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 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 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)

Leah McAllister

Provisional Psychologist – Due to complete postgraduate training Jan 2020

“Just because the path is obscured or difficult does not mean you should give up on the destination”

Leah moved from Brisbane to Townsville to complete her Graduate Diploma of Psychology in 2017. She loved the North Queensland lifestyle so much she decided to stay. Since graduating, Leah has experienced volunteering with Lifeline as well as working as a provisional psychologist in a forensic setting.

She has a passion for helping all people from all backgrounds, particularly children and adolescents, to develop resilience and allow them to lead healthy lives. As such, she joined the Minding Family Team in April 2019 to further her skills in these areas. Leah utilises evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Leah is developing her skills in psychometric testing. Her areas of interest covers a wide variety of presentations but also includes anxiety disorders, grief and bereavement, personality disorders as well as suicide and self-harm.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • B BehSc; PostGradDipPsych
  • Associate Member of Australian Psychological Society (AMAPS)

Miss Rachael E Davis

Provisional Psychologist – Due to complete postgraduate training Dec 2019

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always had”

Rachael joined the Minding Family team in April this year. She relocated back to Townsville after working as a Provisional Psychologist within Jobactive networks in Cairns assisting clients with vocational and mental health barriers in the context of employment. Rachael graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from James Cook University in 2017 and is currently completing her pathway to general registration under the supervision of Clinical Psychologist, Dr Tracey M Walker and Registered Psychologist, Mrs Kellie Burton. Rachael has experience delivering intervention to clients from early to late adulthood with mental health issues including depression and anxiety. Rachael has a particular interest in psychometric assessments and is working towards developing skills in the administration and scoring of Diagnostic Assessments. She also has a keen interest in working with children, whilst also developing her current skills across the lifespan.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

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

Anna Bajema

Provisional Psychologist – Anna has completed the majority of her PhD and is looking forward to now completing the next phase of her Clinical Masters degree

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows”

Anna is currently completing the joint Clinical Masters and Phd programme at James Cook University. Anna is new to Minding Family and is very excited to begin working with an array of families and individuals who have their own unique challenges and needs. Anna is passionate about using evidence-based approaches to support families and individuals in achieving their personal therapeutic needs and goals. Anna also enjoys undertaking research across an array of different topics including human behaviour, intergroup relations and facilitating reduced prejudice through perspective taking.

Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • BPsych (Hons)
  • PhD Candidate
  • Masters Psych (Clinical) Candidate

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.