Dr O’Keefe provides diagnostic assessment and evidence-based psychological treatment for adolescents and adults. Focused psychological assessments include, psychological, behavioural, social and emotional adjustment as well as personality testing. Her practice involves comprehensive assessment and formulation of psychological reports for specialised settings including court reports, legal proceedings, educational settings, Centrelink, WorkCover, TAC and other treating professionals. Dr O'keefe also provides consulting services to organisations and in educational settings.
 

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Frankston &  Mornington

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Maria Cassar

 

Maria's Post Graduate Studies were in Child and Adolescent Psychology, during which time she worked and then managed a residential youth hostel where she was responsible for supervision, training and overseeing the operational aspects of the unit. She then began therapy and assessment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder under the supervision of Pamela Langford while employed as youth counsellor at the Frankston Youth Resource Centre, where she also had the opportunity to work with families and establish relationships with Dhs, the education department, cahms and general practitioners.

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Frankston &  Mornington

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Steven Kent

 

Stevn has worked for several months with a forensic population at the Marngoneet Correctional Centre - working largely with mood and anxiety related disorders, at the same time running a grief and loss group. In addition to the work at MCC, he has spent several months working with the Adult Outpatient Programme at the Albert Road Clinic. During this time, he was involved in the implementation of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with a population consisting largely of Borderline Personality Disorder cases.
 

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Oakleigh South &  Mornington

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Miriam Brookens

 

Miriam Brookens provides clinical psychological services to clients specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treat a number of mental disorders including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and personality disorders.  Miriam is available at Positive Psychology on Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

 

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Mornington

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Nicole Papadopoulos

 

Nicole has completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology (Australian Catholic University) and her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Monash University).  Clinically, Nicole has experience working in private psychiatric hospitals, public mental health settings, government organisations and is currently working as a Research Fellow at Deakin University. Nicole has particular interest in working with primary school aged children who experience developmental difficulties, conducting cognitive/developmental assessments, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, teenage and young adult relationship issues, and working with the Greek community. Nicole speaks fluent Greek and draws on a number of therapeutic approaches, which include Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal/Person Centered therapy and Solution-focused therapy.  

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Oakleigh South

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Lena Papadopoulos

 

Lena is a clinical psychologist with over 16 years of clinical experience with adults, children and adolescents.  Her areas of practice include treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, trauma (including sexual abuse of children), grief and loss, sexual anxieties and relationship issues.  Lena's approach to psychotherapy is integrative, drawing upon psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT (including mindfulness), existential psychology and interpersonal psychotherapy.

Lena is also a registered supervisor of post graduate psychology students and has previously lectured in the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy course at the Cairnmillar Institute.  Lena offers clinical services in Greek.

 

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Oakleigh South

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Maria Karefilakis

 

Maria has completed a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology with a strong research interest and contribution to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Maria has provided psychological services to educational settings, in both assessments and therapy.  Maria has a particular interest in working with individuals experiencing issues related to trauma. Maria brings a positive energy and compassion to her work with clients and uses a range of approaches to suit her clients needs including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodrama, play therapy, solution focused therapy, family therapy, schema therapy and motivational interviewing. With children Maria works from a child centred approach using creative arts and play to enter into the child’s world. Maria is available in Frankston and Oakleigh.

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Oakleigh South 

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Catherine Caballero

 

Catherine holds a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology. She has experience working
in organisational settings and has a strong background in research, marketing and
management. Cathy is experienced in vocational guidance and personnel selection for
organisations.

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available Frankston &  Mornington

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Peter Kyriakoulis

 

Peter Kyriakoulis is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. He completed his undergraduate studies with honours at the University of Athens in 2000, and in 2003 he completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology in Melbourne. Peter uses an integrative approach, combining mindfulness strategies, and positive psychology principles in clinical practice while maintaining a cognitive behavioural framework. He also specialises in psychological assessment of psychopathology and personality difficulties using various personality assessments including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). Peter is currently undertaking a PhD specifically looking at the efficacy of the diving response and biofeedback in treating panic disorder.

 

BOOK APPOINTMENT

Available in Oakleigh South, Mornington & Frankston