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 (MAT. LEAVE)

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 is a psychologist with professional passions across developmental research and teaching, as well the applied clinical support of her individual child clients and their families. Stacey graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ), prior to working for some years in rural mental health in the not for profit sector.

Stacey has previously held positions within developmental research at UQ and La Trobe University, and as a teaching assistant at UQ. Stacey regularly conducts assessments of development, cognitive capacity, adaptive functioning, behaviour and mood. She has a clinical interest in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in very early childhood and has been incredibly privileged to have supported many families in this area.

Stacey is a Board Approved Supervisor and is available for the supervision of provisional psychologists, registered psychologists and other allied health professionals.

Stacey is based part time at our Ormond 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 Thursdays to Saturdays at our Kensington clinic.

MORGAN CREE

SARAH ALLEN

Sarah is a registered psychologist and gained a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) from Australian Catholic University.

Sarah has worked within primary and secondary school settings, with the Student Support Services of the Department of Education, in private practice, at Headspace and within a hospital behavioural program at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Her experience also includes working within multidisciplinary team environments to support her clients and their families.

Sarah has experience in providing counselling support and utilises therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Positive Psychology in sessions with clients, depending on their treatment goals and needs.    Sarah also has an interest in understanding the learning needs of her clients, and has experience in conducting cognitive and educational assessments, and writing associated reports.

Sarah’s interests include supporting children, young people and their families with presenting concerns such as anxiety disorders, low mood, self-harm/suicidal ideation, coping with grief and loss, social skill development, adjusting to significant changes and emotion regulation. She also has experience supporting clients who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, Sarah is experienced in delivering evidence-based group programs for children, young people and their parents.

Sarah works at our Kensington site Monday – Friday.

CORINNE MESCHER