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Meet the Caraniche at Work team

Our workplace services are delivered by professional clinicians and qualified psychologists, social workers and counsellors – each with peak industry body accreditation and vast experience.

Our team provide best practice and evidence-based services and training for individuals and workplaces – all independent of your workplace and always completely confidential.

Our Leadership Team

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Jacinta Pollard

BBSc(Hons), MPsych(Forensic), MAPS Managing Director, Caraniche, and Psychologist

Over a career spanning more than 20 years, Jacinta has been an active part of the evolution of Caraniche’s EAP services in Australia. She has extensive experience developing and delivering psychological programs, and is attuned to the changing needs of workplaces across Australia. Jacinta also has extensive expertise in forensic substance abuse treatment and correctional systems. As the Managing Director of Caraniche for the past decade, Jacinta has raised Caraniche’s profile as a pre-eminent psychology and workplace wellbeing company.

Amanda Mechanic

MPsych(Org Psych) Assoc. MAPS Manager, Caraniche at Work, and Psychologist

Amanda has spent over a decade helping businesses improve employee wellbeing and adapt to organisational change. She is an experienced registered psychologist and trained mediator with a background in organisational psychology and commerce. Amanda is actively involved in the development of the EAP sector in Australia, and is currently on the executive of the Australasian peak body for Employee Assistance Programs (EAPAA). She is passionate about improving access to EAP services for all Australian workplaces.

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Alexina Baldini

MPsych Forensic, FAPS, GDACP, BBSc, Cert (Training and Assessment), Adv Cert (Supervision) Consulting Psychologist and Lead Practitioner, Critical Incident Support Management

Alexina is a highly regarded consulting psychologist, management consultant and accredited workplace trainer (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). She has over 25 years’ experience providing critical incident and trauma response, workplace support, and a range of psychological services to community members and professionals. Alexina is the immediate past President of Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia (CIMA), and has been involved in proactive stress awareness projects associated with large community events such as the 2004 Tsunami and the 2009 Victorian bush fires.

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Dr Kayleigh Young

BASc (Hons), DPsych (Clinical) Consulting Manager and Clinical Psychologist

Kayleigh is a registered Clinical Psychologist and skilled trainer and facilitator. She has expertise in a range of therapeutic services and workplace contexts, and has worked extensively in the design and implementation of Peer Support Programs that build internal capacity to respond to workplace mental health and wellbeing issues. She also has experience in the delivery of Critical Incident Stress management (CISM) including psychological first-aid, defusing, debriefing, trauma management and follow up counselling and support.

Our Clinical Team

All our trainers are registered clinicians. In addition to our core clinical team listed here, we have clinicians based across Victoria as well as Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Central Coast, Dubbo, Sydney, North Sydney, and Wollongong.

Cara Crossan

MSc Addiction Psychology & Counselling Trainer

Deborah Taylor

BBSc MAPS Clinician

Majida Ritter

MSW Social Work Clinician & Trainer

Tegan Bradilovic

MPsych(Clin) Clinician & Trainer

Eliza O'Bryan

MPsych(Clin) Clinician

Renae Vanderheyden

BSocSc (Psych) Clinician

Alana Johnston

BA&Sc (Hons), DPsych (Forensic) Trainer

Sally Thorpe

BBSc, PGradDipPsy, MHealthPsych Trainer

Kara Chambers

MPsych(Clin) Trainer

Adam Ferguson

MPsych, PgDipPsych, GradDipPsych, BA Clinician & Trainer

Catherine Andrews

BSc, Grad Dip (Psych), Dpsych (Forensic) Clinician & Trainer

Lavinia McSwain

BA Psych (Hons) PostGradDipCouns Clinician

Our Support Team

Tracie Allan

Intake Coordinator

Rebecca Riley

Training Coordinator

Carly Palmer

Intake Worker

Our Business Team

Professor Stuart Ross

General Manager, Research and Program Development

Justine Heath

General Manager, Finance

Jo Schiavetta

Manager, Human Resources

David Owen

Business Solutions Manager

Lindsay Oldfield

Quality and Compliance Officer

Lucy Rochlin

Marketing and Communications Manager

Are you ready to be part of the team?

See our careers page