Our Team

Carolyn Toon (Psychologist; Director)

Carolyn has experience as a clinician and manager across a range of mental health settings in Queensland and Victoria. She has experience working with complex trauma, emotion instability, self-harm, substance use, complex and co-morbid mental health issues, psychosis, early intervention for adolescents and young adults, indigenous psychology and sexuality. Carolyn draws on a range of psychological approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy and Psychodynamic ideas.

Kylie Copeman (Clinical Psychologist; Director)

Kylie has experience in both psychiatric and counselling settings. She has co-facilitated a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy based program for patients with personality disorders (including complex trauma, emotion dysregulation, self-harm, and substance use). Kylie’s areas of interest include early intervention for young adults, suicidality, self-harm, substance use, mood disorders, and students in academic settings. Kylie draws on a range of psychological approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic ideas.

Dr Luigi (Gino) Medoro (Clinical Psychologist)

Gino has experience working with adults and adolescents with a range of complex psychological difficulties. This includes anxiety, depression, complex trauma, eating disorders, substance misuse, psychosis and self harming behaviour. Gino mainly utilises cognitive-behavioural principles, but also incorporates systemic, schema and mindfulness approaches into his practice. He also appreciates the importance of developing a strong therapeutic alliance in assisting clients to bring about change. Gino has experience working both in Australia and the United Kingdom, where he completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Gino has also been involved in research exploring the use of rescripting imagery in individuals with psychosis.

Dr Nakeeta Sturgess (Clinical Psychologist)

Nakeeta's Doctorate of Psychology was completed at The University of Queensland and her clinical experience has spanned private practice, public hospital and psychiatric inpatient settings. Nakeeta has helped clients from a range of life stages through a broad spectrum of difficulties. These include anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, acute and post traumatic stress disorders, psychosis and personality disorders. Nakeeta applies a range of clinical therapeutic interventions tailored to the needs of her clients. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, solution focused therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.

Kurt Vella (Psychologist)

Kurt has been working in the field of mental health for nine years working with a broad range of issues in a variety of health settings in Australia and overseas. Some of his previous experience has included: child, youth, and adolescent support, mentoring and self-development; adult mental health; veteran services; crisis relief/natural disaster counselling; return to work assessment and counselling; and drug and alcohol counselling within a London Prison. More recently Kurt has been facilitating two outpatient groups: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Kurt has a genuine interest in all areas of mental health and works hard with his clients to form a positive working relationship through a variety of approaches.

Joanna Henderson (Clinical Psychology Registrar)

Joanna is a registered psychologist with experience in community, government and psychiatric settings. Joanna attained her Master of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is currently in the process of obtaining Clinical Endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Joanna is passionate about helping individuals across the lifespan reach their potential. She has an authentic and warm approach bringing enthusiasm and love for what she does. Guided by the client-centred principles of acceptance, safety and unconditional positive regard, Joanna creates a collaborative environment working with clients’ strengths.  In her clinical work, Joanna draws primarily from the Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT), Interpersonal (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) and Dialectal Behaviour (DBT) modalities. Joanna is experienced in working with a range of concerns, including mood difficulties, stress, grief and loss, self-esteem, sleep disturbance, substance use disorders, interpersonal difficulties and personality disorders.  Joanna has a special interest in working with clients in the areas of trauma, anxiety and OCD.

Nadine Piot (Psychologist)

BPsych (Hons) MPsych (Clin) MMngt (Int) Assoc MAPS

Nadine Piot has provided psychological services across multiple settings, including private practices, corporate organizations and public psychiatric hospital. 

Nadine’s clinical experience includes work on mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis and she has a genuine interest in all areas of mental health. She has co-facilitated therapeutic workshops for confined patients, perinatal mental health groups, social skills enhancement therapies for children and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and led Mental Health First Aid courses in corporate settings.

In addition to her psychology qualifications, Nadine holds a Masters in Management and worked in Human Resources functions within major international companies, giving her a sound knowledge of workplace dynamics and the related psychological implications.

Building on a collaborative alliance, Nadine applies an integrative approach tailored to the specific needs of each individual and informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Psychodynamic ideas. Her caring style establishes a safe and stigma-free environment in which people feel heard. Nadine embraces multi-cultural matters drawing from her life in Europe, the US and Asia, and she welcomes clients from all backgrounds.

Sessions can be offered in English or in French.

Nicole Andersen (Psychologist)
B.Psych, PostGradDipClinPsych, LLB (Hons), GradDipLegalPrac, MAPS


Nicole Andersen is a registered Psychologist with 15 years experience as psychologist in forensic and clinical roles within the criminal justice, mental health and forensic mental health services. She has experience in clinical and forensic assessments and preparing psychological assessments for Court, forensic risk assessments and child protection reports. 

Nicole's special interests are in couple therapy, assisting people with trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as working with both young and adult offenders using innovative, integrative and multidisciplinary approaches to achieve unique outcomes. Nicole is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a registered supervisor with the Psychologists Board of Australia. In addition to her psychology qualifications, Nicole is also admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a Lawyer and is an accredited collaborative practitioner. 

Nicole is available to prepare psychological reports for children and adults to Courts for criminal, civil, child safety and family law matters. Nicole is available after hours offering therapy to adolescents, adults and couples which is informed by cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mentalization based therapy as well emotion-focused therapy. 

Mike Spiller (Psychologist)

Mike Spiller is an experienced, energetic and results oriented psychologist who works with adults, children, adolescents and their families. Mike uses a range of therapy methods, including: narrative therapy; cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT); motivational interviewing; existential-humanistic therapy; and, solution focused therapy. Mike’s work includes assisting people to identify and achieve their goals and address the difficulties and challenges they are experiencing. This includes supporting people to identify theirs strengths, learn a range of coping skills and deal with problems relating to; Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Grief & Loss, Trauma, Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour, Stress, Substance Use, Relationship issues, General Life Concerns as well as Forensic/Mental Health issues. Mike also works with both adults and adolescents who have been involved with, or are at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. Mike uses a collaborative approach in working with individuals or groups in a therapeutic setting. He is happy to speak with prospective clients to assist in making decisions as to whether he is someone who may be suited to work with them and/or a young person in their care.

Elena Yusim  (Psychologist)

Elena is a qualified Psychologist with 13 years of field experience. She is a results driven and goal oriented practitioner. Elena has skills and expertise in optimal performance coaching, team development, job analysis and competency profiling, behavioural interviewing and consumer and marketing psychology.  Elena employs a unique mix of psychological understanding and coaching methodology, which creates an engaging and technically sound journey to facilitating and influencing change.  She possesses an approach that is sophisticated, efficient, yet deeply human.

Vanina Marietti (Psychologist)

Vanina has experience working with adolescents, adults, and older adults. She also works with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Vanina follows a client-centered approach which uses evidence-based strategies such as, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She aims to help individuals with their current difficulties, to improve their resilience, and to facilitate their engagement in the community. This include working with people with a mood disorder, anxiety, trauma, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, loss of personal values, relationship issues and struggles in managing and understanding emotions.

Melissa Hager (Psychologist)

Melissa has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and their families providing assessment and intervention for a range of psychological presentations including anxiety, mood disorders, self-harm, substance use, developmental disorders such as Autism, relationship difficulties and school stress. Melissa has knowledge and experience in the application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness practices. Melissa has had experience with various psychometric assessments including cognitive assessments to assist children, adolescents and their families with learning/and or behavioural difficulties with a passion for early intervention, as well as experience in return to work assessments and vocational assessments to help guide work goals.

Ali Ponturo (Psychologist) Wellington Point Branch - Start Date Feburary 2019

Working in our new clinic in Wellington Point, Ali is a passionate Psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. Ali has experience working with individuals and families experiencing psychological disorders and symptomology such as depression, anxiety, BPT, PTSD and Bipolar. Ali is also experienced in working with people who have experienced trauma, DV, relationship and communication difficulties, bullying and self-harm. In practice, Ali uses a flexible and eclectic approach to therapy, incorporating a variety of therapeutic approaches, to tailor therapy to her client’s needs. Such approaches include Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).

Barry Turvey (Mental Health Social Worker)

Barry has been a social worker for over 18 years. He has worked in a wide range of settings including schools, hospitals, government and non-government settings. Most recently he has been with working veterans with PTSD. He uses a wide variety of therapeutic methods depending upon the needs of the individual. Some of these include Prolonged Exposure Therapy, CBT, Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Logotherapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Barry’s approach is non-judgemental and wholistic with goal of helping individuals reconnect with a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Rebecca Harrison (Social Worker)

Available areas of Assessment:
Rebecca has worked in the child protection system with foster carers, and children and young people with complex trauma and related behaviours as well as the area of grief and loss for the past six years. Rebecca worked from a framework inclusive of narrative therapy practices, strength based and trauma informed approaches, child centred and family systems theory to support individuals and families to progress in development and mark out their personal growth. Rebecca has a reflective style of interviewing allowing the assessment process to be an exploration of the family as a whole, holding the child at the centre. Rebecca has a passion for working with families to have a harmonious connection, secure attachment and rhythm in their home and using several tools of mapping skills to understanding how the rhythm occurs.

Rebecca offers Child Centred Play Therapy for children who are experiencing grief and loss, separation or divorce, chronic illness and/or abuse and neglect. Rebecca works from a non-intrusive child centred approach and these sessions offer a safe space for the child to freely express and manage their grief, loss, sorrow, anxiety, anger, sadness, fear and/or guilt. These sessions provide the child with educational opportunities to learn how to express their emotions in a safe way without hurting themselves, others or damaging property. They also include the use of art therapy, music therapy, storytelling, meditation or imagination journeys, breathing work and relaxation strategies and how to deal with bullying behaviour at school.

Dr Julian Dodemaide (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist)

MBBS, BSc, FRANZCP, Certificate of Forensic Psychiatry

Dr Dodemaide is a graduate of the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian & NZ College of Psychiatrists. He completed his psychiatric training across multiple settings in Southeast Queensland and obtained the Certificate of Advanced Training in Forensic Psychiatry in 2017. In recent years, Dr. Dodemaide has worked with the High Security Inpatient Service and Prison Mental Health Service, gaining experience in a variety of risk assessment tools, writing medico-legal reports, and providing expert evidence for the courts.

Dr Dodemaide welcomes referrals for medico-legal reports, and referrals from General Practitioners for psychiatric assessments. He is passionate about supporting GPs with adult patient management and is also available to provide training sessions. Dr Dodemaide works at Axis Clinic on a part-time basis and does not provide an out of hour’s service.



Dr. Angela Kelly (Consultant Psychiatrist)


Dr. Kelly has trained in psychiatry in both Queensland and London and has clinical experience in adult psychiatry. She has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Queensland Health since 2005 in a variety of settings, including Rehabilitation and Older Persons Mental Health. She has also worked in private practice in Toowoomba and is currently a Medical Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, Queensland. Dr. Kelly welcomes referrals from General Practitioners for assessments and both short and long term management, with an interest in mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Kelly's practice is part time. She offers an outpatient based service and does not provide an out of hours service or inpatient services.

Leanne Wagner (Dietitian; Brisbane Nutrition Services)

Leanne completed a Science degree and post graduate qualifications in Nutrition and Dietetics. Further study improved counselling skills and as a Dietitian for over 25 years, Leanne has established a private practice and developed long term consultancies with many private hospitals and nursing homes. Leanne is now the Director of Brisbane Nutrition Services, employing Accredited Practicing Dietitians to provide quality dietetic advice. Leanne specialises in both inpatient and outpatient management of eating disorders. She also has experience in many areas of dietetic practice including weight management, Diabetes and food intolerance with particular interest in gastrointestinal disorders (Coeliac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Leanne also has a real interest in Aged Care and is passionate about ensuring good nutrition for older Australians. Leanne is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia, the Academy of Eating Disorders, the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society.

Dr Jacqueline Boon
B.A. Psychology (Hons), Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology, Doctorate of Health Psychology

Jacqueline is a Clinical Neuropsychologist/Health Psychologist who has been working in Private Practise in Queensland for over 18 years providing specialist Neuropsychology, Developmental & Educational assessments to Families; Schools; GP's; Paediatricians; Neurologists and Psychiatrists. She provides educational and diagnostic assessments and management of childhood/adolescent disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, reading/writing (dyslexia) and other learning disorders as well as adult neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and other neurological problems such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, cognitive changes following chemotherapy and/or cranial irradiation. To Solicitors; Legal Aid; WorkCover and Detention Centres she provides comprehensive Neuropsychological assessments and medico-legal reports for children and adults following a traumatic brain injury such as a motor vehicle accident, sporting or work injury. Jacqueline has a strong interest in neurodevelopment across the lifespan. As well as private practice she has a wide range of clinical experience in Paediatric Rehabilitation; Development & Autistic Disorders Clinic; Adult Rehabilitation and Community Brain Injury Support. Jacqueline is actively involved in her profession and supervises Post Graduate students and provides guest lectures and workshops to students of Psychology and also Psychologists.

Lisa Woods (Practice Manager)

Lisa has extensive experience in community services as an office manager and case manager as well as managing medical and mental health clinics.

She ensures confidentiality, a timely allocation of referrals to the most appropriate clinician, thorough and professional communication and manages billing across numerous item numbers and agencies.