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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.

Bianca Fazzari

PGradDipPsych, Dip Human Resources Management, BBSc (Psychology) Operations Lead and Psychologist

Bianca is a registered psychologist, with experience working across clinical and organisational contexts, where she developed skills in assessment, supervision, training, group program facilitation and counselling, to address a range of mental health and organisational issues. Bianca’s passion is to support people, build their capacity and resilience, and facilitate their development to optimise both personal and organisational outcomes. Currently, she works as the Caraniche at Work Operations Lead where she leads the people, performance, processes and operations of workplace services and training.

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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.

Rujuta Gohil

MPsych(Educational & Developmental), M.A. (Clinical Psych) Relationship Manager

Rujuta has worked in the mental health environment for over 8 years. Through her experience in the private as well as not for profit sector, she developed her skills in contracts and stakeholder management, organisational data management and reporting, process mapping and has contributed to the strategic development of the business.

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

Alexina Baldini

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

Roee Kohn


Alison George

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

Dagmara Rowlands

MSc Social Work Clinician and Training Facilitator

Elizabeth Ford

MPsych(Counselling), MAPS, Psychologist Clinician

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

Our Support Team

Tracie Allan

Intake Coordinator

Carly Palmer

Intake Worker

Tersia Godfrey

Intake Worker

Simone Utting

Administration support

Diandra Peters

Administration support

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

Janette Beaudoire

Marketing and Communications Manager

Are you ready to be part of the team?

See our careers page