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 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 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 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.

Chris Tanti

Chris Tanti

Therese Melhem

Therese Melhem

BBSc.PGDipPsych.MClinicalPsych.MAPS

I am a Clinical Psychologist and love to support and educate children, adolescents and their families. I have a particular interests in paediatric psychology, early intervention and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I work collaboratively with the young person, their families and schools to holistically understand and intervene to help them develop the skills and knowledge to navigate through life.

Over ten years, I have worked in a range of private, public and government organisations to support and encourage young people’s understanding and acceptance of themselves, others and the world. Services have involved, however not limited to, administering assessments to young people and providing both individual and group intervention while, working collaboratively with families, teachers and other health professionals.

My passion for ASD has encouraged me to establish specialised services to meet the young person’s needs as individuals, within their family system and the school and wider community. I creatively and empathically work with individuals to improve their social understanding, behaviour and communication. Furthermore, developing their skills in emotional regulation can be fundamental to the young person’s mental health, relationship wellbeing and school engagement.

From anxiety, social difficulties, bullying, isolation, family discord, ASD or behavioural concerns, these presentations provide an opportunity for parents, teachers and those in a supporting role to a child to learn about the young person. Through evidence based approaches, we will together learn about, understand, learn effective communication and approaches to help the young person engage with life.

Specialties

  • Social Skill development
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Anxiety
  • Mental Health
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Family and Relationship Wellbeing
  • Adjustment and Life Transition
  • Self-esteem

Ages

  • Infancy/Toddlers
  • Pre-School
  • School age
  • Adolescents
  • Adults

Therese works from our Moonee Ponds clinic.