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
Endorsed in Clinical Psychology and Board-Approved Supervisor
B.B.Sc. (Hons). D. Psych (Clinical). MACPA.

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. I am a member of the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association.

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
Endorsed in Clinical Psychology and Board-Approved Supervisor
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 APS

Ms Sheida Badiee

Consultant General Psychologist
Endorsed in Counselling Psychology and Board-Approved Supervisor
B.A. (Behavioural Science, Hons), M. Psych (Counselling). MAPS.

I have 11 years of experience in counselling adolescents and adults, to help them improve their relationships, their wellbeing and their mood. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and assisting them through challenging circumstances. I have been designing and providing training for many years, as well as supervising other Psychologists, and really enjoy this work. Helping students improve their study skills has been a particular focus, especially at my time at Swinburne University Student Counselling.

I use a number of evidenced-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, and social and study skills training.

Adolescents (13yrs +)
Adults
Adjustment
Depression
Anxiety
Phobias
Stress
Studying issues and study skills
Bereavement, grief and loss
Relationship issues (peer, partner, family)
Self-harm and suicidal ideation
Trauma and PTSD
Domestic violence
Workplace issues
Body image and eating issues

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) in Counselling Psychology and am a Board-Approved Supervisor. See the AHPRA Register of Health PractitionersI am also a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Contact us now to make an appointment with Sheida.

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

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

Ms Jenna Millar

Provisional Psychologist and School Counsellor
B.A, Adv Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Edu and Dev-pending), MAPS

I have a strong passion for working with children, youth and families and am dedicated to improving their wellbeing. Providing counselling  in Primary Schools and Secondary Schools for the last 4 years has been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed completing my Master’s Degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology. I have extensive experience in assessing learning, cognition, development, and educational ability and attainment.

I use a number of evidenced-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion Focussed, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

  • Children 3yrs +
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Mild ID
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Adjustment
  • Relationship issues (peer and family)
  • Bullying
  • Parenting
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Giftedness
  • Somatic Symptoms
  • Behavioural problems
  • Divorce, separation and loss
  • Studying issues
  • Assessments of Learning Ability (including Cognition/Intelligence), Educational Attainment, Specific Learning Disorders, Giftedness and Developmental Disorders (ADHD, Autism etc)

I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society and am registered with AHPRA as a Provisional Psychologist. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Contact us now to make an appointment with Jenna

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.