Meet our Psychologists and Social Workers

Vanessa Launer

Adelaide Psychologists

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Developmental Disabilities)

Drawing upon holistic and evidence-based practices, Vanessa uses a range of therapeutic approaches to inform her work with children, teenagers, and adults. She places importance on establishing a trusting relationship so as to impact positive outcomes for her clients.

Vanessa highly values social justice principles, believing that access to quality care and support is everyone’s right, and this belief has been reflected in her extensive history of working with those living with disability and disadvantage.  Vanessa’s work is also influenced by diverse areas, such neurobiology, self-compassion, eastern philosophy, environmentalism and sustainability.

Vanessa tends to like things on the quirky side, whether that is the music, fun, food, movies, clothes, jewellery, hobbies and other interests that she enjoys. Most weekends you will find Vanessa working in the garden, browsing through op shops, at a vintage market, or spending time with family and friends.

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Graeme Van Tongerloo

Adelaide Psychologists

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Bachelor of Biochemistry

Enriched through a diversity of professional and personal experiences, Graeme incorporates each into his eclectic approach to compliment the skills of those with whom he works. He greatly values the need we all have to be understood and appreciated as unique and thus require compassionate, individualised support. 

Graeme provides evidence-based clinical psychology services to children, teens, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings and covers a broad range of issues.

Graeme’s optimism, genuineness and sense of humour are integral to his practice. When not at work, Graeme can often be found adventuring in the company of canines, crashing around on two wheels or immersed with an artistic instrument in hand.

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Mel Grover

Adelaide Psychologists

Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)
Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma
Bachelor of Psychological Science

Mel is a Registered Psychologist who highly values connection and relationship which she views is essential in her work with children, adolescents, adults and parents. She adopts a playful and warm approach particularly in her work with young people, and feels that it is important to view each client as a unique individual with exclusive needs.

With extensive knowledge and experience in the impact of trauma, she is particularly passionate about supporting people to work through traumatic experiences with the use of a range of therapeutic approaches that encompass the mind and body. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Radical Exposure Therapy (RET), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as other evidenced-based and creative approaches. Mel also has two trained therapy dogs which she often incorporates into sessions with the use of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).

When not at work Mel can be found walking her two dogs, searching through second hand and vintage shops for something dusty and interesting; or spending time with family and friends.

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Esther Fidock

Esther

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Esther is a Provisional Psychologist who works with children and families, with a particular interest in the area of neurodiversity – autism and ADHD. She believes that warm, trusting relationships are integral to good health and wellbeing, and feels privileged to be able to develop connections with clients and walk alongside them as they navigate life's challenges.

Her work is influenced by Circle of Security principles and ACT. She welcomes members of the LGBTQI+ community and enjoys working with a diverse range of clients, using flexible, adaptive, and evidence informed strategies. Esther sees play as the means through which children explore and understand their world, and loves using playfulness as an opportunity to help children develop social, emotional, and self regulatory skills.

When she's not at work, you can find Esther in her garden, going for a walk to enjoy the sunshine, or curled up with a good book and a coffee.

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Ciara Merrifield

Ciara Merrifield#5

Master of Social Work
Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma
Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate IV of Training and Assessment

Informed by an eclectic mix of evidence-based approaches, Ciara uses her kindness and compassion to form trusting relationships with the children, young people, adults and families that she works with.  Naturally curious, she values the client’s unique experience and takes their lead when facilitating their desired goals.

Using a warm and playful approach, Ciara’s practice is informed by social justice, neurobiology, knowledge of the impacts of trauma, and environmental considerations. This is underpinned by skills in the use of several therapy modalities including EMDR, systems therapy, narrative practice and family therapy. She is also interested in the somatic impacts of distress / mental health concerns and will incorporate body movement and relaxation techniques that are based in the science of our nervous systems into her practice.

An adventurous girl with a love of nature, when Ciara is not at work you can normally find her scuba diving or hiking in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and beyond. She also enjoys mindfulness and yoga practice. Overall, she values her family, friends and community and so enjoys a good bar-b or shared meal.

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Mandy Flint

Mandy Shadded Resize

Master of Social Work
Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy
Certificate IV of Training and Assessment

Mandy is a Mental Health Social Worker with over 17 years experience in the social welfare field. Adopting a warm and playful approach, Mandy values connection, safety and self determination, which she views as essential in her work with children, adolescents and adults. Mandy’s practice is informed by trauma responsive practice, neuroscience and social justice. She is also interested in the somatic impacts of distress and trauma and incorporates evidence based body movement and relaxation techniques into her practice.

With extensive knowledge and experience in the impact of trauma, she is particularly passionate about supporting people to work through traumatic experiences with the use of a range of therapeutic approaches including self compassion, EMDR, mindfulness, play and creative therapies. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and art therapy.
When not at work Mandy enjoys connecting with nature, spending time with family and friends and dabbling in art based exploration.

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Nicole Milky

NicoleMilky

Masters of Psychology (Professional)
Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Bachelor of Psychological Science

Nicole is a Provisional Psychologist who has previous experience leading group-based therapy with children, performing assessments with young people, health coaching with adults and volunteering at Lifeline. She believes in creating safe spaces for clients to freely express themselves without judgement.

Nicole has strong family-focussed values, which drives her passion for working with children, young people and their families. Her experience drawing on CBT skills and mindfulness strategies influences her approach in supporting and building rapport with clients.

When she’s not at work, you can find Nicole enjoying walks along the beach at sunset and spending time with her family.

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