Jade Starling

BPsychSci(Hons) MPPsych MAAPi
Director & Principal Psychologist

 

Jade is a registered psychologist with a Master’s degree in

Professional Psychology and a Bachelor of Psychological Science with First Class Honours.

 

She is a warm, collaborative practitioner with a special interest in the areas of child, adolescent and perinatal psychology. Jade also provides psychological assessment and treatment across the lifespan.

​Jade takes a creative and holistic approach to working with clients. She works from a positive psychology approach and employs a variety of evidence-based therapies to optimise outcomes including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focussed CBT, Mindfulness based and Play Therapy interventions.

​Jade is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and regulated by the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc. (AAPi).

​In her down time, Jade enjoys spending time with her husband, two young children, swimming and trying to bake!

Maddison McLean

BPsychSci (Hons)
Provisional Psychologist
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Maddison has completed a Bachelor of Psychological

Science with Second Class Honours.

 

Maddison has experience working across the lifespan

and takes a holistic and evidence-based approach to therapy. She has a specific interest in Animal-Assisted Therapies and Interventions, having completed a Clinical Therapy Dog course with her dog Maple.

Maddison is a Provisionally registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

 

In her downtime, Maddison loves spending time with her partner and dogs in the sunshine at the beach

Dr Gal Brown

BA. Psych (Hons). PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Senior 
Psychologist & Clinical Educator
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Gal has completed her PhD in clinical Psychology at Griffith University and has a particular interest in working with children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disorders. 

 

Gal is an accredited Parent-Child Interaction Therapist and delivers parenting programs for parents and children.

 

Gal also provides diagnostic autism and cognitive assessments and completed her ADOS-2 training. 

Gal is empathetic and non-judgemental in her approach and is committed to provide the best possible care for her clients in order to help them live their lives to their fullest potential.

Maple

Therapy Dog Australia Training
Clinic Therapy Dog
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​"My name is Maple and I am a 1-year-old American Staffy. I have completed my Therapy Dog training with Therapy Dogs Australia and I am so excited to be going to work to play with everyone.

 

My favourite games are tug of war and chase, and I love playing with my ball! My favourite place to go to is the beach and to the park."

Maple is available to join in on therapy sessions with Maddison. 

We also welcome...

Ben Bramston to our team of Psychologists 

Larisa Pupaleska

BPsychSci (Hons)
Provisional Psychologist
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Larisa has completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science with First Class Honours.

 

Larisa has experience working with children and adolescents, particularly those with Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and ADHD. She has a specific interest in positive psychology approaches and play therapy interventions. Within every session, Larisa aims to take a creative and evidence-based approach to therapy to help her clients reach their full potential.

 

Larisa is a Provisionally registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

 

In her spare time, Larisa loves taking long walks along the beach, finding her new favourite cafe, and spending quality time with her partner, family, and friends.

Sophie Lewis

BOcc.Therapy (Hons)
Occupational Therapist
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Sophie is a registered Occupational Therapist from

the University of the Sunshine Coast.

 

Sophie shares a special interest in working with children, adolescents and mothers as they transition through birth into motherhood. Sophie aims to deliver creative and evidence-based care utilising a family-centered and holistic approach.

 

As an Occupational Therapist Sophie strives to empower individuals to engage in meaningful activities to enhance social, emotional and functional wellness.

Sophie aims to identify areas of need utilising direct-observations, standardised assessment tools and play-based interventions to improve daily functioning.

 

Sophie endeavours to assist children in developing skills in areas of self-care, sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, school, self-regulation, social skills and play to increase participation and independence.

Sophie is fully registered with Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency (APHRA) and a member of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA).

In her downtime, Sophie loves spending time in the sunshine, swimming and surfing!

Jade Dowling

BOcc.Therapy
Occupational Therapist

Jade is a fully qualified occupational therapist. She graduated from her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy at Griffith University.

 

Jade has experience working with children with a range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She also has experience working with children who are continuing to develop their fine motor, gross motor, self-care, emotional regulation, sensory processing and executive functioning skills.

 

Jade has a great interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, supporting and empowering these children and their families to reach their potential. She strongly believes in using a family-centred and evidence-based approach to practice to provide the best possible outcomes of therapy.

In her downtime, Jade enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running and playing with her dog, Barkley.

Shona Chapman

BEd.Primary & Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care
Tutor & Support Worker
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Shona is a friendly and creative teacher with an interest in early childhood education and care. She has a passion for encouraging little learners to develop their independence and resilience through a warm and supportive learning environment.

Shona has a particular interest in differentiating learning activities to enhance and cater to all types of students in her care and has developed individualised learning plans to both support and extend students.

Since completing her Bachelor of Primary Education in 2012, Shona has taught in various year levels from Preschool to Year 6, positively developing the minds of hundreds of little learners. In this time, she also completed her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.​

Shona is available for school readiness support, private tutoring, support work and educational counselling.

Shona enjoys spending time with her dog Ollie and hanging out with her niece and nephew, Jade’s kiddies!

Dannielle Pickford

BSpExSc, DPhty
Physiotherapist
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Dannielle is a registered physiotherapist with a Doctor

of Physiotherapy Degree from Macquarie University as well as a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

 

Dannielle strives to use comprehensive play-based assessment to identify areas where a child needs to improve. Her focus is on interactive sessions to help improve strength, function and skills that meet the goals that are important to both the child and their family through the incorporation of a family centered approach.

 

Dannielle is passionate about all areas of paediatric physiotherapy, though has a special interest in early intervention for children with gross motor delay. 

 

Dannielle is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). 

 

Dannielle has recently welcomed her second baby and in her down time enjoys getting outside and exploring with her family.

Renee Purcell

BPsychSci (Hons)
Provisional Psychologist
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Renee is a dedicated provisionally registered psychologist, who has completed a Bachelor of Psychology with first-class Honours. 

 

Renee has a wealth of experience working with young children, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD.  Renee is passionate about helping children using an empathic and non-judgmental approach to engage and bond with children in a safe and reliable therapeutic space.

 

Renee also strives to work collaboratively with families, utilising evidence-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Mindfulness. 

 

On her days off, Renee can be found playing superheroes with her three-year-old son while also keeping busy with a six-month-old baby girl. She loves getting outdoors and travelling with her family.

Kali Butterworth

BOcc.Therapy
Occupational Therapist

Kali is a registered Occupational Therapist from Griffith University, Gold Coast. Through her various placement experiences, Kali has developed a keen interest in working with children across all ages.

 

Kali strives to deliver fun, innovative, evidence-based and goal orientated therapy services endorsing a family- centered and holistic approach. As an Occupational Therapist, Kali assists children to develop skills in areas of sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, emotional-regulation, socialising, self-care and play to optimize engagement and independence in meaningful activities.

 

Kali is fully registered with Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency (APHRA) and a member of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA).

 

In her downtime, Kali enjoys spending time with her friends and family, wake surfing and going to the gym.

Sorrell McGee

MSpPath, BPsychSc, CPSP, MSPA
Senior Speech Therapist

Sorrell is a certified Speech Pathologist, and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Master of Speech Pathology through Griffith University on the Gold Coast. 

 

As a speech pathologist, Sorrell works with children and their families to develop their confidence and ability to communicate meaningfully in everyday environments. Sorrell is passionate about working closely with families to employ evidence based and family centred approaches to intervention. She believes in multidisciplinary collaboration and tailoring interventions to meet each individual’s needs, identifying areas of strengths and supporting them to reach their potential and thrive.

 

Sorrell has experience working with children in the areas of speech, language, literacy, fluency, pragmatics (social skills) and augmentative and alternative communication (assistive technology). She has also worked with children and adolescents with developmental delays and disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.

 

In her spare time, you can find her at the beach, catching up with friends for coffee or spending time with her partner and family.

Samm Smith

BPsychSci
Support Worker
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Samm has completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast and hopes to graduate with Honours in 2022.

 

Samm is passionate about working with children and their families to help them develop their skills and regulate their emotions to reach their daily and long-term goals. She has a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), eating disorders and trauma-related psychology.

 

Samm enjoys using a positive, holistic approach. She incorporates outside activities in her programs to encourage little ones to be active. She consistently collaborates with specialists in our team to ensure the support she offers in her sessions targets any specific, desired goals and is flexible around the programs she provides.

 

Samm enjoys being active, reading outside in the sun, trying out new restaurants and cafes with her partner, and spending her days off at the beach with her friends and family.

Kristi Pickford

BNutrition & Dietetics
Dietician

Kristi is an Accredited Practising Dietician with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics. Kristi's experience ranges across ages, with a special interest in paediatric nutrition. 

Kristi takes a holistic and evidence-based approach to nutrition and is passionate about

working with families to set achievable goals to support your child's nutrition and eating behaviours. Kristi believes that good nutrition and a positive relationship with food is so important for ensuring little ones grow to be healthy and reach their full potential. 

Kristi can help optimise your child's health or nutritional intake including areas of

*Infant Feeding

*Gastrointestinal conditions (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, reflus, coeliac disease

*Faltering growth or malnutrition

*Weight management (e.g. overweight or underweight)

*Nasogastric & PEG management

*Nutrient deficiencies (e.g. iron deficiency)

*Fussy, selective or picky eating habits

*Food allergies and intolerances

*Disordered eating

Kristi is also a busy mum of two who enjoys cooking and eating yummy food, getting to the beach for some sun, sand and a splash with her family and friends.