Meet our Psychologists and Social Workers

Vanessa Launer

Adelaide Psychologists

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

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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Paige Knott

Adelaide Psychologists

Paige is passionate about helping people to understand and overcome problems, learn practical strategies and coping skills, and achieve their goals. She has a warm, gentle approach and values building a trusting relationship with her clients.

Paige primarily uses a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, however she is continually learning and building her repertoire of therapeutic skills. Paige works collaboratively with people to find ways to individualise evidence-based therapeutic techniques to make them meaningful and accessible.

In life outside of the office, Paige enjoys spending time with family and friends, attempting various creative ventures, and picnicking in the sunshine.

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Mel Grover

Adelaide Psychologists

Mel is a Provisional 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 is a Provisional Psychologist who uses her previous experience as an early childhood behaviour specialist to support her work with children and families. 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, and she is particularly passionate about working with parents and carers to understand tricky behaviour in early childhood. Esther has worked with a diverse range of clients and provides flexible, adaptive, and evidence informed strategies to support children and families. 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 the garden with her young family, going for a walk to enjoy the sunshine, or curled up with a good book and a cuppa.

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Ciara Merrifield

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- Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (Masters Degree Social work)

- Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy

- Grad Cert in Developmental Trauma

- Cert IV 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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