meet our team

Melbourne psychology team

Our Psychologists are all highly trained, experienced, professional and friendly. We’re trained in a range of different evidenced-based therapies. We use therapies that have been proven effective for improving mental health, wellbeing, learning and development, and we tailor our services to your needs.

How to choose the right Psychologist

Many people see a psychologist, but it may feel hard to know who is right for you. Here are some pointers to help:

Our Team at Catalyst Psychology

Dr Kirsty Hildebrandt

Director & Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Ms Sheida Badiee

Consultant Counselling Psychologist

Ms Chiara McDowell

Consultant Psychologist

Ms Jenna Miller

Consultant Psychologist & School Counsellor

Ms Tania Saad

Receptionist and Administration Officer

Dr Kirsty Hildebrandt Catalyst Psychology Team

Dr Kirsty Hildebrandt

Director & Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Sheida Badiee Catalyst Psychology Team

Ms Sheida Badiee

Consultant Counselling Psychologist

Chiara McDowell Catalyst Psychology Team

Ms Chiara McDowell

Consultant Psychologist

Jenna Miller Catalyst Psychology Team

Ms Jenna Miller

Consultant Psychologist & School Counsellor

Tania Saad

Ms Tania Saad

Receptionist and Administration Officer

Make an appointment

Ready to make an appointment, or have any questions? Call us on 0468 637 413 and we can help.

Dr Kirsty Hildebrandt

Director & Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Endorsed In Clinical Psychology And Board-Approved Supervisor
B.B.Sc. (Hons). D. Psych (Clinical). MACPA.

For 21 years, I have been working with people of all ages to help them improve their psychological health. I originally trained as a Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist, and still love helping children, young people and their parents.

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work in a wide range of excellent services. I’ve worked in Public Mental Health, Secondary Schools, Hospitals, Community Health, and Learning Difficulties Services in both Australia and the UK.

I began supervising Psychologists, Registrar Psychiatrists and other Allied Health Practitioners in 2004. I very much enjoy training and supervising, and am pleased to still be doing this in Private Practice. I am excited to currently be completing advanced training in the assessment of Autism.

I work flexibly with a strong connection to my clients, to help them improve their mental health, well-being, relationships and lives. I enjoy enabling people to be happier and calmer; to meet their goals in life and achieve more; to learn and develop better; and to have better relationships. I have experience in:

  • Children (4yrs +), Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Adjustment
  • Health-related issues, including Chronic Illness and Pain Management
  • Parenting
  • Self-care for Parents
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement and Separation
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Learning Disorders (e.g., Dyslexia etc)
  • Psychological Assessments of Mental Health, Intelligence, Learning Disorders, Educational Attainment, Autism and ADHD.
  • NDIS Self-Funding and NDIS Plan-Managing clients

I focus on helping people using scientifically proven therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapies.

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a Clinical Psychologist and an Endorsed Supervisor of other Psychologists. I am also a member of the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association.

Sheida Badiee

Consultant Counselling Psychologist
Endorsed in Counselling Psychology and Board-Approved Supervisor
B.A. (Behavioural Science, Hons), M. Psych (Counselling).

I have 12 years of experience in counselling adolescents and adults, to help them improve their relationships, their wellbeing and their mood. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and assisting them through challenging circumstances. I have been designing and providing training for many years, as well as supervising other Psychologists, and really enjoy this work. Helping students improve their study skills has been a particular focus, especially at my time at Swinburne University Student Counselling.

I use a number of evidenced-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, and social and study skills training.

  • Adolescents (13yrs +)
  • Adults
  • Adjustment
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Stress
  • Studying issues and study skills
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • Relationship issues (peer, partner, family)
  • Self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Domestic violence
  • Workplace issues
  • Body image and eating issues
  • NDIS Self-Funding and NDIS Plan-Managing clients

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) in Counselling Psychology and am a Board-Approved Supervisor. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Chiara McDowell

Consultant Psychologist
B.Psych (Hons), M. Psych (Edu), MAAP

I’m a passionate Psychologist, focussed on providing high quality and meaningful assessments of learning, development, ability and attainment. I am currently a Teaching Associate in the School of Psychology at Monash University. I also enjoy conducting psychological assessments in a range of Victorian schools and at Catalyst Psychology.

I work with Children (6yrs+), Adolescents, Young Adults and Adults.

I have experience in conducting assessments of:

  • Learning Ability, including Cognition/Intelligence
  • Educational Attainment
    Intellectual Disability
    Specific Learning Disorders (eg., Dyslexia, Dysgraphia etc)
  • Giftedness
  • Developmental Disorders, including ADHD
  • Special Consideration for Department of Education Exams and Tasks (VCE)

I use a number of standardised psychological assessment tools, including the WISC-V, WIAS-IV, and WIAT-III. Many of these tools are administered on iPads.

I am a member of the Australian Association for Psychologists and registered with AHPRA as a General Psychologist.

Jenna Miller

Consultant General Psychologist and School Counsellor. Registrar in Educational & Developmental Psychology.
B.A, Adv Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Edu and Dev), MAPS

I have a strong passion for working with children, youth and families and am dedicated to improving their wellbeing. Providing counselling in Primary Schools and Secondary Schools for the last 5 years has been a wonderful experience and I enjoyed completing my Master’s Degree at Monash University. I have a fun, positive therapy style focussed on improving my client’s mood and functioning in everyday life. I also have extensive experience in assessing learning, cognition, development, and educational ability and attainment.

I use a number of evidenced-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion Focussed, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

  • Children 3yrs +
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Mild ID
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Adjustment
  • Relationship issues (peer and family)
  • Bullying
  • Parenting
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Giftedness
  • Somatic Symptoms
  • Behavioural problems
  • Divorce, separation and loss
  • Studying issues
  • Assessments of Learning Ability (including Cognition/Intelligence), Educational Attainment, Specific Learning Disorders, Giftedness and Developmental Disorders (ADHD, Autism etc)
  • NDIS Self-Funding and NDIS Plan-Managing clients

I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society and am registered with AHPRA as a General Psychologist. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Ms Tania Saad

Receptionist and Administration Officer

Tania is our friendly, professional and highly organised Receptionist and Administration Officer. She has been working in Allied Health practices for 10 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the practicalities of seeing a Psychologist.

She will be your first point of contact with Catalyst Psychology. She will take some of your details and note the issues you want help with. She will also explain rebates, funding streams and billing procedures. Tania will book a series of appointments for you with one of our Psychologists, or direct you to other services if we can’t help. Tania keeps any information you share with her confidential.