To meet privacy standards and Medicare auditing requirements, only the best and most-secure IT platforms are used by Emerge Psychology and its members enjoy access to clinical advice and support, and peer networking to support their work in Telehealth.


  • Bulk-billed sessions across Psychology, Psychiatry and Social Work
  • Appointments running 7 days a week Current Average wait time before initial session : 3 Days
  • With a referral from their GP, rural and remote Australians can access Emerge Psychology  appointments through bulk-billing. 
  • Internet connection on a smart phone or computer is required.  –

There are three ways you can book in –

(1)      Online – book below with the clinician of your choice.  We need your referral to be sent to us

(2)       By secure Fax  03 8677 2540 

(3)      Email our secure encrypted account:

Attending your appointment is as easy as clicking on the link that we will send to your email.

Upon booking appointments a link to our secure VIDEOLINK platform will be delivered by confirmation email.

NEW POLICY: Our psychologists at Emerge Psychology all work independently in their own thriving private practice locations around Australia.  We are united by our desire to support Australians combat social isolation, and stress in these unprecedented times as we battle COVID19 by Bulk-billing.  This precious resource must be best-utilised, therefore, we regret to advise that a $50 cancellation fee will apply to cancellations with less than 24 hour’s notice, if we are unable to re-fill the appointment. (Click here for Employment Opportunities

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  • With a referral from their GP, rural and remote Australians can access free-of-charge Emerge Psychology  appointments through bulk-billing.  Internet connection on a smart phone or computer is required.  –


To access the Bushfire Recovery Access Initiative (BRAI) simply add BRAI beside your address when booking with a psychologist.   

For these adjunct programs, we will contact you to discuss prior to your appointment.


Or to access Telehealth in relation to the novel coronavirus enter COVID-19 beside

Nicole Hayes, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Emerge Psychology

logomedicalAs the Founder of Emerge Psychology, Nicole  provides bulk-billed Telehealth Psychological treatment to adolescents and adults living in rural and remote Australia and provides advice to GPs regarding referral pathways.  Having lived and worked in remote Australia, Nicole is passionate about the mental health of Australians in these unprecedented times.  Her full BIO is on the Meet the Founder page:

Stephanie Cooper, Psychologist


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Stephanie Cooper is a psychologist with extensive experience providing mental health counselling to regional, rural and remote people from diverse cultural backgrounds. With a career that includes working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service whilst living in a remote community, she has first-hand knowledge of the unique challenges faced by those living and working in small communities and managing environmental hardships and isolation.   Stephanie is passionate about creating a safe and warm environment, focussing on personal strengths and skills to facilitate growth and lifelong change. Stephanie utilises a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach and uses skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and various other therapeutic approaches.


As a member of Emerge Psychology, Stephanie is based in the Bega Valley NSW and provides bulk-billing Telehealth Psychological treatment to adults and adolescents in rural and remote areas.

Stephanie has considerable experience delivering psychological Telehealth services and works with older adolescents and adults experiencing a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, substance use and life stress and has particular interest in trauma and abuse.


Being both personally and professionally involved in the current bushfire recovery efforts, Stephanie is passionate about providing  Australians with easy access to treatment.


Angela Curtis, Psychologist


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Angela registered psychologist with extensive clinical experience in schools and private practice. Originally, from a remote farming community in country NSW, Angela is familiar with the adversities that people encounter living in rural settings including access to health services, financial hardship related to environmental concerns and isolation.  Angela is passionate about providing rural and remote Australians with easy access to treatment, including those affected by the bushfires.

Angela has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Angela has expertise in treating adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety and depression, work and life stress, addictions, sleep issues, self-esteem and body image issues, social skills deficits, emotional regulation and behavioural difficulties.


Angela meets each client’s personal story with a sense of compassion as well as curiosity about the skills and strengths they have developed through adversity. Angela enjoys working with clients to identify values and deepen their understanding of themselves in order to co-create strategies that help them move towards wellbeing and flourishing.  As a member of Emerge PsychologyAngela is based in Sydney, NSW and provides bulk-billed Telehealth Psychological treatment for those referred by their GP.

Merril Winney, Clinical Psychologist

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Merril Winney is a Clinical Psychologist who runs her own private practice in Richmond, Victoria. Merril has over 13 years counselling experience working with adolescents and adults of all ages. Merril uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to assist clients presenting with anxiety, depression, work/life stress, relationship issues and health issues, in particular cardiac illness.  Merril has extensive experience in bushfire recovery, with the CFA from the Black Saturday fires, and is keen to assist those affected by the current bushfires.


Merril has experience working in the area of critical incident debriefing and attending to the needs of clients experiencing a crisis. Merril provides professional and personal counselling focussing on each client’s individual needs. As a member of Emerge Psychology, Merril  provides bulk-billed Telehealth Psychological treatment to adolescents and adults living in Australia.


Cameron Covey, Psychologist



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Cameron is based in a farming community near Gympie in Queensland. A psychologist of 20 years, Cameron holds extensive experience working with older adolescents (15 years and above) and adults. He treats a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, trauma, and addictions (drug and alcohol, gambling, internet, pornography). Cameron uses a client centred, solution focused therapeutic approach informed by mindfulness (Acceptance Commitment Therapy – ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).   He believes that people find their own answers if their experiences are heard, acknowledged and validated and given information and skills to personally grow beyond current limitations. Cameron tailors his therapeutic process to the individual’s needs.  As a member of Emerge Psychology, Cameron provides bulk-billed Telehealth Psychological treatment for those referred by their GP.



Michelle Wharton, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

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Michelle is a psychologist with clinical and forensic endorsement, based in Adelaide, South Australia and has been practicing since 2005. She has spent a significant proportion of her career working with adults and adolescents involved in the criminal justice system in Australia, the UK, and New Zealand – teaching problem solving skills, emotion regulation skills, and other skills for managing offending behaviour. She has also worked with adults, adolescents, and couples in private practice. Throughout her career Michelle has been committed to assisting people to identify and regulate difficult thoughts and emotions, and to make lasting behavioural changes through identifying both old ‘road blocks’ and new life paths.

Trained in several treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and  acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Michelle works with people with problems including anger, violence, and aggression, depression, anxiety, addictions, offending behaviours, personality disorders, relationship problems, grief, trauma, work and life stress, and obsessive and compulsive behaviours. As a member of Emerge Psychology™, Michelle provides bulk-billed Telehealth Psychological treatment for those referred by their GP.



Marlena Ziety, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker


Marlena, an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, with over twenty years of experience in working with relationship and family issues, self-esteem, communication and conflict management, life transitions, grief and loss, and various addictive behaviours, has a warm, empathic and non-judgmental approach.


Marlena utilises evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. As member of Emerge Psychology Marlena is based in Melbourne CBD and provides bulk-billed Telehealth Psychological treatment for those referred by their GP.

Marlena is bilingual and can counsel in both English and Polish.


In-House Psychiatric Opinion and Treatment for Existing Patients of Emerge

Dr Brahmesh Goyal, Consultant Psychiatrist



Dr Brahmesh Goyal is a consultant psychiatrist who provides bulk-billed psychiatric opinion and treatment (item numbers 296 and 306) for existing Telehealth patients of Emerge Psychology.  Dr Goyal specialises in managing various psychiatric conditions including depression, grief, anxiety, psychosis and mood disorders. He has a special interest in helping people who suffer psychological distress in the midst of acute or chronic physical/medical symptoms. He also works in public psychiatry at Footscray hospital in Melbourne. 

Note to GPs – Dr Goyal will only consider referral requests to Emerge Psychologywhich verify that your patient is an existing patient of this service noting the name of your patient’s psychologist, marked ATTENTION Psychiatry and received by fax 03 9503 0469 or email to 


Susan Athaide, Clinical Psychologist and Advisor

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Susan Athaide holds endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist provider through Medicare.  Susan has 24 years of experience across a range of settings and is trained as a Clinical and Educational Psychologist.  She runs an established private practice in Brighton, Victoria.

Susan supports her colleagues as an expert facilitator in self-care for psychologists and GPs.  

Operations Manager       Mark Ralphsmith is the Operations Manager of Emerge Psychology.  Mark is a member of MFAA and has many years of experience in Customer Service.  

Telehealth Coordinator     Alanah Ralphsmith is the Telehealth Coordinator of Emerge Psychology Alanah provides our management team with behind-the-scenes support to assist in the smooth-running of our service.

By using this resource and attending sessions through Emerge Psychology, you are agreeing to the provisions of this Disclaimer and the Consent Agreement – must be read and agreed to before your first session  Queries about the terms can be made to Emerge Psychology’s Operation Manager  Please ensure you have read the following prior to your initial session and advise your consultant psychologist of any questions:

Consent Agreement – must be read and agreed to before your first session

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