Our staff are dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children

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.

Meet our friendly staff members
Gregory Nicolau
Gregory Nicolau Founder | CEO | Fitzroy
Gregory is the Founder and CEO of ACTG. He brings a rich, multifaceted background as a consultant psychologist, with prior experiences as an outreach youth worker after a stint in the army. He developed Ripple, a technology that tracks the health and wellbeing of individuals, teams, and organisations. Gregory’s personal interests include a deep appreciation for movies and martial arts. He also enjoys the companionship of his therapy dog, Matilda. His unique blend of professional expertise and personal passions drives his dedication to advancing mental health services through innovative technology and empathetic leadership.
Melanie Love
Melanie LoveExecutive Assistant to the CEO | Fitzroy
Melanie is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She brings a dynamic and innovative approach to her role and is known for her excellent support and caring nature. Melanie consistently goes above and beyond to assist staff throughout the organisation. Her proactive and thoughtful manner has made her an indispensable part of the executive team. Melanie’s ability to anticipate needs and streamline processes ensures that the office runs smoothly and efficiently, reflecting her dedication to both her work and her colleagues. Her commitment to excellence in all aspects of her duties continues to enhance the overall productivity and morale at ACTG. Melanie’s efforts not only support the CEO but also foster a collaborative and supportive work environment for everyone at ACTG.
Dillon McDermott
Dillon McDermottClinical Intake Co-ordinator | Fitzroy
Dillon has been working with children for over five years as a counsellor, youth worker, and social worker across the US, the UK, Ireland, and Australia. Dillon has obtained a first-class honours degree in Social Work and a bachelor’s in Sociology with Psychology. Dillon has extensive experience working with children with advanced childhood trauma and supporting carers through a client-centred and anti-oppressive approach. Dillon is passionate about helping and empowering clients to reach their goals and encouraging them to achieve their potential.
Amy-Louise Kelley
Amy-Louise KelleyClinical Team Lead | Canberra
Amy is the Clinical Team Lead in Canberra. She has a rich background in nursing, aged care, and teaching across various schools in Adelaide and Canberra. With a Master of Social Work completed in 2016, she transitioned into roles empowering individuals, including leading initiatives at Belconnen Youth Centre and Mind Map ACT. Amy’s dedication lies in helping families, especially children, navigate challenges, aligning with ACTG’s mission. She cherishes collaborating with a diverse team to foster thriving futures for families. Outside work, Amy finds joy in nurturing Fiddle Leaf Fig plants and spending time with her loved ones and pets.
Kalli Brown
Kalli BrownClinical Team Lead | Geelong
Kalli is the Clinical Team Lead in Geelong. She is an AASW accredited Social Worker who is currently studying her Masters in Child Play Therapy at Deakin University. Kalli has experience in a variety of roles including play therapist, animal assisted therapist, key worker, and behaviour support practitioner, and has experience working in NDIS early intervention, suicide prevention, family violence, specialist trauma counselling, and working across a range of ages from early childhood up to teenagers and adults.
Kelly Chen
Kelly ChenSenior Mental Health Clinician | Canberra
Kelly is a Registered Counsellor and Certified Behaviour Technician™ with an extensive academic background that includes a Master of Counselling, an MBA, and a Master of Marketing. Specialising in trauma recovery, neurodiversity, and relationship counselling, she uses a rich palette of modalities, including CBT, ACT, and emotion-focused therapy, to empower and support marginalised and neurodivergent individuals. With three years of experience as a behaviour support specialist and mental health clinician, Kelly focuses on supporting children, young people, and their families, particularly those with disabilities and neurodiversity. In her personal time, Kelly enjoys activities such as dance, bush walking, camping, and exercise, which reflect her energetic and enthusiastic nature.
Simon O'Kane
Simon O'KaneSenior Mental Health Clinician | Canberra
Simon is a Senior Mental Health Clinician with ACTG based in Canberra. He has dedicated his career to mental health services since 2010. Holding degrees in Social Work and Theology, Simon has a robust background in trauma-informed care, having worked in acute care services across Sydney and Brisbane, and most recently with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in regional NSW. Specialising in Family Based Therapies for Eating Disorders (FBTE), he delivered comprehensive 12-month FBTE programs at Queanbeyan Hospital. Simon is eager to expand his expertise in aiding young individuals affected by trauma and is committed to applying practical, evidence-based therapies. Beyond his professional endeavours, Simon’s vibrant energy finds him swimming in the Murrumbidgee River when he’s not working with young people.
Stuart Kasule
Stuart KasuleBehaviour Support Practitioner | Canberra
Stuart is a Neurodivergent Behaviour Support Practitioner with over 4 years of experience, mental health advocate, suicide prevention trainer, member of the NDS behaviour support community CHADD, Reaffirming Autism and BSPA (Behaviour Support Practitioners Australia). His overall focus in support is through a neurodivergence lens that endeavours to ensure a person-centred approach that promotes choice and control and focuses on empowering the individual to better respond to their environment for the improvement of quality of life. When not working at ACTG, Stuart is coordinating an international project to decriminalise suicide in his home country, Uganda.

Lumbini Hetti
Lumbini HettiMental Health Clinician | Fitzroy
Lumbini is a Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work. She has experience working with children who have experienced complex trauma, mental health challenges, and family violence. Lumbini has trained with CBT Australia to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses a trauma-informed, strength-based, and child-centred approach in her practice. She also has experience in grief counselling. Lumbini has worked with a range of individuals and families, including CALD communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. In her leisure time, Lumbini enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, dancing, going for nature walks, and road trips.
Jacky Quach
Jacky QuachMental Health Clinician | Fitzroy
Jacky is a provisional psychologist dedicated to enhancing mental health across all life stages. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Psychology. Based in Fitzroy, Jacky specialises in assessing autism, ADHD, and providing interventions for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. His therapeutic work is grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles and a strength-based approach, focusing on leveraging individuals’ inherent capabilities.
Jacky’s passion for mental health extends into the educational sector, where he provides crucial support in schools, helping students navigate their unique challenges. His commitment to understanding and improving mental health outcomes makes him a valued member of the ACTG team, particularly for those facing complex psychological challenges. Jacky’s expertise and empathetic approach enable him to make a significant impact on the lives of the people he supports.
Venissa Alva
Venissa AlvaMental Health Clinician | Canberra
Venissa is a registered Counsellor based in Canberra. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Her career includes aiding those affected by trauma, homelessness, and unemployment, and working as a disability support worker. As a Telehealth counsellor, she has addressed mental health, relationship issues, loneliness, addiction, and bereavement. Venissa is skilled in suicide prevention, has served as a crisis supporter, and trained professionals in risk management and brief intervention therapy. She is passionate about promoting mental well-being through compassionate, evidence-based practices. When she’s not working, Venissa enjoys basketball, anime, TV shows, walks, and music.
Samara Wall
Samara WallMental Health Clinician | Geelong
Samara is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and member of the AASW. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and has worked for over 16 years in various settings including child, youth and family therapy, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, foster care and crisis counselling.
Her work experience includes private practice, school counselling, work within health services and telephone counselling for the PANDA and Lifeline helplines. Samara is driven by a person centred, strength based and neuro-affirming approach and works collaboratively with clients and other service systems to advocate for the development of the full potential of clients. She values connection and is warm, compassionate, non-judgemental and passionate about her work. Samara utilises combined approaches such as: play therapy, art therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and narrative therapy. She aims to create a genuine experience of being heard and valued, as well as providing guidance on resources and strategies to empower clients to overcome their own struggles.
Thomas Gould
Thomas GouldMental Health Clinician | Fitzroy
Tom is a mental health-accredited social worker who specialises in working with adolescents, young adults and families. Tom has over 15 years of experience working in complex trauma. Tom’s clinical experience includes supporting those who choose to engage in violence, those who have engaged in problematic or harmful behaviours, and survivors of family violence and sexual abuse or assault. Tom also has a wealth of experience in working alongside those experiencing mental health illnesses, substance usage issues and emotional/impulse control difficulties.
Tom holds a Master of Social Work and a Clinical Masters in Family Therapy. Tom adopts a trauma-informed and client-led approach to his therapy, with the use of frameworks and theories such as CBT, ACT, Polyvagal Theory, Narrative approach and various Family Therapy frameworks. Tom prides himself in his ability to build rapport and help clients achieve their goals by working alongside them in an open and honest space.
Karen Palmer
Karen PalmerSenior Operations Co-ordinator | Fitzroy
Karen is the Senior Operations Coordinator based in Fitzroy, where she leverages her extensive background in operations and project management to enhance the performance of the ACTG Operations team. With a keen eye for detail and a comprehensive understanding of organisational dynamics, Karen expertly navigates complex projects and ensures seamless operations. Her dedication, drive, and enthusiasm not only enrich the workplace culture at ACTG but also significantly contribute to its success. Karen’s ability to blend strategic planning with effective execution helps ACTG meet its objectives making her an indispensable asset to the organisation.
Ethiopia Dershaye
Ethiopia DershayeSenior Operations Consultant | Fitzroy
Ethiopia is a Senior Consultant in the operations team at ACTG. She holds an Honours degree in Psychology from RMIT and is the welcoming, friendly face responsible for staff training, operations oversight, and intake management. In her free time, Ethiopia enjoys playing sports and spending time with her friends and family.
Casey Godfrey
Casey GodfreyMarketing Consultant | Fitzroy
Casey joined ACTG in 2021 as the Senior Operations Coordinator, bringing over 10 years of experience in operations and project management from both corporate and community settings. She now coordinates Communications and Marketing for ACTG while supporting the Operations team. Casey is currently completing her degree in Psychology. Outside of work, she enjoys rock yoga, reading, meditation, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.
Renée Buchanan
Renée Buchanan Operations and Administration Support Officer | Canberra
Renée is the Operations and Administration Support located in the Canberra office. Renée has completed her Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma and has extensive experience in the early years as an early childhood teacher and service manager. She loves to be out and about in Canberra taking walks on Country and enjoys puzzling and painting for relaxation.
Justin Baker
Justin BakerOperations Support Officer | Fitzroy
Justin is the Operations Support Officer at ACTG, dedicated to making a positive impact through his work. With a background in government agencies like NDIS, Centrelink, and ATO he brings a wealth of knowledge to the role. Justin is currently pursuing studies in social work, aiming to combine his insights from various disciplines to provide comprehensive support to individuals and communities. His TAFE studies in IT and mental health have further enriched his skills, empowering him to advocate for mental health awareness and foster resilience among those he supports.