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Imanadari is a Hindi word which can be    interpreted as meaning integrity, honesty, truthfulness and sincerity.                                                                                   Essentially Imanadari is about     being true to your self.

Our people

Imanadari was founded in 2011 to create a diversity-positive practice where all people could find respectful and affirming counselling services. At Imanadari, we currently have a team of eight counsellors, an office manager, and a receptionist.

NEW!! We are excited to welcome Francis Voon!  See Francis's bio below.

You can read about all of us below:

Janet Doubleday (BPsych Hons, MPsych Clin, MAPS)

Who am I?                                                                        

I am a Clinical Psychologist. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and also have experience working with Narrative Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

 
I believe that all people have the right to feel safe, heard and respected. As such, I find it extremely important to work in a person-centred framework, with the understanding that clients are the best experts about their own lives. My aim is to help clients develop goals and work together to help them achieve the very best outcome, no matter what area of life the goal relates to.

I have experience supporting clients of diverse gender, sexual, and cultural backgrounds and am poly, LGBTIQA+ and kink aware (as defined by the NCSF kink awareness definitions). 


Janet is available:


Monday: 10 am - 7 pm
Tuesday: 1:30 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm


email: [email protected]

Dr Gávi Ansara (PhD Psych, MSc Soc Psych, MCouns, BA International & Cross-Cultural Health with Media and African Studies, PGCert Learning & Teaching)
Polycultural Psychotherapist; Relationship & Family Therapist; Trauma Therapist
Who am I?

I am a Polycultural Psychotherapist and Relationship & Family Therapist with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in England, a Master of Counselling from Monash University, and extensive training in therapeutic treatment of trauma. I have over 15 years of international experience in providing affirming, respectful, and culturally safe counselling to people of all ages one-on-one, with partners (including triads and quads), and with families from diverse cultures and faiths/beliefs. I also have experience and training in group therapy. I received the American Psychological Association's Transgender Research Award for an original and significant research contribution about young people, and my work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

As a professional, I am knowledgeable about strict and conservative reAutistic/Aspergers neurodiversity, trans and/or non-binary experience or identity, sex work, being born intersex, complex trauma (including but not limited to assault, neglect, torture, and intimate partner violence), substance addiction, post-re/lapse recovery, sadness, death and dying, bereavement, chronic pain, social and medical gender affirmation/transition, surgical decision-making and after-care plans, seeking asylum, migration, poverty, being homeless/having no fixed address, strict faith/belief traditions, living with disability labels, bisexual invisibility, L/G/B/Q and poly/multi-partnered sexualities and relationships, consensual non-monogamies, BDSM/kink, consensual power exchange, voice hearing, and Otherkin experiences. I am also aware of asexual experiences. (These definitions of friendly, aware, and knowledgeable are based on definitions provided by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom).

I am trained in a variety of therapeutic methods and strive to be non-pathologising, polycultural, person-directed, and based in social justice principles. You can find out what these ways of working mean to me and more about my training and how I work on my private practice website here: http://ansarapsychotherapy.com

Dr Gávi is available for bookings:
Mondays 9-10:30 am, 3-9 pm
Tuesdays 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesdays 9 am - 7:30 pm
Sundays 10 am-3 pm

Additional times available on request.
Priority booking available for families, 2+ people, and for the Triads, Quads, & Poly Relationships Clinic.

Monica Raven, (BSocSc, GradDip App Psych)

I am a registered psychologist with ten years experience in counselling from a person-centred perspective. I’ve worked with both adults and young people (12-25yo), and have extensive experience in counselling with youth. After beginning in school counselling I spent about 6 years working with young people at Headspace, and had begun to build a reputation as being a diversity positive psychologist in Canberra before coming to Sydney and Imanadari Counselling in 2017. I’ve worked with a wide range of ages and issues in my private practice and during my years working in university counselling services with students and staff. I'm also a Mental Health First Aid trainer, and I believe strongly in raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health issues. 

My passion is helping young people and adults to identify what would enrich their lives, and to focus on what they want to work on. I’m flexible and creative in my approach, and while I work primarily from an evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy grounding, I have found it helpful to incorporate other intervention styles such as ACT and mindfulness strategies, and to work with the person to bring out their unique strengths and coping tools. While most appointments are a standard hour, I welcome 90 minute bookings for those who might prefer to spend more time on the day. 

I am knowledgeable about gender diversity and aware of trans and non binary issues. I am polyamory, kink and sex worker knowledgeable as defined by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. 

Monica is available:

Thursday 10am to 7pm
Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday 10am to 7pm

Francis Voon (MCounsAppPsych, BA, Grad Dip Ed, BTh, CPE, Dip Bus, PACFA Reg. Intern 23535)

Who am I?

As a psychotherapist, it is a precious gift to be invited to journey with another. The journey can take many forms at different times, crises, relationships, questions of identity, soul (psyche) -work, culture, gender and sexuality. Each person is unique, meaning that together we co-create a space for you to be, to become, to rest, to flourish. I have a background in person-centred, psychodynamic, somatic and existential therapies. I have previously worked in hospitals, charities and schools, LGBTI multicultural/multifaith community building, and have volunteered with Twenty10, ACON and communities of nonviolence and meditation.


Francis is available:

Sundays: 10 am - 4 pm

Celeste Tripodi (B (Psych) Hons, PG Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS) Psychologist, Sexual health professional and educator

Who am I?


I am a Registered Psychologist with over 12 years of experience. My work is strongly influenced by Positive Psychology, which is the scientific study of positive emotions, actions, strengths and capacities that contribute to the development of success, happiness and wellbeing.


I have performed counselling and psychoeducation with individuals, couples, same-sex couples and transgender people to help open doors of communication, manage conflict, cope with family dynamics, disclosure of an affair, explore gender identity, sexuality, polyamory and separation or divorce.  I am also experienced in helping people with a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem and body image issues.


Celeste is not currently able to take on any new clients. Celeste is available to see existing clients at the following times:


Tuesday : 11 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm


Please contact [email protected] if you would like to make an appointment.


email: [email protected]

Ulli Rosenkoetter


Who am I?


I am a registered psychologist with training in humanistic/experiential approaches, cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as family therapy techniques. My previous experience includes working with people who were dealing with difficulties resulting from low mood and anxiety, interpersonal challenges, alcohol and drug use, traumatic and other life stressors. 

I believe it is a great privilege to be invited into a person’s life and accompany them for a part of their journey. From this basis, I aspire to create a therapeutic space in which everyone can experience respect, safety and kindness.

Ulli is available for appointments with existing clients only:

Fridays: 10 am to 6 pm

email: [email protected]

Nina Melksham (BPsych Hons, Grad Dip Psych Prac)

Who am I?


I am a registered psychologist trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Applied Behavioural Analysis.

It is my personal belief that all beings have the right to have control over their own bodies and a right to self expression. It is also my belief that healthy adult behaviour is based on informed consent, coupled with a commitment to cause as little harm to others and the self as possible. 

Within this framework, I aim to help clients handle challenges that arise within their lives with integrity and compassion.


Nina is available for appointments with existing clients only:


Tuesday: 11 am - 7 pm
Wednesday
: 11 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 7 pm

Friday: 11 am - 7 pm


email: [email protected]

Jo MacDonald (BSc Hons, Postgrad Dip App Psych, MSocHlthCouns)

Who am I?

I am a registered psychologist trained in Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I have experience helping clients with a wide range of issues, including anxiety and panic, work stress, depression, pregnancy and pre- and postnatal concerns, shyness and low self-esteem, grief and loss, overcoming trauma and abuse, and family of origin issues. I also have a special interest in power dynamics and power exchange in relationships.

My goal for my clients is for them to feel respected, empowered and joyful in all aspects of their lives. I feel it?s important to help people develop their own understanding and strengths so that they can move forward in a way that is most helpful for them, and those they care about.


Jo MacDonald is not currently able to take appointments with either new  or existing clients.


email: [email protected]

Jessica Hazzard-White (BSC)


Who am I?


I am a trained telephone crisis supporter and recent graduate of a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology. My role at Imanadari is to answer calls, make appointments and help out wherever I'm needed. I share the diversity positive values of Imanadari and I aim to be helpful, respectful and supportive.

Jessica is available for inquiries and appointment bookings from 9 am to 10 am Monday to Friday. Please leave a message if the reception line is unattended and Jessica will get back to you within 24 hours.


Reception line: 0431 805 397


email: [email protected]

Paul Parker

Who am I?

I am a registered nurse currently undertaking a masters of clinical counselling. I am passionate about the respect, acknowledgement, support and protection of diversity within our community. Currently, I am involved with the “Respect, Now, Always” campaign within the university I study and provide input in regards to LGBTI+ communities needs. In my role at Imanadari, my goal is to always provide respect, support and a caring approach to those I interact within the centre, whether that is over the telephone, in person or via my administrative duties.