The senior staff comprise of.....
Dr. John Di Battista, Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr. John Di Battista has worked in hospital-based as well as a community-based health settings in excess of 13 years and in these environments has provided a broad range of adult clinical and counselling psychology services to both individuals and couples. John has provided clinical services to the Emergency Dept. of Monash Medical Centre in the area of suicide prevention. He has also worked with adolescents in an out-patient day program, assisting these clients to reintegrate into family, educational, and social life. In addition to his private practice, he has previously provided specialist psychological services to patients with chronic health problems at Monash Health’s Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre and has consulted to government funded mental health programs to provide training to other psychologists and counsellors in the areas of suicide prevention and the management of mentally ill patients.
To compliment his role as a practitioner in the field of psychology, John has been involved in various research projects. In conjunction with academic staff at Deakin University, he has participated in publishing research findings in specialist psychological literature. His most recent involvement in a published study was in the area of Suicide Prevention at Monash Medical Centre.
John is a fully registered psychologist with the Australian Psychologists Registration Board (with Clinical endorsement) and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as well as a member of the Clinical College of the APS. He is also eligible to provide supervision service to other psychologists. He is fully registered with Medicare to provide Clinical Psychology Services under their Better Access program.
For the past ten years, John has been the Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist of Dr. John Di Battista & Associates (JDA). JDA has a well-respected reputation among medical practitioners in the South-Eastern suburbs. The majority of general practitioners in this area regularly refer clients to Dr. Di Battista and his staff. In addition to GPs, John's referral base comes from a wide variety of medical and psychiatric practitioners, such as Psychiatrists, Community Mental Health Teams and Public Mental Health Organisations.
Ms. Gloria Seal, Practice Manager and Hollistic Counsellor
Ms. Gloria Seal has had a wealth of experience in counselling, guidence, and spiritual healing, spanning over 20 years. She has also had an extensive professional history in the medical field assisting in the management of general medical practices and specialist medical centres. In addition to managing the practice, she provides a holsitic counselling service to JDA clients which incorporates a practical and spiritual approach to life skills and offers a broad perspective on general health and well-being.
In addition, Gloria is a highly skilled moderator in the facilitation of Support Groups. JDA runs a series of Support Groups for clients needing ongoing support for difficult life circumstances. These support groups vary from co-dependency in relationships to dealing with mentally ill family members. Contact JDA for information on the latest Support Group program schedule. Gloria is a fully trained hypnotherapist and offers hypnosis as a means of assisting clients to manage problematic behaviours or lifestyles.