Outer Eastern Melbourne Branch

Committee Information

Chair

Dr James Collett
James is a graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) at Swinburne University of Technology, and is currently employed as an associate lecturer at RMIT University.

James is a registered practitioner in addition to his academic work, and as an early career psychologist is in the process of establishing a private practice focusing on the treatment of compulsive hoarding problems, whilst working towards an area of practice endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

As an academic, James' research interests include trait models of psychopathology, reinforcement sensitivity theory as a useful transdiagnostic framework, risky decision-making, bipolar disorder, and hoarding disorder.

Secretary

Mrs Lisa Archer
Lisa is an Educational & Developmental Psychologist, and Director at Strong Minds Psychology - private practice supporting families in the Yarra Valley and West Gippsland. She is registered as a supervisor, & works on helping provisional psychologists transition through their training.
Lisa thrives on working with people in a team approach, creating positive support networks for children and adults. After working as a psychologist in the public school system, it was time to take her approach to a wider community. When working with children and adolescents, Lisa continues to work in conjunction with families and teachers, making positive and ongoing change. Lisa works with individuals and families navigating the diagnostic roller-coaster, providing support and advocacy with a focus on inclusion. 
Lisa provides assessments, counselling and therapy – helping with stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief & loss, social skills, and anger management

Treasurer

Dr Andrew Telley
I am currently Treasurer for the branch, and during my working day am a Clinical Psychologist working in private practice across two locations in the Outer East.
I have experience in a range of health settings, including private practice, public mental health, counselling, and medical rehabilitation.
I currently work in Lilydale and Olinda, and believe in easy and affordable access to mental health care.
I work primarily from a cognitive framework, and have a particular interest in personality, and how personality impacts and interacts with the various difficulties that an individual may encounter throughout life.

Committee Member

Ms Larissa Seymour
Larissa is currently Manager of Service Implementation,
Mental Health and AoD at the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN).

Larissa has previously been a director of multiple health organisations and brings a wide range of skills to the committee; including service management, governance, and a deep knowledge of state and federally funded programs, specifically Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drug related system changes.

Committee Member

Dr James Collett
James is a graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) at Swinburne University of Technology, and is currently employed as an associate lecturer at RMIT University.

James is a registered practitioner in addition to his academic work, and as an early career psychologist is in the process of establishing a private practice focusing on the treatment of compulsive hoarding problems, whilst working towards an area of practice endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

As an academic, James' research interests include trait models of psychopathology, reinforcement sensitivity theory as a useful transdiagnostic framework, risky decision-making, bipolar disorder, and hoarding disorder.

Committee Member

Mrs Michele McCallum
Michele is a provisionally registered psychologist currently studying a Masters of professional psychology at Monash University. Michele has worked in Mental health for 18 years in inpatient, PARC and community settings. Michele is currently working on mental health projects in the Eastern region including suicide prevention and youth mental health. Michele takes an individualized, strength based approach to supporting individuals which takes into account their context, is collaborative and client focused.

Committee Member

Miss Heather Willsher

Committee Member

Ms Bianca Comfort
Bianca is a Clinical Psychology Registrar at Deco Place in Croydon. Bianca works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She has a particular interest in working with trauma, parenting concerns, childhood behavioural issues, and chronic pain/health issues, and workplace and motor vehicle injury.

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 hopes to assist psychologists in the Outer Eastern areas of Melbourne to connect with each other via networking and PD opportunities.

Committee Member

Dr Matthew Blake
Phone: 0427192888
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

Ms Louise Ferraz De Camargo

Student representative

Mrs Deborah Merritt

Student representative

Mrs Deborah Merritt

Event submitter

Dr Andrew Telley
I am currently Treasurer for the branch, and during my working day am a Clinical Psychologist working in private practice across two locations in the Outer East.
I have experience in a range of health settings, including private practice, public mental health, counselling, and medical rehabilitation.
I currently work in Lilydale and Olinda, and believe in easy and affordable access to mental health care.
I work primarily from a cognitive framework, and have a particular interest in personality, and how personality impacts and interacts with the various difficulties that an individual may encounter throughout life.