About Our Team 

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Kobie Allison

Psychologist / Director

Kobie is a compassionate, warm and dedicated psychologist who has experience working with children and families, adolescents, and adults. The services she provides are evidence-based, and she maintains her expertise and professionalism through ongoing peer and clinical supervision, and continuing professional development.

Generally her counselling approach moves through three inter-related stages; hearing and responding to the client’s story, mapping the possibilities and goal setting, action planning and closure. Her approach to counselling is gentle, compassionate, curious, gently challenging and attuned to what is happening for the client in the present moment. Kobie’s experiences in the field of psychology have allowed her to observe clients develop a much stronger understanding of themselves and of others.

Kobie has worked as a counsellor in a variety of settings, including as a therapist for children and parents who have experienced grief and loss and anxiety related difficulties, and for children and adult survivors who have been abused physically, emotionally and/or sexually. Kobie has a special interest in working with children and families, and complex trauma. Kobie finds therapeutic work invigorating and is inspired by the bravery of clients to engage in the work.

Preferred Therapeutic Approach
Kobie’s therapeutic approach is predominantly psychodynamic, influenced by a therapeutic approach known as Self Psychology, or ‘the Psychology of the Self’. This approach is a means of understanding how people develop a clear and cohesive sense of self, exploring their own ambitions and ideals, enabling them to grow to fulfill their potential. Disruptions to the development of the self are thought to be the foundation of many emotional, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties.

“Self psychology sees man as born strong, not weak, because it takes account of the fact that he is born into the psychological matrix of responsive self-objects, just as he is born into the physiological matrix of an atmosphere that contains oxygen. To examine the baby psychologically in isolation from the self-objects (who indeed are a part of him and of whom he is a part, from the beginning) would be just as absurd as it would be to examine it physiologically in a vacuum, i.e., without oxygen (which indeed is simultaneously ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of him physically, as are the self-objects simultaneously ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of him psychologically). Being reflected by the self-objects (mirroring), being able to merge with their calmness and power (idealization), sensing the silent presence of their essential alikeness (twin-ship), the baby is strong, healthy, and vigorous.”By Heinz Kohut from (1984), How Does Analysis Cure?. Ed. A. Goldberg & P. Stepansky. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (p.478).

 

Qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Applied Psychology (Counselling)
Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours)

Memberships and Affiliations

Registration, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member, APS Psychoanalytic Orientated Psychotherapy Interest Group
Member, Golden Key International Honours Society for Academic Excellence

Recent Conference Publications

  • Allison, K. L., & De Gioannis, A. (2017). Self-care and Self-compassion among Therapists: Enhacning Self-Regulation and Working Alliance. The International Conference of Neuropsychotherapy, May 2017.

  • Allison, K. L. Amanda: Fear of Abandonment. In P.J. Rossouw, (ed.) (2014). Neuropsychotherapy. Theoretical underpinnings and clinical applications. Sydney, Mediros.

  • Rossouw, P. J & Allison, K. L. (2014). Enhancing therapeutic progress through controllable incongruence – an interpersonal neurobiological perspective. The 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France 8-13 July.

  • Allison, K. L., & Rossouw, P. J. (2013). Brain based trauma intervention: The role of safety in facilitating an enriched therapeutic environment. The International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice. Melbourne. 13,14 August.

  • Allison, K. L., & Rossouw, P. J. (2013). The therapeutic alliance. Exploring the concept of “safety” from a neuropsychotherapeutic perspective. APS National Counselling Conference. 21-24 February. Melbourne, Australia.

  • Allison, K. L., & Rossouw, P.J. (2013). The therapeutic alliance: Exploring the concept of “safety” from a neuropsychotherapeutic perspective. International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy. 1, 21-29 doi: 10.12744/ijnpt.2013.0021-0029

 

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Leisa Petersen

PSYCHOLOGIST

Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Master of Gestalt – Psychotherapy (completed, awaiting graduation), Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy, Tai Chi for Health Instructor, Graduate Certificate in Artistic Therapies 

Memberships: Registered Psychologist with (AHPRA), Member of Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator 

Leisa is a registered psychologist who uses a range of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness approaches, Self-Compassion, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Schema and Gestalt Therapy. Leisa’s approach is both person-centered and attachment focused, which is both effective and gentle. She will provide you a safe space to see what is happening and build your capacity to embrace life’s difficulties. Her warmth and care will help you arrive in a space of self-compassion and self-acceptance while doing the work you came to resolve and change.

Leisa also uses Gestalt therapy which is an inter-personal approach that, in practice, is grounded in experiencing what is. With practice, “change can occur when the person abandons, at least for the moment, what he would like to become and attempts to be what he is” (adapted from Bay Area Gestalt Institute).

Leisa offers psychotherapy services to individuals, couples – including parent/child dyads, adults and older adults. In addition, Leisa works with clients across the lifespan who experience a range of psychological and emotional concerns.

Topics of interest include: anxiety and depression, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse/addiction, shame, grief and loss, LGBTI concerns, sexuality, transitions/adjustments, relationship distress/conflict/counselling, stress, self esteem, anger, communication.

“We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full” Marcel Proust.

“Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not” Arnold Beisser.


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Laura Robinson

SOCIAL WORKER

Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work, minor in Mental Health 

Memberships: Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) 

Laura works from a client-centred approach so individuals feel heard and understood, empowered and cared for. Laura is warm, empathetic and compassionate, creating a space where clients feel safe and respected. She is passionate about walking alongside individuals in their healing journey, acknowledging that each individual is unique and as such requires personalised support, according to their needs and what they are facing in life. 

Primarily utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness-based therapies when working with clients, her application of theory and evidence-based techniques is foundational to her practice. She uses these to assist clients in identifying challenges so they can draw on their own strengths to overcome them. 

Her experience as a social worker allows her to work holistically from a psycho-social perspective to understand how environmental factors impact an individual and their behaviour. Laura is passionate about equipping clients with the tools and education to produce positive social change and enhance wellbeing. 

Her work history includes several years of experience with children and youth, with a concentration on wellbeing and behavioural concerns. Other experience includes working in the drug and alcohol sector supporting individuals (and their families or significant others) struggling with addiction and aiding them in their recovery journeys through counselling. 


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Claudia Cramer

DIETICIAN

Qualifications: Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Science Masters of Dietetics Studies Sports Dietitian (provisional) 

Memberships: Dietitians Association of Australia Sports Dietitians Australia 

Claudia is a qualified and passionate nutritionist and dietitian who has also gained further qualifications in sports dietetics. An area of particular interest and passion for Claudia is helping people optimise their gut health, ignited after she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease in 2014. Her practice focuses on using food functionally to ease anxiety, depression, other mental health issues and improving the body’s overall well-being. 

Claudia aims to enhance her knowledge of treating the body holistically through further study in naturopathy and herbal medicine. She is a welcomed addition to the multidisciplinary team at Kobie Allison Psychology.


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Crystelle O’Sullivan

SOCIAL WORKER 

Qualifications: Bachelor Social Work (Hons Class 1), Dip Community Welfare and Counselling 

Memberships: Australia n Association of Social Workers (AASW) 

At the core of Crystelle’s practice is the belief that every individual has inherent worth and value. This strengths-based approach, which underpins her counselling, acknowledges that clients are experts in their own lives. Throughout the therapeutic process, there is a focus on working alongside clients to empower them in harnessing their own skill sets and competencies and to achieve the best outcomes. 

Crystelle utilises a psycho-social approach in seeking to understand her clients’ particular challenges and to identify where support or potential resources may lie. Her background and experience in social work enable her to recognise if systemic issues are potentially contributing to injustice. In facilitating counselling, Crystelle draws upon a range of evidence-based techniques that are suitable and valuable to the individual and their unique issues and contexts, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness approaches. 

Crystelle has acquired significant experience working with children and young people with complex issues, including developmental trauma and attachment-related difficulties. This remains a field of particular interest to Crystelle. She welcomes the opportunity to help families understand how a strengths-based approach can provide possible solutions to perceived barriers. When working with children, Crystelle utilises both direct and indirect approaches in her sessions (which may include play-based and expressive art therapies). 

Crystelle enjoys working therapeutically with individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life. Her warm nature and non-judgemental approach ensure rapport with clients and leads them to better outcomes during their counselling.


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Jess Nelson

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Master practitioner of Hypnotherapy 

Memberships: Occupational Therapy Australia, The American Board (International Board) of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)and Hypnotherapy 

Jess is a registered Occupational Therapist and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming with specific interest and experience in the area of mental health and emotional wellbeing. Jess' passion lies in supporting clients across their lifespan in living with purpose by truly understanding their core values and beliefs. Underpinning her practice is a strength-based approach and the belief that everyone, regardless of background deserves the opportunity to truly engage in life from a place of self-empowerment and worthiness. Jess endeavours to guide her clients in engaging in the internal work that in turn supports the product of one's outer desires (what they experience in their reality). Jess practices within a variety of models of occupational therapy in conjunction with the Neuro-Linguistic Programming framework to best meet the needs of each individual. Jess' background in the fields of mental health, alcohol and other drug concerns and disabilities provides a unique and holistic perspective to client care. Jess can provide a range of services including focused psychological support in addition to more occupational therapy specific assessments and intervention. She enjoys working within a multidisciplinary team where appropriate to achieve the desired outcomes of the individual. 

Jess' previous working experience and her warm, welcoming nature enables her to establish substantial rapport and therapeutic alliance with her clients. Jess places value on the traits of congruence and authenticity in others from both a personal and professional standpoint and thus endeavours to always hold herself to those values. Jess' finds satisfaction in seeing others win and in aiding her clients to achieve the best results for themselves. 


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Dr Violeta Davis

ACUPUNCTURIST AND TCM PRACTITIONER

Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Science - Acupuncture ~ Endeavour College of Natural Health, Australia, Diploma of Remedial Massage ~ Australian College of Massage, Australia, Bachelor of Physiotherapy ~ Danube University, Romania, Europe, Diploma of Rehabilitation ~ College of Nursing, Romania, Europe

Memberships: Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), Massage & Myotherapy Association (formerly AAMT), International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)

Dr Violeta Davis is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese medicine who is also a qualified registered remedial massage therapist.

Her story of pursuing a career in the health domain started in 1997, in Europe. She has continued her studies and practice here in Australia to become an expert in her field. She has a particular interest in pain management, addictions and mental/emotional health.

Violeta’s keen interest in promoting healing involves tailoring individual treatments, combining western medicine knowledge with traditional Chinese medicine wisdom. Her philosophy for treatments aims to facilitate the body to regain its inner homeostatic balance and naturally reinstalling well-being. The treatments could be a combination of various methods, such as acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping, auricular acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, moxibustion, remedial massage and Reiki energy therapy.

She believes that maintaining our well-being requires good habits that include regular treatments to eliminate underlying issues in the body, such as stored stress. Violeta is an advocate for preventative medicine because it is the core component for overall health.

Violeta is a warm, thorough, and caring health professional who enjoys being involved in the community and furthering her own knowledge of ancient wisdom healing practices.