LEFT OF      CENTRE

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Celebrating Diversity

 

Psychologists

ALLISON (she/her)
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Allison is the owner of Left of Centre. When her children were diagnosed with autism, she was dismayed at the lack of services available to support her them. This motivated her to enrol in psychology with the dream to build a service that sees Autistic individuals, and now any person who identifies as Neurodivergent, valued, supported and seen. Left of Centre is the culmination of this dream.

Allison is and Educational and Developmental Psychologist and is also a Board-approved supervisor. She currently does not see clients directly, rather provides supervision, education and support to her team of psychologists at Left of Centre, and others around the country. Her passion lies with education and support using the Neurodiverse Affirmative Paradigm. Her belief is that Neurodivergence is not a disorder, rather a natural variation of the human species, and as such, do not expect or hope for her clients and the clients of Left of Centre to become neurotypical.

GABBY 
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Gabrielle (Gabby) is a Psychologist and director at Left of Centre. 

Gabby has lived experience of being a mother to neurodivergent children. This developed her interest in working with neurodivergent clients in a clinical setting.  Gabby is passionate about supporting neurodivergent clients and their families.  Gabby practices from a client centred, strength-based approach. Gabby draws from across different modes of practice (I.e. schema, CFT, ACT, play therapy, etc). 

 

Gabby has an interest in working with a range of presentations. Gabby also has an interest in adult assessment. Gabby has an interest in providing parental support after diagnosis. 

 

She recently had her thesis published on the effect of exercise on depression and anxiety. 

AMY
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Amy is a Psychologist at Left of Centre Therapies.

Amy is a Board-approved Supervisor.

Amy enjoys supporting clients presenting with Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, PDA, and trauma.  She is passionate about helping to empower female clients, assisting them to understand and accept their authentic selves, and work through past traumas. She is motivated to work with and advocate for young people and support their families. In her spare time she enjoys walking and training her puppies, being out in nature, doing yoga and meditation, and reading.

HAYLEA
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Haylea is a Psychologist at Left of Centre Therapies. 

Haylea is a Board-approved Supervisor.

SONJA
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Sonja is a Psychologist. Sonja grew up in Germany however is originally from Polish background. Sonja can provide therapy in German if preferred. Prior to being a Psychologist, Sonja worked across multiple countries with children as a Nanny/ Governess, Teacher Aide, Outside School Hours Care Educator and an Out of Home Residential Youth Care worker. Sonja also worked as a Disability Support Worker with adults. 

 

Sonja is currently only available on Wednesday .

BELINDA
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Belinda is a Psychologist (Educational and Developmental Registrar) at Left of Centre
Therapies with a particular interest in working with young children and their families.
Belinda also has an early childhood education background and uses play therapeutically in
her clinical practice with children. Belinda is a passionate advocate for play in early
childhood settings contributing to research in this field. She has developed her own virtual
therapy room, designed to engage, and support her young clients when working with them
remotely via telehealth.


Belinda has experience in the assessment and diagnostic process for specific learning
disabilities (SLD), neuro developmental conditions (autism and ADHD), developmental trauma, depression, and anxiety.

Provisional
Psychologists.

Provisional Psychologists are psychologists in training. 

TARRYN
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Tarryn is a provisionally registered psychologist and is completing her internship. She recently completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Honours at the University of Queensland.

 

She is passionate in working with neurodivergent children, as she has experienced first-hand the positive difference therapies can have on an individual.

 

She hopes to make the same positive impact to children and their families at Left of Centre. 

SHANNON
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Shannon is a provisionally registered psychologist who works with a range of mental health concerns. She enjoys supporting clients to overcome challenges, improve relationships, and live a life of meaning and purpose. She is a warm and compassionate practitioner, with a focus on the client-therapist relationship as the basis for all therapeutic work.

Shannon enjoys working with adolescents and young adults as they navigate the significant life changes that occur during this period of development. She is particularly interested in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and recognises the unique challenges faced by members of this community.

Shannon practices from a client-centred framework and utilises techniques and strategies from a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Play Therapy.

Shannon also enjoys the nerdier things in life and spends her free time playing video games, watching anime, and table top roleplaying. She is dedicated to personalising client’s therapy experience by incorporating their passions into therapeutic work.

 

Qualifications/Industry Associations:

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) – USC 2019

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) – USC 2020

Associate Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)

KIRSTY
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Kirsty is a Provisional Psychologist who has an area of interest in working with children and adolescents with complex needs.  Kirsty’s passion for the development, education, and welfare of children stems from personal experiences and almost two decades of tertiary study, research, and training as well as previous roles as a support worker and teacher.  During this time Kirsty has focused on the development and education of children in the early years, particularly of children with learning and developmental disorders.  Kirsty continues to expand her knowledge in this field by undertaking further tertiary studies and research in the fields of both Psychology and Education with a particular focus on Autism, Complex Behaviours, and Social Media.

LULU
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Lulu has her provisional registration and is studying a Masters in Clinical Psychology at UQ. She has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with honours at UQ. Her research focused on mental health and disordered eating in adolescents. 

Lulu has extensive experience with neurodiverse children and adults after working as a support worker for a number of years. She is passionate about diversity and inclusivity, and particularly suits supporting individuals that identify as part of the ND, LGBTQIA+, polyamorous/ENM and kink/BDSM communities who are seeking a supportive, knowledgeable and non-judgemental therapist.

 

In her spare time, Lulu enjoys playing with her border collie Rosa (soon to be a therapy dog!), painting and photography.

Lulu currently has availability on Fridays.   

DUSTIN
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Dustin is a provisionally-registered psychologist currently completing his internship at Left of Centre.  Dustin originally started his degree in psychology in the US in 1999, but due to “life happens”, wound up in Australia working in both the hydraulic and automotive industries, and obtaining degrees in Ancient History.  Dustin’s main interest in neurodivergence and its adaptations and presentations however found him coming back to psychology, and obtaining his Bachelor of Psychological Science and Honours in Psychology.  His thesis was on humour, memes, and coping with COVID-19, and had an article related to his research published in the Work-Life Balance Bulletin of the British Psychological Society in 2020.

 

Dustin works from a client-centric approach, believing that the client is the expert on their needs when they find life challenging.  He works across the lifespan, but has particular interest in adolescents and young adults (approx. 12-25yo).  Dustin has a particular interest in Autism, anxiety issues, and PTSD.  He draws from across different modes of practice (I.e. schema, CBT, ACT, play therapy, etc) to assist a client with their desired needs in working towards their goal from therapy.  

 

Dustin’s favourite modality is Geek Therapy, which uses the psychology of geek culture (I.e. video games, comic books, movies, tv, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.) to help understand a situation or issue more easily. 

 

Dustin is a big fan of classic cars, Marvel comics, D&D and both board and video games.  He spends his free time working on cars, watching tv with his wife, or playing games. 

CAITY
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Caity is a provisionally registered psychologist at Left of Centre. She has recently graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor in Psychology (Honours), with her research focusing on mind-body connection and health behaviours in young adults. She has prior experience working as a Residential Youth Worker, Mental Health Support Worker and NDIS Support Coordinator.

Caity is now completing her internship at LOC. She enjoys working with people across the lifespan and has a particular interest in supporting adolescents and young adults, particularly with anxiety, eating disorders, identity exploration and life transitions. Caity uses an eclectic approach, where the clients’ goals and voice are central to the therapy process. 

ANNICK 

Annick is registered as a Provisional Psychologist

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