Melanie has been working as a psychologist for over 16 years with experience in a variety of settings. It has been her vision to create a business where people can come to create the changes they want in life, be it in their life goals, relationally, emotionally or physically. It is with this idea she established My Appletree, to gather like minded people to be inspired and encouraged by one another.
As a psychologist, she particularly loves working with couples and families as she feels having healthy relationships is essential to our overall happiness. Melanie has experience working with a variety of issues that couples and families face such as communication breakdown and conflict, infidelity and issues with trust, achieving a satisfying sex life, separation and joining of families and even to explore how to re-ignite the ‘spark’ in a romantic relationship.
She is also an educator in the field, teaching student counsellors and psychologists in the areas of conflict management, developmental psychology and family and relationship counselling.
One of her key strengths is her ability to foster a non-judgmental environment to explore these challenges for couples and individuals, allowing for the safety and trust necessary for a productive counselling dynamic.
She draws on a variety of theories to find an approach that works with each individual. These approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focussed Therapy, Imago Therapy and Gottman’s approach to relationships. Melanie is a Registered psychologist with AHPRA. She holds a Masters of Science in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) as well as a Masters in Applied Psychology (Coaching Psychology); Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) all from Sydney University. From Macquarie University she has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.
Noga is a Psychologist with 25 years experience. She enjoys working with couples and families on relationship issues to improve skills in communication, problem solving and conflict resolution. Initially working with individuals, she witnessed how strong, solid relationships can heal emotional wounds and empower growth. She developed expertise in relationship counselling while continuing to work with individuals, children and adolescents on various issues including depression, anxiety, stress, career and life transitions.
Noga’s approach combines CBT, solution-focused therapy, narrative and psychodynamic perspectives with emphasis on positive psychology. Warm, genuine and compassionate, she seeks to create a safe, non-judgemental space to enable clients to open-up and reflect. Noga’s strength is keeping a positive focus. She empowers clients to set meaningful goals and nurtures their capability to change. She builds, and relies on client engagement and commitment as the basis of treatment success, while problem-solving strategies are always discussed and tailored to suit each individual’s need and situation. Noga has also worked in corporate and organisational settings, consulting to companies and professional organisations to help individuals and teams to surmount career related issues.
Relationships and their profound impact on individuals lives is my passion in life. Reading, researching and furthering my knowledge on the topic has been my favourite thing to do for as long as I can remember.
My focus as a therapist is prevention. I want to de-stigmatise therapy as a daunting experience and instead turn it into a building block which supports couples and individuals in implementing strategies to build and create strong and positively functioning life long relationships.
I have spent 9 years running my personal training business. As a result of this I am a strong believer that physical and mental health go hand in hand. This has had a direct influence on my holistic view on therapy which I use to support my clients in an empathetic and practical manner.
It is truely an honor for me to provide the tools for people grow and connect and then witness the domino effect this has on their lives.
I utilise varying approaches during therapy including techniques from Gottman, Emotional Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I’m a big believer in incorporating psychological techniques in to your life in ways you find enjoyable and accessible to create maintainable positive changes.
When I’m not working as a therapist I enjoy time with my large, tight-knit family, practicing Muay Thai and I can never get enough of being out in nature!
Massage Therapist- Natural Therapist
Rita has been working as a massage and natural therapist for over 20 years. She has a strong following of clientele that return not only for her unique style of massage but for the comfort and support that she provides to all her clients. Rita has a wealth of knowledge about health, diet and nutrition.
Rita has a Diploma of Remedial Massage and Reflexology and is a member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
Justin Doran is a clinical psychologist who brings a warm, respectful and collaborative approach to helping people explore difficulties and new ways of being in the world. He adds a generalist psychological approach the My Appletree team, seeing clients experiencing depression, anxiety, significant stress, grief and loss, life transition and other challenges.
Justin works with people of all ages as well as families. He is trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and attachment-based family therapy. Justin draws from each of these therapeutic approaches to achieve best outcomes for the individual client or people that he is working with.
Prior to establishing a private practice, Justin gained extensive experience working with people of all ages in a range of clinical roles within the public health sector.
Justin also has a background in research and tertiary level teaching at the Black Dog Institute, Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong. Through these positions he has published numerous peer-reviewed publications and presented at national conferences.
Justin holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Wollongong, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Macquarie University.
Away from the therapy couch, Justin enjoys spending time with the people he loves, trying to lower his golf handicap, and surfing along Sydney’s beautiful northern beaches.
In recent years, he has also worked in adjunct teaching roles at Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong, teaching in the areas of developmental psychology and health psychology.
Remedial Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer
With six years experience as a Pilates instructor, Jessie has had refined her skills in helping numerous clients with various injuries, be it sporting injuries or the grind of day to day sitting at a desk that so many of us do.
She has a sound understanding of human anatomy, physiology and the mechanisms of movement. This knowledge compliments Jessie’s training and application of Remedial Massage.
Her treatments focus on marrying physical and mental health through deep tissue manipulation, correcting posture and increasing strength and balance. She specialises in correcting overcompensatory patterns through postural and rehabilitation exercises and cupping.
When Jessie isn’t helping others she enjoys hiking and practicing yoga.