As Quirky Kid’s latest recruit, I bring a Masters in Clinical Psychology; experience working with children aged 2 to 12 years in the school setting; a passion for report writing; and an abundance of energy to share with the Quirky Kid team!
After 6 years at university, I completed a number of clinical internship programs. These were at the Brain and Mind Centre of Sydney University, the Western Sydney LHD Psychosis Early Intervention and Recovery Service, and the Western Sydney University Psychology Clinic. These opportunities honed my assessment skills with a variety of presentations including anxiety; depression; Autism Spectrum Disorder, challenging behaviours, social difficulties and emotional disturbance.
My clinical placements with children and families, ensured I have both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to help young people understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. I use evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy combined with art and play-based techniques in my work at Quirky Kid. This is under the supervision of Dr Kimberley O’Brien and Dr Kathryn Berry.
Why have I moved to Quirky Kid?
My move to Quirky Kid was motivated by my commitment to joining an innovative team-based environment. In doing so, I will continue to grow my skills with children and young people in a clinical setting. Lucky for me Quirky Kid was the perfect fit!
I work within a passionate and experienced team who enjoy sharing their time, skills and knowledge with each other. Together, we strive to make positive changes for each individual child, their family and the broader school community! It’s so inspiring.
What are my skills?
In addition to my clinical skills, I bring years of experience working in After School Care and School Holiday programs managing children with mixed abilities and differential diagnoses. In the clinic and school setting, I take my time to understand all perspectives of the presenting problem.
My preference is to work collaboratively with children, parents and educators. In doing so, I address their shared concerns by developing strategies to empower the young person. Further, I use my clinical skills to uniquely design interventions which match the individual needs of each client and to their circumstances.
Drawing on my established networks of health professionals from clinical placements and the QK team ensures the best outcomes for the child. Recently, I have also enjoyed training in the latest iPad version of the WISC-V since starting at QK.
What will my role at QK be?
Part of my role will be delivering the Best of Friends and BaseCamp group programs at Quirky Kid, in addition to building my client load of young people and families. Consultations will typically involve an initial assessment of the background information provided by the parents/carers. Following this, there will usually be follow up consultations with the child or adolescent.
In addition, I am also liaising with local schools and services to continue developing a network of allied health professionals, doctors and school leaders with which to consult.
More About Taylor
I am a self-confessed food lover. I have always said if psychology didn’t work out I would be a baker! Birthday cakes are my speciality. Growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches means I love the outdoors, especially going to the beach and enjoying coastal walks. I also enjoy travelling and trying new experiences.
I am very excited about joining the Quirky Kid team and empowering young people to achieve their potential.
You can read more here about how Taylor can assist your family. Please feel free to contact our reception on 02 9362 9297 for any enquiries or further information.
If you’re anything like me, you will have experienced the usual winter day-dream about waltzing out of the office, jumping in your car with a triumphant “WOO-HOO” and zooming, full throttle, into the sunset. Destination: sun and warmth. Well, amazingly, that’s exactly what I was doing about this time last year. My name’s Lisa and, if you haven’t already met me behind the desk at our Austi or Sydney clinic, I am Quirky Kid’s own in-house (well, sometimes out-house) Graphic Designer.
The thing is, when I started my university degree in Creative Arts/Graphic Design, I didn’t really consider the fact that I had resigned myself to a lifetime of office work, eyes blurry from such long sessions of screen time. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this profession (and wouldn’t swap it for anything!) but after three years of working from the office, I did begin to feel that itch. The itch to just get out there and experience the world. I know everyone feels this way eventually, it’s just how people deal with it that’s interesting! For instance, many people sate this desire by working non-stop, pooling together every dollar, then heading overseas on a six month travel binge… Only be then trudge back to the office, starting the saving process all over again! This approach to work/life balance works for lots of people, but never really appealed to me. I started brainstorming other ways to create this fabled balance…
Luckily at this stage of my life I wasn’t interested in foreign shores or icy slopes. In hindsight, I was probably just homesick. I wanted to be back in the tropics. Born and raised in Darwin, these southern winters leave me withered in mind, body and spirit. But there was an answer: buy a van and get on the road towards home. “You’re dreaming!” I hear you say. “How will you afford it?” I hear my mother say. Well, I approached the big boss with this idea who, being a seasoned traveller himself (and luckily very modern in his thinking) very kindly agreed to keep me on while I made this happen. So there you have it. I was about to start working on the road: logging in where I can, attending meetings via skype, regular phone catch-ups, uploading files to our cloud. The technology is there, so why not use it?
I began the trip having no idea how much this new found freedom and space would spark my creativity! I’ve read countless ‘feel-good’ articles about how nature and being out of your comfort zone can have positive effects on your mind’s ability to think in different ways, but never truly believed it. The last few chapters of our latest production (BaseCamp) for example, are two of my favourite chapters of the book – But because I like the work? Or because the work is tied to memories of being out on the balcony looking over the rainforest of far north Queensland? Who knows! Time to do it again, I think!
I recently joined the Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra.I completed my Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology through Monash University in Melbourne. As a psychologist, with a background in Ed & Dev, my focus is on how to assist people to maximise their potential by developing their skills and learning abilities.
Over the past several years, I have had a variety of experiences in the field which blend together a range of hands-on practical experience, academic research and training. I was employed as a core member of the Education Support team in an Independent school with a large number of students with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have also worked as an ABA therapist for children with autism.
My first research project focused on the relationship between sleep and attention in children, identifying strategies to enhance attention and concentration of children in a school environment, and my most recent research project addressed the need for improving work skills of adults with autism.
During my Master’s Degree I completed an internship at Krongold Clinic in Melbourne and at Quirky Kid Clinicin Sydney. My work involved assessing children and adolescents using a wide range of cognitive, academic and behavioural assessments, writing reports to parents and schools that enabled them to develop learning strategies, carrying out diagnostic assessments and providing goal-focussed and evidence-based interventions.
Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?
My husband and I recently moved to Sydney. For this next chapter, I was looking to work at a clinic that harnessed my values, skills, knowledge and experiences so far, whilst also presented me with new challenges and opportunities to further my experience and research. The team at Quirky Kid is dynamic and creative and they make the clinic a fun place for children (and staff) to come to. I love being able to work as part of a team and to learn from each other. The team atmosphere facilitates open communication, the ability to brainstorm ideas and as such, I am very excited to be working here.
What are my skills?
My particular area of expertise is in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families. I have also had extensive experience facilitating group workshops and programs.
What will my role at QK be?
My role at the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra will be to provide assessments and evidence-based interventions to individuals. I will also be involved in facilitating a range of Quirky Kid group workshops offered at the clinic, as well as training others how to facilitate our programs.
I am really excited about being a part of the Quirky Kid team and look forward to working with everyone associated with Quirky Kid.
Mount Everest. It has been a place that has fascinated me since I was a little girl, with it’s alluring beauty on one side and it’s unpredictable and commanding nature on the other. While I have always known that I would never scale it’s peaks, I’ve always wanted to hike to Basecamp, and that is what I will be undertaking in a week’s time!
In December, I attended a UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) fundraising event and met some inspiring members of the organisation who were heading to Everest Base Camp in March 2016. The mission to Base Camp is designed to raise awareness and funds for two important UNICEF projects: Nutrition programs in South East Asia and the Nepalese Earthquake appeal. After hearing about UNICEF’s amazing work and dedication to helping marginalised and poverty-stricken children and families across the globe, I asked what I could do to help. Then and there I signed up, committing to raise at least $5000 and to head up to Everest Base Camp on an 18 day trip of a lifetime!
Getting ready to head to Nepal has been a journey in itself. I have walked on average 60kms per week with boots, 10kg pack and ensuring lots of escarpment climbs have been achieved to get my body ready for the trek ahead. Walking has been time to reflect on the plight of millions of children who live in dire circumstances and who lack the things we typically take for granted, such as fresh, clean water. Training has also been a time of raising awareness of friends, family and community members have joined to support me through the kilometers! I am happy to say, I am fitter and healthier than ever and have raised over $7000 that is going directly to support UNICEF and their work.
I will be back with stories and adventures to share in a few weeks and in the meantime, I encourage you to share an act of kindness with someone around you. A small act can make a big difference!
“The smallest act of Kindness is worth more than the grandest intentions” Oscar Wild
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