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For all enquiries and bookings with our MMA practitioners please email alana@mindmedicineaustralia.org

Dr Alana Roy

Ph. D Psychology, B. A Social Work (MHSW)

National Practice Manager Psychological Services

Dr Alana Roy is a psychologist, social worker and therapist and has spent the last 13 years working in mental health, suicide prevention, trauma, sexual abuse, family violence and the disability sector. Alana has worked with borderline personality and dissociative identity disorder in various roles in the community such as: Rape Crisis Centres with victims of ritual abuse, childhood and adult sexual assault, supporting women in the sex industry, survivors of human trafficking and now as a psychedelic integration specialist.

Alana focuses on harm reduction, community and connection. She is dedicated to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and plant medicines. She has engaged with, and provides integration therapeutic support services for communities across Australia. Alana works at several universities as a Research Fellow and supervisor of students on placement. Alana passionately advocates for public policy, community education and legislative changes so that these treatments are regulated and supported by a strong, connected and skilled sector.

Learn more about Alana’s experiences in: Psychedelic Medicines: How My Journey Into The Jungle Changed My Life

Services

Individual supervision $210 an hour with Dr Alana Roy (Psych, MHSW, PhD)
Phone, zoom or in St Kilda Melbourne Clinic.
Email to book: alana@mindmedicineaustralia.org

The gap out of pocket is $122.60 with a valid mental health care plan.

NDIS sessions are $214 an hour.

Cancellation policy: less than 48 hours $50 fee applies. Fee waved if you rebook within 7 days.

Melissa Warner

B.Science (Neuroscience), Grad Dip (Psych)

Integration and Meditation Coach

Melissa is an advocate for innovative solutions for mental health and is on a mission to cultivate an evidence and experience-based understanding of consciousness.  Melissa is Secretary of Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine, Education and Communications Fellow at Mind Medicine Australia, co- founder of The Australian Psychedelic Society and a member of the UK-Australian Young Leaders Forum. After graduating in Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne, Melissa travelled to leading international centres of psychedelic research, transformative technology, meditation and somatic practices to forecast next-generation mental health treatments.  Currently, Melissa supports Australian psychedelic research trials at PRISM, the translation of clinical findings for advocacy and clinical training at Mind Medicine Australia and is a post-graduate psychology student at The University of Melbourne.

Melissa is an experienced meditation guide, having studied under Mingyur Rinpoche of the Mahamudra lineage. She is passionate about the potential of mindfulness-based approaches to scaffold and accentuate psychedelic healing.

As a preparation and integration coach, Melissa’s values the multiplicity of every individual and welcomes the whole person into every session. Melissa’s approach is informed by a scientific outlook, a transpersonal perspective, a positive psychology lens and grounded in somatic awareness.

Melissa seeks to create a space that nurtures the therapeutic, poetic, and eudaemonic capacities of the psyche.

In her creative time, Melissa enjoys her yoga practice, poetry, dance and painting.

Services

  • Fees: $85 session fee
  • Cancellation policy for less than 24 hours – $40 fee applies. Fee waived if you rebook within 7 days.
  • No show for an appointment – full fee applies.
  • Melbourne and Zoom sessions
  • Email to book: melissa@mindmedicineaustralia.org

Ana Uribe Albornoz

Ana is a trauma-informed and mental health aware meditation, yoga and nature connection facilitator. She specializes in utilising embodiment practices as an adjunctive treatment to talking therapy for mental health support, trauma recovery, plant medicine and psychedelic integration.

Becoming aware of what we hold in our bodies can be a life changing experience.  Sometimes through this profound transformation, we can be left sensitive, vulnerable and overwhelmed.  Ana is passionate and committed to creating containers where people can explore different practices through their bodies, learn how to self-resource after psychedelic or plant medicine ceremonies and integrate at a sustainable pace that support participants nervous system. Whether is to connect with space from the mental questioning or tap to the different insights, the body remembers.  With a primarily body-focused approach, the work may also include elements of talk therapy and ritual.

Ana believes is everyone’s birthright to access these tools, she is dedicated to sharing and researching them with individuals and groups from all sorts of backgrounds including prison system, youth homelessness, and foster care as well as universities, NFP, and corporates. She brings forth 10 years of working with people and over 15 years of personal healing through movement, earth base wisdom and human connection.

Whether she is sharing through words, movement, or the space in between them, her mission is to meet people exactly where they are and share the power that comes from going inside the bodies.

Ana loves playing guitar, travelling around the world and spending time with community.

Services

  • 3 x Individual Sessions $160 per session
  • Individual/group 8 to 10-week Tailored Program – email directly for further information.
  • If cancellation occurs in under 24 hours of the session, a $75 fee is incurred.
  • Melbourne and remote

Tarryn Ellison

Tarryn is a registered psychologist and a Clinical Psychology Student. She has experience in providing clinical services for a broad range of issues both personal and workplace related. As a clinician, she takes an individualised approach to therapy, drawing upon a range of therapeutic modalities that work to create integration of body, mind and spirit.

Tarryn is a long term meditator and a plant medicine advocate, holding a deep respect for the healing capacity of these medicines. She is passionate about working towards a psychological paradigm shift that acknowledges the scientist-practitioner model whilst integrating wisdom traditions, plant medicines and spiritual teachers.

Tarryn believes that the fruit of this work is born from a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship that enables each individual to find their own internal source of truth. In working with Tarryn you can expect to sit in an open minded exchange facilitated by Tarryn’s warmth and encouragement.

Services

  • Fees: $185 per session with a rebate of $87.45 under a medicare referral.
  • If cancellation occurs in under 24 hours of the session, a $50 fee is incurred.
  • Sydney CBD / remote

Dr Orit Holtzman

Dr Orit Holtzman is the Chief Medical Officer of Compass Lifestyle Clinics where she practices functional and cannabinoid medicine and the Co-Founder and Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Cannabinoid Practitioners.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from the University of Tel Aviv, a PhD in neuroscience from the University of NSW and an MBBS from the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney.

After working in the public hospital system, she has begun exploring wholistic health solutions and become passionate about utilising medicinal cannabis as a therapeutic agent. She began prescribing cannabis in 2019 under the mentorship of Dr Teresa Towpik, when she joined Compass Lifestyle Clinics. She now has more than 400 patients that have been prescribed medicinal cannabis for various indications under her care, and is an authorised prescriber for multiple conditions. She also works as a medical educator, teaching doctors about medicinal cannabis and the endocannabinoid system.

She lives in the beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW with her husband and three children.

Services

  • Functional medicine and/or medicinal cannabis consultations
  • Initial consultation: $250 (includes TGA application if applicable)
  • Follow up consultations: $80-$140
  • Subsequent  TGA applications are all included in the consultations price.
  • No Medicare rebate available.

Vishal Maharaj

Vishal Maharaj is a Registered Psychologist and works in his private clinics, Azure Psychology and Lilac Clinic – (eating and weight disorders) located in Perth, Western Australia. His clinical experience spans over two decades encompassing evidence based interventions for mental health conditions ranging from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders.

Vishal has diversified his clinical practice to integrate a more holistic approach towards the treatment of mental health conditions, particularly in patients that are displaying more treatment resistant depression and PTSD.

Vishal believes that the landscape in treating mental health requires a more alternative approach. This belief has led him to successfully assist patients build an alliance with plant medicine such as medicinal cannabis and pharmaceuticals, through psycho-education and integrative psychotherapy.

Although, Vishal has had a long-standing interest in alternative medicinal practices, he is motivated to bolster his clinical practice with the use of Psychedelic Psychotherapy.

Outside his clinic, Vishal spends most of his time with his family and friends, he has grown to appreciate the Perth beaches more since COVID-19. He has a very active lifestyle and enjoys boxing, running with his dogs and chasing his kids around.

Services

  • Initial Consultation $185.00
  • Medicare Rebate $87.45 (requires current Mental Health Care Plan from GP)
  • Couples Consultation $215.00 (Private health rebates may be available)
  • Perth, WA
  • Telehealth also available
  • Book Online

Ella Shannon Morter

Ella Shannon is an Accredited Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor with a passion for helping people move through life with a sense of lightness and joy. For the past 10 years Ella has worked in various roles such as Mental Health Coach, Addiction Counsellor, Relationship Counsellor, Trauma Therapist and currently manages a counselling service that supports victim / survivors of sexual violence.

Ella has a passion for supporting people from all walks of life and sexual orientations to have healthy happy relationships, and is currently completing her Masters in Sexology through Curtin University. She has also studied and taught Yoga, Meditation, Tantra and the Transpersonal for over 20 years and has a strong daily practice using a culmination of these practices. Through her travels overseas, Ella has witnessed and experienced the enormous transformations available to people through the use of ceremonial plant medicines and has a deep respect for this incredible healing paradigm.

In working with clients in a counselling capacity, Ella draws upon many aspects of her training and experience. Modalities used may include Emotionally Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Transpersonal Counselling, Emotional Freedom Technique, Narrative therapy and Mindfulness based approaches.

Ella is based in Cairns, Far North Queensland.

Services

  • Fees $120
  • Face-to-Face in Cairns or Via Zoom

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Chloe Panayiotou

Chloe is a registered Psychologist and certified Hypnotherapist working with adults, youth and children for almost 10 years.  She has worked at her own private practice overseas, worked in youth organizations, various school settings, and private clinics.

She holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Hofstra University in New York and two Master degrees from Columbia University – Teachers College in New York City.  While in NYC, Chloe also developed a passion for Hypnotherapy and completed her certificate in hypnotherapy through the National Guild of Hypnotists Inc.

Chloe has worked with plant medicines and altered states of consciousness over the past 6 years as part of her own healing journey and continues to hold a deep respect for their healing capacity. She is also a member of the first cohort of graduates from Mind Medicine Australia’s Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (CPAT) course.
She is a warm professional who enjoys the challenges of working with a range of clients.  She is passionate about delivering evidence-based intervention that make a difference to the health and wellbeing of her clients. She uses various interventions including,  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based therapies, Emotional Freedom Technique and Hypnosis

Chloe is a dreamer, who wants to help lead a change of our future generations. She loves slow-mornings, the outdoors, travelling, volunteering and the beach. Originally from Cyprus , Chloe now lives in Melbourne.

Services

 Telehealth Only

  • Fees: $185 per session with a rebate of $87.45 under a medicare Mental Health referral.
  • If cancellation occurs in under 24 hours of the session, a $50 fee is incurred.

Indrani Parker

Indrani is a yoga teacher, pre and postnatal birthwork (doula), mother and movement practitioner born in the US and currently living on unceded Kulin nation lands.

She is deeply motivated by being of service to others and the wider community, and cultivating safe, accessible and nurturing spaces where people can explore and express themselves freely. She has a degree in Dance and Arts in Education and an MA in Dance/ Movement Therapy and Counselling. She has studied vinyasa, yin and trauma-informed yoga and has a particular passion and devotion to women’s, fertility, prenatal and postnatal yoga. She is also a supporter of the psychedelic movement and their uses for moving towards healing and transformation. The wisdom that can be accessed through these medicines and through movement as medicine is profound.

As a trauma-informed movement facilitator and support person, she is excited and grateful to be able to connect with community through choice-based embodiment practices so that we may all further cultivate our intuition, sense of self, agency and deep inner knowing.

Services

Indrani offers trauma-informed, one-on-one yoga and/or therapeutic movement explorations.

  • Session durations: 1 hr
  • Investment: $160 and 10 session packs for $1500

Dr Bianca Sebben

B. Psych (Hons) M.Psych (Clin) Ph.D MAAPi

Bianca is a psychologist with experience in both the public and private sectors working with a variety of mental health concerns including complex post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse and personality disorders. Bianca has a particular interest in working with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, addictions, Borderline Personality Disorder and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Bianca uses a variety of evidence-based interventions including Dialectical Behavioural-informed Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Schema Focused Therapy. Bianca enjoys working together with clients to reduce their vulnerabilities to painful emotions, increase their skills to be able to regulate their own emotions, process and heal from their trauma and improve skills for communicating effectively with others.

Bianca has completed postgraduate studies, undertaking her PhD research with Indigenous communities in Australia and Mexico, where she developed an interest in plant medicine. Bianca has worked with Indigenous communities in Australia and abroad for the past decade.
In her spare time, Bianca enjoys salsa dancing, rock climbing and having cuddles with her cat.

Services

  • Fees: $190 with a rebate of $88.25. 24 hours notice required for cancellation or full fee applies to cancellations with less that 24 hours notice/no show
  •  Brisbane / remote

Dr Benjamin Stiel

DPsych MPhil BSc (Hons) Dip Ed BA

Ben is a clinical psychologist based in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. He has over 18 years of therapeutic experience as a youth worker and psychologist, and presently operates a private practice with a focus on relationship therapy, and issues with anxiety.

Ben prefers to take a non-pathologising approach, and tends to steer away from the use of diagnostic labels in formulating his understanding of the difficulties people are experiencing. He operates from the basis that psychological experiences can not be fully understood in isolation, but only in connection to the contexts in which they arise.

Ben is passionately driven to find the most effective ways of assisting people, however he is aware that traditional psychological and pharmaceutical interventions can be limited in their effectiveness for some individuals. As such, he has been following developments in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy with great interest for some years. Ben is proud to be a member of the first cohort of graduates from Mind Medicine Australia’s Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (CPAT) course.

Services

  • Individual session: $175 per 50-minute appointment
  • A rebate of $128.40 is available for each appointment under a GP Mental Health Care Plan referral
  • Sydney (Bondi Junction) / Remote (telehealth)

Janet Testaz

Holistic Nutritionist and Mindset Coach

Janet Testaz, known affectionately as JT, is a practitioner in Nutritional Medicine and the founder of a holistic movement that is centred on health and vitality – not just in the physical sense, but an awakening of the mind and soul too.

As a holistic nutritionist and certified life coach, JT believes the body is equipped to repair itself when it is given the right tools and some genuine self-love, however, she would never have come to this realisation without her own life-altering health scare…

In 2010, JT was suddenly diagnosed with a rare malignant tumour in her kidney that had to be removed. In recovery, JT was struck with the realisation that she had little connection to her own body – and it dawned on her that the way she was living was making her sick.

She began embarking on a journey of self-healing that allowed her to see just how holistically the body works. The foods we eat, the way we think and even the way we deal with our emotions affect mind and body.

After realising how much her lifestyle influenced her health, JT began discovering her new, vibrant self, unearthing new depths of strength and vitality – and a fullness of life that has driven her to help others see the same triumph over illness.

Plant medicine has been an intrinsic part of her healing and she has a profound respect for the power that many plants have in encouraging emotional, physical and spiritual health.

Her own experience with adult acne, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues and gut problems, combined with her Nutritional Medicine Training (Naturopathic philosophy), gives JT practical and personal understanding of the issues involved.

Using life-giving foods, emotional management tools and re-establishing a connection with the amazing world we live in, JT is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for complete, vibrant wellness to everyone she works with.

Services

  • We all need support and guidance in order to overcome our health conditions.
  • JT runs an online holistic health program called ‘The Wellness Project’. She can work with you via 1:1 mentoring over several months. The purpose is to help you to find your own light at the end of the tunnel, by giving you tools that change your health and your life.
  • Sydney / remote

Vass Tsiakalis

BPsySc (Hons), MCouns&PsychTh, ACA-L2

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Vass is based in Sydney and works with individuals through short-term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy. He holds degrees in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, and has been trained in psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. He provides support for issues such as life dissatisfaction, negative thinking, anxiety, substance use and relationship difficulties.

Vass mainly uses the psychodynamic modality, with the aim of increasing self-awareness and better understanding the effect of the past on present behaviour. He helps individuals examine how thoughts, feelings, and actions are interrelated, and how they systemically form habits that drive our behaviour.

Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy using psilocybin and MDMA is currently only available via a Special Access Scheme (SAS-B). Until these medicines are reclassified for therapeutic use, Vass offers psychedelic harm reduction and integration for people who use psychedelics. This can help individuals plan, prepare and gain insight and meaning from their psychedelic experiences.

Services

  • Fees: $170 per 50 minute session
  • Cancellations: 50% of session fee applies when less than 24 hours notice is given
  • Rebates: Private health fund rebates available
  • Location: Sydney & Online

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