Why Birch Tree Psychology?

What makes us different from other clinics is that we have invested therapists who are committed to helping you to achieve your goals.

We have a wide range of group classes and stand-alone courses that may be of benefit to you and can be used in conjunction with individual therapy or as a separate self-awareness and learning aid.


We also have numerous useful resources which are free to download and can either supplement your individual therapy or be used in isolation of therapy.


We believe that being able to access personalised and tailored support is vital. We therefore offer a variety of therapy delivery models to allow clients increased choice in how they would prefer their therapy to be provided.


Sophie Langmead, Administrator

Sophie is the friendly face that will greet you when you first arrive at the clinic. She has had many years of experience in the field of medical administration. She is approachable, friendly, and knowledgeable and can answer any questions you might have to help prepare you for your appointments.


Nikita Kettlewell, Clinical Psychologist

Nikita works collaboratively with clients to identify goals and strategies for each individual, using a warm, empathic and non-judgemental approach. She has a background in individual and group therapy across a range of settings. Nikita has experience working in the perinatal infant field as well as with adolescents and adults across a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, trauma, personality disorders, anger management, and substance addiction. She draws on a number of therapeutic models, including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness. Nikita is a Board Approved supervisor and provides primary or secondary supervision to provisional psychologists completing their internships or placements. 


Hayley Schofield, Psychologist

Hayley has experience in working across the lifespan but has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents. Hayley works with individuals to develop personalised and strength-based goals aimed at addressing learning needs and improving educational outcomes for at-risk, vulnerable and complex young people.  Hayley has experience working in educational and forensic settings, as well as utilising evidence-based assessment tools to provide cognitive, adaptive, educational and behavioural assessments across the lifespan.  The outcomes from these assessments is used to inform Individual Education Plans and to develop individualised goals to assist teachers, parents and students. Hayley has experiencing in completing disability support applications for Government, Catholic and Independent schools as well as the NDIS which includes diagnosis of specific learning, intellectual, autism spectrum, childhood behavioural and emotional disorders including anxiety and depression.


Kiera Jones, Psychologist

Kiera has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a range of settings. She is passionate about providing a safe and engaging space to support clients in working towards their mental health goals. Kiera utilises a variety of therapies to support clients with their mental health, relationship issues, addiction, and personality disorders. She also has experience conducting mental health, cognitive, and functional psychological assessments. Kiera sees clients at the Bendigo clinic on Thursdays and Fridays.  


Josie Carlin,

Clinical Psychologist

Josie has experience working with people across the lifespan, both individually and in group interventions, and has recently worked with adolescents and young adults in both community and school settings. Josie has provided intervention for people experiencing a variety of mental health presentations including personality disorders, trauma based disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, stress, grief, psychosis, anger issues, gender and sexuality issues, and disordered eating. Josie uses a range of therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Mindfulness based therapies, and is an accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) therapist. Josie’s approach to mental health intervention is client driven, goal directed, and endeavours to provide a compassionate and understanding space for people to feel heard and improve their mental health and wellbeing.


Samantha Sarjeant, Psychologist

Samantha is passionate about assisting clients to improve their well-being in a non-judgmental, empathetic and safe space. She enjoys working with a range of clients including children, adolescents and adults. She has an interest in working with anxiety, depressive disorders, emotional dysregulation, trauma, stress, perfectionism, gender identity concerns, personality disorders and interpersonal issues. Samantha utilises evidence-based techniques and works collaboratively with clients to support them to achieve their goals. She has experience in conducting mental health assessments and a range of therapies including Cognitive behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and mindfulness.


Dr Catherine Hart,


Clinical  Psychologist


Catherine is a Consultant and Board Approved supervisor, able to provide primary or secondary supervision to provisional psychologists as well as to generalist or clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals. Her supervision and consultancy style is reflective; non-judgemental and curious.

She has  particular interests in health related issues and pain; as well as trauma; dissociative disorders; emotional dysregulation issues; and personality disorders. She has appeared in the media consulting on mental health issues; has created courses and lectured on neuropsychology and counselling courses; and has contributed to chapters relating to mental health and learning disabilities.  Catherine is an accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and utilses third wave therapies in her clinical practice.

Our Team

We have experience in treating children; adolescents and adults utilising models such as:

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Schema Therapy (ST)

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

As well as other, evidence-based therapies to help with issues such as:

  • Dealing with grief and loss

  • Understanding sexuality and gender issues

  • Personality disorders

  • Mood disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Dealing with life transitions

  • Anger management

We also provide full cognitive and educational assessments for children, adolescents, and adults, including interpretive reports.