Laura has been working within the field of Specialist Behaviour Support for over 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science obtained at the University of Adelaide, as well as a Master in Education (Special Education) majoring in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Flinders University.
Laura’s main interests within the field include Functional Communication Training, development of Positive Behaviour Support plans and providing support within an educational setting. The best part about her role is getting to share in the wins (big and small) with families and seeing the positive outcomes Behaviour Support can provide.
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.
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.
Jia graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Flinders University and her experience includes speech, language, dysphagia and augmentative and alternative communication, mainly within the disability and brain injury sectors.
She enjoys providing individualised care and support, and hopes to continue helping clients within the Hessel Group reach their goals and potential in life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hamish completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honors) at the University of South Australia with a focus on cognitive neuroscience, sleep, and meditation. He has 3 years’ experience working in various roles within the sector.
Hamish possesses an empathic non-judgmental attitude which allows him to develop strong rapport with clients. Hamish has a passion for assisting vulnerable/at risk people and his future career ambitions are to study a masters in Clinical Psychology. He is interested in evidence-based approach models such as ACT, DBT, and CBT but also ensuring a client centred focus. Hamish’s goals are to improve client’s quality of life and build self-efficacy, whilst supporting families/care teams and enhancing social support networks.
In his spare time, Hamish enjoys sports, the outdoors, and travelling- He has completed long backpacking trips throughout the US, Europe and South America. He speaks Spanish fluently and is currently learning Portuguese.
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.
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.
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.
Elysia holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) obtained from the University of Adelaide. Elysia comes from a background of clinical research and has experience in administering developmental assessments, where she worked to identify individuals strengths, delays and areas for improvement.
Elysia is passionate about utilising scientific research to inform her practice, in order to ensure that the strategies implemented are evidence-based. Elysia considers a holistic approach to improving health and wellbeing in empowering individuals to reach their full potential.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.