Our Team

Dr Marie Karakis

Dr Marie Karakis is the founder and principal psychologist at Young Minds Psychology. She is a child and adolescent psychologist with experience working in schools, community and clinical settings. She completed her Doctor of Educational Psychology at The University of Melbourne and is currently endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) as a specialist in the area of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Marie is a PBA approved supervisor for psychologists offering professional development and training for those practicing with children and adolescents. Marie also has presented workshops to postgraduate students, parents and school staff for various developmental issues. Marie has specialist training in assessment, counselling and behavior management for a range of developmental differences, such as: autism, anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioural difficulties, grief and loss and learning issues. She has extensive experience in working with young people diagnosed with autism and those experiencing anxiety and learning difficulties. She also has a special interest working in the area of early intervention and identifying specific learning difficulties. Marie adopts a calm and positive approach to her practice and can offer a range of evidence-based therapeutic supports to assist young people and their families.


Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell is a registered psychologist with experience working in both schools and clinical settings. She completed her Masters of Counselling Psychology at La Trobe University and specialises in child and adolescent mental health. Carol has extensive experience providing counselling, behaviour management interventions, and parenting support for a broad range of emotional and developmental concerns. These include, anxiety, depression, grief, fears and phobias, autism, relationship difficulties and school based issues (study anxiety, school refusal, conduct problems). Carol has a warm, client centred and emphathic approach and utilises a range of evidence-based therapies to best suit the client’s individual needs.


Rachel Calalesina

Rachel Calalesina is a registered Psychologist, who completed her Master of Educational Psychology at The University of Melbourne. Rachel has a strong passion for working with children and adolescents, particularly children who present with autism and other neurodevelopmental difficulties. Rachel has gained experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of presentations including autism Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety, depression, conduct and oppositional difficulties, sleep difficulties, and school and study difficulties. Rachel has gained experience in undertaking various cognitive, academic, behavioural and developmental assessments and providing evidence-based recommendations to promote young people’s mental wellbeing and learning at home and school. Rachel has a warm and empathic nature and appreciates the value of working systemically with parents, multidisciplinary professionals and teachers to promote a holistic approach to providing early intervention and supporting young people. Rachel has a playful approach when working with young children and understands the importance of tailoring her approach and therapies to suit client needs.