Who We Are
At Strong Minds Psychology, we provide a supportive and compassionate environment. Booking with our team means an opportunity to build your mental health, and find new ways to manage the issues at hand. We work with you to set realistic goals, and develop strategies that will suit your needs.
If you or your loved ones are struggling to manage feelings of anxiety, grief or anger, or you need support facing new parenting challenges, we can help. Our team at Strong Minds Psychology provide excellent customer service, whilst maintaining professional and ethical standards.
Ruben Pinzon – Psychologist
Ruben (he/him) is a passionate, enthusiastic and empathetic psychologist with practice in clinical, social, and educational psychology. He has 5 years experience in the mental health field, including a year long placement with our team, providing individual, school based, & family support, as well as supporting immigrants in their adaptation process. Ruben’s experience includes supporting individuals with depression, anxiety, and history of trauma.
Ruben utilises different therapeutic approaches such as client centred therapy, Gestalt thearpy, as well as evidence based techniques, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is expanding his knowledge on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Ruben has the ability to listen to clients and provide a safe space.
Ruben works five days each week with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.
Languages: English, Spanish
Holly Smith – Provisional Psychologist
Holly prioritises creating a comfortable, non-judgmental therapeutic environment to promote feelings of safety and trust, and encourage openness and honesty. Holly takes a client-centred approach and uses a number of therapeutic approaches, tailored to each individual’s needs. These include CBT, ACT, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and psychoeducation.
In her spare time, Holly enjoys spending time wiht her dog, being active, and travelling.
Holly is available on Mondays in Warragul, works in a SMP partner school on Wednesdays, and is at Yarra Junction clinic on Thursdays and Fridays.
Erin Beattie – Psychologist
Erin (she/her) comes from a background in early childhood education, has a clinical interest in the early identification and diagnosis of Autism in young children, and has experience conducting assessments of development, cognitive capacity, and adaptive functioning. She completed a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University, including a placement with our team in 2021.
Erin is passionate about working with individuals and their families to support development, growth, mental health and wellbeing. She recognises the importance of a client’s support network and working collaboratively with parents, families and schools. Erin uses a client centred approach to therapy, tailoring interventions to the individual’s needs with a commitment to evidence based practices.
In Erin’s spare time, Erin enjoys socialising with friends and family, being active and spending time with her dog at the park.
Erin works Monday to Friday with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.
Amy Syer – Psychologist
Amy (she/her) comes from a background working with young and neurodivergent people. She prioritises and neuroaffirming and individualised approach, with an emphasis on creating a comfortable space for clients. Amy is particularly passionate about inclusion and the wellbeing of all clients and acknowledges the importance of collaborating with clients’ support teams to ensure a person centred approach.
Amy adopts different therapeutic approaches depending on clients presentation and needs, utilising play therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and positive behaviour support. Amy has experience conducting a variety of assessments, and works across the lifespan. She completed a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Australian Catholic University, including a placement with our team in 2021.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys taking her dogs to fun locations and traveling.
Amy works Monday to Friday with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.
Janelle Chilton – Psychologist
Janelle (she/her) was previously a wellbeing coordinator in a school and enjoys working with children & adolescents. She is passionate about providing a safe & judgment free space.
Janelle enjoys working with clients to meet their needs, whether it be journeying with them through the assessment process or working towards their goals in intervention. She completed a Master of Educational & Developmental Psychology at ACU, including placements with our team in 2020 & 2021.
In her spare time, Janelle enjoys experimenting with home cooked meals & exercising in nature.
Janelle works Monday to Friday with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.
Caity Carlos – Psychologist
Caity (she/her) has a background in adolescent mental health and school-based support for children. She has experience conducting cognitive, academic, adaptive functioning, developmental, and phonological processing assessments. Caity has experience delivering interventions (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and more) with adults and children, and facilitating social support groups. She completed a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Australian Catholic University, including a placement with our team in 2021.
Caity is now engaging in work for Strong Minds’ upcoming “Project A”, a multifaceted program aiming to support female and non-binary individuals on the autism spectrum through individual assessment, intervention, community education and support groups. Caity values working collaboratively with individuals and their families to develop personalised supports. Caity uses a client-centred approach to therapy, tailoring interventions to the individual’s needs with a commitment to evidence-based practices.
In her spare time, Caity loves visiting the beach and exploring new places and interests.
Caity works Monday to Friday with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.