Sensational Kids’ psychologists counsel and support children, adolescents, adults and families. Our psychologists work to develop resilience and skills enabling clients to address issues such as anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, depression, family issues, grief and loss, parenting and self esteem. Their approaches vary with individuals and might include play-based therapies with children, and empowering and supporting parents to enhance family functioning.

Psychologists

DAELLE FAINSTEIN

Daelle qualified with a Masters In Educational Psychology (with distinction) in South Africa. She is passionate about helping children and their families navigate and master challenges to help them reach their full potential. Her areas of special interest include adjustment difficulties, anxiety, emotional-behavioural development, life transitions, and family and social relationships. Daelle draws on various modalities and techniques in her client- driven therapy approach. She is also trained in play-based psychotherapy techniques to help children gain mastery of their internal worlds. Daelle loves using creative therapies to help facilitate growth and change. Daelle is based at our Ormond clinic.

BRITTANY TAYLOR

Brittany graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Educational Psychology degree and is registered as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Brittany has worked in a range of primary schools within the Government and Catholic systems. She has a passion for working with those children who suffer from anxiety and believes that working with the child’s “team” (i.e., collaboratively with families and schools) is the best way of bringing about change in a young person’s life. Other issues that Brittany works with are behavioural difficulties, emotional regulation issues, social concerns, and with children from trauma backgrounds. Brittany uses a range of different therapy modalities including cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, and play-based learning. Brittany is based at our Ormond clinic and works on Saturdays.

STACEY FREEBODY

Stacey graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ), prior to working in rural mental health in the not for profit sector. Stacey has also previously held positions within developmental research and as a teaching assistant at UQ. Stacey regularly conducts assessments of development, cognitive capacity, adaptive functioning, behaviour and mood. Stacey also offers therapeutic support and has a special interest in group and individual parenting support. Stacey is based at our Ormond clinic.

BRONWYN BLAKE

Bronwyn is a registered Psychologist who brings a warm and creative approach to her work with children and families. She has worked in diverse contexts in both South Africa and New Zealand before moving to Australia. She has experience in working collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams in both a therapeutic and consultative role in primary and high schools. She assists with developing practical solutions for overcoming challenging behavior and any barriers to learning in order to promote positive social and emotional functioning. Bronwyn works towards creating hope for her clients through a solution focused approach and other evidence-based treatments. She has a keen interest in treating anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem and adjustment difficulties. She attained her Masters degree in Educational Psychology (Cum Laude) in South Africa. Bronwyn is based at the Ormond Clinic from Monday to Friday.

Tom Lee

Tom is a Registered Psychologist who attained his Master’s Degree in Professional Psychology from the Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne, Victoria in 2016.

Following an internship within the Department of Education and Training, Tom has worked in predominantly in the paediatric space consulting in educational settings including kinder, primary and secondary school settings with socio-emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties.

In the private practice space, Tom regularly consults Saturday mornings in his special area of interest, learning and developmental assessments. Tom has experience in the assessment and diagnosis of Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs), neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Cognitive and Intellectual presentations, including Intellectual Disability and Giftedness.

Tom loves taking an individually tailored, strengths-based approach to assessment, helping children, teens, adults, and their parents, educators and peers, to understand how we all have something unique to contribute and to harness within our abilities in order to prosper and achieve our goals throughout our personal learning, occupational and developmental journeys.

Tom works at our Ormond clinic on Saturdays.

JUDY CHOW-FAIRHILL

Judy is a registered Developmental and Educational Psychologist, with a Master’s degree from Monash University, Melbourne. She is also a registered general and mental health nurse, with graduate certificate in Family Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis and Mindfulness Based Stress Management.

Judy has worked extensively with special needs children and their families with various Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Global Developmental Delay, and Learning difficulties.

Treatment and intervention approaches include psycho-education, play therapy, and cognitive emotional behavioural therapy. Judy believes that each child is an individual and unique in his/her special ways. Each child, together with their family, can be nurtured, make changes and be encouraged to reach his/her potential and contribute to the community.

Judy speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese and Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinean). She works at our Kensington site Fridays and Saturdays.

DR. CHRIS TANTI

Chris works at our Kensington clinic.

ELAINE WONG

Elaine is a registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She holds a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology from Monash University. Elaine has worked in schools and private practice settings and has experience in providing psychoeducational assessment and intervention for children and young people, alongside supporting their parents and teachers.

Elaine has a gentle and encouraging approach in empowering individuals to recognise their strengths, to promote resilience in overcoming everyday challenges and to develop self-awareness on the journey of learning to live a meaningful life. She believes that each individual is special and is keen on recognising individual differences in needs and talents through providing tailored evidence-based intervention and assessment support. She recognises the importance of children’s support network and is dedicated to working collaboratively with parents, families and schools.

Elaine has a keen interest in emotional and behavioural regulation, anxiety management, mindfulness, social skills development and individual learning profile. Native in English and Cantonese, Elaine is sensitive to the specific needs of clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Elaine works Tuesdays to Saturdays at our Kensington clinic.