About Aware Psychology & Coaching
Meet the Team
“We are not a team because we work for each other. We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other”
– Vala Afshar
Michal Baghlani – Head Psychologist & Founder
Michal Baghlani is the head psychologist and founder of Aware Psychology & Coaching. She has worked for over 15 years in the area of employee health and wellbeing as a workplace trainer, coach and change facilitator. Michal has worked for some of Australia’s leading EAP organisations providing coaching, training facilitation, career transition services, counselling and crisis interventions. She also has extensive rehabilitation, and injury management experience, both in case management, and the assessment and treatment of complex psychological injuries and chronic pain presentations.
Michal’s integrative approach to intervention combined with her authentic nature provides a welcoming and safe environment for clients who often express gratitude for being able to discuss concerns with ease. Michal’s aim through intervention is to normalise her client’s experience through brain based psycho-education and provide techniques that empower self-management and acceptance. Treatment modalities utilised by Michal include Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Positive Psychology and Mindfulness.
From employee assistance counselling to the provision of psychological services to Australian Defence Force members it is evident that Michal has an ability to work with a broad client base from both public and private sectors. Her passion for anxiety and stress management sees her working face to face with individuals as well as within a training environment where she facilitates coaching on emotional resilience. Michal enjoys the rewards of empowering her clients to independently manage their mental health and general wellbeing.
Joe Smith – Practice Coordinator
Joe is our Practice Coordinator and the voice behind our contact number 1300 903920. Aware Psychology & Coaching is not Joe’s only gig. With a background in marketing, project and event management, he shares his skills across several organisations within the collaborative Wellshare Office space, where we are located. He has a passion for bringing people together and rejoices in helping others achieve. Joe is a mentor for Michal when it comes to business matters and an essential team member. His energy is evident both in person and via phone.
Princess Gift Nicole C. Del Campo – Virtual Assistant
Fondly known as Gift. Gift lives in the Philippines and has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. Gift is Aware Psychology & Coaching’s Virtual Assistant and the Queen of everything online. She manages our social media, graphics, website, email marketing and more. Although we are oceans apart, we connect daily via chat and also have regular video catch ups. Gift enjoys reading, writing poetry, and playing the guitar and ukulele. True to what we preach, Gift finds emotional relief in her recreational activities.
Kuni Takeshima – Psychologist
Kuni is the founder and head psychologist at Embrace Psychology. She is a psychologist, leadership coach and facilitator with 14 years’ experience working within the corporate environment, delivering consulting advice and expertise across a broad spectrum of organisational development and people development areas. Besides her organisational experience, she has extensive experience in counselling and assessment psychology gained in both public and private sectors and thus having a unique understanding of client issues from both an individual and organisational perspective. Kuni works from an eclectic range of approaches including CBT, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems, Attachment, and Schema Therapy. She particularly enjoys working in the space of self-awareness and conscious relationships. Besides helping clients through their issue, she likes to ultimately empower clients to lead meaningful lives based on their purpose.
Leesa Melchert – Health Coach & Personal Trainer
Leesa is a Health Coach and Personal Trainer. Her primary focus is helping people to live their best life through a holistic approach to their mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing. Over the past 15 years, Leesa has coached many clients whom were chronically stressed, burnt out, overweight, injured or ill or were referred on the advice of their GP to make a positive change. Many believing that stress is normal or a by-product of what I “should/need to do to achieve or get things done”. Through her experience, Leesa has identified 5 key pillars to regaining balance and bringing our mind and body back to health: Think WELL, Breathe WELL, Move WELL, Eat WELL and Sleep WELL. By gaining valuable awareness of themselves and their bodies, her clients have successfully been able to reduce their stress levels, lose a lot of ’emotional’ weight and become more resilient, happy and healthy human beings from the inside out. Leesa believes that our bodies have an innate wisdom and by becoming in tune with ourselves, we are not only able to regain our health, but become more resilient in the face of whatever life throws at us; be more effective, engaged and productive at work and be more positive role models in our family, relationships and life.