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About Us

 

Mathew Aquilina (he/him)

Registered Psychologist

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I am a registered psychologist and board-approved clinical supervisor. A decade of experience in the psychology field has seen me undertake a variety of work including: child and adolescent therapy; parenting support; group facilitation; university student counselling; adult therapy; clinical supervision; and service management.

 

I value a personable and attuned approach to therapy, with a conversational and collaborative feel to how I work. Therapy is both empowering and vulnerable and I try to honour this by holding a safe and respectful space of reflection and growth. I see it as a privilege to walk alongside people in their journey. 

 

I practice from an attachment-based and relational framework and am trained in a number of evidence-based therapies and programs, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Schema Therapy; EMDR; the Circle of Security protocol; and the 'Becoming Us' Perinatal Mental Health Facilitator training.

 

I see therapy clients 16 and older for a range of presentations and welcome the opportunity to hear your story. I have experience in supporting people with anxiety; depression; adjustment to difficult life events; work-related stress; difficulties in partner or family relationships; the impacts of early trauma; challenges in parenting; and finding valued direction in life.

 

I have a particular interest and experience in the following areas:
 

Men's mental health, including:

  • Anxiety, depression and stress;

  • Relationship challenges;

  • Communication and assertiveness skills;

  • Work- and study-related stress;

  • Erectile dysfunction and other challenges relating to sex and intimacy;

  • Anger management and emotional expression;

  • Trauma;

  • Supporting boys and young men (16+) exploring life transitions (study, career, and relationships).

Perinatal mental health, with a particular focus on support of fathers:

  • Supporting and preparing for the transition to parenthood (antenatal support);

  • Navigating relationship challenges after becoming parents;

  • Post-natal depression and anxiety;

  • Perinatal loss;

  • Birth trauma;

  • Early parenting and associated stresses.

Parent support:

  • Parent-child attunement as informed by attachment-based interventions;

  • Parent coaching and therapy relating to parenting challenges, including understanding and responding to childhood behaviours.

Clinical supervision:

  • Primary and secondary supervision of provisional psychologists completing internship pathways;

  • Supervision of psychologists, or other mental health professionals (e.g., Counsellors, Social Workers);

  • Availability for group supervision or training on request.

And:

  • Therapy for distress relating to onset of Tinnitus, with training in CBT / ACT and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy approaches.

Mathew is available for appointments on Mondays.

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Dr Brooke Van Zanden (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

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I am a registered psychologist who values a warm, conversational and collaborative approach to therapy. My practice draws on approaches that best fit the person, including cognitive-behavioural (CBT) approaches, cultivating acceptance and clarifying values (ACT), and practising self-compassion. I enjoy helping people to understand themselves and their relationships through an Attachment Theory framework. 

I am currently completing training focused on perinatal mental health as part of my registrar program in Clinical Psychology. Outside of private practice I work as a psychologist at a perinatal mental health NGO service. Prior to this role, I have worked with adolescents and young adults at headspace, and as a research academic at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). 

I have a particular interest in working in the following areas: 

Perinatal mental health:

 

  • Post-natal depression and anxiety 

  • Intrusive thoughts during pregnancy and post-partum

  • Early parenting and associated stresses

  • Grief associated with infertility & pregnancy loss

  • Navigating relationship changes after becoming parents 

  • Infant-parent bonding and approaches to infant sleep supporting parent-child attachment

  • Identity changes; matrescence

  • Anxiety regarding pregnancy and childbirth 

  • Proactive birth and post-partum preparation/planning

  • Birth trauma 

  • Gender disappointment

Sexual/reproductive health and relationships: ​

  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse or sex including vaginismus, vulvodynia)

  • Low or reduced arousal/pleasure

  • Psychological stress associated with gynaecological conditions and Menopause

  • Anxiety and stress regarding relationships & intimacy

Brooke is available for appointments on Mondays.

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