13 Feb 2018
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.

13 Feb 2018
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.

15 Mar 2018
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.

26 Jun 2018
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.

18 Mar 2019
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.

11 Apr 2019
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!

16 Jan 2019
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 29 Jul 2020
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 Wong 12 Jan 2019
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.

19 May 2021
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.