Tiffany Allen & Associates

Meet the Clinicians

Tiffany Allen, MAPS, MACPA,
Director and Clinical Psychologist

Master of Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)(Honours)
Graduate Diploma Social Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts (Education & Humanities)

Tiffany Allen MAPS Clinical Psychologist

Tiffany is a clinical psychologist who enjoys working with people of all ages.  She strives to create an inviting and safe environment for collaborative problem-solving and healing.  Tiffany has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and community mental health services for children and adults, oncology services, academic support services, Out-of-Home Care clinical services, and private practice.   

While working with a broad range of clients, presentations and difficulties, Tiffany has special interests in complex trauma, perinatal mental health, child and adult AD/HD, behavioural difficulties, parenting, relationship and attachment difficulties, and grief and bereavement.  In addition to holding a Master of Clinical Psychology, she has completed additional training in the following evidence-based therapeutic approaches and areas of intervention: CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy, Attachment-informed therapy, ACT, CBT for Older Adults (adults 65+), and Perinatal Mental Health.

Tiffany is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Clinical Psychology Association, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and the National Council for Family Relations (USA).  Tiffany is a Medicare provider and holds registration with the national governing body for psychologists, the Psychology Board of Australia, a division of AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) Reg # PSY0001821471.

 

Paraskevoula (Patricia) Joannou, MAPS
Clinical Psychologist

B.Psychology, M.Psychology (Clinical)

Patricia-Joannou

Patricia is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys making psychology accessible to people of all walks of life. This means creating an environment for collaboration, creativity, learning and, above all, to create a safe space to talk. Patricia works from a strengths-based approach and works with the aim of working beyond reducing symptoms associated with poor mental health and focusing on working towards living a full filling and happy life.

Patricia enjoys working across a broad range of issues and age ranges. She has a particular passion for working with young people and adolescents (and their parents) to navigate the tricky path into adulthood. Patricia is also passionate about supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, people with intellectual disabilities, anxiety disorders, social skill development, challenges in parenting, behavioural issues, and complex trauma.

Patricia has worked in a wide range of settings including out of home care, community mental health services for children and adults, and private practice. Prior to becoming a psychologist. Patricia worked with women escaping domestic violence and crisis services. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and has completed additional training and supervision in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy  (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Circle of Security. 

Patricia is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency, and provides services under Medicare.

 

Rebecca Cefai
Registered Psychologist

BA (Psychology and Cultural Studies); PGradDip Psychology (with Distinction)

Rebecca  Cefai

Rebecca is a registered psychologist with a passion for working with infants and children, as well as supporting the wellbeing of their parents and carers.

Rebecca has worked with children and families for nearly 10 years in a range of roles including as an educator in out of school hours care, school counsellor, supporting playgroups, group program facilitator, early childhood intervention therapist, and assessor. Rebecca has worked extensively with children with developmental delay and disabilities and is a strong advocate for the inclusion of all children across all settings including childcare, education, community, and mental health services.

Rebecca adopts a gentle approach to parenting and development which combines the latest scientific evidence in neurodevelopment and attachment theory, with responsive parenting, acceptance-commitment therapy, compassion therapy, and mindfulness techniques. Rebecca works with a range of early childhood issues including, but not limited to, infant and child mental health, developmental concerns, early parenting, sensitivity and anxiety in children, sleep difficulties, attachment, behavioural concerns, ADHD, transition to school, and toileting. Rebecca encourages a collaborative, strengths-based and family-centred approach where parents are equipped with information and workable strategies and solutions to support them to make decisions relating to their child that are aligned with their values. 

Rebecca also supports parents with the everyday challenges of parenthood, sustaining their caring role, coping with difficult thoughts and feelings, and having a child with additional needs. Rebecca seeks to provide a safe space for parents to explore the ups and downs of being a parent and be real about the challenges they face. Rebecca is focused on empowering parents to be gentle not only towards their children, but also themselves so they can be confident in their parenting role and grow with their child.

Rebecca is a Medicare provider and is registered with AHPRA. Rebecca is currently working towards becoming an accredited Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC) Practitioner with Possums Clinic to extend her skills in infant and perinatal mental health.

 

Gregory Lazarus, MASPA
Couples & Family Therapist/Somatic Psychotherapist

B.A., M.A.(Psychotherapy), B.Theology, Dip. Con. Somatic Psychotherapy, Hakomi

Gregory-Lazarus

Gregory has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 25 years and he now works predominately in the space of relationships.  Whether working with an individual or a couple he believes that in essence we are always working the relationship space, I to myself, I to others.  Gregory primarily works from a somatic (body) based perspective however he has trained in other modalities including psychoanalysis, REBT, Hakomi, and more recently in relationship modalities such as PACT (Psychobiological approach to Couples Therapy) and is well aligned with the work of Sue Johnson, Ester Perel and Dan Segal.

While working predominately as a couple’s therapist Gregory has special interest in complex trauma, experiential and body-oriented therapy, parenting and attachment.  Bonding goes from the cradle to the grave, staying close to a protective loved one is the main survival strategy for humans.  When working with couples he explores with them the tension between the need for security (love, belonging and closeness) and the need for freedom (erotic desire, adventure and distance) in their relationship.

Gregory uses and teaches mindful awareness and non-violent communication in his work with couples and works with them to develop the relationships that they want together.

Gregory is a Clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, and a member of Somatic Psychotherapy Association of Australia