Our Team

Janine Moran

Janine is a relationship therapist, nationally accredited mediator & family dispute resolution practitioner. She is the director of the You, Me & Us Counselling & Mediation Centre, which she created after seeing a need for more specialist support for couples experiencing relationship difficulty in Canberra.

 

Janine is down to earth, has a sense of humour, and is also profoundly sensitive, warm and empathic and has an unwavering aim to help improve the life of each and every one of her clients. She is passionate about helping couples form deep emotional bonds that help them successfully navigate the inevitable conflicts that present in intimate relationships.

 

Janine has had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Families and Individuals and is the only person in Canberra to be internationally Certified in that modality and is an ICEEFT Certified Supervisor-in-training. She is also level 3 trained by John and Julie Gottman (USA) in the Gottman Method, and is trained in Bill Doherty’s Discernment Counselling (USA) for couples who are on the brink of separation or divorce. She is also completed training with Stepfamilies Australia in the complex issues surrounding blended families.

 

Janine has extensive experience running workshops for couples including for therapists and their partners. She has post-graduate training in grief and trauma issues and trauma impacts on couple distress. She is also interested in how executive functioning and neurological differences in individuals impact on couple relationships.

 

Janine holds a Master degree in Sociology from UNSW, a Master in Social Work from Flinders University, and Post Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in both Mediation and Counselling. She combines all of this with practice experience – working for many years with Australia’s leading relationship agency and more recently in private practice – she has helped hundreds of couples work through conflict and painful emotions. Her client base spans across Australia and she has couples travel from interstate and overseas to work with her.

Melanie Sheehan

Melanie is a registered psychologist with a psychology degree from Sydney University, and a Masters Degree in Couple and Family Therapy. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, children and families.

 

Melanie is an incredibly warm and insightful therapist, well known for meeting clients exactly where they are and understanding what they need. She has had extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression and a range of mental health issues throughout her career.

 

She has had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Families and Individuals. She is also level 3 Gottman trained and also trained in Circle of Security/Attachment Focused work with parents and families, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR and a range of other modalities.

 

Melanie has extensive experience as a psychologist in trauma environments, medical facilities and not for profit organisations including Relationship Australia. She is regularly engaged by prominent Australian Public Service departments and works with couples experiencing issues stemming from professional demands of their careers.

Catherine O’Grady

Catherine is a highly experienced relationship therapist and group facilitator with over 12 years experience working for Australia’s leading Relationship Agency and 2 years in private practice.

 

She is sensitive, calm, patient and nurturing with a sense of fun that clients adore. Through her experience she has come to understand that, despite the many pressures and hardships encountered in relationships, true healing and stronger connections are possible.

 

Throughout her career, Catherine has worked with all members of family systems as they face life’s difficulties, transitions and change. She worked with the highest level of conflicted clients in the family law system, and has assisted and empowered parents, children and grandparents to break patterns of long-term conflict and distress.

 

She thrives on helping people to be the best they can be by taking a client focused and strength-based approach; being an advocate for those who feel they are not being heard.

 

She holds a Diploma in Counselling & Groupwork from the Australian Institute of Relationship Studies and has had a wealth of professional development training in trauma and domestic violence. She has completed all three levels of training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and has undertaken Gottman training.

Paul Dykes

Paul is an individual and relationship therapist who has worked with individuals and couples since completing his Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Canberra. He is also trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

 

Paul has an approachable, humble, down-to-earth and easy-going personality, and it translates so beautifully in his empathic work with clients. He values creating a comfortable and non-judgemental environment when working with couples, and that creates a safe space to do deep work in sessions, which his clients value deeply.

 

Prior to retraining in Counselling, Paul spent 20 years working as a marketing relationship and communication professional where he was focused on building great relationships. He worked in high performance sport environments, tech startups and federal government departments. He has built on those skills which allow couples to understand and communicate what is happening for them in their very personal relationships.

 

Most recently, in addition to working in his private practice in Canberra, Paul worked with a leading counselling service for men, which means he comes to our centre with a deepened awareness of issues men are facing today.

Tony Magers

Tony is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families.

 

Tony graduated from The University of NSW in 1992. He has extensive experience having worked in government, community and hospital settings. His experience includes working with individuals couples and families challenged by mental health concerns and substance abuse. Tony also has worked extensively with military members and their families to assist with the challenges of trauma, postings, deployments and transitioning from service.

 

Of special interest for Tony is assisting couples he works with to achieve a more secure bond. He has done advanced training in both Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and the Gottman Method. He brings his warm personality and sense of humour to help couples understand their relationship challenges and navigate to a sense of well-being.

 

In addition to his couple training, Tony has a strong background in narrative, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment-based therapy. He also has a good understanding of the treatment of mental health issues and the impact of trauma on couple and family relationships.