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, trauma and developmental and learning disorders.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Maria had experience in assessing and treating the following conditions;

Academic and learning difficulties
Behavioural difficulties
Mood difficulties ( depression, bipolar disorder)
Anxiety Disorders
Parenting (psychoeducation, developing strategies)
Trauma and Abuse
Developmental Disorder

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.

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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.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

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.

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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

SIMONE GINDIDIS

PSYCHOLOGIST

Simone is a registered psychologist and PhD Candidate in Educational and Developmental psychology. Simone’s research investigates the experience of psychologists and adolescents using apps in therapy. A former Apple employee trained in the technical support of devices and software as well as in the facilitation of individual and group training.

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Simone has considerable experience working with primary and secondary schools and is trained in Cross-Battery Assessment of cognitive and academic abilities.

Simone’s interests include:

•  Autism Spectrum disorder
•  Learning difficulties
•  Cognitive and academic achievement assessment
•  Behavioural difficulties
•  Anxiety
•  Social skills
•  Positive parenting
•  Parental separation
•  Sleep difficulties

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Simone ensures a flexible, responsive approach to providing evidence-based psychological services. She is sensitive to cross-cultural issues, fluent in both English and Greek.

Simone is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and former representative of the National Committee of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

She is also a facilitator of the Signposts for Building Better Behaviour training program.

LYDIA SOH

Psychologist

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

EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Lydia draws from a range of therapeutic models in her practice, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, play therapy, and mindfulness-based strategies. She is passionate about being in the child’s corner, and acknowledges the value of involving important stakeholders such as 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 Lydia values highly, and she is grateful for the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life. 

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Outside of her clinical work, Lydia enjoys reading Harry Potter (for the umpteenth time), sweating it out in the gym, and spending time with friends, family, and her pets.

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Our Locations

Fitzroy North
468 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy North, VIC 3068

 

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