About Us

Ringwood Psychology, in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, is a private counselling clinic committed to providing professional research-based psychology and counselling services, in a caring and confidential environment.   Our psychologists, therapists and sexologists are fully qualified members of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and registered Medicare and Private Health Fund providers.

The aim of Ringwood Psychology is to attain a comprehensive and empathic understanding of our clients’ situations, so that we may assist individuals and couples to understand the origins of their behaviours and thought patterns, and how to implement change to achieve their therapy and life goals.

Ringwood Psychology provides treatment for anxiety (panic attacks, social anxiety and low social confidence, phobias), depression, addiction (alcohol, drugs, Internet), anger management, relationship counselling, sex therapy (male and female sexual dysfunction etc), trauma and abuse treatment.

Ringwood Psychology is committed to the belief that everyone has the capacity to make positive change and lead happy fulfilled lives – it sometimes just takes a little guidance, understanding and support.


Vikki Prior

Vikki Prior (Principal Psychologist)

Vikki Prior is the Founder and Principal Psychologist at Ringwood Psychology.  She is a nationally accredited Psychologist and Sexologist, and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  Vikki was on the Executive Committee and former Secretary of the Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT), and is a current member of The Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS).  She has lectured for The Medical Register of Australia, at Monash Medical Centre and Melbourne University.  Vikki is committed to progressing the community’s understanding of mental and sexual health and regularly presents at national conferences and workshops.

Vikki’s counselling field requires training in a range of treatment techniques.  Her most predominant therapies are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapies, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing.  Vikki’s ongoing professional goal is to strive for empathic understanding of her clients and their life experiences.  She believes that being a good psychologist requires passion, developed insight and a genuine love of people.

Vikki focuses on the treatment of addictions and compulsive behaviours, such as Internet Pornography, Chat Rooms, sex workers, fantasies and fetishes, as well as alcohol and drug misuse.  Due to the negative impact these behaviours can have on relationships, Vikki is also trained in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions (male and female), relationship and intimacy counseling, and anger management.  She assists individuals to understand and control their behaviours, and works with couples to restore relationships damaged by betrayal and broken trust.

Vikki is also trained in emotional regulation techniques required for working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse. This area is a passion for Vikki. She is honoured to sit supportively with clients and guide them to unburden themselves with secrets they have kept silent, often for many years.

To book an appointment or to speak with Vikki directly please call (03) 9870 4171 or send an email to: info@ringwoodpsychology.com


Benita Green (Psychologist)

Benita Green is a Registered Psychologist who has been at Ringwood Psychology since 2018. She is a much appreciated member of our team and was somewhat ‘pursued’, knowing she was a perfect fit for our team and for our clients. Benita is an experienced psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a PhD from Melbourne University.

In addition to her training as a Psychologist, Benita has a strong background in education. She enjoys her current simultaneous work in a university setting in the area of Psychological Sciences. Benita completed her PhD investigating aspects of language and child development in middle primary school aged children.

Benita enjoys a challenge in her therapy approach. She is passionate about her work with adults resolving childhood trauma, and still enjoys the origins of her training working with children.

Benita has a gentle approach to treatment, but balances this with calmly holding clients accountable. She has a very practical approach to therapy and has an extensive range of skills and techniques to teach clients skills to manage their symptoms, such as those associated with anxiety and depression. She draws on a range of therapeutic techniques appropriate to the needs of each client. Her therapies include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness.

To book an appointment with Benita please call (03) 9870 4171 or send an email to: info@ringwoodpsychology.com


Lien Phan (Provisional Psychologist)

Lien (Lily) is a Provisional Psychologist with over 10 years of field experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She has worked in private practice, as well as hospital and community settings. In addition to individual therapy, Lien also has experience in facilitating educational and therapeutic groups.

What is a Provisional Psychologist? Lien has completed the initial four years of University training to become a psychologist. She is now in the second phase of training which entails two years of clinical practice under qualified Supervisors. Based on her four years University training, Lien is now registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Agency (AHPRA) and must abide by the same ethics, rules and regulations of a fully registered psychologist. A Provisional Psychologist is not yet able to access Medicare rebates for her clients. This means that the session cost to work with Lien is far less than working with a registered psychologist.

But do not be fooled. Lien has a wealth of experience already, in addition to her academic training and Supervision. She has worked in private practice conducting psychological assessments, including those required for Autism diagnoses. Lien has worked with Emergency Relief Services, Wesley Mission, providing services for addiction, disability and mental health issues in the community. She has experience working with trauma having been a Youth Program Assistant for the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma.

And just to add to Lien’s skills, she also speaks fluent Vietnamese and conversational Mandarin Chinese.

Lily is a very warm, friendly and engaging therapist who always works with the best interests of the client in mind. She is guided by a clients’ individual strengths and needs, whilst respecting their values, resources, and capacity for choice. Lien’s treatment style and therapeutic techniques are always flexible and tailored to the individual.

To book an appointment with Lien please call (03) 9870 4171 or send an email to: info@ringwoodpsychology.com


Manuela Barichello (Psychologist)

Manuela is a registered psychologist (AHPRA). She holds a Masters degree in Psychology and is fluent in Italian. She has a vast range of experience having worked in community counselling, medical settings, and educational settings (Primary to Tertiary), providing treatment plans, social skills and resilience programs for  the school community. Manuela uses a safe, non-judgmental, empathetic client- centred approach to promote the therapeutic relationship. She works across the lifespan but has a particular interest in working with adults, adolescents and families. She provides her clients with a confidential space where concerns can be openly discussed and meaningfully resolved. She helps untangle her clients’ inner turmoil, through teaching skills of empowerment, emotional regulation, and acceptance.

Manuela works with a wide range of issues including (but not limited to); anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, OCD, grief and loss, anger issues, complex trauma, PTSD, work or school related issues. She works collaboratively using an eclectic approach according to the client’s specific needs and preferences which includes: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Brief Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness and relaxation strategies. More recently she has also undertaken level 1 and 2 training in EMDR for PTSD and trauma and is passionate about advancing her knowledge and practice in this area. Manuela is truly committed to assisting her clients reach their full potential and uses a targeted yet gentle approach.

Manuela Barichello is registered with Medicare, Private Health, VOCAT, EAP, and NDIS plan or self-managed individuals.

To book an appointment with Manuela please call (03) 9870 4171 or send an email to: info@ringwoodpsychology.com


 

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Nicole Skermer (Psychologist)

Nicole is a Counselling Psychologist with a Masters degree in Psychology.  She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Counselling Psychologists.  She has 9 years experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups.

Nicole tailors her therapy to the individual needs of each client.  She utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-focussed Therapy and Mindfulness.

Nicole has a special interest in working with clients experiencing Depression, Post-natal Depression, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Stress, Grief and Loss, adjustment to parenting and weight management issues.  She is registered with Workcover, TAC and many Private Health Providers.

Nicole has a genuine interest about the people she works with, and her focus is on creating a strong therapeutic relationship.  She is able to easily engage her clients to assist them in achieving long term meaningful change.

To book an appointment with Nicole please call (03) 9870 4171 or send an email to: info@ringwoodpsychology.com


Claire Salmon (Receptionist)

Claire is Ringwood Psychology’s Receptionist and will assist you with all general enquiries, scheduling appointments, and processing all aspects of your payments. She will claim rebates for you through Medicare and private health insurers, saving you the hassle of having to do this yourself when you already have enough on your mind.

Claire is patient, caring and happy to help you. She has a gentle nature and will take the time to understand your needs, while also explaining the process of seeing a psychologist. so she can match you with the most suitable member of our team.Claire also has a keen interest in psychology. She is currently studying at the University of Melbourne to become a clinical neuropsychologist in the near future.

If you have any queries at all about Ringwood Psychology or seeing a psychologist, please phone Claire on (03) 9870 4171