(03) 6169 1570

About us

Kare Psychology is a private psychology practice with a duty on providing a high quality service for all clients. Kare Psychology provides counselling, treatment and assessments to a wide-variety of individuals throughout Melbourne.

Kare Psychology has been operating as a Group Private Practice since 2015, providing counselling and mental health assessments to our community. Kare Psychology has a shared VISION: to provide an evidence-based, best-practice psychological service to children, adolescents, adults and families within a professional, caring and welcoming environment. It is this vision that serves as the foundation for our daily practice, enabling us to remain steadfastly focused on providing mental health care that is streamline, accessible, affordable, and reliable. We ensure this vision and mission is shared by our clinicians and supporting staff to guarantee a consistent and coherent approach that adds value to the experience of our clients while enhancing their overall functioning.

Kare Psychology defines the culture and customer experience in terms of our Core Values.

Core Values

  1. Deliver Through Service
  2. Drive change
  3. Pursue growth and learning
  4. Build Open and Honest Relationships with partners, referrers and clients
  5. Build a Positive and Empathic team
  6. Do More with less
  7. Embrace, Empower and Lead
  8. Meaningful practice for equal outcomes
  9. Bottom Up (Marries Top Down)

Kare Psychology is a community-centred practice that continuously strives to innovate the mental health industry in order to improve access, decrease stigma, and promote the proactive maintenance of health and wellness among community members.

Maria Karefilakis, Director

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 psychologist. 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

Clinic Director

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, and developmental and learning disorders. Maria has a special interest in ADHD, executive function and learning disorders. Maria is available for face to face and telehealth appointments.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Maria had experience in assessing and treating the following conditions;

Academic and learning difficulties
Behavioural difficulties

ADHD
Mood difficulties (Depression)
Anxiety Disorders
Parenting (psychoeducation, developing strategies)
Developmental Disorder

Maria has a special interest working with anxiety disorders, educational and learning difficulties, developmental disorders and self-confidence.

Maria is a member of the national board of the Australian Psychological Society and an endorsed psychologist in Educational & Developmental Psychology.

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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.

Jamie Maserow

PSYCHOLOGIST

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 is  part of our school assessments team and not available for individual therapy.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Jamie has worked with a diverse range of presenting issues. 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.

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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

LEE SEPE

PSYCHOLOGIST

Lee inherently has a non-judgmental approach in terms of how he works with clients and appreciates working as a collaborative team with his clients to provide them the best possible mental health improvements. Lee is available for both telehealth and face to face services and has a special interest in adult ADHD counselling, and OCD.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Lee has worked in the mental health field for approximately the last 13 years and has worked across both the private and non-for-profit sector. Lee has a passion for working with adult clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties that align with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, adjustment issues and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Lee has a particular interest in providing assessment and counselling services for client’s experiencing obsessions and compulsions, often referred to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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Lee tailors each approach according to each presenting concern. Lee works across several therapeutic modalities including – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

Jessica Haines

Psychologist

Jessica Haines is a registered psychologist who has extensive training in counselling and conducting psychological assessments for social, emotional, learning, attention, and behavioural difficulties. Her approach is compassionate, non-judgemental, and collaborative. Jessica has completed a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. Jessica is part of our school assessments team.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Jessica has experience working with a variety of client ages and presenting issues within private practice and school settings. She has special interests in prevention and intervention of the difficulties experienced by children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Such difficulties include anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, self-esteem, social challenges, and diverse learning needs. Jessica’s client-centred approach integrates frameworks such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused approaches, mindfulness and relaxation, and play-based approaches – depending on what best fits the client. Jessica conducts comprehensive assessments which provide practical evidence-based strategies tailored to the client’s needs.  

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Jessica strives to create a space of acceptance and empowerment to help clients explore their challenges and collaboratively identify ways of increasing wellbeing. She aims to help clients identify and draw on their strengths. Jessica believes that clients are the experts in their lives however she can offer guidance and support based on her specialist expertise. She is constantly updating her knowledge of psychological frameworks, strategies, and research to best help her clients.

Claire Baxter

Psychologist

Claire is a registered general psychologist, having completed 6 years of study in psychology. Her training involved competencies in therapies such as CBT, ACT, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, and she completed her masters degree in sport and exercise psychology. She has practiced in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Claire’s ongoing training, study and research in the theory and practice of Psychoanalysis means that she has experience with patients for whom short-term therapy has proved ineffective. She works with people on a short-term, mid-term and long-term basis, depending on the individual’s therapeutic needs.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Claire has worked in private practice, health and allied health clinics. She has worked with a range of presentations, including people with a disability, athletes, children, adolescents, adults, LBGQTI+, peri and postnatal.

Special interests
Claire has an interest in working with children and adolescents experiencing social difficulties, gender dysphoria, bullying, self-harm and suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression and panic attacks. She also works with children experiencing encopresis, constipation, avoidant/ restrictive food intake disorder for whom there is no obvious medical cause for the symptom. Claire also works with neurodiverse populations (e.g. Autism & ADHD) and with children who present with speech, language and communication difficulties.

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Claire is accepting new patients including children, adolescents and adults, and is available for counselling and assessments.

Claire is available Monday and Friday.

Maria Nazha

Psychologist

Maria is a registered psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults and applies a compassionate, person-centred approach to therapy. Maria is passionate about promoting personal growth and resilience and achieving positive therapy outcomes for clients. She applies evidence-based interventions to assist clients to identify the underlying causes of their difficulties and equip them with skills to enhance their mental health and wellbeing to live a fulfilling life.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Maria has worked in private clinics and school settings with diverse age groups. She values the importance of tailoring therapeutic approaches to meet individual needs and believes that each person’s therapeutic journey is unique.

Maria uses a range of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Play Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy.  

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Maria has experience treating a wide range of mental health conditions including:

   • Depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
   • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
   • Challenges with emotion regulation
   • Academic, behavioural and learning difficulties
   • Adjustment difficulties and stressful life events
   • Body image concerns and low self-esteem
   • Trauma related issues

In addition to English, Maria is fluent in speaking Arabic.

Maria is available for assessment and counselling both online and in-person.

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Phone

03 6169 1570

Fax

03 9923 6014

Email

reception@karepsychology.com.au

Our Locations

  ● Brunswick
(Consulting From The Health Collective)
5/200 Sydney Road
Brunswick, VIC 3056
Phone number: 03 6169 1570

 

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