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Ringwood Psychology, located in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, is a private counselling clinic committed to providing professional, compassionate and insightful psychology and counselling services, in a caring and confidential environment.

Our psychologists, therapists and sexologists are fully qualified members of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and registered Medicare and Private Health Fund providers.

Vikki Prior

Director / Principal Psychologist

About Vikki

I am the Founder and Principal Psychologist at Ringwood Psychology. I’m a nationally accredited Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and continue my work in the field of Sexology, registered with The Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS). I was a former Executive Committee member of the Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT), and enjoyed lecturing for The Medical Register of Australia, and presenting at conferences and workshops. I am committed to progressing the communitys understanding of mental health.

I love my work as a psychologist! I feel honoured to be trusted to investigate with people the most challenging aspects of their lives. I love emotionally connecting with people and working to piece together patterns and origins of thoughts and behaviours. I have a passionate and insightful style, and have been known to ‘tell it like it is’. I am genuinely excited to see clients gain insight and move toward personal growth and positive change.

For nearly two decades, my career focused on the maladaptive use of addictive behaviours to escape emotional discomfort (via pornography, massage, sex workers, alcohol and illicit substances). However, life circumstances led to a more recent passion and strong research focus on ADHD. I am strongly motivated to promote the need for embracing Neurodiversity for a kinder, more tolerant, healthy, and productive society.

I really enjoy my work with couples, relationship and sex therapy. I gain an enormous sense of satisfaction from assisting couples to better understand the reasons for communication breakdowns and conflict, and the causes for feeling emotionally and intimately distant from our partners.

I am a trained practitioner in emotional regulation techniques required for working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse. This is an area of passion for me and I am truly honoured to sit supportively with clients and guide them to unburden themselves with secrets they have kept silent, often for many years.

I have always been interested in the power of anxiety and its tendency to escalate into further difficulties if unattended. I enjoy assisting people to become more connected and aware of the link between their thoughts, emotions and their physical body.

My counselling field requires training in a range of treatment techniques. The most predominant therapies are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapies, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing, and the various therapies involved in assisting with emotional regulation. My work is based in a trauma-focused and Neurodiversity Affirming framework.

My ongoing professional goal is to strive for empathic understanding of clients and their life experiences. I believe that being a good psychologist requires passion for the field, developed insight, and a genuine fascination in human behaviour and connectivity.

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Dr. Benita Green

Clinical Psychologist

About Benita

Benita (pronouns she/her) is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and holds a Master of Clinical Psychology/PhD from the University of Melbourne. She works with adults and adolescents. Benita practices inclusively, welcoming people of all backgrounds. She is LGBTQI+ friendly.

Benita has a warm and welcoming therapeutic style. She encourages people to explore issues of concern and develop effective ways to address life problems. Her particular areas of interest include: generalised anxiety, social anxiety, mood difficulties, stress, adjustment disorders, chronic pain, OCD, and personality disorders.

Benita’s collaborative approach to therapy is personalised to each client. She draws on a range of evidence-based approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, schema therapy, and interpersonal therapy. Clients are supported to explore their experiences, identify their strengths, overcome difficulties, and create meaningful change in their lives.

Alongside her clinical work Benita is a lecturer in developmental and clinical psychology at the University of Melbourne.

Danielle Tichelaar

Psychologist

About Danielle

Danielle is a psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is passionate about supporting her clients as they explore how their values, beliefs, and decisions impact their physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Danielle’s warm and compassionate nature provides a safe, collaborative, and empowering environment for clients.

Danielle is LGBTQIA+ inclusive and has experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, as well as various mental health issues including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and substance use problems.

Danielle’s therapeutic approach is client-centred and strength-based, utilizing an integrative style that draws from frameworks including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), as well as from a trauma-informed and attachment-based framework.

When she is not working as a psychologist, Danielle enjoys reading, tending to her plants, and indulging in her love of painting.

Danielle currently has immediate availability for in-person and telehealth therapy appointments.

Bianca Moran

Psychologist

About Bianca

Bianca is a registered psychologist with over 12 years experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and their families. She has worked across a range of settings including Community Health, Not-For-Profit Sector, and independent schools. Bianca has also been actively involved in online support services and phone counselling.

Bianca can assist with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, anger issues, LGBTIQ+ related challenges, School/University and work-related issues, perfectionism, trauma, and relationship issues. She is passionate about education related issues, supporting young people to engage with learning and overcome challenges to reach their desired life goals.

Bianca is an outgoing, approachable person who always endeavours to provide a safe, respectful, and non-judgmental environment for her clients, and respects an individuals desires regarding their preferred therapeutic approach. She has a particular passion for working with adolescents and young people (aged 10-26), which can often also involve working with a young person’s parents/carers and families in the counselling process. Parents are often invited to attend therapy as an adjunct to their childs therapy, separately if the need arises, or as the primary client when providing parenting focused support. Bianca supports a collaborative approach to therapy believing this increases the likelihood of positive outcomes.

Biancas practice is informed by many different theoretical approaches. This integrative approach includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness and relaxation strategies.

Nibbles

Animal-Assisted Therapy

About Nibbles

The best friend of Ringwood Psychology is ‘Nibbles’ – a 7 year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. She is small and soft and fluffy and oh so cute with the cutest puppy dog eyes you ever did see.

Nibbles was essentially bred for work in a therapy environment with both her father and grandfather being therapy dogs.

Whilst the females in her family were busy with the making of more therapy dogs, we decided to break the chain with Nibbles and give her the life she was made for – to love people, to want nothing more than to be around them, and to bring them joy and comfort when they need it most.

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Seeking a Confident Psychologist

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Qualities we are seeking

We have an immediate need for an additional member of our therapy team.

Ideally, we are seeking a mature and experienced psychologist with a confidence in themselves and their abilities.

We are a team happy to provide each other support, knowledge and resources whenever required. We enjoy a casual get together every now and again, as a way of connecting that private practice doesn’t always allow for. We consider it a casual PD opportunity, sharing our thoughts and experiences on a range of random issues that spring from casual conversations over pizza or fish and chips.

We would love for someone who has the confidence to enjoy the autonomy of private practice, to just come in to work and do what they love and spent years training for – to share their skills and knowledge and assist community members to live their happiest, healthiest, and most productive lives.

Ringwood Psychology Pty Ltd was established over a decade ago and has a reputation amongst local GPs as being represented by competent and professional psychologists, dedicated to continually growing their knowledge base in their areas of interest.

If you would like flexibility in your private practice work with generous remuneration, please send your CV to info@ringwoodpsychology.com or phone us on 9870-4171.

Seeking a Part-Time Receptionist

Office Manager

Seeking Part-Time Receptionist

 Are you a Ringwood area local seeking the following:

  • Need flexible, part-time working hours to accommodate your life?
  • Have a natural ability to organise and prioritise?
  • At ease with regularly shifting between tasks?
  • Love a sense of order and achieving ‘To Do’ lists?
  • Feel confident in your sense of logic and insight?

There is also scope to develop this role toward playing a more integral part in expanding Ringwood Psychology into its second decade.

Please phone (03) 9870-4171 to find out more or send your CV to info@ringwoodpsychology.com.

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