Dr. Chris Coleiro

Dr. Chris Coleiro

“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.”

Dr Chris Coleiro is a clinical psychologist in Melbourne
who has experience in treating a wide range of mental health issues including:

  • Mood disorders (depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, bipolar)
  • Issues related to trauma (post-traumatic stress and dissociation)
  • Personality issues including treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Emotional dysregulation and sensitivity
  • Identity issues and difficulty adjusting to or managing challenging life circumstances
  • Issues of sexuality and gender diversity
  • Issues related to body image and disordered eating

Prior to going into private practice, Chris worked for over 10 years in the public and private mental health sectors, where he predominantly treated the impact of psychological trauma. His passion for work in this area led to his involvement in setting up a number of private outpatient programs for the treatment of post-traumatic stress. These programs provided treatment for both childhood and adult psychological trauma, as well as treatment for psychological trauma experienced by emergency services workers.

Chris is a co-director of Cova Psychology, and in addition to treating clients, he also provides supervision to psychologists and psychologist registrars. He has worked as a senior psychologist and team leader in both the public and private settings. Chris enjoys supporting psychologists with their clinical skills, as well as providing mentoring in relation to leadership skills. Chris is passionate about cultivating a supportive and friendly team environment at Cova Psychology.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology; with Honours), Deakin University
  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), Deakin University


In his work with clients, Chris takes a holistic, collaborative, and person-centred approach. His interpersonal style balances warm and gentle with authentic and direct. He predominantly practices evidence-based therapies including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)


  • Registered Psychologist (Clinical) with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA)
  • Member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC)