lee-annMy primary interest and specific field of my work is infant and child mental health. I have several years experience working with the Child and Youth Mental Health Service however, the bulk of my experience has been twenty years providing support to the families of young children with disabilities and developmental delays, who are experiencing difficulty with the child's behaviour.

A child's development covers multiple domains and it is important for a therapist to consider all domains when dealing with the wide variety of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that a child might present with.
I use a family centred approach that takes in to consideration the biological, psychological, and sociocultural needs of the child and their family. My principal aim is to assist families in identifying key concerns and needs, to support them with establishing goals, and to work collaboratively with them in developing a plan that is strengths-based and addresses relational and behavioural concerns.
The interventions I use reflect a variety of theoretical frameworks and are delivered according to the need of the client. Sessions may be with the child or may be conducted directly with the parent/carer. I also provide intervention via group format. My evidence-based interventions incorporate parenting and parent/child relationship support, CBT, ACT, narrative therapy, social skills development, and emotional/sensory regulation development.

I am a credentialed mental health nurse. I completed my Master of Mental Health Nursing through the University of Newcastle, a Bachelor of Counselling through the University of New England, and I am also a registered nurse.

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." Benjamin Spock