About Happy Minds Psychology, GeelonG

Helping families find relief & long-term strategies for their MENTAL HEALTH.

Sarah-Jayne Duryea - Psychologist Geelong

Sarah-Jayne Duryea

Founder & principal Psychologist at happy minds psychology

Hi, I’m Sarah-Jayne Duryea – Founder of Happy Minds Psychology and Principal Psychologist.

I have a strong interest in working in perinatal psychology, as well as trauma and in the treatment of eating disorders. I also have a background of working with high achievers and performers of any kind including actors, artists and singers, and enjoy the supervision of other practitoners in any area of my expertise. 

In my clinical practice, I work with women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or are already parents.

I am experienced working with women and couples committed to pursuing their dream of having a family, whether via IVF, surrogacy, sperm or egg donation, or adoption. 

In addition to this, I am an accredited eating disorder practitoner with ANZAED  and am passionate about working with all types of eating disorder presentation and body image issues.  I am also trained in the use of EMDR for trauma resolution and have  specialist training in ADHD & ASD Assessment. 

I am passionate about helping parents manage parenting trials and create secure attachments to their young children.

I am also a Board Approved Supervisor passionate about supporting provisional psychologists to achieve registration. 

My Story

I do most of my work with women who are experiencing feelings of anxiety, have experienced loss or trauma, or find their new reality challenging.

I work with women who have a voice inside their head that criticises and judges them. If you are looking for someone who will work with you to put this inner critic back in its box, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re someone who feels as though your mind is hectic, I work with you!

  • Are you worried about your pregnancy?
  • Are you consumed with thoughts about your performance as a mum?
  • Have you lost a previous pregnancy?
  • Do you struggle with a mind that criticises you, or you feel as though you can’t relax?
  • Do you struggle with issues surrounding sex and intimacy?

I am here to help you.

If you’re someone who is pursuing IVF  I work with you.  

If you are someone who has been told they need to find a surrogate to be able to be a family  I work with you! 

If you’re a same-sex couple who are creating your family through surrogacy in Australia or overseas – I am a passionate advocate for you.

My approach

At Happy Minds Psychology my therapeutic style is warm and relaxed, and I create a space where you can feel understood, accepted and empowered. 

I draw from several treatment modalities, including Positive Psychology, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR and Schema Therapy (I’ll explain this psych speak during our sessions!).

I aim to act as your cheerleader, the person who will support you to play the cards that life has dealt you with wisdom and grace. To tackle together the challenges life has thrown at you, adding some essential strategies to your toolbox of coping skills, helping you be more present and do what matters.

I am a cis woman and my pronouns are she/her.

Outside of work, you will usually find me with my head stuck in a book and a cup of tea in my hand or spending time with my family outside of work.

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Sarah-Jayne Duryea's Credentials...


  • Registered Psychologist with AHPRA  PSY0001243973
  • Medicare Provider Number 416304PA
  • Australian Psychological Society Member
  • Chartered Psychologist British Psychological Society (CPSYCHOL)
  • Fertility Society of Australia Member
  • Australia and New Zealand Counsellors Association Member (ANZICA)
  • Pregnancy Support Counselling Approved by Medicare
  • Worksafe Approved Provider (no. 406304MB)
  • Member of University of Sydney Coaching Alumni 
  • Member Pregnancy Loss & Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA)
  • Member International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health
  • Member Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMH)
  • Member World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
  • AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor
  • Associate Member of EMDRAA (EMDR Association Australia) https://emdraa.org/
  • Member – American Society for Reproductive Medicine https://www.asrm.org/
  • Member – European  Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology  https://www.eshre.eu/
  • Accredited Eating Disorder Clinician – ANZAED 


  • Masters Degree in Coaching & Positive Psychology (University of Sydney)
  • Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology (University of Portsmouth)
  • Bachelors Degree (Honors) in Psychology (University of Bedfordshire)
  • Perinatal Grief & Loss Training – Perinatal Training Centre
  • Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Intensive – Perinatal Training Centre
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • COPE skills in Perinatal Health Training
  • COPE Perinatal Loss In Practice
  • ACT with Grief & Loss, Dr Russ Harris
  • APS Non-Directive Counselling Training
  • Practice of Sex Therapy Training
  • Heath At Every Size Practioner
  • Bullying in Schools Training, Macquarie University   
  • ACT with Youth Training
  • Adolescent Suicide with Dr Michael Gordon
  • Child & Adolescent Anxiety, Macquarie University
  • Shadow Coaching, Donna Karlin
  • Child abuse & Neglect, Prof. David Howe
  • ACT Advanced, Dr Russ Harris
  • Coaching for Complexity of Mind with Jennifer Garvey Berger
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Introduction, Dr Russ Harris
  • The Practice of Sex Therapy – Dr Sandra Pertot
  • CBT Fundamentals: Australian Psychological Society
  • Brain Based Psychotherapy with Dr John Arden
  • Drug & Alcohol testing training – Work Options
  • Drug & Alcohol Management Plan training – Work Options
  •  CBT for Pain Management – University of Sydney 
  • Schema Therapy Intro & Advanced – Schema Therapy Institute
  • EMDR Training with Graham Taylor
  • PTSD & Complex Trauma Training with Leah Giarratano
  • DBT Training – Dr Marsha Lineham
  • EFT Training- Dr Sue Johnson
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (CBT-AR)  – ANZAED
  • Assessment of ADHD Training – Australian Psychological Society 
  • ACT with ADHD  – Russ Harris
  • ACT with Suicide & Self Harm – Russ Harris
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) Anthea Fursland


  • Guest Lecturer (University of New South Wales & Macquarie University)
  • Tutor (University of New South Wales & Macquarie University)
  • Trainer (Diploma in Mental Health Work & Youth Services) Victoria
  • Trainer (Home Office, UK)

Jessie Ford, Registered Psychologist

Jessie is a registered psychologist who has a particular interest in supporting families in the perinatal period. She understands each individual experiences this transformative time in life uniquely and aims to meet you where you are at in your experience. Jessie values the importance of the therapeutic relationship. She aims to create a safe space where you can be yourself and get the most out of therapy.

Jessie operates from a person-centred approach working with each client to understand their individual, couple, and family goals. She tailors her therapy approach collaboratively with her clients to assist them toward their goals. Jessie draws from a range of evidence-based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as strengths-based approaches.

When she is not at Happy Minds, Jessie enjoys spending time with her family, music, attempting to bake, and time in nature.


Kate Hardiman, Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Hi there, my name is Kate and I’m an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who works with both children and adults.

I’m a mum of two ducklings, Honey and Sugar. Through this experience and my own lived experience I became hooked on working with matrescence. This led me to find a place with Happy Minds Psychology working with women and their families looking for a sense of wholeness and healing in the perinatal period. 

During our time together you can expect my approach to be gentle and direct. I enjoy a good bit of neuroscience and will probably talk about something called polyvagal theory which is all about the stress system and regulation. I’m also a fan of working the basics like sunshine, sleep, and moving our bodies to keep our head and heart feeling good. 

Working with children has been my go to. I’ve even been a children’s entertainer perfecting the spider man face paint and puppy dog balloon. Kids are playful, honest and curious. Sometimes they get stuck and need the help of those around them, their parents, teachers and other important adults. I’m here to work alongside those important adults with the child at the centre. 

I studied literature and psychology in my Bachelor of Arts. I followed this with an Honours degree in psychology at Deakin University. I then studied at Monash University achieving a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental). I’ve worked in child health research, schools, private practice and community organisations. I’m an endorsed psychologist in the area of educational and developmental psychology. 


Maddy Keegan, Registered Psychologist

Maddy is a fully registered Psychologist who completed all her training at the Happy Minds Psychology clinic.

Her main areas of interest are working with women and children of all ages who are experiencing hardships, and working together to further build coping strategies and tools. She is also experienced in working with children in a school setting and conducting cognitive assessments.

She studied psychology at Deakin University and Australian Catholic University and is looking forward to beginning the practical path of becoming a registered psychologist, specialising in perinatal psychology.

Maddy brings a warm and relaxed approach to the therapeutic relationship, hoping to create a space where you feel understood. She is working closely with our Principal Psychologist Sarah-Jayne to complete her registration and gain experience in perinatal psychology.

Outside of work, you may find Maddy out at the beach with her partner and two dogs, or participating in one of her various craft hobbies, knitting and cross-stitch.


Marta is a psychologist. She respects and values diversity, and works collaboratively with people using an intersectional, holistic, strength-based and affirming approach. Marta’s main interests include neurodivergence (particularly Autism, ADHD and AuADHD), attachment, development, parenting support, life transitions, anxiety, depression and trauma. She is an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. She works with adolescents and adults providing psychotherapy as well as, conducting cognitive and diagnostic assessments. She works with individuals as well as with couples, and has experience working with parents and groups.

She uses skills from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), EMDR and Emotional Coaching. Marta loves learning, is continuously engaged in professional development activities and completing further training in therapeutic skills.Marta is a certified yoga instructor and although she is not currently giving yoga classes, she maintains her own regular yoga and meditation practice. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family, hiking, gardening, playing board games and watching movies.

Academic Qualifications
Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy (GradCertFamilyTherapy)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Bachelor of Psychology

Professional Board/Accreditation
AHPRA General Registration
MAPS (Member of the Australian Psychological Society)

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Gemma Cochrane, Registered Psychologist (telehealth only)

Gemma is an experienced registered psychologist who enjoys working collaboratively with you to gain a shared understanding of your goals. She focuses on building on your existing strengths and creating a warm and safe environment.

Gemma uses a client-centred integrative framework of cognitive behaviour therapy
(CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, and mindfulness
approaches. She is currently undergoing accreditation in evidence-based EFT tapping.

Gemma works with children (8 years +), adolescents, and adults from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. She is passionate about working with parents in the
perinatal period and supporting women and men to make positive change.


DR MEL FORMICA, Registered PSYCHOLOGIST (Maternity leave from May 2024)

Dr Mel Formica is a provisional psychologist who will be finishing her period of supervised practice with the Happy Minds Psychology clinic.

Mel studied at Deakin University and completed her PhD investigating the prevention of cognitive decline in older adults through the use of exercise and nutrition. Mel has experience working with a broad range of presenting issues across the lifespan and is particularly interested in antenatal and postnatal issues including depression and birth trauma, as well as assisting clients to manage medical diagnoses and treatment. Mel is also an EMDR trained therapist. 

Mel has extensive experience working with vulnerable patients in a hospital setting and as such, values a collaborative and client-centred approach to ensure that her clients feel safe and validated through the course of appropriate, evidence-based treatment. Being a new mum, Mel is keen to assist others through their fertility and parenting journeys.

Outside of work, you will find Mel at local cafes with her family, or at home completing DIY renovation projects.