PSYCHOLOGY FOR CHILDREN & TEENAGERS

DS Psychology Group psychologists implement a comprehensive, caring and collaborative approach to understanding you and your child’s concerns, making a contextual assessment of how issues developed and providing practical strategies to help.

We employ a multi-systemic approach consulting with parents/caregivers and teachers, in order to fully understand the situation from all angles and ultimately work together with families to achieve the best possible outcome, including implementing strategies and skills, positive action and helpful feedback.

Our clinical team have the knowledge and techniques required to relate to children and teenagers on their level, to engage with them in a positive way and implement strategies tailored to their development stage. In this way we cultivate a nurturing and accepting environment designed to increase the effectiveness of therapy.

We believe in involving parents and caregivers in the therapy process to increase the efficiency of therapy (as appropriate), whether it be to assist in the implementation of strategies or to provide basic feedback about the therapy progress.

DS Psychology Group psychologists have experience in a range of clinical areas relevant to children’s needs and development and are committed to ensuring the best practices are individually tailored to each individual and their family.

IQ, learning, developmental and behavioural assessments are available if you have specific concerns relating to your child’s academic learning or behaviour.

Working with Children

  • Anxiety and worry
  • Specific fears, separation anxiety
  • Autism & ADHD
  • Self-esteem issues
  • School refusal
  • Social skills
  • Sadness and depression
  • Eating problems
  • Trauma
  • Low self-esteem
  • Parenting support
  • Behaviour management
  • Divorce/ separation
  • Transitional issues (eg to high school)

Working with Young Adults

  • Anxiety, OCD, social anxiety
  • Friendship issues
  • Academic stress
  • Identity concerns
  • Autism & ADHD
  • Depression
  • Transitional issues (eg to high school, change of schools, moving house/state)
  • Substance use
  • Self-harm, at-risk behaviours
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma
  • Family problems
  • Anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Borderline personality traits

DS Psychology Group Clinical Team Members

William Pope

William Pope

Registered Psychologist BSci (Psyc), GDipProfPsych, MProfPsych

William Pope is a compassionate and friendly psychologist who is particularly passionate about working with children and adolescents.

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Sonja Katsivelis

Sonja Katsivelis

Registered Psychologist
BSci (Physiology), GDipPsych, MProfPsych

Sonja is a registered psychologist with a Master of Professional Psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2022 and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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Leigh Raymond

Leigh Raymond

Master of Professional Psychology, Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology)

Life can be pretty overwhelming. It can be challenging to find the time in our busy schedules to really stop and reflect on how we are going. Whether you are looking for a non-judgemental listening ear or practical solutions to an

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Jovell Hofmann

Jovell Hofmann

Registered Psychologist
Psych Science, Grad Dip Psych, Master Prof. Psych.

Areas of Interest – Cultural Diversity, Sleep Disturbance, Anxiety and Adjustment and cognitive assessments

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Elizabeth Beyer

Elizabeth Beyer

Registered Psychologist

Areas of Interest – Low Self Esteem, conflict resolution, Depression, Relationship issues.

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Josh Miles

Josh Miles

Registered Psychologist
B. App. Sc; Grad Dip Psych. Post Grad Psych. M. Prof Psych

Areas of Interest – gaming and internet addiction, sleep problems, health conditions, trauma and relationships

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Ashwini Kulkarni

Ashwini Kulkarni

Psychologist
B.Psych Sc. (Hon). Masters of
App Psych (Community)
 

 

Areas of interest – Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma – childhood, sexual, long-term/complex, recent, Personality disorders, Communication issues, Intimacy issues

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Andrew Hanna

Andrew Hanna

Registered Psychologist
Clinical Registrar

BSc (Psych), PGDipPsych, MPsych (Clin), PhD Candidate, MAPS.

Areas of Interest – Pain management, Anger, Bipolar, Health Anxiety, Psychotic disorders and Trauma

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Rebecca Humm

Rebecca Humm

Registered Psychologist
Masters in Psychology (Clinical), BPsychSci, BPsychSci Honours

Areas of Interest – Mood Difficulties, Anger Management, sleep problems, life transitions and substance use disorders

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Dr. Simone Riley

Dr. Simone Riley

Clinical Neuropsychologist
BSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin Neuropsych)

Clinical Neuropsychologist providing neuropsychological assessments, counselling and reports for children, adolescents and adults

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Karla Silva

Karla Silva

Relationship, Family
& Child Therapist
Post Grad Dip (Psych),
BSSci (Psych/Marketing)

Karla has a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and has worked in the helping industry for nearly 20 years, working across educational, community and private settings.

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Rachel Arthur

Rachel Arthur

Provisional Psychologist
B Psych Sc Grad Dip Psych

Rachel is a provisional psychologist registered with AHPRA and comes to DS Psychology with a background in music education and performance.

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Nicole Doyle

Nicole Doyle

Provisional Psychologist
BA, Grad Dip Psych, Grad Dip Psych (Advanced), MProfPsych.

Nicole is a Provisional Psychologist with a Master of Professional Psychology from the University of Melbourne and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)...

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Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen

Provisional Psychologist
B Psych (Hons), Master of Prof. Psych

Michelle is a dedicated provisional psychologist enthusiastic about supporting individuals across all life stages.

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