Our Team

Caroline Burrows

Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist / Practice Director

MCouns/Psychotherapy, GradDipPsychotherapy, BSW, AMHSW, MACSW, EMDRAA

Caroline is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist (Medicare Provider). She is the Director of Mindful Living. She has experience providing therapeutic services in a range of community, hospital, university and private settings. Caroline specialises in the treatment of anxiety, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults and adolescents. She is an Accredited EMDR Practitioner and Consultant (Supervisor). She frequently completes assessments for the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. Caroline is also trained in couple therapy and experienced in working with military veterans and their families. In addition to private practice, Caroline is a Senior Social Worker at two private mental health hospitals where she coordinates the first inpatient EMDR program to have been developed in Victoria. Outside of work Caroline is an animal lover and enjoys walking her dogs, laughing and sharing meals with friends and family.

Qualifications and Professional Associations

  • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (The Cairnmillar Institute)

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychotherapy (The Cairnmillar Institute)

  • Bachelor of Social Work (The University of Melbourne)

  • Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Applied Hypnosis (Academy of Applied Hypnosis)

  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers

  • Member of the Australian College of Social Workers - Clinical Division, which signifies advanced social work skills and clinical practice

  • EMDR Association of Australia - Accredited EMDR Practitioner, Accredited EMDR Consultant and EMDRAA Secretary


Travers Holbrook

Counsellor / Practice Manager

MProfPsychPrac, MCouns, MProfPsych, BPsychScience (Hons), Assoc MAPS, EMDRAA

Travers is a Counsellor and the Practice Manager of Mindful Living. Commencing his journey with telephone counselling, he has more recently worked in education and community health settings. Travers has a particular interest in the treatment of trauma and is an experienced EMDR therapist. Additionally, Travers has a keen and professional interest in the mental health of those in the LGBTIQ community, as well as individuals with alcohol and other drug concerns. When not engaged with continuing study, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, sharing a meal, going to the movies, and playing with his dog.

Qualifications and Professional Associations

  • Master of Professional Psychology Practice (The Cairnmillar Institute)

  • Master of Counselling (Victoria University)

  • Master of Professional Psychology (The Cairnmillar Institute)

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (La Trobe University)

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Skill Set (Federation Training)

  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society

  • Member of the EMDR Association of Australia

  • Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society


Jacqui Hibberd

Psychologist

MProfPsych, MProfPsychPract, GradDipPsych, BPsychScience

Jacqui is an EMDR trained psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, family and relationship issues, stress, grief and loss. She also has a strong interest in working with people who have experienced trauma. Jacqui strongly believes in taking a warm, empathetic and holistic approach to therapy, with the aim of working collaboratively with clients to build a trusting therapeutic relationship and to improve their overall wellbeing. In addition to private practice, Jacqui works with children and adolescents in a school setting. Outside of work, Jacqui loves spending time outdoors, baking and going to the football.

Qualifications and Professional Associations

  • Master of Professional Psychology Practice (The Cairnmillar Institute)

  • Master of Professional Psychology (The Cairnmillar Institute)

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Deakin University)

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (La Trobe University)

  • Registered as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia


Irina Shnaider

Clinical Social Worker & Psychotherapist

H.BA. Psychology, M.S.W, R.S.W

Irina is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist (Medicare Provider). She has experience working in family violence, trauma, addictions and mental health in community and hospital settings in both Australia and Canada. She is an experienced EMDR therapist and is also trained in a variety of mindfulness-based psychological therapies that can help clients restore balance in their lives and realise their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. She is also a trauma-sensitive yoga practitioner. At Mindful Living Irina provides counselling to adults, couples, children and adolescents, including victims of crime. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, personal fitness, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Qualifications and Professional Associations

  • Master of Social Work: Children and Families (University of Toronto)

  • Honours Bachelor of Social Work (York University)

  • Specialised Honours in Psychology (York University)

  • Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate (University of Toronto)

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Practitioner

  • Mindfulness Without Borders: Level One Training

  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers


Kate Formston

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

BPsych, GradDipCouns/Psychotherapy, DipMindfulTherapy, EMDRAA

Kate is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with experience in a range of community, mental health, hospital and family therapy roles. She is an experienced EMDR therapist, has worked extensively with clients suffering from trauma and PTSD (including victims of crime), and has a particular interest in the impact of trauma on sexuality. She is a qualified and experienced mindfulness group facilitator and enjoys inspiring people to incorporate mindfulness into their everyday lives. Kate provides counselling to adults and adolescents. In addition to private practice, she works as a Counsellor/Advocate at a sexual assault counselling service. When Kate isn't working she enjoys martial arts, personal fitness, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Qualifications and Professional Associations

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Swinburne University)

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Latrobe University)

  • Diploma of Mindfulness Therapy (Mindful Gym)

  • Certificate in Eriksonian Hypnotherapy (Udemy)

  • Member of the EMDR Association of Australia


Thea Baker

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

BA (Hons) History, GradDip HRM, PACFA

Thea has a background in women’s health and wellbeing and has working extensively with women who have suffered traumatic births, recovery from births and more generally the adjustment to motherhood, to help heal and recover both physically and emotionally. She works as a movement specialist and health/wellbeing coach, running her own safe and inclusive space to explore health and wellbeing, and create transformational change in their lives. She is currently completing her Masters in Counselling to further specialise in mental health, particularly anxiety, depression and trauma. Thea has a special interest in working holistically, finding creative ways to combine physical and mental health, believing that movement, mindfulness and sound mental health practices all help create balance in a person’s life.

Qualifications and Professional Associations

  • Master of Counselling (Monash University)

  • Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management (Bournemouth University)

  • Bachelor of History (Hons) (Leicester University)

  • L2 Wellness Coaching (Wellness Coaching Australia)

  • Certificate III & IV Personal Training – Master Trainer (Australian Institute of Fitness)

  • Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia