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.

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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

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, 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 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

Linda Nerboni

Provisional Psychologist – Currently on Medical Leave

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together” – Brene Brown

Linda is a warm and approachable person who is passionate about supporting individuals of all ages to experience optimal wellbeing. She believes it is a privilege to come alongside children, adolescents and adults and assist them to identify their strengths, appreciate their value, and experience resilience in the face of challenges.

Working from a strengths-based perspective, Linda uses evidenced based treatment strategies tailored to individual needs and clients’ personal goals. She has experience working in the education system and supporting children and adolescents presenting with a range of emotional, social and behavioural challenges. She is developing her skills in psychometric testing.

Linda’s interests include positive psychology, neurodevelopmental disorders and how neural diversity within the home influences family relationships. She is also interested in resilience, bullying and forgiveness.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • BPsych (Hons)
  • Associate Member of Australian Psychological Society (AMAPS)

Aasmund Lahlum Helness

Provisional Psychologist

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”

Aasmund moved from Norway to Australia in 2015 to study psychology, and graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science from James Cook University in 2019. He is now joining the team at Minding Family, where he will be working towards general registration under the supervision of Dr. Tracey M. Walker, Mrs. Kellie Burton, and Ms. Ellen Nolan.
Aasmund is eager to work with people across the whole lifespan and is looking forward to working with a range of presentations, especially anxiety and mood disorders. He is passionate about areas such as assessment, testing, and research.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • BPsych (Hons)

Brittney Bogotto

Provisional Psychologist

“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us”

Brittney enjoys working with and supporting people who have neurodevelopmental concerns (i.e. Autism, ADHD) or disabilities, supporting the needs of the parents and caregivers as part of an holistic approach to therapy.

Brittney highly enjoys working with young children, adolescents and young adults using a combination of evidence-based therapies that best suits the individual needs of the client. She believes in creating a safe and supportive environment in which she can work alongside her clients in reaching their goals.

Brittney is skilled in providing behavioural support and advice for families with very young children through to young adults.

Brittney has strong interests in psychometric assessments and understands its importance in shaping the person’s approach to therapy. Her use of psychometric assessments is thorough, valid and purposeful, and her feedback is clear, practical and evidence-based.

Having graduated from JCU with a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Graduate Diploma of Psychology in 2018, Brittney is currently undertaking her internship as a Provisional Psychologist in preparation for full registration.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Brittney complies with the provisional registration of AHPRA

Stephanie Brus

Provisional Psychologist

“When things change inside you, things change around you.”

Steph graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor in Psychology (Honours) in 2014. From there, Steph went on to work with families, children and young people who had been involved with, or were at risk of entering the child protection system. During this time, Steph worked in Mount Isa, Mornington Island and Townsville, and gained extensive experience working with families who experience multiple and complex challenges such as mental health, disability, alcohol and drug use, parenting challenges, domestic and family violence, family separation and intergenerational trauma.

Steph’s experiences have led her to further pursue a career as a Psychologist and is now completing the 4+2 pathway to registration. Although Steph has a special interest in complex childhood trauma and its impacts across the lifespan, Steph is excited to diversify her knowledge and skills. Steph is keen to work with people from across the lifespan and with a variety of presentations including neurodevelopmental disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders and other challenges with cognitive, emotional and social wellbeing.

Steph is passionate about ensuring people have a positive and welcoming experience when they access supports. Steph uses a warm, non-confrontational, and client-centred approach to help clients feel comfortable and ready to participate. Steph also believes in “going slow to go fast” – taking the time to gain a thorough understanding of a person, their journey and their needs, so that the best outcomes can be achieved.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice.

ADMIN TEAM

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

We have a team of glorious individuals, Emma, Shae and Jodi, who share the Reception and Administration duties for Minding Family. Together, they have more than 30years’ 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.

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