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Renee Kharsas

Counselling Psychologist and Family Therapist
Renee Kharsas Melbourne Psychologist Renee Kharsas | Nexus Psychology
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.

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 Peer-reviewed Publications(Counselling, Monash University)
  • Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy (Swinburne University)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Monash University)
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience (Monash University)

Clients I work with:

Issues I work with:

Additional Specialty Issues:

  • Family conflict
  • Sexual abuse

Therapeutic Approaches I use:

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.