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Our Team

Melanie Khashadorian

Psychologist - Director

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I am passionate about relationships - with our loved ones, with nature, with the arts, with colleagues and with ourselves. Over my 19 years working as a psychologist, I have seen the profound impact that healthy and unhealthy relationships can have on us. In the second half of my career, working predominantly with couples and individuals, I have seen how much growing and healing can happen through healthy, romantic relationships. That is why I believe that if we can teach people to 'relationship' better, we can have a ripple effect of healing, growing and joy.

It's a great privilege that people come in to see me every day and share their biggest secrets, worries, hurts and triumphs. I make it a priority to create a safe and non-judgemental environment. I have had training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Imago Therapy, and training from the Gottman Institute. What does that mean? Basically, I will find a style that works for you. The work we do at Better Together Relationships is educational, so there will be conversation, teaching and collaboration. 

 

When I’m not working in my practice, I enjoy being outdoors at the beach or hiking. I am obsessed with yoga and always trying to be disciplined with my meditation practice. I love travelling and have been to 32 countries - which still doesn't feel like enough!

Michaela Josephson

Psychologist

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One of my great life passions is relationships, and exploring the profound impact they have on individuals. Reading, researching and furthering my knowledge on the topic has been my favourite things to do for as long as I can remember.

My focus as a therapist is prevention. I want to de-stigmatise therapy as a daunting experience and instead, turn it into a building block which supports couples and individuals. This way, they can implement strategies to build strong and positively functioning life long relationships.  

I have spent 9 years running my personal training business. As a result of this, I am a strong believer that physical and mental health go hand-in-hand. This has had a direct influence on my holistic view on therapy, which I use to support my clients in an empathetic and practical manner.

 

It is truly an honor for me to provide the tools for people to grow and connect and then witness the domino effect this has on their lives. I utilise varying approaches during therapy including techniques from Gottman, Emotional Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I’m a big believer in incorporating psychological techniques into your life in ways you find enjoyable and accessible - that way, you can create maintainable, positive changes. 

 

When I’m not working as a therapist, I enjoy time with my large, tight-knit family, practicing Muay Thai and I can never get enough of being out in nature!

Michaela is currently on leave and will be taking new clients in 2024.

Mayouri Sukhapure

Provisional Psychologist

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I aim to create a warm, caring, empathetic, and collaborative environment that fosters self-connection and relationship satisfaction and health. My goal is to support clients in navigating transitions and overcoming relationship challenges, to improve their relationships with their partners, family, friends, colleagues, and themselves. I think it's crucial to recognise the importance of enhancing communication skills, to encourage self-awareness, compassion, resilience, responsiveness, security, flexibility and intimacy.

I also specialise in therapy for children and adolescents, covering a range of areas such as anxiety, ADHD, OCD, family trauma, learning difficulties and more.

The primary styles I use include Person-Centred care, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally focused therapy, Play therapy, Gottman therapy techniques, Mindfulness, Compassionate Inquiry, and aspects of Acceptance Commitment Therapy. I have experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, burnout, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, personality deviations, and autistic and other neurodivergent people. I also integrate evidence-based strategies to help clients with their emotional and cognitive health, life satisfaction, emotional security, flexibility and self-awareness.

 

In my free time, I enjoy marathon running, cycling, teaching yoga, tramping at national parks, and creating nourishing plant-based meals for my family and friends.

Noga Nicholaeff

Psychologist

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I'm an experienced psychologist with over 25 years experience. I enjoy working with couples and families on relationship issues to improve skills in communication, problem solving and conflict resolution. Initially working with individuals, I witnessed how strong, solid relationships can heal emotional wounds and empower growth. I've worked to develop expertise in relationship counselling while continuing to work with individuals on various issues including depression, anxiety, stress, career and life transitions.

I offer a number of different approaches that combine CBT, solution-focused therapy, narrative and psychodynamic perspectives with emphasis on positive psychology. I think that clients deserve a warm, genuine and compassionate environment, and seek to create a safe, non-judgemental space to enable you to open-up and reflect - while keeping a positive focus

 

My goal is to empower clients to set meaningful goals and nurtures their capability to change. I build and rely on client engagement and commitment as the basis of treatment success, with problem-solving strategies discussed and tailored to suit each individual’s need and situation. I also have experience in corporate and organisational settings, consulting to companies and professional organisations to help individuals and teams to surmount career related issues. 

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