Our goal is to listen, explore, coach and provide strategies to help make positive changes in your life.
At the Emotional Health Centre (EHC) we have a team of expert Coaches, Counsellors, Trainers and Psychologists in Cheltenham, who are dedicated to helping people find greater emotional and mental wellbeing.
Our experienced team have the skills and knowledge to offer a wide range of Psychological and Counselling services in Melbourne, and across Australia; and are all registered with their professional associations, such as:
Our team supports individuals, and workplaces, experiencing a number of challenging situations, such as: life and career transitions; grief and loss; stress, anxiety and depression; personal or work-based conflict; and relationship difficulties, to name a few.
Our team’s approach is one of empowering, supporting and guiding people to discover their own solutions; and to implement the plans, actions and mindset necessary to make life-enhancing changes. We do this with authenticity, honesty, empathy and courage.
What makes our team unique?
Our team of Psychologists, Counsellors, Coaches and Trainers are all committed to supporting individuals and workplaces to thrive. We take the time to listen to your life stories; and understand the patterns that have shaped, and continue to shape, your life.
Our diversity gives us a depth of knowledge and experience to understand the complex issues people are faced with at home and in the workplace. We don’t just focus on problems; we work towards solutions that will enhance your emotional strength and motivation.
Nicole Plotkin – Director and Principal Psychologist BA, BAppSc Psych (Hons), GDipDisability Studies, Cert4 Workplace Training and Assessment, MAPS
Nicole is passionate about helping people explore and develop new avenues for personal growth and emotional wellbeing. The key focus for all her Counselling and Psychology work is the pursuit of wellbeing for people at home and at work. She draws on a combination of Counselling, Coaching and Therapeutic approaches in one-on-one and group work, such as: Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Solution-focussed therapy; EMDR, Positive Psychology; and Mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
Her experience lies in both individual Counselling and Psychology; and Workplace Training and Support services across a number of organisations in the public, private, government, education, disability and defence force arenas.
Nicole’s particular areas of experience include: stress and anxiety management; depression; workplace and personal critical incident trauma; workplace rehabilitation issues (TAC, WorkCover); career development and transition; workplace conflict, bullying and mediation; grief and loss; parenting skills; disability issues; social integration; and relationship issues.
Nicole takes a down to earth approach to her work; and is dedicated to supporting people and teams to become more resilient when faced with personal and career challenges and change.
Celeste Whiteman – Psychologist Bachelor of Behavioral Science, Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Celeste has a passion for emotional wellbeing. She has over 18 years’ experience working with adults in the private, government and non-government sectors. She has a flexible approach to counselling treating each client as an individual. The tools and therapies used are blended to suit the needs of the client. She recently worked as a prison clinician where she facilitated group-based therapy sessions for violent offenders.
With Celeste, clients progress best through experiencing an emotionally ‘safe place’ in which solutions are discovered’. Celeste utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-focused therapy (SFT), Attachment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) mindfulness and relaxation techniques, neurobiological understanding of trauma, and Creative Visualisation.
Celeste has undertaken training in Emotionally Intelligent parenting. As an adult, parent or partner, one or more of these issues are often experienced by most people at some point in life.
Natalie Anker Cohen – Psychologist
Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Postgraduate Diploma Psychology, Master of Organisational Psychology
Natalie takes a keen interest in connecting with her clients and undertaking a collaborative process of discovery towards improved wellbeing. She has a warm and caring approach and is passionate about helping individuals to develop more awareness and competence, thereby empowering them with more effective responses to life challenges.
Her practice draws from Coaching Psychology, Organisational Psychology, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and other techniques as appropriate for the client.
Natalie holds a Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology. Since her registration as a psychologist in 2005, she has practiced in a range of settings including private practice and the corporate sector, and has a particular interest in coaching people to affect positive changes in their work and personal lives. Having worked locally and abroad, she has a deep appreciation for individual differences and welcomes the opportunity to support people from diverse backgrounds.
Natalie sees people for a range of issues including emotion regulation, work-related stress, interpersonal problems, life transitions, career coaching, executive coaching, anxiety, depression and parenting support.
Dr Anna Englin – Medical Hypnotherapist MBBS.Hons, FANZCA, MASH, Dip Clin Hyp
Dr Englin is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist. She has over twenty years of medical experience and has specialised in paediatric anaesthesia for thirteen years. She is passionate about empowering people to thrive when faced with life’s challenges. As a medical specialist, Dr Englin has a broad understanding of health problems and medical procedures. Her special interests include:
- phobias, especially treatment of needle, dental and medical procedure phobia
- sport, music and academic performance enhancement
- She runs workshops and gives talks in the area of well-being
Louise Thomson– Leadership and Resilience Facilitator
For over 18 years, I’ve helped people in all kinds of workplaces enhance their wellbeing and resilience.
As a workplace trainer and facilitator, I also help teams discover, experience and strengthen their leadership and emotional intelligence – while embracing their unique selves.
I coach and mentor individuals and teams to increase their performance, engagement and sense of purpose in their tribe.
With experience across government, not-for-profit, and private sectors, I have a broad understanding of workplace cultural and climate needs and use practical tools to enhance team and individual resilience.
Karrin Fallon– Mental Health Social Worker
Karrin has worked for 20 years in the counselling and mental health fields, as a child, youth and family relationships counsellor. Since 2006, she has been a Clinical Supervisor and Team Leader of psychologists, social workers and family therapists, providing guidance on counselling practice with children, teenagers and parents. She has worked extensively with adults and children who are experiencing stress in some form. She has trained extensively in counselling clients who have experienced Domestic and Family Violence, coercive control, and other forms of trauma and abusive behaviour.
Karrin helps to strengthen the ability to cope with stressful relationships, and circumstances. She draws upon research-based strategies and knowledge of the development of children, young people and relationships, to help with stress and concerns, including:
- Depression, anxiety, sadness and grief
- Drug and alcohol concerns for self, partner or children
- Family, couple, teenager and child stress
- Unhappy relationships with friends, family or partners
- Stepfamilies (Blended families)
Ida Ghatge- Admin Support Officer
Ida is a highly motived graduate with a 4 th year honors in psychology from The University of Melbourne.
Ida is passionate about reducing the stigma against mental ill-health and contributing to a culture of holistic wellbeing for clients and their families. She is driven by the values of equity and inclusion and hopes to enhance opportunity and productivity for disadvantaged populations.
She is highly skilled in psychological research, analysis, and marketing. Additionally, she teaches and performs Indian classical dance with Australia’s leading Bollywood dance company, Sapphire Dance.
Edward Plotkin- Practice Manager
Edward is a highly passionate Executive Practice Director in the mental health and wellness industry, operating successful psychology and coaching consultancy practice improving people’s emotional health, resilience, and wellbeing, at home and in the workplace.
Edward has always developed the ability to make clients and the team at Emotional Health Centre feel important, valued, and supported. You will often see Edward, listening to people, and often sitting back to wait until he is ready to respond with a clear and practical response. He believes that the term mental disorder needs to progress to the term “working wellness”. Dissolving the stigma and allowing individuals and businesses to face their current state as an opportunity to improve.
Jessica Kent- Provisional Psychologist BSc, BPsychSc (Hons) / Administration Officer
Jessica is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute. Jessica believes the therapeutic relationship is paramount and makes this a priority in both her administration role as well as in her practice.
Jessica enjoys working with adolescents and young adults, and has a strong interest and passion for working with sexuality and gender diversity. She also has experience working with depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. As an early career psychologist, Jessica’s developing practice draws from the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focussed Therapy (SFT), and Schema Therapy.
Our team of experienced Coaches, Counsellors, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists and Trainers in Melbourne offer a personalised and experienced approach to your personal and work-related challenges and are dedicated to helping you find greater wellbeing, resilience and courage in your life.