Robynne Tongue

Senior Clinician

Bachelor of Behavioural Science, PostGrad Educational Psychology

 

Robynne Tongue has post graduate qualifications in psychology, is a Provisional Psychologist, and has worked for 10 years specialising in mental health and wellbeing in the education, workplace and not-for-profit sectors.

 

Her experience includes counselling students at primary and secondary levels, implementing wellbeing programs, consulting to schools and consulting to health professionals who deliver mental health programs at Headspace and mental health training.

 

She is the parent of two teenage daughters and an active member of their school wellbeing group.

 

For 15 years in her earlier career, she worked in organisational development and HR at a large corporate organisation. During this time, Robynne was involved in counselling staff with vocational support and coaching managers in leadership competencies. She led teams of staff on projects and developed and delivered training, and facilitated programs.

 

Robynne’s career transitioned into mental health following a family tragedy with mental health. She is now dedicated to supporting young people and parents with information, skills and resources to improve wellbeing and mental health. She often works with her therapy dog, Bella, who is highly popular with her young clients.

 

Robynne is very personable and able to quickly develop rapport and trust with the young people she works with. Robynne also has experience with families from a variety of CALD communities and works to ensure that families are linked to appropriate community supports that may also assist them. That ensures an holistic approach that considers any underpinning and contributing factors.

 

Robynne has supervised social work students and enjoys mentoring others. She uses a strength-based and client-centred approach in her work.

 

Robynne is currently enrolled in Synergetic Play Therapy and will complete this training in March. She resides in Eltham and is passionate about supporting the local community.

 

Qualifications and professional development include:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science – La Trobe University
  • Postgraduate in Educational Psychology – Monash University
  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Cultural Competency – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Focus – Headspace
  • Culturally competent training with vulnerable families – Vicseg
  • Managing trauma and challenging behaviour – The Austin School
  • Respond to client needs – Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare
  • Work with people with mental health needs – Excellence in Child & Family Welfare
  • Curriculum and classroom strategies (4-day intensive workshop) – Berry Street Education Model
  • Culturally competent training with vulnerable families – Vicseg
  • *Lead the Way – Visiting Therapy Dog and Handler Certificate Course (certification finalised upon current Melbourne COVID restrictions changed)
  • Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy – enrolled and completion date in March 2021