Sophie has completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Over the last 4 years of studying, she has developed a strong passion and drive to make a positive change in the lives of individuals and families. Sophie is yet to identify her area of specialty within OT practice, however she strives to improve clients overall well-being and sense of self-worth.
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.
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.
Simone is an Occupational Therapist with experience working with children in a variety of settings to achieve the goals that are meaningful to them and their families. Her passion is supporting families with fussy eaters and tricky toileting troubles. She further believes in a holistic approach to regulation to support participation and engagement. Her family centred approach ensures positive outcomes for all members of the team.
Hannah is an Occupational Therapist who has experience working within the school, home and community settings. She has worked with children with a range of diagnoses. Hannah is passionate about supporting children within a family centred approach.She has a particular interest in supporting individuals with their development of social learning and emotional regulation. Hannah values building strong relationships with families and their supports to drive positive outcomes.
Ellie is an Occupational Therapist who has a keen interest in working with youth and young adults. She is also a qualified Occupational Therapy Driving Assessor and works with individuals of all ages wishing to fulfil their goal of driving. Ellie’s professional experiences have continued to build her passion in helping individuals achieve independence in schools, homes or community environments and believes that a collaborative team approach works best in achieving outcomes.
Abby has just completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree at Deakin University. She 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 placement 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.
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.
Group Therapy Coordinator
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.
Edwina is a Speech Pathologist who values communication and is passionate about helping children and adults to communicate to the best of their ability. Her special interests include voice and social skill development. Edwina comes from a background of acting and music and enjoys taking a creative approach to therapy.
Counsellor / Early Intervention Key Worker / Behavioural Support Practitioner
Jennifer has a Masters Degree in Counselling and her Diploma of Community Services. Jennifer has been working within the community services sector since 2002. Jennifer’s passion is supporting families who are experiencing challenging times in life. Jennifer specialises in working with autism and a variety of differing abilities.
Social Worker / Behavioural Support Practitioner
Rod is an accredited Social Worker (Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Human Services) who has been working with complex participants for the last 9 ½ years (with ERMHA). Rod has a passion for Behaviour Support/Behavioural Interventions, Transition Planning and assessing/analysing patterns of behaviour, the environment in which people live and historical evidence to mitigate risk for all. Rod has extensive experience in the disability and mental health sector. Rod’s passion is working with and assisting participants recovery from past traumas, substance use, homelessness, dealings with the Justice system and relationship issues (family).
Psychologist / Behavioural 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.
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.
Support Coordinator / Social Worker / Early Intervention Key Worker / Behavioural Support Practitioner
Zac is a qualified Social Worker, having obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from Deakin University in Geelong, and is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Zac has over seven years’ experience in human services; specifically, this has been in Out of Home Care, working with children who have experienced traumatic abuse, neglect or adverse experiences, providing direct therapeutic care, complex case management and intensive support to children, their families and their carers. In his last two years at his previous organisation, Zac trained and recruited new foster carers. Zac is the Convenor of the Barwon Social Work Practice Group, which provides networking and development opportunities to Social Workers across the Barwon Region. Zac has grown up with many family members who have disabilities, including two brothers on the Spectrum, and has seen the incredible outcomes that can be achieved with the right love, support and networks.