Psychologists at Entelechy take a family centred approach, in which the presenting difficulties of the child, adolescent or adult are considered within the context of their family, educational, occupational and social environments. This collaborative approach aims to best meet the individual’s and family’s needs and goals for therapy.
Entelechy Clinical Psychologists have additional training and/or significant experience in working with infants, children and adolescents. They have expert knowledge in normal child development and in social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that can emerge at every developmental age and stage. They have knowledge of the most recent developments in child, adolescent and adult psychology and are committed to scientifically-informed and up to date approaches.
Entelechy Clinical Psychologists provide a range of services including clinical assessment and diagnosis, psychometric assessment, counselling and therapy, and consultancy for a wide range of psychological problems that include social, emotional, behavioural, developmental and learning difficulties.
Services offered include assessment and treatment of:
- Anxiety and depression
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Tourettes Syndrome and Tic Disorders
- Selective Mutism
- Sleep issues
- Family and adjustment problems
- Attention and concentration difficulties
- School refusal, impulse control and aggressive behaviour
- Developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Behavioural Difficulties
- Social Skills, bullying
- Learning difficulties
All Entelechy Clinical Psychologists comply with the national registration scheme regulated by the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (www.ahpra.gov.au). The psychologists work within a professional code of ethics (www.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/APS-Code-of-Ethics.pdf) and all services adhere to the APS Charter for Clients of Australian Psychology Society Psychologists (https://www.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/APS-Charter-for-clients.pdf).
- Dr Sophie Banfield (03) 9481 1944
- Mr Ivan Mathieson (03) 9481 1944
Each of our Speech Pathologists has over 20 years’ experience, so can provide a very high standard of assessment and therapy to a wide range of clients, including:
- Children with speech sound difficulties,
- Children and teenagers with language delays and disorders,
- People of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other social communication difficulties,
- People of all ages with other disabilities, such as hearing loss, Cerebral Palsy or Down Syndrome,
- Children, teenagers and adults with reading or spelling difficulties,
- Young children with limited pretend play skills.
Our Speech Pathologists work in a client-centred and family-centred way, wherever possible in collaboration with childcare centres, kindergartens and schools as well as any other relevant health care professionals, such as Maternal and Child Health nurses, GPs, Paediatricians and Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists.
- Jenny Buckland 0409 413 076
- Alison Clarke 0402 075 306
- Bridget Knol 0421 025 549
Psychiatrists are medical practitioners with specialist training in mental health. Services offered include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of mental health problems experienced by children, adolescents and adults.
- Dr Christine Jackson (03) 9486 6116
Paediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists traditionally assist people with their everyday occupations and daily living skills. Neonatal OTs work with babies and their families. Babies’ occupations include all their day-to-day activities, such as playing (interacting, moving, learning), feeding, sleeping, and coping with care activities (such as bathing, dressing and nappy changes). Paediatric Occupational Therapists help babies and families with all of these areas of infant behaviour and care.
Parents may present with these kinds of questions or issues:
- “I don’t know why my baby cries – what should I do?”
- “Why does my baby seem fussy and overly sensitive?”
- “Why is my baby hard to settle or to put down to sleep?”
- “My baby’s head seems an odd shape—what should I do?”
- “My baby mainly looks or faces to just the one side”
- “My baby doesn’t seem to behave like other babies”
- “Is my baby’s development normal?”
- “My baby doesn’t want to look at me”
- “Why doesn’t my baby like tummy-time?”
- “My baby arches or pulls away when I try to feed him”
- “I can’t get enough sleep—my baby is hard to work out”
- “Bath time (or dressing / nappy-changes) is stressful for my baby and/or me”
- “My baby seems uncomfortable (e.g. from a food intolerance or reflux) and I don’t know how to help”
- “My baby hates to be placed lying down on her back”
- “My baby’s movements seem strange or unlike other babies”
- “My baby doesn’t seem to like me”
- “My baby seems to be tired all the time”
- “My baby arches a lot – getting him into the bassinet/car seat/pram is hard work and we all end up feeling upset”
- “My baby doesn’t seem to cope with noise or too much light or activity and I can’t get anything done”
Paediatric Occupational Therapist:
- Dr Nisha Brown 0425 843 354