I have recently joined 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.