Meet Our Psychologists


  • SHONA STEWART
    BA(Psych) GradDipPsych GradDip Couns

    Shona has been working as a registered psychologist since 1994 and has been a Member of the Australian Psychological Society since 1997. She has been working in private practice for over 15 years and has been specialising in telehealth since 2016. Growing up in a transient household with a father in mining, she has an appreciation of the issues involved for families with this lifestyle, both for the worker and their family. In her private practice, Shona has provided services to many FIFO workers and their families; this has particularly been focused on couple’s therapy due to the relationship stresses that often arise due to the complexities the couples face in this sector of the community.

    Having lived in a small rural centre, Shona understands the lack of services these locations have. Although Shona has long since moved into a larger regional centre and recently to Sydney, she endeavours to continuously offer high-quality support to the rural and remote regions of Australia. She has a special interest in supporting people living in rural and remote areas. In addition to her psychology qualifications, Shona has a post graduate diploma in Agriculture and lived on a cattle and cropping farm for many years. Shona has experienced drought and flood first-hand and understands the personal and psychological impact of these natural events. The main therapeutic modalities used by Shona are EMDR and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). However, rather than adhering to a methodology,

    Shona tries to get a sense of what will suit each client to best assist them in achieving their desired outcomes.

    SPECIAL INTERESTS

    •      Depression

    •      Stress

    •      Anxiety and worry

    •      Self-esteem

    •      Anger

    •      Relationship/couples

    •      Family

    •      Grief

    •      Teenage

    •      Bipolar Disorder

    •      Trauma

    •      Quit smoking

    •      Insomnia/inability to sleep

    •      Poor concentration

     


  • MIRELLA DI BENEDETTO
    BBSc MA(HealthPsych) PhD(Psych)

  • We are living in usual and exceptional times. Australia experienced its worst known bush fire season ever and now we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic. Mental health issues have skyrocketed in recent times. Using telehealth, I can provide psychological support to Australians living in regional and rural Australia.

     

    I have mostly worked as an academic (lecturer and researcher) over the past 20 years, which has been interspersed with working as a psychologist since 2001. I have worked in Bendigo, Ballarat and in Melbourne. I am endorsed in health psychology, the branch of psychology that explores the relationship between mental and physical health: I have a strong focus and background in physical health issues as well as mental health issues. Therefore, my approach to therapy is holistic: it takes into account any lifestyle factors that might be contributing to any presenting psychological illness in the client. Overall, I have a client-centred approach to therapy, so I work together with my clients to achieve their individual therapeutic goals.

     

    As well as years of psychological experience as a researcher and psychologist, I have also had my share of life-changing experiences, which can give me a different insight into what clients might be experiencing. However, everyone is a unique individual and brings their own life story to therapy. So, my therapeutic approach uses evidence-based practices tailored to the individual.

     

    SPECIAL INTERESTS

     

          Depression

          Stress management

          Anxiety and worry

          OCD, specific phobias, performance anxiety

          Self-esteem, assertiveness and communication

          Anger management

          Grief and loss

          Trauma

          Quit smoking

          Insomnia/inability to sleep

          Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

          Adjustment disorder

         Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorders

          Alcohol abuse

     

     

  • JAIME McLELLAN 
    GradDipPsych BPsychSc(Hons)

     

    Being a Registered Psychologist in a regional area, Jaime has expansive skills and experience across various populations. Jaime prides herself in researching and staying on top of current effective evidence-based practice and likes to take a holistic approach to working with your mental and physical wellbeing. Jaime enjoys working collaboratively with yourself to set goals and formulate individualised plans for treatment.


    She provides treatment through various evidence-based therapies which include but are not limited too; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), psychoeducation and mindfulness-based practices.


    Jaime’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychology, and Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Jaime is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.

     

    SPECIAL INTERESTS

    •      Depression

    •      Stress

    •      Anxiety and worry

    •      Self-esteem

    •      Anger

    •      Relationship/couples

    •      Family

    •      Grief

    •      Teenage

    •      Bipolar Disorder

    •      Trauma

    •      Quit smoking

    •      Insomnia/inability to sleep

    •      Poor concentration
  • RONIT DIGMI 
    BA(Psych) MA(SocPsych)

  • I have 18 years’ experience as a Psychologist working in various public and private settings, including different psychology and medical practices, The Educational Psychology Services, ‘Open Door’ Youth Counselling Services and EAP. I have experience in psychology counselling working with adults, survivors of child sexual abuse, families and teenagers using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Virtual Reality Psychology, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Dynamic Therapy.

     

    My recent interest in Virtual Reality Psychology has added to acquired skills in CBT, ACT, Short Term Therapy, Dynamic Psychotherapy, Mentalization, EMDR, Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) and Crisis and Triage Psychological intervention in the aim of positively impacting the lives of my clients working with adults, children, teenagers, families and parents.

     

    SPECIAL INTERESTS

     

          Anxiety and Panic Disorder

          Depression

          Stress

          Trauma

          Bereavement

          Relationships

          Eating Disorder

          Pain

    •      Attachment

          Family Matters

          Gender Identity

          Adjustment


  • CASSANDRA TUCKEY
    BA(Psych) GradDipPsych MCrim

    Cassandra Tuckey is a fully registered Senior Psychologist and Criminologist with almost 20 years’ experience. Cassandra completed her Bachelor of Psychology in 1999 at QUT and then went onto complete her Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology in 2001 at CQU. While practicing as a Psychologist Cassandra also completed her Master of Criminology Degree at Bond University in 2005.

    Cassandra is experienced in substance abuse treatment, utilising harm minimization plans, encompassing illicit and licit substances, as well as alcoholism, alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse. Her clinical experience also includes Psychiatric and Psychological disorders, including, but not limited to, Schizophrenia, substance abuse induced psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, pain management and chronic pain, chronic medical conditions, personality disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, stress and stress related conditions, mood disorders, anger management, domestic violence and relationship counselling, and work issues (e.g. workplace bullying). Cassandra also has experience with couples and marriage counselling, family counselling and counselling adolescents, as well as treating patients with a torture and trauma background, as she has previously worked with refugees on Nauru.

    Cassandra also has extensive forensic/legal & clinical report writing experience, specializing in pre-sentencing psychological reports, bail applications, including armed robbery matters, assault and violent crimes, Medicare and Centrelink fraud, drug offences, stealing, paedophilia, sex addiction and vehicular crime, to name a few.

    She also has experience with prison assessments, personal injury reports, and other clinical reports and assessments. She also administered the Drug Diversion Program for two years while employed as a Psychologist. As a Criminologist, Cassandra specialises in treating offenders and their offending behaviours, including, but not limited to, drug and alcohol abuse, anger management, behavioural interventions, risk assessments, dangerousness and predicting recidivism. She also has experience dealing with the Department of Child Safety in terms of risk assessments and preparing court reports, and liaising with solicitors/barristers.

    The modes of treatment Cassandra uses in her practice is primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), while also utilising solutions focussed therapy & motivational interviewing. Cassandra enjoys working as a Senior Psychologist and Criminologist because she has always enjoyed helping people achieve their goals, live their best lives and be their best selves. By joining 24-7MedCare she can continue this by providing care to people when and where they need it with access through online and telephone appointments.

    SPECIAL INTERESTS

     

    •      Anxiety and Worry

    •      Depression

          Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    •      Stress

    •      Psychosis/ Drug induced Psychosis

    •      Alcohol and Drug dependence

    •      Pain Management

    •      Domestic Violence

    •      Bullying

    •      Self-esteem

          Anger

    •      Legal/Court Issues

    •      Relationships/Couples

    •      Family

    •      Teenage

    •      Grief

    •      Personality Disorders

    •      Bipolar Disorder

          Eating Disorders

    •      Quitting Smoking

          Forensic/Criminal Issues & Offending Behaviour