Our experienced team of Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Behaviour Specialists are passionate, experienced, caring and determined to help children, youth and families live their best life.
Kathleen
Kathleen
  • Educational and Developmental Psychology Registrar, Discipline Lead
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Kathleen is a Registered Psychologist with a number of years’ experience working with young people in Out of Home Care settings and providing behavioural support to individuals with complex behavioural needs. Kathleen uses a range of therapeutic modalities including, Behavioural Analysis, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Kathleen takes a playful and curious approach when working with children, young people and their families to ensure that they feel comfortable and safe in the therapeutic environment. Kathleen is passionate about supporting individuals and families to understand the purpose behind a behaviour and using this knowledge to develop new skills for more effective communication. She is also a firm believer in evidenced based practice and working in a holistic framework to provide informed and consistent support.

Outside of work, Kathleen spends her time with family and friends, watching home renovation shows and trying to be a better cook.

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Delna
Delna
  • Speech and Language Pathologist, Discipline Lead
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Delna is a Speech and Language Pathologist with over 10 years experience working in schools and providing support to individuals with Autism and other disabilities. Delna has worked in Sydney and London, across a variety of special needs schools, community-based services, private practice and early intervention centres.

Delna is passionate about ensuring each individual has the opportunity to reach their full communicative potential. She holds a special interest in expressive communication and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and likes to work together with families and professionals to ensure an integrated, holistic and well-supported approach. Delna recently conducted an action research project looking at the development and implementation of individualised AAC systems as a school-wide approach.

Delna has a sound understanding of the national curriculum and is currently completing a Masters of Primary Teaching. Delna established the Therapists in Disability and Schools Network in Sydney and remains an active member.

Outside of work, Delna enjoys spending time with her kids, cooking and renovating. 

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Erin
Erin
  • Registered Psychologist
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Erin is a Registered Psychologist with experience working with children and families from a trauma informed approach who present with complex trauma, poor self-image, poor socialisation, educational difficulties, dysfunctional behaviour, anti-social behaviours, suicidal tendencies, history of sexually/physically violent behaviour, inappropriate sexual behaviour, difficulties in controlling their behaviour, emotional problems, mental health issues.

Erin uses a range of evidenced based cognitive and behavioural interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and modalities including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Contingency management, Solution focussed Therapy, and Trauma Informed Therapy.

Erin’s strength is her passion for supporting individuals and their families to understand the purpose of attachment, working across several theoretic frameworks, helping parents and children build better attachment relationships through attachment-based play and promoting the matching of educational and therapeutic interventions to the child or young person’s developmental needs across many different domains and actively engaging with children and their family systems by focusing on their strengths and interests. 

 Outside of work Erin enjoys Crossfit and spending time with her family, children and fur babies.

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Darrin
Darrin
  • Registered Psychologist
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Darrin is a Registered Psychologist who is experienced in supporting young people and adolescents. Darrin spent over 20 years as a teacher before becoming a Psychologist. He has a wide range of experience working with young people and relates and communicates with them well. 

Darrin has experience in working with anxiety and mood disorders in young people and uses a wide range of therapeutic techniques including CBT and ACT. He takes great care in developing strong therapeutic relationships with the young person and the families he works with. He develops a holistic approach to working with young people considering family systems, peer relationships and educational contexts.

Darrin moved from Albury/Wodonga where he has worked as a teacher and Psychologist to join the team at Beam Health in Warners Bay, Newcastle. Darrin grew up in Newcastle and has always considered the area as home. 

He has 2 grown daughters and loves the beach, bike riding and cooking (and eating!)

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Ben
Ben
  • Registered Psychologist
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Benjamin is a Registered Psychologist with experience working in out-of-home care and private practice. Benjamin began working as a Provisional Psychologist in 2014, and he achieved general registration in March, 2017. Benjamin is skilled in psychological testing, therapy, behaviour support, and suicide intervention.                                                   

Benjamin is particularly interested in depression, anger, and psychological testing. Benjamin utilises a client-centred approach that focusses on a young person’s goals and existing strengths. Wherever possible, he tailors evidence-based practice to the specific needs of the young person to maximise treatment efficacy.

In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys Soccer, Chess, and playing his PlayStation.  

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Sally
Sally
  • Registered Psychologist
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Sally is a registered psychologist who has a warm and practical approach to therapy. She has worked with families in some amazing places including in rural and remote parts of Australia volunteering her time to work with the homeless before moving to Newcastle in 2017.

Sally has worked with children, youth, families and professionals in community services context, with a specialised interested in trauma and attachment. Sally’s enthusiastic and warm manner assists in developing safe and comfortable relationship with children and their families. Sally is committed to therapeutic interventions that are client-centred, creative, and focus on children’s strengths and interests. Her focus is providing evidence based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, as well as creative therapies and teaching relaxation and mindfulness. Sally is an LGBTIQA+ ally.

Outside of work Sally likes going to the beach, try new foods and spend time with her friends and family.

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Rebecca
Rebecca
  • Registered Psychologist
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Rebecca is a Registered Psychologist with over 12 years experience within a range of fields including private practice, occupational rehabilitation and employment support. Rebecca is great experience working with young people with a variety of concerns. 

Her approach to therapy is both sensitive and evidence-based, structured and tailored to client’s individual needs, with defined outcomes. Rebecca makes use of clinical approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Imaginal Exposure and In vivo Exposure Therapy. 

Rebecca has a special interest in adolescent mental health and can help with concerns around depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, grief and loss, OCD, personality disorders, eating disorders, self-harm, etc.

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Melissa
Melissa
  • Registered Psychologist
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Mel is a Registered Psychologist and has experience working with adolescents, young people and adults with mild mental health issues to severe mental illness. Mel is passionate about prevention and early intervention and is therefore drawn to working with children, young people and families.

Mel is committed to helping people live fuller, more meaningful lives and strives to provide a therapeutic space that is safe, respectful and compassionate. Mel values a playful, practical, evidence based approach and aims to be curious and collaborative to support individuals and their families reach shared goals. Mel draws on a number of therapeutic frameworks and techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focussed Therapy (SFT) and Mindfulness.

Although intensely interested in all areas of psychology, Mel’s special interest groups are mood and anxiety concerns, resolving stress, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, low self-esteem/resilience, self-harming and suicidal behaviours, personality disorders, and culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and families.

Mel is a mum to two children and enjoys spending time with family and friends, the great outdoors, singing, and a good soy chai tea.

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Vivien
Vivien
  • Speech Pathologist
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Vivien is a Speech Pathologist with experience working in the Newcastle and Hunter areas supporting children and adults achieve their communication goals. Vivien has experience working with early childhood educators and enhancing their knowledge of Speech Pathology strategies to support children's language and speech development. 

 Vivien loves working with individuals and their families to support them to become more confident in their communicative interactions. She believes she has the most rewarding role and is passionate about addressing functional goals which are important to the individual. 

 Vivien has completed Hanen training and also uses Key Word Sign to support children's communication development. Vivien values the importance of collaborating with other allied health professionals to ensure holistic care for all. 

 Vivien loves spending time with family and friends, relaxing on the beach and exploring new places. 

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Emmanuel
Emmanuel
  • Behaviour Support Practitioner
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Emmanuel is currently completing his final year of his Bachelor of Psychology at The University of Newcastle. Emmanuel has spent the last two years working as an applied behavioural analysis therapist. He has focused on clients with high needs and complex behaviours accommodating to a variety of needs. 

Emmanuel is aiming to become a Board-Certified Behavioural Analyst and is interested in working with children and adolescents that have challenging and complex behaviours. Emmanuel thrives in analysing the functions of behaviours and then tailoring programs that allow for the appropriate management of these behaviours. 

He will be working predominantly with NDIS participants and families, developing and implementing high quality Behaviour Support Plans. 

In his spare time, Emmanuel enjoys spending time with his friends, listening to music and reading. 

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Brady
Brady
  • Provisional Psychologist
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For the past ten years Brady has been working with children and adolescents. He has been in mentorship, leadership and soccer coaching roles which has stemmed a passion for helping children realise their full potential.

Brady has also had a vast experience in the mental health field including drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, orphanages, dementia centres, support worker roles and has assisted research on CBT, anxiety, depression and body image. 

Brady has also worked heavily in a therapeutic context with children on the Autism Spectrum. Brady completed his Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree in 2016 at Macquarie University and has received his provisional registration with AHPRA.

In his spare time he enjoys watching soccer, surfing and spending time with his family and friends.

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Alex
Alex
  • Provisional Psychologist
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Alex is a Master of Clinical Psychology candidate, Provisionally Registered Psychologist and early career researcher, having a Ph.D awarded in 2015. He is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has training in cognitive behavioural therapy, general counselling and motivational interviewing using these to engage with young persons

He has worked as a student in adult psychology services, brain injury as well as drug and alcohol. He also has research experience investigating auditory processing in younger control, healthy older and persons with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Alex has also worked in a research capacity with children, adolescents and persons with a diagnosis of parkinsons and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

Alex has extensive experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and has supervised, trained and mentored Honours students and Ph.D candidates, tutored and developed content in the undergraduate psychology program at multiple universities. Alex has also coached and volunteered in youth football.  

To relax Alex likes to bushwalk, surf and watch football.

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Grace
Grace
  • Provisional Psychologist
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Grace is a Provisional Psychologist who is close to obtaining her General Registration. Grace is an incredibly engaging and friendly clinician which allows her to easily establish rapport and build strong therapeutic relationships with people from all walks of life.

She has significant experience working with children, adolescence and families in addressing many psychological issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, stress and adjustment issues.

Grace has a keen interest in working with children and teenagers and helping them recover from complex trauma. She is experienced in delivering a number of evidenced based therapeutic interventions including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Grace has a passion for animals and adores her two rescue cats. In her spare time she loves to be around family and friends.

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Rebecca
Rebecca
  • Behaviour Therapy Assistant
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Rebecca is a qualified Primary school teacher with a major in special education.

Currently studying a degree in Psychology through the University of Newcastle, Rebecca hopes to become a Clinical psychologist in the future.

Rebecca has a passion for working with children and adolescents. Her goal is to ensure school is a positive and enriching experience for all by empowering students to identify and thrive in personal areas of strength. Rebecca’s work has seen her travel to communities all over with a personal highlight her time working in rural and Indigenous communities in Mount Isa.

Rebecca has spent the last 4 years working as the teacher of an Emotional Disturbance support unit in the Hunter Valley. During this time, she assisted students who have severe emotional and behavioural support needs to learn coping skills and strategies to empower them as they move through their schooling experience.

In her spare time Rebecca enjoys staying active and experiencing the outdoors through travelling, mountain biking and spending time by the beach. 

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Brenton
Brenton
  • Behaviour Therapy Assistant
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Brenton has worked in various settings including with The Salvation Army for ten years in Sydney as both a youth worker and youth worker trainer across NSW, ACT and QLD. 

He then spent some time as a stay at home Dad, before heading in to school’s in Raymond Terrace and Wakefield as a School Chaplain supporting staff, students and parents, and working with various agencies and organisations in the community. 

He was heavy involved in establishing The Terrace parkrun and has been involved in using his passion for cycling and running to raise money for various charities. This also included a project where he raised over $9000 for twelve different charities in twelve months through twelve different cycling and running events. He believes strongly in the benefits for physical, emotional and mental health through exercise, and the community that can be found through participation in events like parkrun, and cycling and running clubs. 

He is currently studying Social Work doing a Masters through the University of New England and is passionate about supporting people to experience the best of what life can offer, and journeying with people in reaching the goals they have for themselves and the people they love and care about. 

He is father of two older teenage children and values what they have taught him about himself and the world. 

As a Behaviour Therapy Assistant, Brenton works with children and young people at their home, in-school and at other community settings supporting them and their parents, carers and teachers to implement behaviour strategies consistently and effectively to create positive behaviour change.

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