Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Samantha Moorfoot, Registered Psychologist
‘I’ve always been keen on making a difference.’
In 2005, I studied Psychology in my Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). A year later, after a serious car accident, I stopped being vaguely curious about it and started planning my career.
As a patient recovering from significant injuries, I learned first-hand how skilful, caring Psychologists can help us heal.
How I help
I support people who are dealing with pain of every kind. Chronic physical pain as a result of illness or injury. Emotional pain stemming from depression, anxiety, or grief and loss.
Some of my clients are struggling with anger and constant conflict. Others are looking for help to navigate life crises like separation or redundancy.
If you’re looking to develop your people skills to help you change careers or further enhance healthy relationships. I can help you do that too.
Why I’m here
I spend a sizable chunk of my life doing a job I love. Boutique Psychology is my ideal practice. I’m part of a team of warm, funny, generous-spirited humans who also happen to be highly skilled psychologists.
I’m a career-long advocate for workplaces that challenge and cherish their teams. I want to work with other Psychologists who go every inch of the extra mile for their clients and each other. At Boutique Psychology, that’s what we do.
Things I love do
New motherhood. When I am not working, you’ll find me being constantly amazed by my tiny daughter.
All the cred
- Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- Master of Health Science, La Trobe University
- Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, Cairnmillar Institute
- Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Monash University
- Bachelor of Social Science, Swinburne University
Adriana (Dana) Vlamis, Provisional Psychologist
‘I’ve always connected with people who are struggling to manage difficult things.’
I’m a Greek-Australian born in rural Victoria. Growing up, I watched many people in my community struggle to access mental health services to get help to resolve their issues.
As a young adult facing my own challenges, Psychology appealed to me initially as a way to make sense of what was happening to me. Pretty quickly, it became my career path.
I’m an early career provisional psychologist. I’m fascinated by neurology, the science of how our amazing brains work, grow, and adapt to changes. My goal is to study and work in neuro-psychology.
How I help
I’ve always connected with people who are struggling to manage difficult things. As a Psychologist, I use this strength to help humans understand they’re not alone and that they can find the right support to help them heal.
I currently support clients with learning assessments and counselling.
A learning assessment can help you understand how you learn best. It can also help you understand and manage any difficulties that make it hard for you to learn.
I believe we all experience and process things differently. In counselling, I aim to help you find out what this means for you. Once we know how and why you experience life as you do, I’ll help you do more of what works well for you and less of what doesn’t.
Why I’m here
Boutique Psychology is a brilliant place to be a provisional Psychologist. We’re a close-knit and committed team. Everyone’s voice gets heard, and Cindy’s approach to supervision is strong on self-care. I know I’ll be guided and supported as a person and as a professional.
Things I love to do
I am obsessed with music and music theatre. I sing and play music, and I write songs. I’m a sports tragic who’ll go to any kind of match or watch it on television. Just so you know, I’m a well-rounded individual, I also read and devour documentaries, and I’m a whizz in the kitchen.
When I need to chill, I head for the calming influence of nature.
I’m a volunteer care coordinator for the Make a Wish foundation.
In short, I’m curious about pretty much everything and up for giving new things a go.
- Provisional Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
- Bachelor of Science, Applied Science Psychology – RMIT
- Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) – Monash University
- Mental Health First Aid
Edwina (Eddy) Vejayaratnam, Registered Psychologist
My dream of becoming a psychologist started at the age of 15. My commitment to my dream has led me to become a person-centred practitioner geared towards helping people thrive in all facets of life.
Feelings of depression and anxiety can be normal experiences for people. Maybe you’ve noticed patterns in your thoughts, behaviours, relationships or feelings that don’t feel quite right. Maybe there are difficulties in your life that you feel like you should be able to deal with, but are having trouble doing so. It doesn’t mean that you need to be alone when experiencing it. Seeing a psychologist can provide you a different perspective, learning strategies to cope with uncomfortable feelings or just having someone to talk to, in a judgment free, safe space.
My personal experience as a woman of colour means that I approach therapy with an intersectional lens. I have worked with people across the lifespan from a range of different backgrounds, including working with children and adults who have experience depression, anxiety, developmental disorders, trauma and more. I enjoy working with people to tackle social, emotional and life challenges that they face throughout the lifespan. Some modalities that I use include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
- Schema Therapy,
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) techniques,
- Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT) and
- trauma-informed approaches.
My therapeutic style in collaborative in nature and has a foundation in good rapport and quality shared work. I place importance in trust, confidentiality and consistency. If you are interested in making meaningful changes that will improve your quality of your life, then investing in therapy with me is the right choice for you!
Daniel Madden, Provisional Psychologist
‘I’m an empathetic, attentive listener, and I support my clients to find practical, creative solutions that work well for them.’
I’m a firm believer in the scientific method. As a Psychologist, I draw on evidence-based understanding of behaviour and emotions and reframe perspectives to improve people’s lives, as well as implement concrete strategies to make life easier where possible. I’m an empathetic, attentive listener, and I support my clients to find practical, creative solutions that work well for them and empower them to live more fulfilling lives.
How I help
I help my clients to understand how their thoughts and feelings influence their behaviour, and how sometimes when we are in a bad place; we can interact with others in a way that doesn’t allow us to foster relationships or develop consistent healthy habits. I empower and support my clients to take a new perspective on otherwise negative aspects of their life and how to focus on their strengths rather than areas of relative weakness.
I have a passion specifically for Youth mental health and supporting young men is very important to me. I’m keen to help break the stigma that stops men from reaching out to their friends, family, and community when they need help.
I spent three years as a Youth Reference Group Member at Headspace in Cairns. I was part of a group of an eighteen to twenty-five-year-old volunteers supporting the Community Engagement Officer to promote headspace and youth mental health. I developed and co-facilitated psychoeducational and life skill initiatives with local schools and liaised with local communities to advocate for healthy relationship initiatives they believed would be helpful.
Why I’m here
I work here at Boutique Psychology because I believe in their ethos and values. I believe that psychological services should be affordable, and I work with a group of passionate and inclusive colleagues; totally focused on doing what’s best for our clients.
Things I love to do
I’m a board game fanatic who believes that play is vital in developing and maintaining friendships. I also love to cook (hopefully) delicious food as a way of showing my gratitude for friends, family and others who are important in my own life.
All the cred
I’m a Provisional Psychologist and a member of Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – James Cook University, Cairns, QLD.
Mental Health First Aider (Version 4)
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