SWEAP was established in 2014 in response to requests from local organisations for the provision of high quality, reliable, local employee counselling and well-being services. Whilst local organisations have access to a range of EAP providers, more often than not these providers are based in metropolitan centres, or interstate. As such, counselling is often provided inconsistently, solely by telephone, or services are contracted out at very low rates to independent practitioners (of varying qualification and experience levels), resulting in a lower quality service. Hence assurance of quality service provision can be lacking.

SWEAP has been designed to ensure that highly qualified local providers can provide EAP services reliably. SWEAP clinicians are all experienced practitioners, and include:

  • Clinical Psychologists/Clinical Psychologist Registrars
  • Registered Psychologists;
  • Provisionally Registered Psychologists with higher training (e.g. Masters, PhD, specialist training etc);
  • PhD qualified Organisational Development Consultants, and;
  • Accredited Mental Health Social Workers


SWEAP clinicians have demonstrated track records for achieving improved client outcomes and increasing organisational performance. With quality assurance processes in place at a local level, employers are ensured a more effective, responsive and reliable service. Choosing SWEAP means supporting your local business community, increasing your performance and providing the best for your people.



Principal Clinical Psychologist
BBSc, BSocSci(Psych)(Hons), DPsych(Clin), ACPA Member


Melissa is Director/Principal Psychologist at South West Employee Assistance Programs (SWEAP). Additionally, Melissa is Director/Principal Psychologist of Nudge Psychological Assessment and Consulting, a private psychology practice specialising in the assessment and treatment of mild to moderate mental health disorders, relationship counselling, and parental skills training in the management of child behavioural issues.

Melissa has accrued over a decade of experience in psychology and counselling services. She has worked in the areas of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, corrections, vocational rehabilitation, general and private practice.



Registered Psychologist/Principal Couples and Family Counsellor
BPsych, PhD (Psychology), MAPS


Justin is a Director and founding member of SWEAP.

Justin has extensive experience in management and leadership in the Tourism, Children’s Services, Allied Health, Small Business and Local Government domains.

A passionate and entertaining public speaker for over 25 years, Justin has presented to diverse audiences including Tourists, Parents, Students, Teachers and Regulatory Personnel. Justin has presented on psychology and philosophy around Australia and internationally (see publications).



Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)
BSc(Neuroscience), B(Psych)(Hons), Research Master(Neuropsychology), PhD, MPsych(Clin)Cand., MAPS, Member ACBS, Member BPS


Elissa is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar. She has experience providing therapy to individuals ranging in age from children to older adults with mild to moderate mental health disorders. Common issues include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and developmental issues. Elissa provides assessment and intervention in relation to cognitive, behavioural and emotional issues arising during childhood and adolescence. This includes Educational Assessments.



Senior Associate – Organisational Development Consultant
BA, PG Dip Bus, PhD (Management)

Christopher possesses extensive experience in the corporate sector and in academia. A former customer service manager within Telstra’s commercial division and Nordberg Asia-Pacific, he also performed the role of senior consultant in quality management at one of Perth’s largest TAFE colleges. Shifting toward academia, Christopher lectured in the Arts Management program at Edith Cowan University for a period of 10 years, specialising in the areas of business law and managerial accounting.

While teaching at ECU, he completed a PhD dissertation at the University of Western Australia, focusing his research on conflict management and organisational citizenship behaviour. As a post-doctoral researcher, Christopher was the principal investigator in a large study that focused on the psychosocial wellbeing of breast cancer survivors in South West WA. He has published several papers in Australian and international conferences and journals, and has performed numerous professional consultancies.



Administration Support

Heidi has recently commenced in an administration support role with Nudge Psychology. She has extensive administration and reception experience having worked in the allied health sector since graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Human Communication Science) from Curtin University in 2006. Heidi is a qualified Speech Pathologist by training. She has worked for over eight years as a Speech and Language Support Officer with statewide speech and language services, providing professional support to individuals and schools to aid in identification, referral & educational planning for students with speech, language and/or literacy difficulties.