Our Therapists

Jared Ardern

Counsellor/ Relationship Counsellor, B HRM/Counselling, Grad. Dip. Psychology

Jared has over 10 year of experience in counselling and specializes in relationship counselling. He helps create a space where clients are heard and validated. Jared helps couples communicate and deal with conflict effectively, including assisting them to identify and address root causes of conflict rather than going round in circles of blame. He also helps couples establish new patterns of showing love and respect for each other and teaches them the skills needed to have a satisfying and long lasting relationship.
Dr Daniel Biddle

Clinical Psychologist, PhD

Dan has a particular interest in working with anxiety, depression, and trauma, but has experience working with a wide range of difficulties. He has practiced in primary mental health care, university clinic, specialist anxiety clinic, and inpatient private hospital settings. Dan believes in the value of evidence-based medicine and is familiar with a number of therapies (e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, attachment-focused work). However, his clinical philosophy is “do what works”. He will work alongside you to help determine what will lead to a more rich, full, and meaningful life.
Ellie Maroun
Psychologist, M Psychology (Clinical)

Ellie has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field working in both private and public settings. Throughout her career, Ellie has worked with people of varying ages, backgrounds and presenting difficulties. Her specific areas of interest include anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, and trauma. Ellie’s approach to therapy is warm, compassionate and strength-focused with the aim of creating a safe and reflective therapeutic space. She tailors sessions to your specific needs and draws on evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Based Therapies, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Ellie believes that everyone deserves support and feels privileged to help you manage life’s challenges and achieve a more fulfilled life.

Dianne Mead
Counsellor, B Sci (Psych), Dip. Counselling
Dianne is a counsellor with extensive experience in helping clients to realise goals and providing them with strategies to manage their challenges and work through their concerns in life. Dianne’s specialty is Relationship and Couples Counselling. She practices the Gottman Relationship Method with its specific framework for helping couples to move through the impasse of relationship conflict. Dianne believes that there is always hope for a positive outcome as couples learn more about each other and how to resolve communication breakdown.

Maryanne Priest

Psychologist, B Sci (Psych)

Maryanne has a particular interest in women’s issues i.e. the underlying causes which impact women’s health. These include loneliness, lack of ‘belonging’, perfectionism, codependence, intimacy, abandonment, complex trauma, body image concerns, victimisation, low motivation, domestic abuse, and relationship difficulties. For many women, self-sacrificing, a loud ‘inner critic’, and approval-seeking lead to mental health difficulties. As a therapist Maryanne primarily draws on interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), treatments which encourage clients to regain control of their life, happiness, and functioning. She tailors these treatments to the uniqueness of the individual.

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