All About Kids boasts a range of professionals with expertise across a number of areas including, assessment and diagnosis, counselling and intervention, parenting, relationship and career counselling.
Counsellor and Educational Consultant (Wooloowin Clinic)
BA (Psych, German), Dip Teach, Dip Sch Couns, MEd St (Ed Psych), MQGCA
Vicky has qualifications in both education and counselling, including research at Masters degree level in early childhood behaviour difficulties. Vicky has both undergraduate degrees in psychology and postgraduate degrees in counselling and education, and more than twenty-five years experience working with children and their families within early childhood settings, primary schools and TAFE. She has a passion for parenting and child behaviour management. With a background in Triple P, MYCP, 123 Magic and ABA she is able to provide an individualised level of support in this area. Vicky has extensive experience in learning difficulties, and is a coach for the working memory training program, COGMED. Vicky offers a unique service, which crosses both the educational and emotional domains.
* Educational and Developmental Consultancy * General Counselling * Parenting * Autism Spectrum Disorders * Diagnostic Assessments
Vicky is a Director of All About Kids Australia Pty Ltd.
Dr Michael Herd
Psychologist (Wooloowin Clinic)
Dip T, BEd, GradDip Counselling, GradDip Psychology, PostGradDip Psychology, MEd St., PHD, Assoc MAPS
Michael is a registered Psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has been working with children and families as a Teacher, Guidance Counsellor and Psychologist for more than 30 years. Michael has a particular interest in supporting families with parenting, difficult behaviour and children on the autistic spectrum. He also has a great deal of experience with childhood anxiety disorders (including OCD and phobias), depression and anger issues, and is proficient in psychometric, academic and behavioural assessments. His therapeutic approach is based upon Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy but he also uses other approaches such as Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, depending upon the individual needs of the client. Michael is a registered Trainer with Triple P International and has trained practitioners in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has completed a PhD at the University of Queensland examining the effectiveness of preterm parenting intervention on later child behaviour.
* Educational and Developmental * General Psychology * Parenting * Autism * Diagnostic Assessments * Young Children
Dr Jayne Orr
Clinical Psychologist (Wooloowin Clinic)
BCom, GradDip Psychology,BBehavSc (Hons Psych), DPsych (Clin), MAPS
Jayne is a registered Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has experience in working with children, adolescents, and their families in inpatient, outpatient and community settings in the public and private sectors. Jayne has clinical expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, bipolar disorders, trauma-related and stressor-related disorders, adjustment disorders, relationship difficulties, perinatal mental health (antenatal and postnatal depression, parenthood adjustment, and attachment and bonding difficulties), grief and loss, adjustment to medical conditions, parenting support, peer relationship difficulties, family breakdown, and self-esteem problems. Her empathic, strengths-based therapeutic approach is founded on psychodynamic, family systems, developmental and attachment theories and she makes use of evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural, Bowenian, Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused and Narrative techniques in her work with children, adolescents and their families. In addition, Jayne is able to conduct comprehensive cognitive psychometric assessments to assist in the diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other related neurodevelopmental conditions. Alongside her clinical practice, Jayne is a researcher at the Queensland University of Technology, a regular presenter and panel member at national and international psychotherapy conferences, and a reviewer for Clinical Psychology Review, an international peer-reviewed academic journal. Jayne conducts research on building resilience and preventing depression in children and adolescents, preventing postnatal depression, the contribution that therapists make to clients’ treatment success, and the integration of therapeutic theories and techniques to best meet clients’ needs. Jayne is the recipient of the APS Student Prize for outstanding clinical skill and research standards.
.* Clinical Assessment and Interventions * General Psychology * Relationships * Parenting * Autism * Diagnostic Assessments * Mood Disorders * Anxiety Disorders * Personality Disorders
Psychologist (Wooloowin Clinic)
B Sc (Hons) Psychology, Assoc MAPS
Catherine is a psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and as a Medicare service provider. She is passionate about resilience, wellbeing and valued living, for all beings. Catherine uses a holistic, person-centered approach, so that the sessions are catered to clients’ individual needs. She strives to provide a compassionate and supportive environment that assists people to enhance vitality in their lives and to move towards a purposeful life. Her practice is value driven and strengths based. Catherine has had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages, from all walks of life, with different levels of ability and health.She has experience providing psychological treatments to children and families with a range of difficulties including anxiety, mood disorders, behavioural difficulties, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and parenting support. Catherine is currently completing her PhD research working with children and families to deliver a mindfulness-focused psychological intervention to children with cerebral palsy and their families. Catherine facilitates Triple P – Positive Parenting Program and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy workshops to support parents and families.
* General Psychology * Disability * Health * Mood Disorders * Parenting * Grief and Loss
Psychologist (Wooloowin Clinic)
BA (Hons) Psych
Carla is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and with Medicare as a service provider. She is currently completing specialised training through a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Carla has experience providing psychological treatment interventions to children and families with a range of difficulties including anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, behavioural difficulties, grief & loss, relationship difficulties and parenting support. Carla is passionate about early intervention and therefore has a specific focus in working with children, adolescents and their families. She previously worked in a community based setting specifically focussed on delivering psychological interventions to children and adolescents (0-18 years) with severe and acute mental health difficulties. During this time Carla also worked as part of an Infant Mental Health Team delivering evidence-based treatment intervention to support parents in forming healthy attachments and relationships with their children. Carla has experience working within schools and private practice; her therapeutic approach is tailored to meet individual client needs and goals, with the aim of supporting young people to live a positive and meaningful life.
* General Psychology * Anxiety Disorders * Adolescents * Depressive Disorders * Diagnostic Assessments
Psychologist (Wooloowin and Strathpine Clinics)B Psych Sc (Honours), MPsych (Educational & Developmental)
Zac is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and with Medicare as a service provider. Zac has a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology from QUT in Brisbane and completed his undergraduate degree at JCU, close to his home town. He has experience working within the area of disability support and has worked as a disability support coordinator. Zac has experience working within schools as a Guidance Counsellor, and within various agencies as a Support Worker for people with disabilities and those with mental health difficulties. He also has experience working in clinical settings within the health sector as a psychologist. Zac has experience and an interest in assisting young people with relationship difficulties, anger management, anxiety and depression, sexuality and self-esteem. He enjoys working with children with challenging behaviour but also has experience and expertise in psychometric and vocational assessments for children and adolescents. Therapeutically, Zac utilises art and play therapy, and enjoys engaging clients with the latest technology, including the use of ipads. He uses other therapeutic strategies including CBT and ACT, attachment based therapy, narrative therapy and solution focused therapy. He prefers a person centred approach and likes to engage his clients in the treatment process as much as possible. Zac enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds.
* Educational and Developmental * General Psychology * Teens Issues * Anger Management * Diagnostic Assessments
Psychologist (Wooloowin and Strathpine Clinics)
BA (Psychology) (Hons), MPsych (Educational and Developmental)
Bonnie is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, and is a registered Medicare Service Provider. She has undertaken her training to specialize in educational and developmental psychology, and has experience in delivering a range of therapeutic interventions to assist families, children, and adolescents. Bonnie is skilled in assessment for learning-related difficulties and developmental concerns, and tries to work in liaison with the school to support and scaffold children in the educational setting. Bonnie has a particular interest in working with adolescents and young children with behavioural difficulties and developmental transition difficulties, and enjoys working with parents to provide attachment-related and parenting support. Through working in collaboration with the school, other professionals, and family systems, Bonnie believes that the best possible support and outcome for children and their families can be achieved.
* Educational and Developmental * General Psychology * School Support * Autism * Diagnostic Assessments
Psychologist (Strathpine)Dip T, B Arts (psychology), Grad Dip Psych, MEd (guidance & counselling), Assoc MAPS
‘Every moment is a fresh beginning”
- T. S. Elliot
Jenny has enjoyed working with children and their families for many years. Initially she worked as a Teacher and then as a Guidance Officer for Education Queensland. She currently balances work across a few places but particularly enjoys working at All About Kids as a Psychologist providing counselling, assessment and parent support services. Jenny has a colourful background of experiences that include:
- Completing a Master’s degree with a major study in issues related to Autism and its impact on families and schools;
- Spending 10 years working directly with parents and young children in an Early Childhood Developmental setting;
- Spending 8 years working directly with parents and children within special school and special education program settings;
- Working as a presenter for topics such as Anxiety Management, Balancing Parenting with Work, Managing Problematic Behaviour and Encouraging Your Child’s Self-esteem.
She is a qualified facilitator of Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and regularly delivers programs for parents in both group and individual settings. Jenny recently took part in a research program run from University of QLD investigating the use of the Triple P Stepping Stone program to support parents of children with disabilities. She is currently participating in the Pearson Research program for the WISC-5 and the WIAT-3 Standardisation Project and is a highly qualified assessor. Jenny utilises knowledge of psychometric (intelligence) testing, behavioural and attainment assessments to investigate children’s individual strengths and needs - and is then able to link these needs to what is required educationally to help each child achieve their potential.
Jenny has a particular interest in the field of Positive Psychology which focusses on techniques that improve family wellness and individual wellbeing. She feels comfortable working with children and teens across a wide range of issues including anxiety and anger management, separation and divorce as well as depression and mood regulation. She is passionate in her commitment towards her work and loves the challenge of helping children and their families to become the best that they can be.
* Educational and Developmental * General Psychology * Parenting * Autism * Disability * Diagnostic Assessments
Dr Parkavi Sabanathan
Psychologist, Clinical Psychology Regristrar (Wooloowin and Strathpine Clinics)
B Psych Science (Hons), D Psych (Clinical)
Parkavi is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a registered Medicare service provider. She has completed her doctorate training in Clinical Psychology with experience across inpatient, outpatient and community settings through her placements. Her passion and interests fall within child and adolescent psychology and as a result she has sought to focus her training within this area of mental health, from general experience as a clinician to more focused and tailored placements at child-and-adolescent specialised centres. Parkavi has clinical expertise in the assessment, conceptualisation and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, behavioural and learning difficulties, as well as experience in social skills building, self-esteem issues, and anger management for young children. She values the importance of assessing a child’s many systemic facets to help construct a thorough and comprehensive formulation that can be used to determine the considerations for interventions. She works predominantly from a Cognitive Behavioural framework but also utilises and incorporates other approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy, motivational interviewing and Expressive therapy depending on the individual needs of the client and their family. Overall, she takes a systemic or family-based approach to provide a holistic treatment, tailoring evidenced based therapy for young clients. Parkavi is accredited in the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) for both children and teens. She is currently completing her Clinical Registrar program with the Psychology board in order to gain her endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.
* Clinical Assessment and Interventions * General Psychology * Parenting * Diagnostic Assessments * Mood Disorders * Anxiety Disorders * Anger Management
Psychologist (Group Programs only)
B Psych Science, MPsych (Educational & Developmental)
Lani is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and with Medicare as a service provider. Lani has a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology which she completed at QUT. She has experience working with children and young people, their families, their teachers and adults. She has previously worked within both primary and high-school settings alongside guidance counsellors, within the QUT psychology and counselling clinic and within a community health setting.
Lani is passionate about early intervention and has a specific focus in working with children, adolescents and their families. She has a keen interest in education and developmental issues and has experience assisting young people with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, behavioural difficulties, anxiety and depression, and self-esteem. Lani also works closely with parents and carers to offer parenting support. Lani proficient knowledge in a variety of assessments, including psychometric, academic and behavioural assessments.
Lani utilises art and play therapy along with other therapeutic strategies including cognitive-behavioural, gestalt, acceptance and commitment and solution-focused therapies. Lani takes a family-centred and strength-based approach and likes to engage families in the treatment process as much as possible. Lani loves the challenge of helping individuals and families to become the best that they can be.
* School Onsite Sessions * Educational Assessment and Interventions * General Psychology * Parent Supoort * Autism Spectrum Disorders * ADHD * Self Esteem * Anxiety Disorders * Anger Management