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.


Dr Lee-Ann Prideaux

Lee-Ann’s career has centered upon helping children, adolescents and their families. She was a teacher for 14 years prior to completing graduate and post-graduate degrees in psychology. Having worked as a psychologist for nearly 20 years now, she brings a broad range of experience to Birch Tree Psychology. Lee-Ann draws upon a variety of therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Family Therapy as well as her deep knowledge of child and adolescent development. She is committed to building authentic connections with her clients as they progress toward reaching their desired outcomes. Lee-Ann has worked extensively with health and wellbeing, self-awareness, anxiety, depression, personal growth, emotional dysregulation, parenting concerns, and vocational guidance of students.   


Nikita Kettlewell

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. 


Samantha Sarjeant

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.


Kiera Jones

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.  

Caroline Gorman

Caroline is an experienced psychologist who focuses on supporting her clients to achieve their goals through a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness. She is able to work with clients across the lifespan, and has experience delivering both individual therapy and group-based treatment. Caroline is interested in supporting clients to manage a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, and emotional dysregulation, and does so by creating a non-judgemental, safe, therapeutic space to achieve the best possible outcome for the individual. 

Dr Catherine Hart

Catherine utilises evidence-based therapies, especially third-wave models such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy; coupled with a strong therapeutic relationship, to help clients to reach their full potential. She is particularly interested in helping individuals who may be struggling with health related issues and pain; as well as those with emotional dysregulation and personality disorders. Catherine is an accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and a Board Approved supervisor, able to provide primary or secondary supervision to provisional psychologists as well as to generalist or clinical psychologists .


Dr Grace Hayes

Grace has experience working with children; adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. She is passionate about the use of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the treatment of personality disorders and other mental-health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Grace has recently completed her PhD investigating the role of Oxytocin in ageing. 

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 assessments for adults (16 ​​years and older), including interpretive reports.