Our team of Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Behaviour Specialists are passionate, experienced, caring and determined to help children, youth and families live their best life.
Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Discipline Lead
Kathleen is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with a number of years’ experience working with young people in Out of Home Care settings and providing behavioural support to individuals with complex behavioural needs. Kathleen uses a range of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Kathleen takes a playful and curious approach when working with children, young people and their families to ensure that they feel comfortable and safe in the therapeutic environment. Kathleen is passionate about supporting individuals and families to understand the purpose behind a behaviour and using this knowledge to develop new skills for more effective communication. She is also a firm believer in evidenced based practice and working in a holistic framework to provide informed and consistent support.
Outside of work, Kathleen spends her time with family and friends, watching home renovation shows and trying to be a better cook.
Megan is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties and mental health issues. She has an extensive background in the impact of trauma. Megan has a particular interest in the provision of professional supervision and promoting reflection in clinical practice. She is an AHPRA approved supervisor.
She is passionate about building a relaxed, enjoyable and safe environment for her clients to assist them to reach their goals. Megan has worked extensively supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma and stress, attachment difficulties, mood disorders and behavioural concerns through the delivery of individual therapy, group work as well as therapeutic parenting programs. Megan utilises a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches in her work including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’ EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Megan has three young children and in her spare time enjoys holidays with her family in their caravan and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa is a Registered Psychologist and has experience working with children, young people and adults with range of mental health and behavioural needs. Mel is intensely interested in all areas of psychology, however special interest areas including working with children and teens with Autism and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, mood and anxiety concerns, trauma, interpersonal concerns, parenting support, and multicultural mental health. Mel is a LGBTIQA + ally. Another area Mel is interested in is the provision of supervision to Psychologists and she draws on both her clinical and leadership experience to provide reflective supervision sessions. Mel is a Board Approved Supervisor.
Mel values a playful, supportive, evidence-based approach and aims to be curious and collaborative to support individuals and their families reach shared goals. Mel draws on a number of therapeutic frameworks and techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema therapy, and trauma informed approaches.
Mel is a mum to two children and enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling, camping, singing, and a good soy chai tea.
Sally is a registered psychologist who has a warm and practical approach to therapy. She has worked with families in some amazing places including in rural and remote parts of Australia volunteering her time to work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Sally has worked with children, youth, families and professionals in community services context, with a specialised interest in trauma and attachment. Sally’s enthusiastic and warm manner assists in developing safe and comfortable relationship with children and their families. Sally is committed to therapeutic interventions that are client-centred, creative, and focus on children’s strengths and interests. Her focus is providing evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, as well as creative therapies and teaching relaxation and mindfulness. Sally is an LGBTQIA + ally.
Outside of work Sally likes going to the beach, trying new foods and spending time with her friends and family.
Benjamin is a Registered Psychologist with experience working in out-of-home care and private practice. Ben was employed as a Youth Worker in 2012 whilst completing his undergraduate studies. This work led him to develop a passion for supporting young people and their families. Since attaining general registration as a Psychologist, Ben has gained valuable experience working with young people with a wide range of mental health concerns. Ben is skilled in psychological assessment, therapy, behaviour support, counselling, and suicide prevention.
Ben is particularly interested in the treatment of depression, anger, and administering psychological assessments. Ben utilises a client-centred approach that focuses on a young person’s goals and existing strengths. Wherever possible, he tailors evidence-based practice to the specific needs of the young person to maximise treatment efficacy.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys going to the gym, spending quality time with his family, and playing his PlayStation.
Grace is a Registered Psychologist who is extremely passionate about improving the lives of the children, adolescents and families who she works with. Grace is an incredibly bubbly, engaging and friendly clinician which allows her to easily establish rapport and build strong therapeutic relationships with people from all walks of life.
Grace has significant experience working with children, adolescents and families in addressing many psychological issues including anxiety, depression, behavioural concerns, trauma, stress and adjustment issues. Grace is passionate about helping children and adolescents to develop their ability to identify, understand and manage their own emotions.
Grace is experienced in delivering a number of evidenced based therapeutic interventions including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Grace also has experience in administering a range of Cognitive and Adaptive Assessments.
Outside of work Grace has a passion for animals and adores her two rescue cats, she also loves to be around family and friends.
Courtney is a Registered Psychologist with experience working with and supporting young people and their families. Courtney spent the last 2 years working in rural NSW with children and their families in the school system, which further developed her passion for working with and supporting young people and their families.
Courtney strives to provide a therapeutic space that is safe, respectful and supportive through a warm and enthusiastic manner and focusing on children’s strengths and interests. Courtney uses a range of evidenced based cognitive and behavioural interventions and techniques including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution focussed Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, and Mindfulness, as well as creative and play therapies. Courtney has also had experience in conducting cognitive and behavioural psychological assessments.
Courtney takes great care in developing strong therapeutic relationships with the young person and their families to assist them in reaching their goals. Although interested in all areas of children’s mental health, Courtney can help with concerns around depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, grief and loss, school anxiety, anger, emotional regulation, and behavioural difficulties. Outside of work Courtney enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her family.
For the past ten years Brady has been working with children and adolescents. He has been in mentorship, leadership and soccer coaching roles which has stemmed a passion for helping children realise their full potential.
Brady has also had a vast experience in the mental health field including drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, orphanages, dementia centres, support worker roles and has assisted research on CBT, anxiety, depression and body image.
Brady has also worked heavily in a therapeutic context with children on the Autism Spectrum. Brady completed his Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree in 2016 at Macquarie University and has received his provisional registration with AHPRA.
In his spare time he enjoys watching soccer, surfing and spending time with his family and friends.
Leah is a Registered Psychologist, with a Bachelor of Psychology and Masters of Professional Psychology. Leah worked as a disability support worker across Newcastle for many years before moving into School Psychology where she continued to work with young people with disabilities and their families (from Early Intervention/Preschool age through to High School age). She was the Team Leader for a region of School Counselling service, and has also worked for NSW Health with young people experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties. Leah is passionate about working holistically with families and has particular experience in supporting young people struggling with chronic suicidality, self-harm, school disengagement, and/or high-level emotional dysregulation.
Leah uses a variety of evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused brief therapy, as well as art and play therapies. In everything she does, Leah incorporates fun and creativity. Leah also has experience in running group work for young people, and completing a range of psychological assessments.
Outside of work Leah spends all of her time showering her giant dog with love (and the rest of her family too) – and resisting the urge to adopt a trillion more animals.
Cassandra is a Registered Psychologist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents and families. Cassandra is an incredibly warm, caring and dedicated clinician who places the upmost importance on creating safe and trusting relationships. Cassandra draws on client-centred, strengths based and holistic approaches to foster greater well-being.
Cassandra has experience working with anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, complex developmental trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attachment difficulties and developmental disorders such as ASD, ADHD and intellectual disability. Cassandra has a special interest in developmental trauma and attachment work and she incorporates attachment-based and trauma-informed approaches with evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Functional Behavioural Analysis and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. In addition to this Cassandra is experienced in administering a range of psychometric assessments (cognitive, adaptive and mental health).
Outside of work Cassandra loves spending time with her family and her golden retriever, Bailey. She also enjoys going to the beach, playing soccer, reading books and online shopping!
Michelle is a registered Psychologist with five years experience working with children, young people and their care teams. Michelle also has knowledge and experience working with chidden and young people within the OOHC system who have experienced complex trauma.
Michelle is friendly, approachable and committed to working alongside the children and young people she supports. Michelle works to provide a space for all her clients to feel heard and to holistically work with them and the people around them to achieve the change they would like.
Michelle is experienced in working with a variety of presentations including trauma, behavioural challenges, anxiety, stress, sleep problems, adjustment issues, depression and attachment difficulties. Michelle is trained in delivering evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, trauma informed practice and other creative and play based methods. Michelle is also experienced in administering a range of psychological tests such as cognitive and behavioural assessments.
Away from work, Michelle likes to spend time with her family and friends, cuddle up with her two dogs to watch a movie or get outside for some exercise, particularly soccer, jogging or a long walk.
Malcolm is a Registered Psychologist with experience providing psychological services to a diverse range of clients, to help them through disability, injury, depression, anxiety, trauma and vocational issues. Malcolm has worked in the NDIS, out of home care environments, occupational rehabilitation and defence. Malcolm has a warm and empathic approach and takes time to engage with clients to understand their issues and challenges. He works collaboratively to develop therapy objectives and provide counselling to meet individual client’s needs. Doing so he equips clients with the practical skills, tools and coping strategies to make positive changes in their lives. He focuses on building relationships and assisting people day to day with effective communication and service.
Malcolm’s strengths include great communication skills, a caring attitude and a client focused approach. He uses a holistic approach to understanding the nature of difficulties that people experience, namely their physical, psychological, social, and educational domains.
Outside of work Malcolm enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, staying fit, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the great outdoors.
Holly is a Registered Psychologist with qualifications in both education and psychology. She is passionate about early intervention to improve mental health and wellbeing in young people and has several years’ experience working with youth within the public school system and in private practice. Holly has provided support to children and adolescents experiencing a range of difficulties and mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, school disengagement, and behavioural difficulties. She is also experienced in administering a range of cognitive, adaptive and behavioural assessments.
Holly incorporates a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches in her work, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She takes great care in developing strong, therapeutic relationships with young people and their families, providing a warm, caring, and collaborative approach. Holly also has experience providing support to young people with developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability and is skilled in tailoring interventions to meet the individual needs and strengths of her clients.
Holly has two young children and outside of work she loves spending time with her family and friends, playing the piano, and going on bushwalking adventures and trips with her family.
Robis a registered psychologist who has experience providing assessment and counselling services to children, adolescents, and adults who present with learning difficulties, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, difficulties with substances, and other mental health conditions.
Rob is currently completing a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy with Monash University. His research project is on the implementation of therapy dogs in Kindergarten to Year 12 settings.
Rob’s strengths are his enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to providing quality assessments for young people and their families. He takes a holistic approach to understanding the nature of difficulties experienced by people, including their physical, emotional, social, and educational contexts.
Outside of work, Rob enjoys sports, spending time with friends and family, and in undertaking new adventures.
Paula is a Provisional Psychologist who is passionate about working with children, young people and families. Paula completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2009 and has worked with children and their families in the areas of mental health and well-being. Paula returned to study a Master of Professional Psychology in 2019.
Paula aims to create a safe and therapeutic space while using a warm and client-centred approach. Paula is passionate about improving the quality of life of children, adolescents and their families.
Paula’s approach is delivering evidence-based therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing and teaching relaxation and mindfulness.
Paula is particularly interested in the treatment of depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation and challenging behaviours.
Outside of work Paula enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking her dogs to the beach and keeping active.
Rebecca is a qualified Primary school teacher with a major in special education and has also completed a degree in Psychology through the University of Newcastle. Rebecca is working as a Provisionally Registered Psychologist at Beam Health and hopes to become a Clinical Psychologist in the future.
Rebecca has a passion for working with children and adolescents. Her goal is to ensure school is a positive and enriching experience for all by empowering students to identify and thrive in personal areas of strength. Rebecca’s work has seen her travel to communities all over with a personal highlight her time working in rural and Indigenous communities in Mount Isa.
Rebecca has spent the last 4 years working as the teacher of an Emotional Disturbance support unit in the Hunter Valley. During this time, she assisted students who have severe emotional and behavioural support needs to learn coping skills and strategies to empower them as they move through their schooling experience.
In her spare time Rebecca enjoys staying active and experiencing the outdoors through travelling, mountain biking and spending time by the beach.
Georgia is a Provisional Psychologist who has who has just completed her Master of Professional Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Georgia has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families with a variety of mental health, behavioural and educational challenges. Georgia is especially passionate about working with those that identify as neurodiverse and has experience delivering early intervention services to children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, Georgia is equally interested and dedicated to addressing a wide range of presenting concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, attachment, challenging behaviours and learning difficulties.
Georgia strives to create a therapeutic environment that is safe, collaborative, and empathetic, using evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practices whilst incorporating creative or play based techniques. Her main focus during therapy is to empower the individual and their family system to implement meaningful change in their everyday lives and environments that will allow them to thrive and flourish. She achieves this by helping children and young people to identify and harness their individual strengths and interests. Georgia also believes in a system-based approach which involves working collaboratively with other disciplines and significant people within a child’s life across school, home and the community.
Outside of work, Georgia enjoys reading, going to the beach, doing yoga, spending time with friends and family, and caring for her many house plants.
Sarah is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience working with vulnerable adolescents, young adults and families with complex needs for the last 10 years.
Sarah has experience with a range of presentations. She is particularly skilled in working with adolescents with stress, anxiety, depression, peer relationship issues, challenging behaviour and school related stress. Sarah has extensive experience working with the Department of Communities and Justice, where she has worked with clients and families who have complex needs. This includes complex developmental trauma, suicide and self-harm, domestic violence, personality issues, substance abuse, bullying, violence, intellectual disability, ASD, ADHD, PTSD, and ODD. Sarah uses a client focused, holistic and strengths-based approach. She enjoys completing psychometric assessments including cognitive, adaptive, personality, memory, and mental health. She is proficient in using Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), skills training, grounding techniques, and mindfulness practices as treatment modalities.
Sarah’s approach to working with children and young people is fun, cheerful, and creative. She loves to engage young people in new and innovative ways tailored to their presentation and needs. Working with young people to bring about positive change and improve wellbeing is her passion.
Outside of work, Sarah loves spending time with her two children, family and friends. She also loves the outdoors, playing netball, gardening, music, reading books, and much more!
Chris is a Provisional Psychologist who has just completed his Bachelor of Psychological Science at Deakin University. He has extensive experience in working with children, young people, adolescents, and their families. Before studying Psychology, he enjoyed a primary teaching career of 20 years, where he worked in several executive positions, including principal, to support the needs of all students.
Chris is passionate about helping children, youth and families to thrive and live their best lives. He is committed to providing evidence-based solutions to complex situations. Chris is naturally inquisitive and loves learning new ways of helping people. When working with children and young people, he works from a strengths-based perspective to achieve shared goals.
Outside of work, Chris is a dad to two children and loves catching up with family and friends. He enjoys most sports and loves nothing more to combine this with his passion for travel.
Anita is a Registered Psychologist with over ten years of experience working with children, young people, and families. She has a passion for supporting clients to reach their goals for wellness and has a focus on relationship in therapeutic change.
Anita uses an integrative and holistic approach to therapy using Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy frameworks and tailoring her approach to individual needs. Sessions are offered with unconditional positive regard, gentle curiosity, empathy and a non-judgemental stance.
Outside of work, Anita enjoys gardening, water sports, yoga and she loves outside adventures to discover new places.
Shay is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) with Newcastle University and Master of Professional Psychology with Macquarie University. Shay is passionate about supporting children and their families to improve well-being and mental health. Shay has three years experience working for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and supporting her participants with a wide range of mental health challenges.
Shay is particularly interested in administering psychological assessment and providing evidence-based treatment solutions to complex presentations. She believes in building a strong and supportive therapeutic relationship with her clients and approaching sessions with a positive, gentle and non-judgmental stance.
Outside of work, Shay enjoys spending time with her friends, family and two golden retrievers. She also loves traveling the world and immersing herself in different cultures and experiences.
Jessica is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties and mental health issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, and behavioural concerns. Jessica is passionate about early intervention, and dedicated to providing a warm, fun and supportive therapeutic space for children and their families.
In her practice, Jessica values taking a collaborative approach with children and their families to set, and reach, shared goals. Jessica utilises a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent Management Training (PMT) and Circle of Security concepts to provide support that is individualised to each client.
Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending her time with family and friends, at the beach, reading, and of course with her big dog Bella.
Delna is a Speech and Language Pathologist with over 10 years experience working in schools and providing support to individuals with Autism and other disabilities. Delna has worked in Sydney and London, across a variety of special needs schools, community-based services, private practice and early intervention centres.
Delna is passionate about ensuring each individual has the opportunity to reach their full communicative potential. She holds a special interest in expressive communication and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and likes to work together with families and professionals to ensure an integrated, holistic and well-supported approach. Delna recently conducted an action research project looking at the development and implementation of individualised AAC systems as a school-wide approach.
Delna has a sound understanding of the national curriculum and is currently completing a Masters of Primary Teaching. Delna established the Therapists in Disability and Schools Network in Sydney and remains an active member.
Outside of work, Delna enjoys spending time with her kids, cooking and renovating.
Vivien is a Speech Pathologist with experience working in the Newcastle and Hunter areas supporting children and adults achieve their communication goals. Vivien has experience working with early childhood educators and enhancing their knowledge of Speech Pathology strategies to support children’s language and speech development.
Vivien loves working with individuals and their families to support them to become more confident in their communicative interactions. She believes she has the most rewarding role and is passionate about addressing functional goals which are important to the individual.
Vivien has completed Hanen training and also uses Key Word Sign to support children’s communication development. Vivien values the importance of collaborating with other allied health professionals to ensure holistic care for all.
Vivien loves spending time with family and friends, relaxing on the beach and exploring new places.
Rebecca is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with experience working in a range of community settings, including mainstream schools, special education schools and private practice. Rebecca has spent the last 4 years working in Victoria before returning to her hometown of Newcastle in early 2020.
Rebecca is passionate about working collaboratively with families and other professionals to ensure therapy is individualised to each child or young person and their family. Rebecca is certified to run the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program for parents of young children with a language delay. She has also completed training in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) approaches which can be used for individuals with complex communication needs.
Rebecca is passionate about the speech pathology profession, currently serving the Advocacy Portfolio Leader of a State Branch of Speech Pathology Australia and volunteering her time for a Language and Literacy Community of Practice.
Outside of work Rebecca enjoys cooking, shopping at markets and gardening.
Sharon is a speech pathologist who enjoys working with children to attain their individualised communication goals.
Sharon has a particular interest in supporting children with special needs. Sharon draws on her previous experience as a teacher’s aide, assisting students with special needs in a school environment, knowledge of key word signing (KWS), Proloquo2Go (communication app) and Applied Behaviour Therapy (ABA), to help children reach their full potential. Sharon has been working in the Newcastle area as a speech pathologist in a private practice.
Sharon has experience in evidence based programs such as the Social Communication Intervention Program (SCIP) and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), and speech therapy via telehealth (e.g. Zoom/Skype). Sharon appreciates and utilises the benefits of a holistic and collaborative approach to the delivery of speech therapy services.
Sharon and her family have been living in the Cessnock area for the past 30-years. Sharon was very enthusiastic to take up her position with the Beam Health team, allowing her to assist children with speech pathology services in her local community.
Outside of work Sharon enjoys reading, gardening and candle making.
Georgia is a recent graduate from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). During her undergraduate years, Georgia gained experience in paediatric therapies in both urban and rural areas. She is looking forward to putting the skills and knowledge she learnt at university into practice as a fully qualified speech pathologist. She has a keen interest in supporting children with social communication difficulties.
Georgia’s interest and passion for speech pathology was fuelled by her childhood experience of needing the aid of a speech pathologist to overcome some speech impairments. When she’s not working, Georgia spends her time with friends and family, doing her favourite activities such as swimming, art and reading. Her family has two cute Labradors, who she enjoys spoiling with belly-rubs and treats.
Clarissa is a Speech Pathologist, with an undergraduate degree in Linguistics and a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Clarissa is passionate about working with children and their families to help them achieve their communication goals.
Before becoming a Speech Pathologist, Clarissa worked as a Swimming Teacher for 5 years. In this role, Clarissa gained experience working with children and young adults with varying ability levels and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Having lived on 3 continents, Clarissa understands that every person and situation is unique, and that therapy should reflect this. She is determined to deliver functional and holistic intervention with a focus on the child’s strengths and interests.
Outside of work, Clarissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping active, and doing exciting home improvement projects.
Alia is a Speech Pathologist who graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) from the University of Newcastle.
Before beginning her journey at Beam Health, Alia worked in private practices across Sydney and Newcastle. She has experience in providing assessment and therapy services to children, adolescents and adults presenting with speech, language, stuttering, literacy and social difficulties. Alia has a special interest in severe speech sound disorders and has completed training in Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme. Alia is passionate about teaching parents and carers the skills and strategies necessary to facilitate their child’s communication skills.
Outside of work, Alia enjoys reading, watching crime documentaries and spending time with her family and friends over brunch or movies.
Lilit is a certified practicing speech pathologist with experience working with a wide range of families, abilities and community settings. She has a passion for taking a holistic approach to therapy and getting to know clients and their families to best meet their needs.
Lily has completed training in the SOS Approach to Feeding which can be used to help individuals with eating difficulties.
Outside of work, Lily enjoys kayaking and gardening.
Kirsti is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with experience in private practice and within schools. Kirsti has spent the last 2 years working in Penrith, nearby her hometown in the Blue Mountains. She decided 2022 was a year for a sea change, and has returned to her University town of Newcastle.
Kirsti is passionate about building relationships with children and their families to provide a holistic approach to speech therapy. She is particularly interested in speech sound disorders, social communication, literacy development and providing education to parents and teachers.
Kirsti has training in the Sounds-Write Literacy Program and LEGO based social communication therapy. She has extensive experience in using these programs within her individual therapy sessions and in group therapy.
In her spare time, Kirsti loves to go for walks, spend time with her dogs, read and paint. She is always looking for new hobbies and experiences to keep her busy.
Our Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapist, Discipline Lead
Warners Bay, Cessnock, Tuggerah and Toowong Clinics
Emilie is an experienced and dedicated Occupational Therapist. She started her career in 2011 after completing a Bachelor in Psychology and a Master in Occupational Therapy. After several fulfilling years practicing in Canada, Emilie moved to Australia where she has since cultivated her career amidst supportive and diverse settings.
Emilie is enthusiastic about empowering children to utilize their strengths, enhance self-motivation, and overcome difficulties. Children recognize Emilie for her fun and engaging therapy sessions. She understands the best way for children to learn and make gains is through play and meaningful activities.
Emilie is well appreciated not only by children, but also by their carers. She adopts a flexible family-centred approach whereby the unique needs, concerns, and goals of each family are prioritized and tailored to. Her fundamental goal is to improve their quality of life by helping children to overcome developmental challenges and facilitate learning for progressive and sustainable improvement.
Emilie’s therapeutic approach stems from a broad range of experience and education including helping children and adolescents with a wide range of conditions and/or challenges, specifically, those that impact self-care and play skills, relationships with others, as well as performance at school and in physical or leisure activities. Further, she is a certified Cogmed Coach – an intensive method aimed to help individuals with working memory and attention issues.
Emilie values spending time with family and friends and is passionate about travelling.
Tatum started her career and her passion as an Occupational Therapist in 2017 after graduating from the University of Newcastle. Tatum has worked in the paediatric setting since completing her degree and has experience working with children of various ages and disabilities.
Tatum is passionate about the role of Occupational Therapy in helping children develop skills to perform the purposeful activities that make up everyday life. She understands that this looks very different for each individual child and family but believes that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams despite the challenges they face.
Tatum likes to make therapy fun and engaging and spends the time tailoring therapy activities to suit each child’s unique personality and interests. As well as being fun and engaging, Tatum believes in therapy being meaningful and purposeful and will work collaboratively with the child’s support networks to determine relevant goals and provide the best outcomes.
When she’s not at work, Tatum enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing Pilates and eating new and delicious foods.
Tatum looks forward to working with you and your child in a fun and safe environment that will enable and encourage your child to achieve their goals!
Alannah completed a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Curtin University, Western Australia in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked in the government community mental health sector and private practice paediatrics. Across these settings, Alannah has gained invaluable experience working with a range of conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Sensory Processing Challenges, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down Syndrome and Oppositional Defiance Disorder amongst many more.
Alannah is passionate about working with children, young adults and their families, using a holistic family-centred approach, to achieve meaningful and individualised goals. Alannah seeks to understand what is most important to the family and child and spends time creating unique and personalised intervention plans to best support achieving their goals. Alannah loves working with children and young adults to develop their confidence and participation in everyday tasks such as feeding, dressing and toileting, as well as in the areas of social development, emotional regulation and sleep. She is a firm believer in supporting families to better understand their child’s needs in order to help them reach their full potential.
Alannah loves being a paediatric occupational therapist as it allows her to utilise her creativity through play-based activities. Her sessions are based on the child’s interests and she aims to create a fun and engaging environment. In her spare time, Alannah can be found walking her dogs, enjoying brunch with family and friends and going on outdoor adventures. Alannah is proud to be part of the Beam family and looks forward to meeting you.
Clare graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of Newcastle in 2017. Since completing her studies, Clare has gained experience supporting children and young adults with a variety of disabilities and individual needs, as well as their families, within the private paediatric setting.
Clare is passionate about supporting all individuals and their families to live their best lives. She uses a holistic and family-centred approach when working with you – taking the time to understand your child’s needs and aspirations. Clare also understands the importance of working as a team, and will collaborate with you and your child’s support team to ensure the best outcomes in therapy.
Through therapy sessions, Clare uses a variety of play-based and functional activities to ensure they fun and meaningful, whilst working towards your child’s goals. She also loves being creative and combining your child’s interests into therapy sessions, as well as sharing all moments of progress with you and your child.
Away from work, you’ll find Clare walking her dog, spending time with her family and friends, and enjoying yoga and Pilates.
Clare is excited to be a part of the Beam team, and looks forward to working with you.
Jen is a paediatric occupational therapist from the United Kingdom.
Starting her career working with children and young people as a teacher within special educational needs schools, Jen has developed her skills over the years, working across all age ranges.
Having worked alongside allied health therapists for many years within the education sector, Jen developed a keen interest in this area and completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2021. Jen gained valuable experience through clinical placements in Community Neurorehabilitation, a Child Development Centre, Child and Adolescents Mental Health Services and within an alternative therapy program which supported Riding for the Disabled and Equine Assisted Therapy.
Jen is focused on enabling inclusive environments, within the home, school, and the community. With a focus on maintaining engagement in occupations, she supports children and their families/carers to develop meaningful goals that increase participation across a range of different occupations.
In her spare time Jen loves to catch up with friends, go to the beach and travelling to new places.
Andrea has completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle in 2021, having completed paediatric placements at Sensory based clinics and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Armidale and an adult NDIS private mobile practice. During her degree Andrea gained further experience working with kids, by volunteering at ‘Camp Jabiru’ an OT camp for kids predominantly with Autism, sensory processing challenges or Down Syndrome. This solidified her love of working with kids and the joy it brings both herself and the kids when they achieve something new and push their own boundaries.
Andrea has experience working with kids as a support worker and an OOSH Educator, providing her an understanding and empathy of the daily life of kids, both the tricky and fun parts at school, home and the broader community.
In her spare time Andrea enjoys playing the Ukulele, practicing Yoga and anything creative, such as painting! Andrea is excited to be starting at Beam in Warners Bay and working with local children and families to live their brightest lives.
Simone completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Simone gained valuable paediatric experience as a support worker supporting special education teachers at an early intervention service. Simone has also completed a Certificate III in Children’s Services and a Keyworker training course.
Simone is passionate about delivering fun and creative therapy services, assisting children and their families to achieve goals that are meaningful to them.
Simone has a special interest in sensory processing, fine motor and handwriting skill development.
In her spare time, Simone enjoys being in the outdoors, hiking, exploring new places and spending time with family and friends.
Darius graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – Honours in 2020 and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Darius is a proud Indigenous Australian and South Sea Islander who has a passion for building a strong rapport with clients and supporting clients to achieve their goals.
Darius completed his previous clinical placements in a variety of settings including –private community, community mental health and a rural hospital. Darius has previously worked with people across the lifespan who have had a range of conditions, his paediatric caseload had conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Attention Deficit Disorder and teenagers with Anxiety and Depression.
Darius enjoys working with children and teens to achieve their developmental milestones, to help regulate their emotions and learn about their sensory needs, and he also likes working with teens to develop their independent living skills such as building routine, budgeting, cooking, toileting and self-care management.
Outside of work Darius enjoys, spending time with his friends and family, watching movies and attending sporting events.
Emmanuel is currently completing his final year of his Bachelor of Psychology at The University of Newcastle. Emmanuel has spent the last two years working as an applied behavioural analysis therapist. He has focused on clients with high needs and complex behaviours accommodating to a variety of needs.
Emmanuel is aiming to become a Board-Certified Behavioural Analyst and is interested in working with children and adolescents that have challenging and complex behaviours. Emmanuel thrives in analysing the functions of behaviours and then tailoring programs that allow for the appropriate management of these behaviours.
He will be working predominantly with NDIS participants and families, developing and implementing high quality Behaviour Support Plans.
In his spare time, Emmanuel enjoys spending time with his friends, listening to music and reading.
Tamaradeveloped a keen interest in Speech Pathology after working with children and young people during her role as a Family Support Worker in Queensland. Since then, she has been pursuing that interest by studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle.
Tamara is a travel fanatic and lover of delicious foods.
When she’s not studying, she enjoys being with friends and family, keeping active and going to the beach.
Tamara is very excited to be working with the Beam team as a Therapy Assistant.
Dane has completed a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, and is currently undertaking his Honours, with the hope of becoming a clinical psychologist in the future.
Dane is outgoing, friendly, and has a passion for working with children and adolescents due to his ability to communicate and relate with young people.
Dane is particularly interested in psychological and complex trauma; faced by children and adolescents. Dane has gained valuable experience working with young people within a school setting who have been exposed to the effects of social factors and trauma related experiences. As a result, Dane has worked closely with young individuals who present high needs and complex behaviours.
Dane takes great care in developing a strong rapport with all young people and families he works with, while creating a safe and positive environment. He believes in developing a person-centred approach, whereby support is focused on the person and achieving their desired aspirations and needs. Dane strives to empower all children, adolescents, and families/carers.
In his spare time, Dane enjoys drinking coffee, playing soccer, and surfing.
B has completed a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance specialising in Occupational Therapy at TAFE Digital. During work placement at Beam Health in 2021, Bérangère realised how much she loved working with children, helping them achieve their own goals and supporting families as challenges arise.
Bérangère worked as a Youth Educator in Early Childhood Centres and After School Care in Primary and Secondary Schools in France for many years, helping young people with and without special needs. Bérangère has always had an interest in the child’s development, including thinking, communicating, emotions, and social interactions. Nurturing children’s innate desire to learn, stay curious, and be independent through play-based activities is of utmost importance for Bérangère. She loves witnessing children’s ability to persevere in doing the everyday tasks that help them grow.
In 2006, Bérangère completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies in France and her passion to play has never left her. She loves dancing, acting, playing piano, speaking French, learning new skills, spending time with her loved ones, and being in the bush.
Bérangère is looking forward to meeting you and being part of the Beam family!
Our Administration Team
Warners Bay, Cessnock, Tuggerah and Toowong Clinics
Deb has been part of the admin team for 3 years and loves working with the children and families at Beam Health. She has a solid understanding of both the NDIS and Medicare systems and enjoys the regular interactions with the children, youth and families at our clinics.
Deb has over 20 years’ experience in office administration in both children’s services and the media & creative industries. Deb is mum to 3 sons and a beautiful border collie called Daisy. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, art, photography, music, reading, gardening and of course, spending time with her family & friends.
Becky moved to Australia from the UK 14 years ago and left a career in marketing to be a scuba diving instructor in Nelson Bay. She worked for the Marine Park Authority as an administration officer for several years before taking a career break to raise her 3 children.
With a degree in Animal Biology and Post Graduate Diploma in Pet Behaviour Counselling Becky has a love of all things furry, feathered and scaly and a keen interest in the use of assistance animals and therapy pets.
Becky has experience with the NDIS system from a participant parent perspective and understands the challenges of juggling kids and therapy appointments.
In her spare time Becky loves keeping active and spending time with her family doing all things outdoors from kayaking to horse riding.
Casey joined the Beam Team as a Business Trainee in February 2020 and has since successfully completed her traineeship in April 2021 gaining a Cert III in Business Administration. Using the skills that she learnt throughout her traineeship, Casey now works alongside our Intake Co-ordinator assisting the Intake Team. Casey loves learning new administration tasks and enjoys all of the people and clients at Beam Health! In Casey’s spare time she enjoys going away camping, spending time with friends & family, staying active and spending any chance she has at the beach!
Alana has a diverse background with a degree in Medical Radiation Science where she worked as a Radiographer for 8 years before setting up multiple businesses which kept her on her toes for over a decade. Alana then followed her passion for helping patients where she worked in allied healthcare for the past 10 years.
Outside of helping the children and families at Beam Alana loves discovering new camping destinations and holidaying with her twin teenage children & husband. During the colder months Alana loves hitting the ski slopes and snow skiing with her family and friends.
The heart of her home is their adorable spoodle named “Jessie” who’s energetic antics and fun loving nature brightens everyone’s day.
Chantel has 15 years of office administration experience plus 10 years of experience in the disability sector, including special needs teacher’s aide, support worker and sole trader of an NDIS registered provider, support worker.
Chantel loves interacting with Beam kids, youth and families. Chantel is currently also a sole trader art therapist at https://synergyspacearttherapy.com.au/. She absolutely loves this unique approach to offer her clients a channel for expression and communication.
Chantel is a wife and mother of two children and one aussie bulldog. She loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, yoga, nature walks, surfing (just learning), mindfulness, camping and (of course) creating art.
Amy was a chef for 17 years before making the change to work in the Out of Home Care Sector in recruitment. Amy then joined the Beam team as a Receptionist/Administration Officer at our Cessnock clinic.
In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats and extended family. Amy also enjoys going to F45 as well.
Emma has over 7 years experience working with children and completed a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care. Over the last two years Emma stepped into an administration role within the childcare industry and is ready to help you with your Beam journey and answer any questions you may have.
Emma loves forming strong connections with children and their families and looks forward to building these connections with the Beam community.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys weekends away, going to the gym, and spending time with her family and friends.
Carolyn has a long career in accounts and administration roles in a variety of industries, with the last two years working as an NDIS Plan Manager. Carolyn is also a qualified remedial massage therapist.
In her spare time, Carolyn loves going to the beach, bike riding along the Lake Mac foreshore, kayaking and spending time with family.
Michelle has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of office administration and marketing roles across a varied selection of industries. Michelle is excited to join the Beam Team in a Senior Administration Role and help support the expanding team as Beam continues to grow.
Outside of Beam, Michelle is a mum to two teenage children and one very cute Cavoodle. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, a lover of the beach and water skiing, traveling and exploring new places when given the opportunity.
Bella has over 7 years of office administration experience with a certificate in Business Administration. Over the last two years Bella has completed a certificate in Leadership and Management and has worked within the Revenue and Marketing Team.
Bella has joined the Beam Team as the Business Support Officer, and is excited to build on her skills and experience working within Marketing and HR.
Bella’s interests outside of work are going on her jet ski, bush walking, going to the gym and keeping active. Bella also likes hanging out with family, friends and her dalmatian fur child – Poppy.
Alena has three years’ experience working in the NDIS and allied health sector and is excited to work alongside our caring team to support Beam’s children, young people, and families at our clinics.
Alena also has over 10 years’ advertising agency experience, working with prominent charities and organisations in the Newcastle region.
Outside of her work with Beam, Alena is a mum to a gorgeous and very cheeky little girl and part time cake decorator. She loves spending time with her young family and German Shepherd, Sasha, travelling and catching up with friends.
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