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Dr Jonathan Tandos

Dr Jonathan Tandos

Mobile 0423 157 009
Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

Carlton Psychology Services

Mobile 0423 157 009

Healing is always possible. I look for the authenticity, potential and spirit in people on their journeys. I seek not only to help people resolve their current difficulties, but to equip them for the challenges ahead, empower them to more fully experience their lives and help them discover their true selves. Therapy can not only alleviate suffering, lead to growth and change and promote self-acceptance, but can also be an enlivening and great learning experience for client and therapist alike


  • Carlton Psychology Services, 155 Drummond Street, Carlton, VIC 3053


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Assessment 
  • I recognise the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, traditional custodians of the land upon which I practise. I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

    I have worked as a therapist for 19 years, and have been in private practice in Melbourne for the last 15 years. Clients can be referred by GP for Medicare service; private rebates also available. I can provide specific reports including WPATH gender assessments for hormone therapy or surgery. I am a Clinical Supervisor, and am currently taking enquiries for supervision from generalist and LGBTIQA+ specific therapists. I am fully booked with therapy clients but anticipate taking more enquiries in late 2022 to early 2023.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Bullying, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Creativity, Cultural Issues, Depression, Dreams, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, High Sensitivity, Insomnia, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Loneliness, Men's Issues, Performance Anxiety, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sex Related Issues, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Attachment Theory, Developmental, Dream Work, Experiential, Gestalt, HeartMath, Hypnotherapy, Inner Child, Integrative, Internal Family Systems, Jungian, Meditation, Mindfulness, NLP, Psychodynamic, Transpersonal, Trauma-Informed

    My orientation in therapy is a depth approach to discovering the self, working at a personality and identity level for lasting healing and change. I offer sensitivity and compassion to my clients in a unique, collaborative process of co-creation of therapy specific for them. IFS, mindfulness, hypnosis and trauma strategies are my main modalities, but I also use Gestalt approaches, ACT, NLP, and holistic methods as appropriate. I strive to help clients develop purpose and meaning in their lives through exploring their values, creativity and passions. With assessment including gender review, I maintain a person centred approach with the client as well as using formal assessment to best understand them and meet their needs


    • Bachelor of Behavioral Science with Honours - 2000
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) - 2005
    • Masters in Clinical Psychology - 2005

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    I engage in regular supervision in gender assessment and LGBTIQA+ specialist work, and professional development in IFS, trauma and psychotherapy work. I also maintain ongoing practise in holistic modalities. I have received supervision from psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers and counsellors, and have trained and supervised postgraduate students, community advocates, policymakers, and therapists.


    I have experience as a Clinical Psychologist and researcher in Australia and the UK. I have worked with complex families, children, adolescents and adults in psychology clinics and in public psychiatry. I currently work with adult clients in private practice. Much of my work is with highly sensitive and creative people, spiritually oriented people and LGBTQIA+ people. I work extensively with shame in this community, gender dysphoria and identity development, survivors of conversion practices, HIV issues, queer identities and alternative sexual expressions/kink and sex workers. I bring understanding, acceptance, depth and specialist knowledge to working with non-normative identified people and those seeking spiritual development.


    I work Wednesdays to Fridays at my Carlton rooms. Some after hours sessions on those days are offered.

    Transport and Parking

    Marked free one hour parking and paid two hour parking near the Carlton rooms. Clients are advised to park for more than an hour in the paid bays in case extra time is needed and to avoid parking fines. Nearby bus, train and tram links available


    $230 per session fee with some variability, resulting in out of pocket fee of around $98 after Clinical Psychologist Medicare rebate. Some negotiation of fee possible for ongoing clients due to financial situation. Private health rebates available.

    Payment Options

    EFT, credit or internet transfer payments accepted (cash can also be accepted but is not preferred)

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    10 Questions with Jonathan Tandos

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • Most of my life people have been coming to me to share their stories and issues. In my first experience as a client in counselling I felt inspired and began to consider whether I wanted to be a therapist myself. When I first started studying psychology it fit me, which was in stark contrast to what previous studies felt like. It feels like its genuinely me.

      People fascinate me and my curiosity and empathy in the work has not diminished in almost two decades. As a creative person, dealing with the complexities of people has been a very compelling challenge in adapting to what a specific person needs.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Most of all I've been influenced by Internal Family Systems (IFS), attachment theory, developmental psychology and identity development processes. I've also been influenced by psychoanalysis and Jungian psychology, dreamwork, the nervous system and neuroscience of psychology, Buddhism and mindfulness, transpersonal psychology and altered states of consciousness, synchronicity, The Art of Relating, Myers-Briggs/Jungian personality theory, The Enneagram, The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), Ericksonian hypnosis, mBraining/mBIT (Heartmath), Neorolinguistic Programming (NLP), Gestalt therapy, Multidimensional Psychology (MDP), Havening, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Polyvagal theory, astrology, tarot, mythology and storytelling, following one's heart, queer theory and embodied identity, and Presence
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am interested in the health of the whole human being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I believe that depression, anxiety, trauma and grief are not merely conditions that require treatment, but can signal important Iife transitions, rites of passage, crises or dilemmas that can lead to profound growth and change. Suffering is an inevitable part of the universal human condition but can be transformed through compassion and awareness. I feel we are all here to be the fullest expression of our true selves that we can be, and therapy should bring expansion and greater authenticity of self to people's lives.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I chiefly use IFS, mindfulness/ACT, and hypnosis, alongside Polyvagal theory, aspects of NLP, Gestalt Therapy, havening and compassion based approaches. My orientation is to work deeply on a personality and attachment level as I find this leads to the greatest change. I find myself sharing stories, anecdotes, and referring to various aspects of culture with my clients at times, often trying to assist them to understand the powerful impact of their social, family and cultural conditioning on their lives.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • I think clients begin to feel progress when they form a collaborative and trusting relationship with the therapist in which they feel understood and accepted, and when they start to better understand themselves in a way that feels significant.

      And for most people progress is also felt when they realise they are starting to suffer less and moving further towards the life they truly desire and value. There can be powerful wake up call moments, or deep transformative, emotion releasing moments along the way with certain methods I use, and these really strengthen a client's ongoing commitment to the work.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I feel like I have grown and changed a great deal through both the therapy I have undergone myself and and that I now deliver. Each of my clients is a teacher to me. Through therapy I have become more patient, understanding, compassionate, balanced, and self-accepting of my shortcomings.

      Maybe greatest of all, therapy has helped lead to a great emergence and deepening into my identity over time. My personal journey of identity has led to a great affinity with clients with identity issues, especially queer clients, and I learn more and more about my own identity in working with all my clients. To see parts of oneself in all of my clients strengthens my empathy and deepens my connection to humanity.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I like the individual relationships I form with clients, hearing people's unique stories and becoming more curious. When therapy becomes longer term it is a privilege to be part of the person's ongoing growth and development and to help honour how far that person has come.

      I also like interacting with colleagues and learning about all the different ways to be a good therapist. A good day's work as a therapist can be very satisfying, even with the challenges.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course! Like everyone I am sometimes a bit tired, distracted, or in a mood that makes therapy a bit harder to do. I make mistakes, confront difficult aspects of my personality, and am frustrated by my limitations. But I remind myself that doing my best is very important to me, which helps me carry on.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • I think a lack of compassion for ourselves and others, and difficulty in having healthy boundaries drives many of the problems in the world today. Materialism, competitiveness and lack of community have driven us from empathy, respect, love and other important human values.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • There are many but what immediately comes to mind is Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist which inspires and deeply comforts me, and that I've often turned to in troubled times.

      The version of the song Home from the Diana Ross musical film The Wiz, sung by MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter from the show Pose is very special to me.

      I recently saw the film Coda which deeply touched my heart. So beautiful.
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    Dr Jonathan Tandos

    Jonathan Tandos

    Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

    I am a sensitive, flexible, dynamic and experienced therapist. I consult with adults with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief and loss, trauma, burnout, crisis and identity issues. I specialise in depth approaches including IFS, hypnosis, trauma work, transpersonal work, LGBTQIA+ health including gender assessment, cross cultural work, and work with creative and highly sensitive people. All clients are treated with respect and compassion for their unique circumstances....

    • Carlton
    • ACT, Attachment Theory, Developmental, Dream Work, Experiential, Gestalt, HeartMath, Hypnotherapy, Inner Child, Integrative, Internal Family Systems, Jungian, Meditation, Mindfulness, NLP, Psychodynamic, Transpersonal, Trauma-Informed