Our experience working with thousands of clients from a variety of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and clients right across the lifespan helps us to recognise what’s happening for you faster.
That means we can help you implement strategies right from the first session of counselling which bring you relief, hope and change.
Nasihah provides you with a safe, friendly and confidential service. We do have services currently provided in English and Turkish for those who prefer to speak in their first language.
Nasihah staff are highly qualified and registered with the AHPRA and abide by the Code of Ethics as set out by the Australian Psychological Society.
Monique Toohey - Managing Director & Principal Psychologist
Monique founded Nasihah Consulting Group – Northern Psychology Clinic in 2005. She has an academic and 23 year professional background in child and family psychology and started her career working as a school psychologist. Over the last two decades she has managed countless types of therapy and psycho-education programs for adolescents, parents and adults and delivered countless presentations in the areas of mental health awareness and family violence prevention.
She is one of Australia’s leading cross-cultural psychologists and is a thought leader in the area of cultural intelligence and provides CQ training and advisory to a myriad of corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations in this area.
She is a Lecturer in the Master of Clinical Counselling course at the Australian Catholic University (ACU Melb) in Cross-cultural counselling and sits on the Australian Psychological Societies’ (APS) Psychology and Culture Interest Group committee.
She has a special interest in the role of faith, mental health and wellbeing and has delivered psychological services, project management and professional consulting services to over 40 Australian Muslim organisations, making her one of the highest profile Muslim Psychologists in Australia. She is the President elect of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA), which coordinates a range of Interfaith conferences and anti-racism interfaith education initiatives in schools for students and teachers.
She has been seen on ABC TV Hungry Beast, Lateline, featured in The Australian, The Age, The Herald-Sun, ABC & 3AW radio, 2016 Melbourne Writer’s Festival and recently delivered the 2017 Tasmanian Annual Peace Trust Lecture. Monique has a number of published works including her debut book,Without You: Rising above the impact of an abusive relationship (2014).
Monique is fluent in the use of the following therapies with clients from culturally and faith diverse backgrounds: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Strength-based therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Boundaries therapy.
Dr. Senem Eren, Principal Psychologist & Partner
Senem is an Adjunct Professor at the Ibn Haldun University in Turkey where she teaches positive psychology and cross-cultural counselling. She has over 14 years of research and clinic experience working with children, adults, couples and families across private practice, hospitals and school settings. She completed her PhD in 2010 at Melbourne University in the field of trauma. She is a founding member of Green Crescent Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that provides culturally intelligent education and awareness programs for substance and behavioural addictions among Culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Senem is not only fluent in Turkish, but also in the use of the following therapies with clients from culturally and faith diverse backgrounds: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Strength-based therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Boundaries therapy.