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Tropical Leaves

Our Team

Leadership

Stevie-Rae Kirkland

(she/her)

Clinical Lead

AHPRA Registration PSY0001816539

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Stevie is a registered psychologist and board approved clinical supervisor who has experience working with children, adolescents and families from a variety of backgrounds. Stevie has a particular interest working with those who have difficulties with anxiety, neurodevelopmental disorders and attachment disruption. Stevie works from an attachment-based framework to assist individuals strengthen relationships with their support networks. Stevie has completed additional training in Circle of Security, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions. Stevie also has a strong interest in canine-assisted therapy, and the positive impacts that animals can have on wellbeing.

Monday - Friday

Mathew Aquilina

(he/him)

Service Manager
AHPRA Registration
PSY0001686217

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Mathew is a registered psychologist and board approved clinical supervisor with experience assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group therapies. Mathew is interested in working with anxiety, trauma, and attachment based difficulties in young people. Mathew has completed training in Circle of Security, ACT, CBT, and Schema Therapy models of intervention. Mathew has had experience running a number of group programs with FSA Psychology, as part of external agencies, and in the local community. Notably, he developed a resilience- and emotion-focused program for boys at a local high school. Mathew continues to enjoy work with boys and young men particularly and is passionate about early intervention in shaping men's understanding of and attitude towards mental health issues. He is also passionate about the training and supervision of provisional and early career psychologists.

Tuesday - Friday

Megan Blacker

(she/her)

Maternity Leave

Clinical Services Manager (Head to Health)

AHPRA Registration PSY0001954534

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Megan is a registered psychologist who has experience working with adolescents, adults, families, drug and alcohol, suicidal and self-harming behaviours. She works collaboratively with the child or young person and their families using a variety of different treatments that are client centred and strength based. She has a special interest in trauma work and mindfulness practice. Megan is also an approved Victims' Services counsellor.

Monday - Wednesday & Friday

Kalynda Powell

(she/her)

Clinical Services Manager (Head to Health)

AHPRA Registration PSY0002092202 | APD registration number: APD015451

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Kalynda is a clinical psychology registrar with an interest in working with children, adolescents and families. She has experience working in rural and remote mental health and with Aboriginal communities and individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. With a background in dietetics, she has an interest in the interaction between food and mental health, along with other interests working with those who experience difficulties with anxiety, depression and trauma. Kalynda uses a range of approaches to work with the young person and their family to tailor a therapeutic intervention that will suit their individual needs. 

Kalynda is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who enjoys working in collaboration with people to help them achieve their health goals. She understands that each person and their situation is unique and takes the time to work with you to tailor an intervention that will suit your individual needs. Kalynda’s dietetic experience spans across a range of areas, including work with children, adolescents and adults, and families. She has experience working in rural areas that experience difficulties with food availability, and with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. As a Clinical Psychology Registrar, Kalynda can also support individuals to understand how food can impact their mental health.

Monday, Thursday, Friday

FSA Health & Wellbeing Staff

Diana Gonsalves

(she/her)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001894972

Children, Adolescents, Parents, Adults

Head to Health

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Diana is a registered psychologist with a passion for working with young people and their families from an attachment-based perspective. Diana has experience working with young people in out-of-home-care, from trauma backgrounds.  Diana values a whole-of-child framework and aims to enrich the lives of families through supporting connections. 

Monday & Friday

Lize Booy

(she/her)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001958188

Children, Adolescents, Parents, Adults

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Lize is a registered psychologist with experience working in educational settings and out-of-home care. Lize is passionate about working with children and their families and has been able to do this in group and individual contexts. Lize works from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and attachment framework. Lize is also our assessment clinician and conducts cognitive, learning and ADHD assessments.

Monday & Thursday

Ajdin (Adi) Mujezinovic

(he/him)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002100326

Children, Adolescents, Parents, Adults

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Ajdin is a registered psychologist with experience in community outreach mental health, and further study in transnational neuroscience. Ajdin is passionate about providing personalized approaches to psychotherapy in the child-adolescent-family context. Ajdin works with a focus on evolutionary psychology, bio-psychology, attachment theory, trauma informed and strengths-based approaches. Ajdin also has an interest in Canine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Monday - Wednesday

Cooper (aka. Boopy) Mujezinovic-Kirkland

Facility Support Dog

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Cooper (A.K.A Boopy) is golden retriever, a fully qualified assistance dog, and a very good boy. Cooper was in training with Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) from the age of 8 weeks, including 6 months of advanced training. His skills are up to international standards as outlined by Assistance Dogs International. Cooper’s co-therapists, Ajdin and Stevie, completed handler training with Cooper, and are qualified to work with him in public.

Cooper has a passion for Canine Assisted Intervention and has previously helped in OT sessions with ADA. His interests include; pats, belly rubs, liver treats, bumping his head on things, tug, and sleeping.  

Monday - Wednesday

Jayke Parish

(he/him)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002260190

Children, Adolescents, Parents, Adults

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Jayke is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with children and adolescents. He has previous experience using ABA therapy, to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder manage challenging behaviours and improve social and daily living skills.

Tuesday & Friday

Kate Sullivan

(she/her)

Senior Intake Clinician

Provisional Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002546043

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Kate is a provisionally registered psychologist who is passionate about providing support to adults, adolescents, young people and their families. Kate completed her thesis on the impact of COVID-19 on school learning. She is particularly interested in developmental trauma and attachment. She has experience working with young people from a variety of backgrounds, including education, sports, and in-house care. 

Monday - Thursday

Daisy Seaton

(she/her)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002350269

Children, Adolescents, Parents, Adults

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Daisy is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with children, young people, parents, and adults. Daisy adopts and warm and friendly approach to therapy, and strives to make every session comfortable for clients who may feel understandably anxious about seeking support for their difficulties. Daisy‘s way of working with clients is grounded in evolutionary psychology, and has a strong emphasis on the impact of early life experiences on the development and maintenance of current mental health concerns. When working with children Daisy views their difficulties through an attachment theory lens, which prioritises using the relationship and interactions between the parent/carer and child to improve the child’s current concerns. Daisy has experience working with a range of mental health conditions, though has particular interests in behavioural issues, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the lasting impact of early trauma and attachment disruption. She uses specific therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Tuesday- Friday

Destinee Conyers

(she/her)

Provisional Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002414871

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Destinee is a provisional psychologist who is passionate about working with children and young people.  Destinee has previous experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a range of mental health challenges. She has a particular interest in incorporating mindfulness practices into therapy.
 

Monday- Thursday

Yasmin Haley

(she/her)

Provisional Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002471930

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Yasmin is a provisionally registered psychologist who is passionate about helping young people and their families navigate the complexities of mental health. Yasmin completed her thesis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an individual's psycho-social wellbeing, and recently completed her Masters in Professional Psychology. Yasmin has a particular interest in anxiety disorders and behavioural difficulties. Yasmin is passionate about early intervention, and adopts a warm and holistic approach to therapy, tailoring treatment to the individual's needs. 

Monday - Thursday

Stephen Schofield

(he/him)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001316778

Head to Health

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Stephen has worked in the psychology field for 18 years, in a range of government, non-government and private practice positions. During that time, Stephen worked with people from a variety of backgrounds and mental health issues. Stephen uses several counselling approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Brief-Solution Focused Therapy, Psychoeducation and Skills Training, Activity Scheduling, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Happiness and Positive Psychology, Relaxation and Stress Management Techniques (including Controlled Breathing, Deep Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery). Stephen's main area of focus is to provide adults experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, stress and adjustment issues, low self-esteem, chronic pain, substance use addiction and existential dilemma with strategies and techniques to manage their symptoms and enhance their wellness and overall quality of life. Stephen joins our team as a clinician in the Head to Health Pop Up Clinic. 

Monday - Friday

Emma Smith

(she/her)

Provisional Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002475756

Children, Adolescents, Parents

Head to Health

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Emma is a Provisional Psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, particularly in educational and out-of-home-care settings. Emma has experience in undertaking educational, cognitive, and behavioural assessments. Emma has a particular interest in working with trauma, and has undergone additional training in understanding trauma and attachment. Emma is passionate about working with a range of individuals across the lifespan and from a variety of backgrounds.

Monday - Thursday

Danielle Van Vliet

(she/her)

Peer Support Worker

Head to Health

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Danielle joins the Head to Health team as a Mental Health Peer Support Worker.  Not only does Danielle have lived experience of mental illness she also has extensive experience within the mental health field, of over 16 years in a peer support role.  Danielle is currently completing the Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) degree through Wollongong University.  Danielle has an interest in supporting consumers on their personal recovery journey through goal setting and providing support around advocacy and referrals.

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, Friday

Cherie McCafferty

(she/her)

Psychologist 

AHPRA Registration PSY0001152502

Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Parents

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Cherie is a registered psychologist and board approved clinical supervisor. She has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Cherie works from a varied framework of therapies including CBT, ACT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Circle of Security, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy and Art/Craft Therapy. She is a qualified Mindfulness and Meditation Therapist. Cherie has completed further training in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Suicide Intervention, Mental Health First Aid and Resilience. Cherie is working on becoming a credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician. She is passionate about psychology, diversity and inclusivity.

Tuesday - Friday

Samantha Baxter

(she/her)

Peer Support Worker

Head to Health

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Sam has over 5 years experience in the community services sector, with previous roles supporting people with Disabilities, Mental Illness & their carers.

Sam has lived experience of Mental Illness, PTSD & Loss as well as lived experience as a parent of a special needs child.

Sam is passionate about supporting people experiencing mental health challenges & walking beside them on their journey with hope of recovery.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Demi Rojo

(she/her)

Provisional Psychologist/ Intake Clinician

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Demi has completed her Masters in Professional Psychology. She is passionate about working with young people and adults. Demi has experience working with adolescents and young adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression and trauma. She has a particular interest in working within an attachment framework and a keen interest in mindfulness practices

   Monday-Tuesday,

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Administrative Staff

Karen Jenkins

(she/her)

Practice Manager

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You will see Karen's welcoming and friendly face at our reception desk when you arrive for your appointment. Karen has worked in various medical administration roles and has extensive experience working with children. She is passionate about helping people and has a particular interest in working with young people and their families. Karen enjoys building connections and chatting with our clients at the front desk. She enjoys hearing the stories from our young clients, so feel free to say hi next time you see her. 

   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Pariss Williams

(she/her)

Client Care Support

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Pariss is one of our committed Client Care Support Worker. Prior to working at Family services Psychology Pariss has gained considerable knowledge while working as Medical administrative over the previous five years. Throughout her employment she has expressed her passion of Psychology and other healing methods as well as the delight of working with children. Pariss enjoys building relationships with clients and inspirers to create a friendly and positive environment. Feel free to come say hello to Pariss at our reception desk.

Monday - Thursday

Emma Talbot

(she/her)

Client Care Support

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Emma is a member of our devoted Client Care Support team. She has a strong interest with working with children as well as psychology; which she is studying at university. Emma brings to the table a vested interest in all elements of her role, from ensuring quality care to all clients to sorting all the stuffed animals in the play area. Feel free to say hi to Emma at our front administration desk.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

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