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Professor Fitzgerald is a qualified psychiatrist, and has a Masters of Psychological Medicine and research PhD.Professor Fitzgerald was an elected board Member of the International Society for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (ISTS) and was an invited member of the World Federation of Biological Psychiatry Taskforce on Brain Stimulation (2006-2009).
He is currently a committee member for the Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Special Interest Group with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and serves on the board of directors for Neurosciences Victoria. He is Psychiatric deputy editor for the journal ‘Brain Stimulation’ and is on the Editorial Boards of ‘Psychiatry Research’ and the ‘Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry’.
As the head of the School of Medicine and Psychology at the Australian National University, Fitzgerald has conducted over 20 clinical trials of TMS and related methods, and has published over 500 scientific papers and has personally treated over 1500 patients with TMS.
Dr Cassidy has worked extensively since 2014 in the field of developing next-step mental health treatments for patients with depression, anxiety and related mental health conditions. Dr Cassidy previously founded and owned The Hills Clinic group and hospital, the first purpose built private mental health hospital in Australia. From 2004 to 2017 he was the Medical Director, during this time more than 10,000 patients with Mental Illness were assisted in the Northwest of Sydney.
Dr Lau is a medical doctor trained in addiction and adult psychiatry. His treatment services include inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care tailored to individual needs and cultural backgrounds. He has experience in managing addiction, mood disorders, OCD, PTSD, generalised anxiety disorders and psychosis including TMS and trauma-informed addiction services.
Dr Ibrahim is also an international member of the American Psychiatric Association and is the Co-Chair of the Family Research and Interventions Sections at the World Psychiatric Association. Dr Samir Ibrahim has been a psychiatrist for 39 years, and practices in Sydenham and Bundoora. He arrived in Australia from Egypt 25 years ago, and has a passion for helping people who have mental health conditions find their voice.
While Dr Cheah finds all aspects of psychiatry interesting and rewarding, she’s particularly interested in computational neuroscience, global mental health, and the intersection of psychiatry and emerging technologies on an academic level.
In addition, she has experience with inpatient and community settings in Monash and Frankston Health. Dr Das has a vast range of special interests including anxiety disorders, depression, drugs & alcohol and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as well as women’s mental health.
Dr Modak's interests include mood disorders and ADHD. His training has focused on general adult psychiatry but he also has experience working in a specialist youth mental health service.
Dr Modak has experience with a range of treatment modalities, including neurostimulation, pharmacological interventions, and psychotherapy. He has published research in the area of transcranial magnetic stimulation, and has clinical expertise in this area. Alongside biological interventions, he has interests in psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Finally, he has a strong interest in emerging and innovative treatments, including next-step medications and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
Dr Chan is especially passionate about neuromodulation treatments, women’s mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma-informed care, and psychotherapy. She believes in an empathetic, nuanced, and individualised approach to mental health care, incorporating biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors.
Outside of medicine, Dr Chan is a critically acclaimed fiction writer, an avid reader, and a weekend soccer player.
Dr. Jane Nguyen graduated from Monash University in 2004 and went on to complete her psychiatry training at Frankston and Alfred Hospitals. Since obtaining Fellowship, she has been working in a combination of public and private practice.
Dr. Nguyen provides psychiatric assessment and management for patients Age 14 and older. She prescribes psychotropic medications as well as provides long-term psychotherapy for selected patients.
Over 15 years of expertise in the diagnosis and management of emotional and psychiatric disorders.
Dr Shankar's care is based on the premise that each individual is different and needs a customised approach to mental health recovery.
She has previously held public appointments at Monash Health in the inpatient and community health settings in the area of Old Age Psychiatry and Chronic Pain management.
Her clinical interests include both general adult and old age psychiatry. Dr Shankar's special interests are in addiction, pain medicine and neurostimulation.
Monica is also a mother, yoga teacher, gardening enthusiast and book nerd. Her clinical experience includes working with people who have experienced childhood and adult trauma, especially veterans, current and former serving defence personnel, first nations peoples, domestic violence survivors, and victims of crime. She has worked within inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospital settings, in private practice, and in prisons. Monica has expertise in the field of substance use, having worked across opiate substitution clinics, community settings and residential rehabilitation services.
Monica has been involved in the training, supervision, and well-being of other mental health professionals for the past decade. She provides clinical supervision to health professionals, counsellors and peer workers, provisional, registered, and clinical registrar psychologists, as well as professionals with conditions posed on their registration by AHPRA. Monica believes that the relationship between client and therapist is the heart of effective therapy, and that the relationship between supervisee and supervisor is equally as important. She is a warm, insightful therapist whose approach depends on the needs of the person. Her therapeutic style draws on strengths based approaches, relational and interpersonal psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), IFS, somatic psychotherapy, mindfulness and non dual meditation practices.
Monica is an Accredited EMDR Practitioner with EMDRAA, an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1 Practitioner. She is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and has co-authored research on yoga and mental health. She is also a non-executive committee member of a domestic violence charity in Newcastle.
Passionate about making a positive contribution to the well-being of others, Dee has worked with infants, children, adolescents, adults, and families within public and private settings, as well as held academic and managerial positions within universities (e.g., Tutor at Griffith University, Gold Coast; Lecturer and Tutor at James Cook University, Cairns; Lecturer, Bond University, Gold Coast; and Clinic Director at Bond University, Gold Coast). Dee is an accredited supervisor with AHPRA. As part of her enthusiastic and fun-loving nature, Dee practices yoga, enjoys running, loves Star Wars and delights in reading science fiction, fantasy, manga, and professional content.Dr Dee Bartrum has joined MMHG as Senior Clinical Psychologist as of the 22nd February, we extend her a warm welcome to the team.
Natalie was awarded the Wilhelm Wundt Prize for Psychology in 2001, the APS Prize for Research Achievement in 2006, and the Ward Prize for Applied Psychology in 2006. Natalie holds registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a board approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).Natalie has a diverse clinical history with appointments as an academic and researcher at the University of Newcastle, and researcher for the Family Action Centre. She has provided psychological intervention to children, adolescents, and carers in out-of-come care (OOHC) including trauma-informed intervention and critical incident response. Natalie is the clinical director of psychology practice and works within a team to provide psychometric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to individuals experiencing a range of mental health presentations. Natalie is an approved provider of services within the suicide prevention program and children’s mental health service (primary health network), Medicare, NDIS, and Workcover. She uses many modalities and interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Lego Therapy, Eye Movement and Desensitisation Therapy (EMDR) and Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) among others.
She is a registered supervisor with AHPRA and provides supervision to both provisional psychologists and clinical psychology registrars. Clara has a 20 year history of clinical work within the forensic, clinical and substance misuse fi elds of psychology, working in both public and private facilities. She has worked extensively with children and adults, specialising in the assessment and treatment of complex presentations where a person may have multiple comorbidities and have endured traumatic experiences. For the past 14 years Clara has worked privately providing psychological therapies to adults experiencing clinical mental health disorders. She has also been providing psychological assessments and reports to the Courts specialising mainly in drug use disorders. For the past two years she has been consulting with Ngaoara providing psychological interventions and support to Aboriginal children with a history of trauma and limited social supports. Clara utilises a number of clinical interventions in her work, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT), Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She is particularly interested in relational psychodynamic approaches to therapy.
Bernadette has over a decade experience in clinical research including pharmacological and device-based clinical trials. She has received >10 awards for her research including being invited to give the 2021 Tess Cramond Lecture at the Australasian Pain Society Meeting, the 2018 Australasian Brain Stimulation Society Early Career Award and was selected for the 2018 Veski inspiring women in STEM sidebyside program.
She is currently an executive member of the Australasian Brain Stimulation Society and was recently the founding Chair of the Australian Brain Alliance Early to Mid-Career Brain Science Network, an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science (2017-21).
Neil has over a decade of experience in neuroscience research, with a focus on predicting the outcomes of brain stimulation treatments and mindfulness-based interventions. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals focused on different aspects of mental health interventions. He has also published open-source software to improve the processing and analysis of neuroimaging data. His research has featured in an episode of ABC's Catalyst and in an international award-winning feature length documentary "My Year of Living Mindfully". He is an Associate Editor for the academic journal Mindfulness and Frontiers of Psychology, as well as sitting on the international academic advisory board for ElectroTools, which is intended to drastically improve the reliability of neuroimaging research.
Emma is a registered Mental Health Nurse, who qualified in 2000. She worked in hospital and community-based nursing roles in both the UK and Australia. Emma has worked with Monarch since beginning of 2020. Initially, she was employed as a Senior Clinician administering TMS before progressing to CCM, enabling her to balance direct patient contact with a more advisory role. She is also currently involved in running of The Monarch Clinics in Melbourne CBD.
During the final year of studies, Alessandra/Ali submitted her research thesis project on cognitive rehabilitation of individuals with schizophrenia, while also undertaking employment in a shelter for women and children escaping from domestically violent relationships.
Upon graduation, Alessandra/Ali moved to Australia and worked in the mental health disability sector while waiting to obtain formal recognition of her overseas degree.
Upon validation of her degree, Alessandra undertook 2 years of post-graduate training; this involved training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health and psychological across all age ranges and cultural backgrounds. Alessandra enjoys working with a wide array of people who live with problems associated with depression, anxiety, attachment/complex trauma, personality disorders, and parenting issues. Alessandra draws her therapeutic approach from relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal and narrative psychotherapy, yoga and somatic therapies, as well as cognitive therapies like CBT and DBT. Alessandra has also a strong interest in psychedelic integration. Alessandra offers a warm supportive environment in which she operates according to the belief that an individual can achieve meaningful changes in their lives through insight, understanding and validation.
Angela graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Master of Professional Psychology both from Macquarie University. She is a provisionally registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and has been counselling, assessing, and treating adults and young adults for 2 years. Angela is passionate about improving her client’s quality of life and is experienced with adults from late adolescence through to the very elderly.
Angela is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and has experience working with a broad range of clinical presentations, including alcohol and other drugs, depression, anxiety, and PTSD/C-PTSD and ADHD.
Austin is part of The Monarch Clinic clinical team in the Newcastle region, administering TMS treatments to our patients. Having recently attained his Bachelor of Psychology, he has a keen interest in the fast-developing field of neuromodulation and psychedelic-assisted therapies in mental health. He is passionate to work under Monarch Mental Health in bringing these amazing treatments to the forefront of conversation and making them accessible to those who need them most.
Danielle is LGBTQIA+ inclusive and has experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, as well as various mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and substance misuse.
Danielle’s therapeutic approach is client-centred and strength-based, utilizing anintegrative style that draws from frameworks including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), trauma-informed and attachment-based therapy.
When she is not working as a psychologist, Danielle enjoys reading, tending to her plants, and indulging in her love of painting.
Danielle has availability for in-person and telehealth therapy appointments.
From Deeba's love of the healthcare profession to her empathetic nature as a driving force, she remains steadfast in her capabilities, and is passionate about being a part of a team that promotes healing and supporting patients that are suffering from mental health conditions. Deeba is proud to work amongst a variety of next-step treatment services such as neurostimuation, next-step medication and counselling.
Eliza graduated with a Bachelor in Psychological Science and was recently commended for being a top achieving student during her studies. She has been working with the Monarch Mental Health Group for over 12 months as a clinician administering TMS treatments to patients.
Eunice has graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced). She has experience working with children in an early education setting in addition to research experience in psychometrics development in collaboration with the Australian Temperament Project. Eunice works as a TMS clinician administering treatment and performing mental health assessments.
Gabriella is a Senior TMS clinician and trainer who graduated from university with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). She works as a Clinical Compliance Officer, providing support to clinicians and ensuring quality and governance measures are upheld.
Hanna graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BAPsych in 2016. She spent 3 years working with complex cases in a behaviour support context, and a year working in occupational rehabilitation. She has been working with MMHG since August 2020 and has recently commenced working with the CBHS and ADHD programs.
Jacqueline is a provisional psychologist and Doctor of Clinical Psychology Candidate at Deakin University. She completed her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at Deakin University. Jacqueline became interested in psychology during her time working on the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship delivering free medical care to communities in West Africa. She I has worked as an ABA therapist, helpline support worker, refuge shift facilitator and casual academic. In addition, her doctoral research is in psycho-oncology, investigating mental health dynamics and functional brain connectivity in breast cancer survivors.
Janice has graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedicine and Honours in Psychology. She currently works as a TMS Clinician, CBHS counsellor and provisional psychologist.
Jess has been with Monarch Mental Health Group for 2 years and has worked across various Victorian clinics, though now works predominantly in the Geelong locations. After completing her thesis on predictors of TMS efficacy in 2019, she found a strong interest in emerging technologies for mental health treatments. Seeing such strong treatment outcomes in a relatively short time, Jess quickly became a strong advocate for TMS and has found significant satisfaction in guiding people to wellness. As a TMS clinician, having direct client contact has been massively rewarding. Seeing people's personalities reemerge and blossom after just a few months of treatment is incredibly powerful - particularly if they have struggled with treatment resistance for a long time.
Josh has studied a Bachelor of Psychology and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) at Deakin University. He has experience working with patients with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and OCD. In addition, Josh is currently working in MMHG’s Geelong and Belmont clinics administering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to patients. He working towards general registration as a Psychologist.
Kyle graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). He had previous experience working in mental health disability support, community recovery and rehabilitation, and assisting in academic research. Kyle is a senior clinician in the Wagga Wagga TMS clinic. He is currently delivering TMS treatments and training new clinicians.
Luke pursued an undergraduate and honours degree in Psychological Science at CQ University in Bundaberg. He has an interest in biopsychology which explores the relationship between innate biological influences on behaviour and wellbeing. He has worked with Monarch Mental Health Group since the opening of the Bundaberg clinic in 2020. Working as a clinician, Luke administers TMS treatments for patients. He provides critical care to patients in need at an affordable cost and accessibility to rural areas where our help is needed most.
Mardylet has completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2010) and a Master's of Science in Nursing (2013) in the Philippines. She completed the Initial Registration Course for Overseas Registered Nurses in Sydney in 2017. In addition, she has worked as a RN and part time clinical instructor in the Philippines and an RN in aged care for almost 2 years. Mardylet has worked as a MMHG clinician at the Murrumbateman clinic since March 2022.
Nicola has completed a Bachelor of Psychology and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She has special interest in attachment injuries/relational trauma, complex PTSD, personality disorder, relational psychanalysis. She works at the Toronto and Waratah TMS clinics administering TMS treatment as well as providing counselling within the CBHS program.
Pratik is a Neuroscience PhD candidate at the University of Canberra, conducting research on the benefits of external and neural noise in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. He is an ambitious early-career researcher who is passionate about gaining knowledge and skills in neuroscientific and neuropsychological research.
Pratik completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with first class Honours for which he was awarded the Dean’s Excellency Award at the University of Canberra. His interest in neurostimulation began during his undergraduate studies when he was first introduced to biological psychology. Upon completing his degree, he started working at the MMHG clinic in Murrumbateman as a part time senior clinician. He is passionate about mental health research that inspires innovative treatments, and applying these in his clinical work to help more people on their recovery journey
Simone has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Western Sydney University (WSU), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Monash University, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology at WSU and is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at WSU, looking at a form of non-conventional treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder. She was awarded a scholarship to complete her PhD.
Simone has previously volunteered for Lifeline as a telephone crisis supporter and is passionate about helping those with depression, anxiety, and related disorders. She has been working at MMHG since 2017, working as a TMS clinician.
Valeska is a counsellor for the Monarch International Counselling Program service which was established to meet the needs of international student members who are experiencing mental health concerns. She studied a Bachelor of psychological studies and a Master of Clinical Counselling.