Our Team of Health Care Professionals

Our team of Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Applied Behaviour Analysists (ABA) Therapists are available to work together with you to help your child reach their potential.

We are a multidisciplinary team of health professionals able to provide a comprehensive range of services. We are able to work with parents and carers, schools and with other agencies to help our clients achieve their therapy goals.

Naomi Ward

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director 

Naomi has been a psychologist for over twenty years and has focused on working with children and young people. Naomi has a broad range of experience in working with children’s emotional, social, behavioural and learning needs. She has a strong interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders, both in assessment and treatment and in working with children experiencing anxiety and behaviour difficulties.

Naomi will draw from Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Therapy in her work with children and their families.

While Naomi works predominantly with primary school aged children, she has a passion for working with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Naomi also provides clinical supervision to the other psychologists in the Centre.

Please note Naomi is not currently available to take on new therapy clients.

Sharon Jones

Principal Psychologist (Midland)

Sharon is a Registered Psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. She has considerable experience in working with both children and teenagers as a School Psychologist, a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, and as a Psychologist in private practice. Sharon is also a qualified Primary School Teacher and Art Therapist. Her professional experience is enriched in being the mother of two gorgeous and at times challenging sons.

Whether it be difficulties at home or school, with family or friends, with playing or learning, Sharon describes her work with children as “just helping to make things better”. When necessary she takes on the role of child/teenager translator, mediator and advocate, to improve communication with the child’s network.

She is skilled in assisting with issues arising from

  • separation anxiety and school refusal
  • depression, suicidal ideation and self harm
  • family conflict from parenting a strong-willed child/teenager
  • adjustments to family separation or divorce
  • building resilience and self-esteem
  • bullying and study and social difficulties
  • learning difficulties (SLD: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Sharon’s primary intervention with her clients is based on Interpersonal Therapy.  Her focus is on developing a positive rapport with clients. Sharon then employs evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) that addresses her clients thinking, behaviour, and feelings.

Sharon often works with all her clients’ families and other stakeholder’s including teachers, paediatricians, and allied health professionals, towards improving her client’s over-all well-being.

Candice De Jager

Principal Psychologist (Bayswater) – Not Available

Candice is a Psychologist with a passion for working with children, adolescents and their families. She has experience working with young people of all ages and backgrounds and seeks to provide a safe, accepting and growth-promoting counselling environment.

Acknowledging the uniqueness of every client, Candice draws from a range of therapeutic approaches to assist children and their families to work through difficulties such as depression, anxiety, life changes, school issues and trauma responses. Approaches include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Informed care, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Candi is also our Principal Psychologist at our Bayswater office and provides clinical supervision to other psychologists within the Centre.

Carl Tolomei

Psychologist (Midland)

Carl has experience providing counselling to children, adolescents, and families.  Carl acknowledges that all children and adolescents are unique and require an individualised approach to support their needs.  He also recognises that starting counselling can be often anxiety-provoking, and has a warm, soothing, and energetic approach for all clients.

Carl has a Masters in Psychology (Professional) and utilises a number of evidence-based approaches to support children and their families with difficulties in learning, mental health, and behaviour.  These approaches include solution focussed brief therapy (SFBT), cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and positive behaviour support.

Carl has a keen interest in developing children for life in the digital age, anxiety disorders, and gender identity.

Laura Korlat

Psychologist (Midland)

Laura is a Registered Psychologist with a background in Psychology and Disability Studies.

As a psychologist she is passionate about creating a down to earth, safe and nurturing therapeutic environment in which her clients will be supported to explore their strengths, overcome their challenges and realise their full potential. She has a special interest in supporting young people and their families, as well as supporting individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Laura’s approach is grounded in developing an individualised plan for each client, and then drawing on a range of evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Positive Behaviour Support, Applied Behaviour Analysis, and Solution-Focused Therapy as appropriate to the individual and their family’s unique needs and goals.

Christina Panos

Psychologist (Midland)

Christina is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She has worked in the mental health sector across a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, government mental health services, secondary and tertiary education settings, and non-government organisations. She feels passionate about working with children and young people to create meaningful change in their lives.

She is particularly interested in supporting children and adolescents with depression and anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and those who identify as LGBTI+. She utilises a variety of therapeutic approaches when working with young people and their families, and tailors her treatment approaches to the individual needs of each client. In her everyday life Christina loves to play music, and she will bring music into the therapy room if she feels it will add value to your sessions!

Toni Schmitz

Psychologist (Midland)

Toni has completed her Masters in Psychology (Professional) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (School Psychology) which have provided her with the skills to implement a variety of evidence-based counselling techniques and therapeutic solutions for children, adolescents and families. She can support young people with difficulties in learning, mental health, and behaviour using approaches like Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Positive Behaviour Support, and Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Toni has a keen interest in working with young people on the Autism Spectrum, anxiety and depression, as well as helping young people navigate LGBTI+ identity.

Katrina Burgess

Psychologist (Bayswater & Midland)

Katrina is a psychologist who is a strong advocate for creating positive change. Katrina completed her Master of Psychology (Professional) and has worked alongside clients across the lifespan. However, she holds a particular passion for working with children, young people, and their families.

In her practice, Katrina conveys a warm, empathetic, and non-judgemental stance, creating a space for clients to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without fear of judgement.

Approaching each session with an openness, Katrina values the importance of working side by side with each client as they journey towards their therapy goals. Katrina believes that recognising the uniqueness of each client is pivotal to positive outcomes. Her approach to intervention is therefore highly collaborative, drawing on both clients’ needs and preferences as well as from a range of evidence-based interventions.

Penny Ya Fen Wong

Provisional Psychologist (Midland)

Penny is a warm and joyful behaviour therapist with over 15 years of experience in working with ABA programs, with clients with ASD, ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, processing issues, academic issues, behaviours of concern, and other developmental concerns.

She has a great interest in working with children and adolescents with their families, as she believes families have a significant role in the growth and healthy development of children. Penny believes the consistent application of strategic interventions and strategies is how positive progress is achieved.

She holds a bachelor degree in Psychology and is a master facilitator for The Virtues Project workshops. She also has experience as an early childhood musical educator and enjoys incorporating the arts and creativity into her therapy when appropriate and possible.

Hannah Rosebrock

Psychologist (Bayswater)

Hannah is a psychologist at the Child Wellbeing Centre. She is passionate about assisting and empowering young people, children and their families to overcome emotional and relational difficulties.

Hannah uses an integrative approach to therapy, where she draws from a variety of evidence-based interventions and techniques depending on her client’s needs and preferences. The client-therapist relationship takes centre-stage in Hannah’s therapeutic approach.

Hannah holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has a keen interest in research and knowledge translation and has several years of experience in mental health research including suicide prevention. She enjoys being able to put this knowledge into practice at the Child Wellbeing Centre.

Hannah McBride

Provisional Psychologist (Bayswater)

Hannah is Provisional Psychologist at the Child Wellbeing Centre. Having worked with a range of individuals across the lifespan in community practice and in school settings, Hannah has found a passion for working alongside and supporting young people and their families.

In practice, Hannah strongly values building a safe and trusted environment with clients and draws from a range of therapeutic approaches to support each young person’s needs and growth.

Hannah holds a Master of Psychology (Professional) degree.

Stephanie Di Giovanni

Psychologist (Bayswater)

Stephanie is a Psychologist who has completed her Master of Psychology (Professional). Stephanie is dedicated to creating a warm, non-judgemental, and supportive space where young people feel safe to share their experiences and explore their problems. She draws from a variety of evidence-based assessments and interventions and tailors her treatment to best suit each clients’ unique situation.

In past roles, Stephanie has been passionate about working alongside adolescents, clients with disabilities, and families impacted by family domestic violence and child abuse. Stephanie has experience working with a variety of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, and emotional regulation. She has a strong interest in working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse clients.


Samantha Lock

Provisional Psychologist (Bayswater)  

Samantha is a provisional psychologist who has completed a Masters of Psychology (Professional).

Samantha understands that each young person and their family are unique and require an equally unique approach to support. She also recognises that seeking support can be daunting at the best of times, and provides a warm, empathetic, and respectful environment for young people and their families.

Samantha is passionate about working alongside young people to build on their strengths to reach their potential through evidence-based approaches tailored to their individual needs. She is keen to support young people to overcome challenges with mental health, behaviour, life transitions, learning, and school-based issues. 

Ilana Uys

Counselling Psychologist (Bayswater)

Ilana is a registered Counselling Psychologist and has been working within a private practice context since 2011. Ilana has worked with children and adolescents within a practice as well as school setting collaborating with teachers, paediatricians and other therapists to bring about positive change and growth.

Ilana is passionate about working with children and adolescents with various emotional, social and behavioural problems. She also has experience in working with Autism, ADHD as well as different learning difficulties.

Ilana is trained in a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches and often utilizes an integrated approach working with the client and their family to tailor therapy to specific needs. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as Mindfulness Therapy, is often used as preferred therapeutic approaches.

Ilana believes that building a good relationship with a client is the basis for success as well as integrating play and creativity into therapy.

Natalie Nguyen

Provisional Psychologist (Bayswater)

Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology Double Major) degree from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Murdoch University. She previously worked as a Behaviour Therapist in our ABACAS program.

On the weekends, she volunteers her time as an assistant teacher teaching Vietnamese to young children and as a youth leader for a Vietnamese youth group. These experiences have lead her to enjoy working with children and seeing them develop to their full potential whilst also building a warm relationship with them through fun and meaningful interactions.

Virginia Paradiso

Speech Pathologist (Midland)

Virginia obtained a Bachelor of Science – Speech Pathology from Curtin University. Since graduating she has worked with children in private practice with a range of speech and language challenges. She retains her link with the Curtin University through student supervision and sessional marking. Her experience includes working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, early intervention, school aged speech and language and literacy. Virginia is Hanen certified and enjoys supporting children as they develop stronger literacy skills.

As a Speech Pathologist she enjoys the energetic and exciting nature of working with children and their families. By supporting and helping children in language and communication, Virginia believes that they will have greatly enhanced social and emotional connections in their daily activities.

It is through the development of innovative individualised programs that Virginia strives to ensure that each child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential. Virginia is committed to delivering evidence-based quality services and strongly believes in providing therapy in a family-centred and holistic manner as to achieve functional and meaningful outcomes.

Fang Min Lim

Speech Pathologist (Midland)

Fang has graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) from Curtin University.  Fang has a strong interest in working with young children with language difficulties and primary school-aged children struggling with literacy.

Leonie Stotzter

Speech Pathologist (Midland) – Not Available

Leonie has a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Western Australia and a Master of Speech Pathology from Curtin University. Since graduating in 2012, Leonie has worked in the public sector, the NDIS sector and as a private practitioner. Her experience includes working in rural and remote settings, as well as metropolitan Perth.

Leonie has a particular interest in early language intervention, autism spectrum disorders and speech sound difficulties.  She is trained in the Hanen- It Takes Two To Talk program and the Lidcombe Stuttering Program. Leonie is committed to providing evidence-based interventions, working in partnership with families to help them achieve their goals.

Vanessa Mariani

Speech Pathologist (Bayswater)

Vanessa is a highly experienced and engaging speech pathologist whose passion is working with children. In practice since 1997, she has expertise in supporting children with a wide range of presenting issues and challenges.

Throughout her career Vanessa has maintained an ongoing commitment to staying abreast of the latest evidence-based therapy. She regularly attends professional development programs so that she can share this knowledge and empower parents and others in helping support the children she works with. Her work experiences have been across a diverse range of paediatric settings in both public and private sectors where she has actively worked with other health professionals and educators.

Vanessa believes in the importance of building rapport with children so that they feel comfortable and supported when learning new skills through play. An area Vanessa is passionate about is exploring with the child’s family and educational setting how best to widen a child’s learning opportunities by sharing knowledge and supporting them together.  Vanessa focuses on learning through play (a child’s occupation is play, this is a way they learn about their world) and sharing experiences/knowledge through the retelling of stories or events and books.  There are not many opportunities as adults where we can use our own imagination to spark learning in others. She loves the joy of being able to watch the excitement of children sharing their ideas and thoughts through a connection with another person

Jessica Clark

Speech Pathologist (Bayswater)

Jessica has graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) from Curtin University. She has experience supporting young people and working alongside families and communities, empowering them to reach their goals. With clinical experience in school-aged language intervention, supporting clients accessing the NDIS and early intervention, Jess strives to provide client/family centred and holistic care to support clients in achieving functional and meaningful goals.

Naomi Forsey

Occupational Therapist (Bayswater) 

Naomi is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and their families. Naomi’s previous experience has involved providing Occupational Therapy services to children and adolescents in schools, homes and clinic settings, as well as working in a child and adolescent mental health setting.

After completing her Occupational Therapy degree, Naomi completed further training in Child Centred Play Therapy. Naomi loves supporting children and adolescents to develop their skills, achieve their therapy goals and reach their full potential. She assists children and adolescents to develop a variety of skills including fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual, self-regulation, handwriting, learning and self-care skills to assist them to improve their independence.

Rachel Puan

Program Manager ABACAS (Midland)

Rachel is a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA), specialising in behavioural therapy with children and adolescents. She serves as a Program Manager and positive behaviour support practitioner at ABACAS, the Child Wellbeing Centre.

Rachel has worked in diverse settings including schools and homes, treating clients with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, global developmental delay, Prader Willi Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, developmental delays, learning difficulties and behavioural challenges. In addition to her work with clients, Rachel supports Jenny Lin in supervising a team of Registered Behaviour Technicians (RBTs) to ensure that all clients receive quality care and support throughout their treatment with the Centre.

Rachel’s passion for her work is driven by the bonds she builds with her clients, and she applies a range of empirically supported strategies and procedures derived from the principles of behaviour over the course of their treatment. She also delivers evidence-based training and consultation to families and associated stakeholders.

Rachel completed her Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Curtin in Perth, WA. As an ongoing effort to provide compassionate and up-to-date healthcare to her clients, Rachel is currently pursuing her Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) certification, as well as a Masters in Behaviour Analysis Practice with the University of Florida Tech.

When not at work, Rachel is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to hike on scenic trails and explore the waterways in a kayak.

Simone Healy

Provisional Psychologist (Midland)

Simone is a Provisional Psychologist at the Child Wellbeing Centre. She has been working at the Centre over 5 years now and is close to completing her provisional registration.

Simone previously was a case manager in our ABACAS team.  Simone also enjoys rowing and volunteering as part of the State Emergency Services.

Lynette Tan

Case Manager (Midland)

Lynette graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from Curtin University. She has been working as a behaviour therapist for 4 years, and has completed the Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) course.

Outside of her professional career, she has had over 8 years voluntary experience of teaching children music and dance in church ministry. To her, working with children means no two days  are ‘the same’. She enjoys building authentic relationships with each child, where they express themselves in their own open and genuine way. Seeing a child get excited and enjoying a session  is one the most rewarding moments at work.

Kate Hyde

Behaviour Therapist & Provisional Psychologist (Midland)

Kate has an honours degree in Psychology obtained from The Open University in the U.K., and has worked with children of diverse ages, stages, and backgrounds in a variety of settings including gymnastics coaching and out of school hours care in both the U.K. and Australia.

Kate enjoys engaging with children in a way that is meaningful and fun, and prioritises building mutually trusting relationships with a child and their family. She is passionate about getting to the heart of their individuality and promoting positive behaviour change.

Evelyn Slipper

Behaviour Therapist (Midland)

Evelyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from Curtin University. Throughout her degree, Evelyn volunteered with children of all ages and health, helping them learn basic skills, whilst providing children and their families with care and support. She believes that the key to creating a warm relationship with a child, is via seeing things from their perspective as well as making everything fun of course! Evelyn aims to continue to spark joy within children whilst seeing them reach their goals via gaining her behaviour therapist registration.

Amina Bail

Occupational Therapist (Bayswater)

Amina graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science- Occupational Therapy (Honours) in 2021. Her studies and volunteer role in pediatrics introduced a fondness for early intervention, as she enjoyed fostering rapport with the children and achieving functional outcomes through play-based interventions.

Through her work and university placements, Amina has gained experience in the assessment, monitoring, intervention, and discharge planning for children with sensory regulation and fine motor difficulties. Amina understands the importance of creating a warm and safe environment in the clinic to assist with reaching developmental milestone goals in everyday settings.

Jenny Lin

BCBA Supervisor

Jenny graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio (U.S.A) with a Master’s in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Special Education. She completed her Board Certified Behaviour Analyst courses through the Department of School Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. Jenny passed her BCBA exam in November 2015. She is currently an active registered BCBA under the Behaviour Analyst Board Certification.

Jenny has experience with children with autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, and other learning disabilities, in crisis intervention, aggression, tantrum, basic communication skills (PECS, AAC), and foundation learning skills.

Jenny provides clinical supervision to our Case Managers to ensure that our client therapy programs are the best they can be.

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