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 and youths towards achieving their personal goals. Alex has a keen interest in working within the mental health sector and supporting individuals in their homes, work and the community. Alex brings a range of experience including assessment and support in implementing assistive technology. 

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

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.

Claudia

Claudia

Behaviour Support Practitioner

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.

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.

Elissa

Elissa

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.

Emma

Emma

Occupational Therapist (MATERNITY LEAVE)

Emma is a highly motivated and enthusiastic 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.

*Emma is on Maternity Leave and will not be receiving referrals. We wish Emma all the best and cannot wait to have her back in 2021!*

Georgina

Georgina

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.

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 to reach their goals and increase their level of independence whether it is at school, at home or within the community. Felicity strongly believes in using a holistic approach with the families she works with.  

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.
Holly

Holly

Occupational Therapist / Early Intervention Key Worker

Over the past 6 years Holly has worked in several Special Education settings as a school-based Occupational Therapist, working with children with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities to support their learning and independence at school. Holly has also worked in Early Intervention Services, working with young children and families in their homes, kindergarten and the community to work towards participation, inclusion and independence. Holly has a particular interest in working with children with complex physical disabilities, supporting them with equipment prescription and assistive technology.

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.

Jackie

Jackie

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.

Joselito (Joe)

Joselito (Joe)

Early Intervention Key Worker

Joe has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) and has worked in Early Years for the past 7 years across inner city Melbourne and recently worked in Early Intervention Planning for the NDIS in Geelong. During these years he has developed an understanding of children’s developmental needs, and also a set of skills to support children to develop skills and knowledge. Joe believes in learning through enjoyable interactions and using the social environment around the child to provide the greatest and most meaningful personal development. Joe is interested in supporting children to develop and learn through play, and also supporting families to reach their goals.

Kelly

Kelly

Early Intervention Key Worker

Kelly has a Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and comes from a background of early childhood and therapeutic parenting support. Kelly is passionate about supporting families holistically and ensuring participants are accessing the supports they desire. Kelly enjoys working with families and being able to impact and see children’s developmental growth.

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 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

Shellie

Shellie

Dietitian

Shellie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for patient centred care and supporting individuals to reach their goals. Shellie has a background working with people with disabilities with an interest in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. Shellie is dedicated to supporting parents and children to help them manage specific nutritional issues.

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

Graduate 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

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Join the Therapy Team

If you’d like to join our Therapy Team and help make positive change in people’s lives, submit an expression of interest and we’ll get back to you soon.

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