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9560 6722

155 Coleman Parade,

Glen Waverley 3150

admin@wavecare.org.au

Wavecare provides counselling to people for a broad range of issues. Counselling is provided in a safe and confidential environment by qualified and experienced practitioners.

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Meet the team - Our team consists of clinical psychologists, psychologists, social workers and counsellors.

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Yvonne Toh

Senior Psychologist

Yvonne Toh completed her Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) in 2005 and PhD (Educational Psychology) in 2011, at Monash University.  Her 4 year Psychology Bachelor (Hons) degree was completed at the National University of Singapore.  She has had counselling experience in Singapore working with adolescents and adult inmates in prisons and drug rehabilitation centres.  

Before coming to Australia, Yvonne was a Senior Psychologist at the National University Hospital in Singapore, specialising in learning and psychological assessments for children and adolescents, as well as conducting evidence based therapy sessions.

Yvonne speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkein.  She is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

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Ray Paterson - WaveCare Executive Officer

Ray Paterson

Executive Officer

Raymond Paterson has recently become the CEO of Wavecare Counselling Service. Initially he began this role in 2003 but after leaving to pursue other interests in 2008, he has again returned to this role in 2015. Ray’s work/life experience had been quite diverse. Upon emigrating with his family from Scotland as a 10 year old, he grew up in a remote station in the Pilbara and did correspondence for schooling. Although it was 1970, there were aboriginal people living in a traditional manner on their land. It seems incredible today but in their first years of living there, his family visited the nearest town once a year! In his teens, his family moved south to a wheat belt area and his first employment was in the railways. In this role he had the responsibility of keeping the railway signals alight as they ran on kerosene. He later learnt to shear sheep and did that for a short time noting that it was extremely arduous work. In his 20’s, he returned to the Pilbara and Kimberley working in the mining industry as a surveyor’s assistant. In this role he can claim to have walked most of the Great Sandy Desert! Eventually he realised that he needed to become qualified in something so he decided to study social work. During this time, he was a stay-at-home father, a night time taxi driver and an office cleaner. After graduating, he worked for several years in a therapeutic community with people with substance abuse issues and with severe mental health issues. These types of models are now rare but Ray says that they helped him to gain very detailed understanding of the lives of the clients and challenged him to better understand his own thinking and emotional processes. In his professional life Ray has worked as a social worker, an educator, a program manager and a CEO. Ray currently has a private counselling practice specialising in working with men’s emotional issues and with couples. He also works for Monash University as a tutor in social work. In his spare time, he plays several musical instruments in band with friends.

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Yvonne Schroder- WaveCare Senior Psychologist

Yvonne Schroeder

Senior Psychologist

Yvonne’s background is Social Work and Psychology, with her early years of work and training in the fields of Mental Health, working at Larundal Psychiatric hospital, Bundoora Repatriation Psychiatric Hospital, Mental Health Services Repat, followed by a number of years in the Children’s Courts Psychiatric Clinic.

She continued her studies with three years’ Family Therapy training as well as three years’ training with Relationships Australia in Couples Therapy.

She has a Grad Dip in Mental Health Science, in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Part 1 Grad Dip Hypnosis (not completed) and her specialty focus is relationship therapy/counselling. However she has extensive skills in CBT and interpersonal psychotherapy that enable her to work effectively with a broad range of presenting problems.

Yvonne has had additional training for clinical practice supervision, and therefore takes a primary role in overseeing and providing clinical supervision of Wavecare counsellors.

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Sue-Troupakis - WaveCare Psychologist

Sue Troupakis

Psychologist

Sue has worked at Wavecare Counselling Service since December 2010. She is a Registered Psychologist and has Post Graduate Diplomas in Psychology and Psychotherapy. She works with individuals who present predominately with anxiety/depression, grief, relationship issues, trauma and problems with anger. Sue uses an integrative approach to counselling consisting of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Existential Therapy. She also works with couples and has recently commenced a specialist course in Couples Counselling at Relationships Australia in order to up-skill herself.

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Jacinta Boase - WaveCare Psychologist

Jacinta Boase

Psychologist

Jacinta has completed a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Graduate Diploma of Psychotherapy and has been working in the field of Psychology since she graduated from University in 2005. She commenced working with children aged 6-13 throughout numerous primary schools and then moved forward to include work in secondary schools. I also commenced working at Wavecare on a voluntary basis in 2008, working predominantly with children. In addition she has worked in the occupational rehabilitation industry for the past five years, assisting individuals (for example those experiencing anxiety, depression or bullying) with a safe and durable return to work. In addition to her rehabilitation role she now works at Wavecare for one day a week, specialising in cognitive behavioural and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. She sees clients with a variety of different presentations and from a wide range of age groups. She is always eager to compassionately work with clients as they embark on their journey to address issues in an effort to improve their quality of life and their overall happiness.

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Tania Wallace - WaveCare Psychologist

Tania Wallace

Psychologist

Tania is a Counselling Psychologist and has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Psychophysiology), Honours (Psychology), and a Master of Counselling Psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the APS College of Counselling Psychologists, and has been endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia in the area of Counselling Psychology. To be eligible for an area of practice endorsement a psychologist must have advanced training over and above that which is required for general registration.

Tania has had experience working in government, private and not for profit organisations, as well as her own private practice. She works primarily with individuals, adolescents and adults, with a variety of concerns. These include but are not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Domestic Violence, Low Self-Esteem, Body Image/Eating Disorders, Relationship/Family problems and Grief. She works from a client-centred approach, utilising techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness (to name a few), to tailor the treatment in a way that will suit each individual client.

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Pari Balsara - Counsellor & Glencare Activity Coordinator

Pari Balsara

Counsellor & Glencare Activity Coordinator

Pari enjoys working with clients of all age groups and uses an eclectic stance of therapy that incorporates CBT, Mindfulness and Person Centred Therapy. She is passionate about working with individuals suffering from anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and family issues. Pari also has extensive experience in working with adults suffering from disability. As the Coordinator of Glencare, she has adopted a client centred approach to add greater depth and meaning to the programme and support the needs of the elderly within the community.

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Mary Ann Griffin - Senior Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

Mary Ann Griffin

Senior Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

Mary Ann Griffin is a fully registered psychologist of 17 years.  Her psychological experience has incorporated community health, private psychiatric hospitals, education, the corporate environment and private practice.  Mary Ann has extensive experience in group and individual counselling, couple counselling, psychological assessments, training programs, medication, mindfulness and supervision.  She is competent in the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship counselling.
Mary Ann’s therapeutic approach since 2006 is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with some cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour and narrative therapy colouring her delivery.  

She has a very grounded, caring and practical approach to issues presented and endeavours to empower individuals.

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Testimonials 

  • Counselling at Wavecare helped me work through my abuse and issues of abandonment. Glencare helped me develop confidence.

    Sue Parks

  • having friendly and lovely reception staff is one of the most helpful aspects of your service, along with offering such a good counselling service and fabulous psychologists. There is nothing Wavecare can improve, it is excellent.

    Counselling client of Wavecare

  • I will definitely suggest Wavecare to others. Thank you, you have been a wonderful help. Each time I come to my sessions I feel after it finishes I’m happier when I leave, wonderful friendly staff, really understanding.

    Counselling client of Wavecare

  • please don’t change – the service here is A++

    Counselling client of Wavecare

  • Because Wavecare is supportive and don’t charge money, I got counselling for the first time in 8 years.

    Counselling client of Wavecare

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Our Awards 

2014 Monash University (Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences) – Recognition of Wavecare’s Commitment and Service to Community Based Practice.

2014 Caroline Chisolm Award – Penny Alberts & David Hawkins.

Australian Achiever Awards 2011, 94.41 % for customer relations and service.

City of Monash Volunteer Awards 2011.

Victorian Volunteer Awards 2011 and 2012.

Premier’s Community Volunteering Award 2010.

Workcover Safety Award nominee 2011 and 2012.

Victorian Disability Awards 2012.