About Us

Astute Education & Psychology Centre

Astute Education and Psychology psychologists and staff focus on your wellness and well-being. We are devoted to providing a quality service that respects your dignity and choices. We are all registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority and subscribe to the ethical guidelines of the Psychology Board of Australia. Many of us hold professional memberships with such agencies as the Australian Psychological Society, the Institute of Private Practising Psychologists association and other professional bodies. Most of us have Endorsements as Clinical, Forensic, Counselling or Health Psychologists.

Our Psychologists

Carmel Wauchope MAPS

(Clinical & Counselling Psychologist)
Principal psychologist Carmel Wauchope has 20 years’ experience working as a psychologist in Victoria and South Australia. She has Chaired of the Australian Psychological Society SA State Branch, is a Fellow of the APS Clinical and Counselling Colleges of psychologists. Carmel has completed certificate training in EMDR (Trauma treatment), Schema Therapy, Family Therapy and Equine Facilitated Therapy.

Carmel’s therapeutic and intervention work includes working with complex families, individuals, adolescents and children on a range of issues including relationship difficulties, parenting concerns, anxiety and depression. The theoretical framework of her work is Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is underpinned by her own mindfulness practice and a practical application of child development knowledge and behaviour education. This practical application is demonstrated in the co-parenting of her and her husband’s four young adults.

Dr Tiffany Lavis MAPS

(Registered Psychologist)
Dr Tiffany Lavis is a registered psychologist with 14 years general registration. Tiffany has experience working with adults, couples, and groups who have experienced trauma responses, including anxiety and depressive symptomatology, using cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. She has experience conducting medico-legal psychological assessments for Criminal Injuries Compensation, as well as broader psychological assessment experience in the criminal justice field. Tiffany also has over a decade of experience in academia, including lecturing and management roles, with research experience in the areas of problem gambling, violence, cybercrime, and body image concerns.

Dr Michael Proeve MAPS

(Clinical & Forensic Psychologist)

Dr Michael Proeve is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of assessment and psychological intervention, having worked with adults in public mental health and correctional settings in Victoria and South Australia. He has worked as a psychologist in prisons and community forensic mental health and was director of a treatment agency for sexual offenders. Prior to his current work at Adelaide University as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Michael has also worked as an academic in two other universities, training postgraduate students in clinical and forensic psychology. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society Colleges for clinical and forensic psychology.

Michael’s primary theoretical approach is cognitive-behavioural therapy; he is also trained in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). He utilises mindfulness meditation in his work and personal life. He is married with three children.

Rober Elmer MAPS

(Clinical & Forensic Psychologist)

Robert Elmer – Robert Elmer is a psychologist with a broad background in working with adults, youth and their families. He initially worked as a counsellor in South Australia and Tasmania using Experiential and Transactional Analysis techniques to assist young people with severe behavioural issues. He has been a practitioner of meditation and Integral Yoga for 30 years after studying and teaching in India and Australia. He is a registered member of the Australian and British Psychological Societies and for the past ten years he has been providing psychological assessments and interventions in both individual and group settings for adults with a variety of presenting issues.

Robert is an experienced practitioner in CBT, Behavioural and Mindfulness techniques and has recently returned from working in Britain as a Chartered Psychologist developing Mindfulness techniques for psychiatric patients in a private hospital setting. Married, and a father of two very independent adult children, he is also an enthusiastic sailor, trekker, traveller and sometime handyman.

Jonathan Osis MAPS

(Clinical Psychologist)
Jonathan is a clinical psychologist who holds a keen interest in providing support to adults, children and adolescents with complex needs. Jonathan provides tailor-made therapy to support the needs of the individual and works within the framework of the third wave of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), integrating aspects of Mindfulness, Schema Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into his work.

Jonathan has experience working with individuals with a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance abuse disorders, and personality disorders. Jonathan is enthusiastic about listening to the stories of individuals with mental health concerns and assisting them in accomplishing their goals through promoting wellbeing and positive decision-making opportunities. Jonathan is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

Judith Slater MAPS

(Clinical Psychologist)
Judith is a clinical psychologist experienced in working with adults from late teens through to the elderly. She specializes in the treatment of depressive disorders and a range of anxiety disorders including Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD and Adjustment disorder. Her background working in various settings such as the Centre for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression and Anxiety Disorders and Trauma Clinic have underpinned her interest in these areas.
Judith’s principal treatment modality is cognitive-behavioural therapy; she also incorporates the theoretical frameworks of schema therapy, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy into her treatment approach. Judith holds full membership with the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists. She is married with two adult children.

Reception Staff

Anita, Dana & Ellie.