Meet The Team

Who We Are. What We Do.

Better Self Psychology is a youth-focused practice that provides psychological services to children and young adults. We aim to make therapy accessible and rewarding to engage with.

Our practice is built around a community of families, with the intent to provide clients with the skills, connection, and experiences that may otherwise be missing their lives.

Our team is comprised of highly skilled psychologists who provide consistent positive outcomes in a warm and caring environment.

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Clear action requires clear thought. Our psychologists are here to discuss your challenges and help find a way forward.

Rebecca Sharkey

Clinical Psychologist
B Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clin)

Rebecca enjoys working with people of all ages but has a real passion for working with teenagers and young adults.

She works with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, body image, parenting issues, sleep, trauma and autism. Rebecca is also interested in working with people from the Deaf community. She knows the relationship is key when it comes to clients thriving and achieving their goals.

Rebecca is a creative and dedicated clinical psychologist who draws on a broad range of evidence-based approaches to provide high-quality client-centred care.

Ksenia Zinoviev

Provisional Psychologist
B Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clin)

Ksenia’s passion is helping young people work towards their goals.

Ksenia maintains a client-centred approach in the therapy she provides. Her genuine nature helps her clients feel supported, listened to and understood.

Ksenia provides her clients with a safe environment to explore difficulties and develop skills to grow and develop. Ksenia believes in matching her treatment approach with the individual goals of her clients. She tends to work within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) frameworks.

Amelia Rieger

Clinical Psychology Registrar
BA (English), LLB, GDLP, BPsychSci (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

Amelia enjoys working with people of all ages.

Amelia strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore difficulties and develop understanding and skills to move towards a healthier self.

Amelia works within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy frameworks. She tailors her treatment approach to the individual needs and goals of her clients.

Lauren Frensham (on maternity leave)

Clinical Psychologist
B Psych (Hons), MPsych (Clin), PhD

Lauren’s supportive manner will help you feel comfortable from the start.

Lauren enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults to help address a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, school difficulties, stress management and behaviour management.

Lauren provides clients and their families with the skills to move towards positive change and optimum well-being. She tailors her treatment approach to the individual needs and goals of each client. Lauren works within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework amongst other therapies.

Tamika Christoforou

Clinical Psychologist
B Psych (Sc), P GradDip (Psych), M Psych (Clin)

Tamika’s warmth makes meeting her a pleasure.

Tamika maintains a family-focused approach to therapy and is a firm believer in working alongside parents to meet the needs of their children. When helping young children, Tamika uses a play-based therapy style to engage at a meaningful level.

Tamika is experienced working with NDIS and psychometric assessments, and practices Family-Centred Feedback-Informed Therapy (FC-FIT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), amongst other therapies.

Tristan Duggan

Director & Clinical Psychologist
B Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clin)

A friendly smile is the first thing you notice when meeting Tristan.

Tristan works with teenagers and adults, and has taken on a mentoring role for individuals without healthy male role models. He sees the quality of the relationship with his clients as a key part of achieving a great outcome and is an advocate for the positive benefits that physical activity plays in our health and well-being. 

Tristan is registered as a board-approved supervisor. He works with a range of NDIS plans and attracts a high rebate for clients who have sought a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP.

Our Reception Team

Receive a warm welcome and help with your questions.

Ebonea and Ellen make up our reception team and are your first point of contact when visiting us. They will organise your information, book appointments, and help you feel comfortable the moment you enter the door.

Ellen is our Practice Manager and can assist with any enquires from referring practices. 

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