The Practitioners

Dr Thai Ohtsuka, Dpsych, MAPS, CHP, CClin.
Clinical & Health Psychologist
(M) 0402 208 154, (F) 9317 3642 (E)

Dr Thai Ohtsuka

Thai is a registered psychologist with a professional doctorate degree in psychology. She specialises in clinical and health psychology and is fluent in Vietnamese.

Thai has prior experience working in various community settings, public mental health services, and teaching in higher education.

At The Oaks Psychology, Thai provides therapy to individuals, couples and families and also runs group psychotherapy workshops that empower participants with knowledge and psychological skills to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia and emotional regulation problems.

She also provides specialist professional supervision, organisational consultation, cross-cultural competency training, and psychotherapy workshops to external organisations.

Thai has a special interest in psychosomatic medicine and cross-cultural psychology research.

Lisa Capicchiano
(M) 0413 108 794, (E)

Lisa Capicchiano

Lisa is a registered psychologist providing psychological counselling to individuals, couples, families and adolescents. Lisa believes in finding courage, creating resilience and assisting clients to work towards positive outcomes.

Areas include (but not limited to):
Depression, Anxiety, Relationships, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Transition, Bullying, Workplace Issues, Coaching.

Lisa utilises a range of therapy types which include:
CBT, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength�Based and Solution-Focused Practice.

Lisa is registered for Medicare Rebates, ATAPS, TAC, VOCAT, Worksafe, & FRMP Family Reconciliation and Mediation Programs.

Dr Keis Ohtsuka, PhD, MAPS
(M) 0402 238 653, (E)


Dr Keis is a registered psychologist who is fluent in Japanese and English. His expertise includes psychological education, problem gambling, career guidance and academic stress management. Keis is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the National Association for Gambling Studies (Australia).

Ingrid Mordgan, MPsych (Clin), MAPS, CCLin.
Clinical Psychologist
(M) 0457 573 580, (E)


Ingrid is a clinical psychologist with previous private practice experience. She offers psychological treatment to adolescents, adults and the elderly and is adept in assisting clients with a wide range of psychological problems. She is adept at treating and helping to manage depression, anxiety, including PTSD, panic disorder, agoraphobia, phobia and OCD, adjustment disorders, eating disorders and disordered eating, body image, self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, grief and bereavement and work-related stress, amongst other psychosocial problems. She also has extensive experience in working with clients on WorkSafe.

Ingrid uses a variety of therapeutic techniques, appropriate to clients' needs. Therapies can include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and relaxation, clinical hypnotherapy and critical incidence stress management.

Ultimately, Ingrid is passionate about fostering personal strength and self-esteem, and aiding in improving quality of life for her clients.

Ingrid completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at RMIT University. She holds full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and their Clinical College of Psychologists.

Tracy Tang
Clinical Mental Health Social Worker
(M) 0451 056 678, (E)


Languages : English, Cantonese and Mandarin
Areas of Interest : depression, anxiety, chronic mental illnesses including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder and individuals with alcohol and other drug issues.
Intervention approaches : psychoeducation, cognitive-behvioural therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, motivational interviewing.

Tracy is a clinical mental health social worker. She is currently working as a clinician in a public mental health service in Victoria.

Tracy completed her Master of Social Work (Mental Health) in 2003. She also completed additional training on CBT, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She has special interest in working with individuals who experience issues such as psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, depression and anxiety.

Tracy is passionate in working with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background. She completed training in 2012 with VTPU on cultural assessment and application of explanatory model of care in mental health setting.

She speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Nerida Crewdson, BA(Hons.), M(Clin Psych.), MAPsS, MACPA
Clinical Psychologist
(M) 0425 111 108, (F) 8692 6565, (E)


Nerida is a Registered Clinical Psychologist who is endorsed by AHPRA for Clinical Psychology. She has worked as a Psychologist for 25 years, primarily in Adult Mental Health settings and private practice.

Nerida currently works with adults in therapy. Her approach is warm and flexible and is informed by her training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as her interest in Psychodynamic approaches and mindfulness. Nerida is experienced in assisting people with a range of issues including Depression, Postnatal Depression, Anxiety including Panic, Phobias and Posttraumatic Stress, past sexual abuse, grief, life transition and adjustment issues, work stress, assertiveness and psychiatric rehabilitation.

Dr Kim-Michelle Gilson, MPsych (Clin), PhD, MAPS
Clinical Psychologist
(M) 0403213077 (E)


Dr Kim-Michelle Gilson is a clinical psychologist with a Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne. She has a special interest in adolescent mental health and family wellbeing. Kim utilises a range of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Theray, Dialectial Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Committment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Kim is available for to provide psychological support on Saturdays.

Halakhe Ganyu, BA (Multicultural) BSW, MASW
Clinical Social Worker/Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Accredited Mental Health Practitioner
(M) 0425 860 100 (E)


Halakhe has up to 17 years experience in Individual, Couple, Youth & family counselling He speaks several languages ranging from Oromo, Amharic & knowledge of Somali & Kiswahili.

Halakhe�s area of interests includes: Depression & Anxiety; Grief and Loss; Stress Management; Relationship Issues; Adolescents; Trauma/PTSD; Anger Management; TAC; Victim of Crimes, Refugees and Migrants, DV (immigration clients) & Supervision. Theoretical approaches: Solution focused/ Strength based, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Psychotherapy, Narrative therapy & Psychoeducational.

Geoffrey Hon, B.A., PG.Dip.Psych., M.Ed.Psych.


Geoff is a registered Psychologist with vast experiencing working across government, Catholic and independent schools. Geoff completed a Master of Educational Psychology and following this, worked at a private psychological consultancy firm which saw him conducting hundreds of psychological assessments in both primary and secondary schools across Victoria.

More recently, Geoff has worked as an Additional Learning Needs Coordinator at a Catholic secondary school. He worked in partnership with the school�s leadership team as well as teachers and parents towards supporting and advocating for students with special learning needs. He was responsible for managing a large team of teacher�s aides and Special Education teachers, overseeing the Students with Disabilities (SWD) funding application process, and supervising the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).

In addition, Geoff has worked as a Psychologist within the Department of Education & Training (DET). He assisted teachers with the development and implementation of Individual Learning Plans, provided consultations to principals and other leaders on matters relating to student wellbeing and student learning, and served as a DET nominee in the Educational Needs Questionnaire (ENQ) process.

Geoff is trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) but tends to use an eclectic approach in his counselling work with his clients, who are usually aged between 4 and 30. He has been a practitioner of Mindfulness Meditation for the last 10 years. Geoff also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin and is able to offer psychological services in these languages.

Vi Tran, MPsych (Clin), PGradDipPsych,
(P) 0481 850 119, (F) 9018 4446, (E)


Vi is a registered psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is fluent in Vietnamese and has a passion for improving health and wellbeing working with children, adolescents and adults. Vi is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of social, emotional, behavioural and developmental concerns for both children and adults. She has significant experience in a school setting, non for profit organisation and public hospital settings.

Vi is competent in working with various presentations including anxiety disorders or phobias, sadness, grief and trauma, anger, social and friendship problems, sleep difficulties, learning difficulties, and behaviour difficulties. She is also able to do home visits and school based sessions which are sometimes appropriate for children and adolescents. Vi also offers cognitive assessment services for primary and secondary school aged children as well as educational coaching for VCE students to help students achieve specific study and exam goals.

Vi has an engaging approach to therapy and her therapeutic framework incorporates Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and play based therapies (for children) to treat specific mental health presentations.

Amy Karagozlu, BAppSc
(M) 0414 344 362, (E)

Amy is a receptionist and administrative staff to The Oaks. She has completed a Bachelor of applied Sciences and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Deakin University.