The Team

Nasalifya, MAPsych, PGDip Clin Psych, BA

Nasalifya Namugala Namwinga (not taking new clients)

Founder of Pola Psychology, Clinical Psychologist, Board Approved Supervisor

Nasalifya is a Naarm (Melbourne)-based black psychologist, she is passionate about working from an inter-sectional perspective to support clients. She specialises in working with adults, with a particular interest in culturally responsive clinical practice.

She trained as a clinical psychologist in Aotearoa (New Zealand) before moving to Melbourne. ​She has experience in the forensic and health sector and is able to provide psychological assessment and treatment for a wide range of issues. Nasalifya is able to use a variety of therapy approaches, including cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), metacognitive therapy (MCT), and attachment-based approaches to assist individuals to achieve their goals and increase overall well-being.

Her choice of therapy approach is dependent on client needs and may include a combination of approaches, this is discussed and decided collaboratively in sessions. She aims to provide inclusive and responsive care to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Cost: $150 – $200 with medicare rebate of $126.50

Nasalifya@polapsychology.com


Tigist, M. Counselling, BA

Tigist Kebede 

Counsellor, @ThecolouredTherapist (Instagram), Educator

Tigist is a counsellor who lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne). Tigist has a master in counselling and has a work history in the field of complex trauma, particularly in the areas of family/domestic violence and sexual assault.

As a person of colour, Tigist can understand the societal, systemic and institutional oppression that exists for minoritised people. While each person’s experience is unique, Tigist understands how daily acts of oppression can impact on ones physical, emotional, and mental health.She is a passionate advocate for equitable practices and employs an anti-oppressive and intersectional lens when working with clients.

Her work is primarily directed at addressing power and privilege, supporting minoritised people and employing trauma informed practices.Ultilizing an array of therapeutic approaches and interventions which include three phased approach to trauma, cognitive behavioural therapy, and narrative therapy, Tigist can work with clients to address a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, sexual assault/abuse, family violence, work-related stress, grief, and loss.Tigist acknowledges her privilege in working alongside clients during their therapeutic journey and places the client-therapist relationship in the forefront of all her work.

Cost – $100 weekday and $120 weekend and after hours (cost is not covered under Medicare but may be subsided through private health insurance)

Tigist@polapsychology.com