Behaviour Support Team
Abbey is a Provisional Psychologist who holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science and Criminology, and has recently completed her Post Graduate training in Psychology at Deakin University. Abbey has experience working with both adult and child populations who present with complex mental health and/or disability and has experience and interest working with mental illness presentations such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder. Abbey is passionate about providing holistic care and identifying all the unique psychological, social and environmental factors that can impact an individual’s mental health. Abbey enjoys weight training, yoga, dancing and being at the beach in her spare time. Abbey receives regular professional supervision from our wonderful Registered Psychologist, Paul.
Ash has recently completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Deakin University, and is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA. She has experience delivering evidence based psychological treatments and interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy across a range of mental illnesses including eating disorders, substance use disorders, depression and anxiety. She has a background working in Out of Home Care and volunteering as a Lifeline telephone counsellor whilst completing her studies. Ash is passionate about assisting adolescents and adults to achieve their goals, improve their mental health and lead meaningful lives. She is passionate about empowering individuals and uses a strengths-based, person centred approach.
Behaviour Support Practitioner (TRENTHAM)
Cate holds Diplomas in Community Welfare and Counselling and is registered with the Australian Counselling Association. Her passion lies in supporting individuals of all abilities and backgrounds to overcome challenges, live safe and fulfilling lives. Cate specialises in trauma and therapeutics gained through extensive training and twenty years working in the Out of Home Care, Family Services and Disability sectors along with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Cate utilises a person centred, strength based, collaborative and inclusive approach where all voices are heard, all contributions are acknowledged and the rights of choice and control are upheld. Cate has lived in Trentham for thirteen years and has comprehensive knowledge of local services and the diversity of populations within the Hepburn shire and Macedon Ranges shire regions.
Behaviour Support Practitioner (LEAVE)
Claudia is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, with Bachelor degrees in Health Science and Social Work. She has completed additional training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy for trauma related disorders, and has recently completed studies in Mental Health and AOD. Claudia worked in the Out of Home Care sector for seven years, delivering trauma-informed support to children and young people, and training their carers in therapeutic/ repair parenting responses. Claudia has also worked across the health sector, including as a Women’s and Children’s social worker, AOD clinician, policy project officer, and in community and rehabilitation settings. Claudia is committed to offering values-oriented support to participants and their families, strengthening relationships, and celebrating diversity within our community.
*Claudia is on maternity leave and will not be receiving referrals. We wish Claudia all the best and cannot wait to have her back in mid 2021!*
Behaviour Support Practitioner (MILDURA)
Elissa is a qualified Social Worker, having obtained a Bachelor of Human Services and Masters of Social Work from Latrobe University in Mildura, Elissa is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Elissa has extensive experience working within the local Indigenous community across a range of Family Service and Out of Home Care roles working with often disadvantaged and traumatised children and families. Additional roles have focused on the adolescent cohort, trauma experiences, the leaving care arena and reconnection of positive relationships with family, this was achieved by considering all biopsychosocial domains to ensure a holistic and through approach at all times to support successful and maintainable outcomes. The importance of learning and professional development is a passion of Elissa’s to ensure that the most appropriate and practical service and support can be offered.
Ellie is a Provisional Psychologist with a keen interest in working with children on the Autism spectrum. She has worked with children as a Peer Mentor and has volunteered as a telephone counsellor with Lifeline Australia whilst completing her Psychology studies. Ellie would like to use her skills to implement strategies and interventions to assist with emotional regulation and understanding, development of social skills, self-esteem, mood and behavioural concerns. She is passionate about empowering individuals and families to reach their goals and achieve positive change.
Behaviour Support Practitioner
Georgina is a Social Worker with over twenty years experience working with families, the mental health sector and in community health. Georgina has recently gained a Masters of Mental Health (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Studies). She enjoys collaborating with families and systems and takes a strength based approach that focuses on the unique situation, hopes and goals of those involved. She has two children, a menagerie of animals and enjoys reading, the beach, film, music and chocolate.
Behaviour Support Practitioner (MILDURA)
Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Jackie has experience working with the Aboriginal community in the Out of Home Care space, working with children with disabilities and children in cross cultural placements. She has worked as a disability support worker and has been an approved foster carer for children with disabilities. Jackie has also worked with Aboriginal, CALD and mainstream communities within the Family Violence sector and has experience with the significant challenges faced by people with disabilities in violent relationships. She has assisted individuals to negotiate systems and environments to improve their futures. Jackie has an interest in the way that society shapes and influences behaviour and societal attitudes toward differently abled people, that sits alongside a passion to see individuals be the driving force in their own lives.
Jaimie is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed an Honours degree in Psychology at Monash University. Jaimie has keen interests in the fields of mental health and behaviour support. She is passionate about supporting people’s autonomy and dignity through a holistic, person-centered approach to care.
Behaviour Support Practitioner
Kalli is a qualified Social Worker having completed a Social Work and Social Science (Psychology) double degree at RMIT in 2015. Kalli has more than 10 years’ experience working with children, families and adults and is passionate about the human rights and dignity of people with all abilities. Kalli works alongside participants and families utilising a client centred and strengths-based approach. Kalli has spent many years providing practical and therapeutic support to adult and children victim survivors of domestic violence and in recent years has changed focus to supporting NDIS participants who use challenging behaviour. Kalli understands that all behaviour is telling a story and is interested in understanding the unique stories that people tell us. Kalli is passionate about advocating for a more inclusive society in which people of all abilities are valued.
Behaviour Support Practitioner
Melinda started out with a Bachelor in Journalism, added on a Grad Dip in Environmental Management and later Teaching (Primary), then ‘turned left’ and taught and did one-on-one educational therapy with children in the Steiner school system for a good few years. In the past decade she studied counselling and specialised in children’s counselling and facilitating parenting programs. Her most recent Grad Dip is Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and she’s worked for the past 5 years as a therapeutic mediator for separated families. Melinda’s passion and learning pursuits are around neuroscience-therapeutic approaches plus emotional intelligence/emotional parenting, healthy relationships, attachment theory, circle of security, non-violent communication, conflict resolution.
Psychologist / Behaviour Support Practitioner
Paul has worked in many areas helping people as a psychologist. Paul has extensive experience working with children adolescents and adults.
He is an AHPRA registered psychologist and psychologist supervisor and has worked with both the Australian Psychological Society and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in determining best practice guidelines for management of clients with complex psychosocial needs. Paul has presented at international, national and regional conferences and is passionate about contributing to the improved mental health outcomes for the community. In his spare time Paul enjoys fishing for flathead on Corio Bay and doing woodwork projects.
Behaviour Support Therapist
Tania brings a wealth of knowledge working with families experiencing challenges and trauma for
the past 20 years, specialising as a family separation counsellor for children and parents also working in Disability Service’s as a Behavioural Support Therapist and has work within DHHS Supported Accommodation Services, a Case Management and Team Leader. Working with families, teens and children is a crystallisation of what she’s care about deeply; that even in challenging situations Tania is able work towards a healthy outcome, supported by families, peers and services. It motivates her to come to work each day. Tania is very ‘real’ in her approach to life and families.