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Our Team

Our Team

Who We Are

Here at Kids and Teens Psychology we are passionate about helping children, teenagers and families to be their best. It is who we are and what we do! Each of our Clinicians has been chosen for this passion and for their skills and experience in working with children and families.

Our Clinicians are committed to providing the right treatment for each individual and family, and it is important to us that you feel valued and heard. Your Clinician will spend time getting to know you and your child so they can understand (and help you understand) the underlying causes of the problem. By doing this, they can help you find meaningful solutions and create lasting change.

Our Clinicians are experienced and skilled in providing treatment and assessment for a range of psychological, social, emotional, behavioural, developmental and educational concerns. They draw on a range of well-established theories and frameworks and are skilled at using play to help children and teenagers express themselves in ways other than talking (although they are great at talking therapy too!).

Our friendly Client Relations Team have backgrounds in working with children and families. They are committed to making you and your child feel welcome and ensuring you receive high quality service from beginning to end during your time at Kids and Teens Psychology.

Matt Strickland
Matt Strickland
Director & Principal Psychologist

Matt has been a Psychologist for over 20 years. He is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and has worked across a variety of settings. He has worked exclusively with children, teenagers and families since 2004 and is passionate about working within relationships and including parents in the therapeutic process. He believes in keeping things simple and works from psychoanalytic, trauma-informed, interpersonal neurobiological and systemic frameworks.

Matt likes to make families feel comfortable and included and believes this is essential to positive outcomes. He aims to help families to discover the underlying drivers of their present difficulties and believes this can empower clients to make changes in their lives. Matt also feels we can get through difficult times if we have one person who gets what we are going through and can help us to sit with and move through difficult emotions.

Matt loves music, keeping fit and spending time with his family.

Kate Fortey
Kate Fortey
Practice Development & Client Relations

Kate has extensive experience working with children and families in the fields of child protection and adoption. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology and has worked in a variety of positions within government and community sectors, including complex case management, assessment, quality assurance and leadership roles.

Kate is passionate about helping children and families to be their best and is thus dedicated to ensuring Kids and Teens Psychology is its best! She believes that providing a quality service from start to end is essential for good practice and is committed to creating a workplace where everything runs smoothly for staff and clients alike. She draws on her experience working with children and families within a statutory framework to develop policies and procedures for Kids and Teens Psychology which promote high practice standards and are child and family friendly. Kate enjoys helping the families who have contact with our service feel well looked after.

Kate loves art and reading and enjoys hanging out with her family.

Amanda Payne
Amanda Payne
Client Relations Team

Amanda has a background in education and extensive experience working with children with special needs and behavioural challenges. Amanda has also run a successful family business with her husband.

Amanda is pleased to be combining her passion for supporting children and families with her administration and business management skills. She is dedicated to providing a welcoming and caring environment and efficient administrative services here at Kids and Teens Psychology.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Teaching and Childcare Directorship. She is a devoted mum who enjoys spending time at the coast with her family.

Sharon Taylor
Sharon Taylor
Psychologist

Sharon has been a Psychologist for many years, working with children, adolescents and families across a variety of settings including private practice. She is passionate about developing relationships with the children and families she works with and believes it is important to engage kids in a fun and developmentally appropriate manner as part of the therapy process.

Sharon has a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Sharon enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book while lazing in her hammock.

Kate Ryan
Kate Ryan
Psychologist

Kate has significant experience working in private practice with children, adolescents and families. She has a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology and is registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Kate enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families and does so within a relationship based framework. Kate believes that our understanding of ourselves is informed by our relationships and connections with others.

In her spare time, Kate loves hiking, being in nature and spending time with family.

Dr Sally Wessels
Dr Sally Wessels
Psychologist

Sally has over 20 years experience as a Psychologist in private practice, having worked in South Africa, the UK and Australia. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Sally has a special interest in working with children and their families. Her PhD was based on child development and assessment in a clinical setting. She is passionate about helping children overcome learning barriers by identifying both the underlying concerns and the child’s strengths, and working with the child and their parents to develop meaningful and doable solutions. Sally is also passionate about assisting with parenting skills and supporting parents to cope with difficult situations.

In her spare time Sally like to ride horses, fish and go for walks. However, her main joy is spending time with her family, especially playing with her grandchildren.

Nikki Goodwin
Nikki Goodwin
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Nikki is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a wide range of experience in providing counselling and therapy for children, teenagers and families. Nikki has a Masters degree in Social Work (Advanced Practice) and is a registered Medicare provider of Focussed Psychological Strategies.

Nikki is passionate about working with children and families and believes this is fundamental in creating a healthy society for everyone. With a warm and cheerful nature, Nikki creates a comfortable space for all those who walk through her door. She works from a strength-based, trauma-informed approach and has a strong belief in the need to hold space for others while they explore and reflect on themselves and their experiences. This creates an environment which empowers individuals to experience personal growth and change.

Nikki volunteers on the board of an LGBTQIA+ youth charity. In her spare time she likes playing with her nieces and patting any dog that comes her way!

Sarah Hennig
Sarah Hennig
Psychologist

On maternity leave from November 2019

Sarah has worked with children and families in the helping field for many years, across correctional services, education, disability, child safety, and private practice. She has additional training in childhood trauma, and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Sarah believes that each person is unique and should be celebrated for who they are. She provides a holistic and relationship focused approach geared toward supporting each individual’s needs.

Sarah spends her free time going on adventures with her young family, cranking up tunes, competitive dancing, and vintage shopping.

Sarah Mooy
Sarah Mooy
Psychologist

Sarah has been dedicated to working with children, adolescents and their families for more than 20 years in the UK and Australia, ten of these as a psychologist.

Sarah is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and has worked across education (early years to high school) and home settings as part of private practice.

Sarah believes a warm, non-judgmental space with a focus on connecting with each child, young person and their family is essential to creating meaningful change.

With a background in behavioural psychology Sarah works in a practical, compassionate, functional and creative way, exploring what is uniquely workable and helpful for each client and their family. She believes we all have the capacity to utilise our personal strengths and wisdom, as well as develop new skills to be our best selves at this point in our lives.

Sarah volunteers on the local chapter board of ACBS (Association for Contextual Behavioural Science). In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, reading, and doing anything creative!

How can we help?

Ask us a question Make an appointment Does my child need to see a psychologist? Contact us 07 5327 0122
07 5498 3337
info@kidsandteenspsychology.com.au
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