Psychology and Allied Health Services

Each of our therapists have completed extensive training in accordance with our individual areas of expertise as well as enjoying offering support for general health and wellbeing. We are also committed to the Ethical and Professional Guidelines established by our governing bodies, including AHPRA; APS; and Clinical College of APS.


CLINICIANS:

Dr Tracey M Walker

Clinical Psychologist, Director and Founder of Minding Family

 “Every heart sings a song.”

Tracey’s primary focus is working with children, adolescents and families.

She has extensive experience supporting individuals and families for a wide range of clinical difficulties including stress, depression and anxiety.  Anxiety problems can be diverse and include generalised and separation anxiety, phobias and related conditions such as Perfectionistic Traits and Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder.  She is particularly passionate about supporting parents and being able to empower families to find the right balance for their lives.  She also has a strong understanding of the Autism Spectrum Conditions and other complex neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ADHD, Tourette’s Disorder, Learning Disorders and enjoys completing detailed psychological diagnostic assessments for these conditions to enable early intervention and appropriate learning support to be coordinated in the educational environment.

Tracey also enjoys delivering workshops and training sessions and has been an adjunct and guest Lecturer for James Cook University.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • B Psych (Hons); D Psych (Clinical)
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Fellow of APS Clinical College
  • AHPRA Approved Supervisor for 4 + 2, 5 + 1 Intern Programmes, Clinical Registrar Programme, and Working in addition to Higher Studies Programme.
  • Accredited with APS to Assess and Treat ASD’s
  • Accredited to provide assessment and intervention under the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Ms Manuela Valastro

Registered Psychologist

“Never regret a day in your life – good days give you happiness; bad days give you experience.”

Manuela has more than 12 years’ experience as a Psychologist and has worked across different settings including the Public sector, Community NGO’s as well as in private practice.  She has been part time with Minding Family for much of this time.  Manuela works with individuals across the whole lifespan although her primary area of focus has been working with children, adolescents and families.  She is adept at relationship interventions and has counselled and supported individuals dealing with difficult situations and crises.  Manuela is also a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.  Within her working career, she has worked extensively with separated families to assist parents and children to adjust to family separation, resolve conflict and strive for better outcomes.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • B Psych; Post Graduate Dip Psych;
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Outreach Counsellor for VVCS and EAP
  • Licensed Clinician for Family Dispute Resolutions

Ms Ellen (Elle) Nolan

Clinical Psychologist

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change”

Ellen joined Minding Family in September 2015 from interstate and now has nearly 8years experience as a Clinical Psychologist.  Whilst she has extensive experience with eating disorders and the related complications this condition brings, her other areas of interest include stress management and life balance; depression, anxiety and other mood disorders; grief and bereavement; self-esteem; as well as life enhancement and values related work.  Ellen has had significant experience working with individuals across the life span (including children, adolescents, adults and older adults) and is familiar with the mental health issues that can impact people at all ages.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • B Psych (Hons); M Psych (Clinical)

Mrs Lorryn E Delle Baite

Clinical Psychologist

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust the sails.”

Lorryn joined the Minding Family team in 2015 and has since completed her Clinical Registrar programme under the supervision of Dr Tracey M Walker.  Lorryn’s particular areas of interest include Psychometric and neuropsychological assessment of a range of difficulties, including Learning Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries, and other neuropsychological conditions.  Whilst Lorryn has developed strong skills in therapy, she is moving on to complete further studies in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology.  She will be sadly missed at Minding family, but will remain part of our supportive and consultative team.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • B Psych (Hons); M Psych (Clinical)
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Mrs Kellie Burton

Registered Psychologist

“Together may we give our children roots to grow and wings to fly”

The majority of Kellie’s work is with children and families and she has a strong interest in neuro-developmental disorders, children’s emotional regulation skills and works alongside parents to foster this growth.  When working with families, Kellie draws upon best practices and evidence-based approaches as well as information from parents, the young person and referring sources to establish clear goals for intervention.  Kellie adopts a client-responsive therapeutic approach and uses a range of therapeutic interventions to ignite the curious mind.  Kellie comes from a background in psychology, education and has worked as a psychologist, teacher and guidance counsellor.  Kellie completes the relevant assessments for children identified as having difficulties in their school settings.  Along with Tracey and Lorryn, Kellie also provides thorough Clinical / Diagnostic Assessments for ASD, ADHD, and Specific Learning Disorders.  Kellie also has an interest in a neuropsychological approach to assessments and enjoys working with complex presentations.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • B Psych, B Ed(Hons); M Ed (Guidance & Counselling)
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Mrs Shannan Stark

Registered Psychologist

“Be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud”

Shannan is a registered psychologist with experience in a variety of settings including forensics, employment services, the defence force, child safety, and private practice.

Shannan is passionate about empowering individuals across the lifespan to improve their self-efficacy and confidence.  She has a strong interest in working with children to overcome anxiety, particularly relating to school performance and stress.  She also has a keen interest in organisational psychology and management.

Shannan has assisted clients with depression, anxiety, stress, motivation, vocational direction, substance use, and bipolar disorders utilizing evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy.  In addition, Shannan also has experience facilitating CBT focused group training relating to stress management, self-improvement, and vocational direction.  She is currently extending her services within Minding Family to children and parenting supports.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • B Psych; PGCert Mental Health Practice
  • Associate Member of Australian Psychological Society (AMAPS)

Currently undertaking:

  • PGDip Clin Psych
  • PGCert HRM

Mrs Kerry Abbott

Occupational Therapist

“Alone we can do so little…Together we can do so much…Let’s dare to be remarkable…”

Kerry completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2015 and has been working in an Occupational Rehabilitation role in a Community Based NGO.  She has had experience working in Child Health Development assessment and therapy teams as well as in the case management and rehabilitation of individuals to guide a successful and safe return to work following physical and non-physical injuries.  Her area of particular passion is working with younger children who have developmental delays, Autism, Sensory processing difficulties and learning difficulties.

Kerry believes in utilizing the “bottom up” approach. This means that many skills that develop for children at various ages, for example riding a bike, writing your name, tying your shoelaces, getting dressed; develop in a sequenced approach based on skills that have developed at an earlier stage. For some children, some of these stages or ‘core foundational skills’ are underdeveloped, missing or inefficient which can have an effect on many other areas in development. Occupational Therapy aims to help ‘re-wire’ these connections so that these skills can develop naturally using Play. The fun part is we disguise Therapy as Play to motivate children, whilst working on the areas of difficulty earlier identified.

Kerry is an approved provider of services under NDIS and is looking forward to working with all children / teens and their families to foster positive changes in lives.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • B Occupational Therapy

Miss Sune Lubbe

4th Year Speech Pathology Student, Therapy Asst

“We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.”

Sune is currently completing a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at James Cook University (JCU) and is in her fourth and final year.  During her time at JCU she has developed a love for client centred care and all that it encompasses. Her work as a Therapy Assistant allows her to incorporate the basic principles of client centred care including, but not limited to, coordination and integration of care; information and education; and respect of patient’s preferences.

Working under the supervision of Clinical and Registered Psychologists and an Occupational Therapist she is able to implement strategies worked on within the therapy room in the home and greater community; aiding in the generalisation of skills. Sune is passionate about empowering her clients by developing and strengthening their skills in autonomy and its many different forms.

Sune is an approved provider of services under the NDIS and enjoys working one-on-one and in small groups with both young children, and adolescents in implementing positive changes in their everyday lives.


ADMIN TEAM

Mrs Emma Thompson and Ms Shae Burns (Reception and Admin Duties); Dr Tracey M Walker (Principle Psychologist and Practice Owner).

We have a team of glorious individuals, Emma and Shae, who share the Reception and Administration duties for Minding Family.  Together, they have more than 20years’ experience and help make our beautiful clinic welcoming and a safe and respectful place to visit.  Their attention to detail along with their sensitivity to Mental Health and Wellbeing will help your use of Minding Family’s services be as smooth and efficient as possible.