About Us

We help everyday people overcome the stress and challenges of life so that they can get back to living their best life.

About Us

Professional, Caring & Effective Psychology Services

We work alongside everyday people to help them to identify and break through the barriers that prevent them from living their best life. We are committed to people feeling respected and heard, and that they have the opportunity to learn new ways to cope with the difficulties that we all face at times in life.

Our fully qualified and experienced psychologists are registered with AHPRA and have membership with the psychological professional body of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). We practise evidence based therapy and are continually undertaking training and updating our knowledge, so that we remain current and fresh to best practice psychological treatments and tools.

We are committed to people living the best life they can and provide a safe, nurturing environment in which it is safe to share and explore the things that may be holding you back from having a fulfilling life.  We will listen and be there for you in a respectful and non-judgemental way, and have your best interests at heart.

Qualified Psychologists

Clients & Growing

Hours Of Support

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Meet Our Team

Dr Natasha Davison

Dr Natasha Davison

Director & Owner. BBSc, Grad.Dip. Psych., Grad. Dip. Ed.; DPsych (Health)MAPS, Member APS College of Health Psychologists

Natasha is the Owner and Director of ‘Your Local Psychologist’. She has been working as a psychologist in the Diamond Creek community for the past four years, and during this time has been privileged to help hundreds of people get their lives back on track.

In addition to being a psychologist, Natasha is also a performance and success coach. She works with high functioning, successful people who are looking to go to that next level in their life but who may be struggling with issues or blocks that are holding them back.

Natasha brings with her extensive life and work experience. She has worked in community, private, hospital, public, medical, and corporate settings.

Alicia Boland

Alicia Boland

Administration & Intake

Alicia is an integral part of our team, who looks after new enquiries and referrals made to ‘Your Local Psychologist’. Alicia brings a wealth of both business and life experience, having worked in both allied health and medical practices, and being a busy Mum to four kids.

She is likely to be the person you will speak to on the phone who will help you to understand the process, answer your questions, provide you with information, and help you to find the most suitable therapist for you and your needs.

Our Clinicians

Ms Anna Johnson

Ms Anna Johnson

BA (Psychology), GradDipSc (Psychology), MPsych (Child & Family), MAPS

Clients: Adolescents, Parents, Families.

Anna has over 10 years’ experience as a psychologist and is passionate about empowering children, adolescents and their families to tackle the issues they are facing.

Anna values the contribution of families to the therapeutic process, especially for younger clients. She is also committed to the involvement of schools where appropriate and particularly enjoys working with teenagers! 

Anna sees clients for the following issues: School Refusal & Reluctance, Social & Emotional Concerns, Anxiety, Stress Management, Depression & Mood, Grief & Bereavement, Family Issues & Breakdown & Parenting

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Dr Brooke Heinicke

Dr Brooke Heinicke

BSc (Hons), DPsych (Health), MAPS (Clinical College)

Clients: Adults

Dr. Brooke Heinicke is a Clinical Psychologist who understands that each person has their own unique situation and tailors treatment to suit their particular needs.

Brooke is a compassionate, honest and empathic psychologist, who strives to help people achieve a ​better quality of life. She works collaboratively with them to develop a better understanding of their concerns and find a way forward that will help them develop strategies that they can use for the rest of their life.

Brooke sees clients for the following issues: Eating Disorders & Body Image, Anxiety, Self Esteem, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & Depression & Mood

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Dr Sharlene Benton

Dr Sharlene Benton

BBSc, BPsySci (Hons), DPsych (Clin), MAPS (Clinical College)

Clients: Adults, Adolescents, Children (8 years and older)

Dr Sharlene Benton helps clients to live their best life. Her warm, empathic and down-to-earth approach, assists clients to feel supported and safe when exploring their difficulties ​and facilitates clients to build upon their strengths to achieve their goals.

Through this process, she aims for clients to develop a stronger sense of identity, foster meaningful relationships and feel a sense of purpose. She believes that the foundation of any effective psychotherapy is an honest and collaborative therapeutic relationship.

Sharlene sees clients for the following issues: ​Psychotic Disorders, ​Substance Abuse, ​Personality Vulnerabilities, ​Bipolar Disorder, ​Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ​Depression & ​Anxiety

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Dr Cristina Cavezza

Dr Cristina Cavezza

D.Psych.(Forensic); B.Psych.(Hons); MAPS (Clinical & Forensic Endorsement)

Clients: Adults, Adolescents (16 years and older)

For over 10 years, Cristina has worked as a psychologist assisting individuals with mental health concerns develop better ways of coping.

Cristina believes that everyone can benefit from learning psychological principles, not just those in distress. She approaches every client with curiosity not judgement and helps clients recognise and utilise their own strengths to overcome problems.

Cristina sees clients for the following issues: Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression & Mood, Anxiety, Trauma, Stress Management, Addiction, Sleep Issues, Chronic or Persistent Pain, Self Esteem, Parenting, Grief & Bereavement, Relationship Discord

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Ms Amy Brandler

Ms Amy Brandler

B.Psych.(Hon); M.Psych.(Forensic); MAPS; ANZATSA Member; Approved Supervisor

Clients: Adults, Couples, Adolescents (14 years and older)

Amy provides a warm, validating space for clients to open up about their concerns. She tailors her therapeutic approach to each client’s individual circumstance and understands that the hardest step is showing up for your first session.

Thanks to Amy’s broad experience she knows that a variety of factors in our life lead us to where we are today. She aims to increase her clients’ self-awareness and takes a compassionate, collaborative approach, building a strong therapeutic relationship where healing can begin and helpful strategies can be learnt.

Amy sees clients for the following issues: Anxiety, Trauma, Addiction, Anger Management, Borderline Personality Disorder, Relationship Discord

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Mr Brett Pallini

Mr Brett Pallini

B.App.Sc.; PostGrad.Dip (HealthPsych); Cert.PractisingPsych.; Adv.Cert (CISM Debriefer); MAPS

Clients: Adults, Adolescents (16 years and older)

Brett has 20 years of experience working as a psychologist. He has a passion and enthusiasm for supporting people and developing strategies to enhance their health and wellbeing.  Brett assists people to meet their full potential and to better manage and cope with the many risks of their work and personal life.

His approach is friendly, warm and engaging, assisting his clients to feel comfortable in the counselling setting and allow them the courage to address their concerns.

Brett sees clients for the following issues: ​Grief & Bereavement, ​Trauma, Stress Management, ​Self Esteem, ​Workplace Issues, ​Depression & Mood and ​Anxiety

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Ms Michelle Sproats

Ms Michelle Sproats

BSocSc, BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS (Clinical College)

Clients: Adults, Couples

Michelle has over 10 years of experience working as a Clinical Psychologist and knows it takes courage for someone to seek help.

Michelle offers her clients hope, encouragement and compassion as people work towards new possibilities and positive changes in their lives. 

Michelle sees clients for the following issues: Perinatal/Postnatal Issues, Relationship & Couples Therapy, Depression & Mood, Bipolar Disorder, Stress Management, Anxiety, Adjustment Issues & Grief & Bereavement

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Ms Yasmine Sevim

Ms Yasmine Sevim

BA (Psychology), MSW, Cert(Ego State Therapy)

Clients: Adults, Couples, Adolescents, Children (5 years and older), Families

Ms Yasmine Sevim is a highly experienced and qualified clinical therapist with over ten years of experience. She is passionate about building a trusting, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship with her clients.

She believes the therapeutic relationship is important in helping clients recover psychologically and that it is also vital to develop tools and strategies to work through issues and achieve goals.

Yasmine sees clients for the following issues: Relationship & Couples Therapy, Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Forensic Psychology, Depression & Mood, Anxiety, & Sexualised Issues.

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Dr Melissa Duncombe

Dr Melissa Duncombe

BA (Hons), MA (Clin. Neuro), PhD. Fellow APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists

Clients: Adults, Adolescents (14 years and older), Parents of Primary/Secondary age children, Seniors

Dr Melissa Duncombe has 20 years experience and has a warm and empathic style and focuses on validating your experience and seeing things from your perspective.

Her priority is acknowledging and normalising your feelings in a non-judgemental and compassionate manner. She also will assist you in learning new strategies in dealing with your particular concerns and the challenges of life.

Melissa sees clients for the following issues: Depression & Mood, Anxiety, Parenting, Trauma, Stress Management, Self Esteem & Workplace Issues

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Ms Megan Socal

Ms Megan Socal

MPsych(Clin); BPsych; MAPS

Clients: Adults, Adolescents (14 years and older)

With her warm, patient and empathetic style, Megan embraces her passion for providing a safe space where individuals can freely discuss their concerns.

Megan understands the importance of ensuring that our minds are working for us and not against us. Her aim is to help you become the best version of yourself and improve your quality of life by increasing your knowledge of mental health and reducing your distress by challenging unhelpful beliefs.

Megan is a clinical psychology registrar who has experience in working has working with children, adolescents and adults across a range of mental health and wellbeing concerns.

Megan sees clients for the following issues: Depression & Mood, Anxiety Disorders, Self Esteem and Self Development, Stress Management, Adjustment Issues, Workplace Issues, Bullying and Relationship Issues.

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Want to join our team?

Your Local Psychologist is always on the lookout for professional, caring psychologists to support our commitment to providing exceptional counselling and psychological services to our community.

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Diamond Creek and Ivanhoe Psychology & Counselling Services

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Your Local Psychologist
Suite 1/ 68 Main Hurstbridge Rd
Diamond Creek 3089

Your Local Psychologist
Level 1/1065 Heidelberg Rd
Ivanhoe VIC 3079

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PO Box 380
Diamond Creek 3089

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