Our TEAM

We are a growing team of likeminded psychologists

PsychSpan in a Melbourne-based psychology practice providing psychological treatment and assessment for people across the lifespan. 

I have worked in a range of Mental Health settings across the public, private and community spaces. While I see people from across the lifespan I have a particular interests in working with children and youth (under 25), with the neurodiverse population, in particular with ASD, and with parenting challenges. I work from a holistic approach and my work with children includes the parents, caregivers and other appropriate supports in the intervention where clinically relevant. 

Key Focus Areas:
- Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Cognitive and Academic Assessments
- Depression, anxiety, stress and adjustment disorders
- Intervention for Neurodevelopmental disorders including: ASD, ADHD, Cognitive difficulties
- Parenting challenges 
- Emotion regulation
- Self-esteem, self-worth and self-acceptance
- Interpersonal difficulties

Approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Supportive Counselling
- Mindfulness
- Motivational Interviewing
- Emotion Coaching Parenting 

Danielle Lawson

She/Her
Clinical Psychologist
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

I enjoy working with people across the lifespan and have a particular interest in working with people who are neurodiverse, gender diverse and also those who are experiencing health related difficulties.  I have worked in numerous settings including public health, private practice and school settings. When working with clients, I aim to provide a client centred approach that is genuine, collaborative, warm, empathetic, and non-judgemental.  All clients deserve to feel safe, respected, and supported in exploring and addressing their difficulties.

Key Focus Areas:
- Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cognitive and Academic Assessments
- Depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders including Autism and ADHD
- Identity related difficulties with a particular focus on gender diversity
- Chronic medical conditions and persistent pain
- Emotion regulation
- Self-esteem, self-worth and self-acceptance
- Interpersonal difficulties

Approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Supportive Counselling
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Mindfulness
- Motivational Interviewing

Rebecca Shepherd

She/Her
Clinical Psychologist
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

I am an experienced psychologist with a history of working in educational settings, public health and private practice. I am skilled in counselling, therapeutic intervention, assessments, report writing and group training. I enjoy working with people of all ages and draw on a range of evidenced based therapies to ensure my approach is individually tailored. I offer a safe, warm and respectful place for children, adolescents and adults to explore personal challenges and provide the support they need to overcome them.

Key Focus Areas:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Stress Management
- Intervention for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Cognitive and Academic Assessments
- Grief and loss
- Life changes
- School refusal
- Body image issues
- Interpersonal issues
- Parenting issues

Approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Mindfulness
- Psychoeducation
- Client-centred Therapy
- Exposure Therapy

Jannet Davies

She/Her
General Psychologist
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Educational)

I have worked in a range of settings including private organisations, sport settings and forensic alcohol and drug sectors. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults, with a particular interest in using the treatment modality of schema therapy. I aim to provide all clients with a safe, non-judgemental, and warm environment, where clients can feel comfortable, supported and heard.

Key Focus Areas:
- Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
- Personality Disorders
- Trauma and related disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Addiction
- Self-esteem, self-worth and self-acceptance concerns
- Emotion regulation

Approaches:
- Schema Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Supportive Counselling

Cienna Baker

She/Her
Clinical Psychologist
BAppSc, BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

I have worked in a range of mental health settings, across both private and community spaces. My passion lies in working with young people presenting with a range of concerns, and I have a particular interest in working with members of the queer community.  I strive to create a space that feels safe and warm and adopt a client-centred approach with a focus on empowering my clients to fulfil their goals in a collaborative way.  

Key Focus Areas:
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Trauma and related disorders
- Emotion regulation
- Parenting support
- Self-esteem and self-worth

Approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Emotion Coaching Parenting
- Mindfulness
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed skills

Genevieve Williams

She/Her
Clinical Psychologist
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

I enjoy working with adolescents and adults to address various presenting difficulties such as disordered eating and personality disorders. I strive to create a non-judgemental, warm, and safe environment, for individuals to address their challenges and work towards their goals. I have worked in a variety of settings including public health, community, and school settings.

Key Focus Areas:
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Sexual dysfunction
- Personality Disorders
- Trauma and related disorders
- Interpersonal difficulties

Approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Schema Therapy informed skills
- Motivational Interviewing
- Supportive Counselling
- Mindfulness

Caitlin Baselmans

She/Her
Psychologist, Clinical Registrar
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

I strive to create a welcoming, non-judgmental environment with a client-centred approach to therapy, aiming to work collaboratively with my clients on a range of presenting issues. I have worked in various contexts, including community clinics and school environments, working with a diverse range of client groups and age ranges.

Key Focus Areas:
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Trauma and related disorders
- Addiction
- Interpersonal Difficulties
- Wellbeing and Resilience

Approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Exposure Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Mindfulness
- Supportive Counselling

Justin Ispanovic

He/Him
Psychologist, Clinical Registrar
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

I am an experienced psychologist with a history of working in a variety of clinical contexts, including schools, hospitals, and private practice settings. I work with clients from across the lifespan, children (6 years and older) adolescents and adults, and I am equally passionate about assisting adults and youth through the many adjustments they experience. I believe that therapy is a highly individualised process, requiring collaboration, trust and encouragement and I seek to tailor my interventions in a way that reflects this.

Key Focus Areas:
- Depression
- Anxiety
- Stress
- Sleep difficulties
- Adjustment Disorders
- Life transitions
- Grief
- Interpersonal difficulties
- Emotional / Behavioural regulation difficulties
- Issues pertaining to health psychology

Approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Mindfulness

Alycia Papantoniou

She/Her
Psychologist, Clinical Registrar
BPsych, BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

I have worked in a variety of contexts, including private, care and protection, and youth justice settings, with a focus on the treatment of interpersonal trauma (sexual/physical/emotional abuse and neglect), and on supporting neurodivergent young people and the adults that care for them. I work with clients of all ages, but have a particular interest in supporting children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as their parents/families. I employ a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach to my practice, value the involvement of a client's broader support systems, and always endeavour to make therapy a safe, fun, and nurturing process.

Key Focus Areas:
- mood disorders
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive compulsive and related disorders
- trauma and stress related disorders
- intervention for neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD and ADHD
- parenting challenges
- sleep disturbance
- relationship/interpersonal difficulties
- dissociation/maladaptive daydreaming
- emotion regulation

Approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including Exposure Therapy)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Somatic/sensorimotor Psychotherapy informed skills
- EMDR informed skills/resourcing- coherence therapy

Caitlin Busch

She/her
Psychologist
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Child and Family), PGDipPsychPrac

I have worked in school settings and private practice, providing therapeutic treatment and assessments to people across the lifespan. I am passionate about providing a non-judgmental, safe, and respectful therapeutic environment for the individual. I adopt a collaborative, client-centred approach, and tailor interventions to empower the individual to meet their goals, as well as facilitate social, emotional, and behavioural development.

Key Focus Areas:
· Neurodevelopmental assessments (autism and ADHD)
· Academic and cognitive assessments
· Depression and anxiety
· Self-esteem· Emotion regulation difficulties
· Behaviour difficulties

Approaches:
· Psychoeducation
· Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
· Acceptance commitment therapy (ACT)
· Mindfulness
· Supportive counselling
· Client-centred

Jessica Sawan

She/Her
Psychologist/Educational & Developmental Registrar
BSci (Hons), MPsych (Ed & Dev), MAPS