Dr Melanie Tokley

Dr Melanie Tokley

Dr Melanie Tokley is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with a wealth of local and international experience. She has over ten years experience working in public hospitals, private practice, and medico-legal sectors in Australia and London, UK. She has worked in acute specialist wards, rehabilitation hospitals and in communities and clinics delivering outpatient therapy.

Dr Tokley is passionate about skillful psychological inquiry into the human condition and has focused her  skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Approaches, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She treats mild, moderate and severe mood disorders and clinical conditions, including recurrent depression, anxiety, panic disorder, emotional adjustment disorders, and difficulties with emotion regulation and stress management.

Throughout her clinical career, Dr Tokley has worked with a wide variety of neurological and mental health presentations, and patients with complex and multiple comorbidities. She has worked with patients from a diversity of cultures, faiths, and backgrounds, including Arabic and Orthodox Jewish communities. Dr Tokley has expertise in treating patients with Functional Neurological Syndrome Disorder (also known as Conversion Disorder or Somatoform Disorder). She was the lead researcher in a pioneering pilot study investigating the effectiveness of a group-based ACT intervention for this patient population. Dr Tokley has an interest in differentiating organic
symptoms from psychological sequelae for the effective treatment of emotional adjustment disorders to support recovery from chronic or acute illness, and non-neurological and neurological disorders, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and dementia. She is highly skilled in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation to treat deficits in the attentional systems, memory functioning, or dysexecutive syndromes and personality change.

Through her training in both Western and Eastern psycho therapeutic approaches, Dr Tokley works flexibly and dynamically to deliver effective evidence-based psychological treatment tailored to the client’s needs and presenting problems. Dr Tokley is known among her colleagues for her warmth, clarity, patience and dedication to psychological inquiry to guide patients to understand the root of their suffering, and make positive change to support their psychological health, wellness and flourishing.

Qualifications & Memberships

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology); Melbourne, Australia
Masters of Studies (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy); University of Oxford, UK
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours); Flinders University, Australia
Registered Psychologist with neuropsychology endorsement (AHPRA, Australia)
Registered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC, UK)
Chartered Clinical Psychologist (BPS)