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.
- 8am to 10pm (AEST)
- Appointments running 7 days a week (including public holidays)
- Current Average wait time before inital session : 3 Days
With an 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 and we need your referral by
(2) By secure Fax 03 9503 0469 or
(3) Email our secure encrypted account: email@example.com
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 rural and remote Australians 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.
|To access the Bushfire Recovery Access Initiative (BRAI) simply add BRAI beside your address when booking with a psychologist and we will contact you to discuss prior to your appointment.|
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Nicole Hayes, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Emerge Psychology™
As the Founder of Emerge Psychology™, Nicole provides bulk-billed Telehealth Psychological treatment to adolescents and adults living in rural and remote areas and advice to GPs regarding referral pathways.Having lived and worked in remote Australia, Nicole is passionate about rural and remote health. 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 rural and remote Australians with easy access to treatment.
Dr Yvonne Yap, Clinical Psychologist
Yvonne works with adolescents and adults experiencing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, trauma and difficulties adjusting to life changes. She also assists clients experiencing challenges with work and life stress, sleep, managing their emotions and confidence/assertiveness. Yvonne has previously worked in both physical health and specialist child/specialist adult mental health services.
Yvonne works collaboratively with her clients to help them make sense of their distress, explore what is meaningful to them, identify their goals and develop skills/strategies to achieve improved life satisfaction. Yvonne uses best evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.
Having previously lived and worked in rural New Zealand, Yvonne is aware that people in small communities can face social isolation and barriers to work and services which can impact psychological wellness. Yvonne is based in Melbourne and as a member of Emerge Psychology™ provides bulk-billing Telehealth Psychological treatment for adolescents and adults living in rural and remote areas of Australia. Yvonne was based in Gippsland during December and January of the bushfires and would like to assist others affected by these recent events.
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 Psychology™ Angela is based in Sydney, NSW and provides bulk-billed Telehealth Psychological treatment for those referred by their GP and living in eligible rural and remote areas.
Merril Winney, Clinical Psychologist
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 rural and remotes areas.
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 and living in eligible rural and remote areas.
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 and living in eligible rural and remote areas.
Elizabeth Kirkman, Psychologist
Liz is a Registered Psychologist who lives in Sydney, and has been practising for 9 years. Liz has worked across the UK and Australia including work with families with children with complex needs such as autism, mental health and behavioural issues. Liz also provides psychological treatment to adults with anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Liz is passionate about providing rural and remote Australians with easy access to treatment, including those affected by the bushfires.
Liz is an empathic and warm therapist who aims to meet each individual where they are and support them in reaching their hopes and goals. In addition to Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT), Liz uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) processes. Liz provides bulk-billing of Telehealth Psychological treatment to children, teenagers and adults in rural and remote areas.
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 Psychology™ which 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Athaide, Clinical Psychologist and Advisor
Susan is currently fully booked
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.
Dr Hannah Rose is an Advisor to Emerge Psychology™. She has worked in Mental Health for over 15 years and also holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Rose is currently working in a community mental health setting in NSW and has a wholistic approach to people with a mental illness. She has worked as a GP and has had several roles in GP education, including academic detailing and development of educational materials. Dr Rose was also an Area Coordinator of the Mental Health GP Shared Care Program in South West Sydney. She is committed to supporting clinicians within Emerge Psychology™ as they endeavour to provide optimal psychological care for people in rural and remote areas.
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.
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