Wellington Street Psychology is a private psychology clinic located in St Kilda, Melbourne. Wellington Street was founded by Dr. Dave Demmer and Dr. Beau Growcott based on their shared interest in men’s mental health. The team at Wellington Street Psychology is passionate about addressing the psychological issues faced by members of the LGBTQIAP+ community
As leaders in the service provision and advocacy of mental health for the LGBTQIAP+ community, our vision is to contribute to the improvement of mental health for all gender and sexually diverse people in Victoria. We aim to achieve this through our values of Community, Advocacy, Inclusion, Accessibility, Leadership, and Initiative.
Our therapists take an adaptive, authentic, and creative approach to therapy, and support clients to address various difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress- and adjustment-related issues, trauma, gender identity, addiction issues, phobias, OCD, issues of low self-esteem/self-worth, relationship issues, and personality disorders, as well as many others.
Dr. David H. Demmer
Clinical psychologist, co-founder and Clinical Director of Wellington Street Psychology
Dave’s therapeutic style is collaborative, authentic, and strategy-focused. As well as 1:1 talk therapy, Dave is trained in couples therapy and holds a diploma of clinical hypnosis.
Dr. Julia Hosie
Julia Hosie is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Julia is an LGBTQIA+ friendly practitioner and adopts a non-judgemental, pragmatic and holistic approach to working with clients.
Dr. Beau Growcott
Psychologist, co-founder and co-director of Wellington Street Psychology
Beau is an LGBTQIA+ friendly practitioner with an empathic, pragmatic, and collaborative approach. He combines cognitive-behavioural techniques (CBT), with Acceptance and Commitment Practices (ACT), and Motivational work. Beau also specialises in hypnosis.
Beau is based at our Macquarie Street clinic.
Ursula has a background in administration and manages the day-to-day operations of Wellington Street. Ursula has completed an undergraduate degree and honours in psychology and is currently completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Jamie Byrne
Jamie takes a humanistic and positive psychology approach to her practice, which gives clients practical skills to apply to their life. In developing a working relationship with clients, she values collaboration, authenticity, respect, and empathy.
Dr. Bella Marker
Clinical psychologist & Senior Psychologist
Bella adopts a compassionate and holistic approach when working with clients. She is a LGBTQIA+ friendly practitioner trained in Compassion-Focussed Therapy, and believes in the importance of empathy, collaboration, and a non-judgmental attitude.
Mr. Kefu Xie
Kefu is experienced working with adults, youth and families. He is an LGBTQIA+ friendly practitioner and adopts a collaborative, non-judgemental, and empathetic approach. Kefu has experience treating a variety of problems including depression, anxiety, substance-related issues, and trauma.
Given the current community health concerns we ask all those who visit our clinic to follow these guidelines:
If you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or any flu-like symptoms, please do not attend your appointment in person. Please contact your treating psychologist as soon as possible and they will organise to meet via TeleHealth;
Please ensure you wash and sanitize your hands when entering the premises – hand wash, hand sanitizer, and disposable paper towel are available in the common areas of the practice;
We ask that any friends or family members who may support you to get to your appointment not enter the premises (unless you are under 18 years of age). If you do require a friend or family member to wait with you please let your treating psychologist know prior to the appointment;
Please maintain a 1.5 metre distance from all others in the waiting room (the waiting room is currently configured to support this so please take a seat in the allocated chair positions);
TeleHealth appointments are available and your treating psychologist will discuss this option with you directly.
Our practice receives regular professional cleaning and we will continue to prioritise your health and safety.
Ms. Ridhima Tandon
Ridhima is a registered psychologist. She takes a warm, welcoming, and person-centred approach to therapy.
Ridhima is experienced in CBT, mindfulness, and trauma-informed therapy.