- Doctor of Clinical Psychology/PhD
- Studied at the University of Sydney
- Works with children under 12 years
- Extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society
- Medicare endorsed provider of specialist Clinical Psychology services
“We are committed to providing holistic and valuable support for our clients and their families, helping them make positive changes in their lives”
Sandy is one of the Directors and the Principal Clinical Psychologist at Voices and Minds. Sandy completed the Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2008 before going on to complete her PhD in Psychology in 2011. Having worked across private, government and non-for-profit organisations both in New South Wales and Queensland, Sandy has extensive experience in providing psychological therapy for both adults, and children and their families. child psychologist brisbane
SANDY’S WORK WITH CHILDREN
Sandy thoroughly enjoys working with children and their families, and strongly believes in using a fun, positive and engaging approach to therapy that allows the child and their parents to feel comfortable and supported. She takes an integrative, whole-family based approach in her work by identifying the unique strengths and abilities of each child and harnessing these strengths in therapy. Sandy works closely with parents to provide support and guidance around parenting, as well as liaising with the child’s team at school (if deemed appropriate) and other professionals supporting that child. She firmly believes that this broader support model is more effective in helping child thrive and reach their potential.
Sandy has experience and skills in working with children and their families and provides consultative support in the following areas:
- childhood anxiety and depression
- general emotional regulation difficulties – anxiety/worry, depression, anger
- building emotional awareness
- difficult and challenging behaviour
- autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities
- social skills and communication
- building self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience
- organisation and attention problems
- supporting parents in managing the above mentioned difficulties in their children and building their resilience as parents.
Sandy has specific expertise and a passion in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Her PhD research investigated self-perception, depression, loneliness and friendship in children and adolescents with ASD. She has presented at both national and international conferences and has published research on ASD. She worked for a number of years for Autism Queensland holding a variety of roles including providing direct early intervention for children under 7 with ASD and their families, as well as running educational workshops and training seminars to parents and professionals throughout Queensland on a range of ASD-specific topics (e.g., emotional regulation, behaviour management, sensory concerns). Sandy is also trained in Circle of Security Parenting and as such, uses many of these attachment-based concepts in her work, as well as can provide individual training to parents in this parenting approach.
Sandy has held registration as a psychologist with the NSW Psychology Board since 2007. She currently holds clinical registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA; registration no:PSY0001323589) and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society ([APS]MAPS). Sandy is also endorsed as a provider of specialist Clinical Psychology services under Medicare.