About Us

Director

Dr. Margaret Walker  
D.Clin.Psych., MSc. (Psychology), GDSc. (Psychology), B.A. MAPS
Clinical Psychologist

As Director of the Psychology, Trauma & Mindfulness Centre, Dr Walker aims to develop and provide a comprehensive trauma treatment service on the Mornington Peninsula which can offer the most recent research and evidence-based trauma interventions both from Australia and internationally.

Dr Walker specialises in the treatment of complex trauma, including childhood and adult sexual and physical assault, Personality Disorders, Depression and Anxiety disorders; she is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, psychosis, anxiety and mood disorders, substance and process addictions, and the impacts of intimate/partner/family violence.

Dr Walker has expertise in a range of evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr Walker is an Accredited EMDR Practitioner, and has Advanced Level Certification as an Individual Schema Therapist and Schema Therapy Trainer-Supervisor from the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

Dr Walker has a particular interest in the treatment of trauma-related presentations with experience working in the Public, Private and Non-Government mental health sectors. This has included Westmead and Cumberland Hospitals in NSW as an active member of the Westmead/Cumberland Dialectical Behaviour Therapy team; Dympna House – Child Sexual Assault Counselling and Resource Centre; and Directions ACT – Drug Resource and Information Centre in Canberra - a primary care harm-minimisation centre providing counselling, youth support, information, community education and advocacy, and needle exchange. Dr Walker has been working in Private Practice since 2010.

Clinical Staff

Janine Petrass

Bsc(Hons), GradDip(Psych), MPsych(Clinical)
Member: Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Clinical Psychologist

Janine is a Clinical Psychologist who uses a collaborative, empathic and respectful approach to treating a wide variety of issues in adults of all ages including anxiety, depression, stress, persistent worry, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, assertiveness, anger, addictions/substance use, sexual abuse and other trauma-related presentations. Janine also has considerable experience working with Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis.

Janine uses a flexible therapeutic approach, dependent on client needs and treatment goals, utilising a range of therapeutic interventions. In particular, Janine uses a number of evidence-based treatments including Trauma-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness techniques and relaxation strategies.

Janine brings experience from a variety of settings including public mental health services, private practice, DBT group work and crisis (CAT) support.

 

Eunice Fitzsimmons
Master of Psych. (Clinical), B Psych. (Hons),

Clinical Psychologist

Eunice Fitzsimmons is a Clinical Psychologist with many years experience in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Trauma (CPTSD), Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders and addictions. Eunice has experience in both large hospital and private mental health settings, and utilises a range of treatment modalities including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialetic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Mindfulness.

 

Carina Thomas
Psychologist

BBSc, GDAS, MPsych

Carina has expertise in the treatment of complex trauma including physical, sexual and emotional abuse; chronic pain and associated trauma; anxiety and depression; significant life events including major illness and end of life; grief and loss; and workplace illness and injury.

Carina considers the relationship between the mental and physical attributes of her clients and takes a client-centred approach, assessing each person's individual therapeutic needs.

Carina utilises a variety of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and a variety of Somatic Therapy approaches. Carina is also a qualified Alexander Technique practitioner and utilises key principles for mind/body awareness and education.

Carina has an extensive history working in Private, Public and Consulting sectors. She has undertaken a number of employee health and wellbeing roles in Australia and overseas and has experience across a variety of emergency service organisations. Carina commenced individual psychological client work in 2011.

 

Kristen Pringle
M.OTPrac (Occupational Therapy), GradDip (Mental Health Sciences - Infant & Parent) TCTSY-T & F

Clinical Occupational Therapist, Yoga Therapist

Kristen is a mental health Occupational Therapist (OT), yoga therapist and mindfulness facilitator, who is collaborative, compassionate and recovery-oriented when working with individuals, families and groups. Kristen works with people of all ages and across multiple sectors, offering a wide range of evidence-based interventions to meet client's needs.

As a mental health clinician, Kristen is experienced in infant & parent, child/youth, adult and family mental health and somatic interventions. As an occupational therapist, Kristen provides interventions for infants through to adults, including sensory assessment and intervention. Kristen is also an experienced mindfulness facilitator (MSC, MBCT, Senior yoga teacher), a yoga therapist, and is one of three Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Trainers (TCTSY-T) in Australasia.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga & TCTSY (a body-based psychosocial intervention) is offered by Kristen as an adjunctive clinical treatment with individuals, groups and families who have experienced: PTSD; complex and developmental trauma; family violence; sexual assault; or other trauma, dissociative and emotional/behavioural related presentations. Kristen also provides TCTSY training, consultation programs and supervision for organisations, groups and individuals. Alongside TCTSY, Kristen provides other focused psychological strategies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychoeducation, Relaxation strategies and Skills training.