Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contributing to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.
Please enjoy this resource as an easy access database to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications.
2018 – June 2020 Update The Daily Telegraph – Zoom, Houseparty cyber-bullying among teens, tweens.
SBS News – The Online Exercise Classes for Children Helping Maintain Good Mental Health During Australia’s Coronavirus Lockdown
Body and Soul – ‘I quarantined in a one bedroom with a toddler for two weeks’
ABC Life – How to pick the ‘right’ sport for your child (and the case for letting them choose)
This Glorious Mess – Little Kids: What Happens If Your Relationship Breaks Down?
ABC (Capricornia) – “How do you?” How to discuss bad news they see on tv with kids.
ABC LIFE – When should we let kids play and walk to school by themselves?
The PakMag Parents Podcast – ‘Internet safety for children and how parents can help protect them online.’
Health Logix – ‘Dangers of not educating kids.’
The House of Wellness – ‘How to help your child cope with irrational fears.’
Kids Spot – ‘Team sports can make resilient kids’
ABC News – ‘Meet the kids choosing to forego birthday gifts to raise funds for charities’
ABC LIFE – ‘Bluey: the cattle dog has won parents over — and their kids are benefiting’
ABC LIFE – ‘Here’s how dads can help raise body-positive kids’
Roma Star – ‘What to tell your kids about the NZ attack’
ABC NEWS/HEALTH – ‘Should parents give their children drugs to help them sleep on long-haul flights?’
ABC NEWS – ‘Dreaming of a family holiday to Europe? Here’s why the same beach spot is a better choice’
KINDERLING – ‘The best ways to encourage your shy child in social situations’
Iaccelerate – ‘Quirky Kid’s Kimberley O’Brien shares her story with Mamamia’
ABC series Old people’s home for 4 year-olds (pre-planning pre- production phase)
HOME LIFE – Love every moment at home; ‘let the games begin’ (Printed article)
If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Dr Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.
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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The NSW Psychologist’s Registration Board held a 2-day workshop in Sydney (3rd & 4th Sept 2009) to train registered psychologists with more than 3 years experience to supervise Intern Psychologists. It was a great chance to meet colleagues and bump into familiar faces from diverse organisations and private practices around NSW.
We listened intently and ploughed our way through legal and ethical aspects of supervising, as well as the practical new rules of ensure Interns have face-to-face client contact in the course of their 2-year placement. I came away feeling proud of the opportunities we offer Interns at Quirky Kid and with new inspiration for the continued growth of QK.
The Quirky Kid Clinic is committed to offering and participating in the highest standard of professional development (PD) to ensure we are doubling the required PD points for psychologists through the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
We are a Child Psychology Clinic based in Sydney, Australia specializing in assessments, individual counseling and groups such as The Best of Friends, Why Worry? and Doing the Splits.