Choosing a Therapist
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Brighton Psychology Centre consists of a team of expert consultants.

There are 7 psychologists and a dietitian specialising in a wide variety of issues. 

Below is a brief description on all of our consultants, detailing their experience and areas of speciality.


Steven is a clinical psychologist with 18 years of extensive experience. He has a Masters degree in clinical psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a fellow of the Australian College of Clinical Psychologists. He has worked in both hospital and private settings and taught and supervised clinical psychology. Steven specialises in treating anxiety and depressive disorders as well as dealing with relationship problems. Steven also has a strong background in child and family psychology. Steven is currently Director at Brighton Psychology Centre and works there full time. 


Lyn is an experienced psychologist and counsellor specialising in Relationships, who has worked at Brighton Psychology Centre for over 10 years.   As a psychologist, she deals with all the 'normal' life issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, communication problems, anger management, depression and a wide range of 'personal issues'.  She does both long term personal development work and briefer problem-focused work.  In addition to  the Psychology degree she completed in 1973 at Melbourne University, she has postgraduate qualifications in a range of areas such as Couple Therapy (through 'Relationships Australia), Solution-Oriented Counselling, and is currently completing additional qualifications in Grief & Bereavement Counselling.  She also has certification in newer therapeutic techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitization Response (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  She has completed basic training in Mediation methods and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) - which is among methods now recommended for treating depression.  Lyn has a special interest in those struggling with transitional stages in their life - eg midlife crises, 'empty nest', those in their 20s still struggling to find a suitable direction and women looking at change after years of childrearing at home.   When clients request it, she also enjoys working with those struggling with meaning of life and spiritual growth issues within any context the client comes from.  Lyn reads widely in professional areas and frequently attends workshops from international and local experts to extend her knowledge.  Lyn has been a full member of the Australian Psychology Society and a fully registered psychologist since the early more details

Lyn has recently authored the book 'Tales from the Known Kingdoms: Adventures in Self-Understanding.' The book, developed as a client resource, explains common misunderstandings and hidden patterns that keep people unhappy and stuck in their lives, as well as providing a guide to ways of going about self-growth.

A link to the book for purchase or to have a look at a sample can be found here


Leanne has a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology, and has subsequently developed her area of interest and specialisation with children and adolescents. She has gained extensive experience working in various independent and government schools, at both primary and secondary level, and has developed this experience within our local educational system, as well as within an international school setting. She also specialises in cognitive (IQ) and educational assessments.  Leanne also helps children and parents in dealing with a range of childhood problems such as low self-esteem, poor social skills, behavioural problems, developmental concerns, loss and grieving, separation and divorce, all of which can ultimately have an affect on the child's emotional, behavioural and educational well-being.  To address these issues Leanne offers play therapy, individual therapy and parent consultations


Dr. Marissa Saling is a clinical psychologist specialising in treating depression, anxiety and eating disorders.  She uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and insight based therapies.  She takes an eclectic approach to treatment selection for each client.  Marissa engages regularly in ongoing professional development.  Her doctoral thesis has been published in academic journals.  She has presented at conferences to psychologists and to general practitioners.  She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Clinical Psychologists.   


Rosemary is an experienced clinical psychologist specialising in individual, relationship and family therapy.  She does longer term Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) - which is among methods now recommended for treating depression, and Brief Solution-Focused Work, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, as well as Systemic Family Therapy.

Prior to joining Brighton Psychology Centre in Feb 2010, she worked in general and mental health settings such as a hospital Emergency Department and Mental Health services, as well as in private practice since 1992.

She is registered with the Victorian Psychologist Registration Board and is a member of the APS and the College of Clinical Psychologists.  She maintains a strong interest in continued professional development and regularly attends and has presented at workshops and conferences.


Talia has a Masters degree in counselling psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has worked in school, government, forensic and private settings and works primarily with adults and couples.

Talia specialises in providing assistance to high functioning individuals dealing with difficulties that arise in the usual course of living, such as bereavement, work problems, relationship issues and self- esteem, as well as treating anxiety and depressive disorders. To address these issues Talia offers an eclectic style of counselling with a focus on insight and self-exploration and a philosophy aimed towards optimum psychological development and facilitation of health and well- being. 


Olivia Sack is an Organisational Psychologist who has recently begun consulting at Brighton Psychology Centre. Prior to joining Brighton Psychology Centre in April 2011, she had diverse experience in Organisational Psychology and general HR consulting within the banking, FMCG, sales and recruitment industries. She has extensive experience in selection methodologies and processes, performance management, career development, behavioural competency profiling, development of competency frameworks, coaching, training and development, and change management.

Building on her vast experience in developing and utilising career management systems within organisations, Olivia specialises in career management and enjoys working with individuals to identify their strengths, values and motives in order to find the right career for them. She is able to assist individuals who don’t know what career direction to take; to help individuals develop an action plan for career change; or to provide a structured outplacement program for those who have faced redundancy. She uses coaching and counselling tools that are appropriate for each situation, and that focus on growth, development, and positive outcomes.

Olivia is registered with thePsychology Board of Australia and is a member of the APS and the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).  She maintains a strong interest in continued professional development and regularly attends workshops.










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