Hargan Psychology

Christine Harding

Principal Psychologist, Author, and Advocate for Social Skills Development
BSocSc (Swinburne), PGradDipPsych (Ballarat), MProfPsyc (ACU)

Carly Burgess

GradDip (Primary Teaching), BA (Psych, S.O.C), MA in Child and Family Psychology

Since joining Hargan as a psychologist, Carly has enjoyed working with a range of clients and presenting issues including; substance abuse, trauma, disability, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders using a variety of evidence-informed approaches.

As a qualified teacher and holding a Masters in Child and Family Psychology, Carly has years of experience in working with children, adolescents, and their families in both New Zealand and Australia. Carly brings to life our BEST Kids program and works 1:1 with children, adolescents, and their families to treat issues including obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, attention hyperactivity deficit disorder, generalised anxiety, and learning disabilities.

Carly’s passion is to work with children and adults of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities. In her spare time, Carly trains and competes in triathlon and Ironman events throughout Australia. Carly also enjoys travelling and meeting new people.

David Wu

BA Psych Sc (Monash) BA Honours (Southern Cross) MA Social Work (RMIT) MProfPsych (Deakin)

David is a warm and empathetic registered psychologist dedicated to supporting individuals on their path to living their BEST life. Alongside being a qualified social worker, David brings years of experience from working within public mental health services.

David is experienced in working with clients from diverse backgrounds and age groups, including international students, immigrants, refugees, and those receiving support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) .

David is experienced in working with clients presenting with difficulties including depression, anxiety, family and relationship difficulties, trauma, schizophrenia, substance use, addiction, and clients with legal issues. Additionally, David is well-versed in conducting comprehensive cognitive, educational, and personality assessments.

David utilises various evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing. Additionally, David has undergone training in administering Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

David employs a holistic and strengths-based approach to both therapy and assessment, with a firm belief that each individual possesses the capacity for growth and healing within them. By harnessing their unique strengths and addressing areas for growth, David helps clients to navigate life’s obstacles and assist them to embark on their journey towards positive change and personal fulfillment.

Arriving in Melbourne in 2003 from Hong Kong, David speaks native-level Cantonese and Mandarin, in addition to fluent English and provide a supportive conduit between Eastern and Western cultures/values.

Outside of work, David enjoys music, sports, and video games, believing in the importance of balance and leisure in maintaining mental well-being.

Fran Stutterd

BA(legal), PGDipPsych, MProfPsych. AssociateMember Australian Psychology Society (APS).

Frances joins Hargan Psychology as a registered psychologist who has worked in both private practice and university mental health settings with a range of clients from all walks of life. Frances has experience working with various mental health presentations including: depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, stress, trauma, grief, PTSD, and ADHD. 

Frances has a warm approach and connects with her clients by engendering a safe, non-judgemental space to explore their concerns. Fran is passionate about empowering clients and tailors treatment to help them reach their goals.

In her practice, Frances likes to work collaboratively with clients drawing from many evidence-based modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Skills, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

Jake Iaria

BA(Psych), BA Honours, MPsych(Ed&Dev)

Jake joins Hargan Psychology as a registered psychologist who has recently completed his Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Jake’s passion lies with working alongside and supporting young people and has clinical experience across a range of settings, including education, hospitals, private practice, as well as supporting children and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. 

Jake also has experience in conducting assessments for learning difficulties and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Jake connects with his clients by assisting them to understand themselves better to help them live their best daily lives. 

Jake is practised in addressing a wide range of presentations in his work, supporting individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, and socio-emotional difficulties, as well as helping clients to navigate the challenges associated with recovering from trauma.

Jake is able to offer tailored support and intervention to individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD and autism, as well as providing parent/carer support and psychoeducation for a variety of presentations. Finally, Jake is a compassionate ally and advocate for individuals exploring their sexual orientation and gender identity in therapy, offering a safe and non-judgmental space for members of our LGBTIQA+ community.

Within his work Jake utilises therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, experiential (play-based) therapies, somatic (body awareness), and psychoeducation.

Jake is originally from country Victoria and enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching psychological thrillers, lifting weights or eating chicken nuggets.

Lana Gabrielson

Provisional Psychologist
BA(Psych), BA Honours

Lana joins Hargan Psychology as a provisional psychologist currently in her final year of a Master of Professional Psychology Lana has experience working with clients across the lifespan; children, adolescents and adults.

Lana’s passion lies in working with children; she has previously engaged with clients as a behaviour support practitioner, supporting both children and adults with a wide range of presenting difficulties, including those funded by NDIS.

As a Behaviour Support practitioner, Lana has provided support to clients presenting with behavioural difficulties, depression, anxiety and diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, and ADHD.

Lana relies on a number of therapeutic approaches in her work, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Liana Basile

Provisional Psychologist

BA Psych Sc (ACU) BA Honours (ACU) MProfPsych (CMI)

Liana works across the lifespan and in particular with children, having worked previously in clinical, community, and school settings supporting children with complex trauma and mental health issues, across individual and group therapy.

Liana is passionate about building a safe and trusting environment during the therapy process by forming genuine and authentic relationships with clients.

In her spare time Liana enjoys reading, spending time at the beach and playing with her new kitten.

Christine Harding

BSocSc (Swinburne), PGradDipPsych (Ballarat), MProfPsyc (ACU)

“I’m human first and a psychologist second.”
Psychology Board Approved Supervisor. Author of B.E.S.T. Kids™, B.E.S.T. Parents™. Member Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Christine’s journey to Principal Psychologist and Director of Hargan Psychology began with parenting her own three children, now adults. Christine became acutely aware of the difficulties associated with parenting during various developmental stages and life’s challenges.
Christine’s former roles as a personal trainer, assessment and trainer of apprentice jockeys at Racing Victoria, Case Manager in the disability sector and a Psychologist in the Juvenile Justice system, have continued to shape her passion for supporting others to LIVE their BEST Life.
Along with a wealth of wisdom and real-life experience, Christine has a warm and empathic nature; she ensures that a safe space is provided for her clients to feel heard and supported in their journey.
Christine is of the adage that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, however, also believes that this is integral for all life stages; hence Christine adapts a collaborative approach to her support.
Christine has engaged in considerable professional development since becoming an AHPRA registered psychologist; her experience extends to providing support to adolescents, adults, couples and families. This has led to Christine being trained in a number of approaches which have added to her clinical ‘toolbox’.
Christine is experienced in supporting clients and families in challenging circumstances, including substance use issues, separation and divorce, forensic risk, and court reports.
As a board approved supervisor, Christine provides regular individual and group supervision and mentoring to provisional psychologists, registered psychologists, and allied health professionals. She is also available for secondary consult in a number of areas of experience.