Prof Tony Paolini
Founder and CEO
Professor Tony Paolini MPsych (Clin Neuro) PhD MAPS is a psychologist and internationally recognised neuroscientist and leads ISN Psychology, an Institute for Higher Education. He has qualifications in psychology (MPsych – Clin Neuro) and in Neuroscience (PhD). Under the mentorship of Professor Graeme Clark, he lead the Auditory Clinical Neuroscience Unit at the Bionic Ear Institute. He has published significant internationally peer-reviewed papers in many fields of neuroscience and psychology including hearing sciences, medical bionics, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and behavioural and social neuroscience. With a research and clinical interest in the role anxiety plays in sensory perception, Professor Paolini is utilising his knowledge to help treat clients who have a heightened sensitivity to sounds and tinnitus distress. He was Professor and Head of Psychology at RMIT University, Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, and holds adjunct positions at La Trobe University and The University of Melbourne.
Dr Emma Nicholls
Clinic Director, Kew
Dr Emma Nicholls is a Clinical Psychologist and board-approved supervisor with over 12 years experience. Emma–s therapeutic style is collaborative and warm, and she tailors treatment to focus on the client–s personal goals. She works from a place of empathy, support and patience, with treatment that is often long-term in nature depending on the needs of the individual. She has extensive experience in working with trauma, PTSD and Personality Disorders, depression and anxiety disorders. Therapy with Emma can include practical skills, psycho-education, and in-depth therapeutic processes to understand psychological and emotional processes. Her aim is to support clients using the most up to date evidence-based treatments to assist in gaining awareness and a sense of self-efficacy in managing MH issues and improving life satisfaction. Emma has undertaken specialised training in: CBT, DBT, ACT, CPT, Schema therapy, trauma-focussed. She also supervises psychologists and students.
Clinic Director, Bundoora
Catherine Panayi will oversee both ISN Clinic’s in Bundoora and Ivanhoe. Catherine has, over the course of 15 years, developed experience in supervising provisional psychologists and early career psychologists. She has worked in a range of public and private settings including public mental health in Geelong, Western GP Division, Back2Work and privately liaising and building working relationships with medical and non-medical professionals.
Sport and Exercise Psychologist/Supervisor
David is a qualified and registered psychologist based in Melbourne, Australia. David specializes in sport and exercise psychology. David’s experiences in the field have consisted of working both locally and internationally with a range of different sports and athletes. At present David is the lead Psychologist for the Geelong Football Club and AFL Players Association, he has also consulted for the Malaysian Olympic cycling program, and as a result of having worked internationally been fortunate enough to build relationships with Football powerhouse FC Barcelona and the Manchester City group via consulting for Melbourne city FC. Being influenced heavily by the latest neuroscience information David’s experiences include; assisting organisations to create enriched high performance environments; training athletes in all areas of high performance including, resilience, skill acquisition, attentional control, mindfulness, cognitive and behavioural change, performance under pressure, leadership, and high performance self-management.
Dr Michelle Noonan
Michelle is an experienced Clinical Psychologist, a Psychology Board of Australia Approved Supervisor, a credentialled Eating Disorder Clinician, and a yoga teacher. Michelle has over 10 years’ experience in clinical practice and has worked across a range of settings including hospital, private practice and education.
Michelle is skilled in providing psychological therapy for adolescents and adults, and has extensive experience in working with complex trauma, PTSD, personality disorder, adjustment to major life changes, anxiety, and mood disorders. Her current clinical work mainly involves working with adults in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues. Michelle practices from an inclusive ‘Health at Every Size’ (HAES) framework. Michelle’s approach is warm, compassionate, and collaborative. She utilises a range of evidence-based, client-centred, and embodied approaches that are tailored to the individual needs and goals.
Laura is a warm and compassionate Clinical Psychologist who has many year experience working with adults with a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, postnatal depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, loss and grief and workplace issues. Laura particularly enjoys working with clients going through life transitions such as from school to university, adjusting to parenthood and retirement, relationship breakdowns and changes in life circumstances.
Laura seeks to gain a deep understanding of the causal factors impacting the client’s current situation and works collaboratively with them to determine their goals of therapy and the the best approach for treatment. She uses a range of frameworks including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, ACT, and Mindful Self-Compassion.
Laura has worked in a range of settings including the community health, not for profit and tertiary sectors. She is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor and Board Approved Supervisor.
Clinical and Human Performance Psychologist
Tony is an AHPRA registered psychologist with over 20 years experience as a Performance Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist.
Tony is adept working at the elite, professional and development levels in performance and clinical roles. He has developed these skills working with athletes from a range of sports such as cricket, rugby, AFL, netball, rowing, swimming, and soccer. He is currently a Performance Psychologist for Equestrian Australia and Tennis Australia.
His experience as a Clinical Psychologist extends to children, adolescents and adults in Australia and the UK. His current clinical work involves largely adolescent and adult populations (athletes and non-athletes) through Fit Mind Consulting and The Royal Children’s Hospital. In addition to seeing children, young people and families in his work he has led NHMRC funded research into how best to service these populations.
Dr Matt McGregor
Sport and Exercise Psychologist/Supervisor
Matt is an experienced Psychologist with a 20 year history of working in the sports industry with individuals, teams and organisations, in both elite and sub elite domains and across a variety of sports including AFL, cricket, kayaking, rowing, swimming, hockey, tennis and equestrian. Endorsed in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and trained in Mental Health and Wellbeing, as well as Career Counselling, Matt has a broad clientele. With a PhD, Masters degree in Applied Psychology, and Certificate of Practice in Clinical Neuropsychotherapy, Matt has also lectured at undergraduate and post graduate level at UniSA, Deakin and Victoria Universities, and supervised students across field placements.
Education and Developmental Psychologist
Rozalia is an experienced Education and Developmental psychologist and board-approved supervisor. Rozalia has been a registered Psychologist since 2005 and has worked in a range of settings, including primary and secondary schools, and in private practice settings.
Rozalia specialises in assessment and therapeutic intervention with children and adolescents who are experiencing a range of concerns, including social and behavioural difficulties, and school related issues including learning impairments and school refusal.
Rozalia also works with adult clients, including for parenting support. She is experienced in the intersection of neurodevelopmental disorders and trauma. Rozalia provides a flexible person-centred therapeutic approach, aligned with the client’s developmental needs, age, and interests, including CT, emotion-focused therapy, narrative therapy, ACT, DBT and mindfulness.
Alyssa is a provisional psychologist in her final year of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program.
Prior to joining ISN Clinic Kew, Alyssa worked predominantly with children, adolescents, and young adults. She hopes to gain further experience working with clients across various stages of adulthood during her current placement.
Alyssa is predominantly training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and is developing her skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectal Behaviour Therapy.
Alyssa is particularly passionate about working with neurodivergent individuals and strongly believes in celebrating diversity.
Milly is a Provisional Psychologist currently completing her final year in Master of Psychology (Clinical) at ISN Psychology. During this time, she has gained valuable experience working in the community clinic and has begun her journey in private practice.
Milly has over nine years’ experience working with children and has worked with neurodivergent clients across multiple settings, including: community clinic, leisure centres, caregiver roles, and as a therapy assistant.
Milly is passionate about providing culturally sensitive and adapted evidence-based interventions. She is bilingual and is able to provide counselling services in both English and Thai
Patricia is a General Psychologist who completed her training at the University of Sydney. She is currently completing her final year in Master of Psychology (Clinical) at ISN Institute. She has worked in a range of settings including public health, community health and private practice. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Patricia has years of broad clinical experience in helping individuals who are struggling with mental and emotional difficulties. Her special interests include mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, trauma, substance use, and emotional regulation issues. She is passionate about helping her clients to build insight and gain skills to be able to manage their problems. Patricia draws upon a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitiive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness strategies. She is focused on helping clients live their life in a way that brings meaning and purpose, despite the pain and difficulties they are facing.
Rui Ying Yew
General Psychologist - Clinical Psychology Registrar
Ying is a registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar who has worked in public health, community youth mental health, and primary and tertiary educational settings, with clients across the lifespan and of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. She takes a warm, collaborative, and client-centred approach to working with her clients to understand their challenges and build upon their existing strengths and abilities.
Ying has worked with clients experiencing a range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, perfectionism, sleep issues, trauma, and chronic and acute physical health conditions. Ying draws on techniques from various therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Provisional - Psychologist
Sarah is a Provisional Psychologist currently completing the final year of her Master of Clinical Psychology program at ISN Psychology. She is passionate about her community and endeavours to support people within regional and rural settings to better access mental health services. Sarah is highly passionate about working with youth and adolescents.
Withexperience providing therapeutic support across the lifespan, helping with
depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship difficulties, ADHD and ASD. She provides client-centred evidenced based treatment interventions, primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, but also utilises the practices of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Schema therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Through structured and tailored intervention,
Sarah Encourages clients to build self-confidence and compassion while increasing cognitive and emotional flexibility using a range of skills and strategies.
Kiera is a provisional psychologist who is in her final year of her Master of Clinical Psychology degree at ISN. She has a genuine passion for helping others and building therapeutic connections with clients. Kiera has worked with diverse clients across the lifespan, addressing a wide range of mental health concerns. Some of her previous experience includes working with children with ASD, counseling elderly patients at a retirement home, seeing adults in a community clinic and working for a clinical psychologist for 8 years as a psychology assistant.