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All Meridian Wellbeing Clinicians are experienced, registered, qualified and work within their professional scope of practice, Meridian’s Code of Conduct and the Code of Ethics of their registering body. All Clinicians are proud to be community-focused, inclusive, non-judgemental, compassionate, professional, LGBTIQA+ competent and human.

We bring our lived experience to our roles so we can walk beside our clients and build collective resilience against the adverse experiences that impact our communities.

 


 

JOANNE BYRNES
Psychotherapist and Supervisor
Meridian Wellbeing Services & Westlund Counselling

Pronouns: She/Her

Joanne Is a Clinical registrant with PACFA and a supervisor. Joanne has a master’s degree in Gestalt therapy and is also a family constellations facilitator. She has been working with Canberra’s LGBTIQ communities since 2008 and understands the added stresses that come with being part of a minority community. Using a client-centred and systems approach, Joanne supports her clients with stress, trauma and anxiety so they can achieve their goals and reach their potential. She works creatively, empowering her clients to experience themselves in a new way. Joanne enjoys a rural life looking after the land and her horses. She brings her experience working with horses into her therapy to facilitate mindfulness and healing. Joanne spends her spare time listening to classical music, reading and going to the theatre.

Contact
6257 2855
0412 882 855
[email protected]

 


 

JOSEPHYNN TRAN
Psychologist
Inclusive Pathways at Meridian
Launguages: English, Vietnamese

Pronouns: She/Her

Josephynn is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA. She has experience in working with young people, the LGBTIQ+ community, individuals with disabilities and individuals with neurodiversity. Josephynn has an Asian background and understands the roles of cultural factors in the mental health space and in the LGBTIQ+ space. Josephynn’s approach is person-centred, trauma-informed and holistic. She enjoys working alongside clients, supporting them in building capacity and moving towards improved mental wellbeing. Josephynn spends her spare time listening to and playing music, reading and writing.

Contact
6257 2855
0412 882 855
[email protected]

 


 

SAAN ECKER
Psychologist
Inclusive Pathways at Meridian

Pronouns: She/Her

Saan is a registered psychologist working with people across age, gender and sexuality spectrums. Saan is also a psychotherapist and has over 10 years providing therapy. She is also a social science researcher engaged in studies ranging from assessing the impact of stigma on the lives of LGBTIQA+ people through to exploring how people’s interactions with environment and animals influence wellbeing. Saan comes from a long history of involvement in social and environmental justice movements. Her therapeutic practice is informed by exploring systemic influences on individual mental health and supporting people to reach their potential. Saan offers therapies including CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal therapy and DBT which are person-centred and trauma-informed. As well as enjoying the vibrancy of her LGBTIQA+ community, Saan’s interests include nature conservation, wildlife rescue and hanging out with her partner at their rural retreat.

Contact
6257 2855
0412 882 855
[email protected]

 




TUSHAR BIST

Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Meridian Wellbeing Services & Westlund Counselling

Pronouns: They/He

I am a registered counsellor with PACFA. Working in/with the LGBTQIA+ community and holding physical and emotional spaces for them is very enriching for me. Being a person of colour and living in Australia, I also understand the complexities that arise especially when they intersect with queer identity and mental health. I fully believe that the client has the agency to decide where they want their counselling to go and the pace with which they feel comfortable. My practice is person centred, trauma informed and resilience based. I love music, performance and am dabbling with amateur art.

Contact
6257 2855
0412 882 855
[email protected]

 

 


 

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Meridian Wellbeing Services is not a crisis service.
We are an appointment-based service and we only respond to phone calls and emails during normal business hours - 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday - Friday.

If you, or someone you know is in crisis please call the numbers below:
In an emergency always contact 000.
Access Mental Health open 24/7 | (02) 6205 1065 or 1800 184 527
QLife: Open 3pm - Midnight | 1800 184 527 | qlife.org.au
Lifeline: Open 24/7 | 13 11 14 | lifeline.org.au
Domestic Violence Crisis Service: Open 24/7 | (02) 6280 0900 | dvcs.org.au

For those under the age of 25, there are also the following services available:
Kids Helpline: Open 24/7 | 1800 551 800 | kidshelpline.com.au
Eheadspace: 1800 650 890 | headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

 
   




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