About Us

About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a community of support and expertise for families navigating the ever-changing needs of raising a child. Inside Out is a place where parents no longer have to feel alone in their journey and can access expert advice, support and therapy for their child in one location.

 

A dedicated and professional team to support you and your family.

We understand that you are coming to us at a time of vulnerability and trusting us with what you value most – your child and family. To honour this trust, we have carefully selected a team of child and adolescent-focussed psychologists who are fully registered, experienced and passionate about what they do.

All clinical staff members have a master’s degree in their specialised area of psychology, are fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. We each engage in regular supervision and professional development to ensure we are up to date with best practice and resources available.

Our intake officer can help match you to the right psychologist to suit you and your family’s situation and needs.

 

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Irene Robertson
Clinical Psychologist
BSc, G.Dip. Psych, G.D. PsychSc, MPsych(Clin), MAPS

***Please note Irene is currently on maternity leave***

I help people through the emotional and relationship issues that arise at various stages in their life. Relentless and intense feelings of overwhelm, disconnection, low motivation or sadness can leave you feeling helpless and unsure of where to turn. By this stage, it’s common to feel as though it’s your fault or something is truly wrong with you.  I can help by supporting individuals to understand where these difficulties are coming from and how to overcome them, free from negative self-judgement and with a new confidence.

If it is your child that is experiencing these difficulties, I can work with you as a family to repair relationships, build resilience and guide your child through hardship. I assist parents to understand concerning behaviours in their children and transform their approach to dealing with these behaviours and reconnecting with their child.

I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and experience working with both adults and young people (and the parents and families who support them) in private practice and public mental health settings. I work collaboratively to achieve client goals, and use a client-centred, warm, and empathetic approach to therapy. I draw on evidence-based frameworks to best meet individual and family circumstances, including cognitive-behaviour therapy, attachment, family systems and functional behavioural support.

Specialties
  • Parenting
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Development
  • Psychological Assessment
Ages
  • School age
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
Therese Melhem
Clinical Psychologist
BBSc, P.G.Dip Psych, MPsych(Clin), MAPS
I am a Clinical Psychologist and love to support and educate children, adolescents and their families. I have a particular interest in paediatric psychology, early intervention and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Over ten years, I have worked in a range of private, public and government organisations to support and encourage young people’s understanding and acceptance of themselves, others and the world.
My passion for ASD has encouraged me to establish specialised services to meet the young person’s needs as individuals, within their family system, school and wider community. I creatively and empathically work with individuals to improve their social understanding, behaviour and communication.  Furthermore, I help young people develop their emotional regulation skills, which can be fundamental to their mental health, relationship wellbeing and school engagement.
Regardless of the concerns that lead you to seek psychological help – from anxiety, social difficulties or problematic behavior – I believe that external symptoms provide an opportunity to learn about your child and identify what they most need.  Through evidence-based approaches, we will together learn and develop effective communication and approaches to help your child engage and navigate effectively through life.
Specialties
  • Social Skills Development
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Anxiety
  • Mental Health
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Family and Relationship Wellbeing
  • Adjustment and Life Transition
  • Self Esteem
Ages
  • Infant / Toddler
  • Pre-School
  • School Age
  • Adolescents
Karina Dubroja
Educational & Developmental Psychologist
BA(Psych), P.G.Dip Psych, MPsych(EdDev), MPsych(ClinFamTherapy), MAPS

I am an educational and developmental psychologist with extensive knowledge in child and adolescent development and working with families. I enjoy supporting clients in developing a lifestyle that promotes mental health, positive relationships and resilience.

I consider working with parents to be an essential component of enhancing the wellbeing of children and adolescents. I endeavour to understand patterns and dynamics that may be contributing to challenges in communicating and understanding each other and draw on family strengths to make helpful changes. I provide a personalised and holistic approach to address a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, parenting challenges, family breakdown and conflict, neurodevelopmental disorders and specific learning disorders.

With experience in educational settings, I understand a collaborative approach can often be required and will communicate when necessary with teachers, paediatricians, psychiatrists, general practitioners and other allied health practitioners to ensure optimal outcomes for children and adolescents.

My therapeutic approach is empathetic and respectful and draws on attachment focused therapy, family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and positive psychology.

Specialties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social and Emotional Competency
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Child/Adolescent Behavioural Challenges
  • Parenting Issues
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment
  • Family Relationship Challenges
  • Psychoeducation Assessment
  • Registered Supervisor
Ages
  • School Age
  • Adolescents

Carina Purdea
Clinical Psychologist
BPsych, G.Dip Psych, MPsych(Clin), MAPS

I am a clinical psychologist with a firm belief in early intervention and a special interest in working
with children and adolescents. I have experience with a wide range of clients with diverse presenting
issues across both private and public mental health settings.

I use a strength-based and client-centred approach and tailor my therapy to best fit the individual’s
needs, drawing upon a wide range of frameworks including Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing Therapy.

I am very passionate about normalising help-seeking, and I understand how stressful taking this step
can be, therefore I will endeavour to make the experience as smooth as possible. When working
with children, I will always advocate for what I think is best for them, whether that is them being
given the space they need to express themselves or communicating and collaborating with external
agencies and supports.

Specialties
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Depression / Mood Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship and Friendship Difficulties
  • Grief and Loss
Ages
  • School Age
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

Dr Lydia Soh
Psychologist (Educational & Developmental Psychology Registrar)
BComm, P.G.Dip Psych, MPsych/PhD(EdDev), MAPS

***Please note Lydia is currently on maternity leave***

I am a registered psychologist with a Master and PhD in Educational & Developmental Psychology. I am experienced in working with children, adolescents and their families from a range of cultural and social backgrounds. I have a keen interest and understanding of the assessment and diagnostic processes of Specific Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have also presented at professional conferences about cognitive ability theory, and it is my belief that understanding the full cognitive profile of strengths and weaknesses is paramount in ensuring best outcomes for a child’s academic learning.

I draw from a range of therapeutic models in my practice, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, play therapy, and mindfulness-based strategies. I am passionate about being in your child’s corner, and I acknowledge the value of involving parents and teachers in the therapeutic process. Being able to equip children and their parents with a toolkit of life skills is a privilege that I value highly.

Specialties
  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Giftedness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Social Skills Development
  • Executive Functioning Skills Development
Ages
  • Pre-School
  • School Age
  • Adolescents

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