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.

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 Moonee Ponds clinic.

Shalya Hirschson (Provisional Psychologist)

Shalya Hirschson

Maya Angelou once said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” With this in mind, Shalya works with children and families by providing. safe and containing space where difficult feelings and behaviours can be understood. Change can often be challenging – especially for children – and Shalya therefore engages children in a non-threatening, creative and imaginative way to help them develop self awareness, insight and self-regulation. Her Psychology sessions focus on giving children good coping skills, life skills and resilience so that they can participate in their world with a sense of confidence, purpose and hope. Shalya holds a PhD (Doctorate) and Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and an Honours Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Therese Melhem

Therese Melhem

Jacqui McCoy

Jacqui McCoy