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Health professionals

Sathya Rao is the Executive Clinical Director of Spectrum and a consultant psychiatrist. He is a DBT therapist and has a keen interest in teaching and training. He has held the position of Chair of the Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee for over six years. He is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University.

Josephine Beatson is a Senior Clinical Advisor to Spectrum, a consultant psychiatrist, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience in public and private settings. She is a Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and has a particular interest in the understanding and treatment of severe personality disorders. Dr Beatson was the principal author of the book, Borderline Personality Disorder: Towards Effective Treatment, published in 2010.

Julian Browne is a Senior Psychologist with a background in psychotherapy with individuals, groups, and couples. He has worked in both forensic and community settings around complex clients with a history of trauma. He has an interest in innovative training methods and systems theory, as applied to families and organisations.

Yvette Vardy is a Senior Clinical Psychologist currently working as the Spectrum trainer in Workforce Development. Her doctoral studies focussed on the Experience of Aloneness in a person with BPD. Yvette has a long-standing interest in the assessment and treatment of people with BPD, as well as extensive experience in training and supervision in DBT. She is passionate about training others in understanding BPD, and working effectively with people who have BPD.

Janina Tomasoni is the Senior Clinical and Counselling Psychologist at Spectrum, and is the Psychology Senior for Psychology within Statewide Services. She has over 20 years’ experience working within public sector services, and has been a senior clinician at Spectrum for more than a decade. Currently Janina is involved in Spectrum’s DBT program, assessment unit, special projects including training, and is supervisor and coordinator of postgraduate psychology placements.

Pip Bradley has more than 20 years’ experience in Nursing. She has specialised primarily in the treatment of BPD, initially in New Zealand and more recently at Spectrum. Pip provides therapy in the Spectrum DBT and Complex Care Programs, as well as consultation regarding complex presentations and therapeutic risk management. She also enjoys providing training, particularly on DBT and self-compassion for both clients and staff.

Rita Brown is the Carer Consultant for Spectrum and brings a lived experience of supporting/caring for someone with BPD within Spectrum and other mental health services. She leads the Learning More About BPD: Workshop for Families and Friends, which runs several times a year. Rita is a volunteer and board member of the Australian BPD Foundation, and a co-facilitator of the Mind Australia BPD Family and Carer Support Group.

Debbie Dick is a Nurse Consultant and Family Therapist at Spectrum. She has more than two decades’ experience in mental health, working in a variety of areas including inpatient, crisis, and outpatient community treatment settings. She has been working at Spectrum for over a decade, providing consultation to public mental health, training and direct treatment for clients and families.