RACFs

Jeff Howe

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Jeff Howe

Psychologist

Jeff is experienced in working with adolescents and adults around issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, adjustment and trauma reactions, interpersonal / relationship conflicts and addiction.

Accessing support can be daunting and as such, Jeff’s warm and engaging style aims to create a safe and relaxed space to work through challenges. Jeff’s therapeutic approach is client-centered and collaborative, utilizing evidence-based techniques from CBT, DBT, ACT, Schema, Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Psychotherapy modalities.

Jeff obtained his Psychology qualifications through Murdoch University. He started his career at the Education department working with difficult to engage young people. Jeff has also worked in the criminal justice system and more recently in youth mental health, drug and alcohol services and private practice.

Janet Deveney-Salmon

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Janet Deveney - Salmon

Psychologist

Janet is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Janet is experienced in working with adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, work related and personal stress issues, trauma, grief and loss, FIFO relationships, couples counselling, parenting, anger management, work/life balance, health and lifestyle changes. She enjoys working with clients, providing a safe and non-judgmental environment, and helping them to acquire and improve their knowledge and skills in managing their emotions to enable a happier and more fulfilled lifestyle.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindfulness and Relaxation techniques; Motivational interviewing and Narrative therapy.

Clinical Experience and Background

Janet obtained a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at Curtin University; and Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Applied Psychology at Murdoch University. As a nationally accredited Mediator she has experience in dealing with conflict in the workplace. She has worked as a Registered Psychologist in private practice; with the ADF; with asylum seekers in Detention centres using interpreters to provide psychological services to torture and trauma survivors. She is also experienced in the provision of EAP services in a wide variety of areas including the provision of both face to face interventions, and telephone counselling; assisting managers with organisational issues; attending traumas and critical incidents; and providing mental health training in a variety of remote environments.

Janet focuses on providing a safe and non-judgemental environment in which clients can feel comfortable in expressing their concerns, and tailoring her approach to best suit the individual client needs to facilitate their overall well being.

Elisa Porter

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Elisa Porter

Psychologist

Elisa is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Elisa is passionate about working with a range of mental health issues experienced by children, adolescents and adults. These include anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship challenges, adjustment issues, challenges with family dynamics, post-natal difficulties, parenting issues, distress associated with chronic pain conditions, work related stress, and communication issues. 

She has experience working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, work related stress, auditory hallucinations and schizophrenia, challenges with daily living skills associated with intellectual disability, adjustment issues, relationship difficulties, attachment issues and trauma associated with neglect.

Elisa uses an integrative approach to meet clients' needs. She has training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), brief solution focused therapy, and behaviourist therapy models. She also has interests in schema therapy and psychodynamic models. Elisa seeks to create a therapeutic space which is warm, engaging, respectful, trusting and collaborative. She seeks to help and inspire clients to reflect on their experiences and to make changes which will improve their overall well being, relationships with others, and meaningful engagement in life.

Clinical experience and background

Elisa completed her Masters of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) in 2018 at Murdoch University, obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology in 2010 and Diploma of Education (School Psychology) in 2011 from The University of Western Australia. She has previously worked as a school psychologist, in youth counselling and in adult mental health. While most of her work has focused on individual sessions and inter-agency liaison work, she has also hosted workshops for parents using the Triple P parenting framework, workshops for staff, and has co-facilitated dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) group sessions for adults with borderline personality disorder.

Elisa's research interests include childhood obesity, perinatal depression and parent-child attachment. Most recently, her research has focused on factors contributing to maternal perinatal depression and anxiety and how this affects young children's social and emotional development. 

Valentina Ukich

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Valentina Ukich

Psychologist

Valentina Ukich is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Valentina is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in the areas of anxiety, depression and mood disorders, fertility, pregnancy and parenting, sexual identity, relationship, marital and family (working with individuals, couples and/or family groups), drug, alcohol and other dependencies, grief, trauma and loss, workplace issues, work/life balance, stress, health and lifestyle.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including CBT, interpersonal therapy, solution focused brief therapy, family systems therapy, narrative and mindfulness approaches. She tailors counselling to the personality and needs of the client in a non-judgmental and supportive way.

Clinical experience and background

Valentina obtained her Psychology qualification through Curtin University of Technology and has over 15 years of experience working with people in various Community Based organisations and for the last 7 years in Private Practice working with children, adults, couples and families. Coming from a former Yugoslav background she is particularly tuned to the role of culture in communication and relationships and uses this in the therapy space to explore personal values and beliefs systems. Her personal style is towards collaborative approaches that inspire curiosity, hope and empower change.

Valentina is also fluent in Croatian, Serbian & Bosnian languages.