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Team Service Update: Welcome Taylor Moore

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Service Update: Welcome Sarah Doyle and Michal Fisher

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.

Quirky Kid Update: Welcome Psychologist Taylor Moore; Team

 

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.

 

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Service Update: Welcome Sarah Doyle

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Service Update: Welcome Sarah Doyle and Michal Fisher

I have recently joined the Quirky Kid team in Woollahra and Austinmer in a Customer Support role.

Why have I moved to Quirky Kid?

I am so excited to be a part of the Quirky Kid team! Quirky Kid is a dynamic and forward thinking clinic who stand out among others in Psychology. What I find really inspiring about Quirky Kid is that there is a common goal to thrive. Everyone in the Quirky Kid team is passionate about implementing change and supporting the younger generations. I am passionate to continue to work with children and adolescents. It excites me that I have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger working for Quirky Kid.

Sarah Doyle

What are my skills?

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at The University of Wollongong to further my qualifications, recently completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Counselling. I have enjoyed spending the last few years working, travelling and volunteering for organisations such as the Starlight Foundations ‘Livewire’ and more recently across schools in Kenya. At Quirky Kid I will continue developing my skills to prepare me to enter the field at the completion of my degree.

What will my role at Quirky Kid be?

I initially started volunteering at Quirky Kid Clinic as the Lunch and Learn Coordinator. This role opened up an amazing opportunity for me to meet with leaders in the field of psychology and to rub shoulders with highly regarded professionals who inspire me. The opportunity to sit in on Quirky Kids internal professional development during our Lunch and Learn sessions has been invaluable in my personal development and career development.

Coming to the end of my volunteer contract I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to apply for a permanent role assisting with the running of the office and supporting our lovely team of psychologists across both our Woollahra and Austinmer clinics. My role includes conducting intake calls, organising and managing QK workshops, day to day administration and customer service. With the opportunities I have been given in Quirky Kid so far, I am keen to continue developing my skills by taking on new roles and responsibilities and will soon be assisting in facilitating Quirky Kid group programs.

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Service Update: Welcome Belinda Nixon

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Service update: Welcome Belinda Nixon and Michal Fisher.

 

I have recently joined the Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra and Austinmer as a Senior Psychologist.  I bring with me experience working in a busy private practice with children, adolescents and families, with a variety of presentations including anxiety; depression; challenging behaviours; social and emotional problems; trauma; bullying; toileting and attachment difficulties. My approach is child-centred and inclusive of parents in the therapeutic process. I work within a cognitive behavioural therapy framework and an interpersonal therapy framework with an attachment focus.

I have a strong background in psychometric assessments and diagnostic assessments for children with attention difficulties, learning disorders, and intellectual disabilities.

During 2007, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)  at Macquarie University. In 2011 I completed my internship at The READ Clinic, on the Central Coast working with children and adults with complex presentations. I began my career working with children on the autism spectrum, at the Lizard Centre, Sydney, delivering Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy to children in the home and shadowing children at school.

 

 

During my internship, I volunteered at Lifeline, taking crisis calls. I also worked for a corporate psychology company coordinating crisis support for critical incidents.

Together with Professor Ashleigh Craig at the University of Sydney, I researched the mental health and best practice assessment and intervention of newly injured spinal cord patients.

I am passionate about travel and I’m aiming to see as many of the top 100 lonely planet destinations as I can. Currently sitting on 35. Next destination … Japan. During summer, I am at the beach, as I love anything by the water. Other interests include creative pursuits, delicious food, and trying new experiences.

Why have I moved to Quirky Kid?

I have enjoyed working in private practice for the last 5 years. Working in a busy private practice provided me with the opportunity to work autonomously and develop my personal boundaries and clinical skills. However, the team environment attracted me to Quirky Kid. I am excited to join a team of friendly and experienced professionals who I can both learn from and contribute to.

Quirky Kid’s vision to make meaningful contributions to the social and emotional development of children inspired me to join this progressive and exciting company.

What are my skills?

My expertise is in working with children, adolescents and parents to develop their interpersonal relationships, and implement strategies to improve their emotional, behavioural and social skills.  I am skilled in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families.

In my experience, a holistic approach to client care, including liaison with teachers, doctors and allied health professionals, provides the best outcomes for the child.

What will my role at QK be?

My role will be to engage and build a trusting relationship with children and parents/carers and to provide evidence-based interventions and assessments.  

Consultations will typically involve an initial assessment of the background information provided by the parents/carers, and follow up consultations with the child or adolescent. Parents/carers are essential to the outcomes of children and will be included throughout the therapeutic process. When needed, allied health professionals, doctors and teachers may be consulted.

Part of my role will be delivering social and emotional programs and anxiety management group programs at Quirky Kid clinic.

I am very excited about joining the Quirky Kid team and empowering children and young people to achieve their potential. Please feel free to contact our reception on 02 9362 9297 for any enquiries or further information.

 

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Service Update: Welcome Jackie Tritt

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Service update: Welcome Belinda Nixon and Michal Fisher.

I have recently joined the Quirky Kid team, based in Woollahra, as a Child Psychologist and Board Certified Behavioural Analyst.  I bring with me a range of child, adolescent and family clinical experience gained in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. I completed my Masters of Applied Psychology in 2015, and my Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology in 2016 at the University of Waikato. In June 2016, I passed the Behaviour Analyst international exam and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). 

I have always loved working with children and their families and began my career as an Applied Behaviour Analyst (ABA) therapist in Auckland, New Zealand in 2002. I gained clinical experiences working with children from the age of 18-months old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I was promoted from a junior to senior therapist within 2 years and completed an 8-month work secondment in Al Ain, UAE. Following extensive travel adventures I returned to working with children with a development disability in 2009 as an Autism Advisor supporting families with a child recently diagnosed with an ASD.

From 2010 to 2013 I worked as a Senior ABA Therapist at The Lizard Centre. In this role I worked with children ranging in age from 18 months old to 10 years old with a developmental disability, I ran ESDM, VB-MAPP and functional behaviour assessments. I implemented individualized evidence-based early intervention programs, trained parents, junior therapists and education staff to implement challenging behaviour intervention plans and ran social skills groups. I gained immense satisfaction from being a part of the child’s developmental progress, improving relationships between the child and their family and supporting the child to transition to an educational placement.

More recently during my provisional psychology placement I worked with children and adolescents who experienced a range of psychological presentations including ASD, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, various Chromosomal abnormalities, Intellectual Disability, Anxiety, Depression, Traumatic Brain Injury and Developmental Disabilities.  My role included running functional behaviour assessments and psychometric assessments, and developing and implementing individualized evidence-based treatment interventions including ABA and ACT interventions. I presented staff training workshops in both educational and rehabilitation settings. Prior to starting with Quirky Kid I worked as a Psychologist and BCBA with Momentum Learning Services developing and implementing individualized evidence-based early intervention programs for children with a developmental disability, anxiety or emotional regulation concerns from the age of 2 to 16 years old.   

Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?

I have moved to the Quirky Kid team for both personal and professional reasons. Firstly, for personal reasons I am excited to be based in the clinic at Woollahra, and secondly, I am excited to be developing my clinical expertise working in a role where I can participate fully in both the early diagnosis of developmental disabilities, and the individualised treatment development and implementation of evidence-based interventions with a broad range of client presentations.   

What are my skills?

I am patient, kind, have a fun sense of humour and enjoy supporting children to exceed their potential. I enjoy taking the time to develop a strong therapeutic rapport with my clients and their families. I typically work within a cognitive-behavioural framework with extensive ABA and behavioural experience. I am a passionate advocator for early diagnosis and individualised early intervention programs for children in relation to a strengths and weaknesses based model.

What will my role at QK be?

My role as a Child Psychologist will be to provide assessments and individualised evidence-based interventions to children and their families at the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra. Consultations will typically involve the child, their parents and or carers.  I will work collaboratively with all stakeholder’s in the child’s support network including educational and or allied health professionals.  I will be involved in facilitating a range of Quirky kid group programs offered at the clinic.

I am incredibly excited about my new role at Quirky Kid and I 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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Service Update: Welcome Michal Fisher

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Service update: Welcome Belinda Nixon and Michal Fisher.

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 Clinic in 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.

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