Our Team

Lekshmi Sasidharan Nair

Lekshmi Sasidharan Nair

Psychologist - BA (Psych), MSc (App Psych), MPhil (Clin Psych)

Rachel Kovacevic

Rachel Kovacevic

Managing Director, Principal Clinical Psychologist - BA, BSC (HONS), MPYSCH (CLIN), MAPS

Scott Wakeling

Scott Wakeling

Psychologist - BPsychSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

Lekshmi's Bio

With her clinical experience both locally and abroad, Lekshmi brings a wealth of cross-cultural skills to our team.

Lekshmi sees each individual as unique, with inherent capacity for self-discovery and growth in a supportive and accepting therapeutic environment.  Her expertise in a range of clinical treatment modalities is valued by adults dealing with stress, anxiety and mood disorders.

She works with all age groups – children through to adults – and is skilled in cognitive assessments and functional behaviour assessments.

In addition to English, Lekshmi is also proficient in Malayalam and Hindi.

Rachel's Bio

Rachel has acquired considerable skill in service development and clinical leadership through a range of senior roles in health, education, corporate and community settings.  

She is an advocate for service delivery models that balance financial sustainability with principles of equity and accessibility; and is skilled in methods of qualitative research, including conducting interviews and facilitating focus groups.

Rachel is regularly called on to present workshops and seminars to allied health professionals and provides supervision and mentoring to postgraduate students and clinicians.  She is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist, an accredited Rehabilitation Provider and an AHPRA-accredited Supervisor.

Her particular areas of expertise include pain and psychosomatic medicine; and expressive therapy and sand play.

Rachel especially enjoys working with young adults, children and families. Rachel’s clients appreciate her sense of humor, down to earth approach, and experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health concerns.

Scott's Bio

Scott has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is experienced in working with adults, adolescents and parents.

He’s treated and assessed a range of mental health issues in community, clinical, health, and research settings, working collaboratively with clients on issues such as anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions and health concerns.

Scott uses evidence-based techniques and an approach that’s both analytical and person-centred. His belief is that we each have the ability to realise our potential and to make positive changes.

Sneha Jethmalani

Sneha Jethmalani

BA (PSYCH); POST GRAD DIP (PSYCH); MPSYCH (COUNSELLING)

Dr Sylvia Simmonds

Dr Sylvia Simmonds

Clinical Psychologist - BA(Psych), MSc(App Psych), MPhil (Clin Psych)

Sara Davies

Sara Davies

Counsellor - BA (Hons), PostGradDip (Ed), MA (Coun), Play Therapist (Assoc)

Sneha's Bio
Sneha is a psychologist with several years’ experience working with children and adolescents, both in educational settings and the private sector.

She has a strong interest in counselling children on a variety of issues, including anxiety, low self-esteem, parental separation problems and challenging behaviours.

Sneha also has extensive experience conducting psycho-educational assessments for students with learning difficulties, giftedness or those seeking early entry to Grade Prep.

Sylvia's Bio

Sylvia is currently on maternity leave.  We look forward to welcoming her back to Haig Street in September 2021.

Sylvia is an experienced therapist, with experience in a variety of treatment settings including acute mental health, chronic health conditions and mental health rehabilitation.

Sylvia’s strengths lie in her ability to build trusting relationships quickly, to ensure that each session meets the changing and at times unspoken needs of her clients. While Sylvia has been trained in multiple treatment modalities, her approach highlights the uniqueness of each person she sees.
Clients working with Sylvia can expect a focus on emotional experience and an emphasis on the importance of relationships, both inside and outside the therapy room. While she is skilled in working with a range of mental health concerns, Sylvia’s passion is in working with individuals with emotional dysregulation, trauma and personality difficulties.

 

Sara's Bio

Sara is a PACFA Registered Counsellor and an Associate member of Play Therapist Practitioners of Australia. She works predominantly with children and adolescents.

Sara has always been passionate about working with young people and their families. She has worked in both the disability sector and educational settings as a teacher, social skills therapist and individual/group counsellor.

Sara draws on a range of evidence-based frameworks and ensures she adapts her approaches to meet the needs of clients and their families. She has training in modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and expressive therapies, such as Art and Play therapy. Sara has a strong interest in counselling children and adolescents with a variety of issues including anxiety, school related concerns (including school refusal and transition periods), social skills work and anger management.

Sara works with clients to enable them to see their strengths and offers a safe space to work through emotions and any difficulties they may be facing.

Simone Mizzi

Simone Mizzi

Psychologist - Bsc (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

Stephanie Chee-Noguera

Stephanie Chee-Noguera

Team Leader - BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

Ashley Dawes

Ashley Dawes

Project Officer - BA (Sc), Grad Dip (Public Health), Cert IV (Training and Assessment)

Simone's Bio

Simone is a provisional psychologist who is completing her final placement as part of the Master of Clinical Psychology. She is experienced in both the treatment and assessment of adults and children across a range of settings, and works collaboratively with each individual to determine which evidence-based therapy to draw on. Simone uses a person-centred approach that acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual, and believes that it is important to provide a non-judgemental and confidential space for people to be able to freely express themselves.

Stephanie's Bio

Steph is a registered clinical psychologist and AHPRA board approved supervisor who has worked in public, private, education, and community health settings over the past 7 years. Steph is passionate about fostering self-determination, self-growth and development in others. She provides clinical supervision, leadership, and management of the clinical team, business development, clinical administration, systems management, and co-ordination of referral pathways in and out of the practice.

Ashley’s Bio

Ashley Dawes is a Project Manager with a background in Public Health, Emergency Management and Work Health and Wellbeing. With a love for working on varied and challenging projects where these themes intersect, Ashley brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience from her professional and academic career so far. Ashley is also currently completing the last year of her Masters of Public Health part-time, and in her spare time she enjoys getting outdoors with her family.

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown

Counsellor

Jessica’s Bio

Jess is a counsellor with a background in drama, professional organising, and primary school teaching. She has a Masters degree in Human Services Counselling, where she was trained in many evidence based modalities. Having worked as a wellbeing coordinator at a school, she has supported children and parents with school refusal, anxiety, grief, and funding for students with disabilities.

Jess is passionate about mental health for all and is person centred, ensuring people from all backgrounds, cultures, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identities, feel safe and supported in therapy.

Client Relationship Team

Kimberley Ram

Kimberley Ram

Client Relationship Manager (NDIS)

Taylor Bastow

Client Relationship Manager

Jasmina Jovcevska

Kimberley's Bio
Kim became a part of Outlook Matters in 2020 as a Client Relationship Manager. In her role, her primary focus is leading the strategy & operations of our NDIS team. She has brought over a decades worth of experience in Customer Service & Management to Outlook Matters. With her work ethic, she has been the driving force behind our Customer Engagement & tailored customer service for our clients. Outside of work Kim enjoys long motorbike rides on hilly roads, drawing and painting, spending time with her dog, family and friends.
Taylor's Bio

Taylor a proud Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri woman who became a part of Outlook Matters in 2020 as a client relationship manager. In her role, her primary focus is engaging with clients and making first point of contact to book appointment with our psychologists and counsellors. Taylor has experience in a wide range of different fields ranging from law to customer service. With her work ethic, she has been the driving force behind our customer engagement & tailored customer service for our clients. Outside of work Taylor enjoys going on random adventures and spending time with her dog, family, and friends.

Jasmina's Bio

        Operations

Michael

Michael

Michael's Bio

Michael completed a work a placement at Outlook Matters in 2010 and has stayed with the practice since.  In addition to general cleaning, Michael is an enthusiastic generator of building maintenance ideas.  He takes care of the games and toys, maintains the symbol cupboard and ensures that our art and craft materials are stocked and ready to use.

He’s always up for a chat.  His favourite topics include music and movies.