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Our staff in Metropolitan Melbourne: Burwood

Julia Seedsman

B.A., Post Grad. Dip. Applied Psych., MAPS


Julia has over twenty years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and/or carers. Julia has worked providing behavioural intervention programs in private practice, Early Childhood settings and in the home.

Julia has experience facilitating parent groups, running anxiety management and social skills groups and delivering seminars and workshops.

Julia has a particular interest in providing parent support and counselling, including ten years as the CEO/Principal Psychologist at Autism Behavioural Intervention Association, seven years as a Family Counsellor for Autism Victoria and five years in Private Practice at the Emotional Health Centre. Julia has recently also worked for several years at SCOPE in the area of Early Childhood Intervention Services. Julia has worked at Outside the Square Psychology since 2011.

Julia is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the office, and limited telehealth sessions on Fridays.

Deborah Sweeney

MA (1st Class Hons), Post. Grad. Dip. Ed.Psych


Deborah is a registered psychologist with twenty years’ experience who has a passion for working with children and their families. With extensive experience in child assessment, Deborah regularly works with a range of cognitive, developmental and behavioural assessment instruments. She has achieved a research reliable standard in both the ADI-R and ADOS-2, and has been using them in complex, multi-disciplinary assessments for over 18 years. In the past years, Deborah has been able to further enhance her experience in these areas by developing her training skills. She now regularly trains health professionals in the ADI-R and ADOS-2 throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Deborah has worked for Outside the Square Psychology since 2016. Deborah is married with two daughters, a dog and large collection of scarves.

Deborah is available for appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Stephanie McCarthy

B. Sc., (Hons). M. Ed. Psych.


Stephanie is experienced in the administration of psychological assessments. Having spent three years with the Department of Education conducting assessments of cognitive skills, adaptive functioning, behaviour, and specific learning achievement, she brings a wealth of assessment knowledge, leading on to specific recommendations to assist students.

Stephanie is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Rae Ellis

B. Soc. Sc (Hons)., Grad. Dip Prof. Psych, M Prof. Psych. Prac., MAPS


Rae is a registered psychologist with previous experience working across the lifespan. More recently her work with the Department of Education affords her experience conducting a wide range of assessments, including cognitive assessments, educational assessments, and various behavioural assessments, as well as writing informed and targeted recommendations. Rae is married with three children, and has lived in different and interesting places across the world from Africa to the Middle East.

Rae is available for appointments on Saturdays.

Emme Viney

B. A. (Psych) (Hons)., M. App. Psych., Grad. Cert, Autism Diagnosis


Emme is a registered psychologist with experience working within educational settings. She has a particular interest in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ADHD, Autism and Specific Learning Disorders (Dyslexia). These assessments often involve cognitive (IQ), achievement testing and behavioural assessments to further explore a child’s strengths and additional areas for support. Emme is passionate about neurodiversity and supporting children and their families to thrive in educational settings. She also has a passion for working with children who have experienced trauma as well as supporting families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In addition to her assessment skills, Emme is experienced in providing recommendations for Individual Education Plans and Behaviour Support Plans.

Emme is available for appointments on Mondays.


Sophie Newton


Practice Manager

Melbourne Reception and Administration

Sophie has an undergraduate degree in psychology. She has over twenty  years’ experience in administration in children’s services, and has worked at Outside the Square Psychology since 2011. Sophie has also had experience volunteering in educational agencies for children with disabilities.

Sophie works from Monday to Thursday.

Melinda Golding

Reception and Administration

Melinda joined the team in 2022, and works on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Our staff in Rural Victoria: Traralgon

Kirsty Kerr

B.B.Sc., Grad. Dip. Ed. Psych., MAPS

Principal Psychologist

Kirsty has over twenty years’ experience in working with children with developmental differences, and their families. Kirsty founded Outside the Square Psychology in 2009, following four years in solo private practice. Kirsty has worked delivering intensive behaviour intervention for children with developmental delays, and has provided psychological services in Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS), and in specialist primary school settings.

Kirsty is trained in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder using the ADI-R and ADOS-2. Kirsty has experience in facilitating parent groups, running anxiety management and social skills groups, delivering seminars and workshops, and mentoring other professionals. Kirsty is a Psychology Board of Australia Board Approved Supervisor of Provisional Psychologists.

Kirsty has a particular interest in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and in providing parent support and counselling in this area, including two years as the Family Counsellor at Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria). Kirsty’s other previous workplaces include Specialist Children’s Services, Wantirna Heights School (Now Eastern Ranges ASD school), The Currajong School (specialist Social and Emotional school), and The Autism Behavioural Intervention Association (ABIA). Kirsty currently provides consultancy to the Parenting Research Centre in regard to the ASD specific content on

Kirsty’s other areas of interest are in assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability diagnosis, learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, and severe behaviour disorders (such as ADHD). Kirsty also works with children in out-of-home and foster care placements, and children through Victims of Crime Assistance. Kirsty enjoys providing counselling and ongoing management support to clients from 2-25 years of age, including family support, behaviour management plans and life skills training.

Kirsty is available for appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Beth McNamara

B.A., Post Grad. Dip. Psych., MAPS


Beth is a registered psychologist who has extensive experience in working with children, young people and adults in both individual and group counselling interventions. Beth has worked in Parenting Orders Program, Supporting Children after Separation, Employee Assistance Program, Disability and General Counselling services. Beth has experience in delivering seminars, workshops and mentoring other professionals.

Beth has interest in working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma or mental health related concerns, and in providing counselling and parenting support in this area.

Beth is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Stephanie Bredin

B. Psych. (Hons)., M. Prof. Psych., MAPS


Stephanie has previous experience working with children and young people aged 12-25 years at Headspace. She also has experience providing assessment and evidence-based therapies to children and young people in private practice. Stephanie has an interest in assessment for intellectual disability and providing therapies for children and young people who demonstrate neurodiversity, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Stephanie also works with clients surrounding anxiety, anger management, and developing social skills. Stephanie is an animal lover (especially cats), so encourages all clients to share pictures of their pets.

Stephanie is available for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Rebecca McMahon

B. Welf., Grad, Dip Ed. Psych., Grad. Dip. Prof. Psych

Counsellor, Provisional Psychologist

Rebecca is a provisionally registered psychologist currently completing the sixth and final year of her psychology training. Rebecca already has twenty years’ of experience working across Gippsland in various sectors including foster care, adolescent community placement, homelessness and transitional support, sexual assault crisis response and sexual assault counselling, family violence outreach and women’s refuge settings, and children’s specialist counselling, along with providing both community development and professional development.

Rebecca has worked for over 10 years in both private and public schools supporting children, young people and their families as a welfare coordinator and school counsellor. Rebecca has additional training in trauma, family violence, adolescent mental health and working with children.

Rebecca is available for appointments on Fridays.

Dr. Ma Regina (Ria) de Gracia

B.A., M.A., PhD, MAPS

Counsellor, Provisional Psychologist

Dr. Ria is a provisional psychologist who is completing the sixth year of her psychology internship program. She has previous experience working with children, young people, and adults in Boston, Massachusetts USA and Manila, Philippines. Ria is also a lecturer with over 10 years of experience in teaching undergraduate psychology courses. Ria conducts psychological research in the areas of social cognition, toxic masculinity, and well-being of deaf persons and typically developing individuals. Ria sits on the committee of the Australian Psychological Society Gippsland branch. 

Ria has an interest in providing counselling for children and young adults regarding their mental-health related concerns, as well as providing ongoing support to parents and caregivers. 

Ria is available for appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Jenny Wilkie

Traralgon Office Manager

Traralgon Reception and Administration

Jenny has over twenty years’ experience in administration roles, including eight years at Cooinda Hill Adult Day Service for clients with an intellectual disability. Jenny has been with Outside the Square Psychology since 2017. She works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Amy Close

Traralgon Reception and Administration

Amy has tertiary level qualifications in the Arts gained in Canada. Amy began with Outside the Square Psychology in 2019. She works on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Monica Piechota

Traralgon Reception and Administration

Monica has worked in various administration roles around the Latrobe Valley, before returning to study. Monica is currently completing a Bachelor of Public Health and Masters Degree in Speech Pathology. These experiences make her well-placed to interact with neurodiverse visitors to our office.

Monica works on Monday and Tuesday.

Fee Schedule for Parents

The 2021-2022 recommended schedule of fees for a 46-60 minute session is $267 (Source: Australian Psychological Society). We have set our fees at a lower rate, which we believe is fair to families, whilst still allowing us to provide a professional service.

Click here to see a full list of services, fees and rebates

Many of our services attract Medicare and Private Health Rebates. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure a current referral is maintained for Medicare claiming purposes. It is also recommended that you register your family for the Medicare Safety Net as once you have reached the annual threshold, you will receive a even greater rebate.

Payment Policy

Payment can be made after each consultation via cash or cheque. EFTPOS and Credit Card facilities are also available. A Mediclear terminal has been installed to enable your Medicare rebate to be automatically credited back to your account at the time of payment.

Less than 24 hours notice of cancellation will incur full fees for the relevant service. Private health funds and Medicare will not provide a rebate for the cost of cancellations with less than 24 hours, or failure to attend your appointment.

Fees for Professionals and Agencies

Prices correct as at 1st July, 2021.

Professional Supervision (conducted at our office) $175 per hour

To see a full list of supervision topics, click here

Professional development at your organisation $250 per hour (minimum 2 hours)

Inclusive of:

  • Liaison time with the agency contact person
  • Travel to agencies within 10kms of our office
  • Provision of laptop and data projector if required
  • Presentation with question time
  • A copy of the Powerpoint handouts (to be photocopied by your agency for staff if required)

For locations further than 10kms from our office, add $175 per hour of travel time.

Kindergarten or school visit, PSG attendance (when at the agency’s expense)

$350 for an hour visit. Minimum of one hour. Subsequent time charged at $175 per hour.

Cost includes travel time to locations within 10kms of our office.

Travel further than 10kms from our office, add $175 per hour.



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