Principal Psychologists

Heartful Minds is headed by Fiona Cranstoun and Lauren Wertheimer. Fiona and Lauren are both expert Clinical Psychologists with a special focus on children, adolescents, families and education. They hold a reputation for fostering insight, empathy and care while pursuing positive outcomes for all.

B.B.Sc., Grad.Dip.App.Child Psych, M.App.Sc.(Psych), M.A.P.S.

Fiona is a highly regarded and respected Clinical Psychologist specialising in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Solely focused on children and adolescents, Fiona works to transform every young person into new versions of themselves. An expert in educational and diagnostic assessments including ADHD, Dyslexia and Autism Spectrum, Fiona’s reports capture every detail and form a solid basis for treatment.

Fiona’s innate guidance empowers families to address issues and live more harmoniously together. She also acts as an educational consultant to many schools and has worked with Independent Schools of Victoria (ISV) sitting on their Disability Funding Panel for over a decade. Fiona’s vast specialist experience of over 20 years makes her unique in her field. She loves all children and takes pride in the results they achieve together.

B.A.(Hons Psych), M.A.(Clinical Psych), M.A.P.S.

Lauren is an esteemed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of practical experience. Lauren began her career in the public health system, working with patients experiencing high risk and chronic mental health conditions – enabling Lauren to develop excellence within the assessment and treatment of complex psychiatric conditions. In addition to adult clinical work, Lauren has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families and conducts diagnostic assessments including ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum and other learning difficulties.

Lauren is involved in working with Independent Schools of Victoria (ISV) and attends numerous schools to consult with teachers and children. Throughout her career Lauren has supervised many Masters and Doctoral students from Melbourne, Monash, Deakin and Swinburne universities and has held supervisory roles of psychology staff in both private and hospital settings.

Meet the team

Our specialists work with children, families and teachers within the clinic, home and school environments.
All are members of the Australian Psychological Society.

B.A.(Psych), Grad.Dip.(Edu.Psych), M.A.(Edu.Psych)

Eve has a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology majoring in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Commencing her career in 2005 with Cranstoun Psychology, she also worked as an Applied Behaviour Analyst for children with autism. Eve spent many years working in London with high risk children and adolescents. This experience sees her performing outstanding work with very challenging young people and has enhanced her skills in working with anxiety and grief.

Back in Melbourne, Eve cemented her authority within the autism field. She is also an expert in educational and behavioural assessments. Eve consults to schools and has a comprehensive understanding of the education system, working closely with students, parents and teachers. Friendly and fun, Eve relates well with young people of all ages.

B.Sc, Grad.Dip.App.ChildPsych., M.A.Sc(Psych), M.A.P.S.

Nadine is a leading Educational and Developmental Psychologist with many years’ experience working with children. Nadine’s focus is on children from a very young age to young adult, together with their families. Specialising in Developmental Delay, Autism and ADHD, Nadine’s family-focused approach leads to significant developmental advances, helping young people to find successful pathways.

Her ‘total family’ vision assists families in consolidating around challenges together. Nadine also provides general counselling for families and couples. She utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the basis of her practice and enhances this with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – providing advice at the forefront of psychology practice today.

B.A., B.B.Sc., Grad.Dip. App.Child Psych., Grad. Dip. M&CH., Grad. Dip.Child Dev., M. Psych. (Child & Educ.)

Judith is a leading Psychologist with considerable Educational and Developmental experience. Anxiety, ADHD, Executive Functioning and Dyslexia are areas of particular focus for Judith. She utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the basis of her practice and enjoys providing leading psychological advice. Judith’s assessments are thorough and easily understood by both parents and teachers, giving children the support they need to advance effectively at home and at school.

Addressing developmental issues, Judith applies Parenting and Behavioural Management skills to bring about effective behavioural change in children and adolescents. Her family focused advice establishes a sound platform from where young people can grow comfortably. Also a Psychologist at a leading independent school, Judith has a thorough understanding of educational settings and teachers welcome her recommendations.

B.A.Hons., D.Psych.(Clinical), M.A.P.S.

Karyn is a leading Psychologist with a Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical) amongst her accolades. Her considerable experience sees Karyn heading up our Torquay consulting rooms, working with people of all ages – particularly children, couples and families. Karyn achieves effective communication and builds rapport to bring about successful outcomes for everyone. Children appreciate Karyn’s fresh and dynamic approach and respond well to the effective guidance they receive.

Karyn enjoys assessments and the outcomes achieved when the detail emerges for a child. Combining Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) together with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Karyn attains successful results and is excited to see children grow into themselves in a new way. Having worked in the public system, Karyn has a deep knowledge of acute mental health. She also has significant experience working with trauma, grief and loss.

B.A.(Psych), Grad.Dip.(Psych)., PhD.(Psych), M.A.P.S.

Georgie holds a broad range of accreditation including a Doctorate of Philosophy (Psychology) awarded in 2006 from the University of Coventry, England. She has also gained additional certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Relationship and Marital Therapy and more. Georgie has worked in academia, the community sector, private practice and hospitals.

Her clinical experience includes providing counselling and psychotherapeutic services to both children and adults with a wide range of presenting issues. Since becoming a mother, Georgie has focused her training on child development and parenting, attending conferences and workshops that share the latest developmental neuroscience on this topic. She is highly skilled in assisting parents and children navigate a range of problems and behaviours including anxiety, sleep disorders, aggression and trauma.

B.A.(Psych), Grad. Dip(Psych), M.A.(Professional Psych), M.A.P.S.

Jamie is a warm and caring general practitioner with a Masters in Professional Psychology. Working with children, adolescents and adults in both not-for-profit organisations and school settings, she has professional experience with a diverse range of presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, grief and loss. Jamie enjoys conducting educational and behavioural assessments for ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other learning issues.

She implements evidence-based psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness in order to achieve and maintain positive outcomes. Jamie uses a strength based, holistic approach with all clients and aims to create a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment. She holds a special interest in the wellbeing and development of young people in our community.

B.A., Grad. Dip (Applied Psych), M.A.P.S

Danielle’s understanding and compassion makes a real difference to children’s lives. Danielle has a deep understanding of the challenges children can experience during their time at school. An Educational and Developmental consultant, with many years’ experience at a leading independent school, Danielle leverages her skills with young people of all ages to deliver exceptional outcomes for her clients.

Utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy and other appropriate therapies, Danielle also works closely with teachers to create increased awareness of the importance of psychology within the school framework. Danielle’s holistic approach engages all stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome for the child and their family. She is a warm and welcoming team member at Heartful Minds.

B. App.Sc. (Psych), Grad.Dip. (Psych), M.A. (Professional Psychology), M.A.P.S.

Alex incorporates a sense of humour and warmth in every session. She works with the client’s strengths and listens to their voice using Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT). Alex’s treatment uses a mix of evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Prior to joining Heartful Minds, Alex worked with children at several Catholic schools in Geelong, providing both therapy and cognitive/academic assessment. Alex has also worked with adults with complex mental illnesses. Her clients have spanned from five years through to 75 years of age – presenting with a range of disorders.

Alex’s passion continues to be working with children and young adults – providing early intervention by working with the child’s parents and network of supports. Through a mix of psycho-education, assessment and building on existing strengths, Alex hopes to support children and their families flourish in both learning and wellbeing.

B.Sc. (Psych), Grad.Dip. (Psych), M.A. (Clinical Psychology)

Chaya is passionate about children and giving them the best start in life. Practising in a warm, calm and engaging manner, she holds the philosophy that early intervention is key to achieving long-lasting positive changes in a child’s life.

Chaya believes that individualised support empowers children, helping them to reach their full potential. Her innate ability to engage well with children at their level sees her tailor her interaction, communication and treatment approach to suit each client.

To achieve the best possible outcomes, Chaya recognises the importance of adults in the child’s life i.e. parents, teachers and other professionals – and often involves them in the treatment.

Specific areas of interest for Chaya are childhood behavioural and emotional issues, ADHD, ASD and psychological assessment. Her therapeutic approach is largely CBT and play-based, incorporating elements from other therapeutic modalities as needed.

Qualifications: Grad Dip Psych, BSc (Hons), Master of Psychology (Counselling)

With a compassionate and gentle manner, Humi loves to help children, adolescents and their parents achieve increased wellbeing and successful outcomes both at home and school. She deals with a range of issues including anxiety, emotional dysregulation, behavioural difficulties, social skills deficits, family life issues, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before joining Heartful Minds, she has worked as a psychologist at several independent schools.

Humi fosters communication and collaboration with parents and school to achieve best outcomes for her clients. She plays an active role supporting parents and family life and strongly values their impact on therapeutic gains. She applies positive psychology in helping children and their families thrive.

Humi harnesses her clients’ strengths and interests towards therapeutic goals. To this end, she creates a relaxed, friendly environment incorporating playful activities in therapy sessions. Humi incorporates a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as elements of play therapy in her approach.

Nicole is a registered provisional psychologist completing her final internship year. She is completing her fifth year Masters at Australian Catholic University. She completed her Bachelor and Postgraduate studies at Monash.

Nicole has a lifelong interest in mental health, something she views as being fundamental to happiness and sense of purpose. She has a genuine passion for holistically supporting children, adolescents and their families, empowering them to live fulfilling, liberated lives. Nicole utilizes cognitive behavioural therapies, mindfulness based therapies, somatic experiencing and family therapies.

Nicole has worked in school settings and for the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC).Nicole has qualifications in yoga teaching and mindfulness, and previously worked for Life Skills Group where she facilitated social, emotional, mindfulness and children’s yoga sessions at various primary schools.

Nicole seeks to adopt warmth, empathy and compassion as she gently supports individuals taking small, realistic steps towards their therapy goals.

Sarah is a provisional psychologist having completed her Master of Professional Psychology at Australian Catholic University. She has a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Psychology from Monash University and a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences from La Trobe University.

She uses a client centred approach, focusing on evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which is tailored to suit each individual.

A priority for Sarah is to create a safe space for individuals and families to assist them in achieving their goals and living a full life. She has experience working with ABA Therapy, behaviour support and individuals under NDIS funding plans.

Sarah enjoys working with children, adolescents and young adults. She has an interest and experience in anxiety, low mood, stress, ADHD and Autism Spectrum.

Jenna is a warm and engaging therapist, passionate about working with and supporting people across the lifespan. Jenna completed her training with a Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University, and has several years of experience working in primary schools and private practice.

Jenna has a particular interest in working with children, adolescents and families on a range of issues, including developmental disorders, to find ways to best support families and help clients reach their potential. Jenna is collaborative in her manner, and uses a variety of evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to achieve desired outcomes.

Jenna also has extensive assessment experience, helping to diagnose various mental health, behavioural, and developmental disorders including Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) Jenna is also passionate about providing ongoing support to families after an assessment or diagnosis, particularly working collaboratively with clients, parents, and teachers to help best support her clients across settings.

Sarah is a provisionally registered psychologist who is currently completing her PhD with a focus on improving treatments for anxiety. She is passionate about working with children and their family units. She believes in the power of a diagnosis to assist in establishing a meaningful support network and improving coping. She sees the importance of working as a team with parents, educators and other providers.

Her experience includes actively navigating big life-changes such as parental divorce. She has experience with suicidality and safety planning, self-harm, anxiety especially surrounding school refusal, friendships and bullying.

She is warm and energetic, honest and open and will be there to listen to you and your situation and always strives to understand where you are and where you want to be to create positive outcomes. Her strength-based approach uses positive psychology and draws on ACT, CBT and Interpersonal Therapy.