Susanne Litts

Susanne Litts is psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic in Woollahra. Susanne’s work involves applying psychological theory and models to support children and their families, and providing highly specialised assessment, formulation and treatment to children and young people aged 0-18 years.

Following completion of her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom), Susanne went on to complete both a Masters of Science in Psychological Research and a Masters of Science in Applied Psychology (Health) with Children and Young People at the University of Edinburgh. Here, Susanne received formal training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of Edinburgh) and psychometric assessments, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Susanne has also completed training in Trauma-Focussed CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Compassion-Focussed Therapy for children and young people.

After graduating, Susanne worked as a Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for over 6 years, where she was trained in evidence-based interventions to support common mental health presentations in children and young people. Susanne has also received accreditation in parenting programs such as Incredible Years, Triple P and Mellow Parenting. 

Susanne holds psychological registration in the UK, and is a registered psychologist with the Australian Psychology Board (AHPRA). Susanne is under the supervision of Dr Kimberley O’Brien.

Experience and Specialisations

In her role in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services with the NHS, Susanne worked with a wide range of presentations in clients aged 6-16, including anxiety, low mood, emotion regulation, obsessive compulsive disorder, ASD, and comorbid ASD and anxiety/low mood. She also supported and trained other staff and received training in supervising other practitioners in CBT.

In her career so far, Susanne has contributed to the application and evaluation of applied research, including an NHS-funded project supporting the roll out of an early intervention CBT-informed anxiety management protocol. She has also developed and run several group-based interventions, such as stress-control workshops for parents and groups for teenagers experiencing low mood. Susanne has also developed and delivered training for teachers on ASD and classroom issues, and delivered workshops for parents to facilitate their understanding of ASD, communication and behaviour.