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.


You can read about our current team below:

Sydney

Monica Raven, Director (BSocSc, GradDip App Psych, MAPS)

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 for appointments in Sydney:


Thursdays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Fridays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturdays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm


Email: monica@imanadari.com


Rates and Pathways to Counselling with Monica

Janet Doubleday, Director (BPsych Hons, MPsych Clin, Board-Approved Supervisor)

I am a Clinical Psychologist, trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and also have experience working with Narrative Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. My pronouns are she/her.


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 people are the best experts about their own lives. My aim is to help people 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 people of diverse gender, sexual, and cultural backgrounds and am poly, LGBTIQA+, and kink-knowledgeable (as defined by the NCSF kink awareness definitions). 


Janet is available for appointments in Sydney and via videoconference Australia-wide:


Mondays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesdays: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Email: janet@imanadari.com


Rates and Pathways to Counselling with Janet

Francis Voon (MCounsAppPsych, BA, Grad Dip Ed, BTh, CPE, Dip Bus, PACFA)

Hello, my name is Francis and my pronouns are he/him. I am a gay, cis-gendered, person of colour, born into culturally diverse South-East Asia. Having been raised in an international school environment, I migrated to Australia in my teens. I'm a bit of a tech-geek, love cooking, going to musicals, and am currently reading every single Agatha Christie novel written.


Since 2012, as a psychotherapist, I have journeyed with people through change, relationship crises, questions of identity, soul (psyche) work, spirituality, culture, gender and sexuality. I work from a synthesis of person-centred (Rogerian), psychodynamic (Jungian), somatic (body-focussed) and existential therapies. I have previously worked in the Marriage Equality campaign, political activism, hospitals, charities, schools, and volunteered with Twenty10, ACON and communities of nonviolence and meditation. 


I work with people from a variety of backgrounds and am diversity-friendly, providing support to individuals with experiences of polyamory, sex work, and alternative sexual, relationship and family expressions. I support people on the Asperger and autistic spectrum. I believe strongly in our public education and health sectors, so I am grateful to provide support to university students, nurses and allied healthcare workers. Life-long education is a core belief of mine, so my current studies are with the Centre for Existential Practice, in the art and science of providing supervision services to other therapists.


Many people visit therapists for short-term counselling, to work through sudden issues that life has thrown their way. This is a wonderful start and an opportunity to gain some perspective, manage immediate anxiety and sadness, and then feel strong enough to continue on their own. At this stage, some people choose to continue further, to shift deep patterns, to grow and flourish. If this sounds like a journey that you have been searching for, I have a particular speciality in working with people interested in medium- to long-term psychotherapy, and I would love to hear from you.


Whatever you are needing at present, each person is unique, meaning that together we co-create a space for you to be, to become, to rest, to grow. I look forward to supporting you to be fully you.


Francis is available for appointments in Sydney (individuals and couples) and online (individuals):


Tuesdays: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sundays: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Email: francis@imanadari.com 


Rates and Pathways to Individual & Couples Counselling with Francis


Private Health Fund rebates may be available. Depending on your level of cover, eligible Medibank Private members may be entitled to a benefit; please see rates sheet above for more details.

Sunali Lewis (MPsych(Clin), MBMSc, MCom, GradDipCA, BScPsych(Hons) MAPS, AMACPA)

I’m a Registered Psychologist currently undertaking the clinical registrar program. I have experience working with a range of ages and settings including conducting psychiatric inpatient groups, facilitating mindfulness and social anxiety programs for adolescents and adults, and facilitating a Hearing Voices group based on the program by Debra Lampshire. I have worked with addiction and mood disorders in an inpatient setting and with adolescents and young people at Headspace.


I am passionate about making a difference to people’s lives, and I try to understand each person’s unique situation and collaboratively identify a suitable approach to therapy, usually either learn new skills and strategies or working through and processing stuck areas (or both). I aim to foster a non judgemental safe space in which people can explore their own values and make meaning of their lives.

I use evidence based practice tailored to suit individual needs, utilising techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy and Chairwork. I am LGBTQI+ and sex worker friendly.


Sunali is available for appointments in Sydney:


Mondays: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm


Email: sunali@imanadari.com


Rates and Pathways to Counselling with Sunali

Karishma Rajan Menon (BA Psych(Hons), MPsych, MPsych(Clinical), MACPA)

I’m a Registered Psychologist, currently undertaking my Clinical Registrar program. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and trauma informed Schema Therapy. Having said that, I strongly believe that one size does NOT fit all and therefore, I am flexible to tailor to individual needs. My pronouns are she/her.


Visiting a psychologist can often be a daunting experience, which makes holding a safe space to listen to individual needs really important. I work primarily from this perspective and ensure that my journey and work with an individual is collaborative and non-judgmental.


I have experience working with a diverse range of issues across settings, including in-patient hospitals, facilitating group work for young people with anxiety and trauma at Headspace, addiction and mood-related issues, and behaviour management programs for children (2-10 years). I have also been extensively trained in cognitive assessments, particularly working with neurodiverse population. I am knowledgeable about gender diversity, inclusivity and am LGBTQIA+ and sex work friendly.


Karishma is available for appointments in Sydney:


Mondays: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesdays: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturdays: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


Email: karishma@imanadari.com


Rates and Pathways to Counselling with Karishma

Kate Cullen (BA, BPsych Hons, MPsych Clin)

I am a registered psychologist and am currently completing my clinical registrar program. My pronouns are she/her.


I am passionate about building strong connections with people and creating a safe place where people feel comfortable in exploring difficult experiences, thoughts, emotions and ways of being. I always place you at the centre of any therapeutic work. I consider you to be an expert of your own experiences and use a framework which draws on your strengths to nurture resilience, growth and fulfilment.


I have a particular passion for areas of psychology where individual wellbeing and social justice intersect and believe in the importance of advocating for change outside the therapy room as well as supporting individuals to make changes which enrich their lives. I have experience working with people of trans, non-binary and gender diverse experiences and am also kink, poly and sex worker friendly.


I am trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention Therapy and Metacognitive Therapy, and have assisted people confronting issues related to trauma, panic, anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions and grief. I have a wide range of experience in hospital and community settings as well as in research settings focussing on parenting interventions for children aged 2-10 years. I have experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and have recently returned from Alice Springs where I was working with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. 

 

Kate is available for appointments in Sydney:


Wednesdays: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


Email: kate@imanadari.com


Rates and Pathways to Counselling with Kate


Melbourne

Dr Gávi Ansara (PhD Psych, MSc Soc Psych, MCouns, BA International & Cross-Cultural Health with Media & African Studies, PGCert Learning & Teaching)
PACFA Reg. Clinical, Clinical Family Therapist (AAFT), ACRC Reg. Relationship Counsellor, Reg. NDIS Provider, Cert. Family Trauma Professional (CFTP), Cert. Clinical Trauma Professional Level II: Complex Trauma and Dissociation (CCTP-II)

I am a Polycultural Psychotherapist who is passionate about Anti-Oppressive Clinical Practice. My pronouns are he/him. I hold a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in England and a Master of Counselling from Monash University. I have supervised practice experience in Systemic Relationship & Family Therapy, and completed the Gilead Downs Family Therapy Centre's Advanced Clinical Training Program in Family Therapy. I am a Full Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), Full Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT), and a Full Clinical Member of the Australian College of Relationship Counsellors (ACRC). I am recognised as a Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP-II). The International Association of Trauma Professionals describes the CCTP Level II in complex trauma and related conditions as a credential "that demonstrates knowledge of the ability to assess, use effective treatment approaches, and address the therapeutic challenges of treating complex trauma (alternatively described as CPTSD or Complex PTSD) and dissociative" conditions.

I have over 15 years of international experience in providing affirming, respectful, and culturally safe support 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, including group facilitation in paediatric palliative care. I am internationally recognised for my work in the fields of trans studies and cisgenderism studies. I received the American Psychological Association's Transgender Research Award for an original and significant research contribution about young people. My widely cited research findings have been credited as the key influence that initiated changes to the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) language policy.

I provide respectful & knowledgeable care with people, partners, & families with:
  • Asexual & aromantic experiences
  • Asylum, migrant, &/or refugee experience
  • Autistic/Aspie (Aspergers) neurodiversity
  • BDSM/consensual kink
  • Bereavement, death, & dying
  • Bi/queer/pan identity, exclusion, & invisibility
  • Chronic pain, complex health conditions, & long-term illness
  • Conservative faith/belief traditions & strict religious observance
  • Disability labels and/or impairments
  • Fursonas
  • Homelessness, poverty, & experience of rough sleeping/having 'no fixed address'
  • Intersex embodiment
  • Otherkin/Therian selves & experiences
  • Polyamory/consensual non-monogamies
  • Sadness, loss, & grief
  • Sex work experiences
  • Spiritual & metaphysical experiences (including African-Caribbean belief systems)
  • Substance addiction, recovery,lapse/relapse prevention, & post-re/lapse recovery
  • Surgical decision-making & psychosocial after-care plans
  • Trans and/or non-binary experience or identity (including support letters for HRT & surgeries)
  • Trauma (including assault, complex trauma, Intimate Partner Violence, neglect, & torture)
  • Voice hearing

(Classification system of friendly, aware, and knowledgeable based on definitions provided by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom).

Relationship & Family Therapy valuing & prioritising people with:
  • Mixed autistic/allistic (non-autistic) partner relationships
  • BDSM/kink relationships, including 24/7 D/s agreement
  • Mixed mono/polyamorous partners
  • Polyamorous polycules &/or consensually non-monogamous/multi-partnered relationships
  • Traditional religious observances &/or strict religious/faith communities
  • Intersex, trans, &/or ace spectrum/same-gender/LGBQ/pan loved ones & kin

Fee Rebates:
I am a Registered NDIS Provider of Therapeutic Supports, including Individual Counselling (Support Item Reference Number: 15_043_0128_1_3). As part of my commitment to income equity, I provide bulk billed (no fee gap) Therapeutic Support services for NDIS Participants. Eligible MediBank Private members may be entitled to a benefit for Counselling with me. Not all MediBank Private products pay benefits for Counselling (Item Number: BOCN). Due to Australian privacy legislation, you will need to contact MediBank Private regarding your plan entitlements.

My Approach:
Respectful psychotherapy means we discuss your therapeutic options and agree on how we work together. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic methods, including systemic and cross-cultural approaches. I am committed to Applied Anti-Oppressive Clinical Practice, beyond merely being 'affirming'. I 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 here: http://ansarapsychotherapy.com

My Availability:
Dr Gávi is available for bookings in Melbourne (Armadale), in person & worldwide via video teleconference, for group clinical supervision, family/polycule/relationships intensives, & group/community workshops.

Alternating Mondays & Thursdays: 11:00 am - 6:15 pm
Tuesdays: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesdays: 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Alternating Sundays: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Some additional hours on request, subject to availability.


Email: drgavi@imanadari.com

Past Associates

We are grateful for our team's past associates:


Dr Ulli Rosenkoetter (DPsych (Clin) / MSc)

Jessica Hazzard-White (BSci (Psychology), GradDipPsych (Advanced), MProfPsych)

Celeste Tripodi (B Psych Hons, PG Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS)

Nina Melksham (BPsych Hons, Grad Dip Psych Prac)

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