Meet our team of Allied Health professionals
Therapists, Clinicians and Business Support Staff
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 18 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.
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 client centred services for people of all ages 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.
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.
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.”
Asees has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, India in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy from University of Adelaide.
She has experience working with both children and adults with special needs both in Australia as well as overseas. She approaches her clients using a person-centred framework by valuing their strengths.
Asees finds zeal in making a positive change in the lives of vulnerable children and adults so that they can live their life in a fulfilling manner. She feels content in using her skillset to help those around her by bringing a positive change in their lives, thus promoting happiness. Her work is influenced mainly through the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Expressive Therapies which makes therapy fun for young kids.
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.
Rhiannon (Rhi) completed her Masters of Speech Pathology in 2021 at Charles Sturt University. Rhi’s interests include working with clients with disabilities, particularly supporting language development, and augmentative and alternative communication methods.
Rhi has 8 years previous experience working with clients with disabilities as a swimming instructor, as a disability support worker, and as a student support officer in schools, which provided the opportunity to support functional communication in a range of community and educational settings.
From this previous experience, she has developed a passion to work with clients and families holistically, focussing on client centred goals to promote independence, and inclusion for disabilities and support for complex communication needs in the broader community.
At home, Rhi spends time with her family and enjoys sewing and reading.
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, 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.
ClaireBehaviour Support Practitioner / Developmental Educator
Claire completed the Developmental Education degree with Honors in 2018; focusing on Physical access in South Australian Sports Clubs. She has previously worked in multiple positions within the Disability sector including Support Working, Team Leading and Support Coordination. Claire has a passion for promoting inclusion and ensuring that individuals with disabilities are provided with all opportunities to achieve their goals. Claire enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
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.
ElizabethBehaviour Support Practitioner
"Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Adelaide in 2018. She also holds a Certificate IV in Disability, a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention and basic AUSLAN training.
Elizabeth has four years of experience in the disability and child services industry. During this time she gained extensive knowledge surrounding the National Disability Insurance Scheme and how to best support young people and adults who live with challenging behaviours and/or intellectual disabilities.
Elizabeth is most interested in helping people with a disability increase their independence and achieve their goals. Elizabeth is passionate about delivering evidence-based behavioural therapy services with empathy and respect to improve relationships and increase community participation".
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.
IsabellaBehaviour Support Practitioner
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 Positive Behaviour Support where she looks forward to assisting individuals and their families to overcome challenges and have people reach 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.
KristiaanBehaviour Support Practitioner
Kristiaan has an honours degree in Psychology and cognitive Neuroscience from University of South Australia, along with a diploma of counselling from Australian College of Applied Psychology. Coming from a background of performance coaching, he has applied his experience and education as a practicing counsellor-coach, specialising in change management, anxiety and trauma-based challenges, psychosocial challenges, grief and loss, crisis intervention, and suicide-related interventions.
He uses a person-centred, value and strength focused approach, blending evidence-based practices derived from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance-Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Interpersonal Theory, Exposure Therapy, time/task-management, goal-setting, and Motivational Theory to help clients identify, understand, and address their needs and empower them in working towards living their best life.
Kristiaan is passionate about supporting people through their challenges when they most need it, volunteering his time to support vulnerable people in the community with St John, and as a crisis supporter with Lifeline.
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.
EmmaBehaviour Support Practitioner/Business Support Officer
Emma has worked in the sector for the past 15 years supporting organisations 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. Currently undertaking further studies in Nursing, Emma has joined the Behaviour Support Team where she can now execute her passionate to provide support, positive opportunities and optimise the wellbeing of clients she works with in this capacity.
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.
Sky MaBehaviour Therapist | Counsellor | Social Worker
Sky completed his bachelor's degree in Social Work at the University of Waikato in New Zealand in 2019. Sky also has a master's degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Adelaide. Sky is a registered practitioner with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Sky is also a registered Social Worker of the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board (NZSWRB).
Sky has worked with clients of different ages and cultural groups in New Zealand and Australia throughout his previous work experience. Sky is passionate about working and supporting individuals to resolve their issues and challenges using appropriate therapeutic modalities in a person-centred manner.
Sky utilises and incorporates various therapeutic modalities and techniques in his sessions to promote the clients' overall well-being and help them achieve their personal goals. Examples of modalities often used in his professional practice include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Recent graduate Kelsey joins our team with a Bachelor of Psychology (Behavioral Science) majoring in Disability Studies and Developmental Education. Alongside her degree, Kelsey has completed the Registered Behaviour Technician Training and 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.
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.
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.
MarieDisability Support Officer (Maternity Leave)
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.
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.