Meet our Psychologists and Staff:

 

Time to Shine Therapy Clinic is a professional multidisciplinary clinic aimed at servicing the health and well-being of children, adolescents and adults. Therapists at the clinic use evidence based therapeutic approaches to promote change and develop important life skills in children and adolescents.

Our passion and aim is to provide assistance to children, adolescents and families in need of additional care, education and general well-being. We believe that the best way to assist children and adolescents is to also support their immediate networks (parents and siblings). Through assessment, observation, intervention and strategy implementation, we hope to be able to build rapport, locate specific areas of need for change and provide some really positive outcomes for the children and families we see.

Through observation, assessment, cognitive behavioural intervention as well as strategy implementation, our staff hope to assist children, adolescents and families in need of additional life skills, coping mechanisms and general well-being.

 

Chris McFarlane (Director of Time to Shine Therapy):

Chris McFarlane is an a registered Psychologist with a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Melbourne. Chris started in private practice in 2013 working with children and adolescents aged between three and eighteen years of age, and is the principal psychologist, founder and director of Time to Shine Therapy. Chris is currently completing the Educational and Developmental Psychology registrar program.

Chris specialises in working with children or adolescents with emotional, behavioural, psycho-social and developmental problems including but not limited to anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, behavioural disorders, specific learning disorders, self regulation as well as coping and adjustments.

Chris McFarlane has special interests in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Enhancing self regulation and emotional understanding in youth, Counselling and assessment and a collaborative approach to understanding mental health.


Holly Wilson (Currently on Maternity Leave): 

Holly is a registered Psychologist with a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Melbourne. Holly’s experience extends across various settings including mainstream primary and secondary schools, an Autism Specialist School, the Royal Children’s Hospital, Lifeline and private practice clinics.

Holly aims to deliver a comprehensive psychological service which can include assessments, diagnoses, counselling, interventions, family support, group work and referrals. Holly works closely with important family members, school staff and local services in an effort to best support her clients and make real and lasting differences in their lives.

olly specialises in psycho-educational assessments for students with learning difficulties. Holly also has experience working with children or adolescents with neuro-developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavioural Disorders, Learning Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. Holly also has experience working with children with social, emotional and behavioural issues.Holly has run professional development sessions in schools on Autism, Dyslexia, Technology Support in Classrooms, Behaviour Management Techniques and Mandatory Reporting for Teachers. Holly can provide professional development sessions for your school or organisation upon request.


Cassandra Litleton:

Cassandra graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Cassandra has a range of experience across a broad range of settings. She has worked as a psychologist for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) since 2013, and as a private practitioner since 2015.

Cassandra has worked with a range of children and adolescents with a diverse and complex array of needs. Cassandra is experienced when it comes to cognitive and academic assessment, to better understand a child's strengths, weaknesses and learning profiles. Cassandra has experience working with children or adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavioural Disorders, Learning Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. Cassandra also has experience working with children with social, emotional and behavioural issues.


Emma Austin: 

Emma has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Australian Catholic University. She is a registered psychologist and is currently completing the Clinical Psychology registrar program. Emma is full a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Emma has gained experience working in primary schools, high schools, youth public health settings and a specialised eating disorder service. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents and young people. Emma also enjoys working with adults.

Emma has developed a particular interest in working with low self-esteem, anxiety, disordered eating, depression, sleeping difficulties, childhood trauma, relationship difficulties and stress. Emma uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, schema therapy and motivational interviewing to assist her clients with reaching their goals.


Jordan Hassed: 

Jordan is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), following her completion of her Masters of Psychology. Jordan is an enthusiastic psychologist hoping to positively influence the lives of those with disability, social, developmental or mental health issues. Jordan is completing the Educational and Developmental Psychology registrar program.

Jordan comes with experience in assessment, counselling, early intervention and has a keen passion for a collaborative approach to mental health. Jordan is enthusiastic, friendly, passionate and equipped to work with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or psycho-social difficulties including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, bullying, stress, trauma, anger, self-esteem and life adjustments.


Sarah De Haan: 

Sarah has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Federation University. She is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Sarah is passionate about helping adolescents become confident and resilient in the face of stressors that they face. She has extensive experience in working with teenagers and has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Sarah has previously worked with the Department of Education Student Support Services, FedUni Community Psychology Services, Peninsula Mental Health and Ballarat Health Services. She has experience in providing children and their families with support for significant mental health issues in the context of physical health and/or psycho-social difficulties.

Sarah is committed to working collaboratively with adolescents and their families to provide positive outcomes. She utilises evidence-based treatments to see clients reach their goals. Sarah works with adolescents with emotional, behavioural or psycho-social issues including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, bullying, stress, trauma, anger, self-esteem and life adjustments.


Demi Heffer: 

Demi is an expert when it comes to assessment of children and adolescents for a range of developmental concerns, specific learning concerns and social/emotional functioning. Demi comes with a range of experience in delivering assessments to families with a specific focus on providing understandings of functioning, and ideas and recommendations to assist children and adolescents in their daily life functioning. Demi has a specific interest in Specific Learning Disorders such as assessment of Dyslexia, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Stephanie Reed:

Stephanie is a registered psychologist who is currently completing the Educational and Developmental Psychology registrar program.

She draws on a wide range of experiences and therapeutic modalities to support her work with individuals, groups, schools and families. Stephanie’s special interests include childhood anxiety; emotional and behavioural difficulties; parenting support; and the comprehensive assessment of cognitive, academic, and social and emotional functioning.

Stephanie has a Master of Educational Psychology from the University of Melbourne and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and APS College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists (CEDP).

Stephanie is committed to working in partnership with individuals, families and schools to collectively enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of young people and their families.


Vanessa Curmi:

Profile to be updated soon….


Leonie Black (Receptionist):

Leonie is our receptionist on Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday and is an ABSOLUTE LIFESAVER. She helps keep us all on track, and pretty well does everything before we even ask her to! Leonie has worked in many administration roles however we like to think she has found her calling working amongst a family centred team of professionals and amongst the kids themselves who visit the clinic. Feel free to give her a call on 9717 8194 to book an appointment or ask all things clinic related!


Chantelle McGilvray (Receptionist):

Chantelle is our receptionist on Monday/Wednesday and Friday and has been an incredible addition to the team. Chantelle is one of the nicest, kindest and caring people you will speak with. Chantelle is completing her studies in Psychology at University and is very keen to learn everything she can about the inner workings of a psychology clinic. She is a fast learner and a truly beautiful soul. Feel free to give her a call on 9717 8194 to book an appointment or ask all things clinic related!