Our Team

In Dialogue Practice brings together therapists who provide individual counselling and psychotherapy to adolescents and adults.  Our Practice is staffed by individual practitioners who provide counselling within the relational framework that Cognitive Analytic Therapy promotes. 

In Dialogue Practitioners advocate a collaborative, non-judgmental model of care; one that assists people to relate better to themselves and others, and one that acknowledges difference, diversity and a person’s ability to be self-reflective and responsive to their own personal growth. Our practitioners, informed by the principles of Cognitive Analytic Therapy, acknowledge that not one approach suits everyone. As such we have specialities in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and IPT (Interpersonal Therapy).

Group ProgramsIn Dialogue Practice hope to enhance the psychological care it provides by offering relational skills-based groups. These groups will provide an opportunity to share with others various skills and experiences and offer participants support, education and practise to increase interpersonal awareness and thus social connection in a cost-effective way.  See our events page for information on any upcoming sessions.

Dr Jen Wood and Lee Crothers, Directors of In Dialogue Practice, believe that a supportive team environment is needed to have supportive practitioners. You can read more about our Directors, Practitioners and Admin team by selecting their name below.

DIRECTOR 
In Dialogue Practice

DIRECTOR 
In Dialogue Practice

PRACTICE MANAGER
In Dialogue Practice

Our Practitioners

"My approach focuses on collaboration to enhance resilience, insight, and emotional regulation within an evidence-based framework."​
"I believe that creating a safe, supportive space for therapy can allow for the exploration of life struggles, painful events and relationship issues, eventually creating the powerful potential for healing and change in people’s lives."​
"I bring my imperfect self into the therapy room. I am warm and authentic, and actively encourage dialogue and feedback about therapy as it progresses. A therapy relationship where you feel safe, seen and heard is essential for it to be helpful."
"I feel privileged to join people as they explore their inner world, relationships and challenges. My approach is a balance of warmth, compassion and collaborative with a touch of humour."​
I understand that not one therapy model fits all and believe that a flexible and collaborative approach is needed when embarking on a therapeutic journey.
"I value a collaborative approach to diagnosis and treatment, and am keen on developing a mutually meaningful formulation of mental health problems that builds on top of, but is not limited to, biomedical frameworks of understanding."​
"I enjoy working alongside people to reflect and learn new ways of being or coping while adapting and using the skills they already possess. In setting up In Dialogue we are creating a collaborative place where people, both providing or receiving therapy, feel they have a say in the process."​
"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."​
"My approach in therapy is warm, open, collaborative and curious; I aim to create a space where people feel safe and seen so that we can explore together and cultivate more helpful ways of understanding and relating, to self, to others and to the things that challenge us."​
"I acknowledge the immense courage that it takes to be vulnerable and talk about difficult emotions, relationships or events. My style is guided by respect and compassion."
"My approach is to explore the experiences and symptoms of each individual and to develop an understanding of the meaning and impact of these experiences on the whole person, in order to develop truly collaborative goals for treatment."
"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 bring a compassionate and strengths-based approach to all of my work, drawing on Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and creative arts therapy techniques"
"I work in a way that focuses on helping people live lives that feel more true and less troublesome to them. Regardless of the nature of the difficulties, the spirit of my work is collaborative, curious, warm, and authentic."​
"I believe that any conversation about our mental health needs should start with understanding and a non-judgmental approach. All of us are unique and dynamic; we have our own stories, struggles, strengths, hopes and needs. Recognizing this should be an integral part of good clinical care. I see my work as a therapist as providing a safe space to offer support, and to collaboratively develop an understanding of what might be happening and why, with the goal of building coping skills and resilience."​
"I believe every person experiences difficulties for different reasons at some point in their lives. I work collaboratively with people to support them to recognise, understand and strengthen their current resources whilst building and integrating new ways of being to increase connection and reduce distress."​
“I strongly believe that a person is the expert in their own life, and for this reason I collaborate with people to set realistic goals for therapy. Together we can come up with a personalised plan to help you use the skills that you have and develop new ones to make positive changes.”
"I work with a person to support them to make sense of their challenges and be more aware of, and connected to, their strengths. My style is guided by being genuine, caring, curious and collaborative. I work flexibly and adapt my approach to best fit the needs and preferences of each person I work with."
“I believe we can all benefit from space to curiously explore the various factors which make us who we are and have come to impact on us now. Through therapy we gain a clearer sense of how we view ourselves and others, and how we operate. This allows for making alterations and changes where necessary or gives us some renewed direction.”
“In order to explore emotional challenges and harness the courage to experiment with new ways of interacting with the world, I believe patients first need to be listened to and understood. I work hard to maintain a collaborative, flexible, client centred approach to therapy that involves both developing greater insight into emotional experiences and developing new ways of interacting with the self, others and the world. That is, therapy that involves both observing and doing, acceptance and change..”

Frequently asked questions

Most clinicians who work in public mental health require what is called a “core degree” such as clinical psychology, social work, occupational therapy or psychiatric nursing. These professionals may also train in providing psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Psychotherapy involves using talking as the main tool or intervention in order to understand, manage or change problematic thoughts, feelings and behaviours. All our practitioners have studied one or more psychotherapies as part of, or on top of, their core degree.

Yes, if you are referred under a mental heath care plan from your GP or psychiatrist you will be eligible for a rebate from Medicare. All clinicians charge a gap fee.

Broadly, the first session is where we seek to get to know a little about you and what is troubling you, as well as giving you the space to ask questions about how we work or what therapy may look like. You do not have to discuss anything that you feel too uncomfortable revealing. The session usually goes for 55 minutes leaving five minutes for billing.

Bring your Medicare card (or number) and, if you have one, your referral from your GP or other health professional. It is often useful to know if your Medicare card is linked to your bank account so you can claim your Medicare easily. You can check or link your Medicare to your account through the Medicare site.

This is difficult to answer as everyone is different in their approach to change and in how much support they need to achieve that change.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a time limited therapy which aims to develop a shared understanding of the relational, thinking and behavioural patterns underlying a problem, and identify more helpful alternatives. CAT promotes the belief that people can develop their own expertise and continue to work on change independently after therapy. How many sessions this will involve varies. The nature of the problem to be addressed, as well as practical considerations such as time and finances, all play a part.

As a guide most people have ten to sixteen sessions. It is useful to talk about this and agree to an amount of sessions that both your therapist and you feel is realistic in the first few sessions. We can always change this as we get further into therapy.

If you have decided you do not want to continue it would be great for you to discuss this with us, we would like to know if you are unhappy with your sessions, expect more or something different. Alternatively, you may feel that you have done enough for now, it is a collaborative therapy and you should feel comfortable deciding what is enough.

It is also possible that you may prefer to work with someone with a different style, we are open to this as therapy is very personal and not everyone is suited to one approach or therapist. If this becomes the case we are happy to discuss this with you and help you access a mental health care provider, either at In Dialogue or somewhere else, more suitable to your requirements.

We understand that sometimes the unexpected happens and you will need to change your appointment. We ask that you provide as much notice as possible, so that the appointment time can be offered to someone else in need.

Cancellations can be made by contacting the practice on 9191 6726 or emailing admin@indialogue.com.au

If your appointment is on a Monday, please contact the practice before 10am on Friday. For all other appointments please provide at least 48 hours’ notice. Cancellations made with less than the required notice will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the session fee, non-attendance without notice will incur the full feee. This helps to partially cover the costs and loss of income incurred by your therapist.

Cancellation and non-attendance fees are not eligible for Medicare rebates.

Just like any consultation with a health care service, your information and what you discuss is private. Therapists keep a brief written summary of your sessions, these files are kept in a locked cabinet in a locked office or through e-files that are secure and can only be accessed by the clinician. Your information will not be disclosed to others except in the following circumstances:

  • you provide a verbal or written request for your clinician to do so, eg in a. support letter.
  • you are referred under a mental health care plan, in this case the clinician is required to provide a brief report to your referring GP, this usually consists of your diagnosis (if any) and a few lines update on the focus of therapy, treatment plan, progress and suggested follow-up.
  • you are at risk of harm to yourself or others, in which case your clinician has a responsibility to elicit appropriate support in order to maintain safety.
  • when required by law (court subpoena) to disclose information.

If any of these situations arise your therapist will endeavor to discuss with you what will be disclosed.

In Dialogue Practice’ is located at  636 Sydney Rd Brunswick.

It is easily accessible by tram #19 stop 25 (Stewart St). If travelling by train, Anstey Station is nearby at Albion St and Orient Grove. 

See the contact page for a map and more detailed travel information, including parking options.

In Dialogue acknowledges we are not set up for people who use wheelchairs or have impaired  mobility.  Please talk to us about your access requirements. 

We occupy both the ground floor and first floor of our premises and there is no lift. 

minimum door width: 82cm

entrance step: 15cm

Please don’t hesitate to contact In Dialogue if you have any further questions or concerns about your appointment at In Dialogue.