Our Vision

Our vision is to bring the “spirit” of Cognitive Analytic Therapy to therapeutic practice and understanding. The collaborative and relational aspect of Cognitive Analytic Therapy is not only used in counselling but to assist people to make decisions around care that is respectful and compassionate.

 


Our Mission

In Dialogue aims to provide counselling, consultation and training that is high-quality, humane and collaborative. Our staff take into account the whole person experience and work with clients and their support network under the relational model that is Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

 


Our Values

Collaboration – we acknowledge that working together yields better results

Respect – we seek to create and maintain respectful relationships that acknowledge our value and self-worth.

Genuineness – we will be open, honest, ethical and ourselves with each other and the people we work with.

Positivity – we hold hope that change is possible and that people can live full and rich lives.

Diversity – we recognise and celebrate the value of diversity in our lives and community.

Quality – we maintain commitment to delivering high quality services through ongoing learning, openness to feedback, innovation and reflective practice

IN DIALOGUE PRACTICE

In Dialogue Practice

In Dialogue Practice is staffed by individual practitioners who provide counselling within the relational framework that Cognitive Analytic Therapy promotes. Jen Wood and Lee Crothers, Directors of In Dialogue Practice, believe that a supportive team environment is needed to have supportive practitioners.Read more

OUR PRACTITIONERS

Lee Crothers

Director, In Dialogue Practice

I am a psychotherapist and occupational therapist and have worked in private practice since 2006 and public mental health since 1995. I first became an occupational therapist because of my interest in helping people regain, or maintain, a life worth living to them; a life they find meaningful. A meaningful life means different things to different people. A large part of my work is helping people who may be having difficulties, consider and learn new ways of being or coping while adapting and using the skills they already possess.

Working with people in a collaborative way is important to me and my many years of clinical experience help me recognise and understand the challenges people face and what clinical care they may need. As well as having a long working relationship with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, I was one of the first clinicians in Australia to become an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner, and now I am training and supervising CAT clinicians in Melbourne. I am also an executive member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT), and an Occupational Therapy Australia member registered with AHPRA. I am the founder of In Dialogue.

As such, I am experienced in seeing teenagers, young adults and adults with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and PTSD, as well as people who self harm and experience suicidal thinking, and those experiencing relationship problems and stress. In addition, I am experienced in working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and/or those who identify as gender diverse/gender neutral or same sex attracted/bisexual.

I use interventions that have an evidence base such as:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT)

In Dialogue also provides learning opportunities for professionals wanting to know more about Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and its application to their work setting. If you would like to be kept informed about upcoming training opportunities please contact In Dialogue and you will be added to our email subscription list.

Jen Wood

Director, In Dialogue Practice

I am a Clinical Psychologist with twenty years experience working in community and public mental health services. My interest in supporting people led me to complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2009) and undertake further specialisation as a Cognitive Analytic Therapist. I believe the way we relate to ourselves and others is a powerful determinant of our wellbeing, and that by reflecting on our patterns of relating we can make changes that enable us to live more content, enjoyable and personally meaningful lives.

I am a registered Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and AHPRA. I have extensive training and experience in both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy, and am an accredited member of ANZACAT. I have worked with adolescents, adults and families with a range of difficulties; anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, psychosis, deliberate self-harm and suicidal thoughts, eating and body image concerns, addiction. I am particularly interested in supporting people with relationship or parenting difficulties, trouble sustaining meaningful roles or healthy lifestyles, managing stress, maintaining confidence or adjusting to change or loss.

At In Dialogue I am available for individual counseling and professional supervision.

Dr Manon Burgat

I am a clinical psychologist registered with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Psychology Board of Australia). A longstanding interest in human experiences and mental health led me to complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I have had the opportunity to practice in a number of settings, including outpatient clinics, community services, and youth specialist clinics. Currently I am working in both private practice and public mental health services.

Through my various roles I have provided support to adolescents, adults, couples and families struggling with an array of complex difficulties. I view psychological therapy as a invaluable tool to enable individuals to gain unique insights and develop new ways of relating to themselves and the world around them. I am passionate about assisting the people I work with to explore, reflect on, and overcome difficulties, and to ultimately work towards living more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

At In Dialogue, I offer psychological therapy to those aged 12 and above experiencing a wide range of concerns, such as mood difficulties (e.g. depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety or pervasive worries, disordered eating and body image concerns, personality disorders, suicidal thinking and self-harm, trauma, psychotic symptoms, substance use concerns, grief and loss, adjustment to life difficulties, general stress, existential concerns, and relationship difficulties. I welcome, and have experience working with, individuals of diverse gender, sexuality, and culture.

Prior to embarking on therapy, I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to identify an approach that aligns with their needs and goals. I have received training in several evidenced based therapeutic modalities. I am skilled in delivering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In addition to postgraduate education, I have completed 2 years of specialist training and supervision in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. I tend to practice within this framework predominantly as I find it particularly useful in assisting individuals to generate new understandings and shift longstanding unhelpful patterns of interacting that may be impairing mental health and wellbeing.

Michelle Ferris

I am a counsellor and registered clinical social worker who has been working in social service settings for the past 16 years. I believe that therapy should enhance a person’s unique strengths, teach new coping skills and offer insights into challenges that are preventing a person from living life as their heart desires.

I have trained in a number of therapies including Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Soul Centered Psychotherapy. My interest and passion for working with a focus on relationships, with our selves, with others and with our environment, led me to study Cognitive Analytic Therapy. I am currently in my first year of a two year training course at Orygen Youth Health.

At In Dialogue I offer clinical supervision and individual counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking and self harm, gender dysphoria, sexual abuse and addiction.

Jacqui Mackinnon

I am a psychotherapist and occupational therapist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency and Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health initiative. I currently work in both private practice and public mental health services.

I have had extensive experience working with young people, adults and families providing treatment for a range of personal difficulties. These include stress and anxiety, mood fluctuations including depression and bipolar disorder, relationship challenges, life and role changes including parenting, work life balance, disordered eating in​cluding body image concerns, suicidal thinking and self harm, trauma, behavioural and addiction problems, symptoms of psychosis and self esteem. Additionally I am experienced in working with people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and/or those who identify as gender diverse or neutral.

I believe that no one therapy alone can truly assist with exploring your unique experience, circumstances and patterns of relating. For this reason I draw on a range of therapeutic models to equip you with strategies to find a way forward. I am a qualified Cognitive Analytic Therapy practitioner and have also completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

In session I have a down to earth and open communication style. I am understanding and my aim is to provide a safe space where you can share your story. From here we will explore what may be leading you to feel stuck by viewing the difficulty in a wider context.

I also have a strong belief in the value of clinical supervision for those wanting to reflect on current work challenges, build on strengths or explore alternative vocational directions.

Catharine McNab

I have worked in public mental health services for the past fifteen years. My interest in working with people in ways that meaningfully affect the quality of their lives led me to complete a combined PhD/Masters of Clinical Psychology, with my clinical training focusing on cognitive behavioural therapy and other evidence-based therapies such as acceptance and commitment therapy and other mindfulness-based interventions. I have since further specialised as a cognitive analytic therapy practitioner and supervisor. The adults, young adults, and families with whom I have worked have had a range of different difficulties, including worries and anxiety; mood difficulties, such as ongoing sadness, depression and bipolar disorder; eating concerns; more longstanding problems that are sometimes called personality difficulties; and symptoms of psychosis.

I am an accredited clinical psychologist and supervisor with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (specifically the Psychology Board of Australia). The supervision I provide focuses on the importance of bringing a relational perspective to the work we do as clinicians.

At In Dialogue, I offer individual work with young people (aged 12 years or over) and adults. I also offer supervision of qualified clinicians and clinicians-in-training.

Jen O’Brien

I am an Occupational Therapist and ANZACAT approved practitioner. I have 15 years of experience working in public and private mental health in Australia, the UK and Ireland. I have specialist skills for working with depression, anxiety, personality difficulties and general relationship issues and have specialised in working with young people.

As a CAT practitioner the first step in therapy is to establish a safe and trusting relationship. From here developing a shared understanding of how you experience the world and current difficulties supports us in developing your goals for therapy. Each session is grounded by returning to these goals and allows you to see the steps forward to creating positive changes in your life.

I have postgraduate qualifications in Creative and Art Therapy and like to utilise creative modalities along with traditional talking therapies when working with people in the therapeutic counselling setting such as using art, craft, movement and writing.

For some people coming to therapy sessions can be daunting and it can be difficult to know where to start therefore using a broad range of therapeutic modalities allows individuals to share how they are feeling in a safe and comfortable way.

Jade Stapleton

Office Administrator & Receptionist

Jade Stapleton is the office administrator and receptionist at In Dialogue Practice. Jade’s warm personality welcomes you, as the first point of contact, when you walk up our stairs.

It is Jade’s goal that everyone feels welcome and supported in our clinic. She has a keen interest in helping others with a community spirit that drives her involvement in local fundraising and social events.

Jade is a wife, a mother, a dreamer and a creator, who loves a cup of tea and has a serious obsession with rearranging furniture! With a background in textile design and silversmithing, Jade spends her time away from In Dialogue Practice making jewellery and crafting (when she’s not busy moving couches or assembling new shelving!).

Jade is an integral part of our team at In Dialogue Practice, eager to support our practitioners and dedicated to providing a nourishing environment for our clients.