Practitioners

Therapists working at The Delta Centre are highly regarded and sought after for their extensive experience, expertise and specialist knowledge. We are confident in being able to offer highest quality services to our clients.

 

All practitioners working at the centre are members of their own relevant professional bodies. Each strictly adheres to their association's code of ethics.

Michelle Bihary

Director

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, Occupational Therapist

B App Sc (OT) Grad Dip Fam Ther AAOT AccOT VAFT

 

For over thirty years, Michelle has had the privilege of working in partnership with people who are keen to improve their personal well-being, their relationships, and to take more confident steps in their journey forward in life. She has worked extensively in the mental health system and in private practice with children, adolescents and adults, couples and families.

Michelle's main focus now is on training, particularly in the areas of Leadership, Self Leadership, Workplace Resilience, Professional Resilience® and Professional Supervision and Mentoring.  Michelle inspires people to cultivate the best in themselves and those around them, through her programs in resilience, mentoring, leadership and emotional intelligence. As Founder and Director of the centre, Michelle’s vision of creating a community oriented therapy centre has been realised. Her core values of a holistic approach and valuing the heart to heart, soul to soul aspects of human experience are fundamental to the centre's philosophy. 

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Rebekah Barson

Individual and Couple Counsellor

Clinical Mental Health Social Worker

B.AASW (advanced accreditation) B. App Sc (AOPA)

 

 

Since early 2004, Rebekah has worked as a counsellor in both public and private settings, and has additional training in Psychotherapy (Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists) and Relationship Counselling (Relationships Australia). 

 

 

Rebekah has a compassionate and thoughtful approach to the emotional care and support of her clients, and provides a therapeutic space that is safe, supportive, and strengthening. Clients experience a sense of connection, trust and acceptance, while they explore the issues that have prevented them from experiencing the wellbeing and quality of life that they are seeking. Using a collaborative and strength based approach, Rebekah believes that healing and change is possible.

Janet Gluch

Clinical Psychologist

BA (Hons) MA (Clin Psych) MAPS

 

Janet is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is also a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists.

 

Janet has worked overseas and locally in public hospital and community settings as well as private practice.  Janet enjoys working across the age range and has experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. She adapts her therapy style to the individual and offers individual therapy, parent counselling and play therapy.

Janet has an interest in the areas of anxiety, depression, loss and grief, peri-natal and also adjustment difficulties. Janet also provides professional supervision and is an accredited supervisor.

Shawn Goldberg

Psychologist
BAppSci (Psychology) PGDip (Psychology) MAPS

 

Shawn has a compassionate and thoughtful approach to the emotional care and support of others. He shares his knowledge and expertise with respect and openness.

 

Shawn’s individual and group therapy is supportive, strengthening and enlivening. He offers a time for self-reflection, encourages the development of interpersonal skills and fosters resilience.

 

Shawn works with the approach that the only way out is through; meaning that therapy strengthens you to face the challenges in your life, and he connects with his clients in a warm and caring manner to instil a sense of hope and confidence.

 

Shawn understands that central to a health workers’ ability to help others is a need for them to care for themselves. He offers specialised workshops and supervision to assist health workers to develop resilience, enhance their skills and knowledge, and ultimately thrive.

 

In the corporate world Shawn recognises the increasing demands and pressures on staff and organisations and offers workshops to address issues that may affect staff satisfaction and retention, productivity and overall staff wellbeing.

Naomi Kalman

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist

B App Sc (OT), Grad Dip Fam Ther, AHPRA, Clinical Member VAFT

 

Naomi is a therapist with many years’ experience in working with adolescents, adults, couples and families with a range of mental health issues. She is passionate about helping people get the very best for themselves in their relationships, both with themselves and in their family and work.

 

Naomi has a collaborative and encouraging approach. She is committed to helping clients move beyond solving problems to an enhanced sense of wellbeing.  She has a deep respect for the courage that it takes to come to therapy and take the necessary steps to make changes in our lives.

 

Naomi has developed group programs for specific relationship and life issues. She uses the group process with couples to learn relationship skills in a supportive and empowering environment, either at the beginning of their partnership or to enrich an already established relationship. 

Dr Rita Lapidus

Counselling Psychologist

Child and Developmental Psychologist

BA; MA (Couns): Phd: MAPS

 

 

Rita is an experienced psychologist who has worked with children and adults of all ages for 34 years over a variety of settings.

 

Rita’s aim in counseling is to help people heal and to improve their sense of well-being by enabling them to take control of their lives and develop self-reliance.  Above all, she wants people to experience enjoyment in their lives by empowering them to make the most of their own capacities.

 

Rita is passionate about allowing people to access a large range of psychological services.  She tailors her approach to the specific needs of each individual or couple and her work is based on a number of theoretical orientations including cognitive theory, psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, meditation and relaxation.  Rita has been trained in hypnotherapy techniques and this is an additional skill she employs with clients when appropriate.

 

Rita’s Phd research focused on the management of workplace change.  Her findings suggested that people can be helped to deal with change and become more resilient.  As well, Rita works with individuals affected by personal issues in the workplace.

Lane Shmerling

Speech Pathologist

B. App Sc. (Speech Pathology) M.S.P.A; C.P.S.P.

 

Lane is a passionate Speech-Language Pathologist, with over 30 years of paediatric experience. She loves working with children and finds it rewarding to see their progress. She provides a comprehensive service, with personalised treatment solutions to enhance communication in a supportive environment.

 

Lane specialises in the assessment and treatment of toddlers, children and adolescents with communication disorders. She has varied paediatric experience including delays and disorders of: 

  • developmental language 

  • receptive language / understanding instructions

  • expressive language

  • articulation / phonology

  • phonological awareness / pre-reading

  • social language skills 

  • autism spectrum disorder 

  • hearing impairment  

 

Early intervention is recommended and children can be assessed at any age. A thorough and personalised assessment gathers information from the child and/or the family. Informal and formal assessment and interpretation of the results form the basis of the treatment plan. 

 

She works closely with childcare centres, pre-schools, schools, community health centres, GPs and other professionals. Observation visits in centres and attendance at staff meetings are available in all these settings. Prep screening programs are available. 

 

Rebates are available for Medicare programs (Team Care Plan/Enhanced Primary Care) and from all private health insurers.

Frequently asked question:

How long will therapy take?

It depends on the learning rate of your child and how much practice is done at home.

Debbie Sojka

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Registered NDIS & TAC Provider

BSc, BSW

 

Debbie has been working in the youth and family sector for over 25 years. She has a passion for working with young people in the 10-25 years age group, and easily engages with them in a therapeutic relationship. Debbie has also spent over 20 years working in state and private schools, primary and secondary, delivering both counselling services and programs.

Adolescence can be a very challenging time for young people and their families.

Debbie can support and assist young people, to help them reach their potential.

Debbie can also work with parents, assisting them with the challenges of parenting their teenagers, as well as offering family counselling.

 

Debbie is also able to offer counselling to adults on a range of issues and is part of the EAP services offered at the Delta Centre.

 

Debbie is currently working part-time as School Counsellor in a small, not-for-profit, independent school that specialises in boys with ADHD and high-functioning Autism.

 

Debbie is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and is also a registered service provider for NDIS and TAC.

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Deborah (Debbie) Lewis
Counsellor / Psychotherapist / Psychologist
Bachelor of Arts (The University of Melbourne)
Dip Ed (David Yellin Teachers’ College, Jerusalem, Israel)
Advanced Certificates in Counselling and Psychotherapy (The Cairnmillar Institute)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours / H1; Monash University)
Master in Counselling Psychology (Swinburne University of Technology)
Memberships - VIT, MAPS, PACFA

 

Debbie has been involved in counselling and psychotherapy since 2004.  She completed certificates in counselling, psychotherapy, and trauma therapy at the Cairnmillar Institute.  She completed a first class honours degree in psychology at Monash University and in 2018 completed a master in counselling psychology from Swinburne University of Technology.
 
In her roles as a teacher and helping-professional, Debbie shows empathy and works with her clients using a strength-based model, often engaging her clients employing humour with sensitivity. She is constantly upgrading her skills and works with her clients to assist them to reach their potential.
 
Debbie works with individuals.  She has a specific interest in child abuse and domestic violence.  Although Debbie’s native tongue is English, she is able to work with Hebrew-speaking clients.  Debbie has developed and implemented courses in therapeutic writing.


Debbie is currently working as a school counsellor.

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