Dr Felicity Adams
Clinical Psychologist (Practice Owner)
Bachelor of Science. Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology.
Doctor of Psychology.
Felicity brings vast experience and expertise having worked for 20 years in assessment and treatment of autism and related developmental disorders. She is now a leading clinician in Western Australia in providing Best Practice behaviourally based intervention for children with autism and related disorders. Felicity works in partnership with families to plan, write and oversee intervention programmes focusing on a range of challenges associated with autism and other developmental disabilities – including sleep problems, food selectivity, anxiety, emotional regulation, toilet training and behaviour/communication problems. Felicity is able to provide intensive early intervention ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) programmes on request.
Felicity’s innovative, up to date, empirically validated interventions are highly successful in bringing about positive change in the many challenging and entrenched behaviours presenting in children with autism. A whole family approach ensures that plans are considered within the family context and intervention requires significant parent/caregiver commitment. Felicity also provides support for children and families at home and at school. Felicity provides supervision to psychologists both within the Child Matters | Teen Matters team and to other psychologists practicing across the South West.
Deborah has been with Child Matters | Teen Matters since 2012. As a parent of a child with autism, and having founded the South West Autism Network (SWAN) in 2009, Deb brings a wealth of knowledge and empathy for our clients and is an integral source of support for families, schools and professionals in the region.
Deb is the heartbeat of our busy practice.
Stephanie Soe Thein
Bachelor of Psychology
Stephanie is our brilliant provisional psychologist with experience working with children and teens with ASD and a genuine interest in focusing her career on children with disabilities and their families. She is a trained Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist. Steph is an essential member of our team. She works with children of all ages but has a special interest in child and adolescent mental health. Steph applies her experience and compassion with children, youth and their families in order to help them reach their goals, improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfilment. Steph works from our Busselton office and at homes/schools as required.
Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)
Rose is our wonderful Occupational Therapist and works from our awesome sensory gym in Busselton as well as at school and homes. Rose offers services in the areas of fine and gross motor skills development, sensory integration therapy, visual perceptual and visual motor integration therapy and the development of daily living skills such as sleep, toileting and feeding. Rose works hard to foster a collaborative approach to therapy to give children maximum opportunities to succeed. She works with children of all ages with a variety of different needs and is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. Rose has a special interest in sensory processing and determining strategies that can be successful at home and in school. Rose also has an interest in working with children on their fine motor skills, as developing these skills can make such a positive impact on the child’s ability to have success in carrying out activities in all aspects of their lives to their full potential.
Bachelor of Education.
Bachelor of Social Work. Advanced Clinical Training in Play Therapy.
Member of Australian Association of Social Work (AASW).
Lani is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Play Therapist and secondary teacher, who has been working with children for the past 20 years. Lani’s approach aims to help develop and acknowledge client’s strengths. Her past experience includes working in a refuge environment, where she worked directly with children, focusing on children’s processing of trauma, and the provision of a safe space to express and process their emotions and experiences.
Lani’s personal philosophy of the importance of play for children and the vital role it has in children’s development lead to her interest in Child Centred Play Therapy, which takes the view that within the safety of a strong and positive relationship, and with the use of empathy, non-judgment and unconditional positive regard, it is possible for every individual to reach his or her full potential and be the best version of themselves they can be. For children, play is natural and toys are their words. It is the perfect way for children to express their world and try out new ways of being, to tell their story and to feel supported.
Lani has completed Advanced training in Play therapy, through Play Therapy Australia and now offers this as her primary modality of therapy. Lani is also highly skilled at working with parents and carers to ensure parents work together in the best interests of their child/children. She provides support for parents and children at Child Matters | Teen Matters and at her clinic in Margaret River. Lani is an associate member of the peak body for play therapy in Australia, the Australian Play Therapy Association (APTA), and a member of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW).
Bachelor of Science (Psychology) – Honours
Jodie moved from the east coast to join our team. She is passionate about working with children of all ages, with a particular interest in working with children with ASD and their families. Jodie enjoys using her experience and education to help children and their families reach their full potential, achieve their goals and become the happiest versions of themselves. Jodie works from our Busselton office and at homes/schools as required.
Bachelor of Psychology
Caroline is a passionate and hard working young mum who brings to Child Matters | Teen Matters experience from working in childcare, an adult day care centre, home and community care programmes and child protection. These experiences have given Caroline the skills to work with children presenting with a diverse range of abilities and challenges. They have also highlighted to her a desire to continue to work with and for children and families in the local region. Caroline is warm, compassionate and approachable and has the much sought after capacity to connect successfully and therapeutically with both children and parents/carers. She works in home and school settings from Australind to Busselton as well as at the Busselton office.
Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Graduate Diploma of Education (School Psychology)
Sam is a psychologist with who specializes in providing comprehensive psychological assessments. Sam has 3 years experience in the education system which equips him to deliver services that assist parents in navigating educational institutions like schools and vocational training centres. Sam’s assessment services includes the identification and/or diagnosis of: Specific Learning Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Mood Disorders, Giftedness, Personality Assessment, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.
Sam also provides intervention services, particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. These services are targeted at older children/young adults (8-20). Areas of experience and expertise are interventions for: Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Eating Disorder, Depression, Behavioural Difficulties/disorders, ASD, ADHD.
Sam also runs social groups for teenagers focused on building social skills through Roleplay Games, a passion of Sams, as he is secretly a huge nerd.
Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Honours
Bec is a compassionate and hardworking mother of two who moved to Australia from the UK in 2012. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents and families to help them achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Bec has six years of experience at Headspace Bunbury which reaffirmed her special interest in child and adolescent mental health, particularly working with those with ASD and other difficulties. Bec has developed the skills to work with clients with various presentations and works hard to support amazing families at Child Matters | Teen Matters.
Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Giordarna is an enthusiastic and driven Speech Pathologist, with first-hand experience in working with children with autism. She is passionate about providing holistic and evidence-based speech pathology services to enable children and families to achieve their goals. Giordarna has experience in the areas of Speech, Language and Multi-Modal Communication. She believes everyone has the right to successful communication and aims to provide children with the necessary tools and skills to be able to achieve this. Giordarna is also part of our autism assessment team.
Our small team of carefully selected, amazing and talented Therapy Assistants deliver either ABA programmes or focused therapy programmes. In this way therapy can be delivered at a fraction of the cost and in a more intensive fashion, leading to better outcomes for children and families. These programmes are written and overseen by our clinicians.
Senior Therapy Assistant / Counsellor
Tania is a highly valued and experienced member of our team and is a loving mother of three. She has a very obvious passion and calling for working with children. She is a volunteer mentor at local schools and has been a volunteer wish-granter for the Starlight Children’s Foundation in the past.
I am dedicated to my clients and work hard to achieve set goals in a fun and caring manner. I am motivated by the connections I make with the children and the results we achieve together. I love to see the children work through their challenges. My goal is to bring out the best in each child and in doing so, help them feel better about themselves and understand that they are valued by others. I love my job!
Tania is based in Busselton.
Senior Therapy Assistant
Charmaine is another dedicated mother of three who has significant knowledge, skill and natural instincts when working with children. She has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Certificate III Teacher Assistant qualification.
Charmaine has previously worked as an Education Assistant at a number of local schools. This has assisted her ability to communicate with children on their level, and gain an understanding of how language and social difficulties can impact on a child’s daily living and on interaction with their peers. Charmaine has also experience in working with young adults with disabilities.
Since working with our team, Charmaine has most enjoyed watching children’s confidence grow as they master new social skills. She loves to watch and hear about children putting learning into practice and seeing the many ways in which it enriches their lives. Charmaine is based in Busselton.
Senior Therapy Assistant
Sandra has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the important ability to provide a caring programme with clear boundaries so that children can relax and know exactly what the expectations are. Sandra has a Certificate III Teachers Assistant, 13 Years experience in Public Education as a Special Needs Education Assistant and has training and experience in the delivery of ABA and Focused Therapy. Sandra’s work has mainly been with students with Autism but also has had experience with children with behavioural issues, Global Development Delay, and Downs Syndrome. Sandra has worked with children from 3 to 15 years of age. Her previous work and experience has enabled her to communicate with children on all levels.
Sandra lives in Bridgetown and currently offers services to a number of children in Bridgetown and the immediate surrounds.
Amy is from Australind and has an Advanced Diploma in Children’s services. She has worked with children for over 20 years in the early childhood setting. Amy currently works part time for the education department supporting children with special needs in the mainstream classroom. We are delighted to have her join the Child Matters team part time with a wealth of skills and experience and a desire to deliver focused one:one programmes with a range of children. Amy is dedicated to being an advocate for children to assist them to learn and be socially connected to their families and communities.
Sally joined the team in 2018. Sally has over 10 years experience working with children in an early childhood setting. She has a Bachelor of Teaching (early childhood) and is currently completing a Masters of Teaching.
Bachelor of Obedience
Diploma of Cuteness
Apple is a much loved member of the team and you may see or hear her around the office. Apple has completed agility and obedience training and excelled in the weave. Apple is an extremely sociable and outgoing member and is often complimented on her dedication as a team player. Ask her for a High 5 when you see her.