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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 psychological modalities. 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 in:
 

  • Men's mental health and intersecting issues like: relationship challenges; communication challenges; emotional expression; sexual functioning / erectile dysfunction;

  • Dads who may be struggling with the unique transition to parenthood;

  • Attachment-based parenting support;

  • Tinnitus distress; and

  • Clinical supervision of provisional psychologists

Mathew is available for appointments on Mondays.

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Dr Brooke Van Zanden (she/her)

Clinical Psychology Registrar

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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 (supporting parents during conception, pregnancy, birth preparation, post-partum, and early parenting);

  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse including vaginismus);

  • Anxiety and stress regarding relationships & intimacy; and

  • Supporting adolescents (16+) and young adults exploring life transitions (study, career, and relationships)

Brooke is available for appointments on Mondays.