OUR TEAM

Dr. Nick Richardson - Clinical Psychologist / Practice Director

Nick undertook his training in clinical psychology at Melbourne and Monash Universities and completed his doctoral thesis on how emotion regulation contributes to depression in adolescence. Nick’s practice has a particular focus on difficulties in life-stage transitions such as commencing primary and secondary school, emerging adolescence, young adulthood, and forming relationships. He also provides support to adults with relationship and parenting concerns.

Nick has a friendly, thoughtful and compassionate approach that is tailored to an individual’s and family's needs. He is passionate about helping young people overcome obstacles in their development through fostering confidence, skills and self-understanding. He uses talk and play-based activities such as play and art to help young people share their feelings. He also meets with parents to help them develop a better understanding of their child’s needs and to support their child at home.

Nick is also employed as a senior psychologist in Child & Youth Mental Health Service, Eastern Health, on a sessional basis, through which he provides supervision, which he also offers in his private practice.

Nick is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and follows a code of ethics to ensure high standards of professional practice. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists.

To find out more, visit Nick's website www.enrichpsychology.com, email nick@enrichpsychology.com or call 0401 134 787

Tracey Campbell – Psychotherapist, Family Therapist and Play Therapist

 

Tracey has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families presenting with complex mental health difficulties. Her experience is largely in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health field where she has worked as a Senior Clinician and Discipline Senior proving assessments, and therapy to young people and their families, as well as leadership and consultation to other clinicians and service providers. 

 

Tracey has expertise in conducting assessments and providing individual, couple or family therapy to support people to manage their moods feelings and behaviours in a safe trusting environment that promotes social and emotional wellbeing.   Some of the presenting concerns include:

  • Childhood Disorders

  • Trauma and abuse

  • Anxiety and mood

  • School difficulties

  • Grief and loss

  • Attachment and Adjustment

  • Parent separation

  • Stressful family relationships / Interpersonal relationships

  • Anger /Challenging behaviours

  • Social skills and self esteem

  • Difficulties managing significant life events

  • Family, parenting and relationship issues.

 

Tracey also works as a consultant providing training, consultation and assessments to Department of Health and Human Services and Community Agencies on:

 

  • Assessing the attachment relationship between a parent or caregiver and a child

  • Parenting capacity assessments

  • Helping parents and professionals understand the impact of trauma on children.

  • Family functioning assessments.

 

Tracey is a registered Mental Health provider with Medicare.  Rebates are available through Medicare using the Mental Health Care Plan. See your General Practitioner, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician for a referral.

Tracey can be contacted on  0433 470 710.

Ceara Nelson - Psychologist

 

Ceara is a registered psychologist currently undertaking the clinical endorsement program. Ceara completed her training at Victoria University with a Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical).

 

Ceara provides personalised evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy in a warm, collaborative, and compassionate environment. Ceara holds firm that everyone has different goals for therapy which are very individual and as such, she tailors her approach to the individual needs and preferences of every patient. Ceara supports patients to reduce their symptomology and suffering using a range of modalities including skills based, solution focused cognitive behavioural methods. For those who are wanting to explore themselves more deeply to understand the origins and meaning of their suffering, Ceara works with individuals to examine their symptoms in relation to the self and others using a psychodynamic approach.

 

Ceara is experienced working with individuals across the lifespan, from the ages of 3 years to adulthood. Ceara has experience working with individuals within different settings including private practice, animal assisted therapy practice, and with adults in private psychiatric settings.

 

Ceara is looking forward to providing psychological services to the clients of Birdwood Clinic, and can offer support to individuals experiencing the following difficulties:

 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship Issues

  • Emotional Regulation Issues

  • Transitions and Change

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Selective Mutism

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • The impacts of Trauma

 

Ceara can be contacted by phone: 0414 925 878 or by email: ceara.nelson@allstagespsychology.com.au

Kim Menzies - Accredited Practising Dietitian

Kim is a dedicated and caring Accredited Practising Dietitian with over a decade’s experience and is now running ‘What’s your gut feeling?’ at Birdwood Street Therapy Group. She adopts a client-centred approach to assist people, using scientifically sound dietary advice. Kim is passionate about helping people develop a calm relationship with food and their body.

Over the last decade, she has specialised in gastrointestinal conditions such as Coeliac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Food Intolerances, working closely with Dr Sue Shepherd at Shepherd Works where she was Senior Dietitian. Kim is highly experienced in educating people how to successfully follow the low FODMAP diet. The dietary changes required for these conditions can be challenging therefore her goal is to guide you with foods that can be enjoyed as well as those that may need to be restricted for your health and well-being.

​She also works with people who are struggling to intuitively listen to their bodies due to restrictive dieting or disordered eating. She greatly enjoys helping people realise that it is possible to develop a peaceful relationship with food and their body, without guilt and/or food anxiety.

Kim is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and  a Professional Member of Coeliac Australia. A former Home Economics, Food Technology and Biology teacher, she has a love of creating and sharing good food and assisting others to develop their food and nutrition skills and brings her extensive knowledge in a practical and down-to-earth manner.

To contact Kim, please call 0432 410 336 or go to the ‘What’s your gut feeling?’ website www.whatsyourgutfeeling.com.au

Sima Hall - Speech Pathologist

 

My name is Sima Hall and I’m a Speech Pathologist. I’ve worked for many years with many clients of all ages. I have worked in hospitals, private family medicine clinics, paediatric clinic and schools in Australia and overseas. I’m a current member of Speech Pathology Australia.

 I specialise in the following services:

  • Assessment and therapy for children with language delays

  • Diagnosis and therapy for children with articulation difficulties

  • Stuttering therapy

  • Therapy and rehabilitation for adults with language breakdown/ communication difficulties

  • Vocal nodules/ rehabilitation for children and adults

  • School and kindergarten based therapy services

 

For further information please contact me directly on M: 0451 738 078, via email: sima@cocoonspeech.com, or visit my website: www.cocoonspeech.com​.

Marie Mandicos - Psychologist 

Marie completed her Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at Victoria University and is currently completing her clinical registrar program. 

Marie offers a warm, empathic and collaborative approach to psychotherapy and utilises evidence-based treatments to support individuals to reach their identified goals. She has experience working with a wide range of presentations, with a focus on anxiety and related disorders, mood disorders (depression, bipolar), addiction, sleep and insomnia issues, trauma, relationship problems, grief, life transitions, stress and women's health. She is passionate about supporting children, adolescents and adults to understand their emotional problems and improve their mental wellbeing.

She uses a number of therapeutic styles; however, tailors her approach to suit the needs and goals of each individual. She looks to understand how each facet of health (biological, psychological and social) impacts the individual. She has experience working in community and private mental health sectors, working with individuals and facilitating groups.

Outside of private practice she works at a private hospital which specialises in the treatment of psychiatric mental health disorders and addiction. 

If you would like to get in contact with Marie she can be reached on - 0452 648 198 or email - mariemandicospsychologist@gmail.com.

Dr. Swee Ghee Khoo - Psychiatrist

 

With an eye on the overall well-being of his patients, Swee Ghee is a psychiatrist with strong clinical interest in individual psychotherapy AKA ‘talking therapy’. Using the breadth of his clinical experience and knowledge base, he seeks to work with his patients in a thoughtful and empathic manner to assist them towards a clearer understanding of themselves and their situation, and towards possible useful outcomes.

In addition to the above, he utilises medication where it may be clinically indicated.

Swee Ghee mainly works in English with some proficiency in Mandarin, across the following clinical areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Loss and grief

In Swee Ghee’s clinical practice, he:

  • Works with patients from ages 18 to 65

  • Offers telepsychiatry where possible

  • Offers support to clinical colleagues including nurses, medical students, allied health workers and fellow doctors

Please note that the following areas are outside of Swee Ghee’s scope of practice:

  • Alcohol & other substance use

  • Workcover/TAC/Worker’s Compensation

  • Clinical treatment which requires prescribing permits such as Alprazolam

  • Medicolegal/forensic matters

  • NDIS

Swee Ghee welcomes contact at 0491 682 322 or ipsummagnus@gmail.com