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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 (Currently on Maternity Leave)

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.

Dr Alana Johnston

DPsych (Forensic), BA & Sc (Hons) Acting Caraniche at Work Manager

Alana is a registered psychologist who has been working with Caraniche for over ten years. Alana has held a variety of roles including working as a clinician conducting assessments, and delivering a range of treatments to both individuals and groups, as well as supervising a large clinical team as a Senior Psychologist. Alana has also worked as a Project Lead for Department of Health funded workforce training, developing both training packages and sessions. Alana also regularly provides training in other areas including; Motivational Interviewing, AOD training, Supervision Skills, Managing Challenging Behaviours, and Case Notes and Documentation.

Jen Furby

Grad Dip in Community Sector Management, Grad Cert in Alcohol and Drug Studies, Bachelor in Alcohol and Drug Studies Clinical Operations Lead

Jen has over a decade of experience in the not for profit and private sector, predominantly in alcohol and other drugs and more recently in youth homelessness. Holding relevant qualifications, Jen’s skill set includes managing teams and working with clients from diverse backgrounds with complex needs. Jen is extremely passionate about supporting practitioners in their own professional development to ensure a high standard of service delivery to clients.

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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.

Tracie Allan

(Grad Dip BA) (Dip Counselling) Customer Support - Lead

Tracie has been with Caraniche at Work for 5 years with over 20 years previous experience in delivering customer service, products and business solutions, predominantly in the HR and affiliated sectors. She is a strong advocate for consistency in delivery and the benefits of robust processes and people in supporting positive outcomes for customers, clients and the Caraniche at Work team. Away from work, Tracie can wax lyrical about the therapeutic benefits of gardening, cooking, shared friends’ experience and a good book.

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

Bianca Fazzari

PGradDipPsych, Dip Human Resources Management, BBSc (Psychology) Clinician & Trainer

Deborah Taylor

BBSc MAPS Clinician

Alexina Baldini

MPsych Forensic, FAPS, GDACP, BBSc, Cert (Training and Assessment), Adv Cert (Supervision) Clinical Consultant

Tegan Bradilovic

MPsych(Clin) Trainer

Nancy Camarda

Psychologist, AHPRA approved Supervisor, MAPS B A (Psych & Italian), Grad Dip App Psych (Org Psych), Grad Dip Bus (HRM) Clinician and Clinical Supervisor

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

Elizabeth Ford

MPsych(Counselling), MAPS, Psychologist Clinician

Roee Kohn

Clinician

Alison George

BFA, Grad Dip Counselling, Grad Dip Psych, MSWQ Clinician and Training Facilitator

Dagmara Rowlands

MSc Social Work Clinician and Training Facilitator

Our Support Team

Carly Palmer

Intake Worker

Diandra Peters

Intake Worker

Esperanza Rimando

Intake Worker

Eric Madden

Intake Worker

Simone Utting

Administration support

Our Business Team

Anne-Maree Szauer

Strategic Business Development Manager

Justine Heath

General Manager, Finance

Jo Schiavetta

Manager, Human Resources

David Owen

Business Solutions Manager

Are you ready to be part of the team?

See our careers page