• About Us

  • Open Horizons was established by Dr Kathryn Baker.  Operating in Bundoora since 2008 the practice has continued to expand and grow.

    Open Horizons Psychology receives a high number of referrals from medical and health professions in the Northern and North-East Suburbs of Melbourne as well as some rural areas.

    Our practice has grown to include a team of clinical and registered psychologists.

    At Open Horizons Psychology we use evidence-based therapies tailored to our clients’ needs to optimise mental health and personal growth. 

    We focus on providing treatment that is:

    • Understanding
    • Nurturing
    • Effective
    • Genuine
    • Respectful

     

  • Our Team

  • We are a team of clinical and registered psychologists that are highly trained and committed to ongoing professional development and supervision.

    All our staff have postgraduate qualifications in clinical psychology and a range of clinical experiences.

    Our staff are registered with Medicare, Victims of Crime, TAC, WorkSafe, Department of Veteran Affairs and most private insurance schemes.  

  • Psychologists

  • Kathryn has been a clinical psychologist since 2000 and is the director of Open Horizons Psychology.  Kathryn has worked in various clinical and research roles in both the public and private sector. Since 2008 Kathryn has worked within her own private practice that has grown to include a team of psychologists.

    Kathryn has experience working with adolescents, adults and older adults.  Kathryn has worked with clients experiencing a range of presenting problems including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, childhood and adult trauma, psychosis, anger management and emotion regulation, self-esteem difficulties and occupational stress. Kathryn’s approach is largely grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Additionally, Kathryn has a strong interest in Compassion Focused Therapy and training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy.


    Kathryn focuses on developing a shared understanding of individuals’ experiences in a thoughtful, nurturing and encouraging way.  She focuses on working with individuals to strengthen or develop new strategies that promotes healthy wellbeing, compassion and a meaningful life.


    Kathryn has been actively involved in clinical research.  She is a registered supervisor for psychologists and has a strong interest in providing clinical supervision.

  • Dr. Celeste Grant

    Celeste has been a clinical psychologist since 2007 and has worked in both public and private settings.  Celeste has considerable experience in the treatment of a range of mental health difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders and personality disorders.

    She draws upon her training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and mindfulness based approaches to create collaborative treatment plans with clients that address both the symptoms they are struggling with and the underlying patterns that drive these symptoms. 

    Celeste is passionate about developing authentic working relationships with her clients where they can feel safe and empowered.  She has a warm, accepting and nurturing therapeutic style.  Celeste can support individuals to develop new skills for managing difficult feelings, solving problems and managing relationships.  

  • Ms. Amy Gibbs

    Amy has been a clinical psychologist since 2015 and has experience working with adolescents and adults experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, grief and loss, anxiety, relationship difficulties, adjustment to life changes, stress and trauma.  In recent years Amy has worked predominately in the area of youth mental health within a public setting. 

    Amy understands that reaching out for help can be difficult, so is committed to creating a warm and supportive therapeutic space where people can feel safe and respected. 

    Amy acknowledges that every individual is unique with their own personal story.  She values a collaborative and flexible style of therapy, working together to gain a deep understanding of the difficulties each person is facing and developing new skills and strategies to help overcome these and improve mental well-being.  

    Amy draws on a range of evidence-based psychological approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Mindfulness and tailors therapy to meet each person’s need.

  • Dr. Karin Smith-Cerra

    Karin is a clinical psychologist from the United States with over 17 years of experience in both the community and public mental health sectors. 

    Since moving to Australia nearly four years ago Karin has worked with children and families in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma and mental health issues including anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder and parent-child relational issues.  Karin’s special interest is working with children and families however she enjoys working with all ages.

  • Ms. Lee Thurlow

    Lee has been a registered psychologist for over 10 years has qualifications in clinical psychology and further training in Mindful Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  She has experience in both the public, private and corporate sectors that has included community, hospital workplace and private settings.  She has also been involved in teaching and research roles at Swinburne University.

    Lee has a wide range of experience in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, trauma and grief.  She has particular interests in working with clients with social anxiety disorder and those who may be having difficulties adjusting to a medical condition.

    Lee is committed to developing a collaborative working relationship in a safe and nurturing environment.  Her therapeutic style is warm, accepting and encouraging and she aims to assist individuals in developing and reinforcing strategies that will promote and sustain mental well-being and a more personally fulfilling life.  Lee primarily utilises a Mindful Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Framework.  She sees clients via Mental Health Care Plans, Worksafe, Victims of Crime and privately.

  • Ms. Sara Cahill

    Sara has worked as a clinical psychologist since 2006, working for a considerable amount of time in the area of youth mental health. Sara now works with both adolescents and adults and has particular interest in the areas of perinatal mental health and working with new parents, and in the area of eating disorders. Sara also has experience working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties, grief and loss and trauma.

    Sara has training and experience in a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Sara draws from these modalities and aims to tailor therapy to the individual client and to their presenting concerns.

    Sara strives to help clients feel supported, safe and respected in therapy.

    Sara believes in working collaboratively with clients to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their difficulties, as well as to learn new strategies and skills to improve their lives. She feels honoured to be able to assist people to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

    Sara is also a registered supervisor for clinical psychologists.

  • Ms. Laura Nicholls

    Laura is a clinical psychologist practicing since 2016.  Laura has experience working with young people and adults experiencing a range of emotional and mental health difficulties including anxiety and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, personality disorder, stress, grief and trauma.  Laura has worked across a number of clinical and research roles predominantly in the public mental health setting with adolescents and young people in recent years.


    Laura’s style is warm and caring, she is passionate about creating a therapeutic space which is respectful and transparent.  Laura works collaboratively with her clients to develop a clear understanding of their challenges as well as working on skills and strategies to overcome them.  Understanding that everyone’s personal story is different, Laura approaches every client with compassion and curiosity.  Laura works within the frameworks of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  She draws on a range of other evidence-based approaches as appropriate to the individual that she is working with.