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Psychology is the science of behaviour and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought. It is an academic discipline and a social science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.

At The Neighbourhood Clinic we provide Clinical Psychology and general Psychology services to Fitzroy North, Fitzroy, Carlton North, Carlton, Abbotsford, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Northcote, Thornbury, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Preston and Fairfield.



Most of our psychology clients are referred by their General Practitioner, via a Mental Health Care Plan.  

A Mental Health Care Plan provides Medicare subsidised psychologist appointments.  Clients with a plan are eligible to receive Medicare rebates for up to ten appointments per calendar year, plus a further 10 appointments per calendar year until 20 June 2022 under the Better Access Pandemic Support measure.  The GP will need to complete a Mental Health Care Plan and psychology referral prior to the initial psychology appointment.  We will need to have a copy of the referral on file before the initial psychology appointment, to enable the rebate to be claimed.  Clients will need to have further appointments with their GP to obtain new referrals and review their Mental Health Care Plan throughout the year, as instructed by their GP and psychologist.

For clients who do not have a referral and Mental Health Care Plan, a rebate may be able to be claimed from their Private Health Insurance Fund. 

Our Reception team can arrange to claim your eligible rebate after you have attended and paid for each appointment.



Each session lasts for approximately 50 minutes. If you are late, your consultation may still finish at the scheduled time, to be fair to other clients.

If you would like to change or cancel your appointment, 24 hours notice is required. If you do not cancel your appointment within this time period (or fail to attend) you may incur a $90 non-attendance fee.


Your Local Clinical Psychologists

Carolyn Deans Clinical Psychologist in Fitzroy North



PhD (Uni Melb) DPsych (Clin) (ANU)MAPS 

Dr Carolyn Deans is a clinical psychologist with a focus on life transitions, recovery from trauma, and men’s health. Her specialisation is in resilience mechanisms following significant life events. She has significant experience with military, veteran and emergency services personnel. She has also worked with older adults and in men’s and women’s health settings, including in perinatal mental health.

Your Psychologists

Katherine Poynton Psychologist at The Ne



BAppSc(HlthSc), BAppSc(Psych)(Hons), MEdPysch, MEd 

Katherine welcomes clients of all ages, from all backgrounds and she engages in a range of evidence-based practices and techniques stemming from cognitive behaviour therapy, solution-focused therapy, emotion-focused therapy, trauma-informed approaches, and mindfulness. 


She values creating a warm, open, authentic, and inclusive environment for clients to explore the therapeutic process in a way that is most meaningful for them.

Dayna Hoole Psychologist The Neighbourhood Clinic



BSc (psychology and Counselling)

Dayna welcomes diversity and has experience working across the lifespan seeing children, adolescents and adults presenting with a range of complex mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, adjustment disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also works with clients experiencing issues that impact their well-being such as stress, transitions, separation/divorce, parenting difficulties, relationship difficulties as well as sexuality and gender related concerns.

Linda Russell Psychologist in Fitzroy



BA, BSc (Hons) Psych, M Couns, MAPS

Linda works with client issues including anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, life transitions and adjustments, self-esteem, relationships and personal growth work. Linda’s work is influenced by the humanistic approach with its focus on working with her clients authentically, collaboratively and respectfully in the therapeutic relationship.

Jacqueline Bailey Psychologist The Neighbourhood Clinic



B.A. (Psych) Grad. Dip. (Psych) Assoc. MAPS

Masters in Therapeutic Arts

Jackie is on maternity leave until late 2022.

Jackie has experience working in not-for-profit organisations, community health settings and private practice. Her clinical areas of expertise include managing mood disorders, anxiety and phobias, stress, grief, separation and divorce, adjustment issues, trauma related disorders and parenting strategies.

Chandra Lydall Psychologist The Neighbourhood Clinic



Chandra works to create a safe and collaborative therapeutic space for meaningful change to occur. She has experience supporting clients through anxiety and depression, exposure to trauma, grief and loss, ill health and major life transitions. She uses evidence-based therapeutic models, including cognitive behavioural therapy, flexibly drawing from different modalities to suit the needs and personality of the individual. 

BA(Hons), MClinPsych

Emma Evans local Psychologist in Fitzroy



 BA(Hons), GradDipPsych, BAppSc(Psych)(Hons), GradCertNarrTh, MProfPsych, MAPS 

Emma is a registered psychologist who welcomes adolescent and adult clients from all backgrounds. She completed her Masters of Professional Psychology at Monash University in 2014. Most recently Emma worked in the community sector, providing individual and family counselling to young people and adults experiencing mental health issues and relationship conflict.


Emma has a particular interest in client issues including anxiety, depression, trauma-related disorders, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, parenting, life transitions and adjustment disorders. She takes a collaborative, person-centred approach, with emphasis on building the therapeutic relationship. She values playfulness, creativity and authenticity in the therapeutic setting. She is flexible and responsive in her approach, tuning into what clients want and how they like to work and tailoring interventions accordingly.


Emma is trained in techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Schema Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).



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