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Meet the Practitioners from the Adelaide Trauma Centre

Krystie EdwardsVina Grossmann | Maxine Longford |

Dr Lesley Porter | Ela Samoraj | Nina Mekisic | Tracey Greaves


Krystie Edwards 

Krystie Edwards

I am a Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. I have been providing therapeutic services in the community for 18 years. Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – a body inclusive developmentally based trauma therapy, are frameworks that shape how I work.

I am particularly interested in the relationship between the mind and body and how overwhelming experiences can affect us in ways that can’t be understood or processed through conversation alone. Incorporating the physical aspects of traumatic memories and symptoms into therapy allows me to support people to stabilize, process and heal traumatic experiences in a safe and regulated way. I am also interested in the way trauma symptoms are often identified as anxiety and depression and the importance of identifying this and treating the underlying traumatic injury from a wholistic framework.

I focus on developing strong therapeutic relationships based on understanding, acceptance, collaboration and review. I have particular interests in the overlapping areas of violence and abuse, sexual and reproductive health, grief and loss and trauma. I work with adults and young people over the age of 15.

Sessions are generally for 1 hour and Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Care Plan from a GP.

Please note I am not currently able to take new clients. I expect to open my books in Feb 2018.

Krystie Edwards
Location: 29 Regent Street North, Adelaide CBD, 5000
Appointments available: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 5pm.
Mobile: 0413 654 555  Fax: 8127 9525
Email: krystie.edwards@icloud.com


Vina HotichVina Grossmann

I am a Clinical Social Worker with a particular interest in using body-inclusive psychotherapy when working with the effects of trauma, as a means to re-balance and heal the disturbances to mind and body that often result from the impact of traumatic experiences. My second area of special interest is the field of attachment related problems and the repair of those.

I am passionate both about that recovery from trauma is entirely possible, and that more secure attachment styles can be learned, or re-learned, and maintained. I believe that the best way to provide therapy is a way that feels safe and respectful to my clients.

I specialise in working with children, teenagers and their parents, in working with attachment related problems, and in working with adults affected by past or recent trauma. I also work with a wide range of other psychological problems.

I use  trauma-informed practice, attachment-based therapies, child-centred play therapy, EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, mindfulness, narrative therapy concepts and some CBT and DBT, as my main therapeutic modalities.

I am available to facilitate Circle Of Security Parent groups and other groups.

My private practice is available Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Vina Grossmann
Mobile: 0400 017 064
Email: vina@adelaidetraumacentre.com.au


Maxine LongfordMaxine Longford

Maxine is a Psycho-therapist, an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers and a clinical supervisor.

Individual counselling and/or group work is influenced by the emerging field of neurobiology and the works of Bessel Van der Kolk, Jon Briere, Judith Herman, Marsha Linehan, Babette Rothschild, Jon Kabat Zinn and Sri Krishnamacharya. Trauma recovery is facilitated by the practices of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Yoga Psychology.

Maxine is a registered meditation and yoga teacher with Yoga Australia and The International Yoga Teachers Association with over 25 years experience who is passionate about the positive effects Mindfulness and Yoga have on helping clients to recover from the effects of various types of trauma (in particularly people who have experienced forms of childhood trauma). Trauma recovery yoga sessions with Maxine are offered to help address issues of stress, anxiety, depression and trauma effects.

Maxine Longford
Location: Belair/Norwood
Mobile: 0412867148
Email: maxinelongford@gmail.com


Dr Lesley Porter

Lesley Porter

I am a relationship and trauma therapist and I see individuals, couples and families. With Adelaide Trauma Centre I offer relationship counselling, body sensitive trauma therapy and supervision.

I describe my approach as relational narrative therapy. I have a PhD in trauma therapy and the therapeutic relationship and qualifications in Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Mental Health & Breast Cancer Care. For me the therapeutic relationship is so important and I see the therapeutic relationship as the holding space for everything that happens in therapy. My therapy practices draw on the client’s resources (body, breath, mind, heart & spirit), their language, strengths, humour, culture and hopes to enter into a place of sense making, inquiry and discovery.

In working with the body and trauma I draw on Andy Harkin’s body sensitive approaches, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and mindfulness meditation. My approach assists people experiencing mental and physical health problems and trauma to move towards and into a balance of rest and wellness. I have worked for Relationships Australia in Sydney as a Couple & Child Therapist and in the area of sex therapy & sexual concerns, sexual abuse, domestic and family violence in NSW and SA. In therapy I encourage people to explore their deeper hopes and commitments for relationships and life purposes, while living well with co-existing conditions. My supervision interests include ethical considerations and the way therapists and counsellors discover and make their own unique therapy practices.

I work from Parkside and a small practice in Grote Street, Adelaide. Concessions are available and Medicare rebates apply with a Chronic Disease Management Plan from a GP and for Supportive Pregnancy Counselling (referral from your GP).

Dr Lesley Porter
Location: Parkside & 240 Grote Street Adelaide SA
Appointments available: Day Time Thursday, Friday & Saturday Mornings/Evenings Monday to Thursday
Mobile: 0407040944
Email: drlesleyporter@icloud.com



Ela Samoraj

Ela offers clinical supervision, individual consultation and management of Vicarious Trauma (VT), using effective strategies to increase resilience and reduce practitioners’ vulnerability to secondary traumatisation. She also provides training focusing on body-oriented trauma work and VT.

Over the past thirty years Ela has developed her clinical practice integrating cognitive therapies with somatic approaches to trauma treatment. She also uses mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT) to assist clients develop resources to process traumatic memories in a safe, supportive and suitably paced therapeutic context.

Ela holds post graduate qualifications in psychology (BA Hons) and social work (MA). She is an accredited member of Australian Association of Social Workers.

Ela Samoraj
Location: 240 Grote St., Adelaide
Mobile: 0403 128 314
Email: ela.samoraj@gmail.com


Nina Mekisic Nina Mekisic

I am a Clinical Mental Health Social Worker with a background in working with adults, teens, children and families.

I take a holistic approach to coaching and therapy that takes into account the link between body, mind and environment. I work from the foundation of establishing a therapeutic relationship with you that is respectful, kind and collaborative. I will work with you to set goals for therapy that align with your values and the outcomes that you are seeking. My focus is on providing you with practical strategies and tools which fit your particular circumstances.

I am often inspired in my work through witnessing how addressing current challenges within ourselves and our relationships, can lead to healing and growth beyond our experiences of adversity and trauma.

In my practice I utilise my training in a number of therapeutic approaches such as DBT, ACT, narrative therapy and the Gottman Method of relationship therapy.   I also draw from the specific training I have completed in working with trauma which has included training with the Australian Childhood Foundation, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dan Siegel and Kent Hoffman.

I can work with individuals, couples and families. I also see children over 6 years of age.

I have Masters level training in supervision and have worked in roles consulting with schools and other organisations to support them to move towards integrating a trauma informed approach into their practices, policy and procedure.

Sessions are for an hour and medicare rebates are available with a Mental health care plan from your GP. Consulting work is negotiated on a case by case basis.

Nina Mekisic
Location: 29 Regent Street North, Adelaide 5000
Appointments available: Saturday mornings and some after hours sessions on arrangement.
Ph: 0432 153 432
Email: ninalmekisic@gmail.com


Tracey Greaves

ITracey Greaves am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and I have 20 years’ experience providing therapeutic counselling services. I have a strong interest in working with trauma related issues, particularly around the impact that trauma has on our sense of ourselves, our minds and bodies and our overall well-being.  I have worked extensively   with adults who have experienced childhood trauma and with people who have experienced abuse in their adult relationships.  I am also experienced in working with depression and anxiety, gender and sexual identity issues, unplanned pregnancy, perinatal health and relationship issues.

I have worked in primary health care, family wellbeing programs, and domestic violence services as well as teaching in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia and Flinders University.  I work from Narrative Therapy base but also use Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy, Mindfulness based trauma therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Sessions are generally for 1 hour. Medicare rebates are available for people who have a Mental Health Care Treatment Plan. I reserve some bulk-billing appointments for people who have both a Mental Health Care Plan and a Health Care Card.

Tracey Greaves
Location: Adelaide
Appointments Available: I offer appointments on Mondays and Fridays.
Mobile:  0410512665
Email: tgreaves34@gmail.com