Originally from the United States, I’m a born and bred “Californian” who fuelled my love for the body and brain connection by completing a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. After graduation, I spent two years working as a behavioural interventionist (BI) for Children with Autism. As a BI, I stumbled across occupational therapists in the same field doing different work whilst achieving excellent results. It was then I saw the impact of OT on neurodevelopment and behaviours and so went on to achieve a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney in Australia. I now call beautiful Australia my home.
Kingsford & Wollongong
I use a neurodevelopmental approach in my therapeutic process. My treatment for children and adults who may experience a range of symptoms related to dysregulation or trouble functioning in daily activities include:
- Strategies for development and attachment
- Therapeutic Listening-Vital Links
- Wilbarger therapressure protocol for treatment of sensory defensiveness
- Integration of primitive reflexes from a movement-based approach
- Co-OP approach for coordination difficulties or dyspraxia
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder
- Sensory Processing Disorder and/or “Sensory Defensiveness”
- Developmental Delay
- Developmental Trauma
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for children and adults
- Peak performance
For the last five years I have gained experience in complex behaviours linked with neurodevelopmental trauma, sensory processing disorder, and learning delay. I currently work closely with the neurofeedback team to provide consult and increase benefits to enhance brain training for both children and adults.
Although I seek to have forever ongoing professional development, I aim to use my skills to build a better community. My previous experience as a baker and love for the body and movement, has led me to find innovative ways to integrate people into the community. This includes our group programs “A Recipe for Social Skilling” and “Coordination and Stability” which are also used as a platform for social and vocational skilling. When possible, I find it essential to work within a collaborative team to maximise the brain and body connection of my client partnerships.
BS in Biopsychology
Master in Occupational Therapy