Meet Our People

Our wonderful people will work with you to achieve your outcomes and help create the future you desire.

 

Julie Aganoff, Psychologist 

Julie Aganoff, Executive Director is a psychologist with extensive experience in working in the community and health sector. She has worked at executive levels in very large NGOs as well as having significant direct client experience. Her expertise lies in working with people who have been affected by abuse and trauma. Julie is also a registered supervisor with AHPRA and has been training provisional psychologists for nearly 20 years.

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Sigrid O’Callaghan, Psychologist 

With over 25 years of experience in the public and private mental health settings, Sigrid has training in CBT, ACT, IPT, sandplay for children and adolescents, as well as extensive training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adults.
Sigrid sees adults and young people from the age of 5 who present with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has a special interest in assisting people overcoming the effect of early attachment difficulties on current emotional well-being and relationship pattern.
Sigrid is an experienced clinical supervisor and worked in this capacity with interns of the QUT Master Course in Clinical Psychology since 2006; she is available for supervision of new graduates as well as experienced clinicians.

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Maria Tancred, Psychologist

Whilst I use many evidenced-based intervention techniques with clients, I believe that using art as a form of self-expression for individuals of all ages is beneficial. Art can be incorporated into a session and can occur simultaneously with traditional therapy for a limited time or as a primary means of therapy. The process of making art is about self-exploration and healing and not about producing ‘great’ art. My aim is to empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles and I have worked with a wide range of issues including: stress, anxiety, depression, interpersonal concerns, and family dynamic difficulties.

Rebeccca Kouimanis, Psychologist

I am a registered psychologist who works with adults, couples, families, children and adolescents. My approach is compassionate and relational to create a sense of ease, which allows people to feel safe working out what they need. For nearly ten years I have supported clients across childhood issues, grief and loss, trauma, child abuse, sexual abuse, varied mental health diagnoses, relationships, parenting and attachment. My therapeutic toolkit includes a broad range of evidenced-based approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-informed Therapy, Strengths Based Therapies, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Attachment theory, Expressive Therapies, Parenting Support/Training and Gottman Couples Therapy (level two trained). I enjoy creating genuine and trusting relationships with my clients and have a deep respect for the courage it takes to engage in the therapeutic process. I work with my clients focusing on them as a whole, rather than as a labelled diagnosis and believe that we all have the ability to recover and integrate from difficult life experiences to live a life that is meaningful.

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Lisa Atkinson, Psychologist

Lisa has extensive and varied experience working with both non-profit organisations and corporates. Lisa started her career as a corporate tax professional and spent more than eight years working for professional services firms in Australia and the United Kingdom. Upon leaving the corporate sector, Lisa spent three years working in Latin America for a charity dedicated to the education of Indigenous children. More recently, Lisa worked as a caseworker assisting and empowering asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Lisa has qualifications in commerce, law and psychology.

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Helen Stevens, Business Partnerships and Development Manager

Helen assists individuals in one-on-one, couples or small family sessions, with a wide range of concerns. This includes anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, poor self-esteem/body image, interpersonal problems and organizational psychology. She also has experience in providing treatment for veterans.
Helen offers weight management counselling and Bariatric Surgery psychological consultations.
As an accredited Professional Supervisor, Helen can assist students to gain full registration as a psychologist.

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Kerry Aherne, Client Service Manager

Kerry warmly welcomes our clients and looks after them on the telephone when ringing to make their first appointment and then when they arrive at our practice.

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Demier Jones, Receptionist

Demier works tirelessly behind the front desk to ensure all our clients have their needs met. She also helps our psychologists juggle their busy schedules, to keep them in line and make sure Change Futures stays on track.

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Cathy Aganoff, Physiotherapist 

Cathy Aganoff is an experienced physiotherapist and has been working in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the UK for the last 10 years. She gained her Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2006 and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Musculoskeletal and Continence and Women’s Health special interest groups. She works collaboratively with psychologists and dietitians at Change Futures in the areas of chronic pain & illness management, whiplash associated disorder, injury rehabilitation and women’s health conditions. Through her own personal journey she has also discovered the benefits of both yoga & pilates in fostering change and growth in a physical, mental and spiritual capacity. She founded health & wellness clinic TriBalance to share with others her experience of transformation into a healthy happy life.

 

Julie at the Change Futures display at the Brisbane North Health Forum in June 2018. Change Futures was part of the display of low intensity service commissioned by the Brisbane North PHN.