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Tropical Leaves

Our Team

Leadership

Stevie-Rae Kirkland

(she/her)

Clinical Lead

AHPRA Registration PSY0001816539

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Monday- Friday

Stevie is a registered psychologist, educational and development psychology registrar and board approved clinical supervisor. Stevie has provided psychological support to the Illawarra community for the last decade, and has been working in management for the past 6 years, with a focus on clinical oversight and service delivery.

Stevie’s natural therapeutic style is relaxed, conversational and authentic, acknowledging that the person seeking support is the expert of their own experience. Stevie’s approach prioritises safety and trust in the therapeutic relationship and strives to help people feel seen and heard through genuine connection. Stevie is an approved handler for our facility dog, Cooper, and is trained to utilise Cooper within her therapy sessions.

Stevie’s areas of interest include using a neuroaffirming lens to support neurodiverse populations (particularly female and atypical presentations of autism); supporting those who have a history of trauma, attachment disruption and/or adverse life experiences; supervising and supporting the development of provisional and early career psychologists; and supporting those with anxiety presentations. While Stevie adapts and combines different approaches to suit the needs of each individual, her preferred modalities include Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Canine-assisted Psychotherapy.

Mathew Aquilina

(he/him)

Service Manager
AHPRA Registration PSY0001686217

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Tuesday - Friday

Mathew is a Registered Psychologist and board-approved clinical supervisor. Mathew has a keen interest in the support of fathers and the area of men’s mental health. He also enjoys supervision of provisional psychologists and other mental health professionals.

Mathew is passionate about providing families and expecting parents with evidence-informed information to assist the transition to parenthood. He is an accredited Becoming Us Facilitator, and Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. With a background in child and family psychology, Mathew has worked from an attachment-informed lens for the duration of his clinical career. He values the important role that attachment and bonding play in developing psychological wellbeing and positive relational experiences, and this informs his therapeutic style and practice.

Mathew takes an integrative approach to his practice, with experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic therapy, and EMDR. He has a warm and conversational style and a strengths-based view of those he supports, working to build capacity and increase insight rather than focus on deficit or disorder.

Mathew has completed intensive training with the Perinatal Training Centre and is engaged in ongoing clinical supervision in perinatal mental health, to ensure the best care to his clients.

Megan Blacker

(she/her)

Program Manager (Workforce Australia)

AHPRA Registration PSY0001954534

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Wednesday - Friday

Megan is a registered psychologist and board approved supervisor. She has been working as a therapist in the Illawarra since 2015 and has been a part of the FSA Health and Wellbeing management team since 2021 which has included clinical and service provision oversight.

Megan has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, drug and alcohol, neurodiversity, suicidal and self-harming behaviours, among many other presentations.

 

Megan has completed training and has some experience with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and many others.

 

Megan believes the client is an expert of their experience and works collaboratively with them and their support system in a client centred and strength-based way. Her approach is relaxed and aims to build trust in safety orientated way.

Megan has a special interest in complex and attachment trauma, as well as all adverse life experiences. She enjoys supporting staff and provisional psychologist through supervision.

Kalynda Powell

(she/her)

Program Manager (Goulburn Mental Health Hub)

AHPRA Registration PSY0002092202 |

APD registration number: APD015451

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Monday, Thursday, Friday

Kalynda is a Clinical Psychologist 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 Psychologist, Kalynda can also support individuals to understand how food can impact their mental health.

FSA Health & Wellbeing Staff

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 - Thursday

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 - Thursday

Kate Sullivan

(she/her)

Provisional Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002546043

Children, Adolescents, Parents, Adults

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Kate is a provisional psychologist with a warm and empathetic approach. She is passionate about providing a safe and supportive therapeutic environment where clients can work towards creating a meaningful life. Kate has an unconditional positive regard for clients and works from an evidenced based, neurodiversity-affirming, and trauma informed approach. Kate has experience working with anxiety, depression, neurodiverse populations, behaviour management, grief, attachment disruption, suicidal and self-harming behaviours, and interpersonal difficulties. Kate utilises training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and parenting programs such as Confident Carers Cooperative Kids (CCCK) to empower her clients facilitate positive change.

Monday - Friday

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 young people and adults, and adopts and warm and friendly approach to therapy. Daisy‘s way of working with clients has a strong emphasis on exploring how early life experiences contribute to the development and maintenance of current mental health concerns. Daisy has worked with a broad range of mental health concerns, 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, Thursday

Destinee Conyers

(she/her)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002414871

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Destinee is a registered 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)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002471930

Children, Adolescents, Parents

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Yasmin is a registered psychologist who is passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults, and families navigate the complexities of mental health. Yasmin has a particular interest in anxious and neurodiverse populations and adopts a neuro-affirming approach to therapy. Yasmin strives to ensure that her clients feel safe and comfortable in the therapeutic space and feels strongly about prioritising a collaborative and holistic approach to therapy that is tailored to each individuals needs.

Monday - Thursday

Stephen Schofield

(he/him)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001316778

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Stephen has worked in the psychology field for 20 years. He is passionate about helping people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, and existential dilemma learn to manage their mental health and enhance their overall quality of life. He uses a range of counselling modalities, including psychoeducation, motivational interviewing, cognitive behaviour therapy, exposure therapy, brief solution therapy, skills training, activity scheduling, behaviour interventions and modification, mindfulness, acceptance commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy, happiness and positive psychology, stress management and relaxation techniques, including controlled breathing, deep muscle relaxation and guided imagery.

Monday - Friday

Cherie McCafferty

(she/her)

Psychologist 

AHPRA Registration PSY0001152502

Children, Adolescents, Adults, 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

Demi Rojo

(she/her)

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002493078

Children, Adolescents, Adults

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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.

Fridays

Emma Hamilton

(she/her)

Provisional Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0002595094

Children, Adolescents, Adults

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Emma is a provisionally registered psychologist who is passionate about working with young people and their families. Emma completed her thesis examining hooks within popular music from a cognitive psychology perspective, and recently completed her Masters of Professional Psychology at the University of Wollongong. Emma has a particular interest in working with children and families effected by anxiety disorders, low mood, behavioural difficulties, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Emma is passionate about early intervention and creating a warm and safe place for clients and their families.

   Monday

Wednesday- Friday

Jillian English

(she/her)

Social Worker/ Intake Clinician

AASW Membership 512394

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Jill is an accredited Social Worker with over 12 years of experience. She has a history of working with at-risk youth with anti-social behaviours through a CBT lens. Jill is passionate in working from a person-centered and strengths-based approach. 

Thursday, Friday

Simone Hesford

(she/her)

Provisional Psychologist

AHPRA Reg PSY0002401839 

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Parents

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Simone is a Provisional Psychologist with a warm and strengths-based approach to therapy. She is passionate about providing a supportive environment and in working collaboratively with children, young people, and families. With specific interests in perinatal mental health, parenting approaches, attachment theories, and the impact of trauma on individuals. Simone has a background in a variety of settings including Telephone Crisis Support, Mental Health First Aid, the Circle of Security program, working with Life Insurance claims, and researching developmental delays. Simone is trained in a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Play Therapy.  

Monday - Wednesday

Trent Hennessy

(he/him)

Peer Worker - Goulburn Mental Health Hub

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Trent is a passionate consumer peer worker with a background in lived experience leadership across the public, community managed and non-for-profit sectors for the last 9 years. He has a background in youth peer support working in public health inpatient settings, peer education, online mental health services and consumer representation. Trent is an advocate for lived experience driven change and improvement within mental health services, including the growth of peer support in mental health services, promotion of recovery-oriented practice and stronger engagement of consumers in service delivery.

Monday - Thursday

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.

Wednesday & Friday

Samantha Baxter

(she/her)

Client Care Support

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Sam is one of our friendly Client Care Support staff, with a background in community services, disability support, and mental health support. 

Monday - Thursday

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