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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 am currently undertaking Higher Degree Research through University of Wollongong evaluating the effect of relational antenatal preparation on couples' transition to parenthood.

 

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; Relational Psychodynamic Therapy; the Circle of Security protocol; and the 'Becoming Us' Perinatal Mental Health Facilitator training.

 

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. My areas of clinical interest are men's mental health and perinatal mental health, but see the list below for more detail.
 

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

Perinatal mental health:

  • Working with dads;

  • 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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