Meet our team of Allied Health professionals
ChloePositive Behaviour Support Lead/Provisional Psychologist
Chloe has been working with children, adolescents and adults across both community and disability sectors for the past 6 years. She is experienced in working with young people within the child protection system, as well as providing therapeutic interventions to individuals and families funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Chloe has experience working with individuals with a range of conditions and complex presentations, and is able to provide a range of psychological assessments and interventions. Chloe is also experienced with providing specialist behaviour support to those with complex behavioural presentations, as well as providing training and psychoeducation to families, carers and support staff to support implementation of behaviour management strategies.
Chloe is most passionate about supporting those most vulnerable in our community to make positive changes that improve their overall quality of life and to achieve their goals.
DianaPositive Behaviour Support Lead / Mental Health Accredited Social Worker
Diana completed her Master Social Work in 2017 at the Flinders University. Diana has a special interest in behavioural analysis and is passionate about developing partnerships and building systems collaborations to address systemic responses to individuals.
Diana is an accredited Clinical and Family Violence Social Worker with extensive experience working with both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Non-Aboriginal clients. Diana has worked in Early Childhood, Disability and Social Services sector for over 10 years; this has included providing clinical expertise for individuals and their families with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and PTSD and working with people who are at risk of suicide, are addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs or have experienced trauma and loss.
In previous roles Diana has supported the development of program implementation and evaluation measurement tools and frameworks and her approach to intervention is to use current and traditional best practice tailored to the needs of the individual and their families and carers.
SarahSenior Occupational Therapist
Sarah has worked as an Occupational Therapist specialising in Mental Health for 17 years. Sarah’s experience includes working with people who have experienced, psychotic disorders, mood and personality disorders.
Sarah is passionate about providing a client centred services for adults with a wide range of disabilities and complex mental health conditions impacting on their ability to participate in the activities that they want and need to do.
LauraSenior Speech Pathologist
Laura holds an Honours degree in Anatomical Sciences and a Masters in Speech Pathology from Flinders University. Since graduating, Laura has worked with adults across multiple health sectors; including country, rehabilitation and acute hospitals as well as in outpatient rehabilitation.
She has extensive experience working with an array of communication disorders as well as with complex dysphagia.
Laura’s main areas of interest include traumatic brain injury, head and neck cancer, stroke and Motor Neurone Disease. She is passionate about delivering a goal centred approach to care and improving clients social participation.
Nathan holds a Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of South Australia. He has experience in the disability sector through his extended study in paediatrics, and thoroughly enjoys working with individuals living with physical, intellectual and developmental disability.
His main interests include exercise-based therapy, play-based therapy and hydrotherapy to help improve the functional capacity of his clients in collaboration with their families. As well as practicing in this field, Nathan also works in sports injury as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.
Kerry has extensive experience in supporting people with severe barriers including anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, acquired brain injury and various disabilities, both physical and psychological.
Kerry is also experienced with the development of Positive Behaviour Support plans, providing training for support staff, liaising with participants/their families and stakeholders and providing therapeutic support programs for participants.
Kerry has an interest in working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of complex mental health, emotional, behavioural and relationship concerns. She has a particular interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.
Jonathon graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science from Adelaide University and progressed with the fourth year Honours sequence from Monash University. Working toward registration as a General Psychologist, Jonathon currently uses the Positive Behaviour framework and Cognitive Behavioural therapies to assist people from all walks of life and all age groups. With a real passion for research and personal development, Jonathon is always seeking out the most effective therapies.
Jonathon has worked across most aspects of community services including mental health, child protection, disability services and psychosocial support. He believes in patient-centred care, where all facets of an individuals recovery should be respected.
Sharna graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor in Behavioural Science and is working towards a fourth year Honours degree from Monash University. Sharna currently uses the Positive Behaviour framework to assist people from all walks of life and all age groups. Sharna’s main interests within the field include developing a person-centered approach and Positive Psychology. The best part about her role is getting to be a part of developing awareness and skills and supporting people at all stages of life.”
Margaret holds an Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy and is a passionate occupational therapist who is aspiring to assist and support the wider community in enabling individuals experiencing disability to identity and implement methods that support their participation in the community.
FatemaBehaviour Support Practitioner / Developmental Educator
Fatema is a Developmental Educator who graduated with a Masters in Disability Policy and Practice at Flinders University in 2017. Originally hailing from Saudi Arabia, Fatema first moved to Australia in 2010. Since graduating with Fatema has worked across a range of settings with children and adults primarily with Intellectual and Neurological conditions. She has also volunteered at local organisations such as Brain Injury SA, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and overseas in Morocco and Jamaica across school settings.
Throughout her experiences in the disability sector and with evidence-based research and knowledge around positive behaviour support, Fatema has developed a strong passion to deliver person-centred care and support to individuals with disabilities and their families by providing them with strategies and real life skills that work towards improving the overall quality of their lives. She hopes to encompass the key concepts around challenging behaviours in a positive manner by amplifying their strengths and helping each individual feel empowered across home and community-based settings.
SeyiBehaviour Support Practitioner/Counsellor
Seyi completed a post-graduate diploma in counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and also has a Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is currently pursuing an Advanced masters degree in counselling from Torrens University.
He has worked with young people and adults with varying levels of challenge; intellectual, psychosocial and mental including people who have experienced trauma. His past roles include support services under NDIS, advocacy, interagency/ stakeholders meeting, case management and counselling using trauma-informed practice skills, evidence-based practice, solution-focused theories and counselling models to provide excellent services to clients.
PetaBehaviour Support Practitioner
Peta has worked in Disability Support since 2012. Since graduating her Bachelor of Behavioural Science through Charles Darwin University in 2014, she has developed a passion for social service and she-lives to help people succeed in their dreams, using a person centered approach to positive behaviour support practice.
Currrently enrolled In a Bachelor of Art Psychotherapy, she brings with her experience as a concierge in Community Service, while also having supported people with significant High Care, Complex Care, Psycho-social and Intellectual disabilities within the community.
She is passionate about advocating for quality of life through her commitment to her role of behavioural practitioner, understanding people through education, experience and an empathic vision.
ConnorBehaviour Support Practitioner
Connor has a background in psychology with experience in behaviour intervention through Positive Behaviour Support. He is currently completing his Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support at Flinders University. Connor is passionate about working alongside vulnerable people, highlighting their strengths and teaching skills to overcome or reduce their challenges. Connor has experience supporting people with complex behaviours, across a wide range of ages and cultures. He has spent a year working overseas in a behaviour specialist role within an alternative education setting and has spent years working alongside people on the autism spectrum, intellectual disability and attachment disorder. Connor’s inspiration and passion for his work have grown out of his family’s lived experience, with two of his brothers on the autism spectrum which has given him his genuine empathy in his work with clients, parents and families.
In his free time Connor enjoys being active and outdoors, sports, reading, watching, listening to and creating music, travelling; and a newfound inspiration for learning languages, currently Slovenian.
HalimaBehaviour Support Practitioner
Halima graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology – Honours (Cognitive Neuroscience) and has had previous experience both in research and with particpants. She was working in Applied Behaviour Analysis before commencing work as a Behaviour Support Practitioner with Hessel Group.
Halima has a strong passion for neuropsychology/allied health and is committed to providing evidence-based services. She is vocal about providing holistic, person-centred support to assist individuals in reaching their full potential.
DavorBehaviour Support Practitioner
Davor is working towards his Bachelor of Teaching with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. He is dedicated to a coordinated approach in the provision of individual therapy for children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities and providing not only the individual but also their carers and families the care and support they deserve.
Davor aims to benefit individuals by helping them overcome difficulties and challenges. Davor strongly believes in the importance of Behavioural Support and applying the evidence-based approach to support individuals in reaching their full and most importantly reachable potential.
DuncanBehaviour Support Practitioner
Duncan competed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Charles Darwin University. He has enjoyed extensive research opportunities in the areas of motivation and cross-cultural psychology. He has enjoyed lecturing in Psychology at undergraduate level at Griffith University in the Gold Coast and is focused on creating learning environments.
Duncan’s focus is to encourage all his clients to actively engage in behaviours that improve their quality of life. His work is evidence based with all interventions favouring a behavioural approach; empowering an individual is key if they are to unlock their potential.
LukeBehaviour Support Practitioner
Luke graduated after completing a Bachelor of Science, Sport Psychology (Hons), from Liverpool Hope University, UK, in July 2020. He has experience in the field of Sport Psychology, having completed an internship with a soccer academy in Ghana, in 2019. More recently, after graduating, he has worked as a Behaviour Therapist, and later a Behaviour Support Practitioner.
Luke uses his Psychology background to encourage consistent progression and maintenance of behaviours that improve the client's quality of life, allowing as much independence as possible, considering the clients needs. Luke is committed to providing evidence-based support, allow individuals to reach their full potential, and maintaining their progress.
LeighSenior Behaviour Therapist
Leigh began his career in disability support over 10 years ago, facilitating swimming programs for students with disabilities. From there, his interest and passion for inclusive education rapidly grew and led him to work at a primary school as an Education Support Officer, assisting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia and Intellectual Disabilities.
Seeking an avenue to expand his knowledge and skill set, he then discovered the brilliant world of Applied Behaviour Analysis and began his Registered Behaviour Technician Training. He has now been involved in Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention for almost 2 years and has loved every moment of it.
He especially enjoys teaching new skills in fun, play-based learning environments and drawing on his experiences in school settings to support children in their kindergarten to school transitions.
Leigh loves being beside the families he works with as they celebrate achieving their goals and reaching important developmental milestones and looks forward to a future of continued learning and success in the field of Behaviour Support.
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary). She loves working with children and began her journey 8 years ago as an Education Support Officer at a primary school. In this role she has worked with children with autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, intellectual disabilities, speech disorders, hearing impairments, English as a second language, behavioural disorders and trauma. This is where she realised her passion for inclusive education and loved working with students with diverse needs. She also enjoys working alongside families and other professionals to provide the best tools for children to be successful as it inspires her to see children reach their goals and developmental milestones. She is able to form positive relationships with children and provide a safe environment to nurture their development.
Natasha believes that providing individualised care and support through early intervention is key to giving children an opportunity to meet their full potential and provide them with the skills to flourish independently. She looks forward to growing as a professional and developing further skills with Hessel while making a difference in the lives of her clients.
Isabella graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Flinders University in 2018. Isabella has experience in the sector, where she has worked alongside children to enhance engagement with their peers and local communities as well as in clinical research, administering early childhood developmental assessments.
Isabella’s passion for providing support, positive opportunities and optimising wellbeing has led her to Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention where she looks forward to assisting individuals and their families to overcome challenges and have children reach their full potential.
Recent graduate Kelsey joins our team with a Bachelor of Psychology (Behavioral Science) majoring in Disability Studies and Developmental Education. Alongside her degree, Kelsey also obtains her certificate 3 in Childcare. She has a vast work experience working with children and those with disabilities, in Australia but also overseas.
Kelsey displays a passion for making a
positive impact to families lives, by providing full commitment to their
child's development. Her warm nature and optimistic mindset drives her to
overcome challenges and strive for the best possible outcome.
Stephanie is currently working towards her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia and aims to complete her Masters in Speech Pathology.
Stephanie has always had a passion for working with children, in particular those who have disabilities and when she was introduced to Applied Behaviour Analysis, she was especially interested in the enjoyable, play-based learning which it involves.
Stephanie believes in providing children with optimal support and care through the use of Early Intervention in order for them to reach their full potential and increase their quality of life.
Business and Disability Support Team
Teresa brings a wealth of experience in the community services sector where she has delivered and managed innovative services across government and not for profit organisations in South Australia for the past 17 years. She has steered organisations to success within the commercial and non for profit service sectors and led teams to operational excellence across a range of diverse, complex and challenging portfolios including child protection, disability and refugee services. Teresa is passionate about building a performance culture, lifting team capability and actualising individuals potential. She is a strong advocate for the marginalised and disadvantaged and endeavours to ensure each individual develops to their full potential by ensuring excellence in service delivery, advocacy and community inclusion.
SamBusiness Support Officer
Sam brings a wealth of experience having worked in business support roles for over 20 years. Sam enjoys supporting organisations and ensuring families receive a welcoming experience while accessing therapy. She is passionate about ensuring people are able to reach their goals and full potential through quality of services and clinicians.
EmmaBusiness Support Officer
Emma has worked in Business support roles for the past 13 years supporting organisations succeed within the commercial and non for profit service sectors. Emma is passionate about ensuring families are supported and receive the best possible service and outcome through their therapy and community engagement. Emma is studying a Bachelor of Nursing and hopes to continue working in the Allied Health and Paediatric services in this new capacity once graduated.
MarieDisability Support Officer
Marie holds a Certificate IV in Human Resources which has been beneficial in allowing her to recruit, support and develop support workers to ensure quality of care.
Marie has worked for Hessel Group since 2008 in a range of roles including her current role of Disability Support Officer where she feels she is able to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families and assist them in reaching their goals.
LiesaDisability Support Officer
Liesa has been with Hessel Group for the past 15 years, 10 of those spent in finance and payroll before her current position as Disability Support Officer. Liesa’s passion for disability was united by her lived experience and she brings a wealth of knowledge which is beneficial to the role and supporting those navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She enjoys the role of Disability Support Officer, a meaningful role in which she is contributing to others and making a difference.
ToniDisability Support Officer
Toni has recently joined the team after 4 years at Hessel Group, predominantly in the training department. She holds a number of certificates and diplomas in Business, Management and Human Resources and brings extensive experience across a range of industries where she has worked in varied roles for over 20 years. Toni is passionate about seeing people reach their potential and enjoys supporting both staff and participants in her role.
Naomi has been with Hessel Group for 5 years and has recently joined the Allied Health and Behaviour Therapy division. She is passionate about supporting the team by helping them with general office duties.