About Insight

For over 10 years, insight has brought together a team of highly trained and experienced psychologists with diverse interests and specialisations to deliver a wide range of psychological treatment and assessment services to children, adolescents, adults and couples. Insight aims to provide specialist clinical and forensic services through our assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health issues, difficult personality styles and behavioural problems using evidence based practices both individually and in groups. We also deliver well-being services to organisations and schools with the view of creating a mentally healthy workplace and school environment. Our psychologists exercise professionalism, sensitivity and a client-centered approach to ensure that you feel comfortable and are working towards your goals. Our approach is to ensure that each client feels understood and supported in their therapeutic journey.

Meet Our Team

Dr Elizabeth Terziovski

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Elizabeth is a registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, having completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, specialising in Forensic Psychology, at Monash University in 2008. She has had over 10 years experience working with adults, adolescences and more recently couples presenting with a range of clinical and forensic issues.
Elizabeth has a broad range of clinical interests including working with clients who experience mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma related emotional difficulties, self-esteem and identity issues, loss and grief, anger issues and couples work. Elizabeth works collaboratively and creatively with the client to explore and identify alternative ways of responding to situations that occur in our lives and to develop new skills. She particularly focuses on bringing about self-awareness and identifying the client’s values with the view of creating different opportunities and choices in how we live our lives. Elizabeth tailors the treatment to the client, presenting problem and willingness to change. She is recognised for providing in-depth therapy that is based on the fundamental principles of empathy, respect and validation. She combines these fundamental principles with evidence based psychological approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Exposure Therapy and principles from the Gottman Method and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) to achieve client’s goals.
Prior to establishing insight, Elizabeth developed a broad base of skills in clinical and forensic assessment, having worked in several clinical and forensic settings including Thomas Embling Hospital (Forensicare), Community Forensic Mental Health Service (Forensicare), Monash University Clinical Psychology Centre and the Children’s Court Clinic at the Children’s Court of Victoria. Elizabeth has administered and interpreted a wide range of psychological tests designed to assess personality, psychopathology, risk of violence, intelligence and cognitive functioning. Her skills and experience in conducting assessments have extended to authoring Court reports and giving evidence as an expert witness.
Elizabeth is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and also the College of Clinical Psychologists and College of Forensic Psychologists. She is registered to provide clinical psychology services as a Medicare Service Provider, and is also a registered Service Provider with WorkSafe Victoria and the TAC. Elizabeth also speaks fluent Macedonian.

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Mr Robert Leardi

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Robert is a registered Clinical Psychologist and completed his Masters in Psychology (Clinical) degree from Deakin University in 2011. He has a broad range of clinical interests, particularly in the areas of depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, emerging borderline personality patterns, trauma, anger and emotion regulation, loss and grief, problem gambling, and adolescent mental health. Through his warm, empathic and accepting nature, Robert spends time developing a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients to form a deep shared understanding of their challenges. He then adopts a client-centered, goal-oriented and collaborative approach to treatment. Robert combines essential psychological principles such as confidentiality, respect and validation with evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), exposure therapy with response prevention, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution focused therapy, schema therapy, and principles from the PACE model.
Robert is a Medicare provider and is registered to provide services to people with TAC and Work Cover matters. He has worked with clients of various cultural backgrounds and is also skilled in a wide range of psychological tests designed to assess personality, psychopathology, risk of violence, and intelligence and cognitive functioning. He has authored many Court reports and given evidence as a witness. He provides both psychological treatment and assessment services.
In addition to his current role Robert currently works as a senior clinician at Take Two (Berry Street) and has worked extensively with adolescents involved in the Child Protection and Youth Justice systems. He previously has experience working in community mental health teams and in adult prisons where he provided both individual and group therapy. He has held research and teaching roles with Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre, Monash University, Deakin University, and RMIT University. Robert has won academic awards for his research in problem gambling and has presented at international conferences. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the National Association for Gambling Studies, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

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Ms Alexandra Ehrenberg

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Alexandra is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has over 10 years experience in delivering psychological services including individual therapy, family therapy, report writing and providing training and professional development programs.
Being trained in a diverse range of therapeutic frameworks means she is flexible in her approach and tailors the therapeutic process to meet your individual needs. Such therapeutic styles include:
• Acceptance and commitment therapy
• Interactive drawing therapy
• Cognitive behavioural therapy
• Solution-focused therapy
• Narrative therapy
Alexandra works primarily with children, adolescents and families. Her passion and expertise focus on adolescent well being; working with young people who have experienced developmental trauma, domestic violence and emerging mental illness. Her aim is to provide a reparative environment to help young people learn about themselves and learn the skills to have a fulfilling life.

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Dr Maritza Thompson

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Maritza is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practioners Agency (AHPRA). Maritza’s studies have included a Behavioural Science Degree with double major in psychology from La Trobe University and a postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology from RMIT. Further qualifications include research and teaching within the Department of Psychiatry at Melbourne University with the completion of her PhD in the Department of Psychology, The University of Melbourne. Her PhD focused on The Psychological Impact of Torture and Other Types of Systemic Abuse. Maritza’s broad experience in psychology has included working with refugees, trauma survivors, child sexual assault and adolescent mental health services, student and staff counselling with TAFE NSW and Southern Cross University. She has worked for The Melbourne Clinic outreach program and Essendon Private Hospital in the inpatient and outpatient programs. Maritza is a psychologist with extensive clinical and research training in the area of trauma and cross cultural psychotherapy. She has facilitated educational and psychotherapeutic groups within her work environments. She enjoys working with diverse cultures and is fluent in Spanish. Having a diverse work experience Maritza has assisted people with anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, relationship issues, educational and vocational stressors. She enjoys working from a client centered perspective incorporating cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy and schema therapy. These modalities are applied to individual, couples and group therapy.
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Ana Sterjovska

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Ana has been a part of the client relations team at Insight since 2017. In her role, she manages social media as well as coordinating the Insight website, blog material, and client newsletters. This is an integral role as it holds the link in updating clients of news that are relevant to Insight, to ensure open and smooth communication. You may see her friendly face in the clinic, however Ana is usually working away behind the scenes! Ana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science and is currently undergoing her postgraduate studies in Psychology. In her spare time, Ana runs her own part-time blog that’s all about positive psychology, lifestyle tips and well-being.

Taylah Ranieri

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Taylah Ranieri is the face you see at the front desk Monday-Friday. During Taylah’s spare time she loves playing netball and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Taylah has exceptional people skills, computer skills, and a high attention to detail.

When asked about working at Insight, Taylah is quick to explain that it has given her the opportunity to meet many great people and adapt to different situations. Taylah considers being a part of what Insight does (and seeing, first hand, how the clients lives can be enriched by what is offered), as truly wonderful.

Shalini Mathew

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Shalini is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, having completed her MSc and MPhil in Clinical Psychology. Shalini’s professional psychology work has widely spanned across all life stages and clientele. She has worked with older and younger adults, adolescents and children, from highly diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Passionate about making a genuine difference to the lives of her clients, she deeply values the Rogerian principles, including therapeutic environment establishment, genuineness, acceptance and empathy. The power of strong therapeutic alliance is an important practice principle for Shalini.

Trained to formulate and tailor-make intervention plans to answer the unique needs of each client, Shalini uses an eclectic method and skills base. She amalgamates multiple preferred therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behaviour therapy, strengths supportive therapy, interpersonal therapies, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and integrated mindfulness techniques.

Shalini’s experience includes working with socially prevalent clinical conditions, including major depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and personality disorders. She has worked extensively too, with neuropsychological conditions, psychological assessments and in neuro-cognitive rehabilitation.

Shalini’s work with children and adolescents has included providing support with neurodevelopmental disorders, learning difficulties and emotional and behaviour problems. She is passionate about being creative in her work with young children, incorporating play and art into therapy. She is trained to administer childhood ability assessments and apply various psychotherapy methods, including behaviour modification support and applied behaviour analysis. She is also proficient with various parent-child management training interventions.

Shalini is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered to provide psychology services as a Medicare service provider.

Vikki Tsoukalas

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Vikki is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and has held a full membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for a cumulative period of 20 years. She completed her Bachelor of Education Degree (Secondary), majoring in Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma at Deakin University in Melbourne from 1992-1997. Vikki has worked in a variety of settings. An area of specialisation includes working with children and young people who are experiencing learning and behavioural difficulties. Her special interests include Learning Difficulties, Anxiety and Social Emotional Development. Vikki enjoys working with children and young people of all ages.

Primarily working with children and adolescents , Vikki is especially familiar with issues likely to emerge across the developmental stages. She provides one on one support to young people as well as within a group setting. Vikki aims to develop supportive relationships in order to empower children and their families and collaboratively developing a range of practical strategies in an engaging, creative and age appropriate manner.

Vikki works closely with young people and their families to address a broad range of challenges including but not limited to; anxiety, depression, challenging behaviours, self esteem, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and navigating friendships and social difficulties. In counselling sessions, Vikki draws on evidence based techniques most suited to the person and the issues presented. Vikki utilises a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.

With 20 years of experience, Vikki has worked across a range of settings including; the Department of Human Services-Child Protection, Disability Client Services-Behaviour Intervention & Support Team (BIST), as well as the Department of Education and Training-Early Intervention Services. She currently works part time while maintaining her other roles which include: School Psychologist in a secondary setting and an assessor for funding applications for Victoria School systems. Vikki undertakes assessments for the Department of Education, Catholic Education of Melbourne as well as various other Independent Schools. She is well equiped in advocating and applying for students to receive additional supports within the educational system.

Vikki has extensive experience in assessment work and offers comprehensive cognitive and educational assessments as well as assessments of adaptive behavioural and emotional functioning. She has also been involved in the Australian and New Zealand Standardization Projects for; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Fourth Edition, WPPSI-IV, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition, WISC-V and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-Third Edition, WIAT-III

Dr Elizabeth Terziovski, Director
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
Elizabeth is a registered Clinical and Forensic psychologist, having completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, specialising in Forensic Psychology, at Monash University in 2008.

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Mr Robert Leardi
Clinical Psychologist
Robert is a registered Clinical Psychologist and completed his Masters in Psychology (Clinical) degree from Deakin University in 2011.

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Ms Alexandra Ehrenberg
Registered Psychologist
Alexandra is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

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Shalini Mathew
Registered Psychologist
Shalini is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, having completed her MSc and MPhil in Clinical Psychology.

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Vikki Tsoukalas
Registered Psychologist
Vikki is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and has held a full membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for…

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Ana Sterjovska
Client Relations
Ana has been a part of the client relations team at Insight since 2017. In her role, she manages social media as well as coordinating the Insight website, blog material, and client newsletters.

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Taylah Ranieri
Client Relations
Taylah Ranieri is the face you see at the front desk Monday-Friday.

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Dr Maritza Thompson
Registered Psychologist
Maritza is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practioners Agency (AHPRA).

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Phone: (03) 9325 4567
Email: info@insightcfps.com.au

Address: 361A Buckley Street,
Essendon VIC 3040