meet the team

What does the name ‘Vitality Unleashed’ mean? Firstly it is important to understand what ‘Vitality’ means. We are beings made of energy. To have vitality means to have energy and life force within us in the areas of physical, mental, and emotional functioning. When we have physical vitality, we are full of physical wellbeing and strength; vigour.

Ashley Gilmour

Ashley Gilmour

Clinical Psychologist | Director

Ashley is a highly qualified, warm & understanding Clinical Psychologist of more than 14 years and the Founder and Director of Vitality Unleashed Psychology. Ashley has a strong passion for understanding the mind and human behaviour, and helping people to work through challenges and reach their happiness goals. She is also a Board-approved Supervisor and Registrar Program Principal Supervisor – Clinical Psychology. Click on Ashley’s photo to read more.

Laura McCabe

Laura McCabe

Clinical Psychologist

Laura is a warm and empathetic Clinical Psychologist who strives to establish genuine connections with clients to foster an environment where they feel heard, understood, and valued.  Laura creates a safe and nurturing space where client can explore emotions freely, develop coping strategies, and embark on a path towards growth and recovery.  She sees it as her privilege to be part of her clients transformative journeys, and is dedicated to helping them achieve their mental health goals, one step at a time.

Rachael Berry

Rachael Berry

Clinical Psychologist

Rachael is a welcoming and warm, fully endorsed Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with clients across the lifespan within a number of different settings, including community mental health, private practice and Telehealth. She has worked with clients via individual therapy, group based therapies, outreach community approaches, as well as psychological assessment. Rachael also has experience working within the NDIS framework, supporting clients across the lifespan with complex and dual diagnosis to achieve emotional wellbeing and independence.

Samantha Deacon

Samantha Deacon

Psychologist

Sam, a registered Psychologist, brings extensive experience in counseling and psychology across all life stages. With an empathetic nature, Sam aims to understand, support, and empower others, helping them overcome obstacles, build resilience, and find strength within. Specializing in adolescent and young adult females, Sam focuses on areas such as interpersonal relationships, trauma, anxiety, depression, and vocational counseling. Offering evidence-based therapies like DBT, CBT, mindfulness, and more, Sam tailors treatments to individual needs. From distress tolerance to skills building, Sam’s approach emphasizes empowerment and growth, fostering positive change and well-being.

Matthew Gatt

Matthew Gatt

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Matt is a Clinical Psychology Registrar training to become a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist after having completed his Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Bachelor of Psychology. Matt provides psychological therapy and psychometric/cognitive assessment to both adults and children for a wide variety of clinical presentations including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, autism, personality issues and more. Matt is a warm and friendly member of our team.

Stacey Howes

Stacey Howes

Registered Psychologist

Stacey registered as a Psychologist in NZ in 2018. She is a warm and friendly psychologist with an interest in providing psychological assessment and treatment to clients aged 16 years to older adults. Her areas of interest include depressive and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma/PTSD, forensic issues, substance misuse, anger and stress management, emotion dysregulation and more. Stacey adopts various treatment approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

COMING SOON: Stephanie Cooper

COMING SOON: Stephanie Cooper

Registered Psychologist

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FROM June 2024!
Stephanie is a fully qualified Registered Psychologist of 14 years with experience in a range of settings including schools, the Australian Defence Force, private psychology practice, and rehabilitation services and so comes with a wide range of experience in the field of Psychology and helping people with their mental health and social needs.
Stephanie has a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and their families for a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, adjustment and dealing with family change.
Stephanie has experience in assessing and treating a range of concerns including but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, ASD, ADHD , Trauma, Adjustment , Work stress, Body image difficulties and much more, Stephanie will be undergoing her Clinical Endorsement Program to become a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist once she has completed her current Master’s degree in Psychology (Clinical).

Stephanie Blackwell

Stephanie Blackwell

Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Stephanie is a warm, caring and knowledgable Accredited Practicing Dietitian with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Stephanie’s main aim is to assist clients in nourishing their bodies with good food, and providing them with the knowledge and education they need to make positive nutrition decisions. Stephanie is passionate about sustainable weight loss, eating disorder management and oncology nutrition amongst other areas. She believes in a client centred approach to nutrition, providing individualised nutritional advice and support for clients on their journey to achieving their personal goals. She endeavours to work alongside her clients, building rapport whilst providing simple, individualised nutritional interventions.

Cindy Vellacott

Cindy Vellacott

Practice Manager

Cindy is our Practice Manager (or “Practice Mum” as we affectionately call her!) and along with the Director, oversees all of our clinic operations, staff and client management. Ensure you let her know about any specific requirements you may have.

Michelle Lohse

Michelle Lohse

Executive Assistant to the Director

Michelle is a highly skilled Executive Assistant with many years of experience providing these services to executives in various companies. Alongside our Practice Manager, Michelle assists our Director with the runnings of our busy Practice.

Sonya

Sonya

Administration Support

Sonya is one of the newest members of the Vitality admin team! She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the Psychology admin space and we are excited to have her with us!
Ensure you let her know about any specific requirements you may have so we can help you the best we can.

Sarah

Sarah

Administration Support

Sarah is one of our amazing Admin team and amazing at making our clients feel at ease and cared for.
Ensure you let her know about any specific needs you may have, so we can help you the best we can.

Narelle

Narelle

Administration Support

Narelle is one of the newest members of the Vitality admin team and is currently in training to be able to help you!
Ensure you let her know about any specific requirements you may have so we can help you the best we can.