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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 five available counsellors and an office manager who covers reception.


You can read about all of us below:

Janet Doubleday (BPsych Hons, MPsych Clin, MAPS)

Who am I?                                                                        

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.

 
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: janet@imanadari.com


Rates and Pathways to Counselling with Janet

Dr Gávi Ansara (PhD Psych, MSc Soc Psych, MCouns, BA International & Cross-Cultural Health with Media & African Studies, PGCert Learning & Teaching)
PACFA Reg. Provisional, Reg. NDIS Provider, MediBank Private Provider
Who am I?

I am a Polycultural Psychotherapist with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in England and a Master of Counselling from Monash University. I have supervised practice experience and training in Systemic Relationship and Family Therapy and in the therapeutic treatment of trauma. 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 for 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
  • Homelessness, poverty, & experience of rough sleeping/having 'no fixed address'
  • Intersex embodiment
  • Otherkin 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).

Specialised Relationship & Family Therapy for people who are:
  • BDSM/consensual kink practitioners &/or involved in D/s relationships
  • Mixed Aspie/allistic (non-Aspie) & Autistic/allistic partners
  • Mixed mono/polyamorous partners
  • Polyamorous &/or involved in consensually non-monogamous/multi-partnered relationships
  • Religiously observant &/or living in strict religious/faith communities
  • Same-gender (LGBQ) partners

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 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 & Sydney or by distance worldwide:
Mondays 9-10:30 am, 3-7:30 pm
Tuesdays 9:30 am - 7 pm
Wednesdays 9 am - 5:30 pm
Fridays ending by 3:30 pm
Sundays 10 am-3:30 pm

Thursdays variable hours & additional times available on request.


Email: drgavi@imanadari.com

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

email: monica@imanadari.com

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


email: francis@imanadari.com 


Rates and Pathways to Counselling with Francis

Dr Ulli Rosenkoetter

DPsych(Clin)/MSc


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:

Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 1pm (fortnightly)

email: ulli@imanadari.com


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 on extended leave from Imanadari Counselling, and is not available for appointments at this time.


email: celeste@imanadari.com

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 no longer working at Imanadari in a counselling capacity, and thus is not available for appointments. People who were previously seeing Nina for counselling are welcome to contact Reception to book in with one of our other practitioners.


email: nina@imanadari.com

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: jo@imanadari.com

Jessica Hazzard-White (BSc, GradDipPsych (Advs))


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 two business days.


Reception line: 02 8315 7723


email: reception@imanadari.com