Renee Kharsas

Psychologist and Family Therapist

It is my hope that when someone spends time in the therapy room with me that our relationship feels honest, authentic and safe. During a therapy session you’ll encounter a mix and variety of therapeutic approaches including couples and family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and emotion-focused therapy, to name a few. I have a special interest in relationships, life transitions, grief and parenting. I genuinely love my work and I’ve always, for as long as I can remember, been interested in people’s stories and how they think, feel, behave and relate.

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I have spent over five years working in training and supervision at the Williams Road Family Centre/Williams Road Psychotherapy Centre. It was during this time that I developed my interest and capacity in working with families and couples.  To me psychological symptoms are always a part of a broader dynamic, including relationships with partners, family, friends and schools. I’ve been known to have up to ten family members in a room at one time!

I also have experience working in school and university settings. I have an active interest in research and I am completing my PhD in Psychiatry at Monash University. I have an undergraduate degree in Behavioural Neuroscience and a Masters of Counseling Psychology.

When I’m not in the therapy room you’ll find me spending time with my husband and children or busy working on my PhD. I also love to cook and catch up with my close friends over coffee.

 

Formal Qualifications

PhD candidate (Psychiatry, Monash University)

Master of Psychology (Counselling, Monash University)

Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy (Swinburne University)

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Monash University)

Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience (Monash University)

 

Peer-reviewed Publications

McSweeney, K., Jeffreys, A., Griffith, J., Plakiotis, C., Kharsas, R., & O’Connor, D.W, (2012). Specialist mental health consultation for depression in Australian aged care residents with dementia: a cluster randomized trial. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 27: 1163-71.

Clients I work with:
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Individual Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
Therapeutic Approaches I use:
  • CBT
  • Family Therapy
  • ACT
Issues I work with:
  • Parenting
  • Family conflict
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Pre/post natal issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Panic
  • Sexual Abuse
  • $180 for individuals for business hours
  • $190 for couples and families for business hours
  • $200 for after hours for individuals, couples, and families
  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Wednesdays
  • Thursdays