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!