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
Registered Psychologist with The Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA)
Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists inc (AAPi)
Supporting Member of the Trauma Research Foundation
Michal Baghlani is a Registered Psychologist and Wellbeing / Resilience Coach. She is passionate about helping individuals self-manage their mental health and general wellbeing and has a special interest in the treatment of stress and anxiety.
As Michal has progressed in her career, she has realised that psychology is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to managing mental health. She has therefore furthered her professional development into the realm of holistic approaches to mental health and general wellbeing management. Michal understands the importance of sleep, diet and exercise and the impact these factors have on our ability to cope and has also furthered her development in understanding how the human gut microbiome impacts health, both physically and mentally.
She has worked for over 16 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 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.
Michal is available for individual sessions in person or via telehealth and is also available for corporate training.
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 16 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.
Kuni is available at our Sydney CBD office on Wednesdays and can be contacted directly on 0468 788 077.
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.