Cova Psychology:
Experienced Psychologists in Melbourne

Clinical Psychologists and Trauma Therapists, located in the Melbourne CBD, who are dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based therapy to enhance your mental health, well-being, and overall quality of life. 

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Your psychologist will work with you on a personalised treatment plan, set goals and
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it will be tailored to your pace and specific needs.

Getting to Know Cova Psychology

The Evidence-based treatments we use empower you to enhance wellness, build resilience, and foster psychological growth

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness-based therapies

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Schema Therapy

Cova's Melbourne Psychologist Services Team is here to support you and help you thrive.

Elfin Berwick

Elfin Berwick (she/her)

Psychologist

Elfin Berwick (she/her)

Psychologist

“I have a long standing interest in working with people who have experienced difficult early relationships and trauma, both within institutions and within the context of family relationships. I have worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults. I am strongly committed to deeply listening to you as an individual and working in a a collaborative, empathic way.”

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Valentina Bianchi

Valentina Bianchi

Clinical Psychologist

Valentina Bianchi

Clinical Psychologist

"I am passionate about helping people make sense of their experiences, and align themselves to their own meaning. First, I aim to connect as a human with another human. Then, I share my intuition and evidence-based approach to support people in achieving their well-being goals"

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Bree Buck (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Bree Buck (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

"I can offer you a safe space where we can collaboratively turn our attention inwards towards your internal world using a curious, non-judgmental stance. We will observe and try to understand your current concerns in light of your past patterns informed by clinical interventions & research. The type of clients that I am drawn to are interested in medium to long term therapy in order to change maladaptive coping strategies that are no longer benefiting the client . I am passionate about the process of empower you to find your own path towards living your values."

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Tomas Cartmill

Tomas Cartmill

Clinical Psychologist

Tomas Cartmill

Clinical Psychologist

"I am deeply interested in you, and how you see, feel and act in the world. If you're looking to make change, or to better understand yourself, and your relationships, then let's take action together. Before, and after-hours appointments are also available. Approach is bespoke to you, and informed by CBT, ACT, Schema, DBT and EMDR."

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Linél Franck (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Linél Franck (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

"I am a laid-back, warm, and non-judgemental psychologist. I want to understand where you are at, where you are coming from and how I can help. I try to balance compassion, directness and a bit of humour in my approach to therapy. My expertise is in guiding adults to manage mood difficulties, anxiety, stress, childhood trauma, personality disorders, and resilience building, to name a few. I enjoy working from a Schema Therapy perspective, among other therapeutic modalities."

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Kelly Garfield

Kelly Garfield (she/her)

Counselling Psychologist

Kelly Garfield (she/her)

Senior Counselling Psychologist

"I am passionate about providing a safe, warm and non-judgemental space to allow you to move through distressing experiences to live the life you want."

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Kylie Johnson

Kylie Johnson (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Kylie Johnson (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

"I enjoy spending time getting to know you as a person, helping you to feel at ease, and working collaboratively to come up with a plan of action that allows us to get to the heart of challenges and provide a personalised and tailored approach to treatment."

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Tori Pearce

Tori Pearce (she/her)

Mental Health Social Worker

Tori Pearce (she/her)

Mental Health Social Worker

"I am here to provide a space where you feel safe, supported and empowered to create meaningful change in your life. Grounded in kindness and compassion, I invite you to be yourself and show up exactly as you are. "

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Ravina Perera (she/her)

Psychologist

Ravina Perera (she/her)

Psychologist

“I believe that improving one’s wellbeing begins first and foremost with self-reflection and understanding, and I endeavour to provide the safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space in which to do this. I am passionate about creating an environment that is comfortable and relaxed, where individuals feel at ease and not intimidated. I aim to provide this through my therapy style which focuses on direct, gentle, and compassionate guidance, while including a touch of humour and openness.”

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Monique Pittas

Monique Pittas (she/her)

Psychologist

Monique Pittas (she/her)

Psychologist

"I provide therapy in a non-judgmental and friendly environment, allowing you to share your experiences and challenges at your own pace, and by creating a space where you to feel heard, understood and validated. I believe that therapy is an invaluable tool to explore all parts of yourself, and re-defining the relationship with your thoughts and feelings. My therapeutic approach is collaborative, client-centred, empathetic, and strengths based."

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Ruby Swaid (she/her)

Psychologist

Ruby Swaid (she/her)

Psychologist

"I am passionate about supporting people connect with their inner strengths. I do so by practicing through a compassionate non-judgmental lens, ensuring that therapy is conducted in a safe and transparent manner, where individuals are aware of their rights, treatment options and are able to openly discuss what works for them and what doesn’t. Working with me, I will prioritise your psychological safety, and join with you to help you heal, develop and meet your goals."

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Elizabeth Tupper

Elizabeth Tupper (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Elizabeth Tupper (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

"I collaborate with people with people in safe, compassionate, non-judgemental and client-centred space."

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Victor Quek

Victor Quek (he/him)

Psychologist

Victor Quek (he/him)

Psychologist

"I utilise EMDR to help clients with complex trauma. I also support clients with addiction and ADHD. Finally, I provide assessments for ASD and ADHD."

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Dr. Sarah Valentine

Dr. Sarah Valentine (she/her)

Principal Psychologist

Dr. Sarah Valentine (she/her)

Principal Psychologist

"I take a client-centred, trauma-informed approach. I deliver therapy with warmth and validation whilst also encouraging change and growth in an empathic way."

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Dr. Chris Coleiro

Dr. Chris Coleiro (he/him)

Principal Psychologist

Dr. Chris Coleiro (he/him)

Principal Psychologist

BPsychSc (Hons),
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

“I provide a safe, non-judgemental, and compassionate space which encourages my clients to tune into and understand the processes of their own mind and internal world. I'm passionate about providing therapy which allows people to grow, heal, and empower themselves.”

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We are happy to discuss your needs and match you with a Cova therapist who meets your criteria.

Please call 0396543557 or email contact@covapsychology.com for more information about our therapists and their availability.

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Expertise and Experience

Our Melbourne psychologists have extensive experience in working with a broad range of mental health issues including mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, couples, and neurodivergence assessment and support.  See the comprehensive list of mental health issues we treat, here.

Research informed treatment

Cova psychologists are passionate about providing assessment and treatments which are validated by sound psychological research. We are keen for the science of psychology to help you better manage your mental health, improve wellness and foster a better quality of life. All of our Melbourne psychologists are trained in trauma processing therapies, including EMDR.

We listen!

From intake through to your first session, our terrific admin team go above and beyond to provide you with support that is sensitive to your needs. Cova’s processes are based on what clients have told us works best. We love client feedback and actively encourage it!

Trauma informed care

Although our psychologists recognise that managing symptoms is important, we are passionate about helping our clients get to the heart of psychological issues they are experiencing. This means recognising that trauma or adverse life events may be underlying our mood. Whether it’s unpacking that in therapy or engaging in more formal trauma processing, we can help! 

High quality care

To ensure that our practice and level of expertise is high quality, our team are dedicated to ongoing professional development. Cova provides supervision and training to ensure that the psychological interventions of our psychologists are always informed by innovative and best-practice guidelines.

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Frequently asked questions

Getting Started

Most people find their Melbourne psychologist either through online searches, word of mouth, or through referral from their doctor.

If you’d like help with being linked in with a Melbourne psychologist and/or trauma therapist who is well suited to your needs, the Psychologist Melbourne Services team at Cova Psychology can help! Our intake staff take into account your preferences, specific mental and physical health issues, as well as the type of psychological treatment you’re seeking, to match you to the best psychologist for you.

Upon your first contact with Cova Psychology, our warm and experienced reception team will explore the following questions with you:

  • What are the mental health issues you are seeking therapy for?
  • Any specific treatments that you are particularly interested in or have been suggested to you?
  • Any factors that you really do or really don’t want in your therapist? (gender, age, experience etc)
  • What days / times you are available for appointments?

This initial contact is intentionally structured to maximise the potential for strong therapeutic alliance with your psychologist.

Of course, we cannot guarantee that you will feel your psychologist is the right fit for you. If this is an issue, we encourage you to discuss this with your therapist or our admin team, and we can help you to resolve this.

The cost of a psychology session in Melbourne can vary based on several factors, such as the length of the session, the experience level of the psychologist, and the type of therapy provided. At Cova Psychology, we offer a range of services with varying fees to reflect these differences. For detailed information regarding our fees, please reach out to our office.

Psychological services can be partially covered by Medicare or private health insurance. New clients with a mental health care plan and referral from a GP or psychiatrist can receive a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions with a psychologist within a calendar year. This helps make psychological treatment for mental health issues more affordable.

Medicare rebates generally do not apply to sessions for couples counselling or ADHD assessment testing.

Private health insurance may also cover part of the cost for psychological treatment, depending on your policy. We recommend checking with your insurer to understand your coverage for mental health services.

You don’t need a referral to start seeing a psychologist in Victoria, or Australia-wide. Although, without a referral you will not be able to claim any Medicare rebates and therefore would not be reimbursed any of the session fee by Medicare.

In your first session, your psychologist will explore what has brought you to therapy, your current situation, as well as a history of the issues you are wanting to address. The initial stages of therapy are sometimes referred to as a “psychological assessment” and will generally carry over at least the first two sessions. This process ensures your therapist has a good understanding of your experiences, enabling you and your therapist to create a treatment plan which is tailored to you. 

Sessions will typically last for 50 minutes.

You may also benefit from our comprehensive blog post covering tips on how to make therapy work.

We typically see people aged over 18. We have some limited availability for young people between the ages of 13-18 years. We provide support for individuals as well as couples counselling.

At Cova Psychology, we understand that seeking support for mental health is a significant step. Our experienced team, led by Principal Clinical Psychologists Sarah and Chris, offer a compassionate and professional approach to therapy, emphasising evidence based treatment plans tailored to each individual.

The Cova psychologists are a team who enjoy working with complexity and service a wide range of mental health issues. We are committed to staying abreast of the latest psychological research to ensure that our practices are effective and informed. 

Client feedback and satisfaction is deeply important to us, and we regularly seek this out. The input of our clients helps us to shape our practice so that we can best meet the needs of the people we treat.