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Welcome Lisa Moore

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Lisa Moore : Registered Psychologist

I’ve recently joined the Quirky Kid Team as a Registered Psychologist here in our beautiful Woollahra office. I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology in 2009 and have worked with children and families in a number of settings. It seems I was born to work with children as I come from a family of teachers and was inspired to begin my career in Early Childhood shortly after finishing school.

After graduating from the University of Western Sydney, I gained a great deal of experience with placements in clinic, community and school settings. This equipped me with the ability to administer psychometric assessments, provide evidence based psychological intervention and support children with developmental delays and their families. Some of my roles have included being Managing Psychologist at a highly respected paediatric clinic specialising in ADHD and providing early intervention and counselling support to children through a charitable organisation.

Why have I moved to Quirky Kid Clinic?

The move to The Quirky Kid Clinic seemed like the logical next step in my professional journey. I strongly believe in the value of taking a child centred approach and this is the attitude here at Quirky Kid. It seemed to me that this would be a role where I would get to collaborate with a passionate team of experts and have fun meeting a lot of interesting clients, I was right!

What are my skills?

I am qualified to administer a range of psychometric assessments and have a great deal of experience in tailoring intervention to the unique strengths and needs of each family. I have trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as Art and Play Therapy and am able to use this skills across a range of age groups and presentations. I also have group facilitation experience and have a keen interest in collaborating with families, carers and teachers to support children with challenging behaviours.

What will my role be at QK?

As a Quirky Kid Psychologist my primary role is to support children and families using evidence-based therapies. This may be through individual sessions with the child, parent support sessions, workshops or consultations with schools and other professionals.

In addition to this face to face work, I will also be doing a lot of work behind the scenes. This will include developing “Tools to Tame Behaviours” a parent program that will equip parents with skills to deal with challenging behaviours. I will also be contributing to the development of our other programs such as “The Best of Friends”, “Power Up” and “Why Worry” as well as preparing resources for Fairfax Media’s Essential Kids (one of our corporate clients).

Being part of the Quirky Kid team has been great so far and I look forward to meeting you!

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Our First Infographic

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We have recently welcomed a new graphic designer here at Quirky Kid.

Lisa Diebold has been a much-awaited member of our team and will head our new publishing creatives. There are lots of projects Lisa is currently working on and she will soon show us a bit more – watch this space.

Here is, however, our first infographic about eating disorders. This project has been developed in partnership with Dr. Kathryn Berry, a Clinical Psychologist based at our office in Austinmer and Lisa.

Watch our Info graphic on Eating Disorders

The full article can be found here: https://childpsychologist.com.au/resources/eating-disorders-among-children

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Welcome Dr. Kathryn Berry

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Dr. Kathryn Berry : A Clinical Psychologist
I’ve recently joined the Quirky Kid team, here in Austinmer, as a Clinical Psychologist. I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/Master of Science at Sydney University in 2006 and have worked in both community and school settings. I have always had a keen interest in helping children and families, and started off by volunteering on a young offender program and as a tutor for disadvantaged children at the University of Sydney. From there, my studies provided me with expertise in assisting children, adults and families with a range of mental-health related presentations.

During the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/Master of Science degree I gained theoretical and practical knowledge in the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders and enjoyed placements within hospital and community settings, using a variety of evidence-based psychological interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Some of my experiences included working in an acute inpatient setting for children, working within a family-therapy context and working with adults with clinical Anxiety and Depression. My doctoral thesis examined the efficacy of a resilience-building program for anxious-bullied adolescents and yielded promising results which have been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health (2009). I have enjoyed working in the school system as a School Psychologist prior to my move to the Quirky Kid Clinic, which really consolidated my keen interest in working with children and their families.

Why have I moved to Quirky Kid Clinic?

My move to the Quirky Kid Clinic was motivated by personal reasons, to build a better work-life balance for my family, and professional reasons, to work in an environment which fosters the unique qualities of children while providing cutting edge, evidence-based, psychological care. The Quirky Kid Clinic speaks to my ideals of helping children overcome life’s hurdles in a fun, creative and child-centred way. The Quirky Kid Clinic is a fun and exciting space to work from and I am enjoying working within a supportive, creative and caring team environment.

What are my skills?

As a Clinical Psychologist, I have specific and unique skills in the assessment and treatment of mental-health issues in children and families. I have expertise in formulating and diagnosing mental illnesses and psychological problems and work from an evidence-based approach. I have qualifications in conducting a range of behavioural, psychological and cognitive assessments and as a consequence, tailoring the treatment to be relevant, engaging, productive and solution-focused with children and families.

What will my role be at QK?

My role is essentially to provide sound, evidence-based psychological care for children and their families. This often involves me consulting with teachers and other health professionals and may involve family-based sessions as well as individual therapy with the child.

In addition to seeing families, my role is also to participate in the development of Quirky Kid programs and resources such as an anxiety-management program called ‘Why Worry?’ and a social skills-based program called ‘The Best of Friends’. I will also be writing resources for our corporate clients like Fairfax media’s website, Essential Kids, and plan to publish resources on the Quirky Kid Website, www.childpsychologist.com.au.

It really has been a wonderful start for me at the Quirky Kid Clinic and I very much look forward to meeting with you and working with you as a client or colleague in the future.

Please feel free to contact our reception on 02 9362 9297 for any enquiries or further information.

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Melbourne Workshops

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The Quirky Kid clinic is pleased to announce our Melbourne workshops. We are bringing our most experienced psychologists, Principal Kimberley O’Brien and Dr. Kathryn Berry to facilitate this school holidays workshops.

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Book early to avoid disappointment. If you do not find a suitable date and time, register on our reminder mail-list below so we can contact you to possibly arrange another group.

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Power Up! @ Gymnastics Australia

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Recently we told you about Power Up! during the Football United Camp. This time, was Gymnastics Australia turn.

Video of Session one of Power Up!

Quirky Kid was invited to facilitate two sessions of Power Up! during the The Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) preparation camp for Rhythmic Gymnastics young athletes and their coaches. They are preparing for the sixth edition of the AYOF will be held from 16 – 20 January 2013, once again in Sydney. This will be the biggest and best AYOF to date providing an Olympic like experience for 1700 athletes from 30 nations.

The Sport Program Manager for Gymnastics Australia,Emily Rennes who commissioned the workshop, is determined to offer these young athletes with the required Performance Psychology skills required to take each one to the next level.

We were impressed with the determination and focus of each of these young athletes during the session one of the Power Up Program held at L’Elfin Gymnastics Club which is in Sutherland during the 15/16th of December.

Psychologist Belinda Jones and Quirky Kid will return, this time to State Sport Centre in Sydney Olympic Park to complete session two of the Power Up! program.

We will post another update once it is completed.

If you could like to find out more about Power Up!, please visit our workshop page where you can download a brochure. You can give us a call on 02 9362 9297 to schedule an intro session as well.

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