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Welcome Dawn Young

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Psychologist Dawn Young Joins Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra

I have recently joined the The Quirky Kid team in Woollahra as a Psychologist.  I bring with me a range of experience from my work both in Australia and in the U.K.   Since qualifying with a Master’s Degree in Applied Science (Psychology), I have worked across a range of settings with children, adolescents and parents.

I began my career working as a Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at Western Hospital, Melbourne.  From there I moved to The Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, where I worked for a number of years in a research-based clinic specialising in School Refusal.  I later became Co-ordinator of another research-based clinic: The Berriga House Adolescent Depression Clinic.

The lure of travel took me overseas to London, U.K. in 1997.  There, I spent 10 years specialising in Paediatric Psychology.  At St George’s Hospital in South London I gained experience working with children with varying medical conditions including diabetes, immune system disorders (including allergies), leukaemia, metabolic conditions, obesity and psychosomatic complaints.  Many of the children I saw were experiencing common childhood behavioural problems but others experienced psychological issues specific to their diagnosis and treatment (e.g. problems taking medication, needle phobias, social anxieties, cognitive and learning difficulties).

Most recently, I worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.  In this large Paediatric teaching hospital I worked as a Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Haematology, Immunology and Oncology teams.  In that role, I provided inpatient and outpatient assessments and interventions, ran group programs, administered a range of cognitive and educational assessments and undertook clinical research.

I have always gained great satisfaction from my work as a Psychologist and particularly enjoy the interaction with children/adolescents and their families.   I typically work within a cognitive-behavioural framework and am a strong advocate for an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.

Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?

To date, I have always worked in hospital-based settings.  However, now with a family of my own, Quirky Kid offers me a new professional challenge.   

I am excited to be working with the Quirky Kid team.  They are motivated, dynamic and collaborative in their efforts to deliver the best possible psychological care to families in a creative and progressive way.  The clinic environment is also enormously appealing to me.  It has been cleverly designed to use light, space and colour to create a welcoming environment for families.

What are my skills?

My particular area of expertise is in working with, and engaging with children, adolescents and parents.   I am skilled in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families.  Where required, I will often work closely with school and allied health professionals to facilitate a successful outcome.  In addition to addressing behavioural and mental health issues, I also have a broad range of experience in working with children and families affected by acute, chronic or life threatening medical conditions.

What will my role at QK be?

My role will be to provide assessments and evidence-based interventions to individuals and families attending the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra. Consultations will typically involve the child/adolescent, their carers and sometimes other family members.  Where indicated, education and allied health professionals may be consulted.  At times, I may also be involved in facilitating one of a range of Quirky kid group programs offered at the clinic.

I am incredibly excited about the journey ahead at Quirky Kid and will look forward to meeting and working with everyone associated with Quirky Kid.


Welcome Simonne Cohen

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Update: Simonne  Cohen no longers works at Quirky Kid.

I have recently joined The Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra, as a Registered Psychologist. I gained my undergraduate qualification in Psychology in 2010 from the University of New South Wales (Sydney), passing my Bachelor of Psychology. Following the completion of my degree, I completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales.  I have always had an interest in working with children, particularly children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and spent several years working as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist as well as conducting assessments and therapy as a Provisional Psychologist.

During my postgraduate training, I also worked as a Research Assistant at Westmead Children’s Hospital, where I conducted psychometric assessments and managed and coordinated clinical trials involving children with a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties.  This fuelled my enthusiasm to continue to work with children, as well as undertake a PhD with a specialty in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am currently enrolled in a collaborative PhD program with Monash/ Harvard Medical School in the USA where I am investigating the relationship between sleep deficiencies and poor behaviour in children with Low Functioning Autism. 

Why have I moved to Quirky kid clinic?

I have always wanted to work in a warm, creative and supportive environment. The Quirky kid Clinic offers this type of environment, as well as high quality evidence based therapy for kids with a diverse range of needs. It is considered one of the most highly recognised clinics in Sydney with excellent resources, staff and therapists and therefore was a highly attractive place to work. The Quirky Kid Clinic offers a fun, open, warm and friendly environment that makes it appealing for children as well as staff. I am delighted to be apart of the team!

What are my skills? 

I have always had a keen interest in working with children and their families.  This was particularly reinforced in my Clinical Psychology training, as I was able to gain work experience assisting in the treatment of  children diagnosed with anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, as well as a range of other behavioural issues. I have experience running social skills groups, anxiety groups and conducting individual therapy with children with a range of difficulties. I also have experience conducting psychometric assessments and using a range of assessment tools to help identify children’s particular cognitive strengths and weaknesses. I am passionate about working with children and their families, and making a difference in any way possible. 

What is my role at QK?

My role at The Quirky Kid Clinic is to facilitate evidence based programs for children with a range of behavioural and emotional activities. Some of these programs include the ‘Why worry?’ program and the social skills program called ‘The Best of Friends’. These programs involve consulting with teachers, parents as well as going into the school setting and facilitating programs with children ranged 3-13years.

In addition to running programs, I will also be conducting psychometric assessments in collaboration with the other psychologists at the clinic, and writing psychometric reports to help understand the individual learning needs of children and adolescents. 

The team has so far been a fantastic team to work for, and I very much continue to build a professional name within this clinic in the coming years.

Update: Simonne Cohen no longers works at Quirky Kid.



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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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.