Our staff are dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children

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Our multidisciplinary team model for clinical service delivery is designed to meet the needs of our diverse and dynamic client cohorts.

Our team brings together the expertise and skills of different disciplines and professionals to assess, plan, support and counsel. Our team consists of mental health practitioners from health, care and allied health disciplines that work together to provide a trauma-aware, holistic, person centred and strengths based approach.

Specifically, our multidisciplinary team consists of mental health nurses, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, educators, play/drama therapists, and art therapists.

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Meet our friendly staff members
Casey Godfrey
Casey GodfreySenior Operations Coordinator
Casey joins our Operations team, whilst she is completing her Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin. With a strong background of Operations and Project management in corporate and community settings, Casey is excited to be working with the ACT Group to further her understanding of mental health support services. When she is not working, Casey enjoys exploring new cuisines, rock climbing, meditation and spending time with her family, friends and dog.
Chantell Andrades
Chantell AndradesMental Health Clinican
Chantell, has a masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. In the past she has worked with NDIS and Schools where she worked with a diverse group of clients providing them with support and essential services. She is extremely passionate about working with children. She uses a strength-based and solution focused approach that she finds has been helpful to her clients. Her hobbies include spending time with her dog and finding any excuse to have some Nutella!
Cindy Condon
Cindy CondonClinical Intake Coordinator & Mental Health Clinician
Cindy is a Registered Nurse, Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, a qualified yoga teacher and has a post graduate qualification in Women’s Health. She has enjoyed working regionally over many years and is now returned to Melbourne.
Cindy has an interest in supporting carers and family wellbeing. She is a strong advocate for those vulnerable and in need of support to step toward changes.
Her style is inclusive, uncomplicated, accessible and always practices with a holistic notion of healthcare. When not working Cindy enjoys reading, walking and cooking.
Diane Newham
Diane NewhamCorporate Lead
Diane has extensive experience in corporate operations, governance and project management across the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

On the weekend Diane enjoys spending time with her family and watching her two young daughters play basketball.

Ethiopia Dershaye
Ethiopia DershayeJunior Admin Assistant
Ethiopia joins the Operations Team after recently completing her Bachelors degree in Psychology at RMIT. She is the welcoming, friendly face of ACT Group looking after our front desk and also helping with referrals. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends and family.
Gregory Nicolau
Gregory Nicolau Founder, Consultant Psychologist
Gregory is the Founder of ACT Group and former CEO. He’s a consultant psychologist, but before that he was an outreach youth worker after a stint in the army. He invented Ripple a technology that allows us to track the health and wellbeing of a person, team or organisation. He loves movies, martial arts and his therapy dog Matilda.
Hena Farighi
Hena FarighiPsychologist
Hena comes from a working in school and community mental health settings, providing individual counselling to students, parents/carers & staff. Hena has worked with people from diverse backgrounds including refugee and asylum seekers & is particularly interested in gaining further competence in this area. At the weekend she mostly spends time with her family, making sure to try new cuisines and go hiking!
James Argiro
James ArgiroSocial Worker
James is a Critical Social Worker that has worked with children, adolescents and families across various NGO’s in the community sector. He has developed specialist skills and interest in the areas of Family Violence, perpetrator accountability and Trauma Informed therapeutic engagement/support with victim/survivors. James’s approach is intuitive and relational, drawing from numerous modalities to support health and wellbeing. James is creative and guided by his values of respect, justice and accountability always aiming to approach his personal and professional life with integrity, meaning, curiosity and joy.
James is committed to supporting the safety, healing and recovery of victim/survivors, striving to reduce the impacts of violence and abuse in the community, including the systems and structures that perpetrate, collude and/or support violence and abuse. He is a passionate advocate, humbled by the strength, courage and resilience of women, children and victim/survivors that he has worked with.
Lyndsay Wright
Lyndsay WrightMental Health Clinician
Lyndsay has a University Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Approaches to Trauma and Loss, and A Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling from The University of Cumbria. Lyndsay is also a meditation teacher and loves leading meditation circles.
Lyndsay has worked with young people and adults for over 13 years in private practice. Lyndsay has also previously worked as The Student Counsellor at the local TAFE. Her approach is deeply empathic and compassionate working with the whole person in a space of presence and congruence.
Lyndsay when not working enjoys meditating, camping, walking on the beach with her family, talking about human consciousness and being a student of Eckhart Tolle.
Monique Blom
Monique BlomCEO
Monique took the reins at the ACT Group in early 2020, using her years of experience in the non-profit and private sector to guide the organisation through the turbulence of this year! A social worker by trade, Monique can often be found rowing down the Yarra river with her daughters at the weekend.
Natalie Fraser
Natalie FraserClinical Lead, Psychologist
Natalie is a registered Psychologist with over 25 years in working with vulnerable children, young people and adults. She has a special interest in working with people who have experienced complex trauma and is passionate about supporting people to explore new possibilities. Natalie enjoys spending her down time with her family and dogs and exploring the bushland around Canberra.
Natalie Ryan
Natalie RyanSenior Clinician, Social Worker
Natalie has a background in out of home care, working for 15 years with children and young people in kinship care across Victoria and NSW. She uses a strengths-based approach and enjoys working alongside families to affect positive change. A newcomer to the ACT, Natalie is enjoying discovering the parks & bushland around Canberra, exploring the art galleries and searching out delicious food.
Niki Mega
Niki MegaMental Health Clinician
Niki has completed a degree in psychological science and a masters degree in counselling. Her background is working within a school setting where she provides engaging & tailored therapeutic services to children & their families. She has a passion for working with children and believes every child should feel seen & heard. Niki uses a person-centred, creative and strengths based approach when working with clients to help them grow & flourish. On the weekends, you’ll find Niki at the beach, brunching with her friends or in the shed making ceramics.
Poonam Ghai
Poonam GhaiMental Health Clinician
Poonam holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology and Master’s in Counselling. She is passionate and registered Counsellor, whose work philosophy is rooted in empowering clients to become the biggest driver in their treatment. She specializes in working with children, young people and adults across several presentations including anxiety, depression, relational issues, trauma, PTSD, AOD issues, ADHD, school – related issues, parenting difficulties and emotion dysregulation. Poonam utilises integrative approach which includes Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational interviewing, Family systems Therapy while also applying elements of Schema Therapy, Strength Based Approach and Narrative Therapy. Using theses evidence- based approaches she equips clients with skills and strategies to cope with struggles and create a rich and a fulfilling life. In her spare time, Poonam often enjoys reading and spending time while enjoying different cuisines with her friends and family.
Richard Zhang
Richard ZhangClinical Team Leader, Psychologist
Richard has many years of experience in providing multidisciplinary assessments, counselling and advocacy to children and young adults who are in extreme circumstances. He loves to work closely with allied health professionals, educators, and families and has experience in both clinical and forensic settings, providing group therapy as well as individual therapy. Richard is fluent in Mandarin and is capable of working with clients who speak in their mother tongue. Outside of work, Richard enjoys rock climbing.
Roz Scott
Roz ScottMental Health Clinician
Roz is a skilled counsellor with a Diploma of Counselling. Using an integrative and creative approach, with strength based and solution focused models Roz creates an environment for her clients to flourish and grow.
She loves working with clients of all ages and ensure that she understands the needs of a client throughly, to create sessions that not only suit her clients, but empowers them to heal through trauma informed support.
Outside of work Roz enjoys time with her dog on the couch, reading, gardening and walks along the beach.
Sarah Richardson
Sarah RichardsonMental Health Clinician/ Occupational Therapist
Sarah has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and is currently completing further study in child and youth mental health. She has previous experience working in a specialised ASD school setting. Sarah is passionate about promoting meaningful participation in occupations to support positive mental health and wellbeing of carers and young people. She likes to fill her cup on the weekend by spending time with family and friends, swimming and yoga.
Sushil Gunchlla
Sushil GunchllaPositive Behaviour Support Practitioner
Sushil strongly believes in her participant’s and client’s strength. Having a strong interest in Psychology from initial years with her Master of Philosophy in Psychology and recently refreshing her knowledge with new therapies and research completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and other qualifications with Professional Childhood Development. Alongside to relieve the stress and anxiety management of clients she has obtained qualifications in yoga and mindfulness techniques.

Her key areas of study include mindful practices and behavioural therapies with all age groups but has a passion to work with the young generation with ADHD, ODD and emotional regulations and to provide support for them from initial stages of development, forming strong connections and believing in their capabilities to look forward positively towards their future.

Vy Chu
Vy ChuMental Health Clinician
Vy completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and recently completed her Master’s degree in Social Work.

Vy is very passionate about working in the mental health field of practice to help provide support for young people. Using a Client-Focused and Strength-Based approach Vy is able to to conduct an accurate and useful assessment using the Biopsychosocial methodology.

Outside of work, Vy enjoys spending time with her friends and exploring new places by going on road trips.