Outer Eastern Melbourne Branch

Committee Information

Chair

Ms Bianca Comfort
Bianca works in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist at Deco Place in Croydon. She has a particular interest in working with individuals with chronic pain, chronic illness and health concerns, workplace or motor vehicle injury, adjustment to life changes, and expatriate/repatriate issues.

Bianca takes an integrative and client-centered approach in working with her clients. She is trained in in a range of evidence-based therapies. She has worked in private, public and community mental health settings, in Australia and abroad.

Bianca is an active member of various groups and committees relating to the psychological treatment of chronic illness and pain, and is passionate about advocating for this client group. She also enjoys helping other psychologists connect with each other via networking and PD opportunities.

Secretary

Mrs Deborah Merritt
Debby is a registered Psychologist with Yarra Valley Psychology working out of their clinics in Boronia, Croydon and Lilydale. She also works in a Primary school one day per week.
Debby works with all age groups and presentations with a broad interest in all aspects of psychology.

Debby adopts an eclectic approach, adapting to the needs of her clients using client centred evidence-based therapies. It is Debby’s goal to equip people with the skills they need when they are vulnerable or to help guide important life choices. Debby has a compassionate and caring nature that is driven by empowering her clients with the tools they need for what ever challenge they bring to the therapy room.

Debby is a strong advocate for networking in the mental health field, engaging in supporting students and sharing resources with other professionals to build a better, more informed and supportive mental health environment.

Treasurer

Ms Keryn Short
Kerry is a registered psychologist, having completed a Masters in Organisational Psychology in 2008. She has experience with a range of presentations, including workplace issues, such as stress, bullying and job/role dissatisfaction and works with a range therapeutic modalities including ACT, Schema Therapy and emotion-focused techniques.
By working with each person’s unique story and experiences, Kerry aims to foster personal growth and meaning through greater insights, new perspectives and strategies for change.
Kerry's background is in community mental health where she initially developed both individual and group work skills, moving into organisational management and sector development.
Kerry has also worked as a research and organisational consultant in the community mental health and advocacy sectors, and as an Executive Associate for a market research firm specialising in business-to-business research and relationship management.

Committee Member

Dr Matthew Blake
Matt is a Clinical Psychologist operating a private practice (Blake Psychology) in Olinda. He has lived in the Dandenong Ranges for many years and is passionate about providing evidence-based and affordable psychological services to the local community. Matt completed a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours in Psychology), Master of Psychology (Clinical), and PhD at the University of Melbourne, followed by an Endeavour Research Fellowship at the University of Oregon. He has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a range of contexts, including inpatient, outpatient, outreach, and school settings. Matt is an active researcher and has published research articles in leading international academic journals; presented research at various local, national, and international conferences; and received numerous prizes, awards, scholarships, and fellowships. His research focusses on developing novel psychotherapeutic interventions to improve sleep and mental health in young people.

Committee Member

Miss Heather Willsher

Committee Member

Dr Tara Quinlivan

Student Representative

Miss Winstina Dsouza
Winstina is a provisional psychologist working in private practice. She is passionate about working in a collaborative way with clients and about providing open and safe spaces for clients to explore and learn about themselves. Winstina has experiences working in schools, hospitals and private practices and works with children, adolescents and adults.

Winstina can provide support and counselling to clients that present with a range of concerns including, depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, self-esteem, adjustment issues, behavioural difficulties, school refusal, friendship concerns, identity concerns and work stress. She also has a strong interest in working with clients of diverse backgrounds, sexual orientations, and clinical presentations.