Therapy Team

Therapy Team

Aaron

Aaron

Occupational Therapist

Aaron is an Occupational Therapist with experience in working with adults living with physical and psychosocial disabilities to achieve their personal and NDIS goals. Aaron has experience working with assistive technology, home modifications, SIL and SDA. Aaron brings a range of experience including assessment and support in implementing therapy to improve life outcomes for participants

Abbey

Abbey

Provisional Psychologist

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. 

Abby

Abby

Occupational Therapist

Abby has a keen interest in working with adolescents and adults to achieve their goals. She is passionate about promoting independence and making a positive change in client’s lives. Abby has experience in early childhood intervention, aged care and community rehabilitation. Abby also worked as a disability support worker throughout her university degree and as a result has a passion for helping individuals with varying disabilities.

Alex

Alex

Occupational Therapist

Alex is an Occupational Therapist with experience in working with adults (18+ years of age) towards achieving their personal goals. Alex has a keen interest in working within the mental health sector by supporting individuals in their homes, work and the community. Alex brings a range of experience including assessment and development of graded interventions to ensure the people he works with are set up for success, as well as being provided with the relevant tools and strategies for ongoing improvement in their daily life. 

Anahita

Anahita

Physiotherapist

Anahita is an AHPRA registered passionate physiotherapist with an experience of more than 13 years. Anahita graduated as a Physiotherapist in India and completed her postgraduation in Masters of Public Health, specialising in Research and Masters of Health Science, specialising in Occupational Health and Safety from Western Sydney University, Sydney. Anahita comes with a diverse experience in private practice, hospital and community. Her strengths include Musculoskeletal rehab, Neurological rehab, Cardiovascular rehab and Hydrotherapy.  She has experience in working for clients with disabilities, developmental delays, post Orthopaedic surgeries, Stroke, Motor Neuron Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Falls, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Brain or Spinal Cord Injuries, Spinal pain or Musculoskeletal pain, and has achieved best outcomes for her clients. She strongly believes in providing physiotherapy services with empathy, respect, collaboration and innovation. Anahita enjoys listening to traditional instrumental music and cooking. 

Anna

Anna

Dietitian

Anna is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about supporting and empowering individuals and families to achieve their health, nutrition and life goals. Anna is committed to providing inclusive and participant-centred care to support people’s independence and community participation. Anna utilises a holistic and evidence-based approach to help participants with a range of nutritional, feeding and wellbeing issues. Anna receives regular professional supervision from our very own, highly regarded Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Shellie.

Ash

Ash

Psychologist

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.

Ashlie

Ashlie

Occupational Therapist (MATERNITY LEAVE)

Ashlie is an Occupational Therapist with a background in disability, childhood intervention and working with families. Ashlie is person centered in her approach and has a passion for equality and inclusion.

*Ash is currently on maternity leave and will return mid 2022. We wish Ash all the best and cannot wait for her to return!* 

Brooke

Brooke

Provisional Psychologist/Behaviour Support Practitioner

Brooke is a provisional psychologist who completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Deakin University in 2020. Brooke is a passionate clinician who has particular interest in child psychology and complex psycho-social presentations and supporting young people to achieve their therapeutic goals early in life. Brooke has a background in youth case work, working in the area of homelessness, mental health, youth justice and family violence.

Cate

Cate

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.

Christine

Christine

Group Facilitator/Therapy Assistant

Christine is a passionate and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist re-entering the workforce after taking time out to raise her young family. She has a background and keen interest in working creatively with school aged children and supporting families to achieve their goals. Christine also has experience working in aged care and community rehabilitation. Christine is committed to supporting and empowering people of all ages and abilities to achieve goals that are meaningful to them.

Claudia

Claudia

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Claudia is an AASW Social Worker with dual Bachelor degrees, and a Postgraduate qualification in Developmental Trauma . She has completed additional training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and studies in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. Claudia has a special interest in psychosocial disability, as well working with participants who have experienced adversity (trauma). She enjoys family based work, adult counselling, and welcomes participants from the GLBTIQ+ community. Since commencing at AYS she has also enjoyed a new area of practice for her, bringing a collaborative approach to working young people with PDA. With a background in the Out of Home Care sector as well as the health system, Claudia offers a breadth of experience working with participants across the lifespan in line with their strengths. Claudia is committed to offering values-based support to participants and their families, strengthening relationships, and celebrating diversity within our community.

Danyelle

Danyelle

Early Childhood Early Intervention Key Worker

Danyelle graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) in 2018 and is currently studying her Masters in Social Work. Danyelle has worked in the teaching field for two years. During this time, she has gained many skills to support the development of children and their individual needs. Danyelle is extremely passionate about using a collaborate/inclusive approach. She believes this kind of approach allows for a shared vision in achieving children’s goals. Danyelle absolutely loves working with children! She has a strong desire to support children to develop the skills they need to participate in their daily activities and to achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

Ellie

Ellie

Psychologist

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.

Emil

Emil

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Emil holds a Bachelor in Psychological Science and has experience supporting participants as a peer mentor and support coordinator. In his spare time Emil enjoys creating art, listening to music, pokemon, soccer, basketball, bike riding and animals. Emil is passionate about seeing change and progress in his participants and enjoys being able to help participants build their capacity and improve their quality of life.

Emma

Emma

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Emma has recently graduated from Deakin University after completing a bachelor of psychology (honours). Emma has worked in the disability and mental health sector in roles such as support work, youth residential rehabilitation and positive behaviour support. In her spare time Emma enjoys yoga, reading, hiking and rock climbing

Emma

Emma

Group Facilitator

Emma is a qualified Occupational Therapist with a fun and bubbly personality. Opportunities throughout her career have lead her to a passion for mental health and thus an interest for working within the area. Emma would like to use her strengths and motivation to engage people in meaningful activities and enjoy a greater quality of life. She has experience working with people with a disability, substance abuse and addiction and mental health.

Georgina

Georgina

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Georgina is a Social Worker and a Registered Behaviour Support Practitioner with the NDIS Quality and Safegaurds Commission. She has over twenty years experience working with families, the mental health sector and in community health. Georgina’s area of expertise is working with children and families, especially where trauma, disrupation and stress contribute to the disability related challenges of children and young people.  She has a Masters of Mental Health from Monash University (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Studies).  Georgina enjoys collaborating with families and the systems that support them, and takes a strength based approach that focuses on the unique situation, hopes and goals of those involved. 

Felicity

Felicity

Occupational Therapist

Felicity has completed a Bachelor degree of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She has a background working with children, adolescents and their families helping to support their independence and community participation. Her passion lies in supporting children aged 4-18 years old to reach their goals and increase their level of independence whether it is at school, at home or within the community. Felicity specialises in working with participants on the following areas of support; emotional regulation, sensory regulation, social communication skills, independent living skills and daily routines, as well as fine and gross motor skills. Felicity strongly believes in using a holistic approach with her participants and their families.

Georgia

Georgia

Occupational Therapist

Georgia is an Occupational Therapist with experience supporting adolescents and adults. Georgia is passionate about empowering participants to increase their independence and achieve their goals. Georgia has experience with functional assessments, assistive technology prescription, life skills development, minor home modifications, SIL and SDA. Georgia has also facilitated the evidence-based PEERS program for young adults. 

Georgia

Georgia

Speech Pathologist

Georgia is a positive and enthusiastic Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Georgia has a holistic view of health and is passionate about adopting a family centred approach to therapy and building a strong rapport with the child and their family. Georgia loves being able to help make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families and sharing progress and successes with them. Georgia believes that making therapy fun and incorporating children’s interests is the best way for learning to occur.

Hayley

Hayley

Occupational Therapist

Hayley is an Occupational Therapist who has recently graduated from Deakin University. Hayley previously worked as a Disability Support Worker which ignited her passion for enabling people’s independence in their day to day lives. Hayley also has experience with children and adolescents and is very enthusiastic to begin her career in this field to facilitate participants with meeting their goals to enhance their health and wellbeing.

Holly

Holly

Occupational Therapist / Early Childhood Early Intervention Key Worker

Holly is an Occupational Therapist and Early Intervention Key Worker specialising in children under 7 years. Holly has particular interest and experience working with children with physical and intellectual disabilities, particularly equipment and assistive technology for children under 7. Over the past 7 years Holly has worked in several Special Education settings as a school-based Occupational Therapist, and also in Early Intervention, supporting young children and their families in their homes, kindergarten and the community.  

Jackie

Jackie

Early Childhood Early Intervention Key Worker

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, and have extensive experience working as a Kindergarten Teacher and Educational Leader in a variety of early childhood settings over the past 13 years. During this time Jackie has developed a strong set of skills to support the varying needs of children and families, and established detailed understanding of early child development, working with vulnerable families, and the school transition process. Jackie recognises the importance of the family in a child’s learning and development, and is passionate about ensuring children and families feel involved and empowered.

Jade

Jade

Certified Therapy Assistant

Jade has completed her Cert IV in Allied Health Assistance – Occupational Therapy and is continuing her studies with Deakin to complete a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She is deeply passionate about helping others and enjoys taking a creative approach to developing new skills. She is a very approachable, honest and compassionate person who looks forward to building strong connections with participants and their families.

Jackie

Jackie

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

Jaimie

Provisional Psychologist

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. 

Kalli

Kalli

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.

Melinda

Melinda

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. 

Michelle

Michelle

Group Therapy Coordinator /Early Childhood Early Intervention Key Worker

Michelle has over 10 years experience working in education, in Primary, Secondary and as a specialist Visual Art teacher. She is passionate about group based practices and the benefit participants get from social interactions with their peers. Michelle has an extensive knowledge and interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and is the facilitator of the primary school girls social group run through The Treehouse.

Nicole

Nicole

Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Nicole is an Occupational Therapist with many years experience working across a range of settings supporting adults living with psychosocial disability, as well as children and adolescents experiencing social and emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression, and neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD and ADHD.   Nicole is also experienced supporting children and adult with intellectual disabilities.  Her varied skills and experiences place her well to support those with complex needs facing challenges on multiple levels with a holistic approach.

Paul

Paul

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.

Raquel

Raquel

Physiotherapist

Raquel has completed a Master of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Raquel has experience working with adults to help achieve their goals and improve their independence and safety in the home and community. Raquel brings a range of experience including transfer, gait and falls assessments, developing home exercise programs, gym and hydrotherapy programs. 
Rebekah (Bek)

Rebekah (Bek)

Early Childhood Early Intervention Key Worker

Bek has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood and 12 years experience in early years settings. She has also been involved in the implementation of early intervention programs, actively providing support to children with a variety of needs and working with their families to achieve best outcomes. Bek is also fluent in Auslan and is passionate about utilising these skills to enhance communicative skills. Her particular area of passion is working with children on their emotional regulation skills and ensuring families and educators working with children feel supported and empowered to utilise skills that best support the children they care for. She is very much looking forward to working with children and their families to help children reach their full personal potential.

Shellie

Shellie

Dietitian

Ages – 0-7
Shellie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for working with children in collaboration with their families to improve the nutritional quality of their diets and help to create positive mealtime experiences. Shellie specialises in working with children with selective eating/problem feeders, weight management (underweight/overweight), food allergies & intolerances and is enthusiastic about working on improving specific nutritional issues for your child. Shellie supports families to take the stress out of mealtimes by giving strategies for mealtimes, breaking down the evidence and putting it into practical nutrition goals that includes everyday foods. Shellie has also had further training in using the SOS Approach to Feeding which is helpful for those needing support with problem feeding. Shellie has completed the Monash University FODMAP training for Dietitians for the dietary management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Sophie

Sophie

Occupational Therapist

Sophie has developed a strong passion and drive to make a positive change in the lives of individuals and families. Sophie strives to improve clients overall well-being and sense of self-worth.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Occupational Therapist

Steph completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin university last year and previously was a peer mentor/ therapy assistant with Access Your Supports whilst studying.  Steph has a background in working with primary aged children up to young adults and has an interest in mental health. She is passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals and reach their independence. Steph is committed to providing holistic person-centred care that empowers all my participants to reach their goals.

Tania

Tania

Behaviour Support Practitioner

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

Tania

Tania

Early Childhood Early Intervention Key Worker

Tania has a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and has over twenty years of experience working in the education sector.  During this time Tania has worked as a Kindergarten Teacher, Educational Leader, Center Director and Educator which has given her the experience of working alongside many children with additional needs and their families.  Tania has worked with families from all walks of life and views all children as being capable confident individuals deserving equal opportunities in all that they choose to participate in.  Believing that family is the child’s first and most important teacher, Tania understands the importance of building strong reciprocal relationships to provide the best outcomes for all involved.

Taylor

Taylor

Occupational Therapist

Taylor is a passionate and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist who recently completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She has a background working with children, adolescents and their families to support participants achieve their goals and participate in meaningful occupations. Taylor strongly believes in a holistic approach and values the importance of a therapeutic relationship with all participants. 

Zac

Zac

Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner

Zac is a qualified Social Worker, having obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from Deakin University, and is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Zac has nearly 10 years’ experience in community and human services, predominantly in the Out of Home Care and Disability sectors. In his last organisation, Zac worked primarily with children in residential care and foster care, as well as their families, providing direct therapeutic care, complex case management and taking on a number of project roles. Zac has grown up with many family members who have disabilities and has seen the incredible outcomes that can be achieved with the right love, support and networks. Zac’s passion these days is seeing therapists and practitioners growing and developing and supporting their participants to achieve their goals, and hearing all the wonderful stories of success each of them achieve every day. After a busy day, Zac enjoys going home and spending quality time with his wife and son.

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