A safe space for children

to learn, heal and grow.

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Welcome to Think Psychologists.

Our Geelong-based clinic provides psychological care for children, adolescents and their families across the Geelong and Surf Coast region.

Led by Dr Nicole Carvill, our team of experienced child psychologists approach patient care driven by empathy, compassion and best practise.

We understand that your child is your world, so finding the right child therapist is important to you. We employ a team of highly skilled psychologists with diverse experience and lots of heart, to make your decision easier.

Meet our child therapists

Dr Nicole Carvill

Psychologist - BA(Hons) PhD MAPS

Nicole is our founding psychologist and a mother of two. A caregiver by nature, she approaches therapeutic care through the lens of a psychologist, with the heart of a parent. 

She knows that harnessing knowledge, proven tools and strategies can help children foster meaningful relationships at school, home and in their community. 

Her academic achievements and extensive training support her profound passion for empowering children and families to thrive.

Area of Interest

Nicole is passionate about the assessment and identification of cognitive and executive functioning difficulties.

These challenges can significantly impact how a child presents in their world, and early identification is crucial to learning and growth. This includes Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, development delay and working memory difficulties in children.

Nicole will guide you and your child through the assessment process and provide support for the path forward.

Achievements and Experience
  • PhD scholarship (Caring for Carers) focused on research and development of an assessment tool to support those caring for people with additional needs.
  • Presenter for the Pearson Academy, Australia’s leading provider of professional development for the education and health industry.
  • The first Cogmed Qualified Practice in Victoria, second Australia-wide.
  • Research on the impact of pregnancy on memory skills.
  • Work within a multi-disciplinary Autism Assessment Team under the guidance of Dr Richard Eisenmajer, Gateway Support Services.
  • Support for Preschool children with developmental delays, Specialist Children’s Services.
  • Work as a Clinician within the Behaviour Intervention Support Team, Disability Services [DHS].
  • Regional Coordinator (Barwon South Western region of Victoria) for the Program for Students with Disabilities, Lewis & Lewis Psychological Consultancy.
Path to Psychology

“My brother was diagnosed with an intellectual disability as a young child. His diagnosis felt like an insurmountable problem to my parents, and I can vividly recall the sense of hopelessness that overcame my family.

My parents knew that something was different for him but didn’t fully understand what was happening. Instead, they felt confused and overwhelmed until the picture became clearer many years later.

This path is similar for many of the families we meet. They know their child is facing challenges but are unsure what, why or what to do next.

Access to information and social attitudes toward children with a disability have, thankfully, shifted over time. Yet, despite this, many families carry an inheritance of fear and misunderstanding when they walk through my door.

My role is to help families understand what is happening and learn how they can best support their child into the future.”

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Nicolette Dimitrovski

Psychologist. BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Ed&Dev).

Nicolette is a compassionate psychologist who has worked extensively with children and adolescents across educational, community and private practice settings. 

She works collaboratively with parents, teachers and multidisciplinary practitioners to deliver psychological assessments and intervention for students.

Area of Interest

Nicolette has a specific interest in educational and developmental psychology and strives to help children and adolescents grow and learn to their full potential.

She uses evidence-based techniques and assessments to address a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, learning difficulties, behavioural challenges, and social challenges.

Nicolette frequently works with students who present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Specific Learning Disorder (including ‘Dyslexia’) and Intellectual Disability (ID), and is trained to assess for each of these diagnoses.

She can perform a range of standardised tests, including cognitive assessments, such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition, WISC-V and Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments (including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition, ADOS-2).

Achievements and Experience
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
  • Casual Research Assistant at Deakin University
  • ADOS-2 trained
Path to Psychology

“I first worked with young children as a volunteer in a local, not-for-profit community organisation. During this time, I met many individuals and families affected by disability.

Hearing their stories and learning of their struggles, I felt compelled to dedicate my career to understanding the impact of disability and advocating to help those affected to live fulfilling lives.”

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Amanda Coop

Provisional Psychologist. Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Amanda is a passionate provisional psychologist and mother to three children and two step-
children.
Driven by a commitment for supporting others, she knows that the right therapeutic relationship
and space can transform lives and facilitate growth, awareness, and positive change.
She provides support and strategies to help neurodivergent kids, teens, and their families thrive in a
world that can be challenging to navigate.

Area of Interest

Amanda is particularly interested in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the role of the whole family in a child’s therapy and wellbeing.

She uses and teaches evidence-based techniques to recognise and regulate emotions, and can help with a wide range of behaviours that create challenges at home and at school.

With a focus on support, information, and strategies that create positive outcomes for young people and their families, Amanda works to create a safe therapeutic environment where children and adults can feel understood and empowered.

Achievements and Experience

As well as her bachelor of psychological science, Amanda holds a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of laws. She has worked in law, legal publishing, copywriting, and as a full time mum.
While studying her psychology degree, Amanda volunteered as an independent person at YRIPP, attending police interviews with young people when a parent or guardian was not available, providing support, monitoring their welfare, and ultimately reducing the risk of future offending.

This has helped her develop strong skills in advocacy, active listening, and cross-cultural communication.

Path to Psychology

“A later-in-life ASD diagnosis combined with a life-long interest in mental health led me to enrol in a psychology degree at a time of my life when most people are reaching the peak of their careers. It has without a doubt been the best decision of my life, and I am excited to use my skills, experiences, and accumulated wisdom to offer the kind of support that wasn’t so readily available when I was young.”

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Wren Howe

Provisional Psychologist - BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Ed&Dev) Student, PhD Student.

Wren is a caring and empathetic provisional psychologist who has passion for working with
children, adolescents and families. She recognises the uniqueness and individuality of each
child and adolescent, and approaches her care and practice with compassion and
understanding. 

Wren feels privileged to assist children and their families to gain insight into each child’s unique
strengths and challenges through the use of assessment, and to support individual growth and
development through ongoing care and interventions.

Path to Psychology

In her journey to Psychology Wren has worked in various roles supporting children, adolescents
and young adults across primary, secondary and tertiary education, trauma informed and
complex behavioural environments, residential settings and individualised support work with the
neurodiverse community. Wren's professional and personal experiences navigating and
exploring the reality of neurodivergence has fueled a passion to embrace the journey of
learning, one where she understands the value and importance of having a community of
people who celebrate and recognise the uniqueness and individuality of each child and
adolescent. She is passionate about journeying with parents, children and adolescents to gain
insight into each young person's unique strengths and challenges and to support and empower
both families and young people to navigate the world around them.

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Nicole Mulholland

Registered Psychologist. BASocSci (Psy), Postgrad Dip Psych, Grad Dip Counselling, MPsych. (Ed&Dev)

Nicole is compassionate psychologist who is committed to providing teens and kids with the
skills and understanding to live a fulfilling life.
Nicole is a strong advocate for working with caregivers to support children as they learn and
grow.
Nicole is a proud ally for the queer and the neurodiverse community. She is driven to provide
support and strategies to help neurodivergent clients and their families to thrive.

Area of Interest

Nicole prides herself on providing evidence-based practice intervention to celebrate unique
strengths and challenges for each client. Nicole is a skilled in educational and diagnostic
assessments for children in pre school and young adults.

Achievements and Experience

Provisional Psychologist at Mackillop Education providing evidence-based intervention for
primary and secondary school students, as well as supporting educators with insight into the
presentation of various neurodevelopmental disorders.
Counsellor at Wyndham City Council and Hobsons Bay City Council, providing primary
intervention to young people within the community.

Path to Psychology

Throughout my life, I have always had a strong desire to help others, both in my personal and
professional life. This drive led me to explore various helping professions, until I found my true
passion in psychology.
What drew me to psychology was the opportunity to provide life-improving skills and education
to children and adolescents. I believe that by giving children the opportunity to learn these skills
early in life, they can avoid unnecessary struggles and setbacks later on.
My own experiences as a young person inspired me to pursue this path. I remember feeling like
I didn't have the personal resources I needed during difficult times, and I don't want any child or
teen to have to feel that way.
I want to make a difference in the lives of children and families, by helping them develop the
tools and understanding they need to overcome challenges and thrive.

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Lilly McCann

Lilly is a passionate Provisional Psychologist who has worked with children and adolescents in
community settings and has experience in behaviour assessments, interventions and
developing treatment plans. Lilly is committed to building rapport with young people and their
caregivers to create a safe and supportive space where individuals can explore their difficulties
and develop evidence-based strategies to enhance coping and work towards meaningful
change.

Area of Interest

Lilly is passionate about supporting children and adolescents in implementing evidenced-based
strategies to address a variety of mental-health challenges. Lilly has a specific interest in
working with young people who present with neurodevelopmental disorders and young people
with disabilities. Lilly is committed to implementing neurodiversity-affirming practices and
creating an inclusive space for young people to feel empowered. Lilly can administer cognitive
and diagnostic assessments.

Achievements and Experience

Bachelor of Psychological sciences (Major in forensic studies)
Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)
Experience as a behaviour support practitioner implementing positive behaviour support
practices.

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Ally Arentz

Social Worker. MSW, BPsych, BCrim.

Ally is a trauma-informed social worker dedicated to providing therapeutic support to children, adolescents and their families from a strengths-based perspective and
empathetic approach. With experience in individual and group therapeutic settings, she offers mental health support through counselling, creating strategies to help
manage big emotions, and a range of evidence-based interventions.

Ally’s passion lies in establishing authentic connections with children and their families, creating a safe and supportive space to foster growth and change.

Area of Interest

Area of Interest

Ally is passionate about understanding how adverse childhood experiences impact emotions and the nervous system throughout the lifespan. She is particularly
interested in supporting young people to develop strategies to address a variety of presenting concerns, such as anxiety and emotional dysregulation; through a
trauma-informed lens.

Additionally, Ally is skilled in Theraplay®, an attachment-based dyadic therapy focused on enhancing attachment and attunement between children and caregivers, aiming to comprehend the emotional needs that drive children’s behaviour.

Achievements and Experience
  • 60Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science & Bachelor of Criminology
  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Completed level one Theraplay® training, an attachment-based therapy
  • Trained in providing Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Trained in the family violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework
  • 1000 hours of placement experience in mental health social work, providing a range of therapeutic services for young people and families, as well as conducting psychosocial assessments and group work facilitation.
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Dani Skocic

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)

Dani is a new graduate occupational therapist and is committed to learning skills and assessments to support the families she works with.

Dani recognises the significant value in working in collaboration with each child and their support network. Dani hopes to create a safe and supportive space, where everyone can be themselves and be proud of who they are and all they can do.

Area of Interest

Dani has an interest in sensory based occupational therapy, focusing on supporting an awareness of sensory needs and working towards integration of sensory support into various environments.

Dani is motivated to learn about all areas of paediatric occupational therapy to allow her to continue to learn and grow as a new graduate occupational therapist.

Achievements and Experience

Dani has a Bachelor of occupational therapy (Honours) with her thesis relating to comparing sensory assessments. Dani is currently working on publishing her research in an academic journal.

Path to Psychology

My passion for occupational therapy was formed through personal and family experiences working with allied health teams including OT.

I was drawn to the variety of learning opportunities and pathways available as well as seeing firsthand how this role has an ability to create meaningful changes to the families we work with.

My passion for sensory based occupational therapy stems from personal experience with sensory processing difficulties, where I have grown to understand and appreciate the impact of sensory regulation in various situations and environments.

During my time at university, I worked as a therapy assistant with families and their allied health teams. I was learning alongside the families and supporting working towards meaningful goals by facilitating each child to peruse their passion and goals.

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“Nothing lights me up more than guiding kids and families through the process of understanding how their brain works.”

– Dr Nicole Carvill

Admin Team

Jules

Jules began at Think/ Interact in May 2021. She has worked in Office Management in the Construction Industry for over 20 years.

Jules loves being part of our Pediatric Clinic and greeting our clients with a cheery smile. On weekends Jules enjoys Yoga, Meditation and walking her Labradors on the beach.  You will find Jules at the front desk Tuesday to Fridays.

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Ebony Skene

Ebony began at Think Psychologists in 2022. She had previously completed her placement here, as part of her Bachelor of Psychology degree that she is currently studying at university.

Ebony loves working in the admin team with Jules and meeting our clients.

In her free time, Ebony enjoys spending time with family and friends, at the beach or reading a good book. You will find Ebony at the front desk on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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Holly East

Holly completed a Certificate III in Business in 2018 and has been working in office administration ever since. She now occupies our reception desk every Monday.

Holly is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Deakin University, which she is immensely enjoying so far. She is looking forward to completing her studies in the hopes that she can one day make a contribution to community mental health awareness/treatment as a Clinical Psychologist.

She absolutely loves children, so interacting with the little ones that come through our paediatric clinic really brightens her day.

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Molly Neeson

Molly began at Think/ Interact in February 2023. She has previously completed her Honours in
Psychology at Deakin University and is now deciding on a clinical or research path. 

Molly occupies the front desk on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. She loves working closely
alongside Jules, and particularly loves meeting our clients and their pets pictured across the
front desk. 

Over the weekend Molly enjoys playing netball for East Geelong, walking her puppies on the
beach, catching up with friends and going out for food.

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