Lyn Shand – Counselling & Educational Psychologist, Family Therapist.

BA, DipEd, GDipPsych, MAPS, Fellow APS Colleges of Counselling and Educational & Developmental Psychology and of AAFT.

Lyn has much experience working with clients who suffer from stress, anxiety and/or depression. As a family therapist, as well as a psychologist, much of her evening work is with couples and relationship issues, including times when couples have decided to separate as she is trained in mediation.

Lyn also assists parents and those adults with family of origin problems. She has experience in career counselling and career change. Another area in which Lyn has a passionate interest, is in working with women who have hormonal problems, such as P.M.S., post-natal depression and issues around the time of menopause.

She has written a book, called Balance Those Hormones and is often asked to give talks to groups on this topic combined with that of issues of stress. Her approach is to assist people to find new solutions for changes that they need to make in their lives, whilst working with clients in a supportive relationship. She is registered with Medicare, Private Health Funds, TAC and WorkCover.


Kerryl Beissel – Counselling Psychologist

BSc(Hons) (Psych), MAPS, Fellow APS College of Counselling Psychologists.

Kerryl has extensive experience in counselling for a wide range of personal and relationship issues. Her areas of practice include the management and treatment of anxiety, stress and depression; and assistance in dealing with the effects of difficult or traumatic experiences. In the past Kerryl has developed and conducted group workshop programs on anxiety management.

Kerryl has a special interest in the area of burnout recovery, both for people in ministry and for those in the general workplace. She can also provide counselling with a focus on the enhancement of relationships.

Kerryl likes to help equip people with psychological tools and strategies which they can use into the future. She aims to assist people to grow and adjust through times of transition or crisis and to develop new or renewed ways of approaching life.

Kerryl is registered with Medicare and TAC.


John Andersen - Psychologist

BA, DipPsych, MSc, MA, MAAFT.

In addition to providing general psychological services, John specialises in relationship counselling including: marital, stepfamily/blended family issues, working with adolescents within the context of their families. 

John will continue to practice at Mount Evelyn Counselling Centre located at 2 Clegg Rd., Mount Evelyn.  He can be contacted by calling 9736 2273 or be emailing


Melanie Birch – Counselling Psychologist and Hypnotherapist

BA, BBSc(Hons), CertPastoralPsychth, CertTraumaTh(Adv), DipClinHyp, MAPS, Fellow APS College of Counselling Psychologists.

The principle focus of Melanie’s practice is the treatment of anxiety, panic attacks, postnatal depression, trauma and grief. She works with people who have long standing issues and those with more recent difficulties. Melanie works with her clients in a gentle way to relieve their distress and help life get back on track. She has lectured on trauma at a tertiary level and is available for talks. Melanie is registered with Medicare and ATAPS.

Melanie is also a qualified hypnotherapist. When combined with counselling, she finds that hypnotherapy can be a very effective way of treating issues such as lack of confidence, low self-esteem, fear of public speaking, phobias and some sleep problems. Hypnosis is also well known as an effective method for quitting smoking naturally. Melanie uses an individually tailored approach that combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and hypnosis to maximise the outcome of success.


Manuela Barichello – Psychologist

MPsych (Prof Prac), GDProfPsych, GDPsych, B.Psych

Manuela is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She holds a Masters degree in Psychology and is fluent in Italian. She has a vast range of experience with over 15 years in counselling. She has worked in community counselling, medical centers, and educational settings (Primary to Tertiary), where she has provided treatment plans for the school community and devised and run social skills training programs to help build resilience. 

Manuela uses a safe, non-judgmental, empathic client- centered approach to promote the therapeutic relationship. She works across the lifespan but has a particular interest in working with adults, adolescents and families. She provides her clients with a confidential space where concerns can be openly discussed and meaningfully resolved. She helps untangle her clients inner turmoil, through teaching skills of empowerment, emotional regulation, and acceptance. 

Manuela works with a wide range of issues including, anxiety, depression, personality issues, grief and loss, complex trauma, PTSD, work or school related issues. Although Cognitive Behavioral Therapy informs her practice, she also draws upon Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Brief Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and relaxation strategies, according to the client’s need. More recently she has also undertaken level 1 and 2 training in EMDR for PTSD and trauma and is passionate about advancing her knowledge and practice in this area. Manuela is committed to assisting her clients reach their full potential and uses a targeted yet gentle approach.

Manuela Barichello is registered with Medicare, Private Health, VOCAT, EAP, and can assist NDIS plan or self-managed individuals.
Phone: 0411 145 269 for appointments 
Locations:  Suite 1/821 Glenferrie Rd Hawthorn; 279 Gilbert Rd Preston (03) 9470 1954;
Ringwood Psychology 8 Wantirna Rd Ringwood Vic 3134 (03) 9870 4171  


Edwin "Eddy" Kleynhans – Counselling Psychologist

MA, MAPS, Fellow APS College of Health Psychologists.

Eddy has been a registered psychologist for 25 years. He has also been registered with the Dutch Psychological Society, with Dutch being his second language. In Australia, he has been providing Employee Assistance Programs to organisations, often travelling interstate to consult with clients. He is an ex-president of EAPA. His expertise in private practice includes working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Clinical areas of his practice cover trauma & critical incident debriefing, WorkCover, Career counselling, substance abuse, eating disorders and weight loss, depression, phobias, self-esteem, relationships and mediation, management and stress. He adopts an eclectic approach with the main focus being on cognitive behaviour and solution-focused therapies. He is a keen proponent of a healthy lifestyle and is involved in his local parish Eddy is registered with Medicare and WorkCover.


Rob Postlethwaite - Clinical Psychologist

BBSc, MPsych, Clinical Psychologist.

Rob's long term interest in chronic pain and illness has resulted in considerable experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety and anger problems that are some of the emotional consequences of these conditions. While the major focus of treatment is always medical, how the individual manages the illness/pain they experience makes a considerable difference to their quality of life. It also helps the person to manage the long term impact of many illnesses. Relationship issues, loss of motivation, sexual problems, grief, addiction and many other forms of distress are generated by living with a chronic condition.

Rob's underlying philosophy is to focus on the here and now and address the current issues in a pragmatic and problem solving manner. It may be appropriate to go back through a person's history to enable understanding and change but only if it assists change in the present and future. He also believes quite strongly that the relationship a person has with their treating professional is an important component of the process in a manner that makes sense to you and assists you to resolve your problem. Rob is registered with Medicare, WorkCover & TAC.