Psychologists 

Dr Traci Coventry

Clinical Psychologist

DPsych (Clinical, Child and Family), BBSc. (Hons), Grad. Dip. Psych, BA (Hons).
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Child and Family Specialisation), Honours Degree in Behavioural Science, Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Honours Degree in Arts.

Australian Psychological Society Member. AHPRA registered Psychologist.
Member APS College of Clinical Psychology.
Equine Psychotherapist (Equine Psychotherapy Institute of Australia).
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and learning.

I am the principal of our practise and have spent the past twenty years working as a doctor of clinical psychology specialising in child and family psychology in hospitals and private practice.

My equine work has allowed me to speak as an expert on equine assisted psychological therapy on Contact Talk Radio, and in magazine interviews for Women’s Health and Hoofbeats. I am also a writer, and my articles on psychology have been published in Dolly, Madison, Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald Australian Women’s Health magazines. I consider myself incredibly fortunate that working at Epona Brae in the company of my animal family has allowed me to combine my passionate love of animals and nature with my professional career, and to make a positive differences in the lives of both the animals and humans who work with me.

Melanie Bloomer

Registered Psychologist

MProfPsych, BPsych (Hons), GDBehavSci, BAppSci (IT).
Master of Professional Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science. Bachelor of Applied Science (Information Technology).
Currently undertaking Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration).

AHPRA Registered.

Hi, I am Melanie and I feel so lucky to work with the wonderful people at Epona Brae! Morgan is my favourite animal. She takes her own time to trust others and teaches us a lot about how important it is to use self-care and set clear boundaries.

I am particularly interested in working with people who are struggling with mood, emotion, relationship, grief and adjustment difficulties. I also love working with neurodivergent people who help us to see the world through different eyes!

I do use techniques that many clinicians also use, such as CBT and EFT but also like to incorporate mindfulness and psychodrama in animal assisted work. Mindfulness helps us to approach and connect with the animal we work with. Psychodrama can be a creative way to heal from a story or emotion that feels as though it is stuck on repeat.

 

Murray Coventry

Registered Psychologist

MProfPsych, BPsychSci (Hons), GDipPsych, MBA.
Master of Professional Psychology, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours),
Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Business Administration.

AHPRA Registered.

My special interest is in helping people manage the challenges that come with changes in life circumstances, to improve their skills for coping with difficulties and developing resilience, self-compassion, and to be empowered to achieve their goals. I have worked in healthcare for over 40 years in nursing, the pharmaceutical industry, and now as a psychologist.

My approach to therapy encompasses the belief that each person has unique inner strengths that can help overcome challenges, and a desire to live a life with purpose and meaning. Each person has a distinct experience and story to tell.

I seek to collaborate with clients in an environment that is supportive, respectful and non-judgemental. In therapy this may involve developing helpful strategies, increasing self-awareness and insight, or improving the experience and connection we have with those around us to enable living a full and rewarding life.

My therapy specialities include treatment for adults and young people with anxiety, panic, depression, stress, low self-esteem, relationship issues, difficulties with life transitions, grief and loss, work-related concerns and trauma.

Mikayla Disanayake

Provisional Psychologist

MProfPsych, BBS (Psychology), GDipPsych (AdvDip).
Master of Professional Psychology, Bachelor of Behavioural Studies in Psychology,
Graduate Advanced Diploma in Psychology.

AHPRA Registered.

I have a passion for animal-assisted therapy.

My past experience in the health and community sector, over the past 7 years, has been quite varied and I’ve been involved in supporting both individuals and groups, conducting research, and working to improve overall client engagement.

Animals have always held a special place in my heart, and I have several cats and dogs at home, along with a soft spot for horses. This love for animals led me to explore the fascinating world of human-animal interactions, and I recently published a paper on the effects of second/successor dog syndrome in both assistance and pet dog owners.

My approach to client work is to work creatively in a client-centred manner, recognising each person’s uniqueness and the importance of their individual journey. With the assistance of our animal therapists, I am excited about assisting individuals to improve their health outcomes and overall well-being.

Cassie Eckard

Provisional Psychologist

MPsych (Professional), MCounselling, GDipPsych (Professional),
GDipTeaching (Secondary), BA (Psych/Lit).
Master of Psychology (Professional), Master in Counselling,
Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Professional),
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Education),
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology / Literature).

MAAPi (Member Australian Association of Psychologists).
AHPRA Registered.

I am passionate about working with young people and their families. I originally trained as a teacher and then as a counsellor before commencing my psychology studies. I have worked in the education sector for many years and particularly enjoy helping young people manage their well-being in school settings.

I have always loved animals and am constantly amazed by their ability to read people and mirror their emotions. I have owned and ridden horses since I was 5 years old, but believe that you never stop learning from these beautiful animals.

I employ a variety of creative approaches in working with clients, including play-based and client-centred therapies. I enjoy utilising somatic and emotion regulation techniques with clients and our animal therapists make the best colleagues for this work.

Sarah Hardy-Curtin

Registered Psychologist

BAppSc (Psych), BAppSc (Psych)(Hons), MProfPsych.
Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours),
Master of Professional Psychology.
Currently undertaking Master of Clinical Psychology (MClinPsychol).

AHPRA Registered.

I have experience working with kids, teens and adults.

I use a range of therapy approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.

I love working with people and supporting them to improve their mental health, achieve their goals, and build meaningful lives.

Amrit Kaur

Registered Psychologist

MProfPsych, BPsySt (Hons), BPsySt.
Master of Professional Psychology, Bachelor in Psychological Studies (Honours),
Bachelor of Psychological Studies.

AHPRA Registered.

I am a psychologist with experience working with a wide range of social, behavioural, and psychological issues.  I may utilise techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Phenomenological Enquiry with Animal-Assisted Therapy.

I incorporate a person-centred approach in which I work collaboratively with clients to promote choice and autonomy in the therapeutic process. I have experience with individuals in contact with the justice system and have provided psychological support for victims of crime. I have facilitated support groups and provided crisis telephone counselling.

I have also worked with individuals with culturally and socially diverse backgrounds, who have experienced trauma, anxiety, mood related concerns and neuro-diverse presentations. I have undertaken training with the world-class Equine Psychotherapy Institute of Australia to incorporate my work with horses and traditional psychological approaches. I enjoy spending time with the animals at Coventry Psychology, as they all have unique personalities. I especially love working with Gemma and Dr Dakota, who have often assisted people in their journey.

Adam McGrath

Provisional Psychologist

I have an interest in supporting the mental health and well-being of young people. I believe in the importance of collaborating with schools and working closely with parents and family members to provide best support.

My experience has been working with children and adolescents, primarily within a primary school. I apply a range of evidence-based psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I am also interested in incorporating play-based and animal assisted therapy into my sessions and have been amazed by the therapeutic value animals can provide.

I am interested in the assessment and counselling for young people on issues such as, anxiety, depression, bullying, self-esteem, anger management, stress, social difficulties, school refusal, behavioural issues, and coping with change.

Being passionate about supporting young people and having animals my whole life (currently have an Australian Shepherd named Moose), I thoroughly enjoy my work with both the clients and various animals here at Coventry Psychology.

Elle Morrison

(Senior) Provisional Psychologist

MPsych (Professional), GradDipPsych, BA.
Master of Psychology (Professional), Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts.

AHPRA Registered.

I have a passion for supporting individuals with their mental health and well-being and drawing on the therapeutic value of working with animals within this context. Creating a safe and collaborative space is crucial to how I work with clients and is integral to learning about where the client is coming from and their individual experiences, as well as addressing their needs and working toward their goals.

For the past 9 years I have worked in both hospital settings and community mental health with individuals experiencing complex mental health issues and diagnoses including depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, psychosis and personality disorders. I work within a holistic, trauma-informed framework, utilising therapies including ACT, CBT and DBT whilst also integrating somatic and mindfulness-based approaches within this. The addition of animal-assisted therapy is invaluable in this space. Working with clients alongside a therapy animal, such as Opal, one of the therapy horses here at Coventry, or Gemma, the beautiful Maremma, can enable clients to feel more at ease in the therapeutic space, facilitating feelings of comfort and non-judgement. This also helps to strengthen the therapeutic process and outcomes being worked on together and is often a highlight for clients when reflecting on our work together.

Samantha Ryan

Provisional Psychologist 

I’m a therapy assistant with a Bachelors in Applied Science (Psychology) and I’m currently undertaking my Honours degree in Psychology, with the plan of becoming a qualified psychologist over the next few years.

I am particularly interested in working with children: our next generation.

As this time is our biggest stage of development, it is imperative to develop strong coping mechanisms to flow into the later stages of our life. I began working with children back in 2019, and have since worked as a support worker and a therapy assistant, alongside OT’s, Speech Therapists, and Psychologists. Being supported by such a team has enhanced my confidence and understanding of children, especially neurodivergent children – with whom I have mostly assisted.

I want to help people to move past the struggles life throws our way:

–       To take their hardships and turn them into a triumphs

–       To use their experiences as a motivator to get more from their life

–       To move through trauma, pain, sadness, and all the inevitable horrible feelings that life throws our way

–       To understand that hard-times, although may sometimes feel there is no end, come and go

–       And to know that their life, experiences, and voice, is valid – all the messy, hard, and wonderful parts of it.

As talking about ones feelings is not always easy, I am particularly interested in becoming a psychologist who will involve other aspects into therapy; play-based activities, animal therapy, art therapy, or simply walking and talking. Coventry provides just that, and makes me all the more excited.