Meet the West Leederville team

We are a small clinic with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Our experienced team of psychologists encompasses a wide range of personalities, approaches, styles and areas of interest and we’d like to introduce you to them here.

Our administrative team can explore with you which psychologist might fit best with you, or your child’s needs.

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Hayley Quekett

Educational & Developmental Psychologist Registrar

Hayley Quekett

Qualifications

  • Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychological Sciences and Psychology in Society) with First Class Honours

Hayley Quekett completed a Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2018, and has experience working with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, a hospital-based learning difficulties clinic, and private practice.

Hayley has a particular interest in conducting detailed assessments to assist young people to understand their cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses, identify any specific learning disorders, and recommend targeted intervention to support learning.

Hayley also enjoys providing psychological intervention for a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, and social and family challenges.

Registration

  • Registered as a Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Medicare provider through Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative
  • Working with Children Check

Professional development

  • Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Adolescents – CBT Australia (2020)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Young People 12 – 24 years – Dr Louise Hayes (2019)

Areas of interest

  • Diagnostic assessments for children, adolescents and university students:
  • Specific learning disorders (SLD) in reading (dyslexia), mathematics (dyscalculia), and written expression (dysgraphia)
  • Intellectual giftedness
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity
    disorders (ADHD)
  • Individual Therapy for children and adolescents
  • Providing psychological therapy for a range of mental health, academic,
    social and family challenges.

Career experience

Working as a school psychologist in primary and secondary schools providing individual therapy, group programs, conducting risk assessments, facilitating return to school plans, and contributing to learning and behaviour support plans.

Provision of professional learning to build the capacity of school staff regarding learning and mental health challenges.

Conducting diagnostic assessment for learning disorders with children and adolescents in private practice and a
hospital setting.

Providing evidence-based intervention for specific learning disorders in reading, spelling and mathematics, including using the Sounds-Write Synthetic Phonics program.

Tristan Abba

Counselling Psychologist Registrar

Tristan Abba

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Counselling)
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Tristan’s practice is underpinned by the theory that attachment (or the connection between a parent and their children) is paramount throughout a person’s life. This theory is held alongside trauma-informed models of care and neuro-affirming practice in Tristan’s work where he teaches concepts in an easy-to-understand, solution-focused way.

Tristan dedicated his early career to working with teens and young adults with complex needs such as trauma, substance abuse, and personality adaptations (disorders) as well as more frequently occurring mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and the significant impact of ADHD. His work in community agencies and in private practice in Perth and on the Gold Coast was underpinned by a commitment to early intervention for teenagers and adults.

Being reminded through his encounters with clients over many years that the origins of psychopathology are so often in childhood, Tristan decided to pivot his career to focus on working more frequently with younger children and their families.

In early 2022, Tristan joined Early Start Australia in West Leederville and was offered the opportunity to lead a team of skilled child psychologists soon after. At the clinic, he loves working with both adults and children alike with ADHD, anxiety, mood disturbances, and healing through the raft of challenges that life presents. 

Registration

  • Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Board Approved Supervisor for Provisional Psychologists (AHPRA)
  • Medicare provider through Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative
  • Working with Children Check

Professional development

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Intensive Practitioner Course – Professor Marsha Linehan (2017)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training – Dr. Jennifer Sweeton (2019)
  • Mentalisation Based Treatment – Anna Freud Digital Academy (2020)
  • Suicide and Self Harm Prevention Strategies – Qld Health (2020)

Areas of interest

Individual and family therapy for older children, adolescents, and parents:

  • Personality difficulties that create tension or conflict in an individual’s close relationships
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma recovery
  • Anger, stress, and sleep difficulties
  • Functional change in substance or addictive behaviours
  • Adolescent and young adult social-emotional difficulties
  • Family relationship conflicts

Career experience

Thousands of hours providing 1-1 therapy at a private clinic supporting young people and adults with diverse mental health concerns.

Individual and group therapy with adolescents and adults at a Perth addictions centre.

Facilitating a multi-agency collaborative and providing community-based psychosocial support to young people with complex needs on the Gold Coast.

Therapy for children with an autism spectrum disorder in a private clinic.

Consultant psychologist to an employee assistance provider to assist adults within corporations experiencing anxiety, stress, or depression.

Kimberly Sandford

Psychologist

Kimberly Sandford

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Kimberly is a Registered Psychologist experienced in providing intervention for a wide variety of psychological presentations.

She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families across a range of settings including not for profit organisations and within the private sector.

Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Psychology and has undertaken six years of study and supervised practice.

With a trauma-informed and client-centred approach, Kimberly uses a range of evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment-based interventions, family therapy, Interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and brief solution-focused therapies.

Kimberly’s therapeutic areas of interest include anxiety and mood disorders, perinatal and infant mental health, social and emotional wellbeing in children and adolescents, stress and burnout, autism and developmental disabilities, and interpersonal relationships.

She also enjoys working collaboratively with parents to navigate the complexities of parenting and children’s mental health.

Registration

  • Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Medicare provider through Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative
  • Working with Children Check
  • National Police Clearance

Areas of interest

  • Individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults
  • Child and adolescent socio-emotional difficulties
  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Perinatal and infant mental health
  • Parenting and attachment
  • Autism

Career experience

Individual therapy for children, parents, adolescents and adults

Working with parents to improve the attachment relationship with their child and navigate challenging behaviour

Providing psychological therapy under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to children, young people, and adults with disabilities.

Providing therapy through an employee assistance provider and a vocational rehabilitation provider to assist adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties

Development and delivery of psychoeducational group presentations

Postvention support and consultation to secondary schools

Referrals

Kimberly welcomes referrals from individual families, medical specialists, health professionals, and educators.

Claire Hoarau

Psychologist

Claire Hoarau

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Professional)
  • Bachelor of Psychology

Claire is a registered psychologist who is dedicated to providing a client-centred, empathetic approach to therapy.

She prefers taking a holistic and collaborative approach with clients experiencing a range of mental health concerns, working to help them live a life that is in accordance with their values.

Over the last three years, Claire has gained experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults across schools, private practice, and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services.

Claire’s areas of interest include helping clients overcome and manage anxiety, addiction, depression, adjustment difficulties, stress, and childhood-related issues.

She particularly enjoys supporting children and adolescents from late primary school through the adolescent years to early adulthood.

Claire has been trained in several evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, strength-based therapy as well as mindfulness-based interventions.

Claire also has an interest in providing psychological assessment services to children and adolescents experiencing school-based cognitive and learning difficulties.

She has a particular passion for helping young people express themselves in a safe space.

Registration

  • Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Working with Children Check
  • National Police Clearance

Cadie Amalfi

Clinical Psychologist

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Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Bachelor of Psychology with Honours

Cadie is a warm and empathic Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a range of settings; including private, public, and non-for-profit community sectors.

Cadie uses a client-centred and systemic attachment-based approach with a range of different interventions including cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, schema therapy, and trauma informed eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing.

Cadie’s therapeutic areas of interest include helping clients to overcome maladaptive perfectionism, adjustment and life transitions, child-related and attachment-based issues, and anxiety.

She particularly enjoys supporting children and adolescents from late primary school through the adolescent years to early adulthood.

Registration

  • Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA
  • Endorsed in Clinical Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Working with Children Check

Professional development

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention
  • Circle of Security
  • Trauma-informed diagnoses and treatment

Areas of interest

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Child and adolescent social-emotional difficulties
  • Diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents
  • Individual therapy for adolescents in a school setting
  • Self-esteem and perfectionism
  • Adjustment difficulties

Olivia Fox

Provisional psychologist

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Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Professional) Expected completion Nov 2023 Curtin University, WA.
  • Bachelor of Science – Honours (Psychology) 2022 university of Western Australia, WA completed with First Class Honours

Our newest member of our team, Olivia is a provisional psychologist and a dedicated student at Curtin University, currently undertaking her 5th year of study as a Master of Professional Psychology.

She takes great pride in studying psychology as a discipline, from the research and theoretical aspects to the statistical and practical aspects. Olivia is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, no matter how great or small, and strives to bring her warm and empathic personality to any setting.

Registration

  • Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Working with Children Check
  • National Police Clearance

Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT)
  • Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR)

Professional development

  • Autism Awareness Course Certification

Areas of interest

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD and Autism)
  • Child and adolescent social-emotional difficulties

Administrators

Lucy and Romy are our committed local client support and clinic administrators.

Lucy

Lucy Robinson

Romy

Romy Stoner

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