Meet Our Team

Dr Jim Kantidakis

Dr Jim Kantidakis

Founder
Clinical Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Dr Jim Kantidakis is an Expert Gut-directed Psychologist & Clinical Hypnotherapist, and one of the first experts in Australia to use  Psychological /Hypnotherapy treatment of individuals diagnosed with gastrointestinal problems. Jim has extensive expertise in the area, with over 10 years of experience. He is also the only known Psychologist to provide Psychological and Hypnotherapy treatment to children in paediatric gastroenterology in Australia.

Jim was also the first Australian to ...

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Dr Melieta Bianchi

Clinical Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Dr Melieta Bianchi is a Clinical Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Melieta has worked in public and private sectors, attending to both inpatients and outpatients. One of her main areas of interest is health psychology. Melieta predominantly uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as her therapeutic approaches.

Melieta has worked with patients with a range of health conditions including gastrointestinal conditions, chronic pain, chronic kidney disease, sleep disorders, obesity, stroke, and lung diseases. Melieta specializes in ...

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Camille Baker

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Camille Baker is a registered Psychologist (RMIT, post grad in Child Psych), Gestalt Therapist (Gestalt Therapy Australia) and Hypnotherapist (College of Medical Hypnosis) with over 15 years of experience. Clinically, Camille has worked in a number of settings with both Adolescent and Adults including Private Practice, Domestic Violence, Parenting Teens, Secondary Schools, EAP (Corporate sector), Drug and Alcohol and Sexual Abuse. In addition to this, Camille’s special interest areas include working with Adolescents (with published articles in this area) and working with people with Chronic Health Conditions with a strong interest in ...

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Christopher Ziegenbein

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Chris is a fully registered psychologist with experience working with children, adolescents and adults. He obtained his Bachelor of Psychology (Organisational and Interpersonal Skills) at Victoria University with further Post Graduate Diploma at Federation University   Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute.

Chris has worked across a variety of settings from assessing organisational culture, consulting adults seeking employment, counselling welfare duties in primary schools as well as ...

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Ayushi Gupta

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist
Currently on maternity leave.

Ayushi is a registered Psychologist and Clinical Registrar. She has completed a Graduate Diploma and Honours in Psychology at Monash University followed by a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute of Psychology. Ayushi has worked in a range of settings with children, adolescents and adults in private practice, public hospitals, not-for-profit organisations, research institutions and education. She has worked with a variety of presenting concerns, including chronic pain, mood and anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, adjustment issues, self-esteem and ...

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Natalie Hirsch

Natalie Hirsch

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

With her warm nature and calming energy, Natalie strives to enhance the health and wellbeing of her clients using evidence-based psychological techniques and by offering an open, safe and non-judgemental space in which to explore their present concerns. She is fascinated by the field of psycho-gastroenterology and is specifically interested in gut health as well as the mind-body and brain-gut connection.

Natalie has worked with individuals across...

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Dr Seán O'Donoghue

Dr Seán O'Donoghue

Clinical Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Seán holds registration as a clinical psychologist and has a special interest in psychological aspects of health, in particular gut health. He studied at the University College Dublin completing an honours degree in psychology, followed by a PhD and a doctorate in clinical psychology. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Pain Society.

Seán has worked with clients across...

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Alice Wood

Alice Wood

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Alice aims to provide a warm, caring and positive experience and seeks to highlight her clients’ individual strengths and resilience to deal with daily challenges and improve their quality of life. Alice is passionate about physical and mental health and has a keen interest in the mind-body and the brain-gut connection.

Alice has experience treating young children with anxiety disorders...

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Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Clinical Psychologist / Hypnotherapist

Jennifer Jones is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience in the public and private sector working with people of all ages in the areas of stress, anxiety, phobias, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorders, as well as grief and loss. Her main area of interest is in health psychology, and she has worked extensively with clients with chronic health issues and chronic pain.

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Nicole Da Silva

Nicole Da Silva

Psychologist / Hypnotherapist

Nicole is a registered Psychologist and Clinical Registrar. She is passionate about working collaboratively with people to support them to increase their sense of wellbeing and their capacity to engage more fully in their lives. Nicole employs a warm, collaborative and strengths-based approach, utilising evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.

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Ilse Kaiplinger

Ilse Kaiplinger

Psychologist / Hypnotherapist

Ilse is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. Ilse is passionate about mind-body interactions particularly in the brain-gut connection and favours a collaborative and relational way of working with clients to help them meet their goals. She has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other body-oriented approaches...

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Phoebe Kipen

Phoebe Kipen

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Phoebe graduated from Monash in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science and Honours in Developmental Biology. After working for the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute for a year she went back to Monash to study Physiotherapy, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hon). She has also completed her Postgraduate Certificate in pelvic floor physiotherapy from Melbourne University...

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Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor

Accredited Practicing Dietician (A.P.D)

Since graduating from Deakin University Hannah has been working in private practice, joining the Diet Solutions team in 2018 and now consulting at The Gut Centre on Tuesdays...

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Belinda Chandler

Belinda Chandler

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Belinda is a registered Psychologist and Clinical Registrar. Belinda is passionate about mind-body interactions and holistic health, with a specific interest in gut health, and has a strong desire to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals and build their self-awareness. As a qualified yoga instructor and enthusiast, Belinda has a passion for yoga-based therapies and has recently contributed to research at Deakin University studying the long-term benefits of yoga in adjunct to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Belinda has training in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) ...

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Code of Conduct

It is important to know the therapist you are going to see is trustworthy and ethical. Before people can work as psychologists they must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Your psychologist is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), which is the largest professional association of psychologists in Australia, with a comprehensive Code of Ethics and complementary series of Ethical Guidelines.

As a client of an APS psychologist, you have a right to expect that:

  • You will be treated with respect
  • You will receive a clear explanation of the service you will receive
  • Your consent for any service will be sought by the psychologist prior to the service commencing and as it progresses
  • You will receive an explanation about the nature and limits of confidentiality surrounding the service
  • You will be clear about the goals that you and the psychologist are working toward
  • You will receive competent and professional service
  • You will receive a clear statement about fees
  • An estimate of the number of sessions required to achieve your goals will be discussed
  • You will receive a service free from sexual harassment
  • You will be shown respect for your cultural background and language tradition