At Rise Up Psychological Services, we focus and invest in client engagement whilst building a genuine and trusting connection. Our aim is to build connections and safety to help clients gradually remove all barriers and defenses.

The values of respect, choice, empowerment, collaboration, openness, safety and trustworthiness are fundamental and underpin the work we do. We aim to keep abreast of and operate in accordance with current research, evidence-based practices, and highest standard of care.

We integrate a range of evidence-based therapies to meet the needs of our clients. Our therapies include: Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Systems/Family Therapy, Interpersonal Approaches (IPT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Maria Fillipou – Forensic Psychologist

Registration No: PSY0001356415

Maria has worked in the field of child and family since 2003. She has over 13 years’ experience working in Forensic Psychology in the area of child protection, family preservation, Out-of-Home care, child development and diagnostic services, complex developmental trauma, attachment difficulties, parenting capacity and systemic work.

She takes a genuine collaborative, client-centered and family focused approach. Maria is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), APS College of Forensic Psychologist and is a Board Approved Supervisor.

She is a qualified facilitator of 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching parenting, Circle of Security Parenting Program, Cool Kids Anxiety Program, Reparative Parenting Program for Foster and Kinship Carers, and Tuning into Teens: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting.

Maria’s interests are in complex developmental trauma, child protection and OoHC, parent-child relationship and attachment work, and parenting capacity. Maria is an approved external provider for the Department of Communities and Justice.