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 Metlitzky

Psychologist (Midland) – currently unavailable

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.


Simone Lombardo

Psychologist (Midland)

Simone is a registered psychologist with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She has experience working with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings.

Simone is passionate about working with children and their families to support emotional well being, optimise overall functioning and work towards their therapeutic goals. She has a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and has experience working in early intervention for children with autism, utilising ABA therapy. She is also specially interested in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and panic as well as social, behavioural and learning difficulties.

Her therapeutic approach draws from evidence based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Applied Behavioural Analysis, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness; as appropriate for each individual. When working with children, Simone recognises the benefit of family involvement in the therapeutic process and embraces systemic family therapy whenever possible.


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

Provisional Psychologist & Behaviour Therapist  (Midland)

Toni has a dual role at the Centre as she works as a Behaviour Therapist in the ABACAS team two days a week. On her other day, Toni will also have caseload of clients as a provisional psychologist in the Centre.

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

Provisional Psychologist (Midland)

Katrina is a provisional 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.


Melanie Lander

Psychologist (Midland)

Melanie is a registered psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents and their families.

She has a holistic approach to well-being, and her areas of interest include prevention and early intervention of mental health problems and challenging behaviours in children.  She draws from a range of evidence-based interventions to achieve collaboratively defined goals.


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.


Shannon Laya

Speech Pathologist (Midland)

Shannon Laya has been a speech pathologist for 18 years.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and obtained a Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders from Northern Illinois University.  Shannon spent the first half of her career in the United States working as an educational speech pathologist in the school system in Illinois.  Since moving to Perth, she has worked in the public health sector, at a non-profit clinic and as a private practitioner.

Shannon enjoys working with children and is especially interested in language development, early literacy development and speech sound disorders.  She believes that the child’s family and therapist should work together to support the child in order to obtain the best outcome.  Shannon likes to provide a calm setting where children feel safe and secure and open to communication.


Jeannie Loi

Occupational Therapist (Midland)

Jeannie graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy. With seven years of experience working in the disability sector as a disability support worker and occupational therapist, Jeannie is passionate about discovering abilities and working alongside people to achieve their goals, such as developing functional independence, and increased participation and engagement as valued members of the community.

Jeannie enjoys working with people of different ages and cultures. Her experience in volunteering with children in a variety of settings has been valuable in rapport building with clients and their family.


Rachel Puan

Case Manager ABACAS (Midland)

Rachel graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Psychology. She has been working as a behavioural therapist for seven years and has completed her accreditation as a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA).

Rachel has experience helping children across the Autism Spectrum with difficulties in behaviour, social skills and learning. She is passionate about helping parents and teachers develop the skills to deal with problem behaviour.


Simone Healy

Case Manager & Provisional Psychologist (Midland)

Simone is a Behaviour Therapist and Provisional Psychologist at the Child Wellbeing Centre. She has been working at the Centre over 5 years now. Simone enjoys using ABA to teach clients skills to help them become more independent. When she is not working with children she is working towards completing her registration as a psychologist.  Simone also enjoys rowing and volunteering as part of the State Emergency Services.


Penny Ya Fen Wong

Case Manager  & 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, incurred brain damage, processing issues, academic issues, ‘challenging behaviours’, and other developmental delay.

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. In her years as a Behaviour Therapist, she has especially enjoyed seeing the growth and fruition of the unique talents and capacities of each unique child.

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.


Lynette Tan

Behaviour Therapist (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.


Ruby Simms-Cumbers

Behaviour Therapist (Midland)

Ruby has a degree in psychology in addition to her RBT (Registered Behaviour Technician) qualification. She started working  as a Behaviour Therapist since early 2016. Before this she had nearly 5 years of experience working in a voluntary capacity with children in child protection services and therapeutic assistance.

Ruby loves working with children and believes that early intervention is powerful in its ability to shape a child’s future. She also loves that every day is different although she also enjoys the fact that bubble blowing is almost always a daily occurrence in her job.


Aurora Tait

Behaviour Therapist (Midland) – currently unavailable

Aurora has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology in Society and Psychological Science, and an Honours degree in Psychology from UWA. She has completed a Registered Behaviour Technician training course, and started working as a behaviour therapist with our team in 2018.


Adda Famy

Behaviour Therapist (Midland)

Adda graduated with a Bachelor of  Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from Malaysia. Adda has two years teaching experience from previous roles. Passionate about working with children with special needs, she is currently completing her Master’s in Education with Specialisation in Special Education at Edith Cowan University.

Adda is also undertaking studies to achieve accreditation as a Registered Behaviour Therapist with the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board.

 


Dion Berman

Behaviour Therapist (Midland)

Dion graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Curtin University and is completing the Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) course. He joins the Child Wellbeing Centre in 2020 as a behaviour therapist.

Dion has volunteered with children for many years and believes that the key to success when working with children, is to recognize and acknowledge their unique and individual qualities.


Cameron Fowler

Behaviour Therapist (Midland)

Cameron has graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and will be working at the Child Wellbeing Centre as a Behaviour Therapist.

Cameron comes from a sporting background and is a former elite rower and an experienced rowing coach.


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.


Brookke Haggett

Business Operations Manager (Midland)

Brookke is our Business Operations Manager, who has recently joined the team. Brookke manages the overall operations and the office and is there to help with client enquiries.


Tina Bunter

Receptionist (Midland)

Tina joined the team in 2019 and is one of our receptionists on front desk.


Eloise Parks

Receptionist (Midland)

Eloise has worked as part of our front desk team since 2018. She has worked in admin for the past 4 years, beginning with a role at her mother’s podiatry clinic. She recently completed her  Journalism and Professional Writing & Publishing degree at Curtin University. In her spare time she loves fostering her love of music, spending time with her loved ones and doing anything relaxing!

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