Who We Are
At Strong Minds Psychology, we provide a supportive and compassionate environment. Booking with our team means an opportunity to build your mental health, and find new ways to manage the issues at hand. We work with you to set realistic goals, and develop strategies that will suit your needs.
If you or your loved ones are struggling to manage feelings of anxiety, grief or anger, or you need support facing new parenting challenges, we can help. Our team at Strong Minds Psychology provide excellent customer service, whilst maintaining professional and ethical standards.
Ruben Pinzon – Psychologist
Ruben (he/him) is a passionate, enthusiastic and empathetic psychologist with practice in clinical, social, and educational psychology. He has 5 years experience in the mental health field, including a year long internship with Strong Minds, providing individual, school based, and family support, as well as supporting immigrants in their adaptation process. Ruben’s experience includes supporting individuals with depression, anxiety, and history of trauma.
Ruben utilises different therapeutic approaches such as client centred therapy, Gestalt thearpy, as well as evidence based techniques, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Ruben is expanding his knowledge on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Ruben provides a safe space for clients to be heard and supported.
In his spare time, Ruben enjoys cycling, travelling, exercising, exploring different cuisines, as well as the calmness of the beach.
Ruben works five days each week with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.
Languages: English, Spanish
Holly Smith – Psychologist (Provisional)
Holly (she/her) completed her Master of Professional Psychology in 2021 and is currently in the final stages of completing her internship program with our team. She comes from a background working with adults and young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health, including life stressors, adjustments, anxiety, and depression.
Holly prioritises creating a comfortable, non-judgmental therapeutic environment to promote feelings of safety and trust, and encourage openness and honesty. Holly takes a client-centred approach and uses a number of therapeutic approaches, tailored to each individual’s needs. These include CBT, ACT, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and psychoeducation.
In her spare time, Holly enjoys spending time with her dog, being active, and travelling.
Holly is available on Mondays in Warragul and is at Yarra Junction clinic on Thursdays and Fridays.
Jennifer Poidomani – Psychologist (Provisional)
Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma in Human Factors; Masters Professional Psychology; Masters Advanced Professional Psychology (candidate)
Background: Always been interested in philosophy and psychology, and how people understand and navigate their unique experiences. Jen likes the idea that we all have our own beliefs, values, and perceptions that shape the way we learn and share knowledge to develop a sense of meaning. Jen pursued this interest of psychology as a career change, after 15 years working as a chef.
Clients: Jen works with clients across the lifespan, particularly enjoying work with adolescents and the LQBTQIA+ community. She engages in both psychoeducational assessments as well as individual and group intervention.
Therapeutic approaches: person centred and collaborative, holistic, strengths and resilience based, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and mindfulness.
Special Interests: Music, Art, Cooking. If not at work, Jen is most likely playing the guitar or piano, painting while listening to music, cooking for family and friends, or playing with her dogs.
Pronouns: she / her
Work Days: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, across both our Warragul and Yarra Junction clinics, and a school in Warragul.
Holly Moreton – Educational & Developmental Psychologist
Holly (she/her) has a keen interest in ensuring her therapeutic approach is collaborative and compassionate. She enjoys utilising CBT and incorporating mindfulness into her practice.
Holly aims to ensure the individuals she works with feel that their interests and goals are at the forefront of all intervention and assessments.
Holly is one of the team for “Project A” at Strong Minds, a multifaceted program aiming to support autistic female and non-binary individuals through individual assessment, intervention, community education and support groups. Holly also works to support clients both neurodiverse and neurotypical through assessment, intervention and Positive Behaviour Support, with capacity to develop Behaviour Support Plans under the NDIS framework.
Holly has completed a registrar program to become endorsed as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist, following completion of a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology (Monash University).
In her spare time, Holly enjoys running, ballroom dancing and travelling.
Holly works Monday to Friday with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.
Richard Dagher – Educational & Developmental Psychologist, Registered Supervisor
Richard (he/him) is enthusiastic about helping individuals with mental illness and learning difficulties across the life span. He has experience and an interest in exploratory and diagnostic assessments, as well as providing intervention to individuals with Autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, challenging behaviours and school refusal.
Richard completed a Masters in Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University. He is currently completing a registrar program, working on additional training and supervision to become endorsed as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist.
Richard is considerate of cultural backgrounds and his therapy approach is catered for each individual and family. He has interests in table-top/board games, video games, animals, cooking, and painting. Richard spends his free-time exploring new restaurants/food stores, playing table top games with friends, and interacting with his animals at home.
Richard works Monday to Friday with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.
Suzannah Willis – Psychologist, Educational & Developmental Psychology Registrar
Suzannah (she/her) is passionate about working with individuals of all ages for both assessment and intervention. Suzannah uses evidence based intervention based in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy and Motivational Interviewing Approaches for children, adolescents and adults. Suzannah has experience in assessment exploring neurodiversity and learning differences, as well as counselling and intervention for children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of concerns and goals.
Suzannah has special interests in the areas of assessment and intervention for autistic individuals, and children and adults with anxiety.
Suzannah is one of the team for “Project A” at Strong Minds, a multifaceted program aiming to support autistic female and non-binary individuals through individual assessment, intervention, community education and support groups.
Suzannah completed her Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Australian Catholic University, which included a placement with Strong Minds in 2020. She is currently completing a PhD with Swinburne University, and also completing a registrar program, working on additional training and supervision to become endorsed as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist.
In her spare time Suzannah actively competes in the sport of Equestrian. When Suzannah is not riding a horse she tends to be reading a book or baking.
Suzannah is available on Mondays at Warragul.
Lisa Archer – Director, Registered Supervisor, Educational & Developmental Psychologist
Lisa (she/her) started the Strong Minds Psychology journey in 2010 and has brought together a team of diverse professionals who share our values. She has loved meeting and welcoming clinicians and customer service team members who display the same energy and care for our communities that she has believed in from the beginning of her career.
Lisa thrives on working in a team approach, creating positive support networks for children and adults. Training and registering as a supervisor has allowed Lisa to develop and support a group of compassionate and dedicated clinicians, working from a similar framework. The SMP Framework is about working in conjunction with families and teachers in order to create positive and ongoing change. Lisa work with the the team to support the development of individuals and families navigating the diagnostic roller-coaster, providing support and advocacy with a focus on inclusion. Skills are developed to provide assessments, counselling and intervention – helping with stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief & loss, social skills, anger management, developmental differences, and transitions across the lifespan.
As well as providing clinical supervision to the psychologists in the team, Lisa offers carer/community training and professional development for educators/allied health professionals. She is a registered Educational & Developmental Psychologist following additional years of training and supervision in the specific field.
When not working with the SMP team, Lisa enjoys getting outside and active, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the AFL and AFLW demons at the MCG and Casey Fields.
Toby Mizzi – Counselling Psychologist, Registered Supervisor
Toby (he/him) works with a client focus, using targeted therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with a major focus on developing mindfulness & psychological flexibility.
Toby’s approach is person-centred in that a genuine therapeutic relationship is seen as a significant mechanism of positive change. Toby aims to create an approach that is always tailored to the client & takes into consideration their own beliefs, attitudes, insight, preparedness for change, cognitive and developmental stage & their own perceptions of the presenting concerns. Toby provides counselling & therapy for children, adolescents, adults & parents/carers – helping with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief & loss, parenting & family conflict.
Toby is registered as a Counselling Psychologist following the completion of additional training and supervision in the area of psychological counselling, and is a Psychology Board approved Supervisor for clinicians within our team, and externally.
Toby works Monday to Friday with the team, in both our Yarra Junction and Warragul communities.