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+ Dr John G McManus

John is a Partner and Senior Psychologist in
Mind & Matter Consulting which is a consulting firm involved in the provision of a range of psychological services to organisations and to the broader community. The services to the community include individual counselling and therapy, assessment, group therapy and training. The range of services to organisations includes provision of Employee Assistance Programs, coaching and consulting.

He is the Past President of EAPAA which is the peak body for EAP professionals in Australia and New Zealand. EAPAA is dedicated to the support of all parties involved in the provision of high quality, ethical, employee assistance services. John earned his PhD from the University of Queensland. His thesis focused on the psychoanalytic study of organisations and established that psychological interventions do provide significant health benefits to employees and their families.

In his career as a Psychologist he has worked in schools, colleges and hospitals. John specialises in consulting to a wide range of organisations, assessment and measurement, research, mediation and conflict resolution, couple counselling, substance abuse, coaching and supervision whilst remaining committed to an ongoing diverse therapeutic caseload. His way of working is regularly described as open and participative.

+ Dr Laura Lum
Psych D, MAPS

Laura is an Associate Psychologist in Mind & Matter Consulting. She offers a warm, open-minded and approach to promoting well-being, improving relationships and reducing distress both in the short and long-term. Laura has extensive experience offering psychological therapy for teens, adults, couples and groups within hospitals, community mental health teams and private organisations in Canada, Singapore, France, England, Indonesia and Australia. She is registered with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a Certified GAPS™ (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Practitioner.

She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UCL in London, UK in 2001 with a First Class Honours Degree. During her Doctoral Training, she specialised in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology and conducted research into Emotional Intelligence and its application to personal and professional relationships. Laura believes in working holistically. Laura specialises in evidence-based psychological treatments including Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Behavioural Therapy. She combines these therapies with dynamic therapies including humanistic, psychodynamic as well as supportive counselling in order to tailor therapy for each unique person she works with.

+ Katrina Dever
B.A psych, PostGradDip.Psych, PostGradDip.Prof.Psych, Assoc.MAPS

Katrina is a Psychologist at Mind and Matter Consulting. Katrina is a warm and empathic therapist whose approach to treatment emphasises the holistic well-being of the client. She takes an eclectic and person-centred approach where treatment is tailored to suit the needs of her clients. She places a high importance on the therapeutic relationship and her collaborative style of therapy reflects this. Her therapeutic approach incorporates evidence based psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Family Therapy.

Katrina has experience working within not for profit community organisations, outpatient group treatment services, psychiatric hospitals and private practice. She is experienced in assessing and providing treatment for children and adults with diverse presentations and backgrounds. She also has specialised training and experience working with client's presenting with eating disorders, unhealthy eating habits and weight loss and body image concerns.

Katrina is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She holds the qualifications of Bachelor of Arts, major in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, and Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Psychology.

Rick Osypenko

Rick is a Partner and Senior Psychologist in Mind and Matter Consulting which is a firm involved in the provision of a range of psychological services to organisations and to the broader community.

He has had more than 20 years experience as a psychologist working with adults, adolescents, families and couples. For a significant portion of that time he has been involved in the provision of organisational psychological services, including counselling, coaching, mentoring, training, mediation and critical incident responses for small, medium and large companies. Working in a psychiatric hospital for seven years also provided him with experience in group work, assessment, diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of patients with various clinical pathologies.

Rick’s approach to treatment is eclectic combining evidence based treatments with
a variety of models to cater for the specific therapeutic needs of clients. Rick has been accredited to provide supervision for provisional psychologists working towards
full registration.

+ Stephanie Cook
BA(Psych) MA (Psych) BEd Assoc MAPS

Stephanie is an Associate Psychologist for Mind & Matter Consulting. She has a significant and diverse professional background spanning 24 years or more. Stephanie provides a unique and constructive approach to child and family therapy, relationship counselling, executive coaching and to the implementation of individual and group programs.

Stephanie is highly experienced working with children and adolescents in an educational setting which often sees her working with the broader family dynamics in a family therapeutic context.

Her overall therapeutic approach is in the use of evidence based methodologies which focuses on children and adults making choices in changing behaviours and thought processes. She has also worked in clinical and corrective settings and has been in private practice over the more recent years.

Stephanie is also an accredited supervisor for provisional psychologists working towards full registration and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. 

+ Janette Tombleson
B. Sc. Applied Psychology MA Psych MAPS

Janette is a highly experienced psychologist who adopts a positive and pragmatic approach in helping people of all ages improve their well-being. Her interests include assisting children, adolescents and adults in improving their relationships when they feel locked into negative perpetual patterns of behaviour. Breaking this nexus is one of the ways that Janette approaches her relationship work and facilitates clients to move forward and change towards a much happier and relatively stress free life.

Janette has more than twenty years extensive practical experience in using a variety of therapeutic modalities. She is a qualified clinical psychologist and is experienced in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Couple Counselling and Narrative work.

Janette has also worked in the provision of Critical Incident Debriefing and Trauma Management for medium to large organisations. She also has a lengthy experiential base in Employee Assistance Programmes, providing individual and couple counselling for various contracted organisations.

Her personal philosophy includes a belief that life can be full of possibilities, “life can be joyous and come to you with ease”. As Albert Einstein said, “Look outside the box of your thinking!”