About Kare PsychologyFostering Meaningful Change
At Kare Psychology we:
use a client-centred therapeutic approach to work collaboratively with their patients to enhance their quality of life and overall wellbeing. Our psychologists use evidence-based interventions when working with clients and have a range of expertise and highly developed skills to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes with their clients.
strive to provide a calm and secure therapy environment to reduce the level of distress client’s often report feeling when seeing a psychologsit. We achieve this through the use of specially designed therapy rooms and match client’s to a suitable psychologist.
are committed to helping people improve their mental health and well-being, enhancing their relationships, improving daily functioning, and improving learning outcomes for children and adolescents.
Maria Karefilakis, our clinic Director and principal psychologist has a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Maria has extensive experience working in private practice with children, adolescents and adults presenting with a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, behavioural difficulties, trauma and developmental and learning disorders.
Maria has a strong knowledge base and skill set in evidence based psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy. She has also delivered therapy in the format of group programs including Seasons – a program for children and adolescents that have experienced loss and grief – and also co-facilitating an anxiety program for children.
Maria also provides psychological services within the primary and secondary educational setting, particularly in various assessments – including cognitive, psychoeducational and achievement – and therapy.
Maria adopts a warm and client-centred approach when working with her clients. She aims to consider the person she is working with, within the context of their overall needs and lives.
Maria had experience in assessing and treating the following conditions;
Academic and learning difficulties
Mood difficulties ( depression, bipolar disorder)
Parenting (psychoeducation, developing strategies)
Trauma and Abuse
Pain Management (WorkCover)
Maria has a special interest working with anxiety disorders, pain management, developmental disorders and the elderly.
Maria is a member of the national board of the Australian Psychological Society.
Tom Kenny is a general practitioner with a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology. He has worked extensively in a number of community health organisations and educational settings before entering private practice. Tom has run a number of programs for individuals with depression, anxiety, and experiencing grief & loss.
Tom is registered with Medicare, and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. Tom has a warm, client-centred approach and his special interests include:
Men’s mental health
Grief & loss
Child & adolescent counselling
Relationship & Intimacy Issues
Grace is a registered and endorsed Clinical Psychologist. She has Master’s level training and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Grace has an extensive range of experience working in private practice as well as holding a range of research and consulting roles at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Grace has a warm, sensitive and client-centred approach and enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. Her expertise covers a range of issues including anxiety, depression, school refusal, behavioural issues, relationship difficulties, adjustment issues, sleep problems, eating issues and parent support.
Grace utilises a variety of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.
Jamie is a warm and caring general practitioner with a Masters in Professional Psychology. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and has had experience working with children, adolescents and adults in non-for profit organizations as well as in school settings.
Jamie has worked with a diverse range of presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and loss. In particular, she has a special interest in the well-being and development of young people in our community. She enjoys conducting educational and behavioral assessments including ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other learning issues.
Jamie uses a strength based, holistic approach with all clients and consistently aims to create a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment. She utilizes evidence-based psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness in order to achieve and maintain positive outcomes
team & client support
Josh is responsible for front of house, team support, and administrative duties. He has a background in copywriting and online marketing, and has previously received a Bachelor of Communications with a major in Public Relations.
After working as a copywriter throughout Melbourne for a number of years, Josh has recently returned to university and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Monash. With an interest in clinical psychology, he hopes to continue onto postgraduate studies.
1 / 576 -580 Nicholson Street
Fitzroy North, VIC 3068
2 Finlay Street Allied Health
2 Finlay Street, Frankston, VIC 3199