All our psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This national registration ensures that we abide by rules and ethics for psychologists, maintain our certification, and participate in continuing professional development. You can check any psychologist’s current registration through the AHPRA website using their registration number. We really care about the work we do and look forward to providing a skilled, compassionate and collaborative service.
Mark Baxter Psychologist
Practice leader at The Psychology Spot Counselling & therapy for adults Mindfulness training Clinical Supervision
AHPRA Registration PSY0001370927
I’ve been practicing as a psychologist for 15 years and really enjoy the work I do. I enjoy listening and seeking to understand. I like appealing to a person’s wisest parts to help them find a way through their difficulties or supporting them to come to a state of acceptance and letting go. Seeing people transform and find freedom is very rewarding. One of my guiding mottos is “you’re a person to be met, not a problem to be solved”.
I engage people in counselling with a collaborative, accepting, compassionate and non-judging spirit. This is combined with my training in cognitive, behavioural, acceptance, somatic and mindfulness based strategies; specifically, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. Adding these specific psychological and behavioural skills to the values, strengths and resources you already have can help you find a healthy, workable path forward. I also use an evidence-based Feedback Informed Treatment approach that allows us to monitor and track your progress as we go; and to adjust the counselling sessions so they meet your needs.
Good mental health is not just about psychological skills. Exercise, diet, sleep, relationships, growth, belonging, habits, environment and meaning all play an important part too. Coming to terms with this human condition is easier when you feel supported. My counselling approach takes your whole life into consideration to help you recover and reconnect.
I specialise in teaching mindfulness skills to help people transform stress and suffering, increase self-awareness and improve relationships. The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course is offered throughout the year as a way to bring the principles of mindfulness meditation into everyday life.
My clinical interest areas are depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and trauma recovery, schizophrenia, bipolar, addictions and grief & loss; as well as experiences of existential dilemma, anguish or distress.
Melinda Tebb Psychologist
Counselling & therapy for adults, adolescents and children Couples counselling for people with intellectual disability Parenting coaching NDIS Assessments Clinical Supervision
AHPRA Registration PSY0001284733
I’m a registered psychologist with more than 20 years experience in counselling, therapy and assessment working with children, young people and adults. Using a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and mindfulness based practices; I offer an individual approach to each person's needs, working both creatively and collaboratively from a strengths-based perspective. My aim is to meet each person's strengths and struggles with consideration and compassion.
The main areas I work with include depression, anxiety, grief & loss, post-traumatic stress and trauma recovery, post-natal depression, end of life experience, parenting issues, and complex family issues. I provide support for people of all abilities and have many years of experience providing counselling and mental health support for people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.
I am an AHPRA board approved supervisor, and can provide supportive and individualised clinical supervision for psychologists and other health professionals, including behaviour support practitioners.
I also provide NDIS Assessments; including assessments for intellectual disability, functional assessments, cognitive assessments and dementia screening.
ASHLeigh Renko Psychologist
Counselling & therapy for adults and adolescents
AHPRA Registration PSY0001889010
My role as a psychologist has been both rewarding and fulfilling. I have had the pleasure of supporting individuals over the last 6 years on their journey towards vitality and well-being.
Our life journey will inevitably bring pain but our experience in dealing with it may differ. We may feel an urge to run and escape this pain or we may become too caught up in it; engaged in an internal ‘tug-of-war’. This often leads us to feel disconnected from what’s important, and detached from our values. So, what would happen if we dropped the rope? By lending a compassionate, non-judgmental ear, I work alongside individuals as they move towards acceptance and value-based living.
I support individuals by combining several evidence-based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. I have supported adolescents and adults in their journey through mental health difficulties, transition and life complexities.
My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, stress, grief, life coaching and interpersonal struggle. I also have a strong background and experience in substance use addiction.
Gareth Quinlan Psychologist
Counselling & therapy for children, adolescents, young adults and families Clinical Supervision
AHPRA Registration PSY0001686731
It is human to suffer sometimes, to be unsure, to feel lost, to experience anger, hatred, self-doubt, worry, grief and sadness. At times we need someone to help steer the ship; someone to guide us through the storm; someone to walk beside us, to listen, to see us as we are, and to accept us.
I believe that the future lies in healing and that we all have hurts to heal. The important of children succeeding set my course for working primarily with children and adolescence. For young people to succeed, they need the support of the adults in their world. The involvement of parents, carers and significant others is essential in helping young people through their struggles. Similarly, parenting comes with its own significant challenges - in this, we can all do with support.
When things are a struggle, there can be a splitting approach to treatment, as are attempts made to “find the problem”. It is my belief that at these very times, we need to come together where possible. As such, my approach is to work with families together, rather than individual members apart - with individual sessions offered where otherwise appropriate.
I have helped children and adolescence with many presenting struggles, including anxiety, depression, social skills, aggression, and belonging. I have worked with young people that had additional challenges, such as language delay, global developmental delay, physical disability, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Also, complex trauma, those in Out of Home Care and newly arrived refugees. I have a strength in working with young males, and strive to be a positive role model. As part of my prior experience working in the education system, I acknowledge the importance of working alongside schools to help children and adolescents succeed.
Tanya Bertapelle Psychologist
Counselling & therapy for adults NDIS Assessments Clinical Supervision
AHPRA Registration PSY0001002404
I have over 16 years experience as a psychologist with a background in therapy, counselling, assessment, clinical supervision and training. I am excited to be working at Mark Baxter Psychology in offering counselling to individuals around the Wollongong area.
I am passionate about helping people live to their values and achieve their goals. I have skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I strive to work collaboratively with individuals in a meaningful and compassionate manner.
I am also passionate about providing counselling support to people with disability, having worked in this area over many years. I aim to assist individuals to develop improved self-regulation, coping skills, greater independence and quality of life.
Monika Gulabovska Psychologist
Counselling & therapy for adults and couples
AHPRA Registration PSY0001889012
I'm a registered psychologist with over 7 years of mental health and counselling experience. I work from a values and strengths-based approach with individuals seeking to create meaningful change in their lives. I work collaboratively with clients to create individually tailored treatment approaches to help them achieve their specific goals and needs. I strive to create a genuine, flexible and non-judgmental space for clients, and focus on creating supportive and respectful relationships.
I’ve worked with adults from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages, and across a broad range of mental health issues. My areas of interest include mood disorders (anxiety and depression), stress, addictions, trauma, sexuality, gender dysphoria, and performance/coaching. I use a range of evidence-based approaches depending on my clients’ needs and preferences, and am able to offer short term solution-focused interventions as well as longer term treatment. I have experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and other Existential/Humanistic approaches. This year I'm also extending my training in Schema Therapy.
I have a specific interest in working with couples and offer relationship & couples therapy using Emotionally Focused Therapy. I am happy to work with couples on a range of issues including infidelity and trust issues, improved communication and conflict resolution, and potential separation concerns. I welcome the opportunity to work with a diverse range of unique relationships and couples. I’m available for after-hours appointments on Thursday evenings.
Katie Newton Reception & Admin support
I am currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Psychology at University of Wollongong. I am particularly interested in the area of trauma and positive growth following adversity. Almost everyone experiences some kind of adversity in their lives and everybody has very different ways of coping with these kinds of experiences.
I am particularly interested in neuropsychology and the use of psychophysiological methods such as neurofeedback for trauma treatment. My role at The Psychology Spot is to support the running of the practice via reception and administrative support.