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 Manager
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 rural and remote parts of Australia, and has volunteered her time to work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Sally has worked with children, youth, families and professionals in a community services context, with a special interest in trauma and attachment. Sally’s enthusiastic manner helps to develop safe and comfortable relationships with children and their families. Sally is committed to providing evidence-based interventions that are client-centred, creative and focused on children’s strengths and interests, 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.
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 has also spent a number of 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 and playful space that is safe and supportive through a warm and enthusiastic manner and focusing on children’s strengths and interests. Courtney uses a range of therapeutic modalities including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness practices, as well as creative, art 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. Courtney is interested in all areas of children’s mental health and can help with concerns around 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.
Bradyis a Registered Psychologist who has experience working across the lifespan, in a range of settings. Brady has an interest in most areas of psychology but has a special interest in working with adults and teenagers who have experienced trauma. He also has an interest in personality disorders, interpersonal difficulties, anxiety, depression, OCD and panic disorders. Brady uses a range of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Schema therapy. He creates safe, relaxed and supportive environments for clients to reach their full potential.
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.
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.
Georgia is a Registered Psychologist who has completed her Master of Professional Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2021. 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 neurodivergent and has experience delivering early intervention services to children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 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 is a proud LGBTQIA+ ally and strives to create a therapeutic environment that is safe, empathetic, collaborative, and affirming for all her clients. Georgia has experience delivering evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) and mindfulness practices whilst incorporating creative or play based techniques. Her main focus during therapy is to empower the individual and their support 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 and provide tailored and individualised strategies suit these needs. Georgia also believes in a system-based approach which involves working collaboratively with other disciplines and significant people within a client’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!
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 across a range of presentations, 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. Jessica also has extensive experience working with neurodivergent individuals and highly values working from a neurodiversity-affirming approach.
In her practice, Jessica is passionate about collaborating 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), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), 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 with her furbaby Bella.
Laura is a Registered Psychologist with over ten years of experience working alongside children with autism and their families. Laura is passionate about neurodivergent affirming therapy (particularly for ASD and ADHD), and helping parents to understand their children’s strengths and how to nurture these in meaningful ways. As a trained Tuning in to Kids facilitator, Laura also supports parents with emotion coaching and understanding why behaviour happens and, importantly, how to develop skills and strategies that work to promote positive communication and connection. Working with school and education teams, Laura also offers support that enables children to thrive in their learning and social environments. Laura offers a warm and empathetic approach to therapy, incorporating a variety of therapeutic skills and evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Laura has two children and a groodle dog, and loves spending time connecting with people, doing yoga, and creative cooking.
Cara is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed her Master of Professional Psychology at The University of Newcastle.
Cara is a proud LGBTQIA+ ally who is passionate about working alongside children, young people, and their families. Cara has extensive experience working with neurodiverse identifying individuals and feels passionately about working from a neurodiversity-affirming approach.
Cara has worked with children, young people, and adults with varying mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and trauma. Cara utilises a range of evidence-based approaches to therapy including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and play-based therapy.
Cara takes the time to build strong and trusting relationships with her clients and their families, ensuring each client feels heard and understood. Those who know Cara would describe her as having a warm and bubbly personality and an optimistic approach to life.
Outside of work Cara enjoys spending time with her friends and family, taking road trips, and walking outdoors.
Carli is an experienced psychologist with a passion for working with children, adolescents, and young people. Warm and compassionate, Carli works within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks.
Carli has worked in both public and private settings to deliver a wide range of mental health services, ranging from anxiety, depression and stress to trauma, grief and loss, ADHD, and more.
In her free time Carli enjoys travelling, going to the beach, cooking, and spending time with her friends and families.
Erica is a registered psychologist who has experience working with children, young people and families. She is passionate about supporting children’s well-being and mental health and strongly values the importance of developing trusting and reciprocal relationships with clients to foster positive outcomes.
Erica has worked in school organisations and understands the importance of viewing children in the context of the systems around them. She is passionate about working with individuals’ support systems to promote consistency and a holistic approach. Alongside supporting those who have concerns around anxiety, emotion dysregulation and attachment difficulties, Erica has a particular interest in psychological assessment and helping families to gain further understanding of their child’s strengths and identify areas in need of greater support.
Erica has completed her Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and hopes to gain her endorsement as an Educational and Developmental psychologist. She has a particular interest in attachment and looks forward to further developing her skills in this area.
Outside of work, Erica loves playing and coaching netball. On the weekends you will find her spending time with friends and family, loudly cheering on her favourite rugby league team or at reformer pilates.
Karly is a Provisional Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Master of Professional Psychology. Karly is currently completing a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle and has four years’ experience working within the disability sector as an NDIS support coordinator while completing her studies.
Karly is passionate about taking a holistic approach to supporting children and families with a range of mental health challenges. Karly has a special interest in working with neurodiversity and is passionate about utilising a neurodiversity affirming approach and focusing on strengths. Karly strives to provide a relaxed and playful approach, ensuring a supportive, non-judgemental and safe environment for her clients.
Outside of work, Karly loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach and the gym, and listening to live music.
Zoe is a provisional Psychologist who has completed her Masters of Professional Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Zoe has experience working with children, adolescents and their families and has had experience with a wide range of presentations including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and challenging behaviours.
Zoe aims to create a safe, collaborative, fun and empathetic therapeutic environment for her clients and their families and uses evidence-basted approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-based practices tailored to their needs. She is organised and proactive in helping clients identify and achieve their goals while providing strategies to assist them in increasing their independence and overall well-being.
Outside of work, Zoe enjoys reading, spending time with her pets, family and friends, and listening to music.
Sam is a Registered Psychologist and is passionate about working with children and their families, as well as with young adults.
After completing her master’s degree in Professional Psychology, Sam gained experience working with children, their families and young adults. Sam has worked with children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Learning & Intellectual Disorders and Attachment Difficulties.
Sam is passionate about helping clients understand the world around them, using a curious and compassionate approach. Sam’s style is relaxed, very play-based and neurodiversity affirming. Sam loves using techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy with her clients.
Outside of work Sam enjoys cooking, spending time with her two cats and watching Greys Anatomy (again)!
Riley is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed his Master of Professional Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2022. Riley has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families who identify as neurodivergent, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Obsessive compulsive disorder.
Riley is particularly interested in administering psychological assessments and providing evidence-based interventions. He believes in building a strong and understanding therapeutic relationship while fostering a non-judgemental and positive environment.
Outside of work, Riley enjoys watching Rugby League, spending time with friends, and taking care of his two foster cats!
Ohnmar is a Provisional Psychologist who is currently completing her Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle.
Ohnmar has experience in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of mental health, behavioural and educational concerns. Ohnmar enjoys working with a variety of presentations including anxiety and mood disorders, attachment issues and behavioural concerns. Ohnmar emphasises a person-centred and collaborative approach in improving mental health, tailoring strategies around what works best for the client in a strengths-based setting. She is passionate about creating a safe and nurturing environment for all clients, using an empathic approach that encourages a strong therapeutic relationship. Ohnmar utilises evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, play-based therapy, and trauma-informed interventions.
Outside of work, Ohnmar enjoys spending time with family and friends at the beach and playing tennis.
Alexandra is a Registered Psychologist with experience working across the lifespan. She loves to work with a range of different age groups including children and families, as well as adolescents and adults. She obtained both her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Master of Professional Psychology from the University of Newcastle and has experience providing evidence-based intervention services as well as a range of psychometric assessments as part of the diagnostic process.
Alexandra loves working within a multidisciplinary team providing tailored services to clients and their families, supporting them to thrive and reach their individual goals. Alexandra believes in the importance of trust and a strong therapeutic relationship as the foundation for successful client outcomes. She practices with a focus on attachment and aims to provide a warm, relaxed therapeutic space for clients.
Outside of work, Alexandra loves to read, cook and spend time at the beach with her dog. She also loves snowboarding and travelling whenever she has the chance.
Melinda is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), and also holds a business degree.
Having previously founded and directed a national corporate training business and worked with clients to develop leadership skills and manage workplace stress and conflict, Melinda is passionate and innately curious about human behaviour and personal and professional development. Melinda has a strengths-based approach and believes all individuals hold within them the unique capacity to expand their perspective, heal, grow and ultimately enjoy a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Melinda works with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds for a range of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship issues and core values/goal setting. Melinda concentrates on providing a safe, empathic space and provides evidence-based treatment interventions, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that are tailored to meet the goals of each client.
Outside of work, Melinda loves spending time with family, including her twins and is a passionate animal lover and keen runner.
Lauren is a Registered Psychologist who obtained a Master of Professional Psychology and is registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Lauren is also a Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI).
Lauren uses a person-centred approach to therapy, meaning she places importance on getting to know you, your needs, and your strengths before tailoring the style of therapy to suit the individual. Lauren works with individuals and couples for all issues, specifically interpersonal relationship issues, trauma, and an array of mental health diagnosis.
Lauren is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness-based approaches. She works with couples and families using a systems approach, ACT and Gottman method therapies.
Lauren is passionate about empowering her clients to make changes and equip them with the tools needed to face challenging situations in the future. Her person-centred approach will ensure you feel heard and supported throughout your journey.
Anne is a Provisional Psychologist who has been practicing since October 2022. She holds a Master of Psychology degree and spent time conducting research and working with marginalised populations. Her clinical interests include trauma work, and autism spectrum disorder.
In therapy, Anne aims to establish a warm, enthusiastic, and at times playful environment to build a positive therapeutic relationship. She has experience in various areas including fostering self-esteem, emotional regulation, grief processing, and social skills. Anne draws from a variety of evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family Systems Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT). She also incorporates creative and play therapies as appropriate.
Anne also has experience conducting psychological assessments of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, specific learning disorders like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia, and various mood/anxiety disorders.
During her free time, Anne delights in the outdoors, board games, and music/podcasts.
Alice enjoys supporting clients to thrive. For clients, this may feel like they are heard, understood, and empowered to overcome challenges, fears, or mental pain to reach their goals. For others, it may mean support to explore and value their unique identity and strengths. Perhaps it looks like aid with positive adaptions at home, work, or school. It may be collaboratively building the motivation and skills to break unhelpful habits or connect to who and what is most important. Support looks different for each person because everyone has different values, goals, strengths, and needs. Alice is passionate about adapting evidence-based tools and techniques for each client. She prioritises equal relationships so that clients feel safe, respected, and comfortable talking about what’s working for them and what isn’t.
The core of her approach is that all people thrive when they can, yet at times we all need a little help along the way. Her experience includes working with clients on a range of mental health needs and goals, with neurodivergent children, young people, and their families, and with adults in crisis. She enjoys working collaboratively with children, teens, adults, and families using techniques that include Cognitive Behaviour Therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, neurodiversity-affirming approaches, and attachment-based parenting support. After completing a research doctorate in psychology, she worked in many interesting fields before circling back to psychology after realising her passion was supporting others to reach their goals.
When not at work, she can be found in nature surfing, mountain biking, and walking with her husband and two teenage boys.
Nadia is a Provisional Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Master of Professional Psychology, and also holds a Social Communication (Marketing and Advertising) degree from her country of origin Brazil.
Nadia has been practicing in Australia since 2019, initially as a face-to-face counsellor for Lifeline, having worked in private practice, inpatient group and drug and alcohol settings. Dealing with at-risk population and through a crisis support background, Nadia is passionate about reframing thought patterns through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Positive Psychology and Self-Compassion, taking a holistic, strengths-based approach to supporting adults with a range of mental health challenges. Nadia has a special interest working within the domains of anxiety, depression and trauma and strives to provide a safe, relaxed and supportive environment for her clients.
Nadia maintains a healthy work-life balance through her journeys outdoors in nature, bush-walking, paddle boarding and spending time with friends and family.
Our Speech Pathologists
Speech and Language Pathologist, Discipline Manager
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.
Kelsey is a certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with experience working with clients in clinic settings, schools and home environments. Kelsey has supported both NDIS and private clients in the past working in complex disability and within early language, literacy, speech, orofacial myology and AAC.
Kelsey has a passion for supporting clients to achieve their goals and creating a safe and meaningful therapeutic relationship for her clients and their support networks. Kelsey has training in the Sounds-Write Literacy Program, HANEN It Takes Two to Talk Program, Orofacial Myology, the implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and in Social Communication and has experience using these programs and therapies in individual and group programs with clients of all ages.
Kelsey enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends and can often be found enjoying live music at concerts and festivals!
Emily completed a Bachelor’s degree of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of Newcastle. Prior to joining Beam Health, Emily worked in private practice in Newcastle. Emily has experience in working with children of all ages to help overcome their speech, language and literacy delays, as well as stuttering and social difficulties. She has a keen interest in stuttering and speech sound delays and has completed the Nuffield Dyspraxia Program for severe speech sound disorders. She has experience working with children with various disabilities, including Autism and Cerebral Palsy.
Emily’s warm, friendly and can-do attitude enables her to develop great rapport with clients and she strives to ensure that individual goals of the child are met and the best possible results are achieved.
Outside of work, Emily enjoys playing sports such as hockey and golf, and spending time with family and friends.
Our Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapist, Discipline Manager
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.
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.
Charlee graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of Newcastle in 2022 and is registered with the Australian Health Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Prior to graduating Charlee was working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant within the community and a mental health ward in a local hospital.
During her studies, Charlee completed various clinical placements working with people across all lifespans and within an array of environmental settings. Her caseloads have included a widespread of conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Attention Hyperactive Deficit Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. Her time working with clients of these conditions have solidified her love for working with children and supporting others using a person-centred and neurodiversity affirming approach.
Charlee enjoys working with children and adolescents to achieve their goals predominately based on regulating emotions, sensory processing, and executive functioning. She is passionate about delivering fun and creative therapy services, which encompass laughter, skill building, her clients interests and their family.
Outside of work, Charlee enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the beach, camping, and hiking. Charlee is excited to begin her journey at Beam in Warners Bay and Tuggerah and cannot wait to support your family in achieving their goals.
Zoe has completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra. Throughout her degree, Zoe completed multiple paediatric placements at community based private practices and a service specialising in developmental psychological trauma.
Over the last ten years, Zoe has developed skills and experience through a range of volunteer, non-clinical and clinical roles working with a variety of people across the lifespan who experience a range of physical and psychosocial disabilities
In her spare time, Zoe enjoys writing haiku, hiking and training in Boxing and Brazilian Jujitsu. Zoe is excited to be starting at Beam in Tuggerah and working with local children and families to live their brightest lives.
Bentley graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of Newcastle in 2023, and is registered with the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
During his studies, Bentley has completed placements in various clinical areas, such as in community, hospital, and school-based occupational therapy settings. Bentley’s caseloads have included a wide variety of conditions, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Bentley has a strong array of skills in pediatric intervention, such as in gross motor skills, fine motor skills, executive function, and handwriting intervention. Bentley also has strong experience using therapy frameworks, such as the CO-OP approach.
Bentley is passionate about building rapport with his clients. Bentley enjoys building relationships and believes both client and family centered practice is pivotal to guiding intervention. Bentley believes intervention is most effective when children are comfortable being themselves, and therefore, building a strong rapport is essential.
Furthermore, as a swimming instructor of over 5 years, Bentley has extensive experience working with children. Bentley also holds experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the pediatric setting.
Outside of work, Bentley enjoys all things fitness and sport, Swimming, playing, and watching AFL and playing guitar and saxophone.
Mariza qualified as an Occupational Therapist in South Africa in 2000, whereafter she lived and worked in England in a variety of clinical settings with children and adults. Since 2012 Mariza has focussed her work on helping children overcome the challenges they have to participate in the activities that are important to them, whether these are rooted in sensory, motor, or self-regulation difficulties. Mariza also has a specialist interest in working with children who are twice exceptional, in other words they have the unique profile of being gifted together with having a disability.
Mariza moved to Australia with her family in 2022. She enjoys spending time with them exploring the country’s natural beauty, learning all about its rich and vibrant culture, and settling into the Australian way of life.
Mariza believes that, through her work and as part of the dynamic team at Beam Health, she can change the world one child at a time!
Lara graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (honours) in 2021 from the University of Newcastle and has experience working with children and their families. She is passionate about ensuring all children and their family members feel supported and listened to during their therapy experience.
Lara believes therapy should be fun and exciting and will tailor her sessions to the child’s interests where possible. Lara is family-centred and has an interest in early brain development, as well as helping littlies get ready for big school. Lara has experience in trauma-centred care, fine and gross motor development and supporting children with sensory processing issues (to name a few). She is committed to continuing her education to uphold best practice.
Outside of work, Lara is learning to surf, loves reading, crocheting, going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Tracy is a Registered Counsellor and Family Therapist with over ten years of experience providing Counselling and Psychotherapy to individuals. Tracy uses a range of different modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Circle of Security techniques and trauma informed approaches. Tracy works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief with a special interest in Suicide Prevention.
She is passionate about supporting individuals to identify their strengths, build resilience and work towards their goals. Tracy’s approach is client-led, building a strong and supportive therapeutic relationship through demonstrating unconditional positive regard and empathy towards her clients.
Tracy enjoys the beach, bush walks, trying new things, and being Mum to 4 amazing children.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts with a Sociology Major and a Psychology Minor and a Masters of Counselling. She has been a PACFA registered Counsellor for seven years, working in alternative education schools, Catholic Schools and with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She has over 15 years experience working with children and adolescents with a trauma background, first as a Youth Working in Out of Home Care and then in her roles as a Counsellor. She has experience working with teens and adults in such areas as interpersonal stressors, complicated and diverse family systems, academic stress, providing parenting support/groups, school disengagement, anxiety and depression, childhood trauma, and complex mental health presentations.
Melissa is passionate about helping clients understand how their brains work in a clear and useful way. Using neuroscience to provide psychoeducation Melissa provides practical and useful strategies to help people identify, adapt to and overcome their current challenges. Melissa is guided by a robust curiosity of the individual and offers clear and direct help with her clients and their families reach their goals. Melissa has a client centred approach and uses a variety of modalities and frameworks including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, trauma informed and neurodiversity affirming approaches.
Melissa is a mom and enjoys being active, spending time with her family, practicing breath work and has a deep passion for stationary.
Chantelle is a passionate and experienced Social Worker, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Play and Art Therapy. Chantelle has a strong history working with children, adolescents, adults, and families across a range of areas including sexual assault, mental health, family therapy, grief and loss, domestic family violence, school disengagement, education, and community engagement.
Chantelle cares deeply about supporting victims and survivors of complex trauma to heal and recover in a way that is safe, and empowering. Chantelle uses a range of therapeutic interventions to support her clients such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Play and Art Therapies, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Chantelle also practices from a strengths-based, person-centered approach.
Chantelle focuses on the therapeutic relationship, and is kind, accepting, respectful, and creative in her approach. Chantelle tailors her interventions, spending time to understand the unique experiences and circumstances of her clients.
Outside of work, Chantelle loves spending time with her four rescue Huskies and Greyhounds! She also loves relaxing by watching TV shows and eating avocado toast at a good café!
April is a PACFA Registered Counsellor with a passion for supporting children and adults who have experienced trauma – including domestic and family violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect.
April has furthered her knowledge through training in play therapy, trauma informed care, providing culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and in supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community.
April has worked with children, young people and families for over a decade in different capacities including counselling, statutory child protection, out of home care, young people in alternative care arrangements, youth work and more.
April aims to be educated and inclusive, in order to support all people in a personalised matter. April utilises play therapy, motivational interviewing and person centered approaches to motivate change and create positive outcomes for children and families.
April is a fierce advocate for social justice, women’s’ right and child safety. Outside of work, April loves travelling, bushwalks, the beach and singing really badly in the car.
Ashleigh is a registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association and has completed studies in Psychology, Counselling, Health Science & Research and Autism & Behavioural studies.
Ashleigh’s clinical background has primarily been working with families who experience Domestic and Family Violence, trauma, challenging behaviours with youth and navigating neurodiversity.
Ashleigh works from a strengths based, trauma informed, relational lens. Ashleigh believes that each client’s story matters and has impact on how they show up in the here and now. She acknowledges that all maladaptive or unhelpful behaviours once served a function for you, to survive.
Ashleigh works with clients and their stories to find strengths and enhance those strengths to work towards positive change.
Ashleigh is kind, affirming and assertive in her approach and wants to ensure clients walk away with the tools to navigate life a little smoother than before.
Outside of Beam Ashleigh is a mother to a toddler and 2 energetic kelpies. You will find Ashleigh competing in any sport possible and spending time outside in the sunshine. She also classifies herself as quite the coffee connoisseur!
Kirsti has a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), Diploma of counselling and a Bachelor of Laws.
Kirsti has worked extensively in the insurance and legal sector, working predominantly in the areas of psychological injuries and Institutional abuse. Kirsti has a passion for supporting abuse survivors and victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Kirsti has been employed as a counsellor for almost four years with an NDIS provider and enjoys working with participants and their families to reach their independent goals and support them to obtain optimum well-being. Kirsti uses a variety of modalities such as trauma informed therapy, play therapy, art therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness practice and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and works with clients using a person centred and strengths-based approach.
Outside of work, Kirsti enjoys time with her family, being a mum to three children and also loves art and animals.
Madelein is a passionate and experienced Counsellor with a unique background. Madelein has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Queensland.
Madelein has an array of experience in working with adolescents, adults, and families across a range of areas including mental health, Complex trauma, eating disorders, personality disorders, depression, and anxiety. Madelein gained a range of experience through working at Headspace and in suicide prevention programs on the Central Coast. Madelein is registered with Australia Counselling Association (ACA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia (PACFA).
Madelein works from a client centred approach operating in sessions with empathy, compassion, genuineness, and empowering clients to become their authentic selves. Madelein is trained in a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive behaviour Therapy – eating disorders (CBT-E), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT).
Outside of work, Madelein loves to spend time eating pastries (Mostly croissants), drinking coffee at local cafes, playing team sports and spending time with friends and family.
Pip was born in the UK and trained as a Registered Nurse for people with disabilities (Registered Nurse for the Mentally Handicapped). In 1994, she emigrated to Australia and in 2000 completed a Transition to Mental Health certificate in Sydney. She moved up to Newcastle and began working at James Fletcher Hospital in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and spending one day a week working at the Centre for Psychotherapy, learning Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
In 2006, she completed her Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) at Newcastle University and then became a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, meaning she is required to maintain regular clinical supervision and mandatory professional development standards, to ensure her practice is current and of a higher standard than a Registered Nurse.
For the past 17 years, she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient hospitals as a nurse and also as a therapist, facilitating Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) groups. Pip has her own private practice and sees clients with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, grief, relationship difficulties and she has a lived experience as a carer. She is also a Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner and has found the 2 modalities work effectively together as they both explore emotion, language and patterns of thought, mindfulness, feeling and behaviour. Pip identifies as a member of the LGBTQI+ community, so particularly enjoys working with and supporting these clients, as well as people that identify as being neurodiverse.
Out of work Pip loves to travel, garden, go to the beach, volunteer at community events, play with her dogs and spend time with family and friends.
Holly is a social worker and behaviour support practitioner. She has also completed her Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced). Holly enjoys working with clients of all ages, and has experience assisting clients with a range of difficulties and behaviours. Holly is passionate about building strong working relationships with her clients, to better assist them to achieve their goals. She employs a person-centred/solution-focused approach and utilises Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques, while applying a trauma-informed lens to her practice.
Holly’s passion outside of work is spending time with her family and being in nature.
Berangere 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!
Grace is currently completing a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle and plans to graduate as a qualified Occupational Therapist in 2023.
Grace completed her second-year placement at Beam and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work within such a skilled multidisciplinary team. Grace found her passion for working with paediatric clients during her placement experience at Beam and hopes to pursue this avenue of occupational therapy in the future.
Grace is friendly, approachable and values building strong relationships with clients and their support systems. She believes in implementing a client and family-centred approach is essential to build her practice around goals meaningful to the individual client and facilitate optimal outcomes for clients and their families.
During her studies, Grace has become accustomed to the holistic nature of paediatric practice and believes it is important to honour the uniqueness of each individual and builds her therapy around their strengths and personal interests. She loves using interactive, fun therapeutic methods to engage clients when working to achieve their desired goals.
When Grace is not studying, she loves travelling up the coast, keeping active and catching up with friends and family.
Grace is excited to be a member of the Beam team as a Therapy Assistant.
Deb has been a dedicated member of the admin team for five years and loves working with the children and families at Beam Health. With expertise in both the NDIS and Medicare systems and over 20 years of experience in office administration across children’s services and the media & creative industries, Deb brings a wealth of knowledge to Beam.
A devoted mum to three children and a border collie named Poppy, she enjoys cooking, music & reading and treasures quality time with her family and 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.
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.
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.
Kylie started her career in the travel industry where she had the opportunity to travel the world for over 16 years. She has spent time working in the retail industry and in a contact centre/admin role. She has also loved being a family portrait photographer for over 15 years.
When she’s not at work, Kylie enjoys the beach, walking around Lake Macquarie, yoga, listening to podcasts and catching up with friends at the great cafes and restaurants in our area.
Isabella has over 7 years experience in customer service and is currently in her 3rd year of completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science. Isabella has a passion for mental health and loves to connect with children and their families.
In her spare time, Isabella enjoys reading, pilates and spending time with family.
Sam started her career in 2015 as a Veterinary Nurse, completing both her certificate II and IV in Veterinary Nursing. Throughout these years she worked a mixture of nursing and administration roles within the industry including Emergency work, which led her to thrive in a high paced environment.
Sam is currently studying Psychological Science at the University of Newcastle. Prior to commencing employment at Beam she worked as a disability support worker, which sparked her passion for helping others to enrich their lives and develop skills to help achieve a greater degree of independence and personal empowerment.
Long-term, Sam hopes to work as a Clinical Psychologist, expanding her knowledge within the industry and help to improve the well-being of others in the community.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys training at her CrossFit gym, spending time with her friends and hanging out with her two mischievous rescue cats.
Mia has experience in the Allied Health and Medical Administration sector, she has also worked in customer service roles for 7 years.
Mia has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with the University of Newcastle and is currently completing her Honours year with Southern Cross University. Mia is passionate about child and family psychology and hopes to gain registration as a Psychologist in the future.
Outside of work, Mia enjoys going to the beach in her downtime, catching up with her family, and walking her much-loved Labradors.
Brett has extensive retail experience in various settings, as well as over a year’s experience in a contact centre environment. Brett has also completed a Certificate III in Business Administration within the Disability and ECEI sector.
Brett enjoys building rapport with children, clients, and their families and is ready to assist you with your Beam journey.
Outside of work, Brett enjoys spending time with his partner and their fur-babies, Ace and Marley. Brett also enjoys catching up with family and friends, tinkering with cars and content creation surrounding his interest in gaming.
Kymberley has worked in the medical industry for the past 15 years, with 10 of those years specialising in Hospital Pathology in Microbiology. After having her 3 children, Kymberley moved into the Administration sector for a better work life balance.
Kymberley is excited to be apart of the Beam Team as she is eager to interact with clients and families daily and is ready to help support you and your family with your Beam journey.
Kymberley has an amazing husband and is a mother of 3 amazing boys who she adores, her eldest being a big brother to identical twins! In her spare time, she loves being with her family, camping, water skiing, watching movies, swimming in the pool, and hanging out with pets!
Georgia started her career in the Real Estate industry in 2017 where she completed both her Certificate of Registration and Class 2 Real Estate License. Throughout her experience in this industry, Georgia has worked within various administrative and executive positions and has learnt to thrive in a fast paced environment.
Georgia has a passion for improving the lives of individuals and families and is very excited to be a part of the Beam Team!
In her spare time, Georgia enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, going to the beach and visiting the fantastic cafes and restaurants in her area.
Julie has experience in IT, Recruitment, Childcare, Events and recently, Health Administration for the past 12 years where she has predominantly worked in Midwifery and Corrective Services. Julie has also managed a small business in the Construction industry for over 43 years.
Julie has a large family which continues to keep her busy as well as 3 dogs; 2 Maremmas and a Cavoodle. She is currently building in the Paxton area and is excited to begin her journey with the Beam team.
Heather has a Diploma in Counselling as well as over 12 years experience working in Administration, Customer Experience and Senior Executive Assistant roles and more recently has worked within property development.
Heather loves working in an environment that give her the opportunity to help people make a difference. Outside of work, Heather enjoys spending time with her partner, family and friends and has also recently opened up a barbershop with her partner!
Elisha has over 22 years experience working with children and completed a Diploma in Children Services Centre Based Care. Over the last twenty years Elisha stepped into the Centre Director role which consisted of administration role within the childcare industry and has moved to beam for a better work life balance.
Elisha is married and super proud mother of two teenage children with one being heavily involved in sports. Elisha loves working in an environment that give her the opportunity to help people make a difference. Elisha looks forward to forming strong connections with children and their families while building these connections with the Beam community.
In her spare time, Elisha volunteers her time with a local scout group on the Central Coast working with children aged 8 to 12 years and enjoys weekend camping trips, going to the movies, watching her daughter playing sports and spending time with her family and friends.
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 as our Business Support Manager 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.
Casey has been a part of the Beam Team since February 2020. Casey has 3 years’ experience in Business Administration, with Certificates in Business Services and Business Administration.
Using the skills learnt throughout her time at Beam, Casey has had the opportunity to fulfill a variety of roles, including both Reception & Admin, Intake Officer and now Business Support Administrator within the Business Support Team.
Casey is excited to learn new skills and gain experience within the Business Support Team, focusing on HR and Marketing.
Outside of work, Casey enjoys camping getaways, spending every chance she has by the beach, keeping active and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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.
Emilee has over 11 years of business generalist experience, specialising in Human Resources. Emilee is excited to join the Beam Team to help in all areas of recruitment, training and development and the introduction of eLearning.
Emilee has two gorgeous children, one of who is supported by wonderful speech, OT, and behaviour therapists. She has a great appreciation for all that they do and is excited to be able to give back in her own way.
Away from work, Emilee loves spending time and being outdoors with her family, cooking up a storm in the kitchen and planning her kids next birthday parties.
Mia has 3 years of experience in customer service and is currently completing a Certificate III in Business Administration with HVTC. She is excited to be a part of the beam team over the next 12 months and is ready to learn and build her skills!
In Mia’s free time she enjoys camping, spending time with friends and beach walks with her Labrador.
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