Our practice is called ‘Catalyst’ because Psychologists can be an agent of change.
All our staff are highly trained and experienced counsellors.

Dr Kirsty Hildebrandt, Psychologist
Registered with the Australian Health Practtioners Association
Member of the Australian Psychological Society APS
Member of ACAP

Dr Kirsty Hildebrandt

Director & Consultant Clinical Psychologist
B.B.Sc. (Hons). D. Psych (Clinical). MACPA, MAPS

For 19 years, I have been working with people of all ages to help them improve their psychological health. I originally trained as a Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist, and still love helping children, young people and their parents.

Over the years, I’ve counselled many different people with many different problems. I’ve been fortunate to work in a wide range of excellent services. I’ve worked in Public Mental Health, Secondary Schools, Hospitals, Community Health, and Learning Difficulties Services in both Australia and the UK. I began supervising Psychologists, Registrar Psychiatrists and other Allied Health Practitioners in 2004. I very much enjoy training and supervising other Psychologists, and am pleased to still be doing this in Private Practice. Our recent association with APIT has meant I am now training Childcare Educators as well, which has been a very rewarding experience.

Now I work solely in Private Practice. It gives me the opportunity to work flexibly and to help clients improve their mental health, well-being, relationships and lives. I enjoy enabling people to be happier and calmer; to meet their goals in life and achieve more; and to have better relationships.

I have experience in:

  • Children (4yrs +), Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety and OCD
  • Depression
  • Health-related issues, including Chronic Illness and Pain Management
  • Parenting
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement and Separation
  • Psychological Assessments of Mental Health, Intelligence, Learning Disorders, Educational Attainment, Autism and ADHD

I focus on helping people using scientifically proven therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapies.

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a Clinical Psychologist and an Endorsed Supervisor of other Psychologists. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Contact us now to make an appointment with Kirsty

Karen Gough, Clinical Psychologist
Registered with the Australian Health Practtioners Association
Member of APS

Ms Karen Gough

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
B.A., Postgrad Dip. (Psych), M. Psych (Clinical). MAPS

For 10 years, I have been dedicated to providing high quality care to my clients. I enjoy creating a collaborative working relationship with my clients and tailoring interventions to their individual needs.

I’ve worked in a range of challenging and rewarding roles, including in Public Mental Health and Not-For-Profit Services. Much of my experience has been with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. These roles have allowed me to develop a broad range of skills to help people feel better, improve their behaviour and relationships; and develop more fulfilling lives.

I’m also a Registered Supervisor of other Psychologists. I’m committed to training and supervising other Psychologists, to help them develop their skills.

I have experience in:

  • Children (4yrs +)
  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety and OCD
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Parenting and Carer issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Peer relationship issues
  • Communication and Assertiveness
  • Self Esteem
  • Bereavement, Separation and Loss
  • Psychological Assessments of Mental Health, Intelligence and Learning, Educational Attainment and ADHD

I use a number of scientifically proven therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Systemic Therapies.

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a Clinical Psychologist and an Endorsed Supervisor of other Psychologists. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Contact us now to make an appointment with Karen.

Registered with the Australian Health Practtioners Association
Member of the Australian Psychological Society APS

Ms Catherine Rashleigh

Consultant General Psychologist
B.A., Postgrad Dip. (Edu Psych), M. Psych (Edu). MAPS.

I have 9 years of experience in assisting people improve their mood, learning, behaviour, relationships and family lives.

I am working at Catalyst Psychology providing assessments of children and young people. I’ve enjoyed many years of assisting schools, parents and children to understand learning needs. I focus on ways to improve the education and wellbeing of children and young people.

  • Study Skills
  • Classroom Strategies
  • Developmental Disorders (e.g., Autism, ADHD)
  • Learning Difficulties (e.g., Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc)
  • Psychological Assessments of Intelligence, Learning Disorders, and Educational Attainment.

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a General Psychologist. See the AHPRA Register of Health PractitionersI am also a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Contact us now to make an appointment with Catherine.

Registered with the Australian Health Practtioners Association
Member of the Australian Psychological Society APS

Ms Belinda Read

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
B. Arts (Hons), M. Psych (Clinical), MAPS.

I received by Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2000. Since then I have worked in a great variety of settings, both in Australia and the UK. This has included Public Mental Health Services, Community Services, Outpatient Services and Private Practice. I value providing support and care to my clients, using therapies that are shown by research to be effective. I have a strong interest in the early intervention of mental health issues and in developmental psychology.

I like to work with client to help them feel more stable in their moods, less stressed and more content. I also like helping people adjust to difficult situations and improve their self-esteem.

I am very skilled in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, having completed a wealth of therapy and training in this area. I am also trained in Systemic approaches and creative approaches to therapy. I use these therapies to help clients with problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Adjustment issues, grief and loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Post-Natal Anxiety and Depression
  • Child (6yrs+), Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Parenting Issues
  • General Psychological Assessments of Mental Health

I am a member of the APS and registered with AHPRA as a Clinical Psychologist. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Contact us now to make an appointment with Ms Belinda Read

Registered with the Australian Health Practtioners Association

Ms Chiara McDowell

Consultant Psychologist
B.Psych (Hons), M. Psych (Edu), MAAP.

I’m a passionate Psychologist, focussed on providing high quality and meaningful assessments of learning, development, ability and attainment. I am currently a Teaching Associate in the School of Psychology at Monash University. I also enjoy conducting psychological assessments in a range of Victoria Schools and at Catalyst Psychology.

I work with Children (6yrs+), Adolescents, Young Adults and Adults.

I have experience in conducting assessments of:

  • Learning Ability, including Cognition/Intelligence
  • Educational Attainment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Specific Learning Disorders (eg., Dyslexia, Dysgraphia etc)
  • Giftedness
  • Developmental Disorders, including ADHD

I use a number of standardised psychological assessment tools, including the WISC-V, WIAS-IV, and WIAT-III. Many of these tools are administered on iPads.

I am a member of the Australian Association for Psychologists and registered with AHPRA as a General Psychologist. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Contact us now to make an appointment with Chiara

Registered with the Australian Health Practtioners Association
Member of APS

Dr Belinda Minett

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
B.S.S. (Psych). Grad Dip (Psych) D. Psych (Clinical). MAPS 

I am a passionate Clinical Psychologist, dedicated to providing high quality care to my clients. I have had a wide variety of experience over the past 10 years. I’ve enjoyed working in Community Health, Not-For-Profit, Learning Difficulties, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Private Practices services. I use a number of different therapies in my work such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. However, I enjoy tailoring therapy to the individual needs of the client to improve their relationships, feelings and development. I also find training other professionals and carers rewarding. So I am pleased it is something I often do as part of my role at CCP and in the Public Sector.

I have experience in:

  • Children (4yrs+), Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety and OCD
  • Depression
  • Health-related issues, Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness
  • Parenting and Carer Issues
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Peer relationship issues
  • Bereavement and Separation
  • Post-Natal Depression, Anxiety and Trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Disability
  • Conducting Psychological Assessments of Mental Health, Autism, Intelligence, Educational Attainment and Learning Difficulties.

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a Clinical Psychologist.

Dr Belinda Minett is currently on Maternity Leave and not taking clients.