The Western Health Collective is a unique form of health clinic with a range of health businesses and practitioners under the one roof who have a specific view to helping those who suffer from chronic health conditions. The therapies and modalities inside the Collective are specifically chosen to help in all aspects of health - physically, mentally and emotionally, inside and out.
We offer a one-stop shop for our clients who want a complete health plan. We are linked with local GPs, hospitals and midwives, as well as other clinics and local specialists. With a team that boasts naturopathy, myotherapy, osteopathy, remedial massage, psychology, speech pathology, acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, art therapy and case management, we are uniquely suited to help the whole family with all your health requirements.
Working in a collaborative and engaged way with each other for the benefit of our clients, we refer complex cases to one another to help and support each other throughout our work practices to ensure the best client support is provided.
Our space has been specifically created as a place of nurture and designed specifically as a calming atmosphere and is part of our services. Less transactional, more supportive - and definitely not your traditional clinic. Want to join us? Contact us.
Curious? More about our space and why we've created it can be found here.
Jennifer’s inspiration for the Western Health Collective comes from her own experience with a rare autoimmune condition. She spent three years constantly visiting hospitals and emergency rooms with no clear diagnosis, direction or cure to deal with the unknown condition. It meant that her own research was critical to her quality of life. Utilisation of complementary and allied therapies, instigating her own subsequent diploma studies, meant Jennifer saw the benefits and results of using holistic (whole body) approaches in managing chronic conditions, both in herself and her clients. After 5 years running a successful private clinic as a reflexologist specialising in autoimmune conditions, Jennifer opened the Western Health Collective in her local West Footscray. Her aim is to support others like herself who have limited time and energy to run around town to the various health practitioners and modalities they need to pro-actively help manage their health.
The Western Health Collective aims to be a "one stop shop" where you can consult with evidence based complementary therapies to help you achieve the best health, no matter what the circumstances. Being passionate about preventative health and proactive measures, the clinic is geared to not just help with symptoms and pain but to get in front of these things altogether.
Jennifer is also the Case Manager at the Collective to help clients achieve wellness and autonomy. Focussed on patient centred care, case management assists with planning a care model for yourself, utilising the expertise of your case manager to know what therapies are available to assist, for what purpose they can specifically assist with your condition and help you make informed decisions regarding your treatment and health plan.
Jennifer follows up with case-managed clients closely to keep track of progress and satisfaction with results. She works closely with her team to make sure the client gets the best possible outcomes and results for their investment.
More information on our case management services can be found here.
Click on links below to find out more about our practitioner's and their therapy;
Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine
Children’s Counselling / Art Therapy
Psychology (Children, Adolescents and Families)
Psychology (Adults and Adolescents)
Counselling (Adults and Adolescents)
Microscopic Blood Analysis
Andrea is a qualified Myotherapist who believes in developing a treatment plan that is soul-aligned and individually structured to ensure each treatment provided is to the utmost benefit of every client she treats. Andrea is a bubbly, outgoing and caring person and practitioner who is passionate about life, and enjoying it pain free.
Since graduating from RMIT, Andrea has developed a passion for pain education and pain management. She believes that pain is multifaceted and a holistic approach is required to help it. Andrea has a special interest in nerve pain conditions and chronic pain conditions.
Andrea specialises in Myofascial Release, Myofascial dry needling, cupping, static and dynamic stretching and other Myotherapy techniques. She also introduces pain education as a form of treatment during her sessions.
Andrea is an intuitive therapist who believes in the connection between the energetic, auric field and how that may impact the physical body. Using biological and scientific knowledge of Myotherapy, Andrea can also navigate and intuitively treat to the client’s specific needs.
Belinda is a registered Psychologist and Gestalt Therapist who has been working for the past eleven years providing psychological services to a range of clients. She has worked in a variety of fields, including in tertiary, private, community and forensic based settings. Belinda works with men, women and young people with her expertise being in the following areas:
Grief and Loss
Adjustment to Parenthood/Parenting
Post Traumatic Stress
Childhood Trauma/Sexual abuse
Short and long term therapy
Belinda’s approach is heavily influenced by her post graduate four year training as a Gestalt Therapist with the Gestalt Institute of Western Australia. For more information regarding Gestalt Therapy please go to www.gestaltwa.com
In meeting with clients Belinda seeks to create a warm, inviting and non-judgemental environment where clients feel safe to explore and understand their difficulties and lives. Belinda’s therapeutic work with clients is influenced by her belief that with increased awareness, clients have the capacity to resolve difficulties, enhance their sense of wellbeing, increase their resilience and self-support, and experience fulfilling relationships.
Belinda highly values the therapeutic relationship using it as a ground from which she works collaboratively with clients to ensure the counselling goals are mutually understood, and re-assessed over time. Although influenced by Gestalt Therapy Belinda uses a range of evidence-based techniques in the counselling process to work towards these goals. She works with the understanding that our psychological, physical and emotional selves are all connected, and that clients can build on pre-existing skills and knowledge to make positive change in themselves, lives and relationships.
For more information please see www.footscraycounsellingcentre.com.au
Christine is our highly qualified naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist who works with both adults and children incorporating step by step wellness programs that benefit whole families.
She is a passionate practitioner with a strong desire to assist people in being the best that they can be, in health and in life, while implementing an integrated mind-body approach.
Christine's approach is not only dealing with the symptoms, but also helping discover and treat the underlying cause of your condition. Starting with the science of pathology and integrating modern medical understanding and a knowledge of pharmaceuticals and interactions, Christine can create individual health plans that take into consideration your current health practices and boost the effectiveness of these with the science of whole foods, herbs, vitamins, minerals and supplements to achieve greater long term results.
Much of Christine's work has stemmed from implementing emotional health programs and working with people with chronic health conditions such as anxiety and depression, fibromyalgia, chronic pain & fatigue. Her passion is working with whole families to restore everyone to their optimal health.
If you have difficulty with managing your energy levels or your chronic condition, please bring your recent blood test results to your consultation with Christine who can then assess your pathology results and if needed refer your results onwards to a Haematologist for further blood analysis.
For a free ten minute consultation you can call 9687 5670 or book these online.
For more on Christine go to: http://lovethyhealth.com.au/
Clare is a qualified practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chinese Medicine). She also has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne and worked for a number of years as a research scientist studying how the brain develops. Clare believes that more traditional or natural therapies can go hand-in-hand with conventional or Western medicine, complementing each other to improve health and wellbeing.
In her treatments, Clare considers all facets of a patient’s health (current and previous conditions, family history and emotional well-being) to develop an individualised treatment plan. She has a gentle and caring treatment approach, using techniques such as Acupuncture, Cupping, Gua Sha (spooning) and Chinese Herbal Medicine, together with diet and lifestyle advice.
Clare is interested in a wide range of conditions, including chronic illnesses, autoimmune conditions, fatigue, insomnia, digestive complaints and general health issues. She is committed to helping people recover from illness and to assisting them maintain the best possible levels of health.
Clare also practices at the Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic in East Melbourne, supporting people with fertility issues and throughout their pregnancy.
Clare is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA). She is covered by all major health funds and her patients are eligible for private insurance rebates on consultations.
Elise is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who studied with the Institute of MindEnergetix. MindEnergetix explores the idea that emotions can be stored and released from the body. Strong unresolved emotions, over time, create patterns in our lives and potentially present as unbalanced behaviours, addictions or physical ailments.
In a session with Elise, you will sit back and relax in a comfortable chair and be guided into a state of hypnosis to access your subconscious mind. From there you will be guided to explore and track these issues to release them permanently. Elise will facilitate your own awareness helping you identify where in your body you hold certain emotional imprints. Together you can transform your relationship with your emotions in a way that will profoundly change your life.
This therapy is effective for:
Addictions and compulsions
Gut health issues and food intolerances
Infertility and sexual dysfunction
Anxiety and depression
Feeling overwhelmed, fatigued or stuck
One session can bring deeply profound change to your wellbeing, however, Elise recommends these sessions as ongoing therapy and offers packages of sessions for a discounted price (she suggest one session per month).
As a Health Psychologist, Dr Emily Macvean connects the intrinsic but often undervalued link between physical and psychological wellbeing. She honours an individual's strength and trust with compassionate intervention programs. Individuals can then embody the life values they wish to live, especially when faced with ongoing challenges such as:
• chronic or terminal illness
• pain, weight or stress management
• anxiety including health phobias
• body image
• alcohol and other substance use
• other specialised adjustment conditions such as organ transplantation.
Emily supports adults with these wide-ranging health and emotional concerns by using a flexible combination of evidenced-based therapies, including A.C.T, C.B.T, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Graded Exposure and Somatic Psychotherapy. She is a Fellow of the College of Health Psychologists and has a strong understanding of health psychology, clinical psychology, attachment, physiology and neurology. Emily also has multidisciplinary team experience in hospital, university lecturing and community health settings. Medicare and Health Fund rebates are available.
For more on Emily go to: www.embodypsychology.com.au
A registered psychologist, with over 10 years experience, Fiona aims to support you to improved mental health. She primarily uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework, which gives you, the client, the tools you need to support you with depression, anxiety, addiction, stress and many other concerns.
Fiona tailors her counselling sessions to each of her client’s unique needs and goals, to provide targeted and sustainable treatment solutions. She draws from multiple evidence-based therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Fiona provides her clients with an open and relaxed atmosphere allowing their goals and needs to be discussed in a collaborative way. She supports her clients to regularly check in with themselves to ensure their needs are being met. Fiona is focused on providing her clients with effective practical strategies and techniques necessary to gain resilience and work through challenges. Medicare and Health fund rebates are available.
Dr. Jim Pattinson B.Sc. M.H.Sc. has lived and worked in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne for a over a decade, establishing Yarraville Osteopathy in 2002. As a healing professional, Jim focuses on holistic diagnosis and treatment to help each patient overcome pain, improve mobility and enjoy an overall sense of wellbeing.
In addition to clinical practice, Jim has lectured in anatomy, physiology and clinical medicine at the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine, also working as a clinical supervisor at the Victoria University student osteopathic teaching unit.
Jim’s interest in movement and physical awareness extends to yoga and twenty years practice of martial arts, with black belts in both Aikido and Ju Jitsu.
Julia is a Children’s counsellor who uses a creative and play-based approach to support children to express themselves and to explore and process their feelings, thoughts and experiences. She also supports and collaborates with parents and carers through the counselling journey, assisting them to understand and respond to their child in new and helpful ways.
Julia is a qualified, registered Art Therapist and has worked with children and families for over a decade across a range of roles and settings. As well as providing counselling, she develops and delivers professional development training to practitioners throughout Victoria, on working with children and young people who have experienced family violence.
Julia can support children and their families with a range of issues, including where a child has experienced loss or trauma; where there are challenging behaviours; worries, fears or anxieties; difficulty separating from parents; problems with eating or sleeping; aggression or withdrawal; difficulty concentrating at school, or; conflict in friendships or family relationships.
Julia prioritises building trust, connection and safety with her clients, working in a way that helps children and families feel valued, seen and heard. She is warm, deeply empathic, has a calm presence and always treats clients with dignity and respect. Julia welcomes all families, and is particularly passionate about supporting rainbow and foster families.
Julia is currently available for appointments on Saturdays. Julia takes referrals from organisations as well as directly from families and is not covered by Medicare.
Please feel free to contact Julia on email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to arrange a phone call to determine whether she is a good fit for your family.
Beginning her career as a Remedial Massage therapist over 10 years ago, Lisa Ziino then went on to study Polestar Pilates. Through these two modalities, she was introduced to the concept of how fascia works in our bodies.
As a hands on therapist she was intrigued by the continuity and depth to which the fascia in our body goes, the pressure that it can create after any kind of trauma, and the amazing effect it has on every muscle, organ, cell and system in the body.
She began learning about the John F Barnes Myofascial Release method (JFB MFR) in the USA and after seeing and experiencing wonderful results, JFB MFR has become a large influence in her career. This has allowed her to help people not only relieve their symptoms, but to target the actual problem in their bodies.
As one of only a very few practicing JFB MFR therapists in Australia, she endeavours to educate people in this fascinating and extremely effective treatment method, increasing her knowledge by continuing education under the guidance of John F Barnes at his seminars in the USA.
For more on Lisa please go to: http://soleluna.com.au/
She is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) and a recognised health fund provider.
As a Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, Maree has undergone extensive training to help her understand, prevent and relieve distress and dysfunction. She also has over 10 years experience in the private and public mental health care industry where she has provided individual, couple and group therapy to clients aged 4 – 80 years. In her approach, Maree respects that the needs of each client will be unique and cannot be simplified by a generic diagnosis or treated in a generic way. Therefore, every client will be afforded the opportunity to be listened to deeply at their own pace and following an assessment, offered tailored treatment.
Maree often works with children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional difficulties and/or are exhibiting challenging behaviours, as well as the families who are supporting them. However, she also works with adults especially around relationship issues and mood disorders.
Depending on the client, Maree utilises developmentally appropriate and evidenced based approaches such as interpersonal, psychodynamic, behavioural and play therapy as required. Within a warm, safe and accepting space these approaches allow Maree to maximize each individual’s ability to engage by relating to them on their level and in a collaborative way. All the while supporting them to increase their emotional vocabulary and understanding, ultimately facilitating the removal of emotional, relational and developmental road blocks and supporting constructive changes.
Mary Orfanidis is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She has over 17 years of counselling experience using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventionsto treat adolescents and adults across a range of concerns including depression, loss and grief, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse and stress related issues.
Passionate about creating a genuine and non-judgemental counselling environment, Mary specialises in adapting therapeutic approaches designed to meet each individual client’s specific needs. In this way she is able to ensure they feel safe to work through their concerns while getting the most benefit from their sessions.
Her treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based approaches, Motivational interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Compassion Focused Therapy.
Mary has a degree in Psychology, Postgraduate Diplomas in Psychology and Loss & Grief Counselling, and a Masters degree in Counselling. She has worked in private practice, schools, community centres, and the drug and alcohol field and with the Greek community. She currently works in youth mental health at Headspace and in Student Counselling at Victoria University with adolescents and adults.
Rebecca is an experienced speech pathologist who takes pride in providing individualised, focused and functional therapy for your child.
Rebecca has experience working with children with a wide variety of speech, language and literacy difficulties. She is a life-long learner and loves discovering evidence-based therapy approaches to assist children to meet their potential.
Rebecca is qualified in PROMPT, DIR Floortime, Hanen, Spalding, SOS Approach to Feeding and more. Please feel free to get in touch at any time to chat about your child’s needs.
You can find out more about the therapy approaches Rebecca is trained in at www.innerwestspeechpathology.com
Richard qualified from Victoria University, Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and a Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy). He has been working in private practice since 2001, initially moving to Seddon when he joined a long standing, multi-disciplinary clinic and now in West Footscray where he works in 2 clinics, his own – Inner West Health Clinic in Seddon – and Osteopath here at the Collective.
Using an holistic Osteopathic model that follows the ‘find it, fix it and leave it alone’ mantra, Richard has been treating a wide range of patients from children to elderly with variety of Osteopathic techniques tailored to best suit the individual patient. He also employs Dry Needling techniques, which he has found useful for treating soft tissue injuries that don’t always respond to other treatments, as well as chronically tight muscles, that may refer pain into other parts of the body.
Richard has always had a keen interest in sporting injuries and rehabilitation having competed and then worked for a variety of amateur and professional sports clubs over the years. He has also sustained one or two injuries of his own along the way! Consequently, he has a passion for seeing sports-people of all pursuits return to their sport as soon as possible.
Having children of his own, he has a keen interest in pre and post natal care and loves assisting women through their pregnancies. He can see the difference it makes to having personalised treatment and care during and after pregnancy.
Sarah is a Mental Health Social Worker, providing counselling for adolescents and adults (ages 12 onwards) who are experiencing mental health difficulties, and for those seeking to better understand themselves.
Her approach is strongly influenced by attachment and trauma theories, and therefore relationship is seen as key in the therapeutic process. She provides a non-judgmental environment, where people’s stories are treated with care and respect.
Taking a client centred approach, Sarah draws on training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, mindfulness-based therapies such as Hakomi, Narrative Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Sarah’s clinical background is complimented by further studies in art therapies, including guided drawing.
She offers short and long-term counselling to support people with issues including:
Childhood and recent trauma
Suicidal ideation and self-harm
Sexuality and gender identity
Difficulties regulating emotions
For more information on Sarah go to www.sarahbrookecounselling.com
Sylvia is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years experience working in public mental health settings and in private practice. Sylvia works from a collaborative formulation to understand people’s unique stories and develop a shared understanding of their presenting difficulties and therapy goals. The therapeutic work is embedded in a non-blaming, non-stigmatising environment, with compassion and empathy.
Sylvia works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing a number of presenting problems
• Anxiety including Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessions and Compulsions
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder including working with Intrusive Memories, Avoidance, Flashbacks and Dissociation
• Early traumatic experiences including Neglect, Emotional Deprivation, and Physical Abuse
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• Emotional Regulation Difficulties
• Psychotic Disorders
• Trauma resulting from the experience of a Mental Health Disorder
• Self-Care for carers looking after a loved one with a Mental Health or Physical Illness
• Adjustment to life transitions across the age spectrum
• Recovering from Abusive Relationships including Setting Boundaries to protect self and minors
Sylvia draws upon a number of evidence-based psychological approaches including:
•Cognitive Behaviour Therapy •Acceptance and Commitment Therapy •Schema Informed Therapy •Dialectical Behavioural Therapy •Mindfulness Therapy •Compassion-Focused Therapy
Tired of feeling sick and tired? Tania is the integrative medical scientist here at Western Health Collective, she is our “health detective” helping you and your practitioner put the pieces of your health jigsaw together. She gives you answers to your chronic health concerns so you can better understand and improve your overall health.
She uses using specialised testing such as microscopic blood analysis which looks at a range of health parameters including leaky gut, immune function and inflammation, low level infections, liver and cardio-vascular health and balance of essential nutrients. It is very sensitive and can pick of indicators of subtle, early changes which may lead to a more serious health state. Plus it gives you practitioner heaps of valuable information and direction and as you know we are all about preventative medicine here at WHC.
She also helps make sense of all your pathology test results particularly if your Dr has said they are all normal yet you still don’t feel well and know something is not quite right. She compares your results to a healthy person and does extra calculations to dig really deeply in to what is going on for you. She can then help you make a plan based on your health concerns and your results so we as a team can get you feeling fantastic again.
Find out more about Tania and where she works at www.haemanalysis.com.au
Dr Thomas Dellmann has a Doctorate in Counselling and is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. Thomas has worked at Centacare as a Men’s and Family Relationship Counsellor and as a Bereavement Counsellor in palliative care. His warm, non-judgemental style puts people at ease to allow exploration and management of deeper, upsetting emotions.
Thomas specializes in:
bereavement and grief
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Vanessa Shribman, Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy), is an holistic physiotherapist. She owns the Coast Yoga Centre in Adelaide and runs her private practice there. She has recently relocated to Melbourne to be closer to her children.
Vanessa has studied extensively since completing her degree and utilises integrative hands-on therapies to relieve chronic and acute pain. She uses these techniques to treat the body as an integrated whole. There has traditionally been a place for hands-on practitioners to feel and sense what the body needs. This requires trusting what the therapist feels under her hands. Each body is unique and so this treatment is often limited in what it can achieve.
The body is a complete entity which most of the time works. It has complex healing patterns and very often just needs to be supported and nudged in the right direction in order to heal. The body does not need to be pushed, shoved and forced. The techniques that Vanessa uses listen to the body and support it to heal. She aligns muscles and joints with muscle energy technique, relieves tension around the organs with visceral manipulation in the Barral tradition. She works with cranio sacral therapy in order to align the pelvis and relieve tension in the nervous system and works with trigger point therapy to relieve tight muscles.
Holistic Physiotherapy can help relieve:
Acute and chronic back pain
Hip and knee pain
Upper back stiffness and pain
Sciatica and discogenic pain
Vanessa is also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher of 30 years and specializes in therapeutic yoga and back care.
Back Healing Package
Backs heal! I have worked with many patients who have successfully used a combination of holistic physiotherapy and yoga therapy to heal and emerge from chronic pain. You don’t need to live with constant pain and the fear and insecurity it brings. Collaboratively, we can develop a program which, over three months, will support you in returning to a normal active life without chronic pain.
Vanessa works at the Western Health Collective on Wednesdays. She has both 45 minute and one hour appointments available.