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Melanie Sutherland

Melanie is a Clinical Psychologist and one of the Directors of psych180 (website: ) a private psychology practice. Melanie has worked across alcohol & other drug services and public mental health for the past twenty-two years, fourteen of which have been as a Senior Psychologist. She has also been in private practice for seven years.

Melanie is skilled in working with adolescents and adults experiencing a wide range of mental health, relationship and life transition challenges. She has both extensive training and practice in her preferred therapeutic approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Melanie is focused on providing a safe, non-judgemental and comfortable space for people. She is endorsed to provide services under Medicare, and her sessions attract a rebate (see eligibility information below).


Referrals & Fees

Referrals are accepted from self-referring individuals, as well as from health professionals such as GPs, Psychiatrists, and Maternal and Child Health Nurses, etc. Medicare rebates are available for clients referred for treatment by their GP with a Mental Health Care Plan.

Fees 50 min session $200.00

Fees are paid in full at the end of each session. Rebates are paid directly back into your account on the same day as payment.  Please see Medicare for more information.

Medicare Rebate:

Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative (Clinical Psychology) $124.50

Pregnancy Support Counselling $62.20

Bookings & Enquiries:

Phone: (03) 9482 1888




Reception hours are 10am – 3pm Monday to Saturday. An answering service operates outside of reception hours.


Sarah Najjar

I am privileged to have been practicing at Hartington Centre since 2009. I’m passionate about helping you achieve optimum health and wellness with Reiki, Massage & Shiatsu. I’ve been practicing Reiki since 2002 and teaching Reiki since 2009. I have also taught Remedial Massage at Victorian Fitness Academy.

I offer a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing and tailor treatments to meet your individual needs. Simple take home exercises and lifestyle guidance are included in your session so you are empowered to experience better health and wellbeing in the long term.

Below is a list of conditions I can support you in managing with Reiki, Massage and Shiatsu. You may wish to receive combined or individual treatments.

    • anxiety

    • depression

    • grief

    • muscular/joint pain and injury

    • neck, shoulder & back pain

    • headaches and migraine

    • P.M.S.

    • perimenopausal symptoms

    • stroke

    • fibromyalgia

    • adrenal fatigue/chronic fatigue/low energy

    • lack of clarity around life purpose and direction

    • work and relationship stress

    • fertility challenges

    • cancer

    • autoimmune conditions

    • Insomnia


Here is a little more information on each modality:


Reiki is a highly effective natural system of healing that restores you to balance -physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Reiki unlocks your natural healing ability and connects you deeply to yourself so holistic healing can begin. Reiki is effective in managing physical conditions that aren’t suitable to be treated with other manual therapies. I learnt Reiki in 2002 and have been practicing Reiki daily on myself since then. For more information on Reiki please visit: Reiki Articles

If you would like to learn this simple hands on healing method find out about up and coming courses here. I teach Traditional Usui Reiki and offer excellent post course support:

Reiki Courses in Melbourne

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage improves muscle and joint pain which can develop while you are at home, work or exercising. During your treatment muscle and nerve stretching and muscle release points are used to improve your blood circulation and muscular tone. Together we go through home exercises which help to strengthen or stretch your muscles.

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage involves long, broad, slow massage strokes and rocking which encourages you to rest and restore. Like remedial massage, it enhances your blood and lymph circulation, nourishes your body cells, relaxes your muscles and diminishes pain. Generally, your entire body is treated although if you prefer, I focus on specific areas such as your head, feet, hands, and shoulders.

Pre and Post Natal Massage

Receiving treatments throughout your pregnancy has a range of benefits for you and your baby. Pre and post-natal massage decreases your muscle tension, increases your joint movement, induces relaxation and promotes your blood flow. During your treatment emphasis is often placed on your lower back, hips, buttocks, shoulders and feet. You are supported throughout prenatal massage with pillows and towels.


Essential oils have great healing properties. When inhaled or placed on the skin they send messages to your brain creating mental, emotional and physical changes. For example: ·  lavender promotes relaxation ·  peppermint increases your energy levels

I use essential oils that add to the therapeutic effect of both remedial and relaxation massage.


Shiatsu translates to “finger pressure” in Japanese. It is holistic healing system based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles. Energy moves throughout your body through energy pathways known as meridians which are connected to specific organs. Disruption to this flow of energy may produce pain and stiffness, digestive, emotional and mental imbalances. During a Shiatsu treatment your energy is rebalanced. This helps to relieve your pain and symptoms. You are fully clothed during your treatment while your meridians and muscles are treated with broad palm pressure, stretching, finger pressure, holding and gentle joint rotations.

During a treatment your circulation is stimulated, your nervous system relaxes and your hormonal system rebalances. Like Reiki, Shiatsu is able to treat range of conditions ranging from muscular pain to menstrual difficulties, digestive conditions to anxiety. We may discuss dietary and lifestyle options that help to lessen your symptoms.

I look forward in supporting you achieve your optimum health and wellbeing.

Be well,



Reiki Master Teacher Diploma of Remedial Massage Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology


Massage and Myotherapy Australia   Australian Association of Reiki Professionals


Hartington reception on 9482 1888 between 10am-3pm Monday to Saturday.

Outside these times phone Sarah directly on 0416 620 877


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Session Times

Tuesday 12noon to 8:30pm

Thursday 12noon to 8pm Every second

Friday 1pm to 5:30pm

Casual treatments may be made outside these times


1 hour = $110.00 (inc. G.S.T.)

1.5 hours = $155.00 (inc. G.S.T.)

Health fund rebates are available from major health funds

Registered WorkSafe provider

Gift Certificates

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Payment Methods


Direct debit

Credit card

Cancellation policy

Others who wish to get well need your space. If you are unable to attend please provide 24 hours’ notice to avoid incurring a $110 cancellation fee. Thank you.



John Mullane

Counsellor / Social Worker / Supervisor

 Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor of Social Science Bachelor of Social Work Post graduate Diploma in Family Therapy Accredited Mental Health Social Worker



I have worked in the community services sector for over 25 years including public mental health and more recently in community health. I am an AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Family Therapist. I have been in private practice as a counselor since 2006.


Approaches to Counselling

My approach to counseling is based on two major therapies, Solution Focused and Narrative. These ways of working are respectful and transparent, are oriented towards the future and call on existing strengths and skills to help you resolve problems. My aim in the counseling process is to seek out, and create through conversations, alternative stories that will assist you to break from the influence of the problems you are facing and assist you in living the life you want.


Areas of Work

  • Mental Health/Illness e.g. depression & anxiety

  • Alcohol and other drug problems

  • Co-occurring mental health/illness and addictions

  • Life transitions including ageing

  • Men’s mental health

  • Youth mental health

  • Chronic Illness

  • Grief



$130 per individual session Medicare rebate applies with a GP referral. Supervision $150 per hour (or by negotiation)


For further inquiries or to make an appointment

Phone: 0400 683 747 or 9482 1888, 10am-3pm Mon-Sat (answering service outside reception hours)


Sue Mackey

Psychotherapist & Counsellor



Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work

  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling

  • Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy

  • Member Australian Association of Social Workers (Acc.) Mental Health Social Worker

  • Member GANZ

I have been in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist since 2003. I have a background in social work, and am a Mental Health accredited member of the AASW.

Following many years of work as a social worker both in the public and private sectors, I have pursued more intensive education and experience in counselling and psychotherapy, and accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker. I have undertaken post graduate study in Counselling, Narrative and Gestalt therapies. Underpinning all my work is a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.

My journeys with people in the community, public and private sectors during times of personal crisis, life cycle transition, and self-exploration have deepened my insight into the human spirit of courage and strength.

I have a particular interest in, and work with:

  • anxiety and depression

  • past trauma and abuse

  • life transitions

  • relationship and ‘carer’ issues

  • women’s health

  • grief and loss

  • deepening personal awareness

  • strengthening identity through personal growth

How do I work?

I have an utmost respect and regard for anyone who decides to embark on the journey of counselling and psychotherapy, however short or long. It is a time where we have the potential to get in touch with a creative process of self exploration and learning that gives us the space to really be heard and to hear ourselves. For many of us this can be a unique experience. This held space needs to be safe and allow for creativity and responsiveness. It is a confidential place to be supportively listened to without judgment. To have an involved witness to the telling of our story can create a space for powerful reflection. Alternative ways of walking the same or different paths are found and practiced.

Only we as individuals know our distinctive thoughts, feelings, beliefs, histories and relationships. It is in the expressing and sharing of these in the here and now and in relationship with another that allows us to get in touch with parts of us that may have lost a voice, sense of direction and clarity.

I work in a present-centred, interactive way, where dialogue, reflection and awareness of patterns and processes are encouraged. I believe counselling is useful to steady us when there is a sense of imbalance within ourselves, our relationships and our physical, social and spiritual environment. I believe change happens when we allow ourselves to stay with an experience to deepen our understanding of it. It is in this process that transformation occurs in problematic areas of our lives.

“One must immerse oneself into the river of life and let the question drift away.” Irvin Yalom (2001)



$140 per individual session

Medicare rebate applies with a GP referral.

TAC Provider

For further inquiries or to make an appointment

Phone: 0431 041396

(03) 9482 1888

Kerry Laidlaw

Counsellor & Psychotherapist BSW(Hons),

GradDip C&HS, AdvDipGestaltPsychotherapy

Qualifications & Experience

  • Medicare Provider for Focussed Psychological Services

  • Advanced Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy (4 yrs)

  • Graduate Diploma Counselling & Human Services (1 yr)

  • Bachelor Social Work (4 yrs)

  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

  • TAC Provider

I have worked in the community services sector for over 20 years, and in the area of mental health counselling, both as a private practitioner and community health counsellor for more than 10 years. My experience, training and continuing professional education in the field of counselling helps me respond to each individual’s needs in counselling, a vital aspect of the work. I have a background in the family violence field doing both the individual work of counselling around the mental health impacts of living in a controlling relationship, as well as primary prevention work through local government and interagency networks.

Professional memberships

Member Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Member Australian Assocation of Social Workers (AASW)
Clinical Member Gestalt Australia & New Zealand (GANZ)

Interests and areas of work

There are many varied and unique circumstances which might bring people to seek counselling. Anxiety and depression, stressors such as those arising in intimate relationships or friendships, the enormous demands and changed role of being a new mother, wanting to understand patterns in behaviour, both our own and others, are just some of the many legitimate reasons to seek counselling

I work most predominantly with people who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I can help with strategies not only to reduce symptoms but also to develop an understanding and awareness of the circumstances which might trigger anxiety and depression and some of the ways to intervene early so that symptoms are less likely to become worse.  Sometimes these symptoms can arise due to stressful circumstances or events such as living or working in a stressful environment. This can include stressful family and/or intimate relationships either current or past, or workplace stress such as bullying, harassment or workload issues.

I also work with people to help build self confidence and self esteem, to further develop communicational skills, and to both manage and tolerate stress.  I can offer professional counselling and support during times of grieving due to bereavement or other losses such as job or relationship change, changes in life circumstances and other transitions such as retiring or leaving the workforce.

As well as the above, I have long experience working with people who have experienced trauma such as childhood abuse, past sexual assault, intimate partner abuse and other trauma.

As well as the more mainstream forms of counselling and therapy, I have a growing interest in ideas like mindfulness and meditation that spring from eastern philosophies and that are gaining greater traction in the treatment of depression and anxiety as research and technological advances give us more concrete evidence of their value. I am also interested in how neuroscience is helping us to understand how our brains can change and adapt and create new neural pathways that can relieve us from entrenched patterns of thinking that are both unhelpful and distressing and can fuel depression and anxiety.

I have a special interest in working with same-sex attracted communities and with new mothers.

Approach to counselling

I have a warm supportive and engaging style of counselling as well as a willingness to work with each individual’s need as it arises to question and challenge old understandings of themselves and others that have outlived their usefulness.

I feel that struggles and dilemmas invariably arise as we negotiate life’s course and I have a strong belief in the capacity of a supportive counselling relationship at such times to assist people in reconnecting to both their own internal resources and to those in their wider environment.  I take a collaborative approach in negotiating the way the work proceeds, and in responding to the hopes inherent in coming to counselling.

I believe I can offer an opportunity to explore as fully as required the depth and breadth of the particular concern that arises for each individual. I have a strong commitment to listening with an active ear and mind to both the spoken and the underlying story that accompanies the peak in stress that brings each person to counselling.


  • $120.00 per 50 minute session payable at the end of each session

  • A Medicare rebate applies with a referral from your GP.

Appointments & enquiries
Tel:  (03) 9489 1741



Hartington Centre

24 Hartington Street Northcote

Dr. Victoria Teoh

BSc (Hons), DPsych (Health), MAPS


Providing professional psychology services for a range of mental health concerns, including Clinical and Health Psychology issues


Qualifications and Experience

Doctorate of Psychology (The University of Melbourne)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Registered AHPRA Supervisor

Victoria is a registered Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Psychology from The University of Melbourne. In addition to consulting privately, she practices as a Senior Psychologist within the public health sector and has previously worked at university and research institutes. Victoria holds specialist endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist and a Health Psychologist from the Psychology Board of Australia. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Why see a psychologist?

Psychological therapy assists people experiencing difficulties with their mood, thinking, relationships, health, and other life challenges. It is a caring, professional, and non-judgemental process where individuals can discuss and explore issues that concern them, and learn better coping strategies to empower and help individuals live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

Areas of Work

Victoria assists people in a broad range of Clinical Psychology issues, including:

  • Mood disorders, including depression and perinatal mood disturbance

  • Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, generalised anxiety, and phobias

  • Grief and Loss

  • Stress, coping and adjustment issues

  • Sleep disorders

  • Self-esteem and confidence

  • Communication and assertiveness

  • Anger management

  • Relationship problems

  • Pregnancy support counselling

In addition to Clinical Psychology, Victoria has a special interest in the area of Clinical Health Psychology, which focuses on the connection between physical and psychological health. Clinical Health Psychology is a specialist field that aims to promote health and prevent illness. It can assist people with management of chronic health conditions, chronic pain, and adjustment to medical diagnoses and physical illness.

Therapeutic approach

Victoria delivers a professional, supportive, and compassionate style of therapy that assists clients in achieving personal growth and greater emotional well-being. She draws on a number of therapeutic frameworks to deliver tailored therapy that best suits the individual’s needs. Her primary treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Fees and Referrals

Referrals are accepted from self-referring individuals and from other health professionals such as GP’s, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and other Psychologists.

Medicare rebates are available for clients referred with a Mental Health Care Plan. The Clinical Psychology rebate is currently $124.50 and the gap payment for a standard 50minute session is approximately $60.

Fees are payable in full at the end of each session via EFTPOS or credit card, and Medicare rebates can be paid directly back into your account on the same day as payment.

All enquiries are welcome.


To make an appointment or for further information please contact Victoria directly on 0448 311 079 or Email:, or The Hartington Centre on (03) 9482 1888

Hartington Centre

24 Hartington Street Northcote

Tony Jackson


Qualifications and Experience

B Theology, B Arts (Psychology)
Grad Diploma in Counselling and Human Services
Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy

I come to the Hartington Centre with a strong commitment to counselling (psychotherapy) with individuals and couples and have been working as a relationship counsellor the past seven years.

Influences and Approaches to Counselling

I am an active counsellor, bringing warmth, humor, energy, and passion to my work. I like to create an environment of support, but can also be challenging. Our work together will enhance a sense of choice in your life creating more flexibility and success in getting what you need.

In 2005 I completed a four-year training program at Gestalt Therapy Australia. This has strongly influenced my counselling. Gestalt therapy is focused on the here and now of experience. The goal is development of awareness; in particular focusing on ways of relating in the world and getting what is needed in our relationships (and from the environment) and looking at the ways that we interrupt ourselves and do not get our needs met.

I have also studied and practiced Solution Focused and Narrative approaches to therapy. These ways of working are often oriented towards the future and call on existing strengths and skills to help you resolve problems.

Interests and Areas of Work

As an individual and couple’s counsellor and psychotherapist I have experience, skill and passion to work with people wanting to address:

  • Personal awareness, development and growth

  • Relationship enhancement

  • Life choices and big decisions

  • Dealing with interpersonal problems

  • Communication skills

  • Family difficulties and intergenerational issues

  • Distress after separation

  • Grief

  • Conflict resolution

  • Workplace difficulties

Healthy people are self-regulating individuals, able to respond flexibly to changing circumstances and support themselves in many respects while accepting mutual interdependence with other people and the environment. They can strike a balance between looking after their needs and caring for the needs of other people and their community, recognizing their independence with the environment and caring for it as well. They take responsibility for the choices that they make in life and especially for the meaning they give their life and they experience their ability to actualize themselves within the limits of their life circumstances

Jenny Mackewn, Developing a Gestalt Counselling (1997)

“Alone? Angel, take it from me, you are alone. Most people are alone. To not be alone somebody has to really connect with you and you have to connect with them. I mean really connect. I mean that somebody has to make the emotional and intellectual effort to come with you as you ride the relentless waves of fear and hope, of pain and pleasure, of doubt and certainty that inhabit the sea of human experience.”

Elliot Perlman, Seven Types Of Ambiguity (2003)



Individuals and Couples $100 per one hour.

Clinical Supervison $110 per one hour

Corporate $130 per one hour


Bookings and enquiries:

Phone: (03) 9482 1888

Hartington Centre

24 Hartington Street Northcote


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Liz Hamilton

B.A., Dip Ed, Dip Health Science (Hol.Kin), A.T.M.S.

Liz is qualified in Holistic Kinesiology, Applied Physiology and Reiki

She has a background in teaching, and has been involved in the natural health field, particularly in the area of massage, for more than twenty years.

She has a two year diploma in Health Sciences (Holistic Kinesiology) from the Kinesiology College for Energetic Sciences (now called the Melbourne College of Complimentary Medicine) and has practised Kinesiology for almost fifteen years.

Additional studies include Aromatic Kinesiology & Astrological Kinesiology.

She has also completed Reiki 1 & 2

Accredited member of ATMS (Aust. Traditional Medicine Society)

Liz is a caring and dedicated practitioner, committed to the health and well-being of her clients. Her diverse background and skills ensures a balanced, integrated approach to healing.

Particular interests include: working with allergies, learning difficulties, self confidence, motivation and stress management.


Kinesiology works with the innate healing intelligence of the body, using muscle monitoring to identify the causes of imbalances in structural, neurological and physiological function.

It is a powerful system of stress management, using muscle response to communicate to the practitioner what is out of balance, where the energy has been blocked, the nature of the stress and emotional component, and then the treatment needed for correction.

It provides the empowerment to help the individual take control.

Kinesiology encompasses both Eastern wisdom and Western techniques.

Corrections may include:

  • Meridian balancing

  • Reflex and Acupressure points

  • Brain integration processes

  • Emotional stress release

  • Flower essences

  • Structural & postural techniques

  • Neuro-lymphatic massage

  • Chakra holographic balancing

  • Nutritional support

Kinesiology can be used for:

  • Acute & chronic pain

  • Allergies, Candida

  • Depression

  • Stress, Fatigue

  • Addictions

  • Fears, Phobias, Anxiety

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Headaches, Migraine

  • Nutritional & Digestive disorders

  • Sports injuries, Trauma

  • Back & neck problems

  • Learning difficulties

  • Decision making, Goal setting

  • Self esteem & Confidence

  • Personal growth

  • Maximising potential

  • and much more…

Kinesiology Fee:

  • Consultations: $110 (1 hour)

  • Initial consultations $140 (1.5 hours)

  • Children $65 (1 hour)

  • Concession available

Listed with most private health funds

Cancellations: 24 hours notice of cancellation is required.

Bookings or enquiries:

Hartington Centre

24 Hartington Street Northcote

Catherine Dwyer

Qualifications and Experience

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy
Certificate IV Training and Assessment
Member of the Australian Psychological Society

Catherine is a Clinical Psychologist with over twenty years of experience.  She is a respected Senior Psychologist within the public mental health system. She has worked as a private practitioner for the last six years.

Catherine is skilled in treating mood disorders, ranging from the mild to the severe including anxiety, panic attacks and depression, as well as assisting clients to manage other difficult emotions such as grief and anger, and with issues such as life adjustment, stress management, managing relationships and trauma.

Catherine has provided training in various mental health issues to the Department of Health, Tasmania, the Department of Corrections, Victoria, North Western Mental Health and RMIT University.  She is a trained Critical Incident Trauma de-briefer and has provided services to forensic mental health staff in this capacity.

Catherine is eligible to provide services under Medicare.  Her sessions attract the Clinical Psychology rebate (see below).

Approaches to Therapy

Catherine is a trained and experienced Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, and utilises Motivational Interviewing to help clients overcome blockages to change. More recently she has included EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) as part of her practice.

CBT is a goal oriented and solution focused method that addresses unhelpful or dysfunctional thoughts, emotions, and behaviours to bring about change. CBT is well researched and effective in the treatment of a range of issues, including depression, and anxiety.

Motivational Interviewing is a client-centred counselling approach for bringing about behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve their ambivalence about a particular issue. The application of Motivational Interviewing techniques has been useful in the areas of mental health and addiction. EMDR is an evidence based therapy designed to alleviate the impact of traumatic experiences on an individual’s functioning.

Areas of Special Interest

Catherine has a particular interest in using the principles of neuro-plasticity (changing the brain by changing thoughts and behaviours) to support real and lasting emotional change.
(See:  The Brain That Changes Itself, (2007). Norman Doidge M.D., Viking Penguin, New York.)  Additionally, she is both skilled and enjoys working with clients who feel ‘stuck’, unable or unsure about their own ability to carry out the changes needed to improve the way they feel.

Other Professional Commitments

Catherine is the co-director of Psych 180, a psychology service providing psychological services to clients across the north of Melbourne.

Referrals and Fees

Referrals are accepted from self-referring adults, and from other health professionals such as GP’s, psychiatrists, social workers and other psychologists.

Medicare rebates are available to clients referred by their GP.

Medicare Rebates

The Clinical Psychology rebate is currently $124.50.

Rebates may be able to be paid directly back into your account on the same day as payment.  Please see Medicare for more information.


50 minute session $200.00.

Fees are payable in full at the end of each session and can be paid via EFTPOS or credit card.  Alternatively a receipt will be issued allowing you to collect your rebate from Medicare.

Bookings and Enquiries

A booking or enquiry can be made by telephone or email.

Ph: 9482 1888



Hours of reception are 10.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Saturday.  Calls will be forwarded to an answering service outside of these hours.


Hartington Centre

24 Hartington Street Northcote