Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the team

Welcome to our Meet the Team page. Boutique Psychology is a judgment-free zone where you can safely be yourself. You can count on being heard and respected. While each of our Psychologists has their preferred therapeutic approach and distinct personality, all of us are kind, warm, genuine humans. None of us believes that you’re broken, and all of us have come through our own messy, challenging times.

Boutique Psychology Psychologist Cindy Parsons

Cindy Parsons

FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL PSYCHOLOGIST

I’m a Registered Psychologist with oodles of experience at the pointy end of problem-solving.

After almost a decade of helping humans manage their mental health, recover from trauma, or return to work after illness or injury, I’ve a fair idea about what makes us tick.

As a daughter, colleague, and friend, I have my share of ups and downs.

Life is complicated, painful even.

Any of us can lose our way. Empathy and expertise can help us find it.

 

Things I love to do

Travelling in France. Four French words (café, croissant, fromage, and vin) plus optimism, and a smile saw me right in Paris.

I expected things to go well, so they did. I approach our sessions the same way (but in fluent English).

Credentials

  • Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Board Registered Supervisor currently supervising over 20 Provisional Psychologists
  • Curriculum writer and developer – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Psychology – Australian Catholic University
  • Bachelor of Arts – Victoria University

 

BW portrait of Boutique Psychology Psychologist Adriana (Dana) Vlamis

Adriana (Dana) Vlamis

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Growing up a Greek-Australian, born in rural Victoria, I watched many people in my community struggle to access mental health services to get help to resolve their issues.

As a young adult facing my own challenges, Psychology appealed to me initially as a way to make sense of what was happening to me. Pretty quickly, it became my career path.

I’m an early career provisional psychologist. Fascinated by neurology, the science of how our amazing brains work, grow, and adapt to changes, my goal is to study and work in neuro-psychology.

How I help

I’ve always connected with people who are struggling to manage difficult things. As a Psychologist, I use this strength to help humans understand they’re not alone and that they can find the right support to help them heal.

We all experience and process things differently, so in counselling, I aim to help you find out what this means for you. Once we know how and why you experience life as you do, I’ll help you do more of what works well for you and less of what doesn’t.

My work currently supports clients with learning assessments and counselling. A learning assessment can help you understand how you learn best. It can also help you understand and manage any difficulties that make it hard for you to learn.

Why I’m here

Boutique Psychology is a brilliant place to be a provisional Psychologist. We’re a close-knit and committed team. Everyone’s voice gets heard, and Cindy’s approach to supervision is strong on self-care. I know I’ll be guided and supported as a person and as a professional. 

Things I love to do

I am obsessed with music and music theatre. I sing and play music, and I write songs. I’m a sports tragic who’ll go to any kind of match or watch it on television. Just so you know, I’m a well-rounded individual, I also read and devour documentaries, and I’m a whizz in the kitchen.

  • When I need to chill, I head for the calming influence of nature.
  • Volunteer care coordinator for the Make a Wish foundation.
  • Curious about pretty much everything and up for giving new things a go.

 

Credentials

  • Provisional Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Bachelor of Science, Applied Science Psychology – RMIT
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) – Monash University
  • Mental Health First Aid
Boutique Psychology Psychologist Daniel Madden

Daniel Madden

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

‘I’m an empathetic, attentive listener, and I support my clients to find practical, creative solutions that work well for them.’

As a Psychologist, I draw on evidence-based understanding of behaviour and emotions and reframe perspectives to improve people’s lives, as well as implement concrete strategies to make life easier where possible. I’m a firm believer in the scientific method. 

An empathetic, attentive listener, I support my clients to find practical, creative solutions that work well for them and empower them to live more fulfilling lives.

How I help

Helping my clients to understand how their thoughts and feelings influence their behaviour. How sometimes when we are in a bad place; we can interact with others in a way that doesn’t allow us to foster relationships or develop consistent healthy habits.

I empower and support my clients to take a new perspective on otherwise negative aspects of their life and how to focus on their strengths rather than areas of relative weakness.

Youth mental health is a specific passion of mine and supporting young men is very important to me. I’m keen to help break the stigma that stops men from reaching out to their friends, family, and community when they need help.

For three years I was a Youth Reference Group Member at Headspace in Cairns. As part of a group of an eighteen to twenty-five-year-old volunteers supporting the Community Engagement Officer to promote headspace and youth mental health. Developing and co-facilitating psycho educational and life skill initiatives with local schools. Liaising with local communities to advocate for healthy relationship initiatives they believed would be helpful.

Why I’m here

Working here at Boutique Psychology is rewarding because I believe in our ethos and values. I believe that psychological services should be affordable, and I work with a group of passionate and inclusive colleagues; totally focused on doing what’s best for our clients.

Things I love to do

Being a board game fanatic who believes that play is vital in developing and maintaining friendships. I also love to cook (hopefully) delicious food as a way of showing my gratitude for friends, family and others who are important in my own life.

 

Credentials

  • Member of Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – James Cook University
  • Mental Health First Aider (Version 4)
Boutique Psychology Psychologist Liesl Haasbroek

Liesl Haasbroek

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

My interest in psychology started in high school as I was fascinated by how uniquely the human mind works. I’ve always enjoyed interacting with people and found myself drawn to those battling with their mental health.

My empathetic nature and passion for mental health has driven me to become a psychologist. While studying I volunteered at a Home for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, worked with children with ASD, and worked with young adults who struggled with social anxiety.

How I help

What I love most about psychology is the diversity. Working with people of all ages with different reasons for seeking therapy or assessments. You may be experiencing anxiety, and low moods or you may be participating in self-sabotaging behaviour.

I don’t believe one method works for all, instead I tailor my approach to your journey. Aiming to work together to navigate obstacles and work towards your goals.

Originally from South Africa and my first language is Afrikaans. I understand how difficult it is to be vulnerable and communicate your thoughts and feelings, even more so doing it in another language. Our sessions can be in Afrikaans or English, and I have first-hand experience with the difficulties that come with relocating your home and adjusting to a new culture.

Why I’m here

I love the support, culture, and guidance I receive at Boutique Psychology as a provisional psychologist.

Things I love to do

Absolutely love games… board games, video games, sports, chess, you name it. I find it’s a great way to connect with others and have a laugh. I currently play squash and try to play golf every now and then. I don’t think I’ll be going professional anytime soon, not at the rate I’m losing golf balls anyway. In my free time I love to read, watch movies, and eat good food.

 

Credentials

  • Registered Provisional Psychologist
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology, University of Western Australia
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, Monash University
  • Master of Professional Psychology, Monash University
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Dementia Care
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI)
  • Volunteered for over 3 years at the Mary Chester Home for Alzheimer’s
    Boutique Psychology Psychologist Nicola Karaconstantis

    Nicola Karaconstantis

    PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

    I’ve always felt very passionately towards working with others to assist them in achieving the version of their best possible self. My interest in psychology stems back to when I was in high school where I studied VCE psychology a year early as I was so eager to dive into the world of psychology and mental health, that waiting until year 11 to commence the subject was not an option – I still to this day refer to myself as a ‘psychology nerd’ as I am always on the hunt for ways to increase my knowledge in the field and to further develop my clinical and research skills. Mental health challenges have touched us all – whether its directly or to a loved one. It is because of this that I feel strongly towards creating an environment where my clients feels that they can safely and openly speak about their struggles, ultimately reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and accessing psychology services.

    How I help

    I enjoy working with and supporting individuals ranging across the lifespan – children, adolescents, and adults – in both the therapeutic space and psychological assessment space. I work with families to assess for and diagnose disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention/Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, and Intellectual Disability. I regularly see clients presenting with a range of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders.

    I have a particular interest in working in the space of child and youth mental health. I feel that early intervention from a young age is incredibly important to assist young individuals to manage their challenges of life stressors and mental health concerns, and to overall advocate for them to achieve their version of their best possible self.

    Why I’m here

    I enjoy being part of the Boutique Psychology team as I am surrounded by like-minded individuals who challenge me to continue to grow professionally and personally.

    Things I love to do

    Working closely with Headspace on the Youth Advisory Committee to advocate for the access of youth mental health services, I deliver a range of presentations on bullying and mental health related topics. Breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and seeing a psychologist. More recently, I volunteered with the Raise Foundation as a youth mentor to work directly with young individuals to follow my interest and develop my knowledge of the presentation of youth mental health concerns and challenges today.

    Aside from psychology, I enjoy escaping the city and going camping when I can, I like to swim regularly (freestyle being my strongest stroke), and I enjoy getting hooked on unsolved crime TV series or books. Fun fact – I am also trained as a makeup artist!

     

    Credentials

    • Registered Provisional Psychologist
    • Bachelor of Psychological Science, Monash University
    • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Cairnmillar Institute
    • Master of Professional Psychology, Monash University
    • Recipient of the Research Conference Award at the 2020 Cairnmilar Institute Research Conference
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
          Boutique Psychology Psychologist William Pope

          William Pope

          PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

          I have gained valuable experience at working as a Therapeutic Carer, providing traumatised young people with a safe and structured environment, to help them rehabilitate and gain psychosocial stability. I also have over two years working in Positive Behavioural Support.

          This role enabled me to work with men who have a range of neurodevelopment disorders and/or mental illnesses, assisting them in developing practical skills that improve their adaptive functioning.

          Each of these professional roles has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate my empathy, compassion, and patience. Moreover, these experiences in providing practical, client-centred care have been extremely fulfilling, and has furthered my drive to become a psychologist.

          How I help

          I am a provisional psychologist working with people of all ages ranging from childhood, adolescence through to adulthood. I enjoy taking a friendly but client centred approach to client interaction to build a therapeutic relationship that is comfortable and judgement free.

          I strongly believe that the client is the expert in their own life and rather than give direction, I seek to walk alongside them as they work on better understanding themselves of their own identities and build skills to effectively apply in their own lives.

          Change is often difficult and optimal mental health is something which is not achieved by accident. I enjoy helping clients draw on their inner strengths, gain a greater understanding of themselves and their surroundings. Subsequently empowering them to make positive changes to lead more fulfilling lives in a supportive and friendly environment. Finally, by using standardised testing and 1:1 interaction with the client I can put together different pieces of a life puzzle to help every client tell their story.

          Why I’m here

          Boutique Psychology provides me with the opportunity to work with an eclectic mix of clients from all walks of life. Also providing me with the privilege to work with a range of colleagues that support me through their wealth of knowledge and experiences across several areas of expertise.

          Things I love to do

          I am an avid cricket fan (tragic) that enjoys nothing more than staying at home with my family and watching a good session of cricket or binging the latest Netflix.

          Credentials

          • Master’s in Applied Psychology (Professional) – Australian Catholic University
          • Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) – Deakin University
          • Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) – Deakin University
            Boutique Psychology Psychologist Lucas O’Biegly portrait

            Lucas O’Biegly

            PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

            Psychology seems to have naturally developed in my life into a passion where my interests most of my child and teenage life existed in sports. However, I knew that I was always interested and curious about how things work, as well as why people do what they do.

            My interest in psychology emerged in the awkward teenage years, trying to navigate all sorts of social relationships and being that person who wanted to empathise and support my friends.

            Further down the track my love of sport sparked an interest into the psychology of athletes, how to maintain performance and what is required to play at the top level. However, my own health battles, having cancer at 18 years of age was the real kick into action that gave me a purpose in my work and motivated me to try and make a difference in people’s lives.

            How I help

            My life experience and caring nature help me lead with empathy and understanding. I am passionate about person centred therapy, where my client’s needs are the focus of the work. I find it so important to be understood as a person and want to provide that experience for my clients. My treatment approach follows a similar theme, I utilise Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strategies in my work for a personalised therapeutic plan with each client.

            My aim is to help you achieve your goals in a supported and empowering way, where you as the advocate for your own life make the changes in your own unique way.

            I also have a passion for working with youth and children (I consider myself just a big kid!). I want to help wonderful young people become as equally wonderful adults. My focus in doing this is to help children and youth with what they find challenging, while teaching them how to navigate knew difficult situations, all the while maintaining their openness, love of life, and kindness. But this approach requires the child’s whole network to be on board, therefore I find it crucial to work with parents and primary carers to ensure both child and adult are on the same page. I’ve also volunteered at the Royal Children Hospital and have been a Victorian Leadership Member and National Ambassador for Canteen cancer charity. My experience with cancer has led me to be a passionate advocate for supporting children and youth with cancer.

            Why I’m Here

            As a provisional psychologist I’ve worked with Principal Psychologist Cindy Parsons as my supervisor for over a year before I started working for her! I’ve been in awe of the team environment and am learning more than I ever expected while engaging with a great team and developing the skills I need for the direction I want to take in my career.

            Things I love to do

            As I said, I’m a big kid! I love playing football (round ball kind) and tennis, swimming and surfing, riding my Segway and go kart, and hanging out with my little brother, just being a goof! Family are number one in my life so I spend tonnes of time with them also.

            Credentials

            Registered Provisional Psychologist (AHPRA)
            Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours), Deakin University
            Psychology Honours, Deakin University
            National Ambassador, CanTeen

            Boutique Psychology Psychologist Luke Carolan

            Luke Carolan

            PSYCHOLOGIST

            I enjoy helping both adolescent and adult clients discover there is an alternative to the life of distress and discomfort quite often being experienced in the lead up to engaging with mental health support.

            I work with people who are experiencing low mood and/or low motivation, difficulties adjusting, stress, anger, confusion or worry, to empower them to discover their strengths whilst developing insight into their presentation.

             

            How I help

            My therapeutic style is to help clients over a short to medium term basis (longer if required) to discover tools and strategies that unlock their ability to formulate goals, move closer to their dreams and live a fulfilling life. Together, we will explore your past experiences, what has and hasn’t worked for you, and hone in on what might help you on the adventure ahead. Therapeutic techniques I most enjoy using across the therapy journey are: Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing.  

            I see clients for a broad range of presentations, including: depression, anxiety, grief, difficulties with drugs and/or alcohol, trauma/PTSD, stress management, life transitions, gender/identity, grief/bereavement, conflict resolution, assertiveness training, and adjustment disorder.

            Credentials

            Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) Swinburne University

            Graduate Diploma Psychology (Adv.) Monash University.

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